Feb. 4, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 11

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; Lisa Hostein, executive editor, Jewish Exponent; and and Irv Randolph, managing editor of The Philadelphia Tribune. 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.

Legal Directory 2010 Launches Mobile Access

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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.

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 Monday, March 22.

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 June 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; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; and JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Click here to download a nomination form. Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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.

International Business Case Law Update Feb. 11

The International Business Initiative Committee Meeting will present an update on new case law and other developments in international business at its Thursday, Feb. 11 meeting.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Electronic Health Records Discussion Feb. 11

Ann S. Torregrossa, director of the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform, will discuss the Pennsylvania health information exchange and chronic care/patient-centered medical home at the Thursday, Feb. 11 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

Protecting Business Assets With Restrictive Covenant

Jennifer P. Snyder will discuss protecting business assets with restrictive covenant at the Wednesday, Feb. 17 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Donna Kearse at 215-575-7076 or e-mail dkearse@dilworthlaw.com.

Conversation with Workers' Comp Judges Feb. 17

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold a conversation with Workers' Compensation Bureau Judges Susan E. Kelley, Francine T. Lincicome and Todd B. Seelig at a lunchtime CLE program on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for an additional $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch.

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.

Emergency Preparedness Seminar Feb. 24

Local experts estimate that 70 percent of regional businesses don't reopen after being hit with a fire, flood or blizzard. Don’t become a statistic.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is sponsoring the free seminar "Emergency Preparedness for Business: Learn How to Stay in Business when a Disaster Strikes" on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Presenting at the program will be Samantha (Sam) Phillips, deputy director for planning, Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia; Joan Przybylowicz, deputy director for external affairs, Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia; and Stacy A. Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Services and chair, Philadelphia Crime Prevention Council, Center City District.

They will discuss business continuity of operations planning, where attendees will learn how to develop a business continuity plan; the corporate emergency access plan, to gain access to your facility when an emergency strikes; evacuation plans; and ways to receive critical information during a disaster with messages from ReadyNotify PA and AlertPhiladelphia.

There is no charge to attend. E-mail oem@phila.gov to register. A continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, visit phila.gov/ready or call 215-683-3250.

Leadership Skills for Women in Law Feb. 23

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Leadership Skills for Women in Law" at its Tuesday, Feb. 23 meeting.

Panelists for the program include Kimberly Kashon, senior vice president, PNC Bank; Shelley Smith, city solicitor, City of Philadelphia; Claudia Springer, Reed Smith LLP; and Barbara Taylor, JanBara & Associates.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Recognizing, Responding to Elder Abuse CLE Feb. 25

The Elder Law Committee will present the CLE program "Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse and Neglect" on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Panelists include Brian Krase, coordinator, Family Law and Project S.A.F.E., SeniorLAW Center, and Joseph Snyder, director, Older Adult Protective Services, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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.

Registration and lunch begin 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.

Marketing on a Budget Feb. 26

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will present "Marketing on a Budget: Surviving and Thriving During the Great Recession" at its Friday, Feb. 26 meeting.

Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, will be the featured speaker. Attend this program and learn how to build and maintain a strong network which delivers new clients; how to stretch a marketing budget and become established as an expert; ways to gain visibility among key audiences; and how to leverage technology to create a "tight" brand and up the ante of your practice.

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.

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.

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

John King, most recently 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.

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.

Business Development Skills Series Starts March 5

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, March 5.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The March 5 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The March 12 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On March 19, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The March 26 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

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 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.
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