Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Chancellor-Elect Ladov to Outline
Agenda at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov, a principal with Offit Kurman, will outline her plans for 2009 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8.

Former Public Interest Section Chair Tsiwen Law will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online. The meeting will also include the presentation of the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award.

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, Rudolph Garcia; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; and Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Board of Governors and 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. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 24.

The seven candidates seeking five seats on the Board of Governors are Danielle Banks, Jeffrey Campolongo, Phyllis Horn Epstein, Regina Foley, Michael Shaffer, Sean Sullivan and Stacey Tees.

There are nine candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Brandon S. Bruce, Alicia A. Garcia, Alexis Arena, Richard Vanderslice, Rachel Kopp, Christopher M. Guth, Justin S. Moriconi, Edward Scott Goldis and Alyson Oswald.

Click here to listen to the Candidates Forum featuring the seven people seeking five seats on the Association's Board of Governors. The Philadelphia Bar Reporter Voters Guide for the Bar Association Election is also available online and can be downloaded by clicking here.


YLD Collecting Toys at Dec. 4 Holiday Party

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Finn McCool's, 118 S. 12th St., beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for YLD members, $25 for YLD student members and $35 for non-members.Click here to purchase tickets.

The YLD is collecting toys and gifts for Rubye's Kids and the People's Emergency Center in conjunction with the Holiday Party. Please bring new unwrapped basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, stuffed animals, games, arts and crafts kits, umbrellas, hats, gloves, scarves, books, Bath & Body Works products, etc. Contact Kelly Gastley at kgastley@phillyvip.org or Carey Chopko at cchopko@feldmanshepherd.com for more information.

Symposium on Norris Law Firm Nov. 19

The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, in association with Temple University and the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the symposium "Creating Access – The Norris Law Firm and the Liacouras Committee" on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

More than 50 years ago, a time when African-Americans had few, if any, options to practice in majority law firms, a courageous and talented group of African-American lawyers formed what is considered by many to be Philadelphia's first African-American law firm – Norris Schmidt Green Harris Higginbotham & Brown. The firm's in-court victories, as well as its out of court influence, created access for countless persons across the region and nation. The firm never numbered more than a dozen lawyers at a given time, and still produced many of the superstars of the profession. A number of the firm's lawyers partnered with others in the Philadelphia legal community in an effort to increase the number of African-American lawyers in the Commonwealth by reforming Pennsylvania's bar examination procedures.

Responding to their efforts, the Philadelphia Bar Association appointed a special committee chaired by Peter Liacouras to determine whether Pennsylvania's bar examination procedures were in fact biased against African-American candidates. The committee published its findings in December of 1970, and changes were made in the Commonwealth’s examination procedures that substantially increased the number of African-American lawyers practicing in Philadelphia and statewide. Lawyers from a cross section of the Philadelphia bar, including fabled African-American lawyer and civil rights activist Austin Norris, worked together to bring about the report and these changes, which have forever altered the face of Philadelphia's legal community.

"Creating Access" will tell the story of how these Philadelphia lawyers came together to change our profession, primarily through the recollections of a panel of witnesses to and participants in these events. By retelling their story, we celebrate the achievements of the Norris Law Firm, the Liacouras Committee, and the other diversity pioneers who contributed to making a legal career accessible to a more diverse group of lawyers, providing an example of professional courage and commitment to principle that continues to inspire today.

Symposium participants include William H. Brown III, Robert L. Archie Jr., Peter J. Liacouras, Hon. Paul A. Dandridge, Hon. Ricardo C. Jackson, W. Bourne Ruthrauff, Professor Robert Reinstein and moderator JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The program will be held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP by calling 215-751-2237 or e-mailing sbender@schnader.com.

Advice on Balancing Work, Life Dec. 2

The Law Practice Management Division and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "So Why Don't They Call it Life-Work Balance?" on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Our panel will share their tips on how to prioritize what is important
in order to obtain harmony between the demands of work and the rest of life. Panelists include Jennings Durand, associate, Dechert LLP; Michael B. Hayes
associate, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP; Regina M. Foley
of Raynes McCarty; and Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner, Wilson, Elser, Mosk-owitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP. The program will be moderated by Molly Peck-man, director of associate development, Dechert LLP.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register online.

Unwatchable Eagles and Other Thoughts

How bad are the Eagles? So bad that at halftime of Sunday's game with the Bengals, I offered to take my wife and son to the mall to find him a new winter coat. The Eagles are unwatchable.

I don't even want to talk about players not knowing the rules. Those are the same rules that even casual football fans know. I want to talk about the current rules and the need for change. I'm hearing change is popular these days.
Currently, the NFL plays a one-quarter, sudden-death overtime when a game is tied at the end of regulation. The first team to score wins. I hate this rule. And even though the NCAA doesn't have a true playoff system to determine a national champion, it does have the right idea when it comes to overtime. And it's time the NFL adopted this rule.

The NCAA adopted the new overtime rule in 1996. The college rule calls for rotating possessions beginning at the 25-yard line. If the score remains tied after one set of possessions, teams go to another overtime. After two periods, offenses are required to try a two-point conversion after each touchdown. It's simple and exciting.

It looks like the Flyers will indeed sign Brendan Shanahan. The future hall of famer is rumored to have rented a house in Moorestown, N.J., just minutes from the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees. The only problem I have with the signing is that Shanahan isn’t close to the same player he was five years ago. He'll bring veteran leadership to the locker room, but that's about it. His scoring touch has diminished. But perhaps the Flyers are trying to learn from the Phillies and are trying to improve their chemistry. It'll be interesting to see how it shakes out.

The Sixers have shaken off the early season cobwebs and have strung three straight wins together. They're running the floor well and should be able to add to the win streak this week with games against Minnesota and the Los Angeles Clippers, who have just two wins between them.

Albert Pujols is a hypocrite. When Ryan Howard beat him for the National League MVP in 2006, Pujols whined "someone who doesn't take his team to the playoffs doesn't deserve to win the MVP." Pujols, a member of the didn't-play-in-October St. Louis Cardinals, won the MVP yesterday, finishing ahead of Howard. I'm thinking he’s not complaining all that much.

Jeff Lyons, senior managing editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and Bar Reporter Online, is a fanatical Philadelphia sports fan. His e-mail address is jlyons@philabar.org.