Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 90

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.

Health Care Law Committee Marketing Roundtable Today

The Health Care Law Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on marketing techniques at today's (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.

Pa. Courts to Provide Interpreters for Legal Proceedings

Governor Rendell signed into a law on Nov. 30 a measure that ensures that people who do not speak English as a primary language will have access to interpreters in legal proceedings.

Read KYW Newsradio's report.

Advertising Extended for Business Journal Supplement

The advertising deadline for the special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement to the Philadelphia Business Journal has been extended to Friday, Dec. 8.

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.

For advertising information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at

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 teaches 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. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

Panel to Debate "Super Lawyer" Advertising Dec. 11

Three panelists will debate the ethical dilemma of attorneys advertising themselves as "super lawyers" at the Monday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

The panelists are William White, publisher of Super Lawyers/Law and Politics; Carol Johnston of the Administrative Offices of the New Jersey Courts; and Janet G. Perry, special counsel and director of professionalism at Pepper Hamilton, LLP.

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

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have announced plans for their annual year-end events. Visit for registration information.

The Tax Section annual meeting and reception will be held today (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 Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men's 11th Annual Holiday Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP, 1735 Market St. The committee will present the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award to Rita Addessa in honor of her advocacy on behalf of the community. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 11 to Lawrence Felzer at

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

Reception for Bankruptcy Court Judges Tonight

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 tonight (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. 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.

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.

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

Meet, Greet New Chancellor at Free Jan. 9 Reception

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a free reception on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Jane L. Dalton, 80th 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.

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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