Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 76

Former Chancellor Reich to Receive Wachovia Fidelity Award

Abraham C. Reich, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, has been selected as the recipient of the Wachovia Fidelity Award. The presentation will be made at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession.

Reich, who served as Chancellor in 1995, is a member of the board of directors of Jenkins Law Library and the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. He is a member of the House of Delegates of both the American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The criteria for the Wachovia Fidelity Award includes: significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia); the absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association; distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year; the accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for services rendered as a paid professional; and it is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with the court operations or any other public service activity.

Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt will outline his plans for 2008 at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Roundtable Discussion on Technology Issues Today

The Law Practice Management Division Technology Committee will present a roundtable discussion on how law firms of all sizes handle common technology issues and problems today (Thursday, Oct. 18).

Panelists will include Harper Dimmerman, a sole practitioner; George Martin, a partner with Martin, Banks, Pond, Lehocky & Wilson; Colleen Bannon of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; and an information technology manager from Cozen O'Connor.

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.

Nominating Committee Selects 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Nominating Committee nominated the following candidates for Bar Association offices on Oct. 11: Vice-Chancellor, Scott F. Cooper; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr. The Committee also made the following nominations for three-year terms (three of five positions) on the Board of Governors: Michael J. Berkowitz, Karen Detamore and Maria A. Feeley.

Notice is hereby given that the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting additional nominations for candidates for Bar offices to be elected by the membership at the Association's Annual Meeting and Election on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.

The deadline for filing these additional nominations is Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Nominations must be in writing and may take the form of a letter to the Secretary, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Letters must state the office the individual is seeking and must include the names and signatures of at least twenty-five (25) members of the Association who are entitled to vote, except for the nomination of Vice Chancellor, which shall be signed by a least one hundred (100) members who are entitled to vote.Offices to be filled are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, as well as five (5) positions on the Board of Governors for a term of three years.

Candidates are also asked to provide a photograph and statement of no more than 150 words, demonstrating their qualifications to serve as a member of the Board of Governors. Photos and statements will be published in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Bar Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Chancellor Jane Dalton and Shelley R. Smith, Chair of the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, have announced the results of the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 6 general election.

In addition, the Judicial Commission also released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Votenet. The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the retention judges. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings. The complete poll results are available from the Bar Association.

The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a pop-up window that appears whenever anyone visits the Association's Web site. The window lists ratings that can be printed out and taken to the polls on Nov. 6. The Web site also features a complete "Voters Guide to the Judicial Elections." Dalton said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African American legal groups.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by five-member panels of the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 40 non-lawyer members. Those found Recommended satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity, judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement. The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

Mark I. Bernstein
Gary DiVito
John W. Herron
C. Darnell Jones II
Barbara A. Joseph
Shelley Robins New
Rosalyn K. Robinson
Peter F. Rogers
M. Teresa Sarmina
Edward R. Summers

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for retention to Municipal Court:

Teresa Carr Deni
Ronald B. Merriweather
Wendy L. Pew
Louis J. Presenza

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found NOT RECOMMENDED for retention to the Municipal Court:

Georganne V. Daher
Deborah S. Griffin

The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found RECOMMENDED for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Linda Carpenter
Alice Beck Dubow
Michael Erdos
Joyce Eubanks
Ellen Green-Ceisler

The Commission reiterated its rating of the following candidate who has been found RECOMMENDED for election to the Municipal Court:

Joseph J. O'Neill

The Commission reiterated its rating of the following candidate who has been found NOT RECOMMENDED for election to the Municipal Court:

Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde

For a complete guide to the Judicial Elections visit the Philadelphia Bar Association Web site at

Brennan Award Nominations Deadline Oct. 19

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Dec. 4, 2007 at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

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.

This year's Brennan Award Committee is chaired by John Soroko. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Areetha Carter, Esq., Staff Counsel, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 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 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007.

Marks to Speak to Women in Profession Committee Oct. 23

Lynn Marks, the Association's 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award recipient, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The meeting 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.

Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee Meeting Oct. 24

The Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 24 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. For more information about the committee, contact Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

Supreme Court Candidates Forum Oct. 24

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the Philadelphia Bar Association will present Decision 2007, an interactive forum with the candidates running for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.

Candidates including Judges Michael Krancer, Maureen Lally-Green and Debra Todd will be on the panel, which will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch will be available for a discounted rate of $5. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judicial elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6. For more information about this program, visit

YLD A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium Oct. 20

The Young Lawyers Division will host its family-friendly "A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium" on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the event. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children and includes lunch, an animal encounter, a pick-your-own pumpkin and painting activity and a special showing of SpongeBob SquarePants 4D ride. Click here to purchase tickets. Please note that tickets will not be available at the door.

Women in the Profession Girls Night Oct. 24

The Women in the Profession Committee will present a Fall Fashion Girls Night with Milla by Mail on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jason Matthew Salon, 1426 Walnut St.

Enjoy a night of fashion and beauty indulgence while shopping well-known brands and up-and-coming apparel and accessories designers. The evening will include hair styling, makeovers and cocktails. Space is limited. To RSVP, e-mail The event is sponsored by Abelson Legal Search and Summit Court Reporting.

Tickets Available for Lawyerpalooza Oct. 25

The Young Lawyers Division will host Lawyerpalooza at Kildare's Headhouse Square (2nd & South streets) on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., lawyers who moonlight in bands, such as A Band Called M, Class Action, Brand New Gods and Pray for Mojo, will be featured. There will also be other performances by Brad Shuttleworth and Jim Wells. You've seen them in court, now see them on stage! The cost of $10 includes drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.

Lawyerpalooza is sponsored by Esquire Deposition Services, LLC and Summit Court Reporting, Inc. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will present the 29th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala "Philadelphia Justice in Films" on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Sherman Mills.

The Bar Foundation will present its annual Morris Shuster Fellowships at the event, along with the presentation of the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award.

The Andrew Hamilton Gala, the social event of the season in the legal community, raises money for grants to law-related programs in the Philadelphia area that assist the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. Click here for ticket information.

Andrew Hamilton Award Nominees Sought by Nov. 2

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose.

In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 2. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim, Esq., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Oct. 31 Deadline for Ingram Award Nominees

The Association's Committee on the Rights of Lesbian and Gay Men is accepting nominations for its annual Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award.

Nominations should be no longer than one page and include why your candidate should receive the award. Please submit your nomination by Wednesday, Oct. 31 to

Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, including a term as its treasurer. She successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a Web site, endorsing of bar candidates, and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community. She reached out to both the American and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations to be inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and encouraged the Philadelphia Bar Association to endorse a number of pro-LGBT resolutions.

She was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice Award, which recognized the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all.

Higginbotham Fellowship Available; Apply by Nov. 26

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a Higginbotham Fellowship, in the amount of $4,000, to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a DLSC public interest law center during the summer of 2008. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Section's Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 5 between at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

Any Delivery of Legal Services Committee public interest law center interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via e-mail at by no later than Monday, Nov. 26.

This stipend is intended to support the work of a summer law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of our community. This stipend is also intended to subsidize a DLSC law center that would not otherwise be in a position to support the costs of employing a summer law clerk. The Higginbotham Fellowship is not available to public interest law centers that have previously received the stipend.

Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Competition Oct. 27

Members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will once again serve as mentors and coaches for the High School Mock Trail Competition. This year's competition begins with the Mock Trial Law Camp, set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, located at 1719 N. Broad St.

The camp is an intensive all-day training session that couples an instructive component with hands-on training in direct and cross-examination of parties and witnesses. Students get an introduction to the key components of the trial, including the rules of evidence and opening and closing statements.

Attorney volunteers are essential to the success of this program. As group leaders, they guide small teams of students through the entire day's program. More than assisting students with preparation and presentation for their trials, attorney volunteers serve as mentors and a resource to high school students, who one day wish to follow in their footsteps to a career in the legal field. Lawyers will be provided with instructions and guidelines to assist in their participation.

After Mock Trial Camp, students from 50 public, private, and parochial schools will compete in a simplified mock trial for the City Mock Trial Championship in the spring. The students are given the opportunity to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. Previous trials have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters, civil forfeitures in a criminal context, and 1st degree murder.

YLD volunteer coaches are integral in guiding students in understanding the way a trial works, helping to develop trial strategies, and promoting an understanding of trial fundamentals. The teams compete in a round-robin tournament, with the best teams ultimately advancing to the state championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to represent the Philadelphia region. The state champions go on to represent Pennsylvania in the National Finals.

Volunteers are needed to serve as team coaches and judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition. Attorneys interested in volunteering should contact Roberta West or Eleanora Jones at (215) 204-1887. If you have any questions, you may also contact Heather Herrington.

Save $100 on Client Development Workshop

Philadelphia Bar Association members can receive $100 off the registration fee when signing up for The Training Resource Group's training program for associates of professional services firms.

The workshop, for attorneys looking to improve their client development skills, will be held Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the offices of The Training Resource Group, 100 N. 20th St., 4th floor.

The pre-discount cost of the program is $895 per participant and includes evaluation, training, coaching session and materials. To RSVP for this program, call The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4652 or e-mail

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP will present its annual training event "Pro Bono Opportunities Day," on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Montgomery, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia. All attorneys are invited to learn how to help Philadelphia's low-income population with their legal needs. Participants may choose one of four substantive trainings. Following the training, VIP will offer each participant a pro bono case. Attorneys who attend a seminar and accept a case will earn two (2) substantive CLE credits. The cost of the program is $45 per attorney. Breakfast and training materials are included. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register, please contact Tanya Rambert at 215-523-9550, or

• The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will hold its Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William Marutani Fellowship at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St., Philadelphia. Cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by diner at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

• The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hold its 3rd annual Jazz concert featuring James McBride and special friends on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad St., (Broad and Fitzwater street). A VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. VIP tickets are $200; general admission is $50 and student tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377 or visit

• The Juvenile Law Center, the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Division Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty will unveil a new mural installation “The Gault Project: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia Family Court is hosting this event under the leadership of Judge Dougherty, who offered a prominent, permanent place for the mural in Philadelphia’s Family Court. In conjunction with the mural dedication, the Defender Association of Philadelphia will present its first Gault Award to the association’s Bill Bachman, honoring him for his dedication and commitment to excellence in his representation of juveniles. Gerald Gault is also scheduled to appear. The event is free and will take place at Philadelphia Family Court, 1801 Vine St.

• The National Constitution Center and Juvenile Law Center will present a forum on the rights and status of children under the Constitution on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The forum is part of a nationwide, year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of In re Gault, the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to counsel for youth subject to delinquency proceedings. Gerald Gault will appear as a guest speaker, along with Elizabeth Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, as well as others. Joanne Epps, professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic affairs at Temple University Beasley School of Law will moderate the event. The event will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. This event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling (215) 409-6700.

• The SeniorLAW Center and the Wine School of Philadelphia will host a “South American” Wine Tasting Party, on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (tasting begins at 6 p.m.) at Blank Rome LLP, Marvin Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square (18th and Cherry streets). Tickets are $55 and two for $99. To order tickets, call 215-701-3203, or e-mail

Brandeis Society Levy Nominations Due Today

Nominations are now being accepted for the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award, an award presented by the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at its annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The award provides recognition to an individual who is a member of the bench or bar and has demonstrated a sustained commitment to serving the legal and broader community. The award is named to honor the life of Benjamin F. Levy, whose efforts contributed to the creation of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Past recipients have included prominent members of the bench and bar.

Nominations, including a brief statement as to why the particular nominee should be considered for the Award, must be submitted by no later than today (Thursday, Oct. 18) to Michael J. Berkowitz, Chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at or via fax at (215) 751-1142.

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 28

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 28 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at

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