Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 71
 

Nomination Deadline for Bar Election is Oct. 9

The deadline for individuals wishing to be nominated for Bar Association offices is Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. 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. 8, 2008 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 be nominated for any of the above-named offices should contact Staff Counsel Brian Sims, Esq. at bsims@philabar.org for additional information.

Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Kathleen D. Wilkinson, c/o Brian Sims, Esq., Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Chancellor's Diversity Training Series Oct. 7

Learn about creating, developing and growing your legal practices at the first session of the Chancellor Diversity Training Series on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Come and learn about these practices from those who have "been there" and understand the process.

Panelists for the program, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., include Christopher A. Lewis, Blank Rome LLP; Charisse R. Lillie, Comcast Corporation; Chuck Polin, The Training Resource Group; Bernard W. Smalley of Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; and Joan Stern of Blank Rome LLP. The program will be moderated by Chancellor A. Michael Pratt.

A light snack and beverages will be provided to all attendees. There is no fee to attend this program but you must RSVP. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Women Leaders on the Future at Oct. 20 Quarterly

A panel of women executives from across Philadelphia will discuss the role and future of female leaders at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 20.

Moderated by CBS 3 Eyewitness News evening weekend anchor, Mary Stoker Smith, panelists include Dr. Arlene Ackerman, CEO/superintendent, School District of Philadelphia; Nina M. Gussack, chair, executive committee, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Tara Weiner, managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP; and Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. and former Women in the Profession Committee Co-Chair Roberta D. Liebenberg will be presented with two of the Association's most prestigious awards at the meeting. Judge Sheppard is the recipient of the 2008 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Liebenberg will receive the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Members will also vote on amendments to the Association's bylaws.

The October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Learn Inexpensive, Effective Internet Research Today

Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will discuss inexpensive and effective research on the Internet at today's (Thursday, Oct. 2) meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

PhiLAWpalooza Tonight; Moved to Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

The Young Lawyers Division will host its second annual PhiLAWpalooza on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Field House, 1150 Filbert St., with an exciting line-up of bands comprised of Philadelphia lawyers of all ages and practice areas. Please note the new location.

This year's line-up includes fan favorites A Band Called M (Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP) and Class Action (Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin) playing rock-n-roll hits. Newcomers include Mommy's Little Monsters (Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.), Roger Delco (Law Offices of David W. Wolf) and special guest Paula Boggs, general counsel for Starbucks.

PhiLAWpalooza will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Association members ($15 at the door) and $15 for non-members ($18 at the door). Admission includes rock-n-roll, drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and $4 Absolut drink specials! The Field House is located at 1150 Filbert St. and has plenty of big-screen TVs to watch the Phillies face the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs. Click here to purchase tickets. PhiLAWpalooza is sponsored by Summit Court Reporting Services.

Justice McCaffery at Workers' Comp CLE Oct. 3

The Honorable Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery will present a CLE program on practice and procedure before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at the Workers' Compensation Section meeting on Friday, Oct. 3.

Justice McCaffery will discuss petitioning for allocauter; writing a persuasive brief; and effective oral argument. 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 $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch is included in the tuition price. If you wish to register in advance, visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Techniques to Market Yourself Oct. 3

Megan Kristel, president of Kristel Closets, Inc. will present "Build your Brand and your Business through the Power of your Personal Image: Techniques and Strategies to Market Yourself in a Competitive Industry" on Friday, Oct. 3.

This joint meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room 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.

E-mail, the Internet and Family Law Oct. 6

Joel Bernbaum will present "E-mail, the Internet and Family Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask" at the Monday, Oct. 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Bernbaum will discuss the Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act; spyware and keylogger technology; attorney-client communications; and ethical considerations. The meeting begins at 12 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.

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting Oct. 7

The Probate and Trust Law Section will present "Special Needs Trusts: Does Your Client Need One?" at its Tuesday, Oct. 7 Quarterly Meeting.

Panelists include Heather M. Hulse, JD, MA, MS, McAndrews Law Offices; James N. Sicks, executive director, The ARC Community Trust of Pennsylvania; and Ellen R. Wase of Wase & Wase.

A special needs trust can be an invaluable planning and protection tool for the disabled and the elderly. Find out what you need to know about special needs trusts for your disabled clients and your clients with disabled children. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. Click here to register.

Federal Court Technology Update Oct. 14

The Federal Court Committee will receive an update on the court's technology courtrooms and how they are being used at a special meeting in the Green Federal Building on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m.

The program will feature remarks by Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III and Clerk Michael Kunz. The panel discussion on courtroom technology will be led by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth T. Hey and Michael Hearn, courtroom technology coordinator in the clerk's office. Judge Mary McLaughlin will present a report on the court's pro bono panels.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the Green Federal Building (attached to the Federal Courthouse), 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms A and B. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the court, but registration is required. Please plan to arrive promptly at 11:45 a.m. with photo identification. Click here to register for this program.

Technology – Skills for Success Oct. 14

Daniel J. Siegel will present "Technology – Skills for Success" on Tuesday, Oct. 14 as part of the Associate Training Program Business Skills Series.

From e-filing to metadata to case management to e-discovery, technology encompasses every aspect of the practice of law. In this course, attorney and legal technology expert Dan Siegel will provide an overview of the technology available to attorneys and their staffs, and how they can use technology to provide better client services.

The program is sponsored by the Law Practice Management Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association along with the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter, which begins at 12 p.m. at the The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. 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 $47.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $42.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch is included in the tuition price. If you wish to register in advance, visit {link:pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Supreme Court Preview CLE Oct. 15

The Appellate Courts Committee will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "U.S. Supreme Court Preview" on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Featured speakers include Jane L. Istvan, City of Philadelphia Law Department, and Thomas W. Dolgenos, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

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 $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration, lunch and committee meeting begin at 11:30 a.m.

YLD Family Fall Festival Oct. 19 at Zoo

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its 2008 Family Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave.

Admission includes all-day access to the zoo between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The YLD Family Fall Festival event will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Peacock Pavilion and includes a picnic BBQ with dessert. Access to Pavilion is available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Activities include the Zoo on Wheels from 12 to 2 p.m. and face painting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2008 Wachovia 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 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia).

2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

3. 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 in not material so long as it has not been recognized.)

4. The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional.

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

Candidates Sought for YLD Executive Committee

Pursuant to the YLD Bylaws, every year seven new members are elected to serve three-year terms on the Executive Committee. This year's Election will take place on Dec. 8, 2008, in conjunction with the Association's Annual Meeting. The deadline for submitting your material is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

Any Voting Member of the Division shall be eligible for election to the Executive Committee provided, however, that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. You are eligible if you are 37 years of age or less in the year 2011, or if you are older than 37, you will not be celebrating more than your third year of practice in 2011. The Nominating Petition and Personal Statement must be returned to the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. At 5 p.m. that same day, we will have an information meeting in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Bar Association where ballot positions will be drawn.

If you have any questions regarding the Executive Committee, or the election process, please feel free to contact Tracey McCloskey, Director of Meetings and Special Events, at 215-238-6360.

Securities Regulation Kickoff Event Oct. 22

The Securities Regulation Committee will hold its fall kickoff event at The Union League on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The featured speakers are Daniel Hawke, regional administrator of the SEC's Philadelphia office, and Claudius Modesti, director of enforcement and investigations at the PCAOB. Both will speak on recent enforcement developments. An hors d'oeuvre reception with a cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m., with the speakers' presentations following at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Oct. 20 to Meredith Brusca at Meredith.Brusca@dbr.com or (215) 988-3344.

Support Center Golf Classic Oct. 6

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its annual Charity Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 6 at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Registration is at 10 a.m., with a golfer luncheon at 11 a.m. The shotgun start is set for 12 p.m. A cocktail hour and dinner will close our day on the green.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Alicia Garcia at agarcia@margolisedelstein.com no later than Friday, Oct. 3.

APABAPA Annual Banquet Oct. 17 at Joy Tsin Lau

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Banquet on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Joy Tsin Lau, 1026 Race St.

The keynote speaker is Andrew Patel, a criminal defense attorney who recently represented Jose Padilla, the first American citizen in the war against terrorism to be held as an enemy combatant. Nydia Han, an investigative reporter for WPVI-TV/6ABC Action News, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Individual tickets for the 10-course Chinese banquet are $95. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $900. Forty dollars of each ticket ($400 of each table) will be donated directly to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization) to benefit the Judge William Marutani Fellowship. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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