Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 16

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Members have until April 1 to renew their Bar Association memberships at 2008 prices. Members renewing after April 1 will face a 5 percent increase in their dues. Click here to renew your membership.

Benefits of membership include:

You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and two divisions, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 20 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day.

You'll benefit from our comprehensive, economical membership insurance package, including professional liability insurance, complete health coverage, group term life insurance, a disability income plan and more. You'll also be able to take advantage of discounted rates on credit cards, health clubs and rental cars.

Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site staff attorney and a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

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Immigration and the Sixth Amendment Program Today

Should non-citizens faced with removal proceedings be entitled to effective counsel under the Sixth Amendment when appearing in the United States immigration courts? The former attorney general says "no."

Please join the Civil Rights Committee and the Minorities in the Profession Committee today (Thursday, Feb. 26) for a discussion regarding the impact of the controversial decision rendered in In re Salas Compean, what changes may happen with the new administration, and what is expected of "effective" immigration counsel. Panelists for the program include Judith A. Bernstein-Baker, executive director of HIAS and Council for Migration Service; Cherylle C. Corpuz, chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and Harriet R. Brumberg, disciplinary counsel at the Pennsylvania Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

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.

Reception for Young Tax Lawyers Tonight

A cocktail reception for the young lawyers of the Association's Tax Section will be held tonight (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.

Assistive Technology in the Workplace March 3

The Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee will discuss assistive technology in the workplace at its Tuesday, March 3 meeting.

Presenters include Jennifer Garman of Disability Rights Network of PA; Susan Tachau of PA Assistive Technology Foundation; and Ann Dolloff of PIAT. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Please bring your lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided.

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.

Gov't and Public Service Lawyers Committee to Meet March 5

The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, March 5.

Meet your new co-chairs and bring your brainstorming hats. This first meeting will be introductory in nature, but we will also open up the floor to new ideas for how the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee can better serve you in 2009 and in the future.

Also, please bring along any ideas you have for interesting and relevant panel discussions, speakers and community activities for which our members can volunteer to participate. The meeting will be held 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 for this program.

State Rep. Joseph on Antidiscrimination Bill March 6

State Representative Babette Josephs will discuss the details of House Bill 300, the antidiscrimination measure she will be introducing shortly, at a Friday, March 6 meeting of the the LGBT Rights Committee
and the Civil 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Brehon St. Patrick's Day Party March 11

The Brehon Law Society will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day Party on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Stotesbury Mansion (Philo Club), 1923 Walnut St.

The Brehon Law Society invites local state and federal judges as guests for the event. All members of the Bar are welcome. The cost will be $20 if paid before March 9 and $25 if paid at the door. The cost includes an open bar (beer and wine), hors d'oeuvres and Irish music.

Checks for the event made payable to the Brehon Law Society can be sent to John O'Malley, Volpe and Koenig, P.C., 30 S. 17th St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information, contact John O'Malley at or by phone at 215-568-6400.

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