Oct. 22, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 75

Bench-Bar Conference Opens Friday at Harrah's

A total of 13 CLE seminars and 5 CLE credits are available at the Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference, which begins Friday, Oct. 23 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

Seminars are being presented by the Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, Business Litigation Committee, Workers' Compensation Section, Criminal Justice Section, State Civil Litigation Section, Law Practice Management Division, Professional Responsibility Committee, Bar-News Media Committee, Business Law Section, Public Interest Section and Probate and Trust Section.

The Conference opens with the October Quarterly Meeting on Friday, Oct. 23. Philadelphia City Council members Bill Green, Brian J. O'Neill, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Marian B. Tasco will discuss what it will take to make Philadelphia the next great city in the current economic climate. KYW Newsradio's Wally Kennedy will moderate the program.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Superior Court President Judge Kate Ford Elliott, Commonwealth Court Judge Judge Robert (Robin) Simpson, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela P. Dembe and Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield will all report on the state of their courts at the closing program of the Conference on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Among the highlights of this year's conference is Friday night's Hawaiian "law-au" Grand Reception at The Pool After Dark, one of the hottest nightspots in Atlantic City. And on Saturday morning, Anthony Gargano and former Philadelphia Eagle Ike Reese of SportsRadio 610 will host a sports talk program.

Sponsors for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, PNC Wealth Management, JuriStaff, Summit Pharmacy, American Lawsuit Funding, JAMS, Iron Mountain, LexisNexis, Alliance Medical Legal Consulting, CourtCall, Eastern Pennsylvania Orthopedics, ABA Retirement Funds Program and Philadelphia Pain Management and MRI. USI Affinity is the sponsor of Friday night's Grand Reception at The Pool After Dark. The media sponsor is The Legal Intelligencer.

Poll Results Released for Judges Seeking Retention

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is releasing the results (see www.electqualifiedjudges.org) of a poll made available earlier this year to all practicing Philadelphia lawyers.

More than 900 attorneys completed the poll. Under the bylaws of the Association, this poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, though it must be published along with the Commission's findings. In addition to poll results, the Commission evaluates each candidate based on criteria including integrity, legal ability, judicial temperament and efficiency.

Sayde Ladov, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a member of the Judicial Commission, says she hopes that "voters will understand why judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates."

Referring to the Bar Association’s web site, www.electqualifiedjudges.org, she adds, "Judges have enormous power. This is one place where voters can find thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of judicial candidates."

The following candidates have been rated recommended for retention to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: Sandy L. V. Byrd, Ida K. Chen, Pamela Pryor Dembe, Richard J. Gordon, Glynnis Hill, Benjamin Lerner, Annette Rizzo, Karen Shreeves Johns and Sheila Woods Skipper.

The following candidates have been rated recommended for retention to Municipal Court: Frank T. Brady, Barbara Gilbert, Lydia Kirkland, Gerard Kosinski, Marsha H. Neifield and Craig M. Washington.

In addition to the judicial retention candidates, the following candidates (nominated in May's primary) have been recommended for election to the Court of Common Pleas in the general election: Daniel Anders, Adam Beloff, Robert P. Coleman, Angeles Roca, Diane Thompson and Donna M. Woelpper.

The following candidate (nominated in May's primary) is not recommended for election to the Court of Common Pleas in the general election: Roxanne Covington.

The following candidates (nominated in May's primary) are recommended for election to Municipal Court in the general election: Patrick F. Dugan, Charles Hayden, Dawn A. Segal, Joseph C. Waters, Jr.

The Commission consists of lawyers and non-lawyers including the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, the Chief Public Defender, the City Solicitor, the Chancellor, Chancellor‐Elect and Vice Chancellor of the Bar Association and representatives of diverse interests within the community.

Earlier this spring, the Commission released its recommendations for judicial candidates seeking open seats on Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. Of the 17 candidates nominated in May’s primary election, 16 were recommended by the Commission.

The Philadelphia Bar Association has issued its recommendations on judicial candidates for 33 years. Composed of 13,000 members, the Bar Association serves the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law.

For more information about the Judicial Commission, its process and recommendations, go to www.electqualifiedjudges.org.

Reception for Judges Found "Recommended" Oct. 23

The Campaign for Qualified Judges, the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be holding a reception at the Association's 2009 Bench Bar and Annual Conference to raise money in support of this year's judicial retention candidates.

The Reception is currently co-sponsored by the law firms of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and hosted Saul Ewing LLP. Additional sponsors are welcome and please see below for more details.

The reception is intended to raise funds for the 15 judges, who have been found "Recommended" by the Bar Association's Judicial Commission and who have signed a pledge that they "will not, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept contributions from members of the bar for [their] campaign for retention in judicial office."

The retention candidates who have been found "Recommended" are Hon. Frank T. Brady, Hon. Sandy L.V. Byrd, Hon. Ida Chen, Hon. Pamela Pryor Dembe, Hon. Barbara S. Gilbert, Hon. Richard J. Gordon, Hon. Glynnis D. Hill, Hon. Lydia L. Kirkland, Hon. Gerard A. Kosinski, Hon. Benjamin Lerner, Hon. Marsha H. Neifield, Hon. Annette M. Rizzo, Hon. Karen Shreeves-Johns, Hon. Craig M. Washington and Hon. Sheila A. Woods-Skipper.

Each of the retention candidates has been invited to attend the reception, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.

Tickets for the reception are $150 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Additionally, sponsorship opportunities are available for $2,500 and host opportunities are available at $1,000. To purchase tickets, or to make arrangements to be a sponsor or host, please contact Brian Sims at bsims@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6353.

Jury Innovation: Principles and Debate Oct. 22

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III and Judge Legrome D. Davis, along with Abbe F. Fletman and Association Vice Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will present "Jury Innovation: Principles and Debate" at the Thursday, Oct. 22 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Nominees Sought for Chancellor's Diversity Award

Nominees are being sought for the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award. The award will recognize a law firm, legal organization or individual who has made a substantial contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Nominations for the award will be accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 23. The Chancellor's Diversity Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Potential honorees may be an individual attorney, law firm of any size, legal services organization or law school. The nominee must reside in Philadelphia. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous appreciation of and contribution to diversity and inclusion in the field. However, nominations will be accepted for a single outstanding contribution.

If the nomination is for a law firm, law school or organization, may include an outstanding or innovative programmatic activity that has highlighted diversity, increased diverse representation or supported inclusion efforts in the legal field. These activities should support the areas of commitment to diversity mentioned in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles.

If the nomination is for an individual, that person must demonstrate a sustained commitment to the tenets of diversity through activities that should support the areas of commitment to diversity mentioned in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles. Click here to download nomination forms.

Chancellor's Forum: Prisoner Pro Bono Projects Oct. 26

The Chancellor's Forum "Prisoner Pro Bono Projects" will kick off Pro Bono Week on Monday, Oct. 26.

Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will moderate the program, which will feature a discussion two innovative prisoner pro bono projects in Philadelphia – the Supervision to Aid Re-Entry Program and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Panelists include Marissa Bluestine, legal director, Pennsylvania Innocence Project; James Figorski, U.S. Magistrate Judges Timothy Rice and L. Felipe Restrepo and Philadelphia VIP Executive Director Sara Woods. Closing remarks will be presented by Amy Ginensky, president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $5 for those members who RSVP in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Pro Bono Celebration Week Begins Oct. 26

Pro Bono Celebration Week honors the pro bono contribution of Philadelphia's lawyers and offers an occasion to learn more about the interesting and professionally challenging pro bono opportunities that exist with Philadelphia's public interest organizations.

Coordinated by the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law School Outreach and Law Firm Pro Bono Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pro Bono Celebration Week is planned in collaboration with the ABA's National Pro Bono Celebration. The following is a list of Pro Bono Celebration Week activities:

Monday, Oct. 26
• Chancellor's Forum on Prisoner Pro Bono Projects: 12 - 1:30 p.m., Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $5. Register at philadelphiabar.org.

• Pro Bono Open House: 5 - 7 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will speak at 5:30 p.m. To register contact Nicole Friant at anfriant@duanemorris.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 27
• Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. For more information, contact phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call (215) 523-9567 to register. Two CLE credits are available for those who accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Click here for additional information.

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 - 11 a.m., Kirkbride/Travelers Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
• Support Center for Child Advocates CLE training program on How to Handle a Child Abuse Case: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets, 10th floor. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724. Six CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, are available.

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic, 6 - 7 p.m., UHCH, Penn Clinic, St. Agatha/St. James Church, 38th and Chestnut streets. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Thursday, Oct. 29
• SeniorLAW Center HelpLine volunteer training program: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th floor. Register with Sue Wasserkrug at 215-701-3216 or swasserkrug@seniorlawcenter.org. Two free CLE credits are anticipated for volunteers. Lunch will be provided.

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 6 - 7 p.m., Eliza Shirley Shelter, 1320 Arch St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Friday, Oct. 30
• Capstone CLE Forum - Pro Bono: Where Do We Go From Here: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 34th and Chestnut streets. 3 CLE credits (pending approval). Registration is $25 for public interest attorneys and $30 for all others. Register with Arlene Finkelstein at arfinkelstein@law.upenn.edu.

• SeniorLAW Center training program Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney for Older Pennsylvanians: 12 - 3 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Register with Roxane Crowley at rcrowley@seniorlawcenter.org. Three free CLE credits are available in exchange for handling a case. Lunch will be provided.

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 1:45 - 3 p.m., St. John's Hospice, 1221 Race St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 27

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will hold its annual training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Preventing Homelessness, on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Whether a first-year associate new to the practice of law, an experienced practitioner new to pro bono, or a longtime pro bono attorney, all attorneys are invited to attend and learn how to use their legal experience to help those most in need in our community.

Training sessions are available to lawyers from all practice areas and will focus on areas of law critical to keeping people in their homes. There will be training sessions on mortgage foreclosure, quiet title and public housing. Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits.

The cost of the training is $45 per attendee with breakfast and educational materials provided. The registration form can be found at phillyvip.org. If you work at a firm with a VIP contact person, please register through that person. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 19.

Pro Bono Opportunities Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. For more information, contact phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call (215) 523-9567 to register.

Preparing for Chapter 11 Oct. 27

Barry D. Kleban and Larry G. McMichael are the featured speakers for the Tuesday, Oct. 27 Bankruptcy Committee meeting "Preparing for Chapter 11."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Anne M. Aaronson at 215-575-7110 or aaaronson@dilworthlaw.com.

Networking Planning Session Oct. 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold a strategic planning session "Networking in 2009 and Beyond" on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

This meeting will serve as a strategic planning session to discuss the many nuances of networking, including more traditional strategies and more recent social and professional networking sites, to help increase visibility and enhance marketing efforts. The goal is to develop issues, questions, and suggestions for a panel discussion in the meeting that follows.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Relationships with Physicians Oct. 27

John Washlick will lead a discussion on exploring pharma and device company relationships with physicians at the Tuesday, Oct. 27 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Partnering for Career Success Oct. 28

The Attorney Career Development Committee will present "Partnering for Career Success" on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Have you thought how much easier it would be to make great first impressions on employers and clients if you had a partner or small group offering you advice, feedback and help presenting yourself to key decision-makers? "Speed intros" and "action exercises" will help you connect with the partner best for you.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members registering in advance. Click here to RSVP.

IP Owners Rights in the Digital Age Oct. 28

The Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee will discuss the continuing challenges for IP rights owners in the digital age at its Wednesday, Oct. 28 meeting.

The meeting will include a discussion of IP rights in e-books and e-newspapers, the music industry and virtual worlds. The meting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., 12th Floor. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP in advance if you plan to attend the meeting in person. Please RSVP to Linda Waiters at 215-979-1294 or ljwaiters@duanemorris.com.

Philadelphia Zoning Code Update Oct. 30

The Real Property Section and the Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee will present an update on a new zoning code for Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 30.

The meeting will features Zoning Code Commission members Darwin R. Beauvais, Richard DeMarco, Wendella P. Fox, Eva Gladstein (executive director, Zoning Code Commission), Councilman Bill Green, Peter F. Kelsen, Councilman Brian J. O'Neill and Stella M. Tsai.

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

Money Management Series Continues Nov. 5

The Women in the Profession Public Service Task Force will present the second part of its Money Management 101 progam "How to be Ahead of the Game for the Rest of Your Financial Future" on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Daniel P. Foley, a financial advisor with Delaware Valley Financial Group Companies, will lecture on building wealth, investing and planning for retirement. The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The Women in the Profession Committee Public Interest Task Force would like to thank its lunch sponsor, DVFG Advisors, LLC, for its generosity. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Nominations Sought for 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey via e-mail at tmccloskey@philabar.org or by mailing to Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• 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 fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service 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 court operations or any other public service activity.

Hamilton Award Nominees Sought by Oct. 30

The Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 30. 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. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

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 on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

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 E. Savoth. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, 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 Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

Interviewing the Child Witness Nov. 2

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Doris Pechkurow and Master in Custody Fern Brown Caplan will present "Interviewing the Child Witness: A View from the Bench" on Monday Nov. 2.

Elizabeth Warner will moderate the program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

CLE Examines Vincent Chin Murder Nov. 6

The Philadelphia Bar Association Office of Diversity and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will present the CLE program "The Pursuit of Justice: The Murder of Vincent Chin and the Origins of a Civil Rights Movement" on Friday, Nov. 6.

The 1982 murder of Vincent Chin and its legal aftermath marked a watershed in the civil rights movement in America and is considered the genesis of the Asian Pacific American civil rights movement. Chin, a Chinese American, was beaten to death in Detroit with a baseball bat by a Chrysler plant superintendent and his stepson. The lenient sentencing of the two men generated public outrage, as the attack possessed many attributes consistent with hate crimes.

Through the re-enactment of specific portions of the actual transcripts of the state and federal criminal trials, attorneys will observe and discuss the actual criminal trial, including direct and cross-examination of witnesses, witness preparation, and the interactions between lawyers, judges, parties and non-party witnesses. In addition, the reenactment will reveal how the lack of resources and possible prejudices might have led to lenient sentences for this brutal homicide. Also addressed will be the practical challenges and limitations faced by attorneys in developing a case and substantiating legal theories. Furthermore, the re-enactment and subsequent dialogue will address the perceived limitations of criminal justice system and the civil rights laws, how this miscarriage of justice galvanized the Asian-American community, the numerous attempts to enact hate crimes legislation, and the unfinished business of this civil rights movement.

he program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Tuition fees include lunch. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

The course planners include John D. Huh, Y. Jae Kim, May Mon Post and Stella M. Tsai. Speakers and cast members include Nadeem Bezar, DaLesia Boyd, Melanie Bunker, Wendella P. Fox, Carol A. Fritz, Yanni Guo, Joyce K. Hackenbrach, Nilmini Klur, Marisa H. Lattimore, Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov, Sarah R. Lavelle,
Tsiwen Law, Sophia Lee, Maureen Rowley, John Savoth, Brian Sims, Divya Wallace,
and Su Ming Yeh.

Gillen to Speak at Real Property Annual Meeting Nov. 19

Kevin C. Gillen, Ph.D., vice president with Philadelphia-based Econsult Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 19 Annual Meeting of the Real Property Section.

Dr. Gillen works on issues related to local economic policy and real estate development. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1201 Market St. The Section will also honor Joe Syrnick of Schuylkill River Development Corporation with its annual Good Deed Award.

The election of officers and new members of the executive committee will take place at the Annual Meeting. The Section's Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons for the offices indicated Vice Chair, Cheryl Gaston; Treasurer, Brad Begelman; and Secretary, Richard Vanderslice.

The succession of current Vice-Chair Alfred R. Fuscaldo to the position of Chair of the Section is automatic in accordance with the Section's bylaws.

The Section's Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons for the Executive Committee (three-year terms): Markita Morris Louis, Harper Dimmerman, Sherman Toppin, Kathy Keyser and Rachel Friedman (completing final year of a three-year term). The nominee for Young Lawyers' Division Liaison is Rachel Gallegos.

Additional nominations may be made in accordance with the bylaws of the Section, by written notice from any member, which is seconded in writing by no fewer than 10 members of the Section. Additional nominations must be received not less than 20 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Additional nominations are to be mailed or delivered to Christine Paul, Chair of the Real Property Section, Women's Community Revitalization Project, 407 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Tickets to the Real Property Section Annual Meeting are $45 for Section members and $50 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets.

Hamilton Benefit Nov. 21 at Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather as they have since 1978 at the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Andrew Hamilton Benefit to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the network of legal services organizations it funds.

This will be a wonderful evening of food, drink and dancing. There will be a "Dancing with the Bar" with surprise guests in a featured dance sequence. The contributions to those in need will be recognized through the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award. But most of all it will be gathering of people who share a common purpose - to promote equal access to justice for all.

Lawyers have a special responsibility to help the poor, children, the disabled and those who are especially vulnerable in times of crisis have access to legal representation. The Andrew Hamilton Benefit is the public symbol of the Philadelphia legal profession's commitment to this notion and helps not only the public interest legal organizations and the clients they serve, but the legal profession itself. By showing that it cares about our justice system, the profession grows in stature.

Many law firms and businesses are supporting the Hamilton Benefit through sponsorships including Pepper Hamilton LLP; UPS; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney to name a just a few early sponsors. For more information, call Liz Pannulla at 215-238-6337 or click here and visit the Bar Foundation web site.

We ask you to continue to be there for Philadelphia's public interest legal services and join us on Nov. 21 as we celebrate the strength of our legal community and reaffirm together that Philadelphia lawyers care.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Nov. 13

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning Friday, Nov. 13.

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 in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Nov. 13 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Nov. 20 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Dec. 4, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Dec. 11 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 trainingresourcegroup.com.

Supreme Court Candidates to Debate Oct. 22

Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates Judge Joan Orie Melvin and Judge Jack Panella will participate in a debate on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 12:15 p.m. at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The debate will be held in the Duane Morris Moot Court Room in the Klein Law Building, 1719 N. Broad St. The debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the Student Bar Association of Temple University Beasley School of Law. For more information, please contact Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts at 215-569-1150 or visit pmconline.org.

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 2009 Quaker Classic Invitational on Nov. 13-14, where some of the best college mock trial teams from across the country will compete.

All trials will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Food will be provided to judges between Rounds 1 and 2, before Round 3, and between Rounds 3 and 4. The rules that govern tournaments require having one presiding judge and one or two scoring judges for each trial. A total of 40 volunteers per round are needed, to judge 20 simultaneous trials. Having actual attorneys and judges present in rounds shows students how professionals speak and comport themselves and also gives students better feedback for their roles. Real-life experience cannot be replaced.

On Nov. 13, judges will meet at 2:15 p.m. Round 1 runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and Round 2 is from 7 to 10 p.m. On Nov. 14, the judges meet at 8:15 a.m. Round 3 is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Round 4 is from 1 to 4 p.m.

College mock trial is a unique opportunity for students interested in the legal process. If you have any questions or know a colleague who would be interested in participating, contact judging coordinator Doug Haefele at judges@pennmocktrial.com.

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