Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 11

Mayor Nutter to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver the keynote address at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, March 17.

Nutter was sworn in as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia on Jan. 7. He is a native Philadelphian with an accomplished career in public service, business and financial administration. He served as a Philadelphia City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing the city's Fourth District encompassing the communities of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls, Mt. Airy and parts of North and West Philadelphia.

The March Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are available online at

Immediate-Past Chancellor Jane Dalton will be honored at the event. Dalton 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."

PHCQA's Muther to Speak Today

Erik Muther, executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance, will be the guest speaker at today's (Thursday, Feb. 7) meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

Muther will discuss PHCQA's effort to develop and launch a Web site that will compile all publicly available hospital quality and outcome data and make that information available to consumers. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Guardianship CLE Training Feb. 8

Philadelphia VIP and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will sponsor a guardianship training program on Friday, Feb. 8 at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., from 12 to 2:15 p.m.

Paul Feldman of the Law Offices of Feldman and Feldman will be the presenter. Two CLE credits in exchange for accepting a pro bono referral will be provided to each participant. This training is open to all attorneys interested in pro bono representation. For more information please contact Philadelphia VIP at 215-523-9550.

SEC Official on Regulatory Issues Feb. 11

Andrew J. Donohue, director of the Division of Investment Management for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss current regulatory issues in the investment management industry at the Monday, Feb. 11 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Learn Presentation Strategies at Feb. 12 CLE Program

Learn what general counsels want from law firms and how firms should approach general counsels at the 3 credit CLE seminar "How Attorneys Can Make the Perfect Presentation - From a General Counsel's Perspective" on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Panelists for the program include Chancellor A. Michael Pratt, Kim R. Jessum, B. Christopher Lee, David Smith, Gary Deutsch, Walker Allen and Al Parker. The program will be moderated by Chuck Polin of the Training Resource Group.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The Hub at The Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Suite 200. Registration is $219 per attendee and includes a continental breakfast. Call 215-557-2335 to register. The program is presented by The Legal Intelligencer and The Training Resource Group.

Gibbons on Guantanamo Litigation Feb. 13

John J. Gibbons will talk about his litigation efforts on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees, including his oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Wednesday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program, which is co-sponsored by the Third Circuit Bar Association.

Justinians to Honor Pratt at Feb. 13 Luncheon

The Justinian Society will honor Chancellor A. Michael Pratt at a luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at 12 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person for members of The Justinian Society and $450 for a table of 10, and $60 per person for non-members, $550 for a table of 10.

For more information or to register, contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706, e-mail or visit to place your reservation.

Support Center Cosmos and Cosmetics Feb. 13

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold a Valentine's Eve celebration "Cosmos and Cosmetics" on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza in Bala Cynwyd.

The evening will feature complimentary makeovers and light fare. A minimum donation of $50 is requested. To register online, visit

Volunteers Sought for LegalLine P.M. on Feb. 20

Volunteers are needed for LegalLine P.M. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. It is a great way for Philadelphia Bar Association attorneys to provide a public service to area residents who wish to receive quick and accurate legal information. LegalLine P.M. is offered the third Wednesday of each month at Bar Association offices. If interested, please contact Stephanie Mensing.

Mergers and Acquisitions Meeting Feb. 20

Barbara L. Elias and Mark G. McCreary will discuss virtual data rooms and using the Internet for due diligence at the Wednesday, Feb. 20 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section. To RSVP, contact Curtis L. Golkow at or call (215) 299-2747.

YLD Happy Hour at Alfa Feb. 20

Join the Young Lawyers Division for its February Happy Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Alfa, 1709 Walnut St. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket, which include $3 Coors Light and Yuengling, $4 wine and $5 cocktails from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The $3 Coors Light and Yuengling specials will be extended until 8 p.m. Appetizers will also be served. There is no cost to attend. The February Happy Hour is sponsored by Allegiance Bank.

Getting to Know City's African-American Media Feb. 25

The Bar-News Media Committee will present "Getting to Know Philadelphia's African-American Media" on Monday, Feb. 25.

Panelists include Bobbi Booker, Philadelphia-based journalist, radio personality and blogger; Michael Days, Philadelphia Daily News; Harold Jackson, editorial page editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Sheinelle Jones, news anchor, Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia; Karin Phillips, community affairs reporter, KYW Newsradio 1060; Rhonda Hill Wilson, co-host, "The Morning Team," WURD 900 AM; and Lehronda Upshur, news anchor and public affairs director, Power 99, Q102 and My 106.1 FM.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Bar Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. The Bar Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, established in 1964. Each year the Bar Foundation raises money from attorneys, law firms, corporations and other donors and distributes those funds as grants to local organizations that provide legal services to the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and victims of abuse and neglect. This position affords a tremendous opportunity to work with the leaders of the Philadelphia legal and business communities in fulfilling the Bar Foundation's mission of providing access to justice to the underprivileged of our community.

The Executive Director is responsible for the daily management and administration of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation working with its staff and, as well, interfacing with the staff of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Areas of responsibility include administration, financial management, fundraising, marketing, community liaison, grantmaking and special projects. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

Qualified candidates should have excellent organizational and communication skills, effective writing skills, and a high level of experience with technology. Proficiency with Word, Excel and Powerpoint required. Experience with web-based publishing and donor-management software is preferred. Candidate must be able to multitask and juggle multiple demands in a high-paced environment. The candidate must be comfortable fundraising and representing the Foundation to high-level decision-makers. Graduate degree and/or ten years' experience in non-profit management or law-related environments is preferred.


1. Administration

  • Ensure that grantmaking and fundraising activities are supported by an effective infrastructure.
  • Development and implementation of the Foundation's Strategic Plan.
  • Board: Coordination of all Board activities, and providing support for all committee activities, including development and implementation of annual committee agendas.
  • Staff: Hire, supervise and evaluate all staff, including public interest coordinator, administrative and support staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Finances: Development of the budget, coordination with the comptroller to monitor operating finances and endowment, and production of timely and accurate financial reports to the Board, finance committee, and state and federal reporting agencies; oversee and assist in the preparation of the annual audit.
  • Operations: Facilities, equipment, database, collections and accounts payable.

2. Fundraising
  • The development and implementation of annual and endowment fundraising campaigns, including the identification and cultivation of donors to include philanthropists, law firms, lawyers, corporations and other foundations.
  • Coordinate activities of the Board in implementation of fundraising plans.
  • Manage all aspects of the special events that are a component of the Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts.
  • Expand the organization’s marketing capacity through strategic partnerships and new initiatives, including Web-based marketing projects.
  • Continue the development and implementation of branding and marketing campaigns to advance the visibility of the Foundation.

3. Grants/Program

  • Administer annual grants programs, including managing the application process, site visits, grant decisions and post-grant reviews.
  • Administer any special requests.
  • Administer IOLTA recommendations process.
  • Administer LexisNexis re-granting program.
  • Administer existing special grantmaking programs such as the Shuster and Marutani Fellowships.
  • Promote participation in public interest fellowship program.
  • Provide technical assistance and other non-financial support to grantees.
    a) Fundraising;
    b) Board and staff development; and
    c) Other organizational issues
  • Actively participate in the Philadelphia network of legal services providers (and other committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association) in order to promote collaboration and synergies.
  • Help link grantees to in-kind sources of support.

4. Special Projects

  • The planning, assessment and implementation of such other special projects as the Board shall designate (strategic planning, pro bono task force, business plan, etc.)

The Executive Director's position is full-time, based in downtown Philadelphia, and does not require travel. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

The salary will be competitive and includes an excellent benefits package.

Applications will be accepted by mail and e-mail and should be submitted by February 19, 2008. Send resume and cover letter.
Elaine M. Rinaldi, Esquire
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
c/o Cozen O’Connor
1900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pa. Minority Prelaw Conference March 12

The Law School Admission Council Office of Minority Affairs will present the Pennsylvania Minority Prelaw Conference on Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The conference is an opportunity for high school students to learn about college, law school and the legal profession and meet with law students, judges, law professors and admission professionals.

Transportation and lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact
Glenn E. Bell at (215) 968-1387 or

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2008 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 competition takes place through March 1. 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.

Copyright Society to Host Google's Patry March 11

William Patry, senior copyright counsel of Google Inc. and author of Patry on Copyright, will be speaking on "The Rhetoric of the Copyright Debates: The Use of Metaphors, Moral Panics, and Folk Devils in the Great Copyright Wars" at the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Philadelphia Chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

The program will be held at the offices of Woodcock Washburn LLP, 2929 Arch St., on the 12th floor of the Cira Centre beginning at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for Society members and $15 for non-members. Please make payments at the door to The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Philadelphia Chapter. Click here for more information.

Bar Association Launches Video Podcasts

Up-close video interviews with the city's leading newsmakers are now available on the Bar Association's Web site.

The Association has crafted a new series of quick, sharp video podcasts, which complement an already extensive audio podcast lineup. The Leadership Video Podcast Series features prominent Philadelphians discussing their roles as leaders, revealing who inspired them as leaders, and outlining what kind of leadership the city needs right now.

The series kicks off with an interview with A. Michael Pratt, the Association's new Chancellor, and also features interviews with Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden, Wireless Philadelphia CEO Greg Goldman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn.

Accessing these videos is as easy as accessing the audio podcasts: Current subscribers to the Bar Association's "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" audio podcasts will automatically receive these video podcasts. If you are not yet a subscriber, go the Association's Podcast homepage — and sign up.

The videos can be downloaded and viewed on a video iPod or similar handheld device. Of course, with a simple click, Web site visitors can watch the videos directly on their computer.

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