Monday, Dec. 5, 2005
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 6, No. 54

Feldman to Outline Agenda for 2006 at Dec. 6 Event

Bar members are encouraged to reserve their seats early for the Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. During the event, Association Chancellor-Elect Alan M. Feldman (left), a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock, will outline his agenda for next year when he will serve as the Bar's 79th Chancellor. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award to Lawrence J. Beaser (left), a partner at Blank Rome LLP and former Chancellor of the Association. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to an individual who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.

Joey T. Shabot, a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will be recognized for receiving the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award at the luncheon. Shabot's winning essay is titled "Transacting Terror: The Regulation of Terrorist Financing and Procedural Due Process."

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, A. Michael Pratt; Treasurer, Scott F. Cooper; Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Secretary, John E. Savoth; Assistant Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; and Judy F. Berkman, Kim R. Jessum, Matthew Perks, Stephanie Resnick and Eric G. Zajac, 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.

Tickets for the Bar's Annual Meeting and Luncheon are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Nochumson Voted YLD Chair-Elect

Alan Nochumson, of counsel at Funk & Bolton, P.A., has been elected Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division. The vote came at the Nov. 28 meeting of the YLD Executive Committee.

Scott P. Sigman was elected vice chair at the meeting. The following people were also elected: Jeremy-Paul Alva, secretary; Dennis G. Young, treasurer; Harper J. Dimmerman, financial secretary.

Tax Section Offers 2 CLEs at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

The Tax Section is sponsoring two CLE seminars at its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The afternoon CLE, "New Federal and State Rules on Taxation of Deferred Compensation," begins at 3 p.m. Dinner and the evening CLE, "Recently Released Federal Tax Reform Proposals," begins at 6:30 p.m.

For attorneys admitted more than five years, fees for the CLE without dinner are as follows: both CLE sessions (3.5 hours), $159; afternoon CLE only, (2.5 hours) $106; evening CLE only, (1 hour) $53. For attorneys admitted less than five years, fees for the CLE without dinner are: both CLE sessions (3.5 hours), $129; afternoon CLE only (2.5 hours), $86; evening CLE only (1 hour), $43. Fees for dinner only, without CLE credit are as follows: $45 for members of the Tax Section admitted for more than 5 years; $35 for members of the Tax Section admitted for 5 years or less; $90 for non-Tax Section member admitted for more than 5 years; and $65 for non-Tax Section members admitted for 5 years or less.

Attorneys interested in attending the program must register in advance to attend. For more information, visit

Sections Schedule Annual Parties, Receptions

The Association's sections and committees are holding their annual holiday receptions and award presentations.

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Boathouse Row Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $25 and include an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to order tickets.

The Tax Section will hold its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8 beginning with a CLE program at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The State Civil Litigation Section's annual meeting and reception will be held Monday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $45 per person and include an open bar and light dinner.

The Probate and Trust Section will hold a CLE program and its annual reception on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building beginning at 2 p.m. Click here for more information about the 2-credit CLE program "What is Family? New Issues Confronting the Estate Planner in the 21st Century." The reception, supported by The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, Friends Life Care at Home and Sotheby's', will follow in the 9th floor atrium of the Crystal Tea Room.

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities will host a winter reception on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The reception is free and will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about the committee and its plans for 2006. Click here to RSVP.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 on the 33rd floor of Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available online at

SEC Official to Address Committee Dec. 8

Meyer Eisenberg, acting director of the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss soft dollars issues and other distribution issues at the Thursday, 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 for those members who register in advance. For more information contact, Marissa Kossakowski at

Dec. 13 Seminar to Examine Litigation with Canada

The International Law Committee and the Business Litigation Committee will present a one-hour CLE program "Cross-Border Litigation with Canada: What You Need To Know" on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The seminar will be presented by Jon-David Giacomelli, a partner in the Canadian law firm Ross & McBride LLP and frequent speaker in the United States. Giacomelli will explore key considerations in deciding where to litigate; examine the limited array of defenses available where enforcement of a U.S. judgment or arbitral award is sought in Canada; the statutory basis for obtaining evidence in Canada for use in US legal proceedings; letters rogatory; and obtaining evidence from both a non-party Canadian entity and a Canadian party litigant.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for this program. Please note that you may attend the meeting without making any payment, but you will not receive the CLE credit. If you wish to do so, please RSVP to Marisa Kossakowski at

Brandeis Law Society to Honor Judge Field Dec. 7

The Brandeis Law Society will hold its annual Hanukkah Party and induction of new members on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St.

At the event, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Administrative Judge Myrna P. Field will be presented with the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award. The award will be presented by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman. Click here to print a ticket order form for the event.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 12

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting, and an Executive Committee meeting thereafter, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 12 p.m. at The Philadelphia Bar Association Headquarters, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect section officers.

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Business Law Section that the following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2006 will be considered: Albert S. Dandridge, III, Chair; William H. Clark Jr., Vice Chair; Stephen M. Foxman, Treasurer; and Eric C. Milby, Secretary. The 2006 Vice Chair of the Section, William H. Clark Jr., will automatically become the 2007 Chair of the Section as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws.

In addition, the nomination of Kim R. Jessum and Barbara T. Sicalides as elected members of the Section's Executive Committee for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2006 will be considered. Kim Jessum and Barbara Sicaledes will replace Eric Milby (who will become an officer) and Brian Vargo (whose three-year term expires at the end of the year).

Sandra A. Jeskie and Raymond K. Walheim will continue to serve the three-year terms as Executive Committee members, which terms began Jan. 1, 2005. Kevin Buraks and Wanda Flowers will be considered for appointment as members of the Executive Committee, in accordance with the Bylaws of the Section, and Frederic Wilf will be considered for reappointment as a member of the Executive Committee.

Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than Dec. 7, 2005 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Stephen M. Foxman, Secretary, Business Law Section, c/o Stephen M. Foxman, Eckert Seamans, 1515 Market St. - 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Business Section Seeks Replansky Award Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2005 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 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.

The deadline for award nominations is noon on Friday, Dec. 16. 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 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to Click here for the award criteria.

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.

Legal Community Invited to Chancellor's Reception Jan. 10

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a free reception on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Alan M. Feldman, 79th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Judge Advocate General's Corps Seeks Attorneys

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, headquartered in Harrisburg, has positions available for lawyers who wish to serve in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. No prior military service is necessary, although prior military service speeds the application process and counts towards a retirement as an officer.

If you are in good physical health, under 45 years of age, enjoy a challenge, and wish to serve your state and country on a part-time basis in the Headquarters Company of the 28th Infantry Division in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, please contact Maj. Robert J. DeSousa, Chief of Administrative Law, HHC 28th Infantry Division Mechanized, c/o 3601 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110 or via email at

Arbitration Practice in Philadelphia County

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Compulsory Arbitration Committee will present "Arbitration Practice in Philadelphia County: A Survivor's Guide" on Thursday, Dec. 8. This course, a must-attend for arbitrators or those who deal with arbitration or other trial alternatives, will tackle the nuts-and-bolts of the preparation and presentation of the arbitration case from both the plaintiff's and defendant's perspectives in Philadelphia. During the seminar, which includes a half-credit of ethics integrated into the program, the faculty will make sure you know the correct path to travel for a successful arbitration. This 3-hour program will be held at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
9th Annual Real Estate Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Family Law: A View From the Bench-EAST
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Literary Representation
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
9th Annual Real Estate Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Handling the Workers' Comp Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Speaking to Win
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8
Taking & Defending Depositions
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Arbitration Practice in Philadelphia County: A Survivor's Guide
2.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

An Afternoon on Criminal Law
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9
Our Faces and Affect: How They Impact Trials, Negotiations and Our Careers
5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 12
Professor Ohlbaum on Making Evidence Your Ally in the Courtroom
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience, at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.