Thursday, June 26, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 52
 

Former New Orleans Mayor Morial to Address Bar June 30

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Former Chancellor Seymour H. Kurland will address bar members on behalf of the new Year Club members.

Morial served two distinguished four-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 for Association members and $60 for non members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Philadelphia Lawyer in Global Economy July 1

The Professional Responsibility Committee will discuss the impact of the ever-changing practice of law in a global economy on the image of what for centuries has been known as "The Philadelphia Lawyer" at its Tuesday, July 1 meeting.

Panelists include Mark Alderman, chair of WolfBlock LLP; Lawrence J. Fox, a partner of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and a nationally recognized expert on legal ethics; and John J. Soroko, chair of Duane Morris LLP. The moderator for the program is Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The meeting is open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Disaster Planning Answers, Resources July 2

If your office were destroyed tomorrow by fire, flood or explosion, or Center City offices and courts quarantined by health or terrorist threats, do you have a disaster plan in place to cope? Get the answers and resources you need at the Wednesday, July 2 meeting of the Rules and Procedure 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 $7.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Joint Diversity Happy Hour July 9 at Vango

The Young Lawyers Division and the Minorities in the Profession Committee will host the 2nd Joint Diversity Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. upstairs at Vango, 116 S. 18th St.

The event is also hosted by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the South Asian Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Hispanic Bar Association and Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. The event is sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters.

Drink specials, complimentary appetizers and a DJ will also be featured. The first 200 people to RSVP will receive two complimentary drink tickets. Click here to RSVP online.

Trusts and Custodial Accounts in Divorce, Support Actions

Michael E. Fingerman and Christina Alt will discuss trusts and custodial accounts and their impact on divorce and support actions at the Monday, July 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Boardroom of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judges Savage, Golden on Rule 16 Conferences July 16

U.S. District Court Judges Timothy J. Savage and Thomas M. Golden will discuss attorneys' preparation for and participation in Rule 16 conferences at the Wednesday, July 16 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Riders Sought for ACS Bike-a-Thon July 13

Team Philadelphia Bar Association will saddle up again this year and take part in the 36th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 13.

The ride brings awareness to the issues of cancer and how it affects friends, families, colleagues and community. Another purpose of the ride is seeking to raise funds in support of cancer research. The ride leaves Philadelphia and traverses the countryside in New Jersey to an end point approximately 65 miles away in Buena Vista, N.J.

Recently, the Philadelphia Bar Association has taken a lead and sponsored a team to participate in the ride. This year, the Philadelphia Bar Association team is co-chaired by Mark Feinman and Jim Meyer. Click here to join the Philadelphia Bar Association team.

Attorneys Needed to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosures Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judge Annette M. Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

This diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the involvement of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

Volunteer attorneys should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month to attend conciliation conferences for several clients in one day. (After the first several months, the court’s backlog from the postponed April and May sheriff sales will be reduced and should ease the time commitment.) This volunteer work requires only attending the conciliation conference and making some pre-conference calls to client and opposing counsel. Training will make volunteers aware of when further litigation should be pursued by another attorney.

Due to the tremendous response, a second training will be held on Monday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 28th floor Center Hall, and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. Attorneys will receive two hours of free substantive CLE credit if they attend two complete morning or afternoon conciliation sessions. Breakfast will be provided through the joint support of the Business Law and Real Property Sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin at 215-523-9564 or sfseldin@phillyvip.org.

Reception, Dinner, Auction Follow Golf Classic July 15

Tickets are available for the reception, dinner and silent auction immediately following the 20th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 15.

Tickets are $75 for the event at The ACE Club, 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, Pa. Click here to purchase tickets online.

3 Steps to an LPM Vendor/Consultant Referral

It only takes three steps for Bar members to receive a Law Practice Management Division Vendor/Consultant referral.

If you need help choosing and implementing new billing software, finding a bookkeeper, marketing your firm, developing a firm Web site or handling human resources issues, we have the consultants to assist you.

First, members should call the LPM hotline at 215-238-6314. Members can then discuss with a Program Counselor the type of assistance that is needed.

Then members receive a referral. A referral through this program entitles Bar members to a free, one-hour consultation with the selected vendor/consultant. Subsequent services may be negotiated between the member and vendor/consultant directly.

For more information, visit the Law Practice Management Division on the Bar Association Web site by clicking here.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 31.

The 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. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini and Lynn A. Marks.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 5

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, Aug. 5 as the Phils take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $38 and can be ordered by clicking here.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Baseline (Sections 108 & 109). 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.

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Legislative Action Center Launched

Philadelphia Bar Association members now have the opportunity to let their voices be heard in Harrisburg through the Legislative Action Center on the Association's Web site. In just three easy steps, members can contact their legislators to express their views regarding issues on which the Association has taken a stand.

First, a member will be asked to enter his or her name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The Web site automatically finds the appropriate state House and Senate members based on the address entered.

Second, when the member clicks on "edit," model letters will appear, already addressed to House and Senate members. At this point, a member will be able to personalize each letter.

Finally, the member will be provided the option of either printing out the letters to mail to legislators or to e-mail the letters directly to the legislators' offices.

With the debut of the Legislative Action Center, members will be able to contact their legislators to urge the General Assembly to enact Gov. Edward G. Rendell's education funding formula designed to provide all school districts with adequate resources within the next six years to meet state proficiency standards in accordance with the Costing-Out Study commissioned by the General Assembly.

Association Chancellor A. Michael Pratt stated in his letter of June 3, 2008, to leaders of the General Assembly and members of the Philadelphia legislative delegation, "As citizens and business persons, we know that an adequate education system throughout the state - in rural areas, suburbs, small cities and big cities - is vital to the economic health of every community and to the state as a whole."

Take a stand on this vital issue. Contact your legislators today through the Philadelphia Bar Association's Legislative Action Center!

Coming Soon: Judge Rendell on Civics Education

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and Pennsylvania first lady Marjorie O. Rendell writes about why civics education is critical to the success of future generations in the Summer 2008 edition of The Philadelphia Lawyer.

Judge Rendell discusses the importance of civics education in schools, her involvement in civics education in Pennsylvania and the launch of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Advancing Civics Education initiative. These efforts aim to provide today’s schoolchildren with the foundation of understanding of our nation’s democratic principles and origins they need to succeed in maintaining our democracy.

Public Interest Training, Events Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP and Women Against Abuse will hold a free custody training CLE program on Friday, June 27 at 12 p.m. at the offices of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600. The CLE credit is free for all attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case. Lunch will be provided at the training. To reserve your space, call Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550.

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present a free pro bono training program, "Fear-Based Cases in Deportation Proceedings: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture Claims," from on Thursday, June 26 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Designed for practitioners with little or no previous experience with immigration litigation, this training program will provide an overview of the fear-based claims available to detained immigrants in deportation proceedings as well as an introduction to general detention issues. Topics to be discussed will include an introduction to immigration law and Immigration Court concepts and an overview of fear-based claims including Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture relief. Participants will receive two free CLE credit hours in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by PIRC (approval for two CLE credits is pending with the PA CLE Board). To register for this program, please send an e-mail with the participating attorney's name, firm or agency name if applicable, and a contact address, e-mail address and telephone number to Maria McCollum at mmccollum@pirclaw.org. The registration deadline is Friday, June 20.

• The Public Interest Section will celebrate the work of its summer public interest interns and the agencies that sponsor them on Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhodes, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. The Law School Outreach Committee and the Public Interest Section are most grateful to Montgomery McCracken for generously sponsoring this event.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

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