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Jan. 3, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 1
 

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 phillyfreetaxes.org 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.

Panel on Legal Industry Trends and Future Feb. 1

A panel of prominent legal observers will take part in a discussion focused on legal industry trends and the future of the profession on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market Street, in the 11th Floor Conference Center. The program, "LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Trends & the Future of the Profession," is co-sponsored by the Association's Large, Mid-Size, and Solo and Small Firm Management Committees; the Women in the Profession Committee; and the Bar-News Media Committee.

Topics to be discussed at the event include the threat to the billable hour, the rise of new models of legal practice, the morphing of large law firms, the development of talent management strategies, and the creation of work/life and women-friendly employers. The program will also address how lawyers can successfully navigate today's - and tomorrow's - changing legal environment, including an emphasis on productivity, leadership, mentoring, promotion, work/life balance, transition, compensation and networking.

The program will feature an interview by Comcast television's Lynn Doyle with Deborah Epstein Henry, author of "LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance" (ABA, 2010). Henry is the founder of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Following the interview, Doyle will moderate a panel discussion with Henry; Carol Ann Petren, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CIGNA Corporation; JoAnne A. Epps, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Abraham C. Reich, Co-Chair, Fox Rothschild LLP.

"LAW & REORDER," has been endorsed by 25 legal and other industry leaders including general counsels, managing partners, law school deans, leaders of bar and women's associations, legal industry experts, and career and work/life experts. Among the prominent leaders who have endorsed the book are the general counsels of Wal-Mart, DuPont, CIGNA, Verizon, General Electric, Allstate Insurance and the Association of Corporate Counsel. The Feb. 1 event is part of the "LAW & REORDER" national book tour. For more information, visit www.lawandreorder.com.

The program is free of charge. Register early to avoid disappointment. CLICK HERE. Lunch is available for purchase if reserved in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for Association members, and $9.50 for nonmembers. "LAW & REORDER" will be available for sale at the program at the discounted rate of $25, payable by cash or check made out to Law & Reorder.

Save the Date for "Race" Performance Feb. 1

Join your colleagues for Philadelphia Bar Association Night at "Race" - the smash Broadway hit of 2010 by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony nominee David Mamet - on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (curtain) at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Pine streets. Association members can purchase Orchestra level tickets at the special group rate of $39 each (regular price $51) when purchasing tickets over the phone. Taxes and fees included.

In "Race," two lawyers, one black and one white, find themselves defending a wealthy white executive against the charge of raping a young black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved, emotions bubbling just beneath the surface explode.

Be sure to mark your calendar and stay tuned for ticket purchase phone number, and special promotional code.

Behind the Scenes of the Marian Anderson Residence Museum Jan. 26

Join the Philadelphia Bar Academy for a special curated tour of the 19th century home of America's greatest contralto singer of the 20th century, Marian Anderson, on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This unique wine-and-cheese event will feature a live performance by a Marian Anderson Fellow. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-20th century. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum is located at 762 South Marian Anderson Way (South Martin Street - between 19th and 20th and Fitzwater and Catherine streets). The cost is $15 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. Register HERE. Registration is limited and required in advance.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Association members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Business Law Section Annual Reception 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 philadelphiabar.org 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 cmoritz@philalegal.org 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 cmoritz@philalegal.org 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 jvolunteer@phillyvip.org.

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 ince 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 jkelleyjr@kmlaw.org or Sean Sullivan at srs@curtinheefner.com.

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 tplmag@philabar.org.

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 david.hoeckel@mediatwo.com 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 legaldirectory@mediatwo.com 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 legaldirectory@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7843.

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, 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 www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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