Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 14

Arianna Huffington to Address Bar Members April 1

Political commentator Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Wednesday, April 1 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will be honored at the event. Pratt 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."

Huffington is also a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program. She launched The Huffington Post in May 2005, and the news and blog site has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members and can be purchased online at by clicking here.

Online Ticket Sales End Today for YLD Annual Meeting

Today is the last day to purchase tickets online for the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Chris Matthews of MSNBC. Click here to order tickets for the event.

YLD Chair Brian Chacker will outline his plans for 2009 at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. 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 world's leading risk consulting company. 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.

Tickets are $35 for YLD members, $50 for members of the Association and $55 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Learn Ins and Outs of E-Filing Today

The Law Practice Management Division Technology Committee and the Philadelphia Chapter of the ALA will hold a roundtable discussion on the ins and outs of e-filing today (Thursday, Feb. 19).

Panelists for the program include Harold Palmer, senior system analyst, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Deborah Dailey, deputy prothonotary, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Daniel Siegel, The Law Office of Daniel Siegel and co-chair, Technology Committee; Susan Cioeta, training manager, Post & Schell, P.C.; Fran Bisicchia, court filing coordinator, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP; and Derek Veitro, account manager, American Express.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is sponsored by Reliable. Click here to RSVP for this program.

ODAR's Timm to Meet with Social Security Committee

Frederick Timm, hearing office director for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review will lead a discussion on the senior attorney adjudication initiative, service area realignment staffing issues and backlogs electronic records express at the Friday, Feb. 20 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits 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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP 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.

In-House Counsel Relationships Feb. 24

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Building, Maintaining, and Managing In-House Counsel Relationships in the Current Economy" on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Panelists will be Nicholas J. Staffieri, general counsel, SEPTA; Kamil Ali-Jackson, Esquire, general counsel, Ception Therapeutics, Inc.; and Roosevelt Hairston, senior vice president, government affairs and community relations, associate general counsel, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

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.

Reception for Young Tax Lawyers Feb. 26

A cocktail reception for the young lawyers of the Association's Tax Section will be held Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square.

Come mingle with young tax lawyers from the Philadelphia area while enjoying refreshments and appetizers. Additionally, there will be a brief presentation regarding the activities of the Young Lawyers Division and how you can get involved.

Please RSVP to Kate Haeffner by e-mailing or calling 215-981-4042.

Learn the Basics of Self Defense, Get CLE Credit

The Young Lawyers Division, Criminal Justice Section, LGBT Rights Committee, Women's 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.

Family Law Section Lunchtime CLE March 2

The Family Law Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Avoiding Financial Mistakes in Equitable Distribution" on Monday, March 2.

Speaker Paul T. Murray will lead a discussion on the impact of the current financial crisis on various assets in the marital estate. He will discuss tax strategies for the divorcing couple; strategic considerations in the splitting of certain marital assets; the marital home, capital gains and tax considerations; and a complete analysis of a hypothetical marital estate with alternate distribution scenarios.

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 admit-ted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. To register, visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $8 per person. Click here to purchase lunch with this program.

Probate and Trust Quarterly Meeting March 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its March Quarterly Meeting "The Allure of the Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement — an Appropriate Alternative to Going to Court?" on Tuesday, March 3.

Faculty for the program includes Karen A. Fahrner, COO, CFO, SVP, Wealth Management Division, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, along with Matthew Giuliano and Melissa M. Grossman of Dechert, LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. The CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Visit to register for this program.

President Judge to Address State Civil Section March 4

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will discuss the financial challenges facing the First Judicial District, the e-filing Initiative and reinvigorating the mass torts program at the Wednesday, March 4 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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 for this program.

Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer scoring and presiding 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. Click here to download a nomination form.

APABAPA Community Forum on Crime Feb. 22

A seminar and community forum on "Crime in Our Community" will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, 11am to 2pm at St. Alice's Church, 150 Hampden Drive, Upper Darby, Pa. This event is open to the public. Among the speakers will be U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie and Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

"Crime in Our Community" is a response to the recent string of crimes against Asians in the Philadelphia area. The event aims to disseminate information about crime in the community, relevant criminal law and resources for victims; and also to build stronger relations between community members and law enforcement and local government.

This seminar and community forum is a joint effort by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the Vietnamese community of St. Alice's parish. The seminar portion of the event will provide information on the recent crimes, Pennsylvania's hate crimes law, and how to apply for crime victims' compensation. Quantum, Inc., a translation service, will be providing pro bono Vietnamese interpretation at the event. The latter part of the event will provide an opportunity for local law enforcement and government representatives to speak about their efforts to address crime in the community.

For more information, contact Djung Tran, chair of APABAPA's Community Outreach committee, at 215-802-9766 or

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

Public Interest Training Sessions, Events

The University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m., at 3400 Chestnut St. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, and after party. 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 and may be purchased at the Law School from Feb. 23-26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the door on Feb. 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit or send an e-mail to

HIAS and Council, Nationalities Services Center, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition and The American Immigration Lawyers Association will present a free training program in citizenship procedure for attorneys from on Friday, Feb. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m., at HIAS and Council, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia. Trained attorneys will provide pro bono assistance to low income immigrants applying for citizenship on 2009 Citizenship Day, a national event that will be held in Philadelphia and State College on Saturday, April 18, and in Allentown on Sunday, April 19. To register, contact Jamie Johns at or 215-832-0922.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network will present the CLE training program, "Avoiding Foreclosure: Helping Families Keep Their Homes," on Monday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., via live simulcast at The CLE Conference Center o n the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Six substantive CLE credits available free for all PLAN staff and pro bono attorneys who agree to accept two cases. Registration for others is $125. To register, contact Fran Weisinger at or 1-800-322-7572., ext. 207, by Feb. 26.

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.

Support Center for Child Advocates will present the pro bono training program "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," from on Monday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Five substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credits provided. To register, contact PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

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