April 13, 2010

Law Week Festivities Less Than Two Weeks Away; Volunteers Needed

From April 26-30, the YLD will present a range of community and student outreach programming throughout Philadelphia in celebration of Law Week 2010. This weeklong fest depends upon the help of volunteers. Learn how you can get involved HERE.

NEXT THURS.: FJD E-Filing Training Session

Electronic filing of all civil matters became mandatory in January 2009. This program, taking place April 22 and presented by the First Judicial District, will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. READ MORE

Enter the 8th Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition, Due May 10

Entries are being accepted for the Bar Association's 8th Annual "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition in honor of Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2009-2010 academic year at six area law schools. READ MORE

Bar Assoc. Night at the Phillies, June 9

Join your friends and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 9 as the defending National League champions take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. READ MORE


Law Week Just Two Weeks Away; Volunteers Needed

Time is running out to volunteer for this year's Law Week festivities. Philadelphia lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students in celebration of "Law Week 2010", an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and YLD through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens April 26-30.

The weeklong fest is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect, Rudolph Garcia, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2010 co-chairs are Carey Chopko and Kelly Gastley.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and contact information for those interested in volunteering:

Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 26, through Thursday, April 29
Monday kicks off a weeklong series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Aly Oswald or Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia.

Legal Advice Live!, Monday, April 26
At lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice during the Legal Advice Live! program, from 12 to 2 p.m. at five different branches of the Philadelphia Library, including the Central branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Central branch, please contact Anthony Chwastyk. If you are interested in volunteering at a satellite branch, please contact Rachel Branson.

Also on Wednesday, April 28, free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline. From 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.

If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Roxane Crowley.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, April 30
Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from a special guest speaker.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact David Walker or Amanda Shoffel.

"Goldilocks" and "The Big Bad Wolf" Mock Trials, Friday, April 30
Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales "Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at seven different City Hall courtrooms. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial, the students act as the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime.

If you are interested in volunteering for the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Heather Herrington or Justin Moriconi.

While no volunteers are needed, on Monday, May 3, a Naturalization Ceremony will welcome dozens of new United States citizens at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m. Here the the winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will read his or her essay.

For additional information, CLICK HERE.

Early Bird Special for 5th Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction Ends May 7; Save $15 Now

Save $15 by registering by May 7 for the YLD's 5th Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction on May 22. Headlined by Dan Cummins, star of "Comedy Central Presents Dan Cummins" who has also appeared on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," the event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Institute and benefits the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Tickets are $65 if purchased by May 7 and $80 after. The registration deadline is May 17 and no walk-ins will be admitted.

With a knack for writing crisp, absurd jokes and captivating audiences with his laid-back signature delivery, Dan Cummins is standing out amongst his stand-up peers. In 2005, Dan introduced himself to the national comedy scene by performing in the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival's New Faces showcase. Soon after, in 2006, Dan made his national television debut on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," and then made his Comedy Central debut on "Live at Gotham."

Dan kept the ball rolling in 2007 by starting off the year with performances at Comedy Central's South Beach Comedy Festival that would lead to taping his first 1/2 hour special with the network, "Comedy Central Presents Dan Cummins," later in the year. In Nashville, Dan then performed at the National Association for Campus Activities National Showcase, and had a set memorable enough to become the most requested comedic performer of the event. All in all, Dan performed at 110 campuses from Maine to Washington during the 2007-08 school year alone.

2008 was even better, with Comedy Central being so impressed with his 1/2 hour special that they put it on their season premiere. Also, Dan was on prime time NBC, reaching the nationally televised semi-finals of the sixth season of "Last Comic Standing" where he received a standing ovation from many in the audience. Additionally, Dan will be releasing his first national comedy CD, with many of his favorite jokes from several TV appearances Revenge is Near.

Finally in 2009 Dan shot his Comedy Central 1 hour special "Crazy With a Capital F" set to debut in Spring 2010.

The YLD's 5th Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ. Register online here. Download the official event flyer here. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

NEXT FRIDAY: International Estate Planning CLE

On April 23, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "International Estate Planning," a 3 substantive-credit CLE, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the CLE Conference Center (Wanamaker Building, between 13th and Broad Sts., Ste. 1010).

Inspired by the fact that today's global population is radically different from years past, this course will help attendees understand how to serve clients with assets and/or beneficiaries in more than one country. Multinational private clients are becoming more and more commonplace in the estate planning field and thus require specialized knowledge in many, many areas including those of income and estate taxes, the laws of inheritance, financial regulation, immigration and nationality, and the laws that apply to foreign trusts as well as the principles of the conflicts of laws.

"International Estate Planning" will review the relationship between immigration status and the federal
transfer tax system. New considerations in planning will be reviewed for the wealthy multinational client. The latest updates in the law will be discussed, including the exit tax for green card holders instituted in June 2008, as well as the changes to the transfer tax system for expatriates and former green card holders with U.S. beneficiaries. Subtopics such as the foreign owner of U.S. real estate will be reviewed as well as the latest issues for U.S. owners of foreign bank accounts.

The course planner is Paula M. Jones, an attorney with Reed Smith LLP, and the faculty includes Kelly Phillips Erb from Erb Law Firm, P.C., David R. Elwell from Heckscher Teillon Terrill & Sager, P.C., and Peter Rosenberg from Peter Rosenberg & Associates.

CLICK HERE for pricing information and to register.

Enter the 8th Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition, Due May 10

Entries are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Eighth Annual "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2009-2010 academic year at one of the following schools: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus).

CLICK HERE for a link to the contest rules. Entries must be received by Monday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission on the Bar Association's Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be presented with the award at the Association's Quarterly Meeting in October.

The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Secretary of the Association, and Diane Penneys Edelman, assistant dean for international programs and professor of legal writing, Villanova University School of Law.

Officer and Director Liability CLE

On Friday, April 23, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present “Officer and Director Liability”, an overview of the fiduciary duties of officers and directors. The seminar is approved for 3 substantive CLE credits and is being presented both live and as a webcast.

A distinguished panel will examine the fundamental duties owed and how these duties become relevant in litigation. Topics will include an overview/basics of officer and director liability (duty of care, duty of loyalty, business judgment rule, fairness standard); derivative suits and litigation; insurance Issues (duty to defend, duty to reimburse); and insolvency and bankruptcy.

The course planner is Rudolph J. DiMassa from Duane Morris, LLP. The faculty includes Honorable Kevin J. Carey, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Wilmington; Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Division, First Judicial District, Philadelphia; Professor Tom Baker, William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Philadelphia; Tobey M. Daluz, Esq., Ballard Spahr, LLP, Wilmington; and John F. McCarrick, Esq., Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP, New York.

CLICK HERE for pricing information and more details.

"How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," April 26

On April 26, the Support Center for Child Advocates will present the volunteer training workshop "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is approved for 6 CLE credits.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. Attendees are on their own for lunch.

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case manager and assigned one child or sibling group. The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings. All volunteers must attend this full-day training program, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Service Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse. Our training manual How to Handle A Child Abuse Case, with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Family Court rules, is provided to attendees. This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases.

For registration and fee details, click here. For further questions, contact Child Advocates at 267-546-9200.

NEXT MONDAY: Penn Law's 2010 Rough Cut Video Festival

On Monday, April 19, the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law will present The 2010 Rough Cut Video Festival, a film event featuring videos by past and present members of the Visual Legal Advocacy Seminar of University of Pennsylvania Law School. The festival will take place from 6:35-8:35 p.m. at 34th and Chestnut Sts. on two screens, Gittis 213 & 214.

Video subjects will include prison overcrowding in Philadelphia
, the Philadelphia Foreclosure Court,
 Pennhurst State School and Hospital v. Halderman
, race and high school redistricting in Lower Merion, 
Asian American politicians, and gang injunctions.

The event includes free food, cheap CLE, and discussion and feedback sessions after each video.

For more information, contact Professor Regina Austin at 215-898-5185 or raustin@law.upenn.edu. To RSVP, contact Anna Gavin at agavin@law.upenn.edu.

TODAY: Understanding Luzerne County: Ordinary Injustice-How America Holds Court

Today, April 13, at 4 p.m. join attorney and author Amy Bach for "Understanding Luzerne County: Ordinary Injustice-How America Holds Court," a plenary program co-hosted by the Young Lawyers Division, the Public Interest Section and the Criminal Justice Section.

Bach is the author of a groundbreaking new book, "Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court," which describes the day-to-day workings and various failures of the criminal justice system, discovered by the author during eight years of investigation and observations of criminal courtrooms across the county.

The program will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception and book signing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free for Association members, but pre-registration is required. CLICK HERE to register.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies, June 9

Join your friends and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 9 as the defending National League champions take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets are $26 each and a $6 handling fee will be included per order. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the SeniorLAW Center. Click here to purchase your tickets online.

For questions or to order tickets by phone please contact Kaitlyn Finley in the Phillies Sales Office at (215) 463-5000, extension 5110. The deadline to order tickets is Monday, May 10.

Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, May 16

The 31st Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk for the Support Center for Child Advocates will be held Sunday, May 16 at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

There will be several competitive divisions with a 5K run competition for all runners, a 5K run competition for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. There will be both legal team competition and corporate team competition.

This year, the Bar Association is being joined by corporate sponsors FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C., Iron Mountain, Philadelphia Runner, Brooks, The Legal Intelligencer, Landmark Legal Solutions, USI Affinity, Veritext, Reliable and CPMI.

The event is also being joined by legal sponsors Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley, PC; Archer & Greiner, P.C.; Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd.; Cozen O?Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. along with legal supporters, Barrack, Rodos & Bacine and Berger & Montague, P.C.

For more information or to become volunteer, contact Eric Marzluf at 215-567-2010 (ext. 146) or via e-mail at esmarzluf@crbcp.com or Kristyn DiDominick at 267-546-9211 or via-email at kdidominick@advokid.org. To register for the race, visit active.com.