May 27, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 43
 

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel to Speak June 8

Retiring Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel will be the speaker for "Unplugged: First Thoughts Post-Retirement," at a Tuesday, June 8 event co-sponsored by the Association's Intellectual Property Committee and the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

The event will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsors for the program (as of May 21) include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court; Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP; Cozen O’Connor; Dechert LLP; Dilworth Paxson; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Feldman Gale, P.A.; Fish & Richardson, P.C.; Flaster Greenberg P.C.; Fox Rothschild LLP; Harding, Earley, Follmer & Frailey P.C.; Mannino Law Firm; Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; RatnerPrestia; Saul Ewing LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Volpe and Koenig, P.C.; Woodcock Washburn LLP; and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.

Judge Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March 1988. He became chief judge on Dec. 25, 2004 and since then has served as one of 27 judges comprising the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the judicial branch. In 2005 he was appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve on the seven-judge Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.

NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Stephanie Resnick, chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008, will receive the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Brock made history in February 2010 when she became the youngest person ever and fourth woman to serve as chair of the NAACP. For more than 25 years, Brock has served as a leader in the NAACP. As a committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock fights for quality education, civil rights, economic justice, decent housing, and accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

Raymond L. Shapiro, senior counsel to Blank Rome LLP, will be the featured speaker as members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs are inducted at the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Night at the Phillies June 9 Benefits Bar Foundation

Join your friends and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 9 as the defending National League champions take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Tickets are $26 each and a $6 handling fee will be added per order. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the SeniorLAW Center. For questions or to order tickets by phone please contact Kaitlyn Finley in the Phillies Sales Office at (215) 463-5000, extension 5110.

Int'l Business Initiative Committee to Meet May 27

Karen Randall, director of Business Attraction and Retention, City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce, will discuss specific steps the Association's International Business Initiative Committee can take toward making Philadelphia more of a site for international business, bringing jobs to the Philadelphia area, increasing business in other countries, helping clients here expand internationally and building and expanding relationships around the world. The program will be held Thursday, May 27.

The Initiative has begun meeting with regional leaders to get ideas as to what it can do and will report some recent findings. There will also be an update on recent international business case law.

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. Click here to RSVP. For more information call J. Michael Considine Jr., chair, International Business Initiative, 610-431-3288.

CLS Breakfast of Champions May 27

Laurence Tribe of the U.S. Department of Justice will give the keynote address at Community Legal Services Breakfast of Champions, on Thursday, May 27 at 8 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel.

A former Harvard Law professor and mentor to President Barack Obama, Tribe is renowned for his expertise in Constitutional Law and currently serves as senior counselor for Access to Justice, a new initiative of the Department of Justice to improve the legal help provided to low-income people.

For the past 21 years, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association has sponsored CLS' annual Breakfast of Champions, which honors leaders, innovators, and dedicated servants of public interest law through its Champion of Justice and Equal Justice awards and kicks off CLS' Bar Campaign.

This year, CLS will present a Champion of Justice Award to Pennsylvania State Rep. Kathy M. Manderino, and Equal Justice Awards to Michael J. Boni of Boni & Zack LLC, CLS Paralegal Johnie Mae Coles, and Philadelphia Legal Assistance Executive Director Anita Santos-Singh.

Online registration for CLS' Breakfast of Champions is available at
clsbreakfastofchampions2010.eventbrite.com. Donations to Community Legal Services can be made online at www.clsphila.org.

IP Committee CLE on Cloud Computing June 2

The Intellectual Property Committee will present the CLE program "Keeping Your Head in the Cloud and Your Feet on the Ground-Navigating the Risks of Cloud Computing" on Wednesday, June 2.

This one hour presentation will highlight the special liability, regulatory, and business exposures presented by the increasingly popular practice of storing data and running software on remote servers accessed over the internet, generally known as cloud computing. The program will further address ways to manage or limit that exposure in contractual and licensing provisions. The course planner is Theodore Naccarella and the featured speaker is Chad A. Rutkowski.

Registration and lunch for the program begin at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Ronca on Using Video at Trial June 2

James R. Ronca will present "Video Preparation, Editing, Use and Presentation for Settlement and Trial" at the Wednesday, June 2 meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

Ronca will share his extensive knowledge and experience on the topic. This demonstrative presentation will include his dynamic and statewide perspective on the art of visual advocacy for all aspects of complex catastrophic civil litigation.

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. Click here to RSVP.

Fundamentals of ERISA CLE June 2

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Fundamentals of ERISA - Mystery Solved!" on Wednesday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

This program is designed for the beginning benefits lawyer or any practitioner who wants a practical understanding of the rules governing employee benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code). Experienced faculty will provide participants with the statutory framework necessary to understand the employee benefits law. The faculty includes Kurt R. Anderson of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; Susan K. Hoffman of Pepper Hamilton, LLP; Kathryn E. Larkin, of Duane Morris, LLP; Brian T. Ortelere of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Matthew I. Whitehorn of Dilworth Paxson, LLP. The course planner is Robert Litvin, of Paisner Litvin, LLP.

Click here to register online.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 2 at Manayunk Brewery

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its Annual Spring Party Wednesday, June 2 at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St.

The Section will unveil its first Arts in the Courts mural and will present the annual Irv Stander Award. Registration is required by Friday, May 28 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open-air deck. The event is sponsored by Summit Pharmacy Inc. Click here for ticket information and to register.

Commerce Court 10th Anniversary Reception June 3

The Business Litigation Committee will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Commerce Court Program with a reception on Thursday, June 3.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $80 each and $750 for a group of 10. The reception includes beer and wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Registration is required by Friday, May 28. Click here to register.

Bankruptcy Q & A at Family Law Section Meeting June 7

Alex Moretsky will host a question-and-answer session on bankruptcy at the Monday, June 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting June 8

The Probate and Trust Section will present the CLE program "Closing In on Closely Held Business Owners" at its Tuesday, June 8 Quarterly Meeting.

The transfer of a closely held business presents special issues for clients who own these interests and for the attorneys who advise them. This program will focus on lifetime and testamentary planning options that lawyers should consider when advising clients desiring to transfer their closely held business interests.

Faculty for the program includes Mark S. Blaskey, Donald P. DiCarlo Jr. and R. Victor Haas Jr. Course planners are Aaron H. Fox, Evelyn G. Howard and Laura E. Stegossi.

Check-in and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Family Law Section Spring Reception June 10

The Family Law Section will greet the city's new Family Court judges at its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, June 10 at one of Philadelphia's newest hotels, Le Meridien, 1421 Arch St.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required by Monday, June 7 and includes beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 11

Three panel discussions, a report on the state of the court and luncheon remarks by Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams highlight the Friday, June 11 Federal Bench-Bar Conference at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Eight federal judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners are among the faculty for the program. A total of 3 substantive CLE credit hours are available for the program.

The program will also include reports on the state of the court by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich; and U.S. District Court Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz. U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson will present an update on summary proceedings.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 Rittenhouse Square. Click here to register.

Volunteer Mediator Training Program June 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program will hold volunteer mediator training on Monday, June 14. The training is sponsored by the Fee Dispute Committee and features Cheryl Cutrona of Good Shepherd Mediation Program.

The purpose of this mediator training is to prepare attorney mediators to volunteer for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. If you are interested in mediation as a form of dispute resolution, would like to gain some valuable training, and would be willing to serve a few hours each year to help resolve a couple of lawyer-client fee disputes, then the Fee Disputes Committee would like you to consider becoming one of its volunteer mediators.

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Fee Disputes Committee offers a neutral forum for the resolution of disagreements between clients and lawyers over fees charged for legal services. Both Mediation and Arbitration are offered. This is a free service of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Attendance at this program will qualify you to serve as a volunteer mediator for the Lawyer-Client Fee Disputes Resolution Program at the Philadelphia Bar Association. You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate.

The program will cover lawyer-client fee disputes, pre-mediation logistics, the mediation process and follow-up and confidentiality and standards of conduct.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch will be provided but you must register for the program. Click here to register.

Antitrust Committee CLE June 15

The Antitrust Committee will present the CLE program "Antitrust at the Speed of Byte" on Tuesday, June 15.

Will enforcement agencies and private parties be able to keep up with the fast-paced IT world as it continues to accelerate? Learn more from panelists Kenneth L. Glazer, Melissa Maxmann, Dr. Steven Schwartz, Elise E. Singer and Ronald F. Wick.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to RSVP.

Real Property Section Spring Social June 15

The Real Property Section's Annual Spring Social will be held Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St.

Registration is required by Friday, June 11 and includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register.

Women in the Profession Summit June 16

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will deliver keynote remarks at the Third Annual Women in the Profession Summit "21st Century Issues for the 21st Century Woman Lawyer" on Wednesday, June 16.

The program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee. The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A reception follows from 5 to 6 p.m. Two substantive and two ethics CLE credits are available.

Panel discussions include "Women Lawyers and Social Media (Ethics, Privacy, and Social Media)," "The Women of E-Discovery" and "Ethical Challenges Facing Judges – Do they Differ for Women?"

To register for the Third Annual Women in the Profession Summit, visit pbi.org.

Ethical Guidance for Changing Firms June 17

The Law Practice Management Committee will present "Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys" on Thursday, June 17.

The featured speaker is Ellen Freedman, founder and president of Freedman Consulting and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Practice Management Coordinator. This program will outline the ethical, legal and practical issues these situations raise, and provide advice on how attorneys can address such matters while fully complying with their ethical obligations to the firms and their clients.

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.

YLD Diversity Scholarship Reception June 17

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal field by recognizing several outstanding local law students at its Diversity Scholarship Reception, June 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 S. Penn Square. The event is co-hosted by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee.

The Diversity Scholarship Reception will be preceded by a one-credit CLE seminar, "The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

Each year, the YLD presents a $500 scholarship to select first- or second-year local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service, and commitment to the Philadelphia area. The YLD Cabinet and YLD Executive Committee liaisons to Philadelphia's minority bar associations select the scholarship winners from submitted applications. Winners will be announced in early June.

"The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom" features panelists Scott Reid, a member of Cozen O'Connor and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Diversity Coordinator; John S. Han, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section; and Deborah Starr, of DecisionQuest Trial Consultants. The course will examine various approaches to coping with the biases, beliefs and preconceived notions often held by those called for jury duty and detail the methods of overcoming these notions, including techniques for eliciting potential bias in voir dire and developing persuasive themes as a means of combating common social prejudices.

Registration is required and separate for each event. The Diversity Scholarship Reception is free of charge and includes wine and cheese. Click here to register. The CLE program is $20 for YLD members and $25 for all other members. Click here to register for the CLE program.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 21 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. A foursome can play at the discounted rate of $1,700. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails. For those wishing to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, tickets are $125.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriter ($15,000) includes banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the cover of the souvenir program as underwriter of the event; microphone time at tee off; advertising in all publications; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for eight players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; VIP parking for golfers; two tickets to the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Benefit; premium gift for sponsor and guests; and commemorative hole flag for guests.

Tournament cup/skills prize sponsor ($7,500) includes banner hung in clubhouse; recognition in the souvenir program; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for six players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; commemorative hole flag for guests; and two VIP parking spaces for golfers.

Luncheon, Grand Cocktail Party or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) includes name on sign at sponsorship location; recognition in the souvenir program; and four players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Golf Cart Signs, Refreshment Cabana Sponsor ($3,500) includes name on golf carts or at refreshment cabanas; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players and two additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Hole Sponsor ($2,250) includes name on sign at tee; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players.

For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit philabarfoundation.org.

Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon July 7

Professor Russell Engler, director of clinical programs at New England Law School and a national expert on Civil Gideon, will be the featured speaker at a Wednesday, July 7 Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon.

Engler serves on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel.

The event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the Association's 11th floor Conference Center, is free and open to all Bar members. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register for the July 7 Chancellor's Forum, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Thirteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A state-of-the-court program will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

Legal Directory Unveils Optimized Site for Mobile Devices

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Our new mobile feature, tailored for use on your BlackBerry, lets you access The Legal Directory 2010's lawyer and law firm listings wherever there's an Internet connection. It's interactive: select a phone number and your device will call it; tap an e-mail address, and your device will generate an e-mail screen.

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Notice to Members of the Philadelphia Bar Association

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 amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the April 29, 2010 and May 25, 2010 Board of Governors meetings and were approved for submission to the members at the June Quarterly meeting to take place on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Section 208. The Board.

(Addition to Sec. 208(A) to add a seat on the Board for the law school deans.)

6. three persons appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Section 208(C), each of whom shall serve for a term of three years, one person being appointed each year; and

7. the Chair and Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division.; and

8. a Dean of one of the accredited area law schools identified on a list established by the Board of Governors, which Dean shall be designated by the Deans of such law schools, in a manner approved by the Board of Governors, to represent the Deans at any number of meetings.

Section 209. Eligibility to Office.

(Changes to Sec. 209 to allow for the automatic secession of the Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary per amendments to Section 215 without penalty.)

A. A Member shall be eligible to hold the offices of Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor for not more than one term each. A Member shall be eligible to hold the offices of Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer for not more than three consecutive one-year terms. A Member shall be eligible to be an elected member of the Board for not more than one consecutive three-year term., provided that a Member who has been elected by the Board to fill a vacancy with respect to an elected member of the Board for a term of less than one year may be elected for a full succeeding three-year term. A Member may be re-elected to any such office except Vice Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Chancellor after a lapse of not less than 11 months from the expiration of the Member's prior term of office. Any term of less than one year pursuant to Section 215(G) shall be excluded from these term limitations.

Section 215. Vacancy in Office

(Changes to Sec. 215(G) to allow for the automatic secession of the Assistant Treasurer and/or Assistant Secretary in the event of a mid-term vacancy.)

G. Any vacancy in the office of Secretary or Treasurer shall be filled by the Assistant Secretary or Assistant Treasurer, respectively, who shall serve until the next Annual Meeting and until a successor is qualified. Any vacancy in the office of Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary or Assistant Treasurer, or of an elected member of the Board, shall be filled by appointment of the Board, to serve until the next Annual Meeting and until a successor is qualified.

Section 602. Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention; Quorum; Chair; Vice Chair; Vacancies.

(Additions to Sec. 602 to create additional requirements for any person appointed to be the Chair or Vice Chair of the Judicial Commission.)

D. The Chair of the Commission shall be a Regular Member and shall be named by the Chancellor on or before January 15 of each year to serve for a term coincident with the Chancellor's term, but no person shall serve as Chair for more than three years in succession. The Vice Chair of the Commission shall be a Regular Member and shall be named by the Chancellor-Elect on or before January 15 of each year to serve for a term coincident with the Chancellor-Elect's term, but no person shall serve as Vice Chair for more than three years in succession. No person shall be appointed as a Chair or Vice Chair without having first served during a judicial election year as either a commission member or as a trained investigator in the Commission’s Investigative Division.

Justinians to Honor Judge Panella June 2

The Justinian Society will honor Superior Court of Pennsylvania Judge Jack A. Panella at its 2010 Annual Meeting and Election Luncheon on Wednesday, June 2. The reception will take place at The Union League of Philadelphia from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person for members, $550 for a table of 10 for members, $70 for non-members and $650 for a table of ten for non-members. Checks are payable to The Justinian Society of Philadelphia and mailed to 1205 Locust St., Suite 100, Philadelphia, Pa 19107. For more information, call 215.545.0706, E-mail Justinian@justinian.org or go to www.justinian.org.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

• Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will hold its 15th annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Thursday, June 10. The Summer Pro Bono Program is geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to educate them about issues of poverty in Philadelphia and to promote an ethic of service to address those issues through pro bono work.

The Summer Pro Bono Program will commence on Thursday, June 10, 2010 with an Open House reception at VIP from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 11 will feature a training about Philadelphia's nationally recognized Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program and provide students an opportunity to conduct mock client interviews. 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. The event will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will then have the opportunity to put their training into practice by serving clients at a conciliation conference during June, July and early August.

The Open House reception will take place at Philadelphia VIP, 42 S. 15th St., 4th floor, The training event and lunch will take place at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. The cost of the training is $50 per student and includes breakfast, lunch and training materials for the day. Please note there is special pricing for students who are not employed for the summer or whose employers do not cover the cost of attendance.

To register or for more information, please contact Theresa Brabson at 215-523-9567 or jvolunteer@phillyvip.org. The last day to register for the program is Wednesday, June 2.

• The Friends of Farmworkers 2010 Reception will be held Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art, 20th Street and the Parkway. At this event, Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Andrew F. Susko, past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and White and Williams LLP, will be honored. At the event, special recognition will also be provided to Daniel Sipe, immediate-past president of the Board of Directors of Friends of Farmworkers. Tickets are $80. To order tickets or for more information, please call 215-733-0878 or e-mail gguerrero@friendsfw.org.

Controversy in Courts Collection at Free Library

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library's Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., is currently hosting "Controversy in the Courts: Regicide, Rebels, and Regal Indiscretion," an exhibition of books, pamphlets and illustrations related to the trials of King Charles I, William Penn, Daniel O'Connell and Queen Caroline from the Hampton L. Carson Collection Illustrative of the Growth of the Common Law.

The exhibition runs through July 30 and may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours of the Department are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m.
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