Monday, Jan. 2, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 1

Intelligent Design Forum Jan. 24

Attorneys Eric Rothschild (above, from left) and Stephen G. Harvey, who represented families looking to overturn the Dover School District's "intelligent design" curriculum, will discuss the case at a Jan. 24 Chancellor's Forum...READ MORE


'Intelligent Design' Attorneys to Discuss Case Jan. 24

Attorneys who represented families looking to overturn the Dover School District's "intelligent design" curriculum will discuss the case at a Jan. 24 Chancellor's Forum.

Hear from Eric Rothschild and Stephen G. Harvey, the lawyers for eight families who challenged the district's policy that included "intelligent design" in the curriculum, and get a first-hand perspective on the local trial that has placed our region at the forefront of this controversial issue. The policy was overturned by a federal judge on Dec. 20.

In October 2004, the Dover School District was thrust into the national and international spotlight when it became the first district in the country to include in its biology curriculum the concept of "intelligent design" - the idea that life had to have been created by an intelligent, supernatural actor because it is too complex to have developed through natural processes. In a six-week trial this fall in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, plaintiffs argued that intelligent design is an attempt to bring creationism and religion into the classroom, and contested the school district's argument that intelligent design is a valid scientific alternative to the theory of evolution. The federal trial is being touted as the first legal test of the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design as science, and the most significant case on religious issues in public school science classes since 1987, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the teaching of creation science.

The Chancellor's Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served, but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Legal Community Invited to Chancellor's Reception Jan. 10

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a free reception on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Alan M. Feldman (left), 79th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 18

The Business Law Section will hold its annual reception on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., on the 51st floor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At the event, the section will present its annual Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, as well as honors for the committee of the year and committee chair of the year. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

Rudovsky to Receive Beccaria Award Jan. 18

University of Pennsylvania Law Professor David Rudovsky (left) will receive the 12th annual Cesare Beccaria Award on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The award, recognizing Rudovsky's contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education, is presented by the Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society.

The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) of City Hall. A light fare will follow this free program. Please RSVP by Jan. 11 to Marisa Kossakowski at (215) 238-6367 or by e-mail at

Cesare Beccaria, an 18th century Italian scholar, was an early proponent of many of the tenets of modern criminal law. His visionary work is credited with aiding the subsequent European penal code reform and the eventual development of the American criminal justice system. This year marks the 212th anniversary of his death.

Legal Directory Comes With A Free Online Subscription

The Legal Directory 2006 plus The Legal Directory Online are now together at one low price. For the first time, every hard-copy edition comes with a complimentary online subscription. As always, both printed and online editions of The Legal Directory will contain comprehensive, up-to-date listings of area law firms and attorneys.

New for 2006, the online version also will include all the indispensable resources found in the printed directory - information about the Philadelphia Bar Association, its officers and committees; contacts for state, federal and local government agencies; listings of law-related associations, organizations and law schools; and an index of area judges.

Plus, The Legal Directory Online will include valuable new features - local court rules, links to area bar associations and other content of interest to the legal community.

It's all available, both the printed book and expanded online resource, for one price - $57.95, plus shipping and tax, if ordered before Jan. 19.

If you haven't updated your firm or attorney listings, make sure to do so now. Check with the person at your firm who is responsible for listing updates, or email for instructions.

Health Care Law Committee CLE Jan. 5

The Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee will sponsor the CLE seminar "Physician Recruitment and Restrictive Covenants" on Thursday, Jan. 5.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m.

Speaker John R. Washlick of Cozen O'Connor will address the enforceability of physician restrictive covenants, generally, and will review the status of such restrictions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, more specifically. 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 in advance or call PBI at (800) 932-4637. If you would like to attend the meeting and not receive CLE credit, you may purchase lunch only for a cost of $8.50 per person. Click here to register for this program.

ABA Disability/Employment Conference in May

American Bar Association President Michael Greco, the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will host the first National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities on May 22 and 23 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Justice, major law firms and disability organizations are participating in the Conference. Former Attorney General of the United States and Governor of Pennsylvania, Dick Thornburgh, will be the keynote speaker on the first evening.

Topics for the conference include: "Is Disability Diverse of Just Different?"; "Does It Pay to Hire Lawyers with Disabilities?"; and "Best Practices in Law Firms."

Invitations and registration information for the conference will be available in late February and posted at To obtain additional information about the conference or to register, please contact Michael Stratton at (202) 662-1571.

Jan. 18 Program Covers Undeveloped Property Transactions

Plotting a course through the real estate development "field" is not for the faint of heart. The panel of PBI's The Real Estate Development Transaction: Undeveloped Property brings the expertise and practical "real-world" knowledge needed to help you guide your client through the acquisition and development of undeveloped property. Join us and learn more about development ppportunities in the city: zoning and land use issues; site selection due diligence; conservation easements and opportunities; environmental issues; tax abatements, Keystone Opportunity Zones and LERTAs; and acquisition agreements. This four-hour substantive law program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
The Real Estate Development Transaction: Undeveloped Property
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Custody Law Update
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Anatomy for Lawyers: A Primer
6 substantive CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humanitarian Law
2 substantive CLE credits
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26
12th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27
12th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Legal Ease: Mastering the Art of Effective Legal Writing
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Annual Disclosure Documents
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Fundamentals of Elder Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3
Private Placement: Legal and Practical Considerations
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience, at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.