Monday, March 27, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 16

Fattah, Judge McKee to Speak
at Equal Justice Conference

U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah (left) and U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee 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...READ MORE

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 for a conference schedule.

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.

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.

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

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 Wednesday, 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. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

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.

Elder Law Committee to Discuss Scams, Fraud

Katherine Weiss of the SeniorLAW Center will discuss the civil side of scams, fraud and financial elder abuse at the Thursday, March 30 meeting of the Probate and Trust Law Section's Elder Law Committee.

Weiss will discuss civil remedies for elder abuse and financial exploitation and advise attorneys how to recognize and remedy situations that are common problems for seniors. The meeting begins at 1 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.

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

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

Weekly Snapshot: Phila. Volunteers for the Indigent Program

What is the future of Philadelphia law firms? With our education system in a state of near-meltdown, how competent will employees be 20 or 30 years from now? Gross economic disparities are only increasing, with a resulting hardening of an already rigid class system. And what will our eco-system look like? Environmental degradation is now commonplace; it is reasonable to predict widespread energy shortages and major economic upheavals. The forecasts are disturbing, yet few seem to be engaging these vital issues in a meaningful or effective way.

If you're looking for some hope, consider the story of one visionary young woman and one willing law firm. Antoinette Dendtler, 30, had an idea: to start a charter school for low-income students that would provide them not only with an excellent education, but with the knowledge and tools to build a sustainable future for themselves, and ultimately, for all of us. Dendtler spent several years planning, networking, and successfully navigating the charter school application process, but she still had myriad legal needs: non-profit incorporation, zoning issues, lease negotiations, insurance and other concerns. Overwhelmed, she turned to VIP's LawWorks project and landed in the competent hands of a legal team from Ballard Spahr. Ultimately. Twelve attorneys were involved in the successful launching of ECO (Environment, Community, Opportunity) Charter School last September: Noel Fleming, Penny Indictor, Nicola Toribia, Sue Hess, Debbie Zateeny, Frances Ruml Beckley, Ken Morgan, Eugene Kuzinski, Bette Gerike, Barbara Casey, Amy Bosack and Christopher Lam. Dendtler's dream was to design an interdisciplinary, environmentally focused course of study that will improve urban students' academic achievement, inspire environmental stewardship, and initiate community development. With Dendtler's hard work and the skilled assistance of Ballard attorneys, Dendtler's dream is now a reality.

LawWorks is VIP's community economic development project, providing legal assistance to non-profits and small businesses that benefit low-income neighborhoods, and to clients in danger of losing their homes. By bolstering the health of Philadelphia's neighborhoods, VIP/LawWorks helps to build a thriving environment for the region's citizens and local businesses. Serving as a pro bono volunteer concretely contributes to this effort and helps to ensure a bright economic future for all Philadelphians. When the most vulnerable among us are lifted up, all of us rise.

To volunteer, call (215) 523-9550, or visit and

Organizations Schedule Spring Fund-Raisers

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

Chancellor, ABA President to Appear on CN8

Chancellor Alan M. Feldman and Michael S. Greco, president of the American Bar Association, will be part of a panel discussion on the topic of "Is There Really Equal Justice in the United States" on Monday, March 28 on CN8's "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" from 9 to 10 p.m. This discussion centers around the Equal Justice Conference being held in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 1 as well as on the March 28 Civil Gideon Symposium.

Kenneth J. Fleisher, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Real Property Section, and Joan Decker, City of Philadelphia Commissioner for Records, will discuss fraudulent property schemes and solutions on Monday, March 28 on CN8's "Money Matters Today" from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Don't Delay, Order The Legal Directory 2006 Today

The Legal Directory 2006 will be available in early April, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community. This is your last chance to order your copy at a special pre-publication price. This year's edition - available in early April - includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

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.

This year, for the first time, each copy of The Legal Directory will include complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So the information you need will be only a few mouse clicks away.

Order The Legal Directory 2006 now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Place your order now at

Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 40th anniversary of its flagship course, book and CD "Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure" brings practitioners up to date on recent developments in a thought-provoking format focusing on the most important issues today. Receive the manual you will use every day for years. This year's theme: "Raising the Bar." This 4-substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on March 31 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, from 8:25 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Registration 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 28
Missed Opportunities: Issues Affecting the Legal Rights of the Gay and Lesbian Community
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 30
19th Annual Civil Litigation Update
Live via Satellite - Franklin Institute Science Museum
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The NEW Supreme Court - Where Is It Headed?
2 substantive CLE credits
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31
Workers' Compensation Practice & Procedure 2006
Pennsylvania Convention Center
4 substantive CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Introduction to Lawyer Advertising Ethics: A Historical Perspective of the "Integrity" Dilemma
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 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 up to 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.