March 8, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 20

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

On the heels of being announced as host of CNN's new primetime news program "John King, USA," King will address Bar members 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.

CNN announced Friday that King's new 7 p.m. EST show will launch Monday, March 22 under the name "John King, USA," a nod to the anchor's intentions to broaden the focus beyond Washington. King recently visited all 50 states in 50 weeks for "State of the Union," the CNN Sunday show he anchored until last month, when the network tapped Candy Crowley as his successor. In his new time slot, King is taking the spot once occupied by Lou Dobbs.

King, who gained prominence during the 2008 campaign as an adept user of CNN's "Magic Wall," is already working to incorporate new media into his show. He tweeted clues about the name of the program and plans to webcast the final rehearsal before the launch on on March 19. 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.

Legal Directory Updates Areas of Concentration

The Legal Directory 2010, the official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association, now features revamped Areas of Concentration (AOC); that's more AOCs than ever before! Organized by category, new AOCs make it easier for attorneys to pick the area/areas that represent their practice, which helps you find exactly the specialty you need.

Also new in 2010: you can search our exhaustive lawyer and law firm database anywhere, thanks to three different platforms.

Our new mobile feature, tailored for use on your BlackBerry, lets you access The Legal Directory's lawyer and law firm listings wherever there's an Internet connection. It's interactive: select a phone number and your device will call it; tap an e-mail address, and your device will generate an e-mail screen.

Using a laptop or desktop? The Legal Directory's Web site ( is a fast, convenient way to not only find attorneys and firms, but to update your own information all year long.

The print version of The Legal Directory 2010 lets you access all the information you need and rely on: find judges, complete with addresses and phone numbers, look up government agencies or corporate counsel and find alternative dispute resolution resources - it's all there in one volume. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: visit to place your order online; e-mail to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.

This year, when firms have merged and many within the legal profession have changed jobs, it's vital to have the most up-to-date information. Best of all, no matter how you access The Legal Directory, you only pay one price for the essential content area attorneys and firms have come to trust. Questions? Please e-mail or call 443-909-7843.

CLE Proposals Sought for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference

The Philadelphia Bar Association is currently seeking CLE proposals for the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

Proposals for the continuing legal education courses should be submitted to Conference Co-Chairs John Savoth or Regina Foley. They should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and likely faculty members. Programs should be one hour, with no more than four panelists. The proposed panels should include members of the bench when appropriate.

Only proposals submitted by Friday, March 19 will be considered for this year's meeting. Please note that submitting a proposal does not guarantee that the program will be selected.

Civil Rights Committee Planning Meeting March 8

The Civil Rights Committee will hold a general membership meeting to plan the committee's activities for the year on Monday, March 8.

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.

YLD Networking Happy Hour at Happy Rooster March 10

Join friends and colleagues for the YLD Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, March 10 at Happy Rooster, 118 S. 16th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is co-hosted by the Criminal Justice Section and the Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties Young Lawyers Divisions.

The first 50 people to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket and specials will also be available. Appetizers will include wings, calamari, homemade chips and onion rings.

Women in IP Roundtable on Mentoring March 10

The Women in Intellectual Property Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on establishing successful mentoring relationships at its Wednesday, March 10 meeting.

Attendees are asked to bring with a story, an article, a recommendation or a question about mentoring to ensure a lively discussion. The committee will also be discussing topics for upcoming meetings throughout the year.

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.

Women's Rights Committee Planning Meeting March 11

The Women's Rights Committee will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 11 to plan programs for the year.

The meeting 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.

International Business Case Law Update March 16

The International Business Initiative Committee Meeting will present an update on new case law and other developments in international business at its Tuesday, March 16 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.

Successful Job Search Networking March 18

The Lawyers in Transition initiative will present "Seven Secrets for Successful Job Search Networking" with Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, on Thursday, March 18.

Attendees will learn how to efficiently build a network, connect, and stay connected; how to make the best first impression; how to help your network to help you; and tips for testing the social networking waters in your job search and taking the plunge.

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.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2010 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. 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.

HR Committee to Consider Topics at March 26 Meeting

The Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee will meet Friday, March 26 to consider topics and presenters for future meetings.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at

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 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

Bar Academy Presents Soccer Program with Union March 29

Major League Soccer is coming to Philadelphia and Association members have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the city's newest professional sports franchise on Monday, March 29 as part of the new Philadelphia Bar Association Academy. Click here to register.

Philadelphia Union President Tom Veit will address Bar Association members at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. In this exclusive session, members will get a virtual preview of the Union’s new 18,500-seat stadium in Delaware County and learn the basics of soccer. Team players, fresh off their first-ever game March 25, have been invited to appear for a demonstration of soccer basics.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy, launched this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Association. Academy programs enable members to greater connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access.

To register for this free program, visit Lunch is available for $15 for those members who pre-register.

Pinkenson to Address YLD Annual Meeting March 31

Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 31.

YLD Chair Albertine DuFrayne, an associate with Petrelli Law, P.C., will outline her plans for the year at the event. The YLD will also present its Craig M. Perry Service Award, F. Sean Peretta Service Award and YLD Vision Award at the event.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at Table 31 (located in the Comcast Center), 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and $50 for nonmembers. Visit to register.

FJD E-Filing Training Session April 22

The First Judicial District will hold a training session on electronic filing on Thursday, April 22.

Electronic filing of all civil matters became mandatory in January 2009. This program will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. It was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal document via the Internet from anywhere at any time. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The faculty for the program includes President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh, Supervising Judge William J. Manfredi, Deputy Court Administrator Charles A. Mapp Sr., Prothonotary Joseph H. Evers, and Deputy Prothonotary Deborah E. Dailey, along with Harold Palmer, director of application systems development and Steven Wulko from quality assurance.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of City Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here for an electronic fillable registration form. Completed registration forms can be e-mailed to The cost of the program is $125 and includes and electronic version of the e-filing manual. The program has been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages April 22

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, April 22.

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; Irv Randolph, managing editor of The Philadelphia Tribune; Idelle Howitt, managing editor, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; and Guy Petroziello, editorial page editor, Bucks County Courier Times. 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

Brehon St. Patrick's Day Party March 11

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

All members of the Bar are welcome. The cost will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The cost includes an open bar featuring beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres and Irish music. The Brehon Law Society invites local state and federal judges as guests for the event.

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

BiblioBash March 20 at Elkins Estate

The Friends of the Free Library will hold the 2010 BiblioBash and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 20 at the storied Elkins Estate in Elkins Park, only 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia. Slated to be Philadelphia's premier benefit of the year, all proceeds from BiblioBash will go toward the growth of library stewardship and citizen engagement that help keep library doors open, shelves filled with books, and programs such as computer literacy and cultural enrichment, current and vibrant.

This event is dedicated to the thousands of individuals who worked tirelessly to preserve the 54 branch library system during the economic crisis so that every child and adult continues to have access to learning at their local library. A special award ceremony will honor four outstanding "Champions of the Greater Good" for their leadership and commitment to all city neighborhood libraries: City Councilman-at-Large Bill Green; Shelly Yanoff, Executive Director for Public Citizens for Children and Youth; Save the Library Coalition’s Sherrie Cohen and attorney Irv Ackelsberg.

The BiblioBash will treat guests to a glamorous evening evoking the Gilded Age with gourmet food, period cocktails, and swinging live jazz. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the night will include an impressive assortment of auction items, including restaurant gift certificates, sporting and event tickets, vacation houses, eclectic services, and unique memorabilia. Guests will have an opportunity to explore the elegant Elkins Estate, a true treasure modeled in the Italian Renaissance style by Architect Horace Trumbauer, who designed classic cultural institutions such as the Central Library.

In the spirit of Elkins' philanthropy FFL is offering tiered ticket pricing for the event starting at $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online through the FFL Web site ( or by calling the FFL office at (215) 567-4562.

The event is sponsored in part by: Stradley Ronon, Attorneys-at-Law; Bowman Properties; District Council 47, AFSCME; Pintzuk Brown Realty Group; Jim and Janet Averill; The Elkins Estate; the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (PA); the Hispanic Bar Association (PA), and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Brandeis Foundation Scholarship Luncheon April 20

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation will have its Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, April 20, at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom streets.

The Third Annual Hon. Abraham J. Gafni Award will be presented, and the Second Annual Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss Award will also be presented to deserving law students selected from the five area law schools.

Members of the bench, bar and public are invited to attend. For more information, contact Louis W. Fryman, president of the Foundation, at 215-864-8089 or Mitchell H. Klevan, treasurer, at 215-568-4980. The charge for members and guests is $75. Tickets for judges, law clerks and public interest attorneys are $37.50. Kosher meals will be available upon request.

CLE Credits Available at Philly VIP Training March 17

Philadelphia VIP will hold a "Spotlight on Pro Bono" training program on Wednesday, March 17 for attorneys interested in taking on a guardianship or probate/homeownership case.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Matthew Carrafiello will welcome attendees to the event, which will be held at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. This free training will include breakfast and training materials.

Attorneys interested in registering for the training should e-mail or call (215) 523-9550.

Sparer Symposium March 19 at Penn Law School

The 29th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Paul Levy Conference Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St.

The symposium, "Now More Than Ever: Expanding Access to Justice in Times of Crisis," will focus on the challenges of expanding legal services and explore innovative strategies to deal with the economic downturn and any crisis. Panels will include "Fulfilling Gideon's Promise: Expanding Access to Criminal Legal Services;" "Justice for Some? Challenging Limited Access to Civil Legal Services;" and "Taking Inventory: Innovative Uses of Existing Resources." The keynote "Beyond Access: Ending Poverty is the Goal" will be presented by Prof. Peter B. Edelman. Panelists and session leaders include: Jonathan Rapping, Abbe Smith, Robin Dahlberg, Laura Abel, Charles Cunningham, Alan Houseman, Jeanne Charn, Malia Brink, Suzanne Turner, Sara Woods, Amal Bass, Rena Cutlip-Mason, with more to come. Approval for 6 CLE credits is pending.

Click here to register. For more information, click here. For questions, contact Tory Messina at

Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

Rutgers University Law School-Camden will hold its Annual Public Interest Auction on Wednesday, March 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Law School, 217 North 5th St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. For more information, contact Pam Mertock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or at

SeniorLAW Center and Villanova School of Law will partner on Tuesday, March 16 in presenting a pro bono CLE training program to serve older Pennsylvanians, "Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney," from 6 to 8 p.m. (registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.), at Villanova 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. This training program is free and two CLE credits will be available to those who agree to provide pro bono services to a SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (A nominal administrative fee payable to PA CLE Board.) To register, please call (610) 519-7228 or send an e-mail to

• The Public Interest Employment Grants Board will hold Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law's "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction on Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m., at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. All money raised at the auction will subsidize summer employment for Drexel Law students. Food, drinks and live entertainment will be provided. The Auction is open to the public and costs $20. For more information, contact Karen Pearlman at or (215) 571-4722.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Eighth Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Friday, March 19. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The ticket price is $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director at 215-587-3214 or

Villanova Law School Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) will hold its Annual Auction Friday, March 19 at Villanova Law School, 299 N. Spring Mill Road Villanova. The event will begin with a Silent Auction from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by a live auction from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.). For more information, contact Jane Nylund at

The 4th Annual Widener Law PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, March 23 at Widener University School of Law, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del. This all-day event is free. For more information contact Sydney Howe-Barksdale at 302-477-2264 or

The Women's Law Caucus of Temple University Beasley School of Law will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Tuesday, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shusterman Hall on Temple's Main Campus. Marina Kats, a partner with Kats, van der Veen, Baccari & Associates, will be honored at the event and the Hon. Evelyn Trommer Student Scholarship will be presented. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online at For more information, contact Danielle Schwarz at

•The Second Annual Rutgers Law School Public Interest evening auction will be held Thursday, April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, 4th floor, East Building, 217 N. Fifth St. The auction raises funds for summer stipends, awarded to students working in unpaid public interest summer positions. Past employers include Women Against Abuse, Senior Law Center, South Jersey Legal Services, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. With these awards, Rutgers students provide much-needed assistance to these underfunded agencies and their clients, while learning valuable lawyering and professional skills. Come bid on Philadelphia hotel stays, wine tasting and more. Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. For more information, contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or at

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency CLE March 12

Reserve your seat for "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Key Financial Incentives for Businesses," a seminar that provides all the information you need to advise your business client regarding the funding opportunities that exist to stimulate the development of alternative and renewable energy sources in Pennsylvania. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a held Friday, March 12 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

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.

Tuesday, March 9
David Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Government Intervention in Parenting Decisions - Part of PBI's Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 10
Autism: Fitting the Pieces Together
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Doing Deals 2010: Understanding Transactional Practice
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 11
23rd Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Venture Capital 2010: Nuts & Bolts
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, March 11-12
16th Annual Health Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
12 CLE credits
8:35 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Friday, March 12
Simulcast – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Key Financial Incentives for Businesses
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attorney Client Privilege in Pennsylvania and Beyond
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Special Needs Trusts
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, March 15
Simulcast - PLI - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2010: Overview of Entertainment Law Issues: Television, Video and User-Generated Content; Video Games and Computer Entertainment; Building an Entertainment Law Practice
7 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*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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