Sept. 9, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 64

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

You have just until Friday, Sept. 17 to register for the 2010 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference and receive the early-bird discount. This year's conference will be held Oct. 15 and 16 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

Fourteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer." (The Trial of John Peter Zenger: A Play in Four Scenes, by Michael E. Tigar, Copyright © 1986, All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of the Author.)

A State of the Court Presentation will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

Sponsors for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, JAMS, Iron Mountain and Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Petitti at (215) 238-6342.

Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2010 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

The lottery drawing will take place on Friday, Sept. 10 and the announcement of winners will be sent via e-mail on Monday, Sept. 13.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for the night of Friday, Oct. 15 at the Borgata as well as all conference fees, which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Elections Committee Formed; Candidates Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee, which is chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde Joy Ladov and consists of Michael L. Viola, Scott W. Reid, Louis S. Rulli, Lawrence S. Felzer, Albertine Y. DuFrayne, Brandi Brice, Sean R. Sullivan, Jeffrey S. Gross and Jeffrey Campolongo. Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, Chancellor-Elect Rudolph Garcia, Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Chair Richard S. Seidel serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 7, 2010 Annual Meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Staff Counsel Brian Sims at for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Kathleen Wilkinson, c/o Brian Sims, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Sept. 10

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, Sept. 10.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Sept. 10 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Sept. 17 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Sept. 24, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Oct. 1 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit

Intro to Collaborative Family Law in Southeastern PA Sept. 13

The Family Law Section will present "An Introduction to Collaborative Family Law in Southeastern Pennsylvania" on Monday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

The program will feature David I. Grunfeld, Esq. from Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP; Billie Schnall, Esq.; and Barbara B. Zulick, Esq. from Zulick Law LLC.

Please contact Section Chair Shanese I. Johnson at 215-751-0321 or with any questions.

Managing Risks, Benefits of Technology Sept. 14

BlackBerrys, netbooks, laptops, USB drives, iPhones, cloud computing and virtual law offices all can provide great benefits for attorneys, including dramatic improvement in efficiency and virtually unlimited access to information.

This intersection of technology and law also raises ethical concerns. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, a program to discuss the issues raised by these new high-tech tools, as well as potential solutions that allow lawyers to identify risks before using the latest and greatest technology will be presented by the Professional Responsibility Committee and co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and Law Practice Management Committee.

Daniel J. Siegel, a local attorney who operates the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC and president of Integrated Technology Services, LLC, will be the featured speaker for this program, "Managing the Risk and Benefits of Technology in your law Practice." Siegel is former co-chair of the Law Practice Management Division's Technology Committee.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to purchase lunch. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. One ethics CLE credit is available. Visit for registration information.

The State of Women's Rights Sept. 15

The Women's Rights Committee, Women in the Profession Committee and the Civil Rights Committee will present "The State of Women's Rights" featuring Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project, on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program is free and lunch will be provided for $8. Click here to register.

Real Property Section CLE on Stormwater Fees Sept. 15

The Real Property Section will present the CLE program "Philadelphia's New Stormwater Fees: How Diversionary Tactics Can Pay Off" on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

This program will advise attendees on how to respond to new stormwater program fees the City of Philadelphia is imposing, which result in fee increases of up to an order of magnitude for some property owners. The program will include a brief introduction to the elements of the stormwater program, followed by several case studies which illustrate potential actions property owners can take to significantly reduce their fees. Panelists include Christopher D. Burkett, Paul M. Schmidt and Jason R. Sieminski.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Workers' Comp Mediation CLE Sept. 15

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "What Workers' Compensation Practitioners Need to Know About Mediation Today" on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

All workers' compensation petitions are now subject to mandatory mediation by statute. The program is taking off in the Philadelphia area with a huge increase in the number of cases being mediated. This program will give practitioners an overview of the practice, specific categories and applicable procedures as well as tips from two of the most experienced mediators in the workers' compensation field. Faculty for the program include Judges Brian Eader and Joseph E. Hagan along with Alfred Carlson, Kenneth DeMarco and Mary Kay Rauenzahn.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register for CLE credit. Lunch is available for $8 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Criminal Justice Section Seeks Award Nominees

Nominations are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party.

The award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The award should be for longtime service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

This year's Awards Committee is co-chaired by Kevin Mincey and Brad V. Shuttleworth. Nominations and/or questions should be sent to either or

All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

In addition, you may make recommendations for the Cesare Beccaria Award, presented annually to one who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria. The Beccaria Award recognizes a member of the Philadelphia Bar who has had distinguished achievement in the field of education in criminal justice, including legal and/or general education activities in the field. The Justinian Society participates in the award and its presentation. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

Cost Effectively Conducting Legal Research Sept. 16

The Law Practice Management Committee will present "Cost Effectively Conducting Legal Research," a program reviewing the best ways to retrieve the information you need from Internet search engines and featuring Jenkins Law Library education services manager Dan Giancaterino on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.

Even though social networking sites such as Facebook are all the rage, search is still the Internet's killer app. Google, Microsoft's Bing, and others offer useful but poorly advertised features that let you organize your results, filter them by time and location, and get the correct answer instead of a list of 10 blue links. We'll also cover additional sources for desired content such as cases, law review articles, books, articles, images and more.

The program will be held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register. The event is free; lunch is available for $8.

Meet the Legal Blawgers Sept. 16

The Bar-News Media Committee will present "Meet the Legal Blawgers: An Insiders' Perspective on Connecting with the Legal Blogosphere" on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Panelists include Jeff Blumenthal, staff writer, Philadelphia Business Journal; Hugh E. Dillon, editor,; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief, The Legal Intelligencer; Catherine Lucey, staff reporter, Philadelphia Daily News, co-writer, PhillyClout; Chris Brennan, political writer, Philadelphia Daily News, co-writer, PhillyClout; and Saul Segan, contributor, The Huffington Post.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

YLD 2010 Photo Contest: "Eyes on the Environment"

The Young Lawyers Division welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Eyes on the Environment," a summer photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive $200 and $100 gift certificates, respectively, to Ruth's Chris Steak House as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to consider the following: "As you embark on late summer vacations or enjoy the remainder of the season here in Philadelphia, the Young Lawyers Division asks you to capture particularly compelling images of environmental awareness and natural conservation. What did you witness during your travels that showcases nature's untouched beauty? What efforts did you see toward preserving it?"

One submission per entrant can be e-mailed to in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 20. Stay tuned for more details.

YLD Election Information Session Sept. 20

The Young Lawyers Division is holding an information session for anyone interested in learning more about the YLD or running in the YLD election on Monday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

There is no cost to attend. but registration is required, click here to register. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Albertine DuFrayne at 215-523-6900 or

Antitrust Committee CLE on Patent Hold Ups Sept. 21

The Antitrust Committee will present the CLE program "Patent Hold Up: When Does the Abuse of a Private Standard Setting Process Amount to Actionable Conduct Under Section 2 of the Sherman Act or Deception Under Section 5 of the FTC Act?" on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Panelists are Thomas J. Lang and Dr. Lauren Stiroh. The moderator is Steven E. Bizar. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Risks Facing Directors, Officers CLE Sept. 21

The Insurance Law Committee and Securities Regulation Committee will present the CLE program "Straight Talk About the Risks Facing Directors & Officers" on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Directors and officers of public companies face many substantial risks and not just the internal risk of their companies' success or failure in the market. Every year, hundreds of directors and officers are sued, most notably in securities fraud class actions filed by professional plaintiffs firms. Directors and officers also can find themselves involved in various types of government investigations, most notably investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission staff. This panel will examine current risks facing directors and officers. The program will be moderated by Heather Fritts with panelists Lawrence Fine, senior vice president/chief technical officer of financial lines claims, Chartis and David Laigaie of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Behind the Scenes of the Center City Opera Theater Sept. 23

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an evening of operatic inspiration and learn the essential elements of opera appreciation at this unique wine-and-cheese event from 6-8 p.m. on September 23 at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia.

Center City Opera Theater General and Artistic Director Andrew M. Kurtz and other artists will provide a "look behind the lights" at the production of an opera, including costumes, sets, lighting, and of course, music. The opera featured will be Donizetti's L'Elisir D'Amore (The Elixir of Love), listed by Opera America as one of the 20 most-performed operas in North America. Now celebrating its 11th season, Center City Opera Theater has produced nearly three dozen operas.

The cost of the event is $15 per person. Click here to register.

IBC to Introduce New Coverage in January 2011;
Grandfathered Indemnity Coverage Continuation Confirmed

Effective with renewals that take place on Jan. 1, 2011, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) will no longer offer the current HMO, POS and PPO products under which groups with 50 or fewer employees are now insured. This will impact most Association members who have their coverage through IBC. Existing customers will not be able to renew their current plans. All insureds will have to select a new plan from IBC's new product line (Blue Solutions), which will include new HMO, POS and PPO options. At renewal, recommended option(s) will be provided to customers that are most like their current option(s). If a customer does not make a benefit election, IBC will automatically default the existing coverage(s) to the recommended option(s).

There will be a total of 25 different new options available to groups from firms that have less than 51 employees. The number of plan options which may be offered will be determined by the total number of employees that a firm has. All the new plans include those benefits mandated by recent Health Care Reform legislation including coverage for dependent children up to the age of 26.

In order to address your questions and concerns regarding these changes that have been mandated by IBC, the Association will be keeping you informed through various ways about the new products. You will receive ongoing additional information from USI Affinity, the Association's broker. By now, you should have received your first e-mail communication from USI Affinity announcing the coverage changes. In addition, early next week, IBC well be sending a letter directly to each insured outlining the changes and elimination of the old plans.

Your health insurance choice for 2011 will take more time and consideration as you examine the available options. On Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the Association offices, 11th Floor, 1101 Market St., the Association will hold an open meeting with representatives of USI to explain in detail the information that they have received, how it will impact the insureds and what the open enrollment process will entail for 2011 (click here to register). A free continental breakfast will be provided. The meeting is open to both members and non-members. Walk-ins are welcome.

Solo practitioners, actively practicing law and currently insured, will not lose coverage. Unless covered under grandfathered traditional indemnity plans, they will however, have to choose from the new Blue Solutions offerings.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 we were able to confirm that those members, including solo practitioners, covered under the grandfathered traditional indemnity plans will be able to continue that indemnity coverage for 2011. This will, however, be subject to the underwriting guidelines that impact the number of plans that can be offered depending on group size.

For members with questions about these changes, a special number has been set up for you to communicate directly with USI Affinity. You may call 1-800-265-2876 and press prompt #4.

At this time we are taking steps to educate our members about this development. No decisions about which new coverage you will pick has to be made at this point. Those decisions will have to be made once actual rates for each plan are made available by IBC, sometime during the end of October. However, because both the Association and USI Affinity recognize how important health care coverage is to both you and your employees, the Association in a coordinated effort with USI Affinity will be keeping you apprised of all developments as we learn about them.

In addition, further information about the new plan offerings is available directly from Blue Cross' website (click here to download).

Bar Foundation Award Nominees Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award which is given to a public interest attorney for excellence of service to the community. A $2,500 award is presented each year to an attorney who is providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

Please visit for more information. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Sept. 30. Nominations can be sent electronically to

The National Economic Outlook: A YLD 20/20 Program Oct. 5

Dr. Jason Faberman, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will present a national economic outlook with a review of the region at a Young Lawyers Division 20/20 program on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program is free to attend. Lunch can purchased for $8. Click here to register.

Dr. Faberman joined the Regional and Microeconomics Section of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Research Department in 2007. Prior to that, he spent four years as a Research Economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. His research interests focus on the labor market, with an emphasis on the employment behavior of individual businesses and workers and its implications at the macro level, micro level, and across different geographic areas. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park and his B.A. and B.S. from Lehigh University.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission" Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at

Philbrook Awards Reception Sept. 28 at Rutgers Camden

The 25th Annual Mary Philbrook Awards Reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn Street, Camden.

This year, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Drewry Nash Fennell, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, and formerly executive director of the Delaware ACLU. Individual tickets are $50. For more information contact Terry McCuen at

Public Interest Training Programs Set

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present "How to Handle Veterans Benefits Cases" on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The training, presented by HAP staff attorney and veterans law expert Michael Taub, will be held at the offices of Dechert, LLP, 2929 Arch St., Cira Centre from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. This course is open to current and prospective volunteers. For attorneys already accredited by the VA, this training meets the 3 substantive hour CLE requirement to maintain certification with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Following the training, attendees will be expected to represent a homeless veteran through HAP's pro bono initiative. For more information or to RSVP (by Monday, Sept. 13), please contact Cary E. Moritz at or call 215-523-9587.

The Homeless Advocacy Project will be present "Ethical Considerations in Representing Homeless Clients" on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The program, presented by HAP Managing Attorney Michele Levy and HAP staff attorney Margaret Retz will be held at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St. from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. The course is open to current and prospective volunteers and attendees are eligible to receive 1 ethics CLE credit. There is no charge for attending though attendees are expected to volunteer with HAP. For more information or to RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 16, please contact Cary E. Moritz at or call 215-523-9587.

Philadelphia VIP will present a training session on Friday, Sept. 24, on how to transfer title of a property into a client's name through the filing of a Quiet Title action. The program covers the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title Action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. The CLE training will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Lunch is provided. Register at or by calling 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday Oct. 5, an event that will provide microentrepreneurs the opportunity to discuss immediate and ongoing legal matters with corporate counsel from various Philadelphia-area businesses at no cost. Prior to the counseling sessions, experienced trainers will provide a Continuing Legal Education seminar for the corporate counsel on the essential legal needs of small businesses. The event location and exact time are TBD. A light dinner will be provided. This event is limited to corporate counsel. Register at or by calling 215-523-9567.

The Support Center for Child Advocates invites you to participate in the training "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Earn 6 CLE credits while gaining a robust understanding of the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Service Law, and the dynamics of child abuse, among other topics. Become a volunteer attorney for Philadelphia's abused and neglected kids. Make a difference in the life of a child victim. For more information, contact Jodi Schatz, pro bono coordinator and intake attorney, at To register, visit

Philadelphia VIP will sponsor its annual Pro Bono Opportunities Day on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This year's event spotlights VIP's work with families and children. Training sessions will focus on areas of law critical to Philadelphia families: guardianship, custody, and protection from abuse. From first-year associates new to the practice of law, to experienced practitioners new to pro bono, all attorneys to are invited to learn how to use their legal experience to support Philadelphia's low-income families. The event will be held at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Comcast, One Comcast Center, 45th floor. The CLE training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of three free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Register at or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. Presented in a lively and interactive format, this training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low-income clients will also be explored. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at or by calling 215-523-9550.

Legal Clinic for Disabled Stroll & Roll Sept. 26

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 19th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 26, beginning at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive.

Registration and sign-in begins at 9 a.m. The 5K event begins at 10 a.m. Visit for more information.

HIAS and Council Annual Luncheon Sept. 28

HIAS and Council hosts Annual Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at 2100 Arch St. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion of immigrant youth on the challenges they face and the successes they hope to enjoy in America.

At the luncheon, HIAS and Council will also honor legal advocates, including: Frank Cervone, Regan Cooper, Gilda Jean Louis, Valentine Brown, Jessica Choi, Mary Clark, Cherylle Corpuz, and others. For more information or to register, please contact Loy Omphommasack at 215-832-0905 or via e-mail at

CLS Justice For All 5K Oct. 10

Community Legal Services will hold its inaugural 5K run/walk fundraiser, the Justice For All 5K, on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is now open. Visit for more information.

"Killing Time" Author Talk, Book Signing Sept. 21

Join Gordon Cooney Jr. and Michael Banks, both attorneys at Morgan Lewis, and John Hollway, the author of "Killing Time," a novel about Cooney and Banks' incredible work to prove the innocence of a man who had spent 18 years on death row just days before his scheduled execution, for a talk and book signing presented by The Philadelphia Business Journal on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 7:45-9:15 a.m. at Morton's The Steakhouse.

The cost for the program varies. More details, as well as registration information, can be found here.

For more on Cooney and Banks' amazing story, of which the rights have been optioned to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to produce and star in a film adaption, click here. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Wolf at or 215-238-5106.

Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit Oct. 3-5

The Future of Music Coalition will hold its 10th Annual Policy Summit at Gerogetown University in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 3-5. The conference unites attorneys, policy makers, academics, industry professionals and musicians to discuss current issues effecting the music, technology and policy landscape.

Speakers at this year's program include musician and composer T Bone Burnett, veteran music attorneys Jay Cooper and Dina LaPolt, U.S. Copyright Register Marybeth Peters, OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash, Google senior copyright counsel Fred von Lohmann and more.

Of specific interest to attorneys will be panel discussions on new business models, international and domestic copyright issues and artist engagement.

For more information, visit

The Second Mile Celebration of Excellence Oct. 13

Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham will be honored at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Banquet presented by The Second Mile on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Union League beginning at 6 p.m. Phil Martelli, the men's basketball coach at St. Joseph's University, will also be honored at the event, which includes a reception, followed by dinner and the ceremony. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased here. Sponsorships are also available.

Now with the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C., Abraham served as Philadelphia's first woman district attorney for 18 years where she founded Urban Genesis Inc. to promote community leadership and provide grants to fund projects to improve neighborhoods and help the needy.

The Second Mile was founded in 1977 in State College, Pa., and is a statewide non-profit organization for children who need additional support and who would benefit from positive human contact. The organization plans, organizes, and offers activities and programs for children - and adults who work with them - to promote self-confidence as well as physical, academic, and personal success.

Proceeds from this Celebration will support The Second Mile's programs that touch the lives of more than 100,000 Pennsylvania children annually. In addition, the Celebration provides a forum to recognize individuals who are positive role models in their achievement of excellence both nationally and within their local communities.

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.

Academy programs enable members to connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and business development opportunities. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Tracey McCloskey at

New Mobile Application Drives Legal Directory Sales

Legal Directory buyers are finding that a new-for-2010 mobile application, tailored for your BlackBerry, is making information easier and faster to find.

The quick-search for lawyers and law firms and the click-and-call or click-and-e-mail features are terrifically useful. This is a great tool
to make attorneys and support staff more productive.

The Directory database includes the most up-to-date listings of 19,000+ Philadelphia-area lawyers and law firms. Every purchase comes with three components: the online Directory, mobile access and the print directory, which is jammed with useful information like court rules, lists of government agency lawyers, judges' phone numbers and more.

Copies are going fast and will soon be sold out. The next edition will not be published until Spring 2011. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: click here to visit to place your order online; e-mail to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.

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