May 21, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 40

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Networking Event May 27 for Lawyers in Transition

The legal profession has not been immune to the current economic crisis gripping the nation, with scores of attorneys being laid off and others facing uncertain futures. In response, the Philadelphia Bar Association has created Lawyers in Transition (PhillyLawyersInTransition.org) a wide-ranging initiative designed to assist lawyers who suddenly find themselves out of work, or who are concerned that they could be the next victims of the economy.

An umbrella for all of the Bar's efforts, Lawyers in Transition includes programs, resources, suggestions and alternatives for lawyers aimed at helping them find work, build their practices and/or prepare to open their own practices. Our new online resource center, PhillyLawyersInTransition.org, provides information about upcoming programs; links to other helpful sites, a blog by contributing lawyers, a bulletin board/forum where users can candidly discuss their situations, and other professional responsibility resources including ethics information.

A Lawyers in Transition kickoff reception and networking event will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market Street. Learn about upcoming events and network with bar leaders and colleagues. Beer, wine and light snacks will be served. Click here to register.

Justice Newman on Developing Business May 28

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman will discuss how to develop business opportunities in appellate practice at the Thursday, May 28 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Reception for Commerce Court Judges May 28

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual reception for Commerce Court judges on Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $80 per person or $750 for a group of 10 tickets. Admission includes beer, wine and light dinner. Click here to purchase tickets.

Brown Bag Series for Summer Associates Begins May 29

The Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the “Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series” beginning on Friday, May 29 at 12 p.m.

These programs provide an opportunity for summer associates to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. There is no fee to attend these programs, held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The programs will be held every Friday throughout the summer except for Friday, July 3.

For more information about the LSOC or its activities, contact Maureen Olives, Director of Public Interest Programs at Temple University Beasley School of Law, at molives@temple.edu or (215) 204-3705.

Epps to Receive O'Connor Award June 9

Temple University Beasley School of Law Dean JoAnne Epps will receive the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award and present the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9. 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.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

Careers in Government, Public Service Panel June 10

The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee, in collaboration with Attorney Career Development Committee, will hold a "Careers in Government and Public Service" panel and networking program on Wednesday, June 10.

Panelists include James Beyer, associate area counsel, IRS; Amy Kurland, inspector general, City of Philadelphia; Colleen Lynch, branch chief, SEC; and Ellen Greenlee, chief defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Stalberg to Address Federal Bench-Bar June 12

Zachary Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, will deliver keynote remarks at the Federal Courts Committee’s annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 12 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1200 Market St.

A total of 3 CLE credits are available for this program, including one ethics credit. The conference features seven federal judges and a host of top practitioners and begins at 8:15 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Following introductions by Committee Chair Craig D. Mills and Vice Chair Grant S. Palmer, the conference begins with the session "How Not to Go to Jail with Your Clients – Handling Client Monies and Other Timely Issues." Panelists for this session are U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Ellen C. Brotman, Ian M. Comisky and Louis D. Lappen.

U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno will present "Multi-District Litigation – Handling of the Asbestos MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania."

Following a short break, Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, Sidney L. Gold and Kelly Dobbs Bunting will present "Layoffs and Dissolutions – Hot Issues in Employment Law" along with U.S. District Court Judges C. Darnell Jones II and Linda K. Caracappa.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich and Clerk of Court Michael Kunz will then present state of the court reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Stephanie A. "Tess" Blair, Gerard G. Boccuti, David J. Kessler and Donald W. Myers are the panelists for "E-Discovery: Perspectives from the Bench, Outside Counsel and the Client.”

Steven Orlofsky will present an update on the Third Circuit Bar Association.

If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. Click here for additional information or to register.

Sections Plan Spring Receptions

• The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Spring Reception will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., Manayunk. Tickets are $45 per person and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Real Property Section Annual Spring Reception, co-hosted by the Young Lawyers Division will be held Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Penthouse Deck, 111 S. 17th St. Tickets are $20 for Real Property Section and YLD members and $25 for non-section members. Admission includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Family Law Section Annual Spring Reception will be Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $50 for Family Law Section members, $45 for employees of the First Judicial District and $55 for non-Section members. Admission Includes one drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

YLD Diversity Happy Hour June 16

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Diversity Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 16 at the Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St., at 5:30 p.m., where the YLD will present its annual diversity scholarships.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Samea Lin, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Earthen Johnson, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Maricruz Melendrez, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Priya De Souza, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Jennifer A. Supplee, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The first 200 people to pre-register at philadelphiabar.org will be guaranteed two drink tickets, good for draft beer, house margaritas, house wine, sangria and well drinks. Appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the evening. The scholarships will be presented at 6:30 p.m.

The event is co-hosted by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia. Click here to register.

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.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 22

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 21st Annual Golf Classic is moving to a new location. The event will be held Monday, June 22 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The general fee for players is $375. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $350. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriters ($15,000) get a banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the front cover of the souvenir program as sponsor of the event; distribution of skills competition prizes to winners; eight players plus four additional guests to cocktail reception; and VIP parking for golfers. Other levels include Tournament Cup/Skills Prize Sponsor ($7,500), Luncheon, Cocktail Buffet, Reception or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) and Hole Sponsor ($2,000). For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register.

VIP Summer Pro Bono Program June 1-2

Philadelphia VIP invites area law firms and their summer law students to participate in its 14th annual Summer Pro Bono Program on June 1. VIP's Summer Pro Bono Program is geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to promote an ethic of service towards issues of poverty in Philadelphia.

This year's program will train law students in the preparation of life planning documents and enable them to participate in legal clinics throughout the city. Students will work with experienced attorneys and VIP staff to provide much needed legal services to low-income clients. VIP is partnering with the Legal Clinic for the Disabled and SeniorLAW Center for this program.

VIP's Summer Pro Bono Program will commence on Monday, June 1 with an Open House reception at VIP from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 will feature a morning of legal training at The CLE Conference Center and includes breakfast, a keynote presentation on ethics and a training session on life planning documents. The day will conclude with an interactive lunch with members of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania to discuss the legal profession and the importance of pro bono service.

Summer law students will then have the opportunity to put their training into practice by serving clients at one of five legal clinics. This year's partnering organizations include Journey's Way, Casa Farnese, Inglis House and Turning Points for Children.

The PBI training seminar costs $50 and includes breakfast, lunch and training materials for the day. To register, please contact Andrew Keating at 215-523-9563 or akeating@phillyvip.org. The last date to register for the program is Monday, May 18.

HAP Training Session June 16

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono CLE training program "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing" on Tuesday, June 16 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Center Square, East Tower, 35th Floor. The course will be presented by HAP Managing Attorney Michele Levy. The course is free and open to current and prospective HAP volunteers, and will provide 1.5 substantive CLE credits in exchange for volunteering with HAP. To register, contact Michele Levy at 215-523-9585 or e-mail at mlevy@philalegal.org. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 9.

Theodore Bikel Concert to Benefit Juvenile Law Center

Broadway and folk legend Theodore Bikel, a lifelong social justice advocate, will celebrate a rich career devoted to art and activism with a star-studded 85th birthday benefit concert for the Juvenile Law Center at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 15.

Bikel, his wife, Tamara Brooks, and all those performing are donating their time and performance fees in support of Juvenile Law Center. Performers (to date) include: Alan Alda; David Amram; Beyond the Pale; Artie Butler; Patricia Conolly; Arlo Guthrie; Judy Kaye; David Krakauer; Serendipity 4 (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks, Merina Kljuco and Shura Lipovsky); Tom Paxton; Noel Paul Stookey & Peter Yarrow; Susan Werner; and Michael Wex.

Tickets are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office and can be purchased online by clicking here.

All proceeds will support Juvenile Law Center, a national 501(c)(3) charitable public interest law firm that advocates for youth in the child welfare (foster care) and juvenile justice systems. Juvenile Law Center has recently been featured by ABC News "20/20," The New York Times, and People magazine for representing youth in the Luzerne County, Pa., judges scandal, a juvenile court corruption case being addressed as one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in U.S. legal history. Please contact the Juvenile Law Center for information on sponsorship packages at (215) 625-0551. For more information on the event, visit jlc.org.
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