Pratt to Outline 2008 Agenda at Annual Meeting Dec. 4
Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt will outline his plans for 2008 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The Association will present four of its most prestigious honors at the program
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy will receive the Association's Bar Medal, presented at the discretion of the Chancellor in recognition of extraordinary service. It is reserved only for the highest accomplishments and most impressive achievements. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will be presented with the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award and former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich will receive the Wachovia Fidelity Award. The program will also feature the presentation of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award. It begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.
The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors. There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, Scott F. Cooper; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; and Michael J. Berkowitz, Karen L. Detamore, Maria A. Feely, Jeffrey S. Gross and Richard S. Seidel, Board of Governors.
Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Balloting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 4 at the Park Hyatt. Click here to read the Philadelphia Bar Reporter 2007 Election Guide.
Attracting Business to Philadelphia Nov. 26
Thomas G. Morr, president and CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia, will discuss the organization's efforts and successes in attracting companies nationally and internationally to this region and how the bar association can assist with those efforts on Monday, Nov. 26.
Select Greater Philadelphia is a regional economic development marketing organization created to promote the Greater Philadelphia region as a premier business location. The program is sponsored by the Real Property Section, Business Law Section and International Law Committee.
Prior to joining Select Greater Philadelphia in June 2005, Morr served as the managing partner of the Greater Washington Initiative, an organization that markets the National Capital area. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University. He practiced law with the firm of Michael F. Colley and Associates of Columbus, Ohio.
Morr serves as a member of the National Air and Space Museum Board at the Smithsonian Institution, and is a member emeritus of the Board and Executive Committee of the Washington Airports Task Force and of the Washington Dulles Foreign Trade Zone. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, an affiliate of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. He has also co-chaired the Governor's Commission on Development of the Virginia Travel and Tourism Industry. He is the former Chairman of the World Cities Alliance.
The program begins at 12 p.m. and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is being sponsored by the Real Property Section, Business Law Section and International Law Committee.
Registration in advance is requested.
How to Become a Law Professor Nov. 27
The Women in the Profession Committee and the Minorities in the Profession Committee will present the program "How to Become a Law Professor" on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Speakers include Theresa Glennon, professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Jaya Ramji-Nogales, assistant professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and N. Jeremi Duru; assistant professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
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.
State Civil CLE Potpourri, Reception Nov. 28
The State Civil Litigation Section is sponsoring a CLE potpourri at its Wednesday, Nov. 28 Annual Meeting at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.
Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. at the CLE sessions run from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The election of the Section's 2008 Executive Committee and a reception follow. The reception is co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division.
Substantive and ethics credits are determined by the session attended. Attendees can choose from one of the following sessions:
Civility in the Courtroom and Beyond (1 ethics credit) featuring Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau and Mark N. Cohen. Jonathan Scott Goldman is the course planner and Kathleen D. Wilkinson is the moderator.
From POs to Motion Practice and Discovery, How Has Practice Been Impacted Today? (1 substantive credit) with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Jacqueline F. Allen and Sandra Mazer Moss. The course planner is Justin S. Moriconi and the moderator is David E. Prewitt.
Arbitrations: Appeals from Arbitration - Rule 1311.1 Trials (1 substantive credit) with Joshua D. Baer, course planner Heather Herrington and moderator Alan Schnoll.
Does the Judge Pro Temp Program Need to be Improved? What Issues Face Lawyers Today? (1 substantive credit) with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester, Wesley R. Payne IV, course planner Steve Berk and moderator Sayde J. Ladov.
Medical Malpractice: Latest Issues Concerning Certificates of Merit? (1 substantive credit) with Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Richard Klein, John Mirabella and course planner Ilana Lam.
Participants must pay to attend the reception in order to receive CLE credit. For members admitted to the bar for more than five years, the cost is $65. For members admitted for less than five years, the cost is $60. The cost for attending the reception only without CLE credit is $50. CLE faculty can attend the reception for $30. Judges are admitted without charge. Interested parties must register in advance at pbi.org or by calling 800-932-4637.
Forum for Minority Business Owners Nov. 29
The Association will host a forum "The Legal Edge: What You Need to Know About the Law to Ensure the Success of Your Small Business" for Philadelphia minority business owners on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to provide practical legal tips and answers to tough legal questions about employment, contracts, workers' compensation, taxes, zoning and maintaining compliance with city regulations.
Sponsors of the program to date include the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, the Global Indian Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Business Enterprise Council, Urban League of Philadelphia, Inc., the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Philadelphia Chapter and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia.
The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Job Announcement: Director of the Office for Diversity
The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking a Director of the Office for Diversity. The Office for Diversity is created to work with legal employers to foster more diverse work environments. The Office also serves as a resource for individuals seeking to advance and develop their careers. The Office for Diversity provides infrastructure, strategic leadership, coordination, and continuity to the diversity efforts of the various association committees, departments, and external efforts. The Director of the Office for Diversity will provide the vision, leadership and support for developing and implementing programs and practices to encourage diversity in the Philadelphia legal community.
Disseminate information about the Statement of Diversity Principles and obtain additional corporate and law firm signatories of the Statement;
Collect data, analyze, ensure data accuracy, and report on the progress of the Philadelphia community in achieving diversity goals through studies and other means;
Collect and disseminate information about evolving best practices aimed at recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse and inclusive legal environment across demographic groups;
Provide signatories with concrete support to build and maintain successful diversity efforts delivered in hands-on regular working sessions, targeted roundtables with diversity professionals, diversity chairs, managing partners, etc.;
Communicate and publicize the activities of the Office for Diversity through the Association website, media outreach, articles in the Associations monthly newsletter, and other sources;
Foster community networking opportunities for people working on diversity issues across sectors in the legal profession;
Provide over-the-shoulder guidance to legal employers across sectors;
Support and coordinate Association committee activities and programs in the area of diversity;
Plan and organize an annual diversity event; and
Assist in developing financial support for the Office for Diversity.
The Director of Diversity will report to the Associations Executive Director and work closely with the Associations Chancellor and other Association committees involved in the diversity initiatives.
Five-plus years experience developing and/or managing diversity programs, preferably in a professional services environment.
Strong public speaking and written communication skills.
Law, public policy, or other relevant graduate degree desirable.
Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Salary is negotiable. Excellent benefits. To apply, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to:
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Philadelphia Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2007.
Public Interest Law Day Dec. 5
The Association’s Public Interest Section will host its most ambitious Public Interest Law Day yet on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center.
Public Interest Law Day features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts and offers participants the choice of attending 11 different CLE sessions, for a total of 6 CLE credits. In all, seven substantive sessions and four ethics sessions will be offered.
The program opens with the panel discussion "Tips from the Bench for the Public Interest Practitioner," featuring Judge Stephen Bosch, administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration; Judge M. Faith Angell, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Judge Flora Wolf of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division.
Public Interest Law Day also will offer a workshop on recent Supreme Court decisions and a panel discussion that explores the changing nature of public interest law practice. Several nuts-and-bolts sessions will be offered that provide an overview of specific substantive areas of the law, including municipal court practice; consumer law for the non-practitioners (including predatory lending; identity theft; mortgage foreclosures; and fair debt collection practices); veterans benefits; and health law. The program will conclude with an ethics session, "Ethical Obligations of Working with Interpreters: Implementation of the New Pennsylvania Interpreters Act." To register for this program, contact the Pennsylvania Bar Institute at (800) 932-4637 or register online at pbi.org.
Public Interest Law Day will be followed by the Section's Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The awards ceremony, which starts at 5 p.m., celebrates the activities of public interest attorneys and features the presentation of the 2007 Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished public service advocacy. Click here to purchase tickets to the reception.
The Section also will continue its tradition of selecting the agency that will receive its Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarship during the awards ceremony. This $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a public interest organization to enable it to hire a law student for the following summer.
The Section also will present its second annual Law Student Awards. These awards recognize a third-year law student from each of the five Philadelphia area law schools who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public interest work. The award was established by the Section’s Law School Outreach Committee, which provides educational programs, pro bono opportunities and networking events for law students to encourage them to consider public service as a career choice.
The Section is now seeking sponsors for the Public Interest Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony. Proceeds from this event fund the Higginbotham Scholarship program. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at (215) 686-4057 or at Albertine.DuFrayne@courts.phila.gov.
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 email@example.com.
Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees
The Business Law Section is seeking nominations for the Section's 2007 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at the Pyramid Club. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.
Award criteria are:
Superior legal talent in the area of business law.
unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area.
A reputation for mentoring young attorneys.
Significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community.
Uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate’s honesty, integrity and professionalism.
Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.
The deadline for award nominations is noon on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 Written nominations detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Sandra Jeskie at (215) 979-1395.
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 email@example.com
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.
Roundtable Discussion on Stopping Wasteful Spending Dec. 7
The Law Practice Management Divison's Finance Committee and the Association of Legal Administrators will hold a roundtable discussion on stopping wasteful spending on Friday, Dec. 7.
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.
Business Development, Networking Seminar Jan. 9
The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "Business Development: Effective Networking Strategies," the first in a series of associate training programs on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Stacy West Clark, founder of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, will discuss the importance of learning your firm's business and marketing strategies; using your personal skills to fit into the firm's plan; the value of a business network; identifying and developing relationships that have business development potential; and identifying referral sources.
The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. The cost of the program is $25. Click here
for more information.
Sections, YLD, Committees Plan Annual Events
The Probate and Trust Law Section
kicks off the holiday season with its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel beginning at 5 p.m. Click here
The Family Law Section will hold its Annual Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St. Tickets are $60 for employees of the First Judicial District; $65 for members of the Family Law Section and $70 for non-members. There is no charge for Family Court judges to attend. Click here to RSVP.
The Real Property Section Annual Meeting will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. Karen Black of BIA will receive the Sections Good Deed Award and Harris Steinberg of Penn Praxis will present the keynote remarks. Tickets are $40. Click here to purchase tickets online.
The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Triumph Brewing Company, 117 Chestnut St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. The event is sponsored by Dechert LLP.
The Workers' Compensation Section Holiday Party will be Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., where the Martha Hampton Award will be presented. Tickets are $40. Click here to buy tickets online.
The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Awards event will be held Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II will receive the Sections Thurgood Marshall Award. Tickets are $45. Click here for tickets.
The Bankruptcy Committee will hold its annual reception for the judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Click here for tickets.
The Tax Section will hold its Annual Meeting and CLE on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. For more information about the CLE, please visit pbi.org.
The Women in the Profession Committee Holiday Party, hosted by Thoroughbuilt LLP and Independent Custom Realty, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 429 S. 16th St. The event will feature complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and, more importantly, the opportunity to network with our members and members of Professional Women's Roundtable. Admission is free, but please bring a new and unwrapped toy that will be distributed to local charities. To RSVP, visit philadelphiabar.org.
Meet the Judges Event Nov. 28
The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the Women Lawyers' Division of the National Bar Association, Philadelphia Chapter, will hold its annual Meet the Judges Event Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St.
This event will be a great opportunity to meet Philadelphia judges and network with local practitioners. Please RSVP to Melanie Taylor by e-mail at Melanie.Taylor@phila.gov
. Include in your RSVP your name, firm or agency and contact information.
Copyright & Art Program at Woodcock Washburn Nov. 29
The Copyright Society is having a "Copyright & Art" program, hosted at Woodcock Washburn LLP, on Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Presenter Ray Dowd of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York will discuss "When Art Meets Commerce, What Happens?" and will explore the boundaries between the First Amendment and intellectual property rights.
For more information or to RSVP: Diane Ketler, Woodcock Washburn, at 215-564-5127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Nov. 29
The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society
will present its annual Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to Louis W. Fryman at the Society's annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 51st Floor. The party, which celebrates the Jewish Festival of Lights, will include a ceremonial menorah lighting and food and drink. The event also includes the Society's installation of incoming Chancellor Louis Podel, officers and new members for 2008.
The Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award perpetuates the memory and legacy of the late Ben Levy who practiced law in Philadelphia for 35 years, winning the respect and affection of many friends, clients and colleagues. He was a past Chancellor and member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of Tau Epsilon Rho which later became the Brandeis Law Society. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and was very active in the community.
Louis W. Fryman is chair emeritus of Fox Rothschild, LLP and has served as chair of the firm, as managing partner and as chair of the firm's Litigation Section since joining Fox Rothschild in 1982. A graduate of Penn State University and Villanova University Law School Fryman is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and serves as chair of the State Ethics Commission. He has long been active in the community and has served in numerous roles including president of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition; president of Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley; member of the Executive Committee and the Council of Chairmen of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; and board member of Jewish Community Centers. He is also a trustee of and counsel for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Fryman has been president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Philadelphia; board chair of The Episcopal Academy; board chair of the Walnut Street Theatre; and chair of the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee. Listed among "Best Lawyers in America" in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law, Fryman is also named in Who’s Who In American Law
and is an adjunct faculty member of Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is the recipient of numerous honors including the Judge Learned Hand Award of the American Jewish Committee; the Villanova University School of Law Public Service Award; and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Obermayer Award for distinguished service in education. Tickets for the Hanukkah Party are $50 for Brandeis Society members and $60 for non-members. Special ticket prices are $15 for member law students and member young lawyers (less than two years in practice) and $25 for public service members. A $25 voluntary contribution is requested from members of the judiciary.
For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it along with a check made payable to the Brandeis Law Society to Mitchell H. Klevan, Esq., 1515 Market St., Suite 1410, Philadelphia, PA 19102. A ticket order form can also be found at the Society's Web site brandeislawsociety.org
The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.
Women's Law Project Annual Party Nov. 30
The Women's Law Project
Annual Party will be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Design Center, 2400 Market St. For more information, contact Debi Morrison at 215-928-9801 or Carol Tracy at email@example.com
Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 18
The Justinian Society will hold its Annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin, 9th and Chestnut streets.
Guests will enjoy celebrating the holiday season with a European ambience combined with turn-of-the century elegance in the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin. Assorted hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served for all to enjoy. Cost to attend the event is $65 per person for members and $75 per person non-members. The event is open to the public. To learn more about the event or to register, call 215-545-0706 or visit justinian.org
Lawyer Appreciation Night at Flyers Dec. 13
Come mingle with fellow lawyers as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wachovia Center.
Between now and Dec. 12, selected seats in the mezzanine level of the Wachovia Center are available to lawyers, friends and family members for a discount of $10 ($47.50 seats for $37.50 and $42 seats for $32). To take advantage of these discounts, please click here and enter the promo code LAWNIGHT. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Remillard at 215-952-5727.
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