Jan. 14, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 4
 

State of Commerce Court Jan. 19

The judges of the city's Commerce Case Management Program will discuss the state of the court at the Tuesday, Jan. 19 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

The discussion will feature the Hon. D. Webster Keogh, administrative judge, Trial Division; the Hon. William J. Manfredi, supervising judge, Trial Division, Civil Section; the Hon. Albert W. Sheppard Jr., Commerce Case Management Program; and the Hon. Mark I. Bernstein, Commerce Case Management Program. The session will be moderated by Business Litigation Committee Chair Robert R. Baron Jr.

The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Legislative Priorities Discussion Jan. 14

The Legislative Liaison Committee will discuss top legislative priorities for 2010, along with the budget and elections at its Thursday, Jan. 14 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Judges on Social Security Hearing Backlogs Jan. 15

A panel of chief administrative law judges will provide updates on hearing backlogs, the status of the attorney advisor program, ERE and other issues related to cases at the hearing level at the Friday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

Panelists include Judges Linda M. Bernstein, Joseph Davidson and Deborah H. Mande. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Workplace Investigations Discussion Jan. 20

Michael Torchia will discuss workplace investigations at the Wednesday, Jan. 20 meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Greenburg Traurig, LLP, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Susan Wexler at SWexler@DiscrimLaw.net.

Pros and Cons of Structured Settlements Jan. 20

Brian J. Fillion will present "The Pros and Cons of Structured Settlements" at the Wednesday, Jan. 20 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available through the Philadelphia Bar Association for an additional fee of $8 per person with payment being made to the Philadelphia Bar Association in advance of the meeting. Click here to RSVP.

Networking Happy Hour Jan. 20 at Con Murphy's

Join the Young Lawyers Division and other young professionals at the next Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Con Murphy's, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (at the Windsor Hotel). The event is co-sponsored by the YLD, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the Justinians and the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia.

The first 50 people to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket and appetizers will be served. Further details will be provided.

YLD Seeks Peretta, Perry Award Nominees

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the upcoming YLD Annual Meeting in early 2010. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22.

The F. Sean Peretta Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted substantial time to an innovative or non-traditional program that serves the community. Peretta was a private practitioner who died suddenly at age 31 who was a very involved community activist and a mentor to kids in his home neighborhood. He was viewed as a role model for African-American youth.

The Craig M. Perry Service Award is presented annually to a young lawyer - 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice - who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by e-mail to tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Jan. 22

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, Jan. 22.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Jan. 22 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Jan. 29 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Feb. 12, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Feb. 19 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

Criminal Justice CLE on Work Release Jan. 26

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE "County and State Prisons: Work Release in the County and RRRI in the State" on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Panelists include Warden Arthur J. Blackmon, Alternative and Special Detention, Central Unit; Byron Cotter, Chief of Alternative Sentencing, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Commissioner Louis Giorla, Philadelphia Prison System; and Gregory J. Vrato, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs, Philadelphia Prison System.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637 or send in the attached registration form. Lunch will be available through the Philadelphia Bar Association for an additional fee of $8 per person. Click here to RSVP.

Women and the Recession Jan. 26

The Women in the Profession Committee will host an informal discussion on how women are being affected by the recession at its Tuesday, Jan. 26 meeting.

Topics will include full time, part time and maternity leave issues. 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 26

The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Section will present its annual Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Herman C. Fala, a member of Cozen O'Connor. The Committee of the Year Award will be presented to the Venture Capital and Private Equity Law Committee. Ralph Mauro, chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, will be presented with Committee Chair of the Year Award.

Tickets are $45 and include a light dinner and cocktails. Click here to purchase tickets. Download a printable registration form by clicking here.

FJD's Mapp to Review 2009 Developments, Decisions

Charles A. Mapp Sr., deputy court administrator for the First Judicial District, will review developments and decisions from 2009 at the Wednesday, Jan. 27 meeting of the Eminent Domain and Appraisals Committee.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 42nd floor. A complimentary breakfast will be provided courtesy of Ballard Spahr. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 25 to Marjorie Stern Jacobs at jacobsms@ballardspahr.com.

Long-Term Care Insurance CLE Jan. 28

The Elder Law Committee will present the CLE program "Introduction to Long-Term Care Insurance" at its Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting.

Panelists James Boyd and Gary M. Klazmer will provide an introduction to long-term care insurance, including the advantages of long-term care insurance, who should buy a long term care policy and the guidelines for evaluating long term care policies and selecting appropriate benefits.

Registration and lunch begin at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register.

Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages Feb. 11

The Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal. Additional panelists will be announced.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at Gina@furiarubel.com.

'On the Irish Waterfront' Author to Address Brehons

Prof. James T. Fisher of Fordham University, author of On the Irish Waterfront, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Brehon Law Society.

Prof. Fisher's book tells the story of the gangsters, politicians, longshoremen, union leaders and clergy that inspired the movie classic "On the Waterfront." The meeting will begin with a networking happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by Prof. Fisher's discussion and a Q&A session. The meeting will be held at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St. For more information about this event or the Brehon Law Society, please contact John O'Malley at JOMalley@volpe-koenig.com.

Justinians to Honor Cooper at Feb. 10 Luncheon

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Chancellor Scott F. Cooper on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with a reception and luncheon at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will follow at 12 p.m. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society of Philadelphia at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit the Justinian Society web site at justinian.org. Ticket prices are $50 per person for members and $60 per person for non-members. A table of 10 is $450 for Justinian members and $550 for non-members.

Bar Foundation Seeks Marutani Fellowship Applicants

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is seeking applicants for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship.

The Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian-American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani's exemplary career is a model for students committed to public service.

Stipends are provided to first-year Asian American law students from area law schools to take summer internships with public interest organizations or government agencies (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Click here for more information and the 2010 Marutani Fellowship application. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 26.

Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Training CLE Jan. 22

Philadelphia VIP will present a video replay of a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District, on Friday, Jan. 22.

The CLE training program will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of three free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients from one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Lunch will be provided.

Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550. For more information, please contact Doug Schairer at 215-523-9569.

Public Interest Trainings, Programs Set

The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a pro bono civil services legal clinic celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, at Visitation Homes, 2638 Kensington Ave. on Monday, Jan. 18. The legal clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. for 18 female-headed households with one to five children living in transitional housing. Volunteers for this program should register with Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or by calling 215-523-9587.

•The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a free pro bono training for attorneys interested in learning how to handle veteran's benefits cases on Monday, Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St. HAP staff attorney Michael Taub, will conduct the training. For attorneys already accredited, this training meets the 3 hour CLE requirement to maintain certification by the Veteran's Administration. For attorneys not yet certified and interested in certification, please contact Michael Taub at mtaub@philalegal.org, or Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org before the training. Please note that CLE credits can not be awarded unless certification applications have been submitted and approved by the Veteran's Administration prior to the training. Please register for this program with Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org. Breakfast will be provided.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present two CLE training programs at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The first CLE program, "How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Medical Needs," will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will provide three (3) substantive CLE credits. The second CLE program, "How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Behavioral Health Needs," will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., and will provide three substantive CLE credits provided. To register call PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or register online at pbi.org.

• SeniorLAW Center and Villanova University School of Law will present a pro bono CLE training program to serve older Pennsylvanians on Thursday, Feb. 11. "Personal Planning101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney," will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m., at Villanova University School of Law, 299 Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Participants will learn how to prepare and execute basic personal planning documents, including simple wills, living wills and financial and health care powers of attorney. Attendees will not only learn the relevant Pennsylvania law and pertinent definitions, but also drafting tips and ways to address common misconceptions their clients may have about this area of law. Particular focus will be given to preparing and executing documents for SeniorLAW Center's client base, older Pennsylvanians in need. This training program is free and two (2) CLE credits will be available to those who agree to provide pro bono services to a SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (Nominal administrative fee payable to PA CLE Board.) To register, please call (610) 519-7228 or e-mail dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, Support Center for Child Advocates and others are sponsoring a free panel discussion, "A Long Way From Home: Immigrant and Refugee Children Without Parents," on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 12 to 1 p.m., at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., in the Justice Roberts Conference Room. Four panelists will discuss their experiences of fleeing to the United States without parents. This event is a brown-bag lunch and drinks will be available. RSVP to Loy at HIAS and Council at Loy@hiaspa.org.

• The Toll Pubic Interest Center will hold the Equal Justice Foundation Fund-Raising Auction on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auction. All proceeds support University of Pennsylvania law school students doing public interest work during the summer and after graduation. Tickets cost $10 for students, $20 for non-students. RSVP online by Feb. 12 by clicking here.

Brandeis Society Law Student Networking Night Jan. 27

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will be the guest speaker when The Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia holds its Ninth Annual Law Student Networking Night on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St.

The event gives Jewish law students from area law schools the opportunity to meet and chat with seasoned attorneys and judges. It includes breakout sessions focusing on specific practice areas as well as a general session, refreshments and socializing. It has proven to be beneficial to countless young lawyers making their way into the Philadelphia legal community.

The Brandeis Law Society welcomes all of its members as well as other lawyers to this free event and advance registration is not necessary. The participation of experienced lawyers and judges is vital to the success of the evening.

Participants will have an opportunity to sign up to mentor individual law students if they choose.


For more information about the Law Student Networking Night, contact Miriam Steinberg-Egeth at 215-898-6451 or e-mail info@jewishgrads.org; or Matthew G. Laver at 215-686-7097 or Matthew.Laver@courts.phila.gov.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for the 2010 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The rounds of competition will take place from Jan. 25 through March 13. Just click here and scroll down to sign up using our new and improved sign-up form.

If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to and are confident the experience will be rewarding. As a judge, you can chose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. We encourage you to volunteer for multiple sessions. All you need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students. Click here to volunteer.

Brandeis Society Co-Sponsoring Israel Trip in June

The Brandeis Law Society is co-sponsoring a trip to Israel from June 13 to June 24. This air and land package trip, also sponsored by Tau Epsilon Rho, includes transportation, airport transfers, 10 nights hotel accommodations in your choice of hotels, nine breakfasts, five dinners and one lunch. Lawyer participants will reap the benefit of six to 12 hours of continuing legal education credits exclusively arranged in cooperation with Israeli bar associations.

The air and land package is available for $3,429 per person, double occupancy or $4,562, single occupancy. The land only package is $2,219 per person, double and $3,352 per person, single. For the complete itinerary and other details go to www.gate1travel.com/groups/brandeis. For more information call Stephanie Howlett or Roberta Yesowitch at Gate 1 at 1-800-682-3333, extension 1249 or 1146. A $300 deposit to Gate 1 is required to reserve your place for this remarkable journey.

Those who wish to participate are urged to save a place now. Interest is high and space is limited.

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the bench and bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.
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