Dec. 27, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 94

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Rudolph Garcia, 84th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt 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.

Forensics for the Criminal Practitioner CLE Jan. 13

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Forensics for the Criminal Practitioner" on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Forensic science is taking on a greater and greater role in today's criminal courts. This brand-new CLE program is designed for attorneys with differing levels of experience on both the prosecution and defense side. Everyone will receive a "crash course" on the basics of forensic evidence that should be a foundation for every criminal defense attorney. You will also learn what is legitimate science on the many TV shows featuring crime scene investigation and what is an exaggeration or "artistic license" for entertainment purposes.

Panelists include Major Carl A. Leisinger III (Ret.); Patricia Roussel, RN, Sexual Assault Program director, Temple University Episcopal Hospital; Charles J. Walsh (Ret.), Forensic Consulting; and Arthur W. Young, forensic biologist, NMS Labs. The course planner is Troy H. Wilson.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Tax Section to Train VITA Tax Preparers Jan. 13

The Tax Section is providing the opportunity for attorneys to be trained as VITA tax return preparers and to greatly assist in the lives of low-income Philadelphians.

It is estimated that each volunteer can bring in more than $60,000 in tax refunds. For people making $20,000 a year, that's huge!

The training will be held Thursday, Jan. 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 18th and Arch streets, 29th Floor Training Room. There is limited space in the computer lab. More slots are available for those who can bring a PC with Internet Explorer 7 or above.

Three CLE credits are available at this free program. Enrollment is limited because of the size of the computer lab, so please sign up as early as possible. Please, don't take a space just because you need CLE. Please sign up if you are willing to commit to volunteer time in January - April to prepare the returns.

Visit to register to volunteer with The Campaign for Working Families. Once you register, you will choose a tax site where you will volunteer and register for this special CLE training. Space is limited in the computer lab; please register online today.

Business Law Section to Present Awards Jan. 25

The Business Law Section is pleased to announce the following 2010 annual award recipients. These awards will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Past Bar Chancellor and 2001 Business Law Section Committee Chair of the Year, Jane Leslie Dalton, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Dalton, through her years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Dennis Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The 2010 Chair of the Year is Graham R. Laub, chair of both the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefited from the many programs offered by those committees.

The 2010 Committee of the Year is the Antitrust Committee, chaired by Gerard A. Dever. The Committee has put on a series of fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the antitrust bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information once it becomes available.

CLE Examines Impact of Midterm Elections

Philadelphia Daily News political columnist John M. Baer will moderate the CLE program "The Impact of the Midterm Elections on Law and Policy" on Friday, Jan. 28.

Panelists include John Heilemann, national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and coauthor of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime; Lanny J. Davis, of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, who was special counsel to President Clinton and is a regular television commentator and political legal analyst for many of the major news outlets; and Benjamin L. Ginsberg, of Patton Boggs, LLP, who represents numerous political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress, governors, corporations and trade associations who participate in the political process and who served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.

Two CLE credits are available for this program, which begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) will present a free pro bono CLE training program for attorneys interested in learning how to handle veterans benefits cases on Monday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the New Jersey offices of Archer and Greiner, One Centennial Square, 33 E. Euclid Ave., Haddonfield, N.J. The program will be conducted by HAP veterans attorney Michael Taub and is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers. This training meets the three substantive hour CLE requirement to maintain certification with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Attendees will receive three (3) free Pennsylvania substantive CLE credits in exchange for representing a homeless veteran through HAP’s Pro Bono Veterans Project. To register RSVP to Cary E. Moritz at or call 215-523-9587 on or before Jan. 6.

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono CLE training program "Ethical Considerations on Representing Homeless Clients," on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the offices of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, One Logan Square, Philadelphia. HAP staff attorneys Margaret Retz and Morgen Black-Smith will present the training, which is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers. One (1) ethics CLE credit will be provided for free to attendees in exchange for volunteering at HAP. Lunch will be provided. To register RSVP to Cary E. Moritz at or call 215-523-9587 on or before Jan. 6.

Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono CLE training program "Representing Tenants in Landlord/Tenant Eviction Cases," on Friday, Jan. 28, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900, Philadelphia. Two (2) substantive CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9567 or e-mail

Philly D.A. at Jewish Lawyer/Law-Student Networking Jan. 25

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams will be the special guest as the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jewish Graduate Student Network of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia in conjunction with Buchanan Ingersoll LLP presents Philadelphia’s 10th Annual Law Networking event for Jewish lawyers and law students on Tuesday January 25 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Buchanan offices at Two Liberty Place in Philadelphia.

All are invited to join Jewish law students and lawyers for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation, followed by remarks from prominent professionals in the field and small sessions led by experts in diverse practice areas. The event is presented in partnership with the Jewish law student associations of Drexel, Penn, Rutgers Camden, Temple, Villanova and Widener universities. Dietary laws will be observed. Dress is business casual.

RSVP to For more information, email or call 215-898-6451.

Get Discounted Tickets for Cirque Du Soleil

Philadelphia Bar Association members can purchase tickets for Dralion Cirque Du Soleil at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

Bearing the unmistakable signature of Cirque du Soleil and featuring 50 international acrobats, gymnasts, musicians and singers, Dralion soars to new heights as it defies the laws of nature. Click here to purchase tickets.

Phillies Beat Reporter Murphy to Address Brehons Jan. 19

Philadelphia Daily News reporter David Murphy, who covers the Phillies and writes the baseball blog High Cheese, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Brehon Law Society at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St.

Murphy will talk about the Phillies offseason, including the acquisition of Cliff Lee and the loss of Jayson Werth, and will take questions from the audience. Murphy, a native of the Philadelphia area, has covered the Phillies since 2008 and is a frequent guest on CSN's "Daily News Live." The meeting will begin with a networking happy hour at 6 p.m. followed by Murphy’s discussion and Q&A session.

Please follow the Brehon Law Society on Twitter @Phillybrehons and on Facebook. For questions about this event, or the Brehon Law Society, contact Joe Kelley at or Sean Sullivan at

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at

Advertise in The Legal Directory 2011

There's still time to advertise in The Legal Directory 2011, the only official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Legal Directory contains listings for more than 18,000 attorneys and law firms. Many listings include areas of concentration, fax numbers and other contact information. The Legal Directory Online's listings reflect the most up-to-date information on file.

For information on advertising opportunities, contact David Hoeckel at or call 443-909-7824.

Deadline for Legal Directory Updates is Jan. 10

Listing updates for The Legal Directory 2011 have begun!

Once again, The Legal Directory is mobile; that means more people using it more often - online, in print and wirelessly. Updating your information is more important than ever!

Don't be left in the dust! Make sure your information is 100 percent correct in the Philadelphia area's most comprehensive legal resource.

If you have not heard from The Legal Directory, please e-mail and update information will be swiftly sent to you. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 10.

The Legal Directory 2011 offers much more than firm and attorney listings. It also provides a one-stop resource for a wide range of useful information, including:

• lawyer and firm listings searchable online, in print, and via your mobile;

• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;

• facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;

• index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;

• and much more!

Every copy of The Legal Directory 2011 includes complimentary access to the online and mobile versions (good through March 31, 2012). Plus, get a free custom online search engine "Findability" report with your purchase (a $199 value)!

Order now at the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax)!

Questions? Please e-mail or call 443-909-7843.

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Tales Dec. 29

Instructor Michael P. Cash will present tips and tactics illustrated with tales from actual trials where they were successfully employed. This fast-paced program is rich with demonstration and worth every second of your attention. This 6 substantive CLE program is set for Wednesday, Dec. 29 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional 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.

Monday, Dec. 27
What Jurors Really Think about Low Impact Auto Accidents (video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri: Understanding the Impact of Social Networking on You and Your Clients (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28
Video - General Practitioner’s Update 2010
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: When Luck Runs Out
1 ethics CLE credits
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Video - Pension Problems, Pitfalls and Solutions: The Viewpoint of the Master, Expert and Counsel
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Video - Trials Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: Strategic Approaches for Stress, Substance Abuse and Depression
1 ethics CLE credits
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Video - Understanding Easements in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30
Video - Ethics Potpourri: Understanding the Impact of Social Networking on You and Your Clients
1 ethics CLE credits
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
Video - SEC Enforcement: A New Focus on the Philadelphia Regional Office
2 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: When Luck Runs Out
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5
Simulcast - PLI - Drafting Corporate Agreements - 2011
6 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Video - The New Federal Health Care Law: Issues for All of Our Practices
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 7
Brainwashing: Children of Divorce Held Hostage
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video - Social Security Disability: The Basics
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 10-11
Simulcast - PLI - Mergers & Acquisitions 2011: Trends and Developments
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

*Earn as many as 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.

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