Monday, Dec. 12, 2005
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 6, No. 56

Meet, Greet New Chancellor
at Jan. 10 Reception at Bellevue

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... READ MORE

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 (left), 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.

Appellate Procedural Rules Committee Members to Speak

Members of the Appellate Courts Procedural Rules Committee will discuss current issues in Pennsylvania appellate practice at the Wednesday, Dec. 14 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

Speakers will include committee vice chair Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; committee members Judge Richard B. Klein of Pennsylvania Superior Court and Jim Sargent; and committee counsel Dean Phillips.

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 register for this event.

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

Committee to Discuss Mandatory Partner Retirement

The Professional Responsibility Committee will discuss the legal, ethical and business issues for law firms which result from mandatory retirement policies for partners at its Monday, Dec. 12 meeting.

Panelists include Wanda Flowers, general counsel at Sunoco; James LaRosa, co-founder of JuriStaff, Inc.; Stephen A. Madva, chairman of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; and Samuel H. Becker, a partner with Blank Rome LLP.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

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 Wednesday, 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.

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.

Sections Schedule Annual Parties, Receptions

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

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

Legal Directory Comes With A Free Online Subscription

The Legal Directory 2006 plus The Legal Directory Online are now together at one low price. For the first time, every hard-copy edition comes with a complimentary online subscription. As always, both printed and online editions of The Legal Directory will contain comprehensive, up-to-date listings of area law firms and attorneys.

New for 2006, the online version also will include all the indispensable resources found in the printed directory - information about the Philadelphia Bar Association, its officers and committees; contacts for state, federal and local government agencies; listings of law-related associations, organizations and law schools; and an index of area judges.

Plus, The Legal Directory Online will include valuable new features - local court rules, links to area bar associations and other content of interest to the legal community.

It's all available, both the printed book and expanded online resource, for one price - $57.95, plus shipping and tax, if ordered before Jan. 19.

If you haven't updated your firm or attorney listings, make sure to do so now. Check with the person at your firm who is responsible for listing updates, or email for instructions.

Jenkins Law Library Dues to Increase By $25

The Board of Directors of the Jenkins Law Library has approved a membership dues increase of $25 per year for 2006 and 2007. This will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2006. Attorneys who are not members of Jenkins will be unable to use the library on a daily basis unless they subscribe to the membership program.

As the county law library for Philadelphia, Jenkins' primary revenue comes from court filing fees that declined substantially in 2005. Since membership dues presently account for only 9 percent of the law library's funding and have not been raised in 15 years, the board agreed this increase was necessary.

"Without a predictable source of funding, it is difficult to maintain the high level of customer service and in-depth print and online collections that our members have come to rely upon for their legal research," said Library Director Regina L. Smith. The dues increase was recommended by the law library's Strategic Planning Committee, chaired by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge James J. Fitzgerald, III. The committee will be presenting the finalized strategic plan to the board in early 2006.

The Jenkins Law Library supports the legal information research needs of the general public and over 9,500 members. The library's legal collection is one of the best in the country. In addition to an extensive current, historic and rare book collection, library members have free public access to LexisNexis, Westlaw, and numerous online research tools. As an added benefit, many online research materials are now available 24/7 to members through the library's Web site

Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice Dec. 14

"Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice" includes an extensive presentation of new developments in the case law, as well as legislative changes. Experienced attorneys from both plaintiffs' and defense counsel will focus on many of the tough issues faced regularly by those involved in medical malpractice litigation. Addressing issues from the requirement for certificates of merit, through mediation and settlement, you will also hear an analysis of the latest discovery issues and trial techniques. This six-hour program, including ethics, will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 am. 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. 13
LLC Document Preparation in Pennsylvania
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Philadelphia Bar Probate and Trust Section 2005 Annual Meeting - What is Family? New Issues Confronting the Estate Planner in the 21st Century
2 substantive CLE credits
2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Advanced Medical Malpractice Litigation
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Effective Legal Negotiations
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15
Experts for Advocates
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Collecting & Enforcing Judgments in Pennsylvania
Live via Satellite - Franklin Institute Science Museum
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Premises Liability
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16
Getting Out of Contracts Legally
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Use of Trusts in Estate Planning - Basic and Intermediate Trusts
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Use of Trusts in Estate Planning - The Sophisticated Trusts
3 substantive CLE credits
1:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19
Attorney's Guide to Life Insurance
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 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.