Workers' Comp Lifetime Achievement Lunch April 15
The Workers' Compensation Section will present its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Joseph S. Bekelja at a luncheon featuring keynote remarks by novelist and Philadelphia lawyer Lisa Scottoline on Wednesday, April 15
Bekelja, a partner with Margolis Edelstein, has been a "teacher, leader, mentor and role model not just for workers' compensation attorneys but for all attorneys," said Workers' Compensation Bureau Judge A. Michael Snyder, one of the Section's co-chairs. The April 15 program is being co-hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee, Criminal Justice Section and the Law Practice Management Division. The program is sponsored by Summit Pharmacy.
Bekelja received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Bekelja was house counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company as well as house counsel for Yellow Cab Company before joining the firm. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He has been associated with Margolis Edelstein since 1974 and has been a partner in the firm since 1981.
Scottoline, a Philadelphia-based lawyer-writer, had her first novel Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994. It became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Her second novel, Final Appeal, was also nominated for and received an Edgar Award. Since then she has written 11 more legal suspense novels.
Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for Association members and includes a copy of Scottoline's new book Look Again, which will be released April 14. Tickets are $45 for YLD members and $60 for nonmembers. Visit philadelphiabar.org to register for this event.
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Securities Regulation Committee to Meet Today
Heather Tashman will lead the discussion Does CAFA Trump Section 22(a) of the Securities Act of 1933: Giving Concurrent Jurisdiction to State and Federal Courts – a look into the Circuit Split Between the 2nd, 7th and 9th Circuits at today's (Thursday, April 2) meeting of the Securities Regulation Committee.
The meeting begins 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. Please RSVP to Donna G. Kearse, at email@example.com
Judge Gantman on Family Law Appellate Advocacy April 6
Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Susan Peikes Gantman and Michele Grimmig from Central Legal Staff will present tips on how to be an effective family law appellate advocate at the Monday, April 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.
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 for this program.
Business Succession CLE April 6
The Business Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and PNC Wealth Management will present the CLE program "Business Succession: Thinking About Transitioning a Business and the Impact of New (and Almost New) Tax Law" on Monday, April 6.
Jonathan H. Lander, J.D., LL.M., PNC Wealth Management, Doylestown, is the featured speaker for the program. Topics include the importance of planning, plan documents, planning strategies and more.
The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here
Investment Company Institute's Reid to Speak April 9
Brian Reid, chief economist of the Investment Company Institute, will discuss the current market environment and implications for the fund industry at the Thursday, Apri 9 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Judge Moss on Complex Litigation April 15
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will discuss the workings of the Complex Litigation Center as well as changes to the Arbitration Appeal program at the Wednesday, April 15 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.
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.
Involving Court in Discovery Disputes April 15
U.S. District Court Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Eduardo C. Robreno will lead a discussion on when and how to directly involve the court in discovery disputes at the Wednesday, April 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.
Joining the judges on the panel will be Mary Kay Brown and Nicholas Centrella. The meeting begins at 12:30 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 for this program.
Acquisitions/Dispositions of Subsidiaries, Divisions
Thomas H. Speranza and Rosemary A. Ford will discuss acquisitions/dispositions of subsidiaries and divisions at the Wednesday, April 15 meeting of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP, One Liberty Place, 46th Floor, 1650 Market St. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Patricia D'Ercole at 215-568-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Tools Even an Attorney Can Love April 16
Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will present "Tech Tools Even An Attorney Can Love" on Thursday, April 16.
This presentation will include discussion of the following: Gmail; Google Reader; Google Docs/Zoho; Delicious; Windows Live SkyDrive; Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn; Hulu/YouTube; Browsers other than IE; VLC; Tor; QtWeb; Keepass; Eraser/CleanAfterMe; TrueCrypt and Android G1 phone.
The program is presented by the Solo and Small Firm, Practice Technology and LPM Marketing Committees. 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 for this program.
Loan Workouts for Real Estate Lawyers CLE April 20
The Real Property Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Loan Workouts for Real Estate Lawyers" on Monday, April 20.
Current economic conditions make this a troubling time to obtain and retain financing for developers and owners of commercial and large-scale residential development. Clients need assistance navigating the complex world of real estate workouts with lenders. Designed primarily to aid real estate attorneys, this program will provide an overview to the world of real estate loan workouts from the perspective of both Borrower and Lender’s counsel.
Course planners are Dina Schlossberg and Michael G. Balent. Panelists are Samuel H. Becker and Claudia Z. Springer. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.
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 admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org
, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here
to pur-chase lunch for this event.
Italian-American Media Night April 22
The Bar-News Media Committee, in partnership with The Justinian Society, will host Italian-American Media Night on Wednesday, April 22. The cocktail party and Italian food sample, along with the media meet and greet will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room of City Hall.
Confirmed members of the media who will be in attendance include Joanne Calabria, vice president of public affairs, CBS 3; Pat Ciarrocchi, news anchor, CBS 3; Dr. Mike Cirigliano, health correspondent for FOX 29; Joe De Felice of The Italian Tribune Delaware Valley Presence; Stephanie Esposito, reporter for WFMZ Channel 69 News; A.J. "Buddy" Fortunato, publisher of The Italian Tribune; Anthony Gargano, sports talk radio host, 610 AM WIP; Dom Giordano, host of The Big Talker" 1210 AM; Marnie Hall, gossip columnist for philly.com; Gina Passarella, reporter for The Legal Intelligencer; Justin Pizzi, news reporter, NBC 10; Letizia Rubino, news producer, NBC 10; and Sue Serio, weather reporter, FOX 29. Special guest Lorraine Ranalli will be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, Gravy Wars. Ranalli is best known as a Philadelphia radio and TV personality and writer.
The cost of the event is $25 per person. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or email@example.com.
Overview of Recovery Audit Contractor Program April 23
Salvatore G. Rotella Jr. will lead a discussion on what to expect from the Recovery Audit Contractor program at the Thursday, April 23 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquaters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Jan Susler on Representing Political Prisoners
For 40 years, the People's Law Office of Chicago has successfully represented victims of police and abuses perpetrated by other government officials.
Attorney Jan Susler will be discussing human and civil rights implications within the context of her representation of Puerto Rican political prisoners at the Friday, April 24 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee. After two decades of representation, she served as lead counsel in the efforts culminating in the 1999 presidential clemency of their sentences. She continues to represent those who remain imprisoned.
The meeting begins at 1 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, which is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
Public Interest Plenary April 29
The Public Interest Section will hold a plenary meeting on systemic advocacy on Wednesday, April 29 followed by a wine and cheese reception.
The program will feature opening remarks by Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel at Juvenile Law Center, about the recent Luzerne County cash-for-kids corruption scandal. A panel discussion with seasoned public interest advocates on how to conduct systemic advocacy through impact litigation, legislation, local policy initiatives and individual case work will also be included. Speakers are Cathy Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Michael Churchill, of counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Mark Murphy, legal director, Disability Rights Network; and Janet Stotland, co-director, Education Law Center. The panel will be moderated by Angus Love, executive director of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project and Chair of the Public Interest Section.
The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program and reception. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by April 24. This program is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Click here
Volunteers Needed for Law Week April 27-May 1
Volunteer lawyers will offer free legal advice, welcome new American citizens, visit children in classrooms and accompany inner-city students into the courts Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1, as the Philadelphia Bar Association marks Law Week 2009 with a host of special events and services reaching out to thousands of citizens.
This year's theme is "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial." The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and who to contact to volunteer:
Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 27, Josh Ryan; Legal Advice Live!, Wednesday, April 29, Kristin McKenna,Chris Guth; Legal Line, Wednesday, April 29, Stephanie Mensing; Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 1; Carey Chopko; The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, Friday, May 1, Heather Herrington Justin Moriconi
All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect, Scott F. Cooper, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division (YLD) with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The YLD Law Week co-chairs are Abbie DuFrayne, Kelly Gastley and Carey Chopko.
For additional information and updates, click here.
Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Entries Sought
Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Seventh Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here
for the complete rules.
The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and secretary of the Association and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.
The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. This year the judges for the competition are Brandi J. Brice, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Professor Candace Mueller Centeno, Villanova University School of Law; Assistant Dean Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania School of Law; Professor Sydney T. Howe-Barksdale, Widener University School of Law; Professor Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Professor Lisa T. McElroy, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Linda D. Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Professor Sheila Rodriguez, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden; Teresa F. Sachs, Post & Schell, P.C.; Professor David A. Sonenshein, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Troy H. Wilson, Wilson & Wilson.
This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2008-09 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. 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 or for a law journal. 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. Entries must be received by Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer
, on the Bar Association’s web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2009, at which time the award will be presented. Click here
for the complete rules.
YLD to Host Fourth Annual Comedy Night May 9
Laugh away the night while supporting a worthy cause at the Young Lawyers Division's Fourth Annual Comedy Night
, Saturday, May 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at The Franklin, 222 N. 20th St.
Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will headline the event, which will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ. Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door.
All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides funding to approximately 30 local legal services organizations. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker at firstname.lastname@example.org
. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at email@example.com
to purchase tickets to this event.
30th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17
Grab your running shoes and join your friends and colleagues on Sunday, May 17 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 30th Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.
This year, bring your kids for the first Kids Dash. Co-register for the 30th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Bar Association Run and receive a commemorative gift.
The race will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. For more information, visit charityrun2009.com or call 267-546-9200. To register, visit active.com.
Public Interest Training Sessions, Events
The Homeless Advocacy Project will host its Annual April Benefit today (Thursday, April 2) from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Ritz Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts. The event will feature complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and an extensive silent auction. All proceeds of the event will benefit HAP. Individual tickets cost $55. For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Marsha Cohen at 215-523-9595, or visit HAP’s web site.
Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, April 3, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 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.
The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Seventh Annual Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, Morris Cafe, 30 S. 17th St. White Hat Awards will be presented to Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes LLP and Julia Swain. A Special Volunteer Recognition Award will be presented to Thomas Prettyman. This event will feature gourmet food, open bar and live music. Tickets are $50 and $25 for public interest attorneys. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3214.
HIAS and Council Migration Services will hold its special event "Dancing Without Borders: A Celebration of Culture," on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, honoring the Samuel S. Fels Fund and Helen Cunningham; Cozen O'Connor; and Lynne Fox, International Vice President of Local 643UNITEHERE. The event will feature live music and international dancing. For more information, or to make reservations, please contact Sarah Peterson, at 215-832-0920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception and Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 22 at the Crystal Tea Room, John Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. An awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., honoring Jim Murray, co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House and former general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, with the Judge Lois G. Forer Award. The silent auction will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information contact Kristyn DiDominick at email@example.com or 267-546-9211.
Philadelphia VIP will present a new revised training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program run by the First Judicial District, on Friday, May 7 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. A session on mortgage foreclosure defense litigation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break. Two free CLE credits are available for the morning training and three CLE credits are available for the afternoon program, for five CLE credits total. Breakfast will be provided. Attendees have the option of attending the morning or afternoon session, or both sessions. The training/CLE is free if the attorney handles two pro bono mortgage foreclosure cases within six months of the training date. The program will be held at GlaxoSmithKline, 16th and Vine Streets. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215- 523-9550.
Regional Housing Legal Services will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a Thursday, May 7 reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Independence Visitor Center. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and awards. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Phyllis Guillaume at email@example.com. Please RSVP by April 2.
Bar Night at the Phillies June 17
Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered by clicking here
Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.
Managing Communications with Litigation PR April 16
High-profile litigation demands of legal public relations specialists abilities and action of unquestionable value. Law firms and their clients, while in court or amidst the furor that can surround litigation, are almost constantly at a delicate juncture; every word that is uttered or not uttered to the press can have a significant impact on the court and even on the eventual outcome of the litigation.
On Thursday, April 16, the Legal Marketing Association – Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter will host "Litigation PR," an educational program that will incorporate examples of the job done right and wrong and an extensive question and answer session. Chaired by Joshua Peck, a senior member of the legal public relations profession and head of media relations at Duane Morris LLP, the panel will consist of Shannon Duffy, longtime courtroom reporter for The Legal Intelligencer
, and Trish Lilley of Fox Rothschild.
Sponsored by Herrmann Advertising Design & Communications, a full-service agency specializing in law firm marketing, the program will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. If you are interested in attending, please register online at legalmarketing.org/metrophilly, or contact Shellee E. Buchanan at (215) 864-8755, Buchanans@ballardspahr.com with any questions.
Celebrate Formation of Pa. Innocence Project April 7
A reception will be held Tuesday, April 7 to celebrate the formation of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating persons imprisoned in Pennsylvania for crimes they did not commit and to eliminating the causes of wrongful convictions.
The program will be held at the National Consitution Center, 525 Arch St., beginning at 5 p.m. with a private viewing of the America I Am exhibit. The program and reception will follow. Speakers for the program include JoAnne Epps, dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Pa. state Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf, chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee; Peter J. Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of Innocence Project at Cadozo Law School and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, eyewitness whose testimony convicted exoneree Ronald Cotton and co-author with Cotton of Picking Cotton: Our Story of Injustice and Redemption.
Tickets are $25 and include admission of America I Am exhibit, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, contact Amy Hastings at (215) 981-4249. Click here to register.
Brandeis Foundation Scholarship Lunch April 21
Area law school students who have demonstrated an interest in and involvement with Jewish religion, law or ethics will be honored at the Brandeis Law Foundation scholarship luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom Streets.
According to Mayer Horwitz, president of the Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in the name of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Abraham J. Gafni (Ret.) and Sandra Mazer Moss. The Judge Abraham J. Gafni award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a second or third year Jewish law student at a Philadelphia area law school who has demonstrated an interest and involvement in Jewish Religion, Law, or Ethics. The Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a single parent law student at a Philadelphia area law school who strives for personal achievement, success and excellence in the law.
The event is chaired by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor and Brandeis Law Society member Sayde J. Ladov who notes that all area law school deans have been invited to the luncheon along with members of the local judiciary.
Tickets for the luncheon are $65 for members of the Bar and $25 for judges, law clerks, law students and public interest lawyers. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it along with a check made payable to the "Brandeis Law Society" to Mitchell H. Klevan, Esq., 1515 Market St., Suite 1410, Philadelphia, PA 19102. More information can be found at the Society's web site at brandeislawsociety.org
The Brandeis Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Brandeis Law Society.
The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.
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