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 election in November 2009.
Again this year, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to judges in the Court of Common Pleas 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. Friday, May 8. 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 email@example.com or by calling Klitsch at (215) 238-6326. You must provide your name and Supreme Court identification number to receive the ballot.
The Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is also in the process of rating judges for the upcoming May primary. Click here for the most current list of recommended and not recommended candidates.
Tech Tools Even an Attorney Can Love Today
Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will present "Tech Tools Even An Attorney Can Love" today (Thursday, April 16).
This presentation will include discussion of the following: Gmail; Google Reader; Google Docs/Zoho; Delicious; Windows Live SkyDrive; Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn; Hulu/YouTube; Browsers other than IE; VLC; Tor; QtWeb; Keepass; Eraser/CleanAfterMe; TrueCrypt and Android G1 phone.
The program is presented by the Solo and Small Firm, Practice Technology and LPM Marketing Committees. 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 for this program.
Judges to Offer Hearing Office Tips April 17
Chief Administrative Law Judges Linda M. Bernstein, Joseph Davidson and Deborah H. Mande will be the guest speakers at the Friday, April 17 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.
The judges will provide helpful tips at the hearing office level as well as updates. 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 those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Judge Pro Tem Training CLE April 20
A judge pro tem training session
for the Philadelphia Commerce Case Management Program will be held Monday, April 20.
Panelists for the 2.5 substantive CLE program include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Mark I. Bernstein, Arnold. L. New and Albert W. Sheppard Jr., along with Gregory H. Matthews. The featured speaker for the program is Linda R. Singer, president of the Non-profit Center for Dispute Settlement. The course planner is Marc J. Zucker.
The program will include updates on recent changes in procedure; clarifications on the Commerce judges' expectations; and tips for running a successful mediation. The program is presented by the Business Litigation Committee along with the Philadelphia Commerce Case Management Program.
The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Registration begins at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the program at 5 p.m. Click here
for registration information.
Loan Workouts for Real Estate Lawyers CLE April 20
The Real Property Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Loan Workouts for Real Estate Lawyers" on Monday, April 20.
Current economic conditions make this a troubling time to obtain and retain financing for developers and owners of commercial and large-scale residential development. Clients need assistance navigating the complex world of real estate workouts with lenders. Designed primarily to aid real estate attorneys, this program will provide an overview to the world of real estate loan workouts from the perspective of both Borrower and Lender’s counsel.
Course planners are Dina Schlossberg and Michael G. Balent. Panelists are Samuel H. Becker and Claudia Z. Springer. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.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. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org
, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here
to purchase lunch for this event.
Italian-American Media Night April 22
The Bar-News Media Committee, in partnership with The Justinian Society, will host Italian-American Media Night on Wednesday, April 22. The cocktail party and Italian food sample, along with the media meet and greet will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room of City Hall.
Confirmed members of the media who will be in attendance include Joanne Calabria, vice president of public affairs, CBS 3; Pat Ciarrocchi, news anchor, CBS 3; Dr. Mike Cirigliano, health correspondent for FOX 29; Joe De Felice of The Italian Tribune Delaware Valley Presence; Stephanie Esposito, reporter for WFMZ Channel 69 News; A.J. "Buddy" Fortunato, publisher of The Italian Tribune; Anthony Gargano, sports talk radio host, 610 AM WIP; Dom Giordano, host of The Big Talker" 1210 AM; Marnie Hall, gossip columnist for philly.com; Gina Passarella, reporter for The Legal Intelligencer; Justin Pizzi, news reporter, NBC 10; Letizia Rubino, news producer, NBC 10; Sue Serio, weather reporter, FOX 29; and George Anastasia, crime reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mayor Michael Nutter is also expected to attend. Special guest Lorraine Ranalli will be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, Gravy Wars. Ranalli is best known as a Philadelphia radio and TV personality and writer.
The cost of the event is $25 per person. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YLD Networking Event April 22 at The Palm
The Young Lawyers Division will hold a networking event Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Palm, 200 S. Broad St.
The first 80 people will receive a drink ticket and appetizers and drinks specials will be available. This networking event is sponsored by Ace Reporters, Inc. and is co-hosted by VIP Board of Directors.
Overview of Recovery Audit Contractor Program April 23
Salvatore G. Rotella Jr. will lead a discussion on what to expect from the Recovery Audit Contractor program at the Thursday, April 23 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquaters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Jan Susler on Representing Political Prisoners
For 40 years, the People's Law Office of Chicago has successfully represented victims of police and abuses perpetrated by other government officials.
Attorney Jan Susler will be discussing human and civil rights implications within the context of her representation of Puerto Rican political prisoners at the Friday, April 24 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee. After two decades of representation, she served as lead counsel in the efforts culminating in the 1999 presidential clemency of their sentences. She continues to represent those who remain imprisoned.
The meeting begins at 1 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 for this program, which is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
Public Interest Plenary April 29
The Public Interest Section will hold a plenary meeting on systemic advocacy on Wednesday, April 29 followed by a wine and cheese reception.
The program will feature opening remarks by Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel at Juvenile Law Center, about the recent Luzerne County cash-for-kids corruption scandal. A panel discussion with seasoned public interest advocates on how to conduct systemic advocacy through impact litigation, legislation, local policy initiatives and individual case work will also be included. Speakers are Cathy Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Michael Churchill, of counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Mark Murphy, legal director, Disability Rights Network; and Janet Stotland, co-director, Education Law Center. The panel will be moderated by Angus Love, executive director of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project and Chair of the Public Interest Section.
The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program and reception. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by April 24. This program is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Click here
Volunteers Needed for Law Week April 27-May 1
Volunteer lawyers will offer free legal advice, welcome new American citizens, visit children in classrooms and accompany inner-city students into the courts Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1, as the Philadelphia Bar Association marks Law Week 2009 with a host of special events and services reaching out to thousands of citizens.
This year's theme is "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial." The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and who to contact to volunteer:
Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 27, Josh Ryan; Legal Advice Live!, Wednesday, April 29, Kristin McKenna,Chris Guth; Legal Line, Wednesday, April 29, Stephanie Mensing; Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 1; Carey Chopko; The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, Friday, May 1, Heather Herrington Justin Moriconi
All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect, Scott F. Cooper, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division (YLD) with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The YLD Law Week co-chairs are Abbie DuFrayne, Kelly Gastley and Carey Chopko.
For additional information and updates, click here.
Business Development Seminar May 1
The Law Practice Management Division and the Training Resource Group will present "Rainmaking 101: Learn to Take Control of Your Career by Becoming Great at Business Development" on Friday, May 1.
In this workshop we will discuss the importance of learning how to generate new business and develop business. The workshop will focus on how you can start your journey to become a business development expert - a skill that will enable you to take control of your career.
This program will be held 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
Judge Moss on Complex Litigation May 6
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will discuss the workings of the Complex Litigation Center as well as changes to the Arbitration Appeal program at the Wednesday, May 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference 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.
Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Entries Sought
Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Seventh Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here
for the complete rules.
The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and secretary of the Association 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 year the judges for the competition are Brandi J. Brice, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Professor Candace Mueller Centeno, Villanova University School of Law; Assistant Dean Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania School of Law; Professor Sydney T. Howe-Barksdale, Widener University School of Law; Professor Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Professor Lisa T. McElroy, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Linda D. Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Professor Sheila Rodriguez, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden; Teresa F. Sachs, Post & Schell, P.C.; Professor David A. Sonenshein, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Troy H. Wilson, Wilson & Wilson.
This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2008-09 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 Friday, May 8 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 web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2009, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for the complete rules.
YLD to Host Fourth Annual Comedy Night May 9
Laugh away the night while supporting a worthy cause at the Young Lawyers Division's Fourth Annual Comedy Night
, Saturday, May 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at The Franklin, 222 N. 20th St.
Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will headline the event, which will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ. Comedian William Chiang will also be performing. Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door.
All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides funding to approximately 30 local legal services organizations. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker at email@example.com. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to purchase tickets to this event.
30th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17
Grab your running shoes and join your friends and colleagues on Sunday, May 17 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 30th Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.
This year, bring your kids for the first Kids Dash. Co-register for the 30th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Bar Association Run and receive a commemorative gift.
The race will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. For more information, visit charityrun2009.com or call 267-546-9200. To register, visit active.com.
Bar Night at the Phillies June 17
Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered by clicking here
Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.
PhiLAWpalooza '09 at World Cafe Live July 16
Bands and solo musicians interested in performing at the YLD's third annual PhiLAWpalooza should contact Stephanie Mensing
by May 1, 2009
. Please include your band name, band members' names and firm affiliations, and website/social networking site address (if any).
Brehons to Honor President Judge Dembe April 20
The Brehon Law Society will hold a cocktail reception to honor its former president and longtime member, Judge Pamela P. Dembe, for her election as the president judge of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia. The reception will be held on Monday, April 20 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.
All members of the Bar are welcome. The cost will be $45 and include hors d'oeurves. There will also be a cash bar. Payment at the door will be accepted, but RSVPs are preferred. Checks for the event made payable to the Brehon Law Society can be sent to John O'Malley, Volpe and Koenig, P.C., 30 S. 17th St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information contact John O'Malley at email@example.com
or by phone at 215-568-6400.
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Public Interest Training Sessions, Events
The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Seventh Annual Spring Celebration and Silent Auction tonight (Thursday, April 16) from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, Morris Cafe, 30 S. 17th St. White Hat Awards will be presented to Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes LLP and Julia Swain. A Special Volunteer Recognition Award will be presented to Thomas Prettyman. This event will feature gourmet food, open bar and live music. Tickets are $50 and $25 for public interest attorneys. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3214.
HIAS and Council Migration Services will hold its special event "Dancing Without Borders: A Celebration of Culture," on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, honoring the Samuel S. Fels Fund and Helen Cunningham; Cozen O'Connor; and Lynne Fox, International Vice President of Local 643UNITEHERE. The event will feature live music and international dancing. For more information, or to make reservations, please contact Sarah Peterson, at 215-832-0920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception and Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 22 at the Crystal Tea Room, John Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. An awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., honoring Jim Murray, co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House and former general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, with the Judge Lois G. Forer Award. The silent auction will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information contact Kristyn DiDominick at email@example.com or 267-546-9211.
Philadelphia VIP will present a new revised training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program run by the First Judicial District, on Wednesday, May 6 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. A session on mortgage foreclosure defense litigation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break. Two free CLE credits are available for the morning training and three CLE credits are available for the afternoon program, for five CLE credits total. Breakfast will be provided. Attendees have the option of attending the morning or afternoon session, or both sessions. The training/CLE is free if the attorney handles two pro bono mortgage foreclosure cases within six months of the training date. The program will be held at GlaxoSmithKline, 16th and Vine Streets. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-523-9550.
Regional Housing Legal Services will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a Thursday, May 7 reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Independence Visitor Center. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and awards. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Phyllis Guillaume at email@example.com.
Brandeis Foundation Scholarship Lunch April 21
Area law school students who have demonstrated an interest in and involvement with Jewish religion, law or ethics will be honored at the Brandeis Law Foundation scholarship luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom Streets.
According to Mayer Horwitz, president of the Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in the name of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Abraham J. Gafni (Ret.) and Sandra Mazer Moss. The Judge Abraham J. Gafni award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a second or third year Jewish law student at a Philadelphia area law school who has demonstrated an interest and involvement in Jewish Religion, Law, or Ethics. The Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a single parent law student at a Philadelphia area law school who strives for personal achievement, success and excellence in the law.
The event is chaired by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor and Brandeis Law Society member Sayde J. Ladov who notes that all area law school deans have been invited to the luncheon along with members of the local judiciary.
Tickets for the luncheon are $65 for members of the Bar and $25 for judges, law clerks, law students and public interest lawyers. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it along with a check made payable to the "Brandeis Law Society" to Mitchell H. Klevan, Esq., 1515 Market St., Suite 1410, Philadelphia, PA 19102. More information can be found at the Society's web site at brandeislawsociety.org
The Brandeis Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Brandeis Law Society.
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.
NAPABA Regional Conference April 24-25
The 2009 NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference, hosted by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, will take place on April 24 and 25, 2009. There is a Friday evening welcome event and Saturday will be a day of networking and education with an impressive offering of CLE programs presented by judges and prominent attorneys from the Northeast and beyond. The Saturday programming will be followed by a banquet dinner.
All the CLE programming is scheduled to take place at Pepper Hamilton LLP, Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch Streets. For further information, contact Sophia Lee at 215-977-3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kay Kyungsun Yu at 215-981-4188 or email@example.com
. Click here
for additional information.
Separate tickets for the Friday evening cocktail networking reception and the Saturday evening eight-course Chinese banquet at Ocean Harbor Restaurant are also available.
Komen Race for the Cure May 10
Participate in the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure® on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 10 and become part of the world's largest and most successful education and fund-raising event for breast cancer.
More than just another 5-K run/walk, the Race in Philadelphia is a Delaware Valley Mother's Day tradition for celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones, and making a true difference in turning the dream of the cure into reality.
Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m., and festivities for all ages continue throughout the morning. Whether you run, walk or are a "virtual" participant – you'll be empowering women everywhere, while empowering the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Click here
for details and to register.
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