Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 67

Register In Person for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference

Association members and non-members can register in person for the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 19-21.

The three-day conference at Bally's Atlantic City features 24 CLE seminars with 13 CLE credits available. Click here for more information on the conference.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $629 and includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division, the full conference registration fee is $479. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available.

Judge Sheppard to Receive Brennan Award

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. will receive the Association's Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the Association's Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 1995. Other recipients of the award, which is now named in honor of Justice Brennan, include the following: President Judge Alex Bonavitacola of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (1996); Judge Phyllis W. Beck of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1997); Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1998); Judge Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999); Chief Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000); Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (2002); U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollack (2003); Judge James R. Melinson, retired U.S. Chief Magistrate (2004); U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edmund V. Ludwig (2005); Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Louis J. Presenza (2006); and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (2007). The Brennan Award was not given in 2001.

Roberta D. Liebenberg, a member of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., has been announced as the recipient of the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award.

Liebenberg, former co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will receive the award at the Association’s Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

The meeting will also include a panel discussion with women leaders from across Philadelphia. The panelists include Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman, superintendent of the Philadelphia School District; Ameenah Young of the Pennsylvania Convention Center; and Nina M. Gussack, chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP. The panel will be moderated by Mary Stoker Smith of CBS3 Eyewitness News.

International Law Committee CLE Program Sept. 22

The International Law Committee will present the CLE program "Developing a Mixed-Use Luxury Resort Outside the US: A Tour of Complex International Business and Legal Considerations" on Monday, Sept. 22.

The speaker for the program is Albert Pucciarelli, former executive vice president and general counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts. He represents clients in the development of luxury hotels and resorts, mainly outside the United States. He will use one of his current projects to illustrate the array of business and legal considerations arising in this kind of development that involves participants from several countries, including the developer, the equity investors, the lender, the hotel management company and brand franchisor, the general contractor and the purchasers of the residences.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Complementary lunch will be served to those who register. Click here for more information and to register.

Jayne Navarre on Social Media Sept. 22

Jayne Navarre, managing director of LawGravity LLC, will present "Community and Social Media – Use It or Lose" at the Tuesday, Sept. 22 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

For those new to community and social media and its powerful potential in building relationships, this presentation will give you basic background. For those who've already tested or plunged into the social computing waters, you may find Navarre's prospective as a veteran in-house legal marketer and Web strategist helpful in adding new ideas to your social-networking tool kit.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Meet New Human Services Commissioner Sept. 23

The Legal Rights of Children Committee and the Family Law Section will host a reception to welcome Anne Marie Ambrose, new commissioner of the Department of Human Services, on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

This program will include a brief presentation from Ambrose followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is a charge of $7.50 to attend. Click here to RSVP for this event.

CLE Program on Personality Tests Sept. 25

A panel of experts will discuss the Rorschach Test, the Bricklin Test, and the MMPI at a CLE program sponsored by the Custody Committee of the Family Law Section on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Panelists include Marla B. Isaacs, Ph.D.; Anthony M. Pisa, Ph.D. and Robert L. Tanenbaum, Ph.D. Dr. Isaacs will discuss the Rorschach Test, Dr. Tanenbaum will discuss The Bricklin Test, and Dr. Pisa will discuss the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). They will discuss the details of the testing, computer scoring, the weight given to the test results, common mistakes, and tips for direct and cross examination.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance, please visit or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637. The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

A reception, sponsored by the Custody Committee, will follow the program for an additional fee of $10. Click here to RSVP for the reception.

Past and Present Election Issues Sept. 26

The Civil Rights Committee will host a panel discussion on past and present election issues critical to a democracy at its Friday, Sept. 26 meeting.

Panelists include Nelson A. Diaz, Cozen O’Connor; Jennine Miller, Project H.O.M.E.; Zack Stalberg, president and chief executive officer, Committee of Seventy; and M. Aurora Vásquez, senior attorney, Advancement Project.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for the Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program. Click here for copies of the 2008 application and guidelines for the Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program.

Please note that there are several changes in the 2008 Shuster Fellowship guidelines, including the requirement that an applicant must demonstrate that he or she has an annual student loan repayment obligation that equals or exceeds $2,500.

The deadline for submitting a completed application, signed copy of the guidelines and supporting documentation for the Shuster Fellowship program is Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. The Fellowships will be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala scheduled on Nov. 1, 2008.

If you have any questions about the Morris Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program, please contact Gene Sirni, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, at 215-238-6334 or via e-mail at

Meet Women of City Law Department Sept. 30

City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith will be among the panelists at the Women in the Profession Committee's "Women of the City of Philadelphia Law Department" program on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Additional speakers include Donna J. Mouzayck, first deputy city solicitor; Christine Bak, senior attorney- Real Estate Tax Unit; Vernette Dow, divisional deputy city solicitor - Health and Adult Services; Suzanne Reilly, senior attorney, Civil Rights; and Valerie Robinson, senior attorney - Commercial Law. The program will be moderated by Nikki Johnson-Huston, assistant city solicitor – Major Tax Unit.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

PhiLAWpalooza Oct. 2 at J.C. Dobbs

The Young Lawyers Division will host its second annual PhiLAWpalooza on Oct. 2 at the legendary J. C. Dobbs on South Street, with an exciting line-up of bands comprised of Philadelphia lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

This year's line-up includes fan favorites A Band Called M (Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP) and Class Action (Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin) playing rock-n-roll hits. Newcomers include Mommy's Little Monsters (Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.), Roger Delco (Law Offices of David W. Wolf) and special guest Paula Boggs, general counsel for Starbucks.

This year also features an upstairs stage for open mic-style performances or jam sessions. Lawyers are encouraged to bring along an acoustic guitar or other unplugged instrument for a little more chilled out experience.

The bands are very excited about performing at J. C. Dobbs, where they will rock the same stage where Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Green Day made their Philadelphia debuts. "At a recent Pearl Jam concert, Eddie Vedder spoke happily about the reopening of J. C. Dobbs. High praise indeed," said Class Action lead singer Hank Resch. "Obviously, we are thrilled and honored at the opportunity to play at this legendary venue where so many great musicians have performed over the years. I hate to date myself so badly, but my first visit to Dobbs was in 1977 when I saw George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers."

PhiLAWpalooza will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Association members ($15 at the door) and $15 for non-members ($18 at the door). Admission includes rock-n-roll, drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and exciting drink specials! J. C. Dobbs is located at 304 South St. Click here to purchase tickets.

Techniques to Market Yourself Oct. 3

Megan Kristel, president of Kristel Closets, Inc. will present "Build your Brand and your Business through the Power of your Personal Image: Techniques and Strategies to Market Yourself in a Competitive Industry" on Friday, Oct. 3.

This joint meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Chief Ramsey at Brandeis Happy Hour Sept. 22

Philadelphia Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey will be the special guest when the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society kicks off its fall programming with a free Happy Hour featuring hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at the Vesper Club (222 S. Sydenham St. between Walnut and Locust, 15th and 16th) on Monday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

All are encouraged to attend the event at which Ramsey will speak briefly. Brandeis Chancellor Louis Podel thanked Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Sandra Mazer Moss and Anne E. Lazarus for helping to arrange the event and encouraged everyone to come out and meet Chief Ramsey. "This is going to be a fine social event and a chance to learn about Chief Ramsey's priorities for the city," Podel said.

Design Home Volunteers Needed for Sept. 28 Event

The Young Lawyers Division will host Philadelphia magazine's Design Home 2008® in Lower Gwynedd, Pa., to benefit the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A limited number of volunteers are needed to welcome guests, collect tickets and provide information on the organization. The Ronald McDonald house was founded in 1974 as a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are receiving care at local hospitals.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristin McKenna at

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP's LawWorks Project will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration/snacks provided from 10:30 to 11 a.m.), at the Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St. This program will provide free legal advice by pro bono attorneys for new and established small businesses. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 19 (no walk-ins will be accepted). For registration or questions, contact Martin Costello at (215) 523-9562 or e-mail

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at 2100 Arch St. HIAS will welcome Burmese/Myanmar refugees at the luncheon, and will honor Shmul Kaplan with a special citizenship award. RSVP to Sarah Peterson at or by phone to (215) 832-0920. Tickets are $40 ($15 for public interest attorneys).

Rutgers School of Law will hold the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. 5th St., 2nd Floor Bridge, Camden. This year's Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project. Tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets, contact Eve Biskind Klothen at (856) 225-6608 by Sept. 18.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc., will hold its 17th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 5K walk, run or stroll begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $30. For more information, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3357 or

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