Justice Sotomayor to Receive Bar Award March 11
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets.
The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia told Bar members in December.
Previous recipients of the Diversity Award are Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. and past Chancellor Andre L. Dennis.
Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.
Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."
The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $60 for members and $70 for non-members and are available at philadelphiabar.org. Tickets for a table of 10 Bar Association members are $550 and table of 10 non-members can be purchased for $675. Click here
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Members have until Thursday, March 31 to renew their Bar Association memberships at 2009 rates and avoid a $15 late fee. Click here to renew your membership
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Access to Fastcase, the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and powerful searching and visualization tools at users' fingertips.
At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and one division, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession. You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs.
Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.
You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 20 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.
Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our philadelphiabar.org website, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief, weekly YLD EZine and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day. You'll also have access to the Bar Association's presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
You'll benefit from our comprehensive membership insurance package, including professional liability, health, term life insurance, and disability insurance plans. You'll also be able to take advantage of discounted rates on credit cards, health clubs and rental cars.
Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site attorney as well as a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.
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Notice to Bar Association Members
Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the Nov. 18, 2010 Board of Governors meetings and were approved for submission to the members at the March Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.
Addition of Section 217 to the Bylaws, creating a Long-Range Advisory Council, as follows:
Section 217. Long-Range Advisory Council
A. The Long-Range Advisory Council (the "Council") shall consider the long term goals of the Association and make recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board regarding achievement of those goals through means which may take more than a single year. The Council shall have the discretion to meet and to make such recommendations as often as it deems advisable. Such recommendations shall be advisory only, and shall not limit the authority of the Chancellor or the Board, nor shall the Chancellor or the Board be required to conform agenda items, policy or resolutions to the Council's recommendations.
B. The Council shall consist of the following persons, each of whom shall be entitled to vote:
1. The Chancellor;
2. The Chancellor-Elect;
3. The Vice Chancellor;
4. The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; and
5. Nine Members of the Association, who shall be appointed as follows:
(a) Each year, the Chancellor shall appoint three Members to serve on the Council for a term of three years, except as provided in Section 217(B)(5)(e) with respect to the initial appointments.
(b) To be eligible for appointment to the Council, a Member must be well respected and have an established record of service and commitment to the Association, preferably in a high leadership capacity. It is also preferable that appointed Members have no intention to run for any other elected office of the Association.
(c) Appointments to the Council shall be made with due regard for the Association's commitment to diversity.
(d) Members of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment to successive terms.
(e) The first nine appointments to the Council shall be made by the Chancellor, with the consent of the Board, for the following terms: three for three-year terms, three for two-year terms, and three for one-year terms.
C. The Chair of the Council shall be appointed each year by the Chancellor from among the nine appointed members.
D. Any vacancy among the appointed members of the Council shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by appointment of the Chancellor.
Bar Night at Performance of "Race" 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.
To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 215-985-0420, and mention special promotional code "philabar."
Discussion on Proposed Amendments to Rules Feb. 2
The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss proposed amendments to rules on discovery of expert testimony and discovery of electronically stored information at its Wednesday, Feb. 2 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
Behind the Scenes of the Marian Anderson Museum Feb. 3
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 Thursday, Feb. 3 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. The event is co-sponsored by the Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee.
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.
Insurance Law Committee CLE Feb. 9
The Insurance Law Committee will present the CLE program "Business Interruption Claims 101: Measurement and Calculation Methodologies and Claim Preparation Issues Facing Policyholders" on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
The program focuses on four major areas of common disputes in these types of claims, including coverage conditions and payment terms, policy definitions, assumptions and approaches for calculating BI losses, and unique claim facts and circumstances to take into consideration. The program has been approved for 1.5 hours of substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.
The speaker is Brandon J. Kivler and the course planner is Heather Fritts. The program 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 online.
Jenkins' Giancaterino on Internet Privacy Feb. 16
Dan Giancaterino, education services manager at Jenkins Law Library, will discuss Internet privacy at the Wednesday, Feb. 16 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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
Bring Ideas to Municipal Court Committee Meeting
The Municipal Court Committee will hold its introductory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24. Attendees are asked to bring one idea that would educate members of the Bar and the committee while appealing to a variety of practice areas.
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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here
Volunteers Sought for Mock Trial Competition
The YLD is once again teaming up with Temple University Beasley School of Law to host the 2011 John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and needs volunteers to act as judges and coaches. Each spring, students from approximately 50 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. The top two teams from Philadelphia go on to the state championship where they compete to move onto the national championship.
Being a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience and provides a great service to the students. Only two to three hours of your time is needed. 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 event, we encourage you to do so. Just complete the form HERE
. Please direct any questions to Kristy Littman at email@example.com
or Joe Guzzardo at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also still some schools that do not yet have attorney coaches. Like acting as a judge, volunteering to coach requires a commitment of as little as a few hours a week for the final month leading up to the competition. We need coaches for schools in various neighborhoods, but particularly in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Anyone interested in coaching should contact Joshu Harris at email@example.com
Please remember, volunteer judges and coaches need not have any litigation experience to make a huge impact in a short time on Philadelphia high school students. Legal training and experience of any kind is an invaluable resource to students as they work to master the basics of persuasive advocacy and legal reasoning. With hundreds of student competitors, the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition's success depends upon the support of the entire legal community. Volunteer today! Click here
to view this year's case materials.
Free Online, Mobile Access With Legal Directory Order
Get the convenience of instant access to greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings whenever and wherever you go. That's literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips. All this is available - at no additional cost - with your purchase of The Legal Directory 2011
The huge Legal Directory database is searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also fully interactive: Click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated!
This free mobile feature makes The Legal Directory 2011 the ultimate multi-platform database. All of the information is available to you in a traditional print version as well as handheld and online at thelegaldirectory.org. One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region for an entire year!
As the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2011 delivers hundreds of new listings, further enhancing the most accurate database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. No other publication gives you all this vital information in one place. The Legal Directory is your one-stop source for:
Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees.
Federal, state and county courts and government agencies.
An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses.
Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration.
A special section devoted to corporate counsel.
Alternative dispute resolution resources.
Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires Feb. 28, 2011.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-909-7843.
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 email@example.com or call 443-909-7824.
New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference Feb. 25-26
The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will hold the inaugural "New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia.
The program provides two days of practical tips and advice that can immediately help you navigate this landscape with greater ease and success through unique CLE, networking and a nationally acclaimed faculty. Conference highlights include more than 8 CLE credits including 1.5 ethics; networking sessions and small group discussions; and tracks that guide you through the issues and information you should be familiar with as you take on this new role.
The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event. Visit abanet.org/yld/newpartner
for more information.
YLD Now Accepting Award Nominations
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 2011. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 7.
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 Monday, Feb. 7. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn Law Group Holding Programs on Miranda, Prisons
The Prisoners' Education & Advocacy Project, a pro bono group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is sponsoring programs on Miranda rights and prison privatization in February.
Elizabeth L. Jacobs, counsel for defendant-respondent in Berghuis v. Thompkins, will discuss "The Future of Miranda Rights" on Friday, Feb. 4 at 12:45 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Professor David Rudovsky will moderate the program. Refreshments will be served.
Professors Alexander Volokh and David Rudovsky will debate prison privatization on Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Lunch will be served.
The events are free. An RSVP to email@example.com would be appreciated.
Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled
A Public Interest/Public Service career fair will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th Floor. This cocktail reception is free and will provide an opportunity to meet employers, public interest attorneys and law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Preregistration is required. Please RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 27 at www.eventbrite.com/event/1204216845
. For more information, please contact Liz Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
. This event is presented by the Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium.
Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on homeownership/probate on Friday, Feb. 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail email@example.com.
Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on taxes on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dilworth Paxon LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II, an event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The event will be held Wednesday, March 9 at Kokopelli, 1904 Chestnut St. Director of Legal Services Amara Chaudhry will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit mazzonicenter.org or contact Troy Porter at email@example.com or 215.563.0652, extension 270. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for young lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Write a Will Feb. 4
PBI's "How to Write a Will and Other Essential Estate Planning Documents" has long been recognized by many throughout the Commonwealth as an exceptional opportunity to gain valuable insight on the estate and trust practice. Plus, return to your office with an invaluable source of reference that you are bound to turn to for years to come. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be held Friday, Feb. 4 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here
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.
Monday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 1 Groupcast - PLI - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2011: What Borrowers & Lenders Need to Know
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 Simulcast - Breaking Down the Basics Series: (three sessions, choose one or more)
Employment Litigation Essentials
2 substantive CLE credits
9 to 11 a.m.
Civil Procedure Practicalities
2 substantive CLE credits
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2 substantive CLE credits
2 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3 Simulcast - Breaking Down the Basics Series: (three sessions, choose one or more)
Preparing for a Support Hearing
2 substantive CLE credits
9 to 11 a.m.
Ethics of Social Networking
2 ethics CLE credits
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How to File and Defend a Mechanic’s Lien
2 substantive CLE credits
2 to 4 p.m.
Simulcast - PLI - International Tax Issues 2011: Planning in an Uncertain World
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 4 How to Write a Will: And Other Essential Estate Planning Documents
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 7 Simulcast - PLI - Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2011
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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