Aronberg & Aronberg Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support Para-Plus Translations Inc.
Nov. 29, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 88
CMSResources/annual121.jpg

Wilkinson to Discuss 2013 Plans
at Dec. 4 Annual Meeting; Honors
for Chief Justice Castille, Glazer

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The program will also include presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and the PNC Achievement Award to Richard C. Glazer, the first elected chair of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project..READ MORE
 

Wilkinson to Outline Plans Dec. 4; Honors for Castille, Glazer

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The program will also include presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and the PNC Achievement Award to Richard C. Glazer, the first elected chair of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Ballots were mailed Nov. 16, and must be received at the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Candidates for office are: Albert S. Dandridge III and Joseph A. Prim Jr., Vice Chancellor (elect one); Sophia Lee, Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Treasurer; Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Mary F. Platt and Judge Michael Snyder (ret.), Assistant Treasurer (elect one); Natalie Klyashtorny, Rachel E. Kopp, Emily B. Marks, John J. O'Malley, Brad V. Shuttleworth and Dawn M. Tancredi, Board of Governors (elect five).

YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee

Nine candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 election.

The candidates are Philip D. Amoa, T. Justin Chapman, Andrew J. Kornblau, Jim Nixon, Matthew Olesh, Shabrei Parker, Jennifer Russell, Matthew T. Stone and Robert Zimmerman. Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Marriage Equality CLE Nov. 29

The LGBT Rights Committee will present the CLE program "Marriage (In)Equality: Update on the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Couples and the Future of the Defense of Marriage Act" on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Panelists include Rebecca G. Levin, David M. Rosenblum and David C. Berman and features moderator Leonore F. Carpenter.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market S. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

International LL.M. Reception Nov. 29

The International Law Committee will hold a reception in honor of the International LL.M. Students in Philadelphia and the presentation of the International Law Committee Awards on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and is hosted by Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square,
18th and Arch Streets. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School
and the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. RSVP to Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

My First Federal Trial CLE Nov. 29

Your first federal jury trial can be (and often is) a harrowing experience. You are a lawyer after all and you're supposed to know how to do this stuff! The Federal Courts Committee and the Young Lawyers Division offer the CLE "My First Federal Trial" on Thursday, Nov. 29 for the young (and the not so young) lawyer who is facing this momentous occasion.

While there are plenty of trial practice courses available to teach trial skills, this program is designed to fill the gaps and to learn right from the judges everything you really want to know, but are afraid to ask. Click here to register.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St. The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division would like to thank Wechsler/Marsico Associates for sponsoring the Wine and Cheese Reception immediately following the program.

Improving Cultural Awareness for Attorneys CLE Nov. 30

The Family Law Section's Diversity Committee will present the CLE program "Looking at Our Clients, Looking at Ourselves: Best Practice Tips to Improve Cultural Awareness for Philadelphia Attorneys" on Friday, Nov. 30.

This program will examine ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of Philadelphia attorneys and their clients. While exploring attorneys' own biases, our speakers will discuss best practices to determine how to overcome the biases, so practitioners can better advocate for their clients who have diverse backgrounds. Panelists include Kristine L. Calalang, Argie Allen, Ph.D, Matthew Chea, Elaine Smith and Robert Tanenbaum, Ph.D.

The program has been approved for 1.5 ethics 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.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market S. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

The program is co-sponsored by the Family Law Section Custody Committee, Diversity in the Profession Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Business Law Section, Probate and Trust Section, Public Interest Section and Real Property Section.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner Dec. 3

The Family Law Section will hold its Annual Dinner and Award Presentation on Monday, Dec. 3 at Walnut Street Supper Club, 1227 Walnut St. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Section will present the Herbert R. Weiman, Jr. Award to David I. Grunfeld. Tickets are $75 for Section members and employees of the First Judicial District. Tickets are $85 for non-members. Reserved tables of six and eight are available by contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Click here to register by Monday, Nov. 26. Please note there will be a $10 price increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception Dec. 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Annual Meeting and Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Radisson-Plaza Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St.

Admission is complimentary for members of the Probate and Trust Law Section and includes an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception Dec. 4

The Criminal Justice Section will present its Justice Thurgood Marshall Award to Alan Yatvin at its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., 33rd floor. and features music from the Ed Dennis Quartet. Tickets are $55 for Section members, $45 for public interest and government attorney members, $45 for law student members and $65 for non-members. Tickets include open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Please note there will be a $10 admission increase for walk-ins at the door. Click here to register by Friday, Nov. 30.

Discovery in Bad Faith Claims CLE Dec. 5

Learn effective discovery strategies at PBI's "Discovery in Bad Faith Claims" CLE on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Review what is discoverable; common areas of dispute and how electronic discovery has changed the game. Hear attorney-client privilege and work-product issues. Examine discovery issues relating to post-litigation bad faith – Berg v. Nationwide reviewed. Click here for more information.

Tax Section Annual Meeting Dec. 5

The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers of the Tax Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Warwick Radisson Hotel, 220 S. 17th St.

Prior to the Annual Meeting (from 3 to 5 p.m.), the Tax Section will present a CLE program on the scope of the taxing power through the lens of the Supreme Court's most significant decisions of the 2011 term that qualifies for 2 hours of CLE credit. The dinner speaker will be former Gov. Edward G. Rendell who will discuss the elections. Please note that cocktails will start promptly at 5 p.m. For more information or to register, please click here.

Six Council members and a Vice Chair will be elected at the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee chaired by Dan Blickman has made the following nominations: Vice Chair, Jennifer A. O'Leary; Council Members, Jonathan R. Flora, Stacy Ip-Mo (filling a vacancy), Michael A. Jacobs, Pauline W. Markey, Laura Spain and Stewart M. Weintraub.

16th Annual Real Estate Institute Dec. 5-6

Real estate practice is challenging these days. The volatility in the global economy has had a profound impact on real estate practice. The tightening of financing in both the commercial and residential markets continues to limit sales and stall project development. As a real estate lawyer, you know that your clients are faced with real estate issues that neither they nor you have dealt with before. Having fresh ideas and new ways to approach these legal issues has become a necessity, not a choice.

PBI's Real Estate Institute on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 is the perfect way to make sure you are keeping pace with all of the latest developments. Our impressive speakers give you the opportunity to draw on some of the best thinking available anywhere for handling today’s real estate issues. The program begins at 8:20 a.m. each day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets. Click here for more information.

Workers' Comp Holiday Reception Dec. 5 at VIE

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. at VIE (by Cescaphe), 600 N. Broad St.

Tickets are $50 for Section members and $80 for non-members. Admission includes Includes top shelf open bar, extensive hors d'oeuvres, pasta-seafood bar, sushi station and valet parking. Members of the judiciary are invited to attend complimentarily. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to register by Friday, Nov. 30.

The event is sponsored by Injured Workers Pharmacy, Delaware Valley Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Maximum Rehab, Mobile FCE Consultants, Inc., The Offices of Dr. Darren M. Lugiano, Oxford Rehab, Premier Physical Therapy and Rasansky Physical Therapy.

YLD Holiday Party & Toy Drive Dec. 6

The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party and Toy Drive will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch St. Help support People's Emergency Center and the Support Center for Child Advocates and bring an unwrapped toy or gift!

If your firm would like to assist in our effort to collect holiday gifts for those less fortunate in our community, or if you would like more information about the holiday drive, please contact Chris Sharp at sharp@blankrome.com or Alison Gross at alison@altmangross.com.

Tickets are $45 for YLD members and include open bar, buffet stations and dessert. Tickets are $55 for Association members, $75 for non-members, $35 for YLD members working at a public interest agency or government and $25 for law student members. Click here to register by Monday, Dec. 3. Ticket prices will increase by $10 for people paying at the door. The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party is sponsored by Special Counsel.

Financial Responsibility for Nonprofit Boards Dec. 6

Laura Otten, Ph.D., director of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University's School of Business, will be the featured speaker at the YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program "Financial Responsibility for Non-Profit Boards" on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The responsibility of financial oversight extends beyond the finance committee of the board to every board member. Yet too few board members either know this or take this responsibility on fully, frequently preferring to leave it to others. The downside to this is becoming tomorrow's headline, something a board is supposed to prevent. There are key financial roles that nonprofit boards must assume and during this presentation, these roles, from setting financial policies to monitoring the money to allocation of costs, will be identified and explained.

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.

The program is presented in conjunction with the Board Observation Program and begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

State Civil to Honor Ken Shear at Dec. 11 Reception

Philadelphia Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear will be honored at the Tuesday, Dec. 11 Annual Reception of the State Civil Litigation Section at Estia, 1405 Locust St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for Section members, $25 for law student members (only 10 available) and $60 for non-members. Tickets include open bar, hors d'oeuvres and buffet stations. Please note there will be a $10 admission increase for walk-ins at the door. Click here to register by Thursday, Dec. 6.

Your First Support Case CLE Dec. 12

The PBI CLE seminar "Your First Support Case" on Wednesday, Dec. 12 will take you from A to Z on handling both spousal and child support cases.

Through explanations and examples, you will learn from a comprehensive agenda about the law; definition of income for support purposes; determination of basic child support and spousal support obligations/deviations; high income cases; and procedure and local practice. Click here for more information.

OEO's Dowd-Burton to Speak Dec. 13

Angela Dowd-Burton, executive director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, will discuss economic opportunity plans and how you can best prepare your clients to maximize their opportunity to work with the city administration, City Council and its quasi-public agencies at the Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee.

Other panel members include Janira Barroso, OEO Special Projects Director, and Duane Bumb, First Deputy Director of the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 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.

Meet City's Chief Integrity Officer Dec. 14

Joan Markman, Philadelphia's first chief integrity officer, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, Dec. 14 meeting of the City Policy Committee.

Appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in January 2008, Markman's mission is to promote honesty, integrity and transparency in city contracting, disposition or use of city property and provision of city services. Joan is the creator of the city's website, IntegrityWorks.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Casarez to Receive Ingram Award at Dec. 19 Reception

The LGBT Rights, Civil Rights and Immigration Law Committees will hold their Annual Holiday Party of Wednesday, Dec. 19 where Gloria Casarez will be presented with the Cheryl Ingram Award.

Casarez is director of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. The party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this complimentary event, but registration is required by Friday, Dec. 14. Click here to register.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney’s full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that’s 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392, or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

VIP Foreclosure Negotiation Training Nov. 30

What does home mean to you? Whether you live in a small studio apartment, a large single family home, or anywhere in between, most of us find comfort, safety, and security in our homes. Unfortunately, this safety and security is in jeopardy for the thousands of Philadelphians currently facing foreclosure or eviction. The most vulnerable of these homeowners are low-income, facing the financial hardships of a poor economy, which are often compounded by health issues, divorce, and a lack of access to justice.

By attending Philadelphia VIP's Mortgage Foreclosure Negotiation training you can provide the access to justice that for many of our clients makes the difference between home and homelessness. The training will discuss volunteers' role in the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, instituted in April 2008 by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to provide homeowners the opportunity to negotiate face to face with lenders’ representatives at conciliation conferences. Attendees of the training will receive 3 substantive CLEs in exchange for taking two ongoing cases OR attending three separate conferences as a temporary solution or emergency volunteer. The training will be held at Pepper Hamilton LLP on Friday, Nov. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast will be provided. To register or if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Homeownership Advocate Susan Wysor Nguema at swysor@phillyvip.org. Click here for more information.

By attending an orientation session about Landlord Tenant court negotiation, you can learn how to save a family from eviction. This session is on Monday, Dec. 3 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch Street/Cira Centre and will include lunch. To reserve a spot or obtain more information, contact cecilia.patrick@dechert.com.

VIP Training on Divorce Practice Dec. 7

Philadelphia VIP is sponsoring a free CLE training program for attorneys on divorce practice in Philadelphia on Friday, Dec. 7 from 12 to 2:15p.m. at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Lunch will be provided.

Click here to register. Space is limited for this program. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two free substantive CLE credits.

PNC Perspectives: Putting Delaware Advantage to Work

In this month’s interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Delaware Trust Company, who advises attorneys and clients all over the country on how to use the business-friendly and trust-friendly Delaware laws to their advantage. We discussed how various Delaware Trusts could help resolve complex financial planning situations.Click here to read the interview.

FJD Seeks Applicants for Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judicial fellows work in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit courts.phila.gov/jfp.

Public Interest Programs Planned

• The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Party on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will feature a silent auction, wine and beer open bar, food and entertainment. Children are welcome. RSVP requested by Nov. 12. For ticket information, visit womenslawproject.org.

• The Education Law Center (ELC) will host a special event on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. At this event, ELC will honor Len Rieser and welcome Rhonda Brownstein as the new executive director. ELC will also honor public education champions Mary Gay Scanlon, Harold Jordan, The Arc of Pennsylvania, the Bridges Collaborative and the School Discipline Advocacy Services (Penn and Temple Law Students) There will be food, drink and a silent auction. Tickets are $150. To purchase tickets, visit www.elc-pa.org or contact Christine Gaffney at cgaffney@elc-pa.org.


You have received this message because you are listed with the Philadelphia Bar Association as a subscriber to the Bar Reporter Online. This message may contain commercial content. If you wish to add, modify or delete a Bar Reporter Online subscription, either send an e-mail to philadelphiabar@philabar.org, or go to listserve.philabar.org/mailman/listinfo/bro
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-238-6300.

Click here if you have trouble viewing this page.