Feb. 1, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 9

CNN's John King to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

John King, host of CNN's "State of the Union with John King," will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 17.

At the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

The Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 and available at by clicking here.

King joined CNN in May 1997 and was appointed chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005. He is well known for his use of CNN's "multi-touch" board, which allows him to delve into data on election nights.

Legal Directory 2010 Launches Mobile Access

Instant access to Greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings is now available whenever and wherever you go - literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips, all at no additional cost with the purchase of The Legal Directory 2010.

The huge Legal Directory database is now searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also conveniently interactive. Just click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated.

With this free mobile feature, The Legal Directory 2010 becomes the ultimate multi-platform database - all of the information is available to you in a traditional print version as well as handheld and online at www.thelegaldirectory.org. One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region.

Recognized as the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2010 delivers hundreds of new listings that are part of the most accurate database of Philadelphia-area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information subscribers have come to rely on, including:

• Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration;
• An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses;
• Federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel;
• Alternative dispute resolution resources;
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; and
• A tabbed products, services and experts section with important information and resources in one concise area for all members of the legal community.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires March 1, 2010.

For more information, e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7843.

Roundtable on Hot Topics in Family Law Feb. 1

The Family Law Section will hold a roundtable discussion of hot topics and pending issues in family law at its Monday, Feb. 1 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Private Equity 101 Series Continues Feb. 3

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the second session in its Private Equity 101 series on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with a general discussion of tax issues with which counsel to private equity funds and limited partners must be familiar.

The featured speaker is Laura D. Warren of Pepper Hamilton LLP and the course planner is Thomas A. Kennedy of Versa Capital Management, Portfolio Legal Services, LLC.

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 $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.

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. Click here to register. The program is presented by the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

Medicare Secondary Payer Act Feb. 3

The Rules and Procedure Committee will present "The Medicare Secondary Payer Act: How to Satisfy Liens While Protecting Clients, Counsel and Insurance Carriers" at its Wednesday, Feb. 3 meeting.

Speakers include Roy Franco, director, Risk Management Strategies, Safeway Inc.; Will Shapiro of James Street Group; and Glenn Ricketti of Margolis Edelstein.

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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Justinians to Honor Cooper at Feb. 10 Luncheon

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Chancellor Scott F. Cooper on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with a reception and luncheon at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will follow at 12 p.m. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society of Philadelphia at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit the Justinian Society web site at justinian.org. Ticket prices are $50 per person for members and $60 per person for non-members. A table of 10 is $450 for Justinian members and $550 for non-members.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages Feb. 11

The Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer; and Lisa Hostein, executive editor, Jewish Exponent. Additional panelists will be announced.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at Gina@furiarubel.com.

Young Lawyer Bootcamp Feb. 19

Law students and young attorneys will receive practical and fundamental knowledge on the intricacies of the legal profession at "Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," an inaugural program presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

In five distinct sessions, Philadelphia judges and experienced attorneys will speak on case preparation, selecting a career path, fully benefiting from initial employment, considerations when starting a solo practice, and building networking skills. The program will conclude with a networking happy hour open to all attendees. Young Lawyer Bootcamp features the following courses and panelists:

Entering Unknown Territory: Choosing a Career Path with panelists Judge Daniel J. Anders of the Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Brandi Brice, an assistant city solicitor at the City of Philadelphia Law Department; Sophia Lee, Assistant Treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a senior counsel at Sunoco, Inc.; Sara Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP; and Kathleen Wilkinson, Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP.

Honoring the Veterans: Advice from the Bench with panelists to be announced.

Accepting Your Mission: Get the Most Out of Your First Job with panelists Natalie D'Amora, an associate at Dilworth Paxon LLP; Lizabeth Macoretta, executive director of West Mt. Airy Neighbors; Gina Sullivan, counsel at GlaxoSmithKline; and Robert Tintner, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP

Leading the Troops: Considerations Before Starting Your Own Practice with panelists Jeffrey Campolongo, The Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo; James Elam, a partner at Elam & Scott, LLP; Laura Feldman, a partner at Feldman & Pinto; Stephanie Mensing, a partner at Wisniewski & Mensing, LLP; and David Walker, The Law Office of David M. Walker LLC.

Earning Your Stripes: The Nuts and Bolts of Networking with panelists: Kim Jessum, of counsel at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; May Mon Post, The Post Law Firm; Scott Reid, a member of Cozen O'Connor; and John Savoth, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and of counsel at Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC.

The cost of “Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers” is $10 and includes lunch and admission to the concluding networking happy hour. Click here to register. Stay tuned for details on additional panelists.

Bar Foundation Seeks Marutani Fellowship Applicants

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is seeking applicants for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship.

The Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian-American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani's exemplary career is a model for students committed to public service.

Stipends are provided to first-year Asian American law students from area law schools to take summer internships with public interest organizations or government agencies (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Click here for more information and the 2010 Marutani Fellowship application. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 26.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 17. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at supremecourtus.gov. Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you plan to bring a guest. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2010.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

Volunteers Needed for YLD Mentoring Program

The Young Lawyers Division needs volunteers for its mentoring program, an endeavor that seeks to foster the professional development of Philadelphia's future attorneys and simulate the growth, diversity and participation of Philadelphia lawyers in Bar Association activities and the community at large.

Each mentor is assigned to serve as a role model and counselor to one mentee. Mentorship is an obligation and responsibility. Mentors must:

1) Reach out and make initial contact with their mentee;

2) Have one in-person or telephonic meeting with their mentee in advance of the Mentorship Program Event;

3) Have one or more in person meetings with their mentee after the Mentorship Program Event;

4) Remain as a resource to the mentee for the course of the year.

Download the sign-up form and questionnaire by clicking here. Completed forms can be forward to Daniel McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahr.com.

Public Interest Trainings, Programs Set

The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a free pro bono training for attorneys interested in learning how to handle veteran's benefits cases on Monday, Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St. HAP staff attorney Michael Taub, will conduct the training. For attorneys already accredited, this training meets the 3 hour CLE requirement to maintain certification by the Veteran's Administration. For attorneys not yet certified and interested in certification, please contact Michael Taub at mtaub@philalegal.org, or Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org before the training. Please note that CLE credits can not be awarded unless certification applications have been submitted and approved by the Veteran's Administration prior to the training. Please register for this program with Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org. Breakfast will be provided.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present two CLE training programs at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The first CLE program, "How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Medical Needs," will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will provide three (3) substantive CLE credits. The second CLE program, "How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Behavioral Health Needs," will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., and will provide three substantive CLE credits provided. To register call PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or register online at pbi.org.

• The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold a Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. This is a great way to meet employers, public interest attorneys and other law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 28 by clicking here. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees. For more information, contact Liz Dunn at dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• Philadelphia VIP will conduct a free CLE training on Friday, Feb. 5 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. for attorneys interested in learning about divorce practices in Philadelphia. This event will be held at the Domestic Relations Branch of Philadelphia Family Court, 34 S. 11th St. The trainers will be Michael Fingerman of The Law Offices of Michael E. Fingerman and Megan Watson, Berner Klaw & Watson LLP. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550. For more information, please contact Dana Barnett at 215-523-9554.

• SeniorLAW Center and Villanova University School of Law will present a pro bono CLE training program to serve older Pennsylvanians on Thursday, Feb. 11. "Personal Planning101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney," will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m., at Villanova University School of Law, 299 Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Participants will learn how to prepare and execute basic personal planning documents, including simple wills, living wills and financial and health care powers of attorney. Attendees will not only learn the relevant Pennsylvania law and pertinent definitions, but also drafting tips and ways to address common misconceptions their clients may have about this area of law. Particular focus will be given to preparing and executing documents for SeniorLAW Center's client base, older Pennsylvanians in need. This training program is free and two (2) CLE credits will be available to those who agree to provide pro bono services to a SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (Nominal administrative fee payable to PA CLE Board.) To register, please call (610) 519-7228 or e-mail dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, Support Center for Child Advocates and others are sponsoring a free panel discussion, "A Long Way From Home: Immigrant and Refugee Children Without Parents," on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 12 to 1 p.m., at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., in the Justice Roberts Conference Room. Four panelists will discuss their experiences of fleeing to the United States without parents. This event is a brown-bag lunch and drinks will be available. RSVP to Loy at HIAS and Council at Loy@hiaspa.org.

• The Toll Pubic Interest Center will hold the Equal Justice Foundation Fund-Raising Auction on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auction. All proceeds support University of Pennsylvania law school students doing public interest work during the summer and after graduation. Tickets cost $10 for students, $20 for non-students. RSVP online by Feb. 12 by clicking here.

Kline, Specter in Spotlight at Brandeis Happy Hour

Noted Philadelphia trial lawyers Tom Kline and Shanin Specter will be at the Brandeis Law Society Happy Hour on Monday, Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St., to talk about the book Two Boys, Divided by Fortune, United By Tragedy. The book centers on one of Kline and Specter's most compelling quests for justice. The event is free and open to all members of the Brandeis Law Society and their guests. Those who plan to attend should e-mail Tina Velez at velez@blankrome.com.

The book details the story of two boys who couldn't have been more different: one a teenager from affluent suburbia; the other a little kid from the poor part of the city. Both boys would come to share a common experience as random, unsuspecting victims of terrible tragedies not merely bad luck but the result of wrongful, egregious conduct. Partners in the same Philadelphia law firm would represent the families in their quest for justice against well-known corporate entities.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for the 2010 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The rounds of competition will run through March 13. Just click here and scroll down to sign up using our new and improved sign-up form.

If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to and are confident the experience will be rewarding. As a judge, you can chose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. We encourage you to volunteer for multiple sessions. All you need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students. Click here to volunteer.

Brandeis Society Co-Sponsoring Israel Trip in June

The Brandeis Law Society is co-sponsoring a trip to Israel from June 13 to June 24. This air and land package trip, also sponsored by Tau Epsilon Rho, includes transportation, airport transfers, 10 nights hotel accommodations in your choice of hotels, nine breakfasts, five dinners and one lunch. Lawyer participants will reap the benefit of six to 12 hours of continuing legal education credits exclusively arranged in cooperation with Israeli bar associations.

The air and land package is available for $3,429 per person, double occupancy or $4,562, single occupancy. The land only package is $2,219 per person, double and $3,352 per person, single. For the complete itinerary and other details go to www.gate1travel.com/groups/brandeis. For more information call Stephanie Howlett or Roberta Yesowitch at Gate 1 at 1-800-682-3333, extension 1249 or 1146. A $300 deposit to Gate 1 is required to reserve your place for this remarkable journey.

Those who wish to participate are urged to save a place now. Interest is high and space is limited.

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the bench and bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.

Fundamentals of Civil Practice, Procedure Feb. 4

PBI's Fundamentals of Civil Practice and Procedure takes you back to basics while bringing you up to date on the rules of civil practice as well as taking you through the process of initiating a civil lawsuit in Pennsylvania. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a held Thursday, Feb. 4 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 1:15 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, Feb. 3
Advanced Child Advocates - How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving Children with Complex Medical Needs
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Advanced Child Advocates - PM: How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving Children with Complex Behavioral Health Needs
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
Simulcast - Fundamentals of Civil Practice and Procedure
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Contests for Corporate Control 2010: Current Offensive and Defensive Strategies in M & A Transactions
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 5
Simulcast - Medicare Secondary Payer Statute in Liability and Workers Compensation Claims
2 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9
Simulcast - PLI - 49th Annual Advanced Antitrust Seminar: Distribution and Marketing
Monday - 6 substantive CLE credits, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday - 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits, 9 a.m. to 5 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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