Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 76

Honors for Presenza, Pichini; Robinson to Speak Oct. 30

President Judge Louis J. Presenza of Philadelphia Municipal Court and former Women in the Profession Committee Chair Roberta D. Pichini will be honored at the Association's Oct. 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Mary Robinson (left), the first woman president of Ireland, will deliver keynote remarks.

Presenza has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Pichini will receive the Sandra Day O'Connor Award, which 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. Pichini is a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner and Weinstock.

Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will deliver the keynote address. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at

Nominations Sought for 2006 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2006 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed informational statement setting forth your reasons for recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey Blevins, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

3. Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

4. The accomplishment must arise from volunteer activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

5. 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.

Traffic Court Judge to Meet with Committee Oct. 23

Philadelphia Traffic Court Administrative Judge Bernice A. DeAngelis will meet with members of the Association's Traffic Court Committee on Monday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. E-mail Dawn Burger at to RSVP for this program.

D.A. Abraham Joins Discussion of City's Homicide Rate

The Professional Responsibility Committee will hold a panel discussion on whether the Philadelphia lawyer bears an ethical or moral responsibility to work for a decrease in the homicide rate and what available opportunities exist for attorneys to do so on Monday, Oct. 23.

Panelists for this program include Lynne Abraham, District Attorney of Philadelphia (left); George Gossett Jr., immediate past president, The Barrister Association of Philadelphia; Michael B. Hayes, Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; and Jeffrey M. Lindy, Lindy and Associates, P.C., the Bar Association's assistant treasurer and past Chair of Bar Association's Board of Governors.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Judges to Talk of Path to Bench Oct. 26

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges John Milton Younge and Renee Caldwell Hughes will be among the panelists for the Thursday, Oct. 26 Minorities in the Profession Committee program "Minority Judges: How They Ascended to the Bench."

The judges will discuss their legal careers and the path they took to become judges. The discussion will be 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.

119 Firms Raise $1.45 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of Sheller, Ludwig and Sheller, 119 law firms have pledged more than $1.45 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 119 law firms, representing nearly 4,600 attorneys, have pledged $1,458,370. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. Nineteen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Nominating Committee Selects Eight

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Nominating Committee nominated the following candidates for Bar Association offices on Oct. 11: Vice Chancellor, Sayde J. Ladov; Secretary, John E. Savoth; Assistant Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Treasurer, Scott F. Cooper; Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy.

The Committee also made the following nominations for three-year terms (three of five positions) on the Board of Governors: Gaetan J. Alfano, Karen L. Detamore and Shelley R. Smith.

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. 5, 2006. The deadline for filing these additional nominations is Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, 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 25 members of the Association who are entitled to vote, except for the nomination of Vice Chancellor, which shall be signed by a least 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. 3, 2006, at 5 p.m.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons wishing to join the judiciary.

Individuals who are filing for the 2007 primary election as judicial candidates for the Philadelphia Common Pleas or Municipal Courts should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Areetha M. Carter, Esq., the Bar Association's Staff Counsel, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. Please return the completed questionnaire to Judicial Commission at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

Candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by contacting Ms. Carter at or (215) 238-6351.

The Commission will complete all ratings for candidates running in the 2007 primary by Jan. 31, 2007; therefore, in order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, no questionnaires will be accepted for evaluation after Dec. 15, 2006. 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.

A. Harold Datz, Esq.
2006 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 9

Brian Hudson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, will receive the Real Property Section’s Good Deed Award at the Section’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Tad Decker, chair of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency was created by the General Assembly in 1972 to provide affordable housing for older adults, families of modest means, and persons with disabilities. To date, the Agency has financed more than 110,000 houses and 65,000 apartment units while saving 36,000 homes from foreclosure.

Maximizing Wealth When Selling Business Nov. 9

Len Hersh of Bernstein Wealth Management will present "The Art of the Deal: Maximizing Personal Wealth When Selling a Business" at the Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting of the Closely Held Business 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 per person. Click here to RSVP for this program.

The Closely Held Business Committee of the Probate Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association explores planning issues unique to the closely held or family business, and advocates the use of a long range, proactive and multidisciplinary approach to the small business. Some of the topics addressed by the Committee are buy-sell arrangements, life and death transfers, income and estate tax issues, valuations, and management succession issues.

Beccaria Award Ceremony Nov. 9 at City Hall

The Criminal Justice Section and the Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present the 13th Annual Cesare Beccaria Award to Michael C. Rainone on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) of Philadelphia City Hall. A reception will follow in Room 201. A bust of Beccaria will also be unveiled at the ceremony.

Cesare Beccaria, an 18th century Italian scholar, was an early proponent of many of the tenets of modern criminal law. His visionary work is credited with aiding the subsequent European penal code reform and the eventual development of the American criminal justice system.

Antitrust Year in Review CLE Nov. 15

The Business Law Section's Antitrust Law Committee will cosponsor the CLE program "Antitrust-An Important Year in Review" on Nov. 15 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The program will examine the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in Reeder-Simco, Independent Inc. v. Illinois Tool Works and Texaco v. Dagher. Course planners for the program include Robert E. Connolly, Roberta D. Liebenberg and Barbara Sicalides. Additional faculty will be announced. Click here for additional information or to register.

Public Interest Section Seeks Hamilton Award Nominees

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is looking for nominees for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 27.

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. In particular, 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. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Bar Foundation's Hamilton Gala Nov. 4 at 30th St. Station

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is soliciting nominations for the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Awards, to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 30th Street Station. The theme of this year's gala is "Neighborhoods of Philadelphia."

The Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award honors a law firm that promotes pro bono activity. The Bar Foundation Award honors an individual attorney who is working in public interest legal services. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 23. Click here for more information about these awards.

Tickets for the Andrew Hamilton Gala are $500 per person for patrons, $325 for subscribers and $225 for members of the Young Lawyers Division and members of the judiciary. Click here to purchase tickets online. This black-tie-optional event is chaired by Amy Ginensky and Deborah Gross.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Hampton Award Nominees

The Workers' Compensation Section is seeking nominees for its Seventh Annual Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers compensation law. Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Hampton's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers.

All members of the bar and bench, who practice workers compensation, are eligible. This is not an award restricted to clients' attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as the bench.

This year's committee will include Marc S. Jacobs (partner with Hampton at Galfand Berger) and last year's section co-chairs, Judge Mark Harrison, Michael Mulvey and Matthew Wynn. Also, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kids Chance; an organization helping youngsters who have lost a parent due to a work-elated injury to gain a higher level of education.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 9. All nominations can be e-mailed to Jacobs at or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Free CLE Project PEACE Training Oct. 20

Project PEACE will hold a free CLE training session for attorneys interested in working with a Project PEACE School on Friday, Oct. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Project PEACE (Peaceful Endings through Attorneys, Children and Educators) promotes nonviolent conflict resolution in the schools. Click here for more information about Project PEACE.

Two CLE credit hours will be awarded at no cost to those attorneys who volunteer to work with a Project PEACE school. Click here for additional information.

Fashion Show to Benefit Women Against Abuse

The Women's Rights Committee will hold a fashion show fund-raiser for Women Against Abuse on Friday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Nicole Miller store at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

This event is the perfect opportunity to shop for the Andrew Hamilton Gala. The event is sponsored by Finlandia and The Palm, which will provide food and drinks.

Ten percent of the sales from the event will go to Women Against Abuse. The event is open to the first 50 people who register. To register, contact Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

Dessert and Wine Reception Oct. 21

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights will hold a dessert and wine reception on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.

The reception will feature sweets donated by some of Philadelphia's best-known restaurants and patisseries. A number of supporters are hosting Night for Rights house parties. Starting at 8 p.m., community members, allies and house party participants will gather at the National Liberty Museum to satisfy their sweet tooth and demonstrate their support for LGBT equality. More than 150 people will partake in the evening's festivities and local businesses are donating goods.

To purchase tickets, participate as an event sponsor or host a Night for Rights Party, visit or call (215) 731-1447, extension 13.

SeniorLAW Center Wine-Tasting Party Oct. 25

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a two-hour tasting party of premium Italian wines with Wine School president Keith Wallace on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Comisky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry Streets.

Tickets are $50 each or two for $95. Proceeds from the event will benefit the SeniorLAW Center. To order tickets, contact Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or e-mail

AIDS Law Project Event with James McBride Oct. 28

The AIDS Law Project will host a fundraising event featuring James McBride (saxophonist and author of The Color of Water) at the Clef Club, 736-738 S. Broad St., on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $200 for the reception and concert; $35 for just the concert; or $20 for just the concert with student ID. For tickets or more information, call 215-587-9377, or visit

Public Interest Anniversary Celebration Nov. 1

Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and Philadelphia Legal Assistance will celebrate milestone anniversaries on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The evening will feature the music of Amsterdam as well as a light dinner, beer and wine. The event is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Citizens Bank, Montgomery Benefits Group and the Independence Foundation. For RSVP and ticket information, call (215) 981-3732 or e-mail

YLD Seeks Mentors, Coaches for Mock Trial Competition

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. 28 at Temple University 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 first-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 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 at or Eleanora Jones at (215) 204-1887.

Brandeis Society Accepting Levy Award Nominations

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 in December.

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. Click here to learn more about Levy.

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 Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 to Michael J. Berkowitz, Chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at

Dash for Democracy Nov. 4 at Independence Mall

Join the hundreds that have already registered for the Committee of Seventy's inaugural Dash for Democracy 5K Run/Walk on Independence Mall on Saturday, Nov. 4 - just three days before an election that includes the hottest race in the nation.

The Dash, organized by Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, is not your ordinary 5K but rather a platform for you to run or walk for issues that are important to you. To have as much fun as possible, The Committee of Seventy is holding a Creative Expressions Contest with prizes to reward the most innovative and entertaining ways of expressing your issues, passions or beliefs.

The Dash, which is a USATF-certified course, is a completely unique concept as this is the first time a run/walk is being used as a vehicle to promote democracy. The race route is worth highlighting as it also is a first - the Dash starts in front of the National Constitution Center, takes you up Market Street around City Hall, out to Logan Circle and back. Imagine - thousands of people running and walking through the heart of the city dressed in ways to draw attention to their issue.

Online registration and complete information are available at Other activities happening at the Dash include a "Democracy Your Way" Expo inside the National Constitution Center from 7 a.m. until noon that will showcase more than 30 area nonprofits with information on how to get involved in your community. There will also be a Mini-Dash for the kids, music, raffle tickets, speakers and much more.

All the revenue generated from the Dash will help support the Committee of Seventy's nonpartisan civic education and empowerment programs. For more information about the Dash, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anne Mahlum at 215-557-3600, ext. 203 or at

Volunteers Sought for Penn Mock Trial Event

The University of Pennsylvania Mock Trial Team is looking for judges, attorneys or law students to volunteer to serve as presiding judges or scoring judges for the 2006 Quaker Classic Invitational on Nov. 10 and 11, at which some of the best college mock trial teams from across the country will compete.

All trials will be held in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St. Food will be provided to judges on both Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. The rules that govern tournaments require one presiding judge for each trial and one or two scoring judges. Because there will be about 15 trials going on simultaneously each round, 30 to 45 judges will be needed per round.

If you are interested in helping for any or all of the rounds or have any further questions, contact

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