Monday, Feb. 18, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 14

Diversity on Appellate Courts Feb. 27

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen will discuss diversity on the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania at a Feb. 27 program sponsored by the Appellate Courts Committee and the Public Interest Section.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A wine and cheese reception will follow. There is no charge to attend the program, but space is limited. Please register by clicking here.

Employee Benefits Committee Program Feb. 19

The Employee Benefits Committee will host a roundtable discussion of qualified plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation plans, ERISA litigation and other employee benefit matters.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South 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.

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.

City Policy Committee to Hear From Nutter's Chief of Staff

Clarence Armbrister, chief of staff to Mayor Michael Nutter, will talk about the mayor's key goals and objectives and how the Bar Association can assist in those efforts at the Wednesday, Feb. 20 meeting of the City Policy Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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.

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 includes $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.

Professional Responsibility Committee on Diversity Feb. 21

Dr. Sean Kathleen Lincoln, the director of the Association's Office on Diversity, will discuss the meaning and purposes of diversity and how it interacts with the professional responsibility obligations of attorneys at the Thursday, Feb. 21 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary breakfast will be served. So that the Association may prepare appropriately, please advise of your intent to attend the meeting by e-mailing no later than Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12 p.m.

Pratt to Speak at Cheney Program Feb. 19

Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will be the keynote speaker at Cheyney University's Martin Luther King/Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Dudley Theatre for the Performing Arts. A small reception will immediately follow the program, which is free and open to the public.

The theme of this year's event is "Cheyney University: Remembering, Celebrating and Making History Everyday." The program will include a student presentation and selections from the Cheyney University Choir.

Real Property Executive Committee Meeting Feb. 19

The Real Property Section Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12:15 p.m. at Gibbons Law Office, 1700 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.

E-mail Al Fuscaldo at with copy to Michael Goss if you cannot attend. Any member of the Section is welcome to attend.

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 (from top left) 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; Lehronda Upshur, news anchor and public affairs director, Power 99, Q102 and My 106.1 FM; and Rhonda Hill Wilson, co-host, "The Morning Team," WURD 900 AM. The program will be moderated by Bar-News Media Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel.

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.

Panel Discussion on Working In House Feb. 26

A panel of in-house counsel will discuss "So You Think You'd Like To Work In House" at the Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Panelists include Sophia Lee of Sunoco, Grace Manno of Comcast and Lori White of CSS Industries. They will discuss how to position yourself for an in-house position; what to expect once you get there; how to make the most of it; and the similarities and differences between corporate and law firm life.

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.

Appellate Practice, Procedure Update CLE Feb. 26

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE program Appellate Practice and Procedure Update on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Panelists for the program are Karen R. Bramblett, prothonotary, Pennsylvania Superior Court; Karl Baker, chief, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia; and Natasha L. Lowe, supervisor, Trial Division Appeals Unit, Court of Common Pleas. The course planner is Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. The panel will provide an update on the practical trials, traps and tribulations of criminal appellate practice.

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 $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 in advance or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

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."

Public Interest Training Sessions Set

The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE training program for volunteer attorneys "Representing Grandparents Raising Grandchildren," on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 12 to 2 p.m., at the offices Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St. Learn how to prepare a custody case for one of the thousands of grandparents in our community who are raising minor children whose birth parents cannot. Help these clients obtain the legal status to make medical, educational and life decisions for children in their care. This training program will be led by Jane E. Lessner, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, and Brian Krase, Esq., SeniorLAW Center. The program is open to any attorney. Two free CLE credits are available for attorneys who accept a pro bono custody case. RSVP to or call (215) 988-1244.

Philadelphia VIP, Women Against Abuse and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, March 7 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. The program will be hosted by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 JFK Blvd. Please contact VIP at (215) 523-9550 to register. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case. This program is open to all attorneys.

Law School Public Interest Auctions

The University of Pennsylvania Law School's annual auction is Thursday, Feb. 21. All proceeds from the auction directly fund student public interest work in the summer and after graduation. Auction items include professional sports tickets, concerts, and gift certificates to many Philadelphia restaurants and businesses. Ticket price is only $20, and includes a cocktail party, silent auction and live auction. To RSVP, contact or buy tickets at the door. The auction begins at 5 p.m. in the Law School's Levy Conference Center, 3400 Chestnut St.

• The Rutgers University School of Law-Camden Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 13th Annual Goods and Services Auction on Wednesday, March 5 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Rutgers School of Law. 217 North 5th St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. For more information, contact Pam Merstock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or

• Temple University Beasley School of Law Student Public Interest Network will hold its 16th Annual Auction on Wednesday, March 5, at Duane Morris, LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds are used to subsidize summer grants for students to volunteer in public interest legal services organizations. This year, SPIN will honor Dean Robert J. Reinstein with the Inaugural SPIN Award for a member of the Temple Law community dedicated to public interest. Click here to visit the SPIN online auction between Friday, Feb. 29 and Friday, March 7. This event is free. No RSVP is necessary.

• Villanova University School of Law will host its 11th annual Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The evening begins at the law school with a silent auction and lasts until approximately 10 p.m. when the last live auction item is sold. The PIFP Auction provides financial support to law students who commit their summer to doing public service legal work, as well as funding the Villanova loan repayment assistance award.

• The Public Interest Employment Grant Board will hold its Inaugural "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction on Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Drexel University School of Law, Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, Chestnut Street, between 32nd and 33rd streets. All money raised at the auction will subsidize public interest summer internships for Drexel Law students. The Auction is open to the public and costs $15. For more information, contact Karen Pearlman at or (215) 545-4596.

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.

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

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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Trials, Tips, Tactics and Practical Tales Feb. 22

Follow every aspect of trial as Mike Cash brings his unique litigation skills, which he developed in his prior life as a stand-up comic and honed in the courtroom, to the fast-paced program "Trials! Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales" on Friday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This program offers tips and tactics illustrated with tales from actual trials where they were successfully employed. This program will be held at the 10th floor of The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall). This program has been approved for 5 hours of substantive credit and 1 hour of ethics credit. Click here for more information.

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. 20
21st Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Ethical Issues for Investment Management Lawyers
1 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22
Groupcast – Trials! Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

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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