Monday, Feb. 2, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 9

Matthews is Keynote Speaker at YLD Annual Meeting

The Young Lawyers Division invites the membership of the Bar Association to its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Westin Philadelphia. Political commentator Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball" will give the keynote remarks at the Young Lawyers Division Annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, which will include remarks by YLD Chair Brian Chacker with his plans for 2009.

The YLD will also present its annual awards at the event. The Craig M. Perry Award will be presented to Nikki Johnson-Huston, an assistant city solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department. The 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.

The Sean Peretta Award will be presented to co-recipients, Stella Tsai, a partner with Archer & Greiner, P.C. and Robert S. Tintner, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. The Peretta Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service.

The YLD Vision Award will be presented to Kroll. The award is presented annually to an organization – whether law firm, business corporation, non profit, or other group – that has provided outstanding support to the YLD in the fulfillment of its mission: to promote and preserve the interests of young lawyers, improve the quality of the legal system, provide a forum for the exchange of views among young lawyers, encourage the professional development of young lawyers through educational and service programs, participate in the growth and advancement of the legal profession, and encourage young lawyers to represent deserving clients on a pro bono basis.

Matthews hosts "Hardball with Chris Matthews," seen weekdays on MSNBC as well as the syndicated weekly news program "The Chris Matthews Show." He is a regular commentator on NBC's "Today" show.

Matthews has worked as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, presidential speechwriter and best-selling author. Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. In 1997 and 1998, his digging in the National Archives produced a series of San Francisco Examiner scoops on the Nixon presidential tapes. Matthews has covered American presidential election campaigns since 1988, including the five-week recount of 2000. In 2005 Matthews covered the funeral of Pope John Paul II. In March 2004, he received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He has also been awarded The Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia and in 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society.

The YLD Annual meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and $50 for members of the Association. Tickets are available only to Philadelphia Bar Association members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Prim Appointed Association's Treasurer

The Board of Governors has appointed Joseph A. Prim Jr. as treasurer of the Board, replacing Jeffrey M. Lindy, who stepped down to seek election to public office in Montgomery County. The action came at the Board's Jan. 29 meeting.

Prim has already served two years as assistant treasurer. Prim is a partner with Duca and Prim and a graduate of the Boston University School of Law. He served as co-chair of the Law Practice Management Division in 2008 and served as Workers' Compensation Section representative to the Board of Governors in 2003. He was co-chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee in 1994.

A member of the State Civil Litigation Section, Prim served as treasurer of the Workers’ Compensation Section (1996 to 2008) and was a member of the Strategic Planning and the Long Range Planning Committees.

The Board of Governors also appointed Wesley R. Payne IV to assistant treasurer, filling the role vacated by Prim. Payne is currently a member of the Board of Governors and is chair of the Military Affairs Committee. He is a partner in the Litigation Department at White and Williams LLP and is a member of the Life, Health and Disability and Insurance Fraud Practice Groups. He is also chair of the Diversity Committee at White and Williams.

In addition, the Board also appointed Stacey A. Tees to fill the seat vacated by Payne. Tees is an associate at German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C. and a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. She has been active in the Association's Workers' Compensation Section, having served as secretary (2005-2006) and co-chair in 2008. She was the Section’s representative to the Board of Governors in 2008.

Divorce Issues for Over 50 Today

The Family Law Section will present "The Second Season: Divorce Issues for Over 50" at its meeting today (Monday, Feb. 2).

Kate Vetrano will highlight issues on alimony, retirement, social security and Medicare to consider when representing clients divorcing in their 50s or older.

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.

Court of Common Pleas E-Filing Update Feb. 4

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester and deputy court administrator Charles Mapp will provide an update on e-filing in the Court of Common Pleas at the Wednesday, Feb. 4 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

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.

Chaudhry to Address LGBT Rights Committee

Amara S. Chaudhry, legal director of Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, will discuss current cases and case trends seen at Equality Advocates PA at the Friday, Feb. 6 meeting of the LGBT Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided.

Informal Admonition Re-enactment CLE Feb. 10

Hope A. Comisky, Barbara S. Rosenberg, and Paul J. Kazaras will present the CLE program "A Re-enactment of an Informal Admonition" at the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

Rosenberg, a former disciplinary counsel for the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania and current co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee, will lead a discussion of the facts and circumstances that have resulted in an attorney receiving an informal admonition (facts and the rule violations involved). Comisky, partner and professional responsibility counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP and current co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee, will join with Kazaras in a re-enactment of the rendering of an informal admonition.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Self Defense CLE Feb. 27

The Young Lawyers Division, Criminal Justice Section, LGBT Rights Committee and Women in the Profession Committee will present the lunchtime CLE program “Self Defense: Defending Your Person and Your Property Under the Law” on Friday, Feb. 27.

This Self Defense CLE will teach attendees the legal and real aspects of protecting yourself, including what Pennsylvania law allows, what self-defense is designed to accomplish, and what is “too far” when defending yourself. Immediately following the CLE program, please stay for an actual self-defense demonstration and learn valuable self-defense techniques to defend yourself in common situations.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register for this program.

Learn How to Become a Media Resource Feb. 23

The Bar-News Media Committee present "Meet the Legal Media: How to Be a Great Resource" on Monday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m..

The media panel will feature Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Mike Dunn of KYW Newsradio 1060; Lu Ann Cahn, investigative reporter at NBC10; and Hank Grezlak of The Legal Intelligencer. Gina F. Rubel, chair of the Bar-News Media Committee, will moderate. The program 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 for this program.

Justinian Society to Honor Chancellor Ladov Feb. 19

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Bar Association Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov at a luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 12 p.m. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or e-mail or visit the Justinian Society Web site at 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.

Public Interest Career Fair Reception Feb. 5

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold a public interest/public service career fair reception on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild, LLP, 2000 Market St.

Meet employers, public interest attorneys and other law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees.

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 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.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2009 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 17.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini, Lynn A. Marks and Roberta D. Liebenberg.

Click here to download a nomination form.

February is Lawyers Month at Morton's

Located at 1411 Walnut St. in Center City, Morton's hosts "Lawyers Month at Morton's" in February in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Throughout the month of February, Morton's is donating to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation a portion of sales from diners who mention the Philadelphia Bar Foundation or the Philadelphia Bar Association. Do a good deed while you dine!

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 4

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 4. 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 rigid. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at 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 for $200 made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association to: Dawn Petit, 1101 Market Street, 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 16, 2009.

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

LMA Program on Client Feedback and Results Feb. 19

Every law firm makes claims of excellent client service on web sites, brochures and proposals, but few measure their performance against client opinions. Firms willing to invest time and resources in an effective client feedback program have a powerful tool for demonstrating their commitment to client service and delivering on it.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Legal Marketing Association – Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter will host "Establishing a Client Feedback Program that Delivers Quantifiable Results" an interactive program that will provide practical tips for starting an effective client feedback program that will deliver measurable results. The speakers will be Laura A. Meherg, founder and partner, and Nancy Mangan, senior consultant and client growth specialist of The Wicker Park Group, an organization that assists firms with the development of effective client service interviews and client growth programs.

Sponsored by Kelly + Partners, Inc., the program will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.. The cost of attending the event is $10 for members of the LMA and $25 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, please contact Shellee E. Buchanan, Esq. at (215) 864-8755, or, or register online at

Volunteers Needed for Students Run Philly Style

If you are already a runner or want to become a runner, Students Run Philly Style program is for you. Become a running leader for local Philadelphia students and be rewarded by inspiring those students and becoming fit. No running or coaching experience is necessary.

Students Run Philly Style is a program in Philadelphia that offers marathon training to help young people succeed in life. The program does this by connecting students with adult mentors who help them imagine and accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of a marathon.

The first training session for leaders is on Saturday, Feb. 7 and the training runs will start some time in March. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please visit or contact Kim Jessum at or x8165.

Public Interest Training Sessions Set

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. 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). To RSVP for one of the training programs, please contact Andrew Keating at or call 215-523-9563.

The Education Law Center will present the CLE program "Education Law: School Discipline" on Friday, Feb. 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch St. Two free CLE credits are available in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by ELC. To register, contact Carol O'Brien at 215-994-2181 or by e-mail at

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present the pro bono CLE training program, "Afraid to Return: Applying for Fear-Based Relief in Immigration Court," on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP, 41 E. Orange St., Lancaster, Pa. This program is free in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by PIRC in 2009, and anticipates providing 3 CLE credits (attorneys applying for CLE credit will have to pay $4.50 charge for CLE application). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Maria McCollum at 717-600-8099, ext. 206, or

Philadelphia VIP and the SeniorLAW Center will present a pro bono CLE training program on custody, on Friday, Feb. 13, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on quiet title on Friday, March 6, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Reed Smith, 2500 One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, April 3, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

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48th Advanced Antitrust Seminar Feb. 2-3

Live from the Practising Law Institute, the 48th Advanced Antitrust Seminar: Distribution and Marketing, is a comprehensive program covering the latest developments with regard to distribution and marketing. Learn tips on how to handle common problems that arise in corporate and commercial practice through use of unique hypothetical scenarios. This 11 substantive/1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be simulcast on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 2-3, 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 5 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. each day. 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.

Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 2 – 3
Simulcast – PLI – 48th Annual Advanced Antitrust Seminar: Distribution & Marketing
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6
A View from the U.S. Trustees Office
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10
Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Auto Law Potpourri
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Doing Business in India 2009: Critical Legal Issues for U.S. Companies
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12
Using Letters of Intent in Business Acquisitions
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 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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