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April 14, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 30
 

Judge Lippman to Speak June 27; Judge Rufe to Be Honored

Judge Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York and a strong advocate for equal access to justice, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association’s Monday, June 27 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Association will also present the Sandra Day O'Connor Award to U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe at the event and honor the newest members of its Year Clubs, attorneys who have been practicing law for more than 50 years. The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

As New York's chief judge, Lippman has championed equal access to justice issues and taken an active leadership role in identifying permanent funding streams for civil legal services, strengthening the state’s indigent criminal defense system, addressing the systemic causes of wrongful convictions, and reforming New York’s juvenile justice system, among many other areas. Judge Lippman’s four decades in the courts have been marked by a commitment to fostering a justice system that is independent, open, accountable and responsive to the people it serves.

Judge Rufe was nominated to the Eastern District by President George W. Bush on Jan. 23, 2002. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002, and received her commission on May 3, 2002. She received her B.A. from Adelphi University and received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Judge Rufe began her professional career as an assistant and coordinator in the Juvenile Division of the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office in 1977. She was a deputy public defender with the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office from 1980 to 1981. She served as solicitor for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency from 1984 to 1988. She served as a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 to 2002.

Tickets for the event, to be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purhcase tickets.

Take Poll on Judges Standing for Retention

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is currently conducting a poll regarding those judges who will be standing for retention in the November General Election.

As part of this poll, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to Court of Common Pleas judges in the fourth year of their terms and Municipal Court judges in the second year of their terms. All members of the bar in Philadelphia are urged to fill out the questionnaire. The poll will remain available until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29. All practitioners who have offices based in Philadelphia are eligible to take the poll. Click here to take the poll now!

If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may receive a copy of the poll through the mail by contacting Charles Klitsch, Esq., the Association's director of public and legal services at cklitsch@philabar.org or by calling him at (215) 238-6326. You must provide your name and Supreme Court identification number to receive the ballot.

Ratings Released for Judicial Candidates in May 17 Primary

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has announced the first round of results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and candidates for Philadelphia Municipal Court in the May 17 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Garcia noted that the list of "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates is still incomplete and said additional names and ratings will be announced as investigations are completed on the remaining candidates. Garcia said that the ratings provide the results for candidates who are on the ballot who submitted to the Association's evaluation process by the Bar’s announced deadline of Dec. 8, 2010.

"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn about these candidate ratings. They can do this by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Garcia said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls. Garcia said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find a thorough, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at www.philadelphiabar.org.

"The Commission will complete more than 40 evaluations of candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:




Drew Aldinger Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle Recommended
Charles Ehrlich Recommended
Michael Fanning Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta Recommended
Vince Giusini Recommended
Roger F. Gordon, Jr. Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended
Sayde J. Ladov Recommended
Harry J. Levant Recommended
Christopher Mallios, Jr. Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott Recommended
Maria McLaughlin Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Fran Shields Recommended
Joseph C. Waters, Jr. Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Michael Fanning Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Tom Fitzpatrick Not Recommended
Beverly Muldrow Not Recommended
Lopez T. Thompson Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante Not Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Anita Smith Not Recommended

Additional names and ratings will be announced soon.

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YLD Annual Meeting Featuring Michael Barkann Today

A dedicated advocate for the transgender community, the founder of a program that offers marathon training to help improve the lives of Philadelphia's youth, and a general practice law firm with a long history of supporting the Young Lawyers Division will each be honored with a YLD community service award at the Division's Annual Meeting today (Thursday, April 14) at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, 9th Floor.

Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann, a seven-time Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year and a five-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner, will present the keynote speech at the event.

Natalie Hrubos will receive the Craig M. Perry Award for her pro-bono work representing low-income transgender individuals; Heather McDanel, the Director of Students Run Philly Style, will receive the F. Sean Peretta Award; and the law firm of Ciardi Ciardi & Astin will receive the YLD Vision Award. YLD Chair Carolyn Chopko will also speak. The YLD Annual Meeting is sponsored by TD Bank.

All attendees will be entered into a raffle for the opportunity to win two tickets to the YLD Phillies night on July 22 which also includes a pre-game reception at McFadden's.

State Budget on Legislative Liaison Committee Agenda

The Legislative Liaison Committee will discuss the state budget at today's (Thursday, April 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Judge Slomsky on Practices, Procedures April 18

U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky will talk about his practices and procedures with a focus on effective advocacy in pre-trial matter at the Monday, April 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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 to register.

E-Filing in Appellate Courts April 20

Karen Bramblett, prothonotary of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, will discuss e-filing in the appellate courts at the Wednesday, April 20 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

Bramblett will talk about the current status of e-filing plans, how the new system will work, and the drafting of new rules to implement e-filing. In addition, Bramblett wants to hear from our members as to their expectations for the new system and what rules changes they would recommend to accompany the implementation of e-filing.

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 to register.

CLE on Electronic Filing April 21

The First Judicial District will present a CLE program on electronic filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, April 21.

This course will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. The electronic filing system was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal documents via the Internet from anywhere and at anytime using a personal computer. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of Philadelphia City Hall. Tuition is $135 and includes an electronic version of the e-filing manual. Click here to register.

Freedom of Expression in Egypt April 25

The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Bar Association’s Public Interest Section, Civil Rights Committee and Delivery of Legal Services Committee will present “Freedom of Expression in Egypt: Before and After the Uprising,” on Monday, April 25

The program will feature an Egyptian civil rights advocate who specializes in academic freedom with a prominent human rights organization based in Cairo. She is serving a professional internship with the American Civil Liberties Union, courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development’ Cairo Initiative, which is administered nationally by World Learning and locally by the International Visitors Council Of Philadelphia.

The program begins at 3:30 in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. and wil be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. This program is free for all Public Interest Section members, but preregistration is required. Click here to register online.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Handling Funds CLE April 25

Barbara S. Rosenberg and Joni J. Berner will present the CLE program "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Handling Funds" at the Monday, April 25 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

When lawyers engage in transactions of funds of clients and others, whether in their practice or in other capacities, they are subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Attend this seminar to learn how to avoid errors which can lead to disciplinary consequences, even for the most scrupulous attorney. Practical tips and available accounting systems will be discussed.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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 for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Tax Section CLE April 26

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Codification of Economic Substance" on Tuesday, April 26, featuring Eric Solomon, director of national tax, Ernst & Young LLP.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 codified the existing economic substance doctrine. The new legislation imposes a strict liability penalty for failing to satisfy the economic substance test, which will likely result in more aggressive use of the doctrine by the IRS in corporate audits. The IRS has indicated that it will not release any list of safe harbor transactions. Join our expert panel as they guide you through the new provisions codifying the economic substance doctrine and analyzing the impact of these new rules on tax planning and tax controversy disputes.

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. Check-in and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register online.

Mediation from the Mediator's Perspective April 26

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Mediation from the Mediator's Perspective" with Ret. Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan, Judith P. Meyer and Harrie Samaras at its Tuesday, April 26 meeting.

Hear directly from the perspective of leading neutrals on how to prepare for your next mediation. Panelists will discuss negotiating with confidence, choosing the right mediator and dealing with difficult moments in the mediation. If you want to get the best outcome for your client at your next mediation then this meeting is for you.

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.

Panel on "Over-the-Top" Journalism April 27

The Bar-News Media Committee will co-sponsor "Fair & Balanced? Journalism May Never Be Truly Objective, But is it Now Truly Over the Top?" in partnership with the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) on Wednesday, April 27.

The program will take place at Estia Restaurant, 1405 Locust St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cynthia Sanz, assistant managing editor of People magazine, will moderate and address how the changing media landscape alters the complex relationship between the public relations and journalism.

Panelists include Gina Furia Rubel, president/CEO, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; Michael Days, managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Kingsley Smith, vice president of news and news director, FOX 29 Philadelphia; and Michael Berry, partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P; Advance registration is $45 for members of PPRA, SPJ and the Philadelphia Bar Association, $60 for non-members, and $25 for students. Walk-ins add $5. To register, visit ppra.net.

Mcare Fund Claims Discussion April 27

Beth C. Persun, director of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department Mcare Fund - Bureau of Claims Administration will discuss "Mcare Fund Claims: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask" at the Wednesday, April 27 meeting of the Medical-Legal 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 to register.

Commerce Program on April 27 Agenda

The Business Litigation Committee will future programs, membership, the Commerce Program and other topics at its Wednesday, April 27 meeting.

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.

Real Property Section Spring Social April 27

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Social sponsored by Land Services USA on Wednesday, April 27 at DiBruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St.

Tickets are $30 for Section members and $40 for non-members. Registration includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. The deadline for registration is Thursday, April 21. Click here to register.

Feinberg to Speak at April 28 Chancellor's Forum

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund - which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims - as well as the gulf oil spill fund, will be the featured speaker at a Thursday, April 28 Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section. Click here to register.

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will welcome attendees, and Albert S. Dandridge III, past chair of the Business Law Section, will introduce Feinberg.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non-Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. Click here to register. The Chancellor's Forum is sponsored by TD Bank.

Bar Academy Presents Wynton Marsalis May 1

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for a very special afternoon with incomparable trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis on Sunday, May 1.

Led by Marsalis, the inimitable Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will close the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts with a French-influenced program. Whether performing historic compositions or commissioned works, the "finest big band in the world today" (Daily Telegraph, United Kingdom) delivers a dynamic, attention-grabbing show every time. The 15 jazz soloists and ensemble players, under Marsalis' esteemed direction, are serious musicians whose playing is as fun as it is stylistically remarkable.

The event includes a Second Tier-level ticket to the concert, which will be held at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and a pre-concert reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers will talk about exciting developments in store at The Kimmel Center at the reception before the performance. Registration is limited to Philadelphia Bar members and a guest. A limited number of tickets will be sold.

The reception begins at 1:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 3 p.m. All tickets will be held at Will Call. The cost is $65 per person (includes concert ticket and pre-concert reception). To register for this program, visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org.

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

YLD Casino Night Fundraiser May 14

Play exciting games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at the Young Lawyers Division's brand-new Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on Saturday, May 14 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The event also features an open bar, a generous dinner buffet, a DJ, and a big ticket raffle.

Registration is $75 per ticket and $135 for two. One ticket includes $200 worth of chips to use at seven blackjack tables, three poker tables, a craps table and a double roulette table. Additional chips will be available for purchase at the event. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets toward a host of spectacular items to be auctioned off at the event.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. Since 2006, the YLD's annual fundraiser - which traditionally featured a renowned comedian and a silent auction - has raised more than $140,000 for the Foundation.

Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit charityrun2011.com.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 7

Join your colleagues and friends at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, June 7 for Bar Association Night at the Phillies when the Phils play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 p.m.

Seating will be located in Terrace Deck (sections 418 and 426) at $28 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Please place your order by May 7. Tickets are subject to availability!

For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-463-5000 ext. 5103. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. To purchase tickets, visit phillies.com/philabarassoc and enter the promotion code PBAN.

Court Launches Judicial Fellowship Program

Thirty-five judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have agreed to host up to 45 law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide them with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with this additional legal talent.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas created a Judicial Fellowship Program in conjunction with the Philadelphia based law schools - the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law - to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Due to the popularity of the Judicial Fellowship Program, three Philadelphia area law schools - Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law - joined the program last week, doubling the number of participating schools.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Demands on the court have intensified with the existence of numerous vacancies on the bench that have not been filled with interim appointments due to the Commonwealth's budgetary constraints. Judicial Fellows work at least 20 hours a week in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The Fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court.

Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple Beasley School of Law. "This program will help the court maintain high quality service with fewer resources and help the many exceptional graduates from Philadelphia's law schools who are graduating during an especially difficult time in the legal economy," Rau said. "We appreciate the law schools' efforts to get the program started and for the enthusiastic response of judges who have agreed to host and mentor recent graduates."

"On behalf of the Trial Division, I enthusiastically support this creative program and applaud Judge Rau for her efforts. Our judges will benefit from the assistance of exceptional local legal talent; and those selected as fellows will be exposed to the major attorneys, firms and judges actively engaged in civil and criminal litigation in Pennsylvania’s busiest courts," said Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh.

"This is a winner for both the courts and the new graduates. We are grateful to Judge Rau for developing the program," said President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe. "The program will feature events where the fellows will be able to network with members of the Philadelphia Bar Association," Cimino said. "This is a really wonderful opportunity for some extremely capable graduates to gain notice from the bench and bar."

"The economic downturn has created an urgent need for programs that help new lawyers find jobs," said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia. "The Judicial Fellowship Program gives highly qualified graduates an additional credential and valuable experience to assist them in finding subsequent employment. The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to support this innovative program."

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

The Women's Law Project will hosts the First Annual Myra Bradwell Lecture from on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Roberts Room, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. Carol E. Tracy, executive director will speak. Leslie Stiles, recently retired as executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, will be honored. RSVP to Nan Langen Steketee at 215-928-5765 or nsteketee@womenslawproject.org.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia will hold its 2011 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27 at 12 p.m. (registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m.), at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in the new Terrace Ballroom (entrance is on North Broad Street). This event will recognize leaders in arts and business as well as business/arts partnerships that have significantly contributed to the enrichment of the Greater Philadelphia Region's cultural landscape, and will feature music by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and a dance performance by Miro Dance Theatre. For more information or to register online visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/awards or call 215-790-3620.

HIAS and Council will hold its Annual Fundraising Event, Celebrating the Courage of Immigrants on Thursday, April 28. Judith Bernstein-Baker, HIAS and Council's executive director, will be honored at this event. The guest speaker at the event is Gideon Aronoff, CEO and president, HIAS, Inc., and the moderator is Dave Davies, WHYY. A Cocktail Reception and the Program will begin at 5:30 p.m., at the National Museum for American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. The museum is open free of charge to all HIAS and Council guests from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A private tour of the museum is available. For more information, contact Sarah Peterson at speterson@hiaspa.org or call 215-832-0920.

Philadelphia VIP's Speaker Series program "Preventing Homelessness" will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 12 p.m. at White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800, featuring a keynote address by Owen Lefkon, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. To register for this free event, please email Christina Ortiz at phillyvip@phillyvip.org. This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hosts One Divine Night: It Would Be A Drag To Miss It, featuring WMMR's Pierre Robert and the Captivating Queens of Illusion at 507 S. Broad (at Lombard). on Thursday, May 12. Once owned by Father Divine, founder of the Peace Mission Movement, this George Pearson-designed mansion has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur and will serve as a magnificent backdrop for the evening's entertainment. Guests will enjoy an evening of provocative performances and delectable food and drink generously provided by Tim Bellew catering at FARE, Moore Brothers Wine Company and Flying Fish Brewing Company. For sponsorship and tickets, please contact the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377.

• Join Nationalities Service Center at the White Manor Country Club, for a golf event to celebrate 90 years of working to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by helping them become socially and economically self-sufficient and engaged members of our community. The event will be held Monday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at White Manor, 831 Providence Road, Malvern. Please contact Leyla Dursunova at NSC at 215-609-1522 or ldursunova@nscphila.org for golf reservations and/or sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit nationalitiesservice.org.

SEC Attorney Career Roundtable April 19

The Philadelphia Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, in an effort to increase the interest of minority attorneys in applying for employment opportunity at the Commission, is hosting an Attorney Career Roundtable on Tuesday, April 19.

The event will target minority attorneys who are located in the Philadelphia/New Jersey metropolitan area and is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (networking session 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, 100 N. 6th St.

Participants of this event will also be able to view the Philadelphia Federal Reserve's exhibition "Money in Motion" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a panel discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. concerning preparation for interviews with SEC staff, networking, enjoyment of job, career challenges, educational preparations, etc.

Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Lawrence D. Parrish at (215) 597-2768 or by email at attorney-career-roundtable@sec.gov.

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