Thursday, March 23, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 15

Equal Justice Conference Begins
March 30 at Loews Hotel

U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee and U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah will deliver the keynote addresses at the American Bar Association and National Legal Aid and Defender Association's 2006 Equal Justice Conference in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 1, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to register for the conference...READ MORE

NPR's Mara Liasson to Speak at Today's Quarterly Meeting

Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the keynote speaker at today's (Thursday, March 23) Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Liasson's reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., focusing on the White House and Congress. Liasson also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. During her tenure she has covered the 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989 to 1992, Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.

Also, Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls will be honored by the Association at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the main Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets.

Equal Justice Conference March 30 - April 1

U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee and U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah will deliver the keynote addresses at the American Bar Association and National Legal Aid and Defender Association's 2006 Equal Justice Conference in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 1. Click here to register for the conference.

The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

The 2006 Equal Justice Conference is being hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Iraqi Delegation to Discuss Rule of Law March 24

A high-level delegation from Mosul, Iraq, including Vice Governor Goran and Provincial Council Member Rawoof will be the guest speakers for an open discussion on the "Rule of Law" at the Friday, March 24 meeting of the International Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Cecilia Driscoll via e-mail at or by phone at (215) 238-6303.

Evaluations of Women Associates on March 28 Agenda

Temple University Beasley School of Law Professor Marina Angel and Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton will speak on the subject of the importance of gender-neutral evaluations in the retention and promotion of female associates at the Tuesday, March 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The panel also will discuss the alarming statistics and the impact of those statistics showing that women are retiring from the practice of law earlier and in disproportionately larger numbers than their male counterparts.

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 meeting.

Update on Treatment Court March 28

The Criminal Justice Section will sponsor the lunchtime CLE program "Update on Treatment Court" at its Tuesday, March 28 meeting. This program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit.

Speakers for the program include Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Louis J. Presenza, Erica Bartlett of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and Assistant District Attorney Donna Marcus. The program will be moderated by Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required pay $25 for members of the Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI customer service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for $7.50 per person. To pre-register for lunch, please RSVP to Cecelia Driscoll at

Program to Teach Client Development Skills

The Training Resource Group is offering a four-week program designed to help those at the associate level with client development skills on March 27 at Bar Association headquarters. Click here to register.

TRG will help attorneys create an individual business development plan, develop strategic partners, better cross-sell current clients and build account relationships at a higher level. For more than 10 years, TRG has worked with companies and individuals to teach them the skills necessary to increase sales, profits and productivity.

For more information about The Training Resource Group, visit their Web site at

Civil Gideon Symposium March 28

The Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium, in collaboration with the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference sponsored by the Philadelphia-area law schools and the Philadelphia Bar Association, will host the 23rd Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium "Civil Gideon: Making the Case" on Tuesday, March 28. Click here for more information.

The symposium begins at 9:30 a.m. with several substantive sessions and a luncheon with keynote speaker American Bar Association President Michael S. Greco. The closing plenary session begins at 2:45 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, followed by a wine and cheese cocktail hour (sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association) and optional tours of the NCC.

The Law School Consortium will partner with National Public Radio for their award-winning "Justice Talking" radio program, beginning at 5 p.m. at the National Constitution Center discussing the Civil Gideon movement. Following the taping of "Justice Talking," all are invited to a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the NCC honoring the efforts of the Philadelphia area public service community and sponsored by the Philadelphia area law schools. Click here for more information.

U.S. Supreme Court Induction Deadline April 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 22. The admission ceremony will be made to the full Court sitting in session in Washington D.C. The day's events will include a continental breakfast, the swearing in ceremony and then a group photograph and tour of the court. Each inductee is able to bring one guest only.

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 bar admission instructions and bar admission forms. Please read the bar admission instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the admission forms. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application and do not use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successful completely the admission forms, please mail them with your check for $100 made out to the Philadelphia Bar Association to: David Burt, Director of Meetings & Special Events, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court. This event will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and all applications must be received by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact David Burt at 215-238-6360 or via e-mail at

Judges to Offer Advice, Insights at March 29 CLE

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Savage and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. will offer practical advice and working insights as to what they find effective, as well as ineffective, in lawyers' pre-trial and trial practice at the March 29 CLE program "Practical Views on Litigation and Trial Practice from the Judges' Perspective."

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 $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for Association members admitted for less than five years. To register in advance, or call PBI (800) 932-4637. Lunch is included with tuition. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

If you would like to attend the meeting and not receive CLE credit, you may purchase lunch for $7.50 at the door. Lunch will only be provided for those who have registered in advance. If you wish to purchase lunch only, please RSVP to Tara Phoenix at or (215) 965-5526.

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Due by April 28

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in a Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2005-06 academic year at one of the following five institutions: University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this Competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law.

The author of the first place submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association’s Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner of the First Place award will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2006, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for more information.

Law Week Events Need Volunteers

The Young Lawyers Division needs volunteers for its annual Law Week celebration that runs from Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5.

Events in which volunteer attorneys work with Philadelphia students will take place throughout the week including Lawyer in the Classroom and Lawyer for Day. In addition, there will be a Law Fair at the Gallery at Market East mall at which volunteer attorneys counsel area residents, free-of-charge.

Volunteers are needed for all Law Week events. For more information on these events, and how to volunteer, visit

Organizations Schedule Spring Fund-Raisers

• Villanova University School of Law's Public Interest Fellowship Program will host its 9th annual Auction for Public Interest on Friday, March 31 at Villanova Law School. The event will run from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of items including artwork, sports memorabilia and vacations. For more information contact the Public Interest Fellowship Program at Villanova Law School by phone at (610) 519-6000 or by e-mail at

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled's 4th Annual Spring Celebration & Silent Auction will take place Thursday, April 6 at Blank Rome LLP's Comisky Conference Center, 18th & Cherry streets. Tickets are $40 and include fine beverages and hors d'oeuvres, music by Melody Gardot and John Train. For information or tickets contact Tom Prettyman at (215) 587-3357 or

The Homeless Advocacy Project's April Benefit will take place Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Conservatory of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The evening will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks in addition to dancing. An extensive auction will be held with a wide variety of items including sports memorabilia, dinners at the best Philadelphia restaurants, original artwork, collectibles, and much more. For tickets ($50 per person) or for information on sponsorship, please call Miranda Murray at (215) 523-9588.

HIAS & Council Migration Service will hold its annual fundraiser, "A Taste of Liberty," on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 8 pm at the National Liberty Museum. This year's honoree is Joseph Poon - world-renown master chef, immigrant entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. In recognition of his creativity and contributions to our region, HIAS and Council will honor Poon with an "Immigrant Entrepreneur Award." Former Channel 10 News Anchor Steve Levy will host the event. For more information, to become a sponsor or reserve a seat, contact Steven Malamud at (215) 821-0920 or by e-mail at

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a "Take a Chance for Seniors" Casino Night on Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St. Take a chance at our fun-filled, exciting evening of gaming to benefit SeniorLAW Center. Take a chance and test your luck at blackjack, craps, roulette, money wheel and poker. Use your winning chips to qualify for incredible prizes to be raffled away. Come gamble, eat, drink, enjoy live music and silent auctions. For more information, visit

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But The Legal Directory 2006 also includes all the indispensable information you've come to rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

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Brandeis Society-Student Networking Event March 27

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jewish Graduate Network of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia in conjunction with Blank Rome LLP will hold its 5th Annual Cocktails and Conversation Networking Event on Monday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square.

The event includes networking in various practice areas. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. To RSVP, call (215) 898-6451 or e-mail