Monday, April 2, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 27

Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices April 30

A panel of chief diversity officers will discuss what they've learned over the years at an April 30 Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices.

The moderators for the program will include Paul Lancaster Adams of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP and Gaetan Alfano of Miller Alfano & Raspanti, P.C., along with a panel of diversity officers from major local corporations.

The panelists will focus on issues involving recruiting, retention and promotion. One ethics CLE credit will be available for the program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. To register for the CLE credit, visit Lunch is available for $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Protecting and Obtaining Your Fee at Equitable Distribution

David I. Grunfeld will discuss protecting and obtaining your fee at equitable distribution at the Monday, April 2 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The program 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 program.

Complex Litigation Program Update April 4

Stanley Thompson of the Complex Litigation Center will discuss current issues relating to the Complex Litigation Program at the Wednesday, April 4 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

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 program.

Board OKs Police Advisory Commission Resolution

The Board of Governors has approved a resolution supporting a Philadelphia Home Rule Charter Amendment to create an independent police advisory commission. The action came at the Board's March 29 meeting.

The Board also elected three new members to the Nominating Committee. The new members are Stephanie Resnick, Michael B. Hayes and Joseph A. Prim.

Get Home-Buying Tips at April 16 Program

The Young Lawyers Division and the Real Property Section will host the program "House Hunting to Closing - What You Need to Know to Get the Best Deal on Your New Home" on Monday, April 16.

The moderator for the program will be Michael G. Moyer, senior vice president of business development for Land Services USA, Inc. Panelists for the program include Tim Stokes, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred; Maria DeSimone, a mortgage broker, Best Interest Rate Mortgage Company; and Neil T. Rubin, a real estate attorney with Abrahams, Loewenstein & Bushman, P.C.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge for lunch at this event but you must RSVP to attend. Click here to RSVP. The program is sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Land Services USA, Inc. and Best Interest Rate Mortgage Company.

Women in the Profession Mentoring Celebration April 18

The Women In the Profession Committee will celebrate spring and the launch of its new mentoring program on Wednesday, April 18 at the Mexican Post, 16th and Cherry streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The mentoring program's goal is to enable the retention and professional development of women attorneys. To RSVP, please enroll in our Mentoring Program by submitting an application to become either a mentor and/or a protege (you can sign up to be both). You will also be able to sign up for the mentoring program at the event, but please RSVP to Natalie Klyashtorny at to indicate your attendance. The event will include free appetizers and cocktails. The event is sponsored by Summit Court Reporting and Sacks Legal Search.

YLD Happy Hour April 19 at Rum Bar

The Young Lawyers Division will host a happy hour on Thursday, April 19 at Rum Bar, 20th and Walnut streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The first 60 people in attendance will receive free drink tickets. Butlered hors d'oeuvres, discounted well drinks and draft beer will also be available. The restaurant will be closed to the general public until 6:30 p.m. The YLD Happy Hour is sponsored by Maria DeSimone, senior mortgage consultant with Best Interest Rate Mortgage Company.

Free Marketing, Ethics CLE with Reception April 17

The Solo and Small Firm and Mid-Size Firm Committees will host a free CLE program on marketing strategies and ethics with a free reception on Tuesday, April 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shusterman Hall on the campus of Temple University.

Panelists for the program include Association Vice Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov, former Chancellor Clifford Haines and Joe Tucker. The program will be moderated by Prof. Tony Bocchino. One CLE ethics credit is available.

If you would like to attend and want students to know more about your practice, please contact Marife Domingo at or call (215) 204-8903.

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Association has announced the Fifth Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. 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.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2006-07 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 and 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 Bar's October Quarterly Meeting, at which time the award will be presented. Mail entries to the Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition," c/o Dawn Burger, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 30.

Registration Open for Bar's 28th Annual 5K Run/Walk

The Association's 28th Annual 5K Run/Walk returns to Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 20. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. Click here to register online.

The 5K race features a number of competition divisions: open-individual, Bar Association members, company teams, legal teams, and male and female divisions. Runners also are divided into the following age groups: 13 and younger; 14-16; 17-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; and 80 and older. Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each division. Runners may also participate in a separate competition featuring legal and corporate teams. For information about the team competition, contact Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, ext. 132.

Registration for Bar Association members automatically includes members in a separate open bar competition. The entry fee for Bar Association members running in the 5K is $40 if applications are postmarked by May 16. Registration on the race day is $50.

In addition to the 5K run, a 5K walk begins shortly after the start of the run for those individuals and families who want to participate in this important cause. Individual walk registration is $20, and family registration is $60. Online registration for the event is available at until May 18. All runners and walkers receive t-shirts and other items after the event.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is being joined as the event sponsor by corporate sponsors Firstrust, Wawa, Iron Mountain, The Legal Intelligencer, USI Colburn Insurance Service, Special Counsel, Veritext L.L.C., Dolfin, and Document Technologies, Inc.

Contributing to the event as legal sponsors are the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Flaster/Greenberg; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; McKissock & Hoffman, P.C.; Neil A. Morris Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Schander Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; WolfBlock; Woodcock Washburn LLP; and Zarwin, Baum, Devito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C.

The law firms of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine; Fox Rothschild LLP; Pelino & Lentz, P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP are contributing to the Run/Walk as Legal Supporters.

Registration for the May 20 event begins at 7:15 a.m. The run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:35 a.m. For more information, contact Eric S. Marzluf at (215) 567-2010, extension 130 or by e-mail at; Tom Bell at (215) 887-2050, extension 107 or by e-mail at; or Louise Pangborn at (215) 925-1913, extension 125 or by e-mail at

The directors of the race are Manny Pokotilow, Tom Bell, Eric Marzluf and Michael Berkowitz. Click here to register online.

Exelon to Help Bar Members with Pro Bono Cases

The Philadelphia Bar Association, as trial project in coordination with Exelon Corporation, will offer pro bono opportunities to Association members whose corporate legal departments do not have pro bono programs.

Exelon's Philadelphia-area pro bono coordinator is aware of and continually seeks pro bono opportunities for corporate counsel. If you are interested, you can be advised of opportunities, some of which may be one-time occurrences, others being recurring opportunities in conjunction with ongoing programs sponsored by law firms. The recurring programs may provide you the opportunity to team with a lawyer in a firm and handle defined aspects of a case or to take a more primary lead in a case.

Opportunities will be provided in areas such as veterans, seniors, children, the homeless, real estate title issues or obtaining guardianships. If you have a specific interest, the coordinator will attempt to help you find projects that suit your desire. Contact Kevin Stepanuk at (215) 841-5848 or via e-mail at

Volunteers Needed for Law Week April 30 - May 4

Volunteers are needed to help with Law Week activities. If you would like to volunteer for Lawyer in the Classroom, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at 215-686-4057 or

If you would like to volunteer for Law Fair at the Gallery on Wednesday, May 2, please contact Heather Herrington at 215-627-6900 x 458 or or Kristin McKenna at 215-564-8176 or

To volunteer for Lawyer For A Day on Friday, May 4, please contact Scott Sigman at 215-735-3900 or or Pauline Manos at 215-546-2604 or

For more information on Law Week activities, please visit

YLD Comedy Night with Ty Barnett May 12

Ty Barnett, stand-up comedian and finalist on NBC's hit "Last Comic Standing," will fill the Academy of Natural Sciences with laughter when he headlines the Young Lawyers Division's 2nd Annual Comedy Night at the Academy on Saturday, May 12. Click here to RSVP for this event.

In addition to a night filled with entertainment, attendees will join together to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation - the charitable arm of the Bar Association, supporting legal agencies assisting the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. The event, which runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m., features comedy, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.

Comedian and Philadelphia-native Chris Coccia will open for Barnett and serve as emcee for the night.

YLD Comedy Night is part of an annual mission to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation by promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. That mission is accomplished by providing grants and technical assistance in support of quality legal services, addressing unmet legal needs and providing education on matters in the public interest.

Tickets are $65 per person and the show is open to the public. All tickets are general admission. Click here to RSVP for this event. for more information and to purchase tickets.

FJD to Honor Pro Bono Work April 24

The First Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee will hold its second event to honor attorneys for their pro bono work on Tuesday, April 24 in Room 653 of Philadelphia City Hall.

The committee's mission is to create and promote a culture of pro bono service in Philadelphia's legal community. The April 24 event begins with a panel discussion on pro bono services and the First Judicial District and will be followed by a brief reception in the Bonavitacola Law Library. Those attending the panel discussion will be eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education credits. The reception will include a presentation of certificates to these attorneys, along with lapel pins designed to signify their contributions.

To be included on the First Judicial District's Roll of Honor, an attorney must have been in private practice, not employed by an organization that provides free legal services, must have rendered the service to a low-income client without any fee (or expectation of fee), and must have rendered the legal services to the First Judicial District. Submissions for inclusion on the 2006 Roll of Honor concluded Jan. 12. Click here for a list of 2006 winners.

The CLE portion of the program begins at 4 p.m. and the reception begins at 5:30 p.m. All members of the 2006 Pro Bono Roll of Honor are invited to attend this event for free, and should RSVP to Karen Blackburn at This event will cost $79 for attorneys who are not members of the Judicial Pro Bono Roll of Honor ($59 for attorneys admitted less than five years). Paying registrants may register online at, or by calling PBI at (800) 932-4637.

Public Interest Groups Schedule Spring Events

The Fifth Annual Spring Celebration and Silent Auction to benefit the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will be held Thursday, April 12 at the Comisky Conference Center at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. The Legal Clinic will present several awards at the event. The Founder's Award will be presented to Dr. William Stass Jr.; the White Hat Award will be presented to Reed Smith LLP and Paul J. Kennedy; and Mary O'Donnell-Green will receive the Special Volunteer Recognition Award.

Tickets to the event are $50 and $30 for for public interest and government employees. The event will feature gourmet food and an open bar. For more information or to buy tickets, call (215) 587-3357 or e-mail Tom Prettyman at

The Support Center for Child Advocates will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala benefit reception and auction at the Union League on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Child Advocates will present its Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award to Dr. Audrey E. Evans. Attorneys John Branigan, Brett M.L. Blyshak, Gail Marcus, Molly Peckman, David Rovner, along with Dr. Cindy W. Christian, Laura Anne DeRiggi, MSW; Susan Sherman, RN and the Child Advocates Client Advisory Board will be recognized as the 2007 Distinguished Advocates honorees.

More than 500 members of the legal, business and medical community are expected to attend the event, which will raise the funds to help Philadelphia's abused and neglected children. For 30 years, Child Advocates have moved Philadelphia's at-risk children to safety by securing a permanent, nurturing environment for each and every one through free legal and social services.

To attend or to volunteer at the 30th anniversary event, contact Jane Barr Pino Associates (215) 628-9844 or e-mail

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a casino night on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St.

Come play, eat, drink, and enjoy live music, cocktails and silent auctions. This will be a fun evening to support very serious work. SeniorLAW Center provides free legal assistance to thousands of elders in Philadelphia, and through the toll free SeniorLAW HelpLine (877-PA-SR-LAW), helps elders throughout Pennsylvania

The SeniorLAW Center will honor Jane E. Lessner of Fox Rothschild LLP and Diane E. Menio of CARIE for their commitment, advocacy and work on behalf of seniors throughout Pennsylvania.

Tickets are only $65 (which entitles you to $40 in gaming chips!) To order tickets or for more information, call (215) 701-3203, e-mail or visit

Help Available for Disabled Senior Attorneys

Senior attorneys who become disabled or families of disabled or deceased attorneys can now receive emergency assistance on practice issues from the Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee.

"Anyone in need of assistance to handle an emergency in a practice or to wind down a practice is eligible," said Louis W. Fryman, chair of the committee.

"A widow of a single practitioner, a partner burdened with his own files, or an attorney who is disabled either for the short or long term can receive assistance. It may be necessary to contact clients or the court concerning the problem or to review files in order to put the legal house in order," he said.

Parties needing the committee's help should call a Bar Association hotline at (215) 238-6391.

Submissions Sought for Law Week Poster, Essay Contests

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting submissions for the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest and the 2007 Poster Contest.

The YLD invites all high school seniors who attend public, private, charter and parochial schools in Philadelphia to participate in the 8th annual Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest. Named for former Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2007 contest asks students to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: Do lawyers have more responsibility as citizens to protect and/or promote democracy? Why or why not?

The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Submissions should include the student's name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay.

All 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2007 Poster Contest. Students are asked to draw a picture which best illustrates what democracy means to you. Posters should be produced on standard 22 x 28 inch poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. First, second and third prizes will be awarded.

All entries for the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest and the 2007 Poster Contest must be received by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2007. Please submit entries to Amy Muldoon, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Applications Sought for YLD Minority Scholarship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Young Lawyers Division Minority Scholarship Program. The scholarship, established in 2006 by the YLD Executive Committee, awards $500 for deserving minority law students who desire to practice law in Philadelphia upon graduation.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Barrister's Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia and the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter. Each group will forward three applications to the YLD for consideration on April 16, 2007. The YLD will award the scholarship based on academic achievement; demonstrated commitment to community service and involvement; financial need; and career aspirations and goals.

Interested candidates should submit to the appropriate minority bar association named above, a resume, transcript, and a brief essay (not to exceed 850 words) addressing (at the candidate's discretion) the scholarship criteria set forth above. Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to Sozi Tulante at or at 215-496-7073 or to the individual minority bar association to whom a law student is interested in applying.

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

The Legal Directory 2007 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 includes listings for more than 1,600 law firms and nearly 18,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

But The Legal Directory 2007 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; corporate counsel listings; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again this year, 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. Online firm and attorney listings are updated throughout the year, so you'll always have access to the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

Order The Legal Directory 2007 now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Order today at

Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge

The current 14-year term of office of Stephen Raslavich, United States Bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, is due to expire on Oct. 28, 2007. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is considering the reappointment of Judge Raslavich to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Raslavich.

All comments should be directed to one of the following addresses: by e-mail at or by mail to the Office of the Circuit Executive, 22409 U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790. Comments must be received no later than Tuesday, April 10, 2007.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

The Association's Law Practice Management Division offers committees with programs to help you manage your law office as well as a hotline to help you with staffing, bookkeeping and other issues. Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Whether you are just starting your own firm or trying to grow your established practice, the LPM Division is available to help. The program features a bank of consultants available to counsel Bar Association members with both innovative and practical information on topics including marketing, management, technology and finances.

The Association's Law Practice Management Division is offering programs designed to help members in many different areas. For more information on any of these subcommittees, contact the committee chairs listed below:

Vendor and Consultant Referral Program Committee - Mary Platt at and Marla A. Joseph at

Financial Management Committee - Joel D. Feldman at and Thomas A. Brophy at

Technology Committee - Carl G. Roberts at and Daniel J. Siegel at

Business Management Committee - Margaret Klaw at and Jeffrey A. Lutsky at

Marketing Committee - Merritt A. Cole at and Harper J. Dimmerman at

The Law Practice Management Division is chaired by Joseph A. Prim Jr. and Carl G. Roberts.

If you need help with staffing, bookkeeping or developing your Web site, we have the consultants to assist you! Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

City Hall Security ID Application Program Expanded

Attorneys who do business at Philadelphia City Hall are urged to apply for their new security cards. A new security system is being implemented for City Hall within the next several months.

Attorneys can go to Room 112 near the northeast corner of City Hall Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next several weeks to fill out an application and have a photo taken for the new badge. The photo and application process takes just 10 minutes. Click here to download the application form.

Franchise and Distribution Law Developments

PBI's Franchise and Distribution Law Developments explores when it is appropriate to franchise; discusses how to develop a franchise system and the unique aspects of dealing with franchise businesses; explains how to properly evaluate a franchise opportunity and looks at the current hot topics in franchise law. This 4 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 4, 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 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 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, April 3
Elder Law Update
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4
Franchise and Distribution Law Developments
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Employment Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Saving the Impaired Colleague
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Judge Bernstein Presents Evidence Through the Movies with Larry Bendesky
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 5
Mechanics' Liens in Pennsylvania - An Update
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9
Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Death Cases
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Ethics Jeopardy
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.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 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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