Jan. 2, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 1

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 4
at Hyatt at The Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of John E. Savoth, 85th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets...READ MORE

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 4 at Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of John E. Savoth, 85th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary.

This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Business Law Section to Honor Beaser Feb. 6

The Business Law Section's Annual Reception will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel where former Association Chancellor Lawrence J. Beaser will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

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 Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The section will also recognize Katayun I. Jaffari as Committee Chair of the Year and the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee as Committee of the Year at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Business Law Section and $60 for non-members. Tickets are $70 for those who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations Sought

The Justinian Society and the Comisky Family are seeking nominations for the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona, to be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon scheduled for March 2012.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is not limited to an area of practice or an advocate for a particular cause. Rather, the purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding member of the bench or bar who, at a minimum, satisfies the following qualifications: acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

A charitable contribution will be made on behalf of the recipient to an organization of the recipient's choice.

Nominations should include the nominee's name, address and a statement of the nominee's qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr., 2005 Market St., Suite 1930, Philadelphia, Pa., 19103 or may be emailed to chiacchio@thclaw.com. Nominations must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 16.

Insurance Law Committee Planning Session Jan. 10

The Insurance Law Committee will discuss its plans for 2012 at a Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the offices of Offit Kurman, Ten Penn Center, 1801 Market St., Suite 2300. There is no cost to attend this meeting but registration is required. Please RSVP to Heather Tashman Fritts at hfritts@stradley.com.

Introduction to VA Pensions Jan. 26

Dionysius Pappas will present "An Introduction to VA Pensions and the Aid and Attendance Benefit" at the Thursday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee 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.

Women in the Profession Newsletter Issue No. 2

Click here to view the 2nd issue of the Women in the Profession Newsletter with contributions from The Honorable Ann Butchart, Dean Linda Ammons, Bobbie Liebenberg, Jennifer Weed, Kathleen Wilkinson, Sheryl Axelrod, Maureen Farrell, Stacy Lilly, Carol Carty, and Susan Satkowski. The look of it is courtesy of Gene de Nicolais and his group at Forethought Consulting Group, who generously donated their services to the Newsletter for free.

Probate/Homeownership CLE Jan. 27

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training CLE program on probate/homeownership on Friday, Jan. 27 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600.

The seminar will delve into the probate process and an alternative to probate (namely, the § 3546 Petition filed in Orphans' Court) as avenues to transfer legal title of homes into VIP clients' names. It will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a family property, including how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients.

The seminar will be taught by Kevin Gilboy, partner at Teeters Harvey Gilboy & Kaier LLP and former chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as Kelly Gastley, supervising attorney at VIP.

Attorneys receive two free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled for 2012

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!

Introduction to Fastcase
Monday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 9, 9 a.m.
Monday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8,10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

Boolean (Keyword) Search for Lawyers
Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, May 28, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct 29, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m.

Fastcase for Paralegals
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1,1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 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.

Illusion of Memory and Legal Implications

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus has been an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of cases, including the McMartin PreSchool molestation case, the Hillside strangler, the Menendez brothers, the Michael Jackson Case, the Oklahoma bombing case and the Martha Stewart case. She has spent more than 40 years researching the malleability of memory and its impact on the accuracy of certain eyewitness testimony. Beginning with the basics of witness fallibility, Dr. Loftus moves to more subtle factors that can intervene to create erroneous reports and shows that eyewitness memory is chronically inaccurate in surprising ways. She will be joined by Hon. Jennine Turgeon, Prof. Jules Epstein, Prof. Edward Ohlbaum and attorneys Spero Lappas, Marueen Rowan, Troy Wilson and Sheryl Young. This 3 substantive CLE credit program will be held Friday, Jan. 6 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional 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. 4
PLI - Drafting & Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2012
6 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. lunch included

Thursday, Jan. 5
The Lifelong Impact of a Criminal Record (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, Jan. 5-6
PLI - Mergers & Acquisitions 2012: Trends & Developments
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., lunch included; Friday 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., lunch included

Friday, Jan. 6
Eyewitness: Illusions of Memory and Legal Implications
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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