Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 87

Mail Ballots for Bar Election Due Today

Members wishing to cast their ballots by mail for the 2006 Bar Association election must return their ballots to the Association's headquarters by 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 30). 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. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Members will be voting for Vice Chancellor, five members of the Board of Governors and seven members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The election will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Association Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, will outline her agenda for next year when she will serve as the Bar's 80th Chancellor at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Association will also present its Wachovia Fidelity Award at the luncheon. This year, the honor goes to Stephen D. Brown, a partner at Dechert LLP, and Samuel W. Silver, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, for their work as co-coordinators of the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 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. Click here for more information.

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

Sigman Voted Chair-Elect of YLD

Scott P. Sigman (left), an associate at Bochetto and Lentz, P.C., has been elected Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division. The YLD Executive Committee vote took place on Nov. 27. Also elected were May Mon Post, Vice Chair; Jocelyn Gabrynowicz, secretary; Brian Chacker, treasurer; and Scott Jones, financial secretary.

Sigman has served on the YLD Executive Committee since 2001. He was financial secretary from 2003-2004 and vice chair from 2004-2006.

A 2001 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, Sigman spent four years as an assistant district attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Sigman, who will serve as chair of the Division in 2008, plans to focus on integrating existing programs, such as the Philadelphia 2020 Series. He also hopes to make Law Week, Mock Trial Competition and other YLD programs stronger.

Hoeffel to Address International Law Committee

Joseph Hoeffel, Deputy Secretary for International Business Development for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, will discuss the implementation of Gov. Rendell's World Trade PA initiative at the Friday, Dec. 1 meeting of the International Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of DLA Piper US LLP, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. A light lunch will be available. Please RSVP to Shelley Dorsey at (215) 656-3361, by fax at (215) 606-3361, or by e-mail at

Practical Family Law Practice Pointers Dec. 4

The Family Law Section will present "Practical Practice Pointers - Tips from Fellow Family Law Practitioners to Increase Your Ease, Efficiency and Effectiveness" at its Monday, Dec. 4 meeting.

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.

Higginbotham Fellowship Applications Due Dec. 4

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will award a Higginbotham Fellowship, in the amount of $4,000, to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a public interest law center during the summer of 2007. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Section's Annual Cocktail Party and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

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, Dec. 4.

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.

Health Care Law Committee Marketing Roundtable Dec. 7

The Health Care Law Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on marketing techniques at its Thursday, Dec. 7 meeting.

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.

Developments in Mutual Fund Industry Dec. 8

Matthew Fink, former president of the Investment Company Institute, will discuss key events in the development of the mutual fund industry at the Friday, Dec. 8 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association Headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 per person for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Negotiation Expert to Address Committee Dec. 11

Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Shapiro teeaches negotiation at Harvard Law School and in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and is the co-author of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

This exciting and informative session is open to all members of the Business Law Section and members of the legal community. It is free of charge to members of the Business Law Section and for non-members who were admitted to the bar on and after 2001. The cost for non-members who were admitted to the bar before 2001 is either $10 for lunch or $20 to join the section. Those attending will receive a copy of Dr. Shapiro's book, which he will gladly sign for you following the session.

Judge Scirica to Speak to Federal Courts Committee Dec. 13

Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will discuss current developments in the Third Circuit at the Wednesday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Judge Scirica will be joined by Marcia M. Waldron, Clerk of the Court. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference 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.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Young Lawyers Division have announced plans for their annual year-end events. Visit for registration information as it becomes available.

Tickets will be available at the door for The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party tonight (Thursday, Nov. 30) at Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St., beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event, sponsored by Dechert, are $30 for YLD members and $35 for their guests.

The Workers' Compensation Annual Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Pyramid Club on the 51st floor of 1735 Market St. The Section will present its annual Martha Hampton Award at the event.

The Public Interest Section will hold a daylong CLE program on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The day's events will be capped with the Section's Annual Cocktail Reception and presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

The Family Law Section Annual Dinner takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

The Tax Section annual meeting and reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Reception for Bankruptcy Court Judges Dec. 7

The Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section will host a cocktail reception for the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

Tickets are $50 in advance and include a two-hour premium open bar and heavy butlered hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Dec. 1. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2006 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 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 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 LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations is 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006 Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esquire, Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to

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.

Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Dec. 14

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present its annual Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to Harris T. Bock at the Society's annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, Dec. 14 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 menorah lighting and food and drink. The event concludes the Society's yearlong observance of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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 member of the Executive Committee of Tau Epsilon Rho (TER) 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.

Harris T. Bock is a recognized leader in the alternative dispute resolution field. His practice is devoted exclusively to service as neutral in the capacity of arbitrator, mediator, fact-finder, hearing officer and other similar roles in the areas of business, commercial, personal injury, employment, insurance, corporate, partnership and law firm disputes. Bock serves as a consultant in ADR design and utilization and was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a unique mediation program in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. He served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association ADR Committee for five years and is frequently selected by state and federal courts to serve as arbitrator, special master or mediator and in various other neutral capacities. He is also a special ADR consultant to the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA.

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.

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 Scott Sigman, Bochetto & Lentz, 1524 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. A ticket order form can also be found at

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.

Judge Shapiro, Shestack to be Honored at Nov. 30 Reception

A reception for U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro and former ABA President Jerome J. Shestack will highlight the Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Tour de Pennsylvania" stop at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market St., beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Shapiro recently received the ABA's 2006 John Marshall Award in recognition of her exemplarily lifelong commitment to the improvement of the administration of justice in the categories of judicial independence, justice system reform and public awareness regarding the justice system.

Shestack recently received a 2006 ABA Medal, the association's highest recognition to honor individuals rendering exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.

During the evening, PBA President Ken Horoho Jr. also will lead a presentation about top issues facing lawyers today.

Initiated by Horoho, "Tour de Pennsylvania" is a series of outreach programs being held across the state to honor select members of the bench and the bar and to update lawyers about PBA initiatives. To register, contact the PBA Meetings Department at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2245.

GALLOP to Honor Sobel Nov. 30

Stacey Sobel, executive director of the Center For Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, will receive the Michael Greenberg Community Service Award at the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia Annual Meeting and Reception on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

Women's Law Project Annual Party Dec. 1

The Women's Law Project will host its Annual Party on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St.

The event will featuring music by string variations, open bar, and a silent auction and drawing. Entertainment will be provided by John Cassidy Comedy Magic and Balloons. Children are welcome. Tickets cost $75 per person. Please RSVP by contacting Deb Morrison at 215-928-9801, or purchase tickets online at Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 29

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 29 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 Dec. 1. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at

Information Updates Under Way for Legal Directory

The annual process of updating the more than 18,000 attorney and law firm listings in The Legal Directory 2007 has begun!

Firm updates, the initial phase, should be completed by Monday, Nov. 27. If you are responsible for reviewing information on your firm and its attorneys, and have not received your update packet, call 410-828-0120, extension 503.

After firm updates, solo practitioners and non-responding firm-based attorneys will be contacted; the deadline for their updates is Jan. 12.

In addition to the most comprehensive firm/attorney listings available, The Legal Directory 2007 will include indispensable information you rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; judges' index; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again, each Legal Directory 2007 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online! The online listings are updated all year, making this resource an essential complement to your printed Directory.

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in April, but you can order now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Order today at

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