Sept. 29, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 69
 

Online Registration Deadline for Bench-Bar is Oct. 12

Online registration for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Wednesday, Oct. 12. This year’s conference will be held Friday and Saturday Oct. 14 and 15 at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Click here to register.

Fifteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to 7.5 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. Registration is available at philabenchbar.org.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity (Diamond Level); The Legal Intelligencer (Platinum Level); Iron Mountain (Silver Level); and Jams (Silver Level). Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Conference Co-Chair Jeff Gross at jgrossuz@aol.com or 215-512-1500.

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With this shortcut, you'll have one-touch access to a regularly updated schedule of events for this year's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, plus registration and hotel links! And don't forget to join the conversation at this year's big event on Twitter at #BenchBar11. We look forward to seeing you at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City on Oct. 14 and 15!

Scholarships Available for Bench-Bar Conference

Scholarships to the 2011 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 14 at Harrah's as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced by 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 via email.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

If you enter the lottery please DO NOT register for the conference or make a hotel reservation. If your name is not selected for one of the scholarships you will still be able to register for the conference and receive the early-bird discount and we will be able to guarantee you a hotel reservation.

Fidelity Award Nomination Deadline is Oct. 28

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Oct. 28.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via email at dpetit@philabar.org or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

EEOC Attorneys to Address HR Committee Sept. 30

EEOC trial attorneys Natasha Abel and Jennifer Hope will be the guest speakers at the Friday, Sept. 30 meeting of the Human Resources Committee on Friday, Sept. 30.

They will discuss EEOC's systemic initiatives; EEOC's efforts to achieve equal pay; a review of recent developments, including the area of criminal history and credit history background checks and an overview of EEOC's litigation program, including recent trials, settlements and filings.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Cohen Seglias, United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please join us at 8:15 a.m. for continental breakfast; our one-hour presentation and discussion will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please RSVP to: Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

YLD Photography Contest Entries Due Sept. 30

The YLD welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Summer in the City," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive a $200 and $100 gift certificate, respectively, to Ruth's Chris Steak House as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the atmosphere of a city during the Summer/early Fall months. The picture can be taken here in Philadelphia or in any other city.

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Matthew Laver at mlaver@wglaw.com in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 30.

Advising a Charitably Minded Client CLE Oct. 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting & CLE "Advising a Charitably Minded Client" on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Panelists include Michelle J. Hong, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.; Lynn Ierardi, J.D., director of Gift Planning, University of Pennsylvania and consultant - Gift Planning Advisor, LLC; and Donald W. Kramer, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.

Registration 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. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Interbranch Commission Discussion Oct. 4

Lisette M. McCormick, executive director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethic Fairness and Lynn A. Marks, executive director, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; will discuss the commission's work addressing inequities and securing fairness and equal justice in Pennsylvania's court system at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Women's Rights 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.

Relief from Non-Pros Judgment Discussion Oct. 5

The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss Proposed Recommendation 253 from the Civil Procedural Rules Committee on the subject of relief from a non-pros judgment as well as issues in e-discovery at its Wednesday, Oct. 5 meeting.

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.

CLE Program on European Patents Oct. 5

The Intellectual Property Committee will present the CLE program "The European Patent: Where is it Different & Why is it So Expensive?" on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

This lunchtime CLE will provide an overview of the European Patent Convention and post-grant validation costs and European patent prosecution. The featured speakers are Reinhard Ottway and Dr. Wolfgang Stammler.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 am. CLE will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program has been approved for 1 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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch will be available through the Philadelphia Bar Association for an additional fee with payment being made to the Philadelphia Bar Association. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Bar Forms Elections Committee

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee, which is chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and consists of Brandi Brice, Jeffrey Campolongo, Carolyn M. Chopko, Regina M. Foley, Scott W. Reid, Gina Furia Rubel, Louis S. Rulli, Michael D. Shaffer, H. Marc Tepper and Marc J. Zucker.

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia, Chancellor-Elect John E. Savoth, Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Association Secretary Sophia Lee serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 6, 2011 Annual Meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Susan Knight at sknight@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Sophia Lee, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

The following is a calendar of important election dates:
Oct. 7 - Candidate nomination deadline.
Oct. 19 - Election Procedures Committee & Elections Committee Meeting, 12 p.m.. Drawing of lots to determine ballot position, and review of Campaign Rules & Procedures with candidates.
Nov. 15 - Election Forum #1 with candidates for Vice Chancellor and officers.
Nov. 17 - Election Forum #2 with candidates for Board of Governors.
Nov. 18 - Ballots mailed to regular, voting members of the Association at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Annual Meeting, on or before Nov. 23, 2011.
Dec. 1 - 10 a.m. deadline for receipt of mail ballots.
Dec. 6 - Polls open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Workers' Comp CLE on Opiod Dependency Oct. 7

Dr. Leonard Kamen will be the guest speaker at the Friday, Oct. 7 Workers' Compensation Section CLE program "Chronic Pain and Opioid Dependency in the Workers' Compensation System."

This program will provide workers' compensation practitioners with an overview of the key terms and definitions for opioid dependency, as well as help them develop an understanding of the scope of chronic pain in the workers' compensation system.

Registration begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch separately. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

F. Lee Bailey on Trial Techniques Oct. 11

Legendary attorney F. Lee Bailey will present a CLE seminar on trial techniques on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Click here to register.

This one-hour presentation at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building will highlight the methods, techniques and risks of real-time cross-examinations, as well as offer a meaningful and useful path to those who realize that maturing to the standing of a feared cross-examiner is, at the end of the day, well worth the considerable time and effort required. History has shown that no combination of wit, charm and imagination can consistently produce expert cross-examinations, unless the practitioner also has the fundamental methods and techniques that Bailey introduces.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend for a fee of $15. If you wish to register for the CLE in advance please visit pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637 or send in this registration form. Please make CLE tuition checks payable to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Preventing Legal Malpractice CLE Oct. 11

The Insurance Programs Committee, USI Affinity and Westport will present the CLE program "Preventing Legal Malpractice" on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Click here to register.

The program will address specific risks and provide examples of the mistakes which have given rise to the largest numbers of claims in Philadelphia. It will also provide practical instruction on how to avoid these costly mistakes, along with addressing claim trends and the impact on your policy premium cost.

Attendance at this program will qualify for the 5 percent discount on your base malpractice premium. This is in addition to the 5 percent discount on your base premium that you can receive as a Philadelphia Bar Association member by viewing the loss control power point presentation available on the Association's website found behind your member log-in.

Featured speakers are Josh J.T. Byrne, Jeffrey M. McCarron, Jolee A. Crosby and the moderator is Paul C. Troy. The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years and $45 for non-members. Click here to register.

Avoiding Mistakes in Opening a Practice Oct. 20

Opening a law office requires not only legal skills but also a wealth of others including financial, business and people management. In addition, lawyers going out on their own must evaluate numerous vendors, including insurance brokers, computer/IT vendors, accountants, banks and many more.

No matter how much you prepare, inevitably there will be unforeseen problems and mistakes. In this Thursday, Oct. 20 program presented by the Law Practice Management Committee, a group of attorneys will share some of the mistakes they have made and offer insight so that others can avoid making the same mistakes.

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.

How to Negotiate For Greater Success CLE Oct. 24

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the State Civil Litigation Section and the Federal Courts Committee will present the CLE program "Getting More: How to Negotiate For Greater Success in Work & Life" on Monday, Oct. 24.

This course teaches new, innovative and immediately useful competitive negotiation strategies, replacing conventional wisdom. Since negotiations is the basic process of business and legal practice, affecting every interaction, better methods are central to increasing competitiveness. The speaker is Stuart Diamond, author of "Getting More: How To Negotiate To Achieve Your Goals In The Real World."

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. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. CLE tuition prices include lunch. Click here to register.

Women in the Profession Summit on Negotiation Oct. 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will present its 4th Annual Summit on Thursday, Oct. 27 with a panel discussion on the art of negotiation. Click here to register.

This summit will address effective negotiation styles, practical tips and best practices for effective negotiations, as well as, how personality and gender affect negotiation behavior. Panelists will introduce techniques to better evaluate your negotiation style and performance. Panelists include Catherine C. Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Jamie Sheller of Sheller, P.C. and Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP. The program is moderated by Judge Diane M. Welsh of JAMS.

At the conclusion of the CLE, there will be a cocktail reception sponsored by the Temple Law Alumni Association and optional "speed networking event" in which attendees will spend five-minute intervals describing their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee.

The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and register at no cost. Click here to register for the program without CLE credit.

National Pro Bono Week Oct. 10-28

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section invites members of the Philadelphia legal community to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment events, legal clinics for low-income clients and continuing legal education programs from Oct. 10-28 in honor of National Pro Bono Week. The celebration is part of the American Bar Association's coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

Click here for a calendar of events in Philadelphia. The celebration recognizes the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provides an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. For more information, contact Sara Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP, at swoods@phillyvip.org.

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers, law firm managing partners, and diversity thought-leaders from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

During the opening plenary, a panel of local and non-local chief legal officers and law firm managing partners will discuss the importance of collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; benchmarks to measure success; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

Four concurrent breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: the roles white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP; Mark A. Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H.J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP; John L. Latham, partner, Alston & Bird LLP; James G. Leipold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.; Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc.; LeRoy Watkins, partner, Jackson Lewis LLP; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton; Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org.

Justice Breyer to Address World Affairs Council Oct. 13

All Bar Association members are invited to a World Affairs Council of Philadelphia luncheon event with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Registration and a wine-and-cheese photo reception with Justice Breyer begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Crystal Tea Room on the 9th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East.

Tickets for World Affairs Council members are $95 and include the reception, lunch, a signed copy of Justice Breyer’s book “Making Our Democracy Work” and program. Tickets for the program and book are $25.

For members of the general public, tickets are $125 and and include the reception, lunch, a signed copy of Justice Breyer’s book. The public can attend the program and receive a copy of the book for $40.

For more information, visit www.wacphila.org. Click here to register.

APABAPA Annual Banquet Oct. 12

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its annual banquet benefiting the Judge William M. Marurtani Fellowship on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St.

Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general with the Civil Rights Division, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and includes a limited open bar. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be a traditional Chinese banquet by Sang Kee Noodle House.

Individual tickers are $125 and a table of 10 is $1,100. Reduced price tickets are available for students, government and public interest employees. Click here to purchase tickets online. For sponsorship information or to purchase a table, click here.

For more information, contact Erica Smith-Klocek at 215-963-5364 or email esklocek@morganlewis.com.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Hampton Award Nominees

Later this year the Workers' Compensation Section will be selecting the 12th annual recipient of the Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers compensation law.

Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers. Martha's interests went beyond the individual case being litigated. She believed in the viability of a Workers' Compensation Section; made it a point to be active in activities which ranged from informative articles in the Intelligencer to testifying before subcommittees in Harrisburg on proposed legislation. Martha seemed to naturally act as a mentor or educator to many an us. Martha also maintained close friendships. She had the ability to be a strong advocate in the courtroom and the next moment have coffee with opposing counsel discussing only personal matters not legal ones. It is this respect for the person/attorney which led to the creation of this award which continues to grow in its important role of bringing the members of the section together.

It should be noted all members of the bar and bench ,who practice workers compensation, are eligible. This is not an award restricted to cl's attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as the bench.

This year's committee will be Marc S. Jacobs (partner with Martha at Galfand Berger) and last year's section co-chairs Judge Joseph Hagan, Robin Romano and Robert Huber. Also, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kids Chance , an organization helping youngster's who have lost a parent due to a work related injury to gain a higher level of education.

Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include your thoughts for making a nomination.

All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or mailed to Marc at 1835 Market St 27th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Notice to the Bar Regarding Magistrate Judge Appointment

The current term of the office of United States Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore wells at Philadelphia, Pa., is due to expire June 2, 2012. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

The duties of a magistrate judge include the following: conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:
Michael E. Kunz
Clerk of Court
2609 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Human Resources Department, Magistrate Judge Reappointment

Comments must be received by Oct. 31.

Nominations Sought for FJD Roll of Honor

Recognizing the crucial role that members of bar play in performing pro bono work in both the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court, the First Judicial District will honor attorneys in private practice who have performed pro bono services in the First Judicial District during 2011 at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 27.

In addition to honoring attorneys who have performed exceptional pro bono service, the First Judicial District will recognize all attorneys who have performed pro bono service before the First Judicial District with its 2011 Roll of Honor. To be eligible for the Roll of Honor, an attorney must be in private practice and must have provided pro bono services to a client or client group in a case pending before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania during the period of Jan. 1, 2011 to Oct. 1, 2011.

Please nominate yourself or any other attorney who meets the criteria listed on the nomination form. The deadline for Roll of Honor submissions is Friday, Sept. 30. Nominations should be submitted to Victoria Johnson at victoria.johnson@courts.phila.gov, by facsimile to 215-686-3748, or mail to Room 336 City Hall,Philadelphia, Pa, 19107. Click here for a nomination form.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

Attorneys on the go can access The Legal Directory 2011 on handheld devices. With thousands of listings at your fingertips, simply click a phone number or email; your handheld will dial or generate an email template. Visit mobile.thelegaldirectory.org to sign on.

The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly of Fox Rothschild LLP, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its 6th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 3 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. For sponsorship and foursome information, please contact Muhammida ElMuhajir at melmuhajir@advokid.org or 267-546-9211.

• The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its 4th Annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards Dinner and Cocktail Reception on Thursday, Oct. 6, honoring Jerome Balter whose work has advanced environmental justice and made improvements in the public health of impoverished urban communities. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets. For more information or to register, please visit pilcop.org.

• Community Legal Services will hold its Second Annual Justice for All 5K on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register online please visit clsphila.org/JusticeForAll5K.

• Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its Shepherds of Peace Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m., at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 215-843-5413 (RSVP requested by Oct. 10).

• The Education Law Center will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at a Cocktail Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. At this event, the Education Law Center Award will be presented to David Richman and Janet Stotland and Liz Healey will be honored. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.elc-pa.org/celebration.html.

• SeniorLAW Center is hosting an Old and New World Grapes Wine Tasting Party conducted by Phil Hinerman, Esq. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. This two-hour wine tasting will feature a comparative wine tasting of new and old world grapes and is being held at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. Tickets are $55 each or two tickets for $99. Proceeds will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need. For tickets or more information, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or email lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.


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