Jan. 5, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 2
 

Business Law Section to Honor Beaser Feb. 6

The Business Law Section's Annual Reception will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel where former Association Chancellor Lawrence J. Beaser will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

The Section established the award in recognition of Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The section will also recognize Katayun I. Jaffari as Committee Chair of the Year and the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee as Committee of the Year at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Business Law Section and $60 for non-members. Tickets are $70 for those who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

Judge Murphy on New Custody Statute Jan. 9

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Margaret T. Murphy will discuss steps the court has taken to implement the new custody statute at the Monday, Jan. 9 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Insurance Law Committee Planning Session Jan. 10

The Insurance Law Committee will discuss its plans for 2012 at a Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the offices of Offit Kurman, Ten Penn Center, 1801 Market St., Suite 2300. There is no cost to attend this meeting but registration is required. Please RSVP to Heather Tashman Fritts at hfritts@stradley.com.

Int'l Business Initiative Committee Planning Meeting

The International Business Initiative Committee will hold an organizational meeting to decide on speakers, events and programs for 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Attendees will also receive a handout on new developments in case law in international business. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations Sought

The Justinian Society and the Comisky Family are seeking nominations for the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona, to be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon scheduled for this spring.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is not limited to an area of practice or an advocate for a particular cause. Rather, the purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding member of the bench or bar who, at a minimum, satisfies the following qualifications: acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

A charitable contribution will be made on behalf of the recipient to an organization of the recipient's choice.

Nominations should include the nominee's name, address and a statement of the nominee's qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr., 2005 Market St., Suite 1930, Philadelphia, Pa., 19103 or may be emailed to chiacchio@thclaw.com. Nominations must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 16.

Introduction to VA Pensions Jan. 26

Dionysius Pappas will present "An Introduction to VA Pensions and the Aid and Attendance Benefit" at the Thursday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee Meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Probate/Homeownership CLE Jan. 27

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training CLE program on probate/homeownership on Friday, Jan. 27 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600.

The seminar will delve into the probate process and an alternative to probate (namely, the § 3546 Petition filed in Orphans' Court) as avenues to transfer legal title of homes into VIP clients' names. It will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a family property, including how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients.

The seminar will be taught by Kevin Gilboy, partner at Teeters Harvey Gilboy & Kaier LLP and former chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as Kelly Gastley, supervising attorney at VIP.

Attorneys receive two free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space.

Women in the Profession Newsletter Issue No. 2

Click here to view the second issue of the Women in the Profession Newsletter with contributions from Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart, Dean Linda Ammons, Bobbie Liebenberg, Jennifer Weed, Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Sheryl Axelrod, Stacy Lilly, Carol Carty, and Susan Satkowski.

The design is courtesy of Gene de Nicolais and his group at Forethought Consulting Group, who generously donated their services to the Newsletter for free. Have comments, suggestions or a submission for the Newsletter? Please contact Editor Maureen Farrell at maureen@maureenfarrellesq.com.

Penn LALSA Annual Conference Jan. 29

The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Latin American Law Students Association Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 with keynote remarks from Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

For more information, please visit pennlalsa.org.

Judges Needed for Transactional LawMeet

The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University is once again hosting the Annual Transactional LawMeet. The Meet is a unique law school competition that gives students interested in transactional law a taste of real practice. This year 52 schools from around the country will be participating.

The highpoint of the Meet is the interaction between the students and experts from practice. Last year some 50 lawyers from the Philadelphia business law bar served as judges at the LawMeet. We need your help again. We are looking for judges to join us on either Thursday or Friday, March 29 and 30.

If you are willing to participate and help teach the next generation of transactional lawyers, please email Professor Karl Okamoto at ko54@drexel.edu.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Introduction to Fastcase
Monday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 9, 9 a.m.
Monday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8,10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

Boolean (Keyword) Search for Lawyers
Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, May 28, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct 29, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m.

Fastcase for Paralegals
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1,1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

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