Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 1

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 6

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Sayde J. Ladov, 82nd 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.

Custody Case Law Update Today

The Family Law Section will present a custody case law update at today's (Monday, Jan. 5) meeting.

Speakers for the program include Michael E. Bertin, Kristine L. Calalang, Elaine Smith and John A. Zurzola. 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Basic Tax Law, IRS Volunteer Certification CLE Jan. 8

The Tax Section and The Campaign for Working Families will hold a CLE training in basic tax law and IRS volunteer certification on Thursday, Jan. 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square (18th and Arch streets), 31st Floor.

This three-hour CLE training completes the requirements for volunteering with the Campaign for Working Families at our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites across Philadelphia. The campaign provides free high quality tax preparation for low wage families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Space is limited, please visit to register to volunteer and indicate this as your training date. For more information or with Questions please contact Elly Porter-Webb at 215-851-1759 or

Ethics, Campaign Reform Public Hearing Jan. 10

The Task Force on Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform will hold a public hearing on Saturday, Jan 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

The Task Force anticipates that each witness will have up to five minutes to testify about campaign finance reform, political activity restrictions, ethics/conflict of interest rules, outside employment of city employees and lobbying.

The Task Force encourages anyone wanting to testify to preregister by sending an e-mail to Task Force Chair Michael Schwartz at Please include, if possible, the topics about which you would like to testify.

The Task Force also encourages the submission of written testimony by witnesses who are appearing to testify and by those unable to appear. Please submit all written testimony to Task Force Chair Michael Schwartz by email at, by fax at (800) 615-2315, or by mail to 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts.

Individuals who wish to be considered for either appointment or who are considering filing for the 2009 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

Leigh M. Skipper, Esquire, 2008 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

William Fedullo, Esquire, 2009 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Perry, Peretta Nomination Deadline is Jan. 16

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking nominations for its annual Craig M. Perry Award and Sean Peretta Service Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 16.

The Sean Peretta Service Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service. Legal and non-legal community service activities will be considered by the selection committee. There is no age limit on the Peretta Service Award. Current members of the YLD Executive Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

The Craig M. Perry Award is presented annually to a young lawyer, 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice, who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. Leadership, initiative and commitment to the community are factors that will be considered by the selection committee. Current members of the YLD Executive Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

Craig M. Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications and reason why they should receive the award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 16. All nominations should be submitted to Dawn Petit at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or via email at

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2009 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division.

The rounds of competition will take place Jan. 26 through Feb. 28. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to do so.

As a coach, you would meet and communicate with the students to prepare for the competition. As a judge, you can choose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. Contact Roberta West at (215) 204-8948 if you have interest in coaching. Click here for more information.

Barristers to Honor Judge Giles Jan. 19

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will honor James T. Giles, former U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Of Counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP, at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel on Monday, Jan. 19 at 8 a.m.

Judge Giles will receive the Honorable William F. Hall Award, which recognizes an attorney who has made a significant contribution in the areas of social justice, peace, education, civil rights or public health, and will offer the keynote speech at the event.

The Barristers will also recognize Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline F. Allen with the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, presented to an outstanding woman attorney of color, who has helped to advance the education or careers of other minority women within the profession and beyond; Scott W. Reid, an associate at Cozen O'Connor, with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which is given to a young attorney who has demonstrated both competence in the practice of law and concern for his community; and the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Inc., a consortium of more than 33 law firms, corporations and legal organizations, with the Barristers' Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, which recognizes an organization that has identified and met the need for diversity and inclusion within the legal or business community.

Tickets for the breakfast are $30 for individuals at for-profit organizations, $350 per table of 10 for law firms and for-profit organizations, $25 for individuals at nonprofit organizations, and $250 per table for nonprofit organizations. All tables include a page-sized ad in the Breakfast Program. Additional ticketing information is available on the Barristers' web site, For tickets please contact Rachel Branson, (215) 751-2438 by Jan. 5.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Jan. 22

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting, and an Executive Committee meeting thereafter, on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect Section officers.

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Business Law Section that the following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2009 will be considered:

Eric C. Milby, Chair; Lee Applebaum, Vice Chair; Sandra A. Jeskie, Treasurer; Barbara Sicalides, Secretary.

The 2008 Vice Chair of the Section, Eric C. Milby, will automatically become the 2009 Chair of the Section as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws.

Mitchell Bach, Kevin H. Buraks, Michael Ecker and Wanda Flowers are nominated to serve as Executive Committee members.

Section members may submit additional nominations for the positions of Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary no later than Jan. 16, 2009, by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to:

Sandra A. Jeskie, Esquire
Secretary, Business Law Section
Duane Morris, LLP
30 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396

OCIE's Gene Gohlke to Speak Jan. 23

Gene A. Gohlke, associate director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, Jan. 23 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 27

The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd floor.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Securities Regulation Lunchtime CLE Jan. 27

The Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section will host the lunchtime CLE "Securities Liability in Turbulent Times: Practical Responses to a Changing Landscape" on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

This program will address the following topics: New Liability Developments: Targets and Theories; Director and Officer Liability Coverage Issues; Best Practices for Corporate Governance and Disclosure; and The Future Face of Securities Regulation. Panelists include Jeffrey A. Dailey, Graham R. Laub, H. Marc Tepper and Andrew L. Zivitz. The program will be moderated by Richard A. Levan.

The program will be held at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Please use the Juniper Street entrance. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

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 $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 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 or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Public Interest Training Sessions Set

Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono training program "Handling Traffic Court Cases," on Friday, Jan. 9, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St. This program will provide two free CLE credits in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. This program is co-sponsored by Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law School Outreach Committee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee. To reserve a space for this program, please contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP and the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance are seeking volunteers to assist low income clients with preparing their annual tax returns at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinics, which will be held in February and April 2009. New volunteers may attend one of three free training seminars prior to working at the tax clinic, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 (6 - 9:30 p.m.), Thursday, Jan. 29 (6 - 9:30 p.m.), and Saturday, Jan. 31 (1 - 4:30 p.m.), at Philadelphia VIP, 42 S. 15th St., 4th Floor. The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic is an initiative to educate local migrant workers on their rights as taxpayers and involve area law students and legal professionals with public interest legal work. The clinic sessions are held on Saturdays throughout the tax season, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Kennett Square, Pa. (transportation to and from the clinics is available and free breakfast and lunch provided). Volunteers who have worked with the clinic in years past may attend a refresher training course on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. To RSVP for one of the training programs, please contact Andrew Keating at or call 215-523-9563.

Jan. 15 Drexel Forum Highlights First Amendment

Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law invites the public to attend a forum focusing on the First Amendment on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

Prominent Philadelphia attorneys will discuss key current First Amendment cases. The forum will provide the opportunity to inform and exchange ideas vital to our community at large. A reception will follow the free event to be held in Matheson Hall, Room 109, 3320 Market St. For information and to reserve a space please call 215-571-4815.

Update Listing for The Legal Directory 2009

Listings updates for The Legal Directory 2009 are now under way! Act now to make sure your information is 100 percent correct in the Philadelphia area's most comprehensive legal resource.

Every fall, thousands of attorneys and firms in the city and surrounding Pennsylvania counties are contacted by e-mail and mail to update their entries. If you have not heard from The Legal Directory, please call 443-909-7843. Update information will be sent to your attention. The response deadline is Monday, Jan. 12.

The Legal Directory 2009 will feature hundreds of new listings, part of the most complete database of metro area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information you've come to rely on:

Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;
Facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
Index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;
Special section devoted to corporate counsel;
Alternative dispute resolution resources;
A business-to-business supplier section tailored to the legal community.

Each copy of The Legal Directory 2009 will include free access to The Legal Directory Online (good through March 31, 2010.)

The Legal Directory 2009 will be available in early April, but you can order now to take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax).

Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Visit for more information.

Powerful Witness Preparation Jan. 13

Invest just three hours to learn new tips, tactics and techniques that will make you a more effective advocate at PBI's Powerful Witness Preparation. This 3 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a video encore on Tuesday, Jan. 13 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 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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. 7
Simulcast – PLI – Drafting Corporate Agreements 2009
6 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9
Real Estate 101: Buying & Selling Residential Real Property
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Video – Powerful Witness Preparation
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Video – Superior Legal Writing and Editing
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Simulcast – Municipal Finance: Challenges of Current Markets and Structures
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9: Secured Transactions 2009
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15
Simulcast – PLI – Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2009
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Neighbor Law
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Earn as many as 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.

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