Nov. 12, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 81
 

Cooper to Outline 2010 Agenda at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo will receive the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online. The meeting will also include the presentation of the Chancellor's Diversity Award.

The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors. There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, John Savoth; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Stacy A. Tees, Brandi Brice, Scott P. Sigman, H. Marc Tepper and Kimberly Ruch-Alegant.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Balloting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 20.

There are 10 candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Alexandra Antoniou, Roxane Crowley, Justin J. Serianni, Ryan G. Gatto, Paul W. Kaufman, Joshua L. Gayl, Jeffery Wyble, Joseph P. Guzzardo, Rachel E. Branson and Matthew G. Laver.

Candidates to Speak at Nov. 19 Board Meeting

Candidates for the Board of Governors and Vice Chancellor will be given an opportunity to provide a brief oral presentation at the Thursday, Nov. 19 Board meeting.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Board meetings are open to all members of the Association and members are encouraged to attend.

Issues in Labor and Employment in Obama's First Year

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association will present the CLE program "Issues in Labor and Employment in Obama's First Year" on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Three substantive credits are available.

Course planners are Kelly Dobbs Bunting and Sidney L. Gold. Faculty members included Robert Davitch, Robert M. Goldich, Linda B. Hollinshead, Stephen J. Holroyd, James A. Matthews III, Steven R. Paisner, John E. Quinn and Mark C. Stephenson. Click here to register.

Role of Audit Committee CLE Nov. 12

The Securities Regulation Committee will present the lunchtime CLE "The Role of the Audit Committee in Managing Risk in Turbulent Times" on Thursday, Nov. 12.

This course will address issues that Audit Committee members face in economically uncertain times. Featured panelists are Frederick D. Lipman and Anthony B. Creamer III. The course planners are Graham R. Laub and Jeffrey M. Taylor.

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. Lunch and registration begin at 11:45 a.m.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Nov. 13

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning Friday, Nov. 13.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Nov. 13 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Nov. 20 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Dec. 4, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Dec. 11 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

Goldner on Social Media Nov. 13

Shelley Goldner will lead a discussion on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) in the legal/employment/human resources context at the Friday, Nov. 13 meeting of the Human Resources Committee.

Goldner practices in the area of employment law and business litigation in Philadelphia. She dedicates her practice to litigating and providing counsel to employers throughout eastern Pennsylvania on labor and employment issues affecting the workplace including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims as well as contract disputes, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and matters involving the use of electronic resources in the workplace.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the new offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200

Volunteers Sought for Harvest for Homeless Nov. 14

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual "Harvest for the Homeless" program on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor.

The YLD will be collecting and sorting donations of mens', womens' and childrens' clothing, as well as non-perishable food items. Once the items are sorted, we'll deliver them to local homeless shelters.

To date, the following firms have agreed to participate: Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Post & Schell, P.C.; SeniorLAW Center; Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Ciardi Ciardi & Astin, P.C.; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Rawle & Henderson, LLP; Petrelli Law, P.C.; Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP; The Law Offices of Thomas J. Wagner, LLC; Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, P.C.; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar, P.C.; and Margolis Edelstein.

The YLD is looking for volunteers to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firms. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko at cchopko@feldmanshepherd.com or Joe Guzzardo at jguzzardo@regerlaw.com.

Litigating More Effectively with Technology Nov. 16

The Young Lawyers Division, in co-sponsorship with the Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division, will present the lunchtime CLE "Litigating More Effectively Using Technology" on Monday, Nov. 16.

Featured panelists include Debra Aisenstein, vice president of client development, James DeCrescenzo Reporting, LLC and Trial Technologies, Inc. and James DeCrescenzo, foun-der and president, James DeCrescenzo Reporting, LLC, Trial Technologies, Inc., and Digital Reporting Service.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. The pro-gram has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $38.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Tuition price includes lunch. You may also attend without receiving CLE credit, but you will be required to pay a fee of $8.50 for lunch. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Alfano to Receive Beccaria Award Nov. 16

Gaetan J. Alfano, a partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will receive the 16th Annual Cesare Beccaria Award on Monday, Nov. 16 in an event sponsored by The Justinian Society and the Criminal Justice Section.

The presentation begins at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) of Philadelphia City Hall. Admission is free for all members of the bench, Bar Association and members of The Justinian Society. RSVP by Nov. 6, by calling 215-545-0706 or via e-mail at Justinian-uta@att.net.

Public Interest Section Election Nov. 16

The Public Interest Section will hold its annual election on Monday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., for the purpose of electing officers and at-large members to the executive committee.

Those currently nominated are Chair, Rainy Papademetriou; Vice Chair, Larry Felzer; Secretary, Sara Jacobson; and Treasurer, Rashida West. At-Large nominees include Liz Chacko, Amara Chaudhry, Roxane Crowley, Ethan Fogel, Michael Froehlich and Marilyn Heffley.

Nominations for additional candidates for all officer positions and at-large members will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Domestic Relations Practice CLE Nov. 17

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE "Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice" on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The outcome of any case is directly related to the lawyer’s knowledge of the local procedures. Since its inaugural presentation in 1983, this course has had one primary objective: to teach practitioners how to move a case correctly and effectively through the Philadelphia County Family Court system. In a comprehensive, six-hour program, a stellar faculty will cover the most current local rules and regulations in various core areas. Even if you attended the program before, or purchased an earlier edition of the manual, you will not want to miss this important update.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Clients - Simple Truths Lawyers Need to Know Nov. 17

The Attorney Career Development Committee will present "Clients - Simple Truths Every Lawyer Needs to Know" on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Learn six concrete action items to build your practice and meet firm marketing expectations. Walk away with knowledge and ideas to contribute greater value to clients and employers. Speakers for the program include Arthur Bousel, founder, Lawyer 2 Lawyer Career Management and Kimberly Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, business development coach to lawyers.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Hot Topics in Workers' Comp Legislation Nov. 18

Anthony L. Crisci will present "Hot Topics in Legislation: What's Important for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner" at a Wednesday, Nov. 18 lunchtime CLE sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Section.

Crisci, of Crisci Associates in Harrisburg, is the Philadelphia Bar Association lobbyist. His practice is completely devoted to government relations representing Fortune 500 companies, other businesses and trade associations.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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 admit-ted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Using Video Communications Nov. 19

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will present "Video Communications in the Legal Profession" on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Walter Sebastian of LPS Associates, LLC will discuss a short history of videoconferencing and the importance of video as a communications medium, along with key legal applications and benefits.

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.

Public Company Acquisitions Nov. 18

The Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section will sponsor the lunchtime CLE "Public Company Acquisitions: Special Considerations" on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Speakers for the program are Anna McDonough and Michael Sherman and course planners are Ralph J. Mauro and Graham R. Laub.

Lunch and Registration begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wa-namaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program has been approved for 1.0 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 mem-bers of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Hamilton Benefit Nov. 21 at Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather as they have since 1978 at the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Andrew Hamilton Benefit to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the network of legal services organizations it funds.

This will be a wonderful evening of food, drink and dancing. There will be a "Dancing for Justice" with surprise guests in a featured dance sequence. The contributions to those in need will be recognized through the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award to Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services, and the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award to Dechert LLP and Berner Klaw & Watson LLP. But most of all it will be gathering of people who share a common purpose - to promote equal access to justice for all.

Lawyers have a special responsibility to help the poor, children, the disabled and those who are especially vulnerable in times of crisis have access to legal representation. The Andrew Hamilton Benefit is the public symbol of the Philadelphia legal profession's commitment to this notion and helps not only the public interest legal organizations and the clients they serve, but the legal profession itself. By showing that it cares about our justice system, the profession grows in stature.

Many law firms and businesses are supporting the Hamilton Benefit through sponsorships including Pepper Hamilton LLP; UPS; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney to name a just a few early sponsors. For more information, call Liz Pannulla at 215-238-6337 or click here and visit the Bar Foundation web site.

We ask you to continue to be there for Philadelphia's public interest legal services and join us on Nov. 21 as we celebrate the strength of our legal community and reaffirm together that Philadelphia lawyers care.

Evidence Update, Refresher on Nov. 24

Professor Jules Epstein will present his acclaimed annual update and refresher course on the complex and ever-evolving rules of evidence that all trial and appellate lawyers need to know at a lunchtime CLE on Tuesday, Nov. 24 sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. The program has been approved for 1.0 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. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Dec. 1 Chancellor's Forum Looks Back at 2009

Emmy-winning journalist Lynn Doyle will host the Dec. 1 Chancellor's Forum "A Year in Review: Big Cases - What Was Hot, What Was Not - It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle."

Panelists scheduled for the program include Chancellor Sayde Ladov, A. Charles Peruto Jr., Tariq El-Shabazz and Rhonda Hill Wilson. Doyle is the host of "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" on the Comcast Network. The program is sponsored by the Bar-News Media Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $6 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Public Interest Law Day CLE Dec. 2

Register now for the 2009 Public Interest Law Day CLE Program, Lawyering for Social Change in An Era of Challenge, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

This exciting CLE program features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts, and offers six hours of CLE credits, including one ethics credit. For more information about this program, click here.

The program offers the following sessions: Advocating for Vulnerable Groups in the Obama Era; Lawyering for Social Change; Counseling Clients on Financial Strategies as They Face Unemployment; Update and Outlook for Civil Rights under the Obama Administration; Hot Ethics Topics for Public Interest Lawyers; Hot Topics in Housing Law, Health Law and Public Benefits; Negotiating Skills; Collaborating with the Judiciary in Promoting Access to Justice
Click here to register.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

Kevin C. Gillen, Ph.D., vice president with Philadelphia-based Econsult Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 19 Annual Meeting of the Real Property Section. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1201 Market St. The Section will also honor Joe Syrnick of Schuylkill River Development Corporation with its annual Good Deed Award. Tickets to the Real Property Section Annual Meeting are $45 for Section members and $50 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Workers' Compensation will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St. The event will include a silent auction to benefit Kids Chance and Philadelphia VIP. Tickets are $45 per person and include open bar, hors d'oeuvres, pasta and seafood bar, sushi station and valet parking. Click here to register for this event.

• The Public Interest Section Annual Reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2., at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for public interest and government attorneys and $55 all other members. Admission includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is complimentary for all Bar members includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to RSVP.

• The YLD Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive is set for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Tavern On Broad, 200 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for law studenus, $30 for members and $35 for non-members and includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and DJ. Click here for tickets.

• The State Civil Litigation Annual Reception will be held Monday, Dec. 7 at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members and includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception is Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $40 for court personnel, $45 for members and $50 for non members and includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Annual Meeting of the Tax Section will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square. A workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and cocktails and dinner follow at 5 p.m. The dinner speaker is Josh Odintz, Treasury Tax Legislative Counsel, who will provide a legislative update.

• The Bankruptcy Committee will hold a joint reception with Turnaround Management Association and Commercial Finance Association on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, contact Andrea Pauson at 215-657-5551 or palady0606@aol.com.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2009 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate’s honesty, integrity and professionalism

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The Section established the award in recognition of Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations is 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Written nominations detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esquire, Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to jeskie@duanemorris.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Sandra Jeskie at (215) 979-1395.

Public Interest Events Scheduled

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a Taste of Spain Wine Tasting party on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Cominsky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. Tickets are $55 each and two for $99. The Wine School of Philadelphia will lead a two-hour tasting of premium wines from Spain. Proceeds from the wine tasting will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need, including grandparents raising grandchildren, victims of elder abuse and exploitation, and elders facing eviction and homelessness. To order tickets, call (215) 701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

• "Stories from the Green Line," a film about a 2008 trip to Israel and the West Bank by a group of local mediators, will premiere on Sunday, Nov. 22, followed by a panel discussion at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $25 at the door; $22 in advance. For ticket information, contact Good Shepherd Mediation Program at 215-843-5413.

• The Women’s Law Project will hold its Annual Party on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, open bar and food, live music and special entertainment for children. Tickets are $75 per person. For ticket information or to register online visit womenslawproject.org.

• The ACLU will host the Bill of Rights Reception and Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St. At this event, the inaugural Keystone of Civil Liberties Award will be presented to David Rudovsky. Tickets are $85 per person. For ticket information, please call 215-592-1513 x 118, or visit aclupa.org.

Reward Offered for Information in Paralegal's Death

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $10,000 reward posted by the law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bicyclist who struck and fatally injured Andre Steed, a Caesar Rivise paralegal.

Steed was struck at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the corner of 16th and Locust streets. Steed suffered massive head injuries and died on Oct. 24.

Witnesses at the scene describe the bicyclist as a white male in his early 20s, 140 pounds, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with red spots in the background and riding a white mountain bike.

To be eligible for the reward, information must be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS, and the caller must receive a code number from the operator. The anonymity of all callers will be protected.

Volunteers Sought for Penn Mock Trial Event

The University of Pennsylvania Mock Trial Team is looking for judges, attorneys or law students to volunteer to serve as presiding judges or scoring judges for the 2009 Quaker Classic Invitational on Nov. 13-14, where some of the best college mock trial teams from across the country will compete.

All trials will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Food will be provided to judges between Rounds 1 and 2, before Round 3, and between Rounds 3 and 4. The rules that govern tournaments require having one presiding judge and one or two scoring judges for each trial. A total of 40 volunteers per round are needed, to judge 20 simultaneous trials. Having actual attorneys and judges present in rounds shows students how professionals speak and comport themselves and also gives students better feedback for their roles. Real-life experience cannot be replaced.

On Nov. 13, judges will meet at 2:15 p.m. Round 1 runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and Round 2 is from 7 to 10 p.m. On Nov. 14, the judges meet at 8:15 a.m. Round 3 is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Round 4 is from 1 to 4 p.m.

College mock trial is a unique opportunity for students interested in the legal process. If you have any questions or know a colleague who would be interested in participating, contact judging coordinator Doug Haefele at judges@pennmocktrial.com.

Tour Family Court with Family Law Advisory Council

The Philadelphia VIP Family Law Advisory Council will host a tour of the Domestic Relations Branch of Family Court on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and provide an opportunity to meet members of the Family Law Advisory Council over breakfast.

First-year associates new to practice and experienced practitioners are invited to meets judges and masters of the Domestic Relations Branch of Family Court as well as meet lawyers dedicated to mentoring and supporting volunteer attorneys in accepting a pro bono family law case with Philadelphia VIP.

The event is free but space is limited. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.
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