Monday, April 14, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 30

Federal Judges on Trial Practices April 16

U.S. District Court Judges James T. Giles, Cynthia M. Rufe and Juan R. Sanchez will offer observations on effective and ineffective trial practices and attorney conduct in the courtroom at the Wednesday, April 16 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

Mergers and Acquisitions Meeting April 16

Jerald David August, co-chair of the Tax and Estates Department at Fox Rothschild, LLP, will discuss tax issues in M&A transactions involving S corporations at the Wednesday, April 16 meeting of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.

August is a national authority and frequent lecturer throughout the U.S. on federal tax matters, including corporate and partnership taxation international taxation, wealth transfer taxation and tax controversy and tax litigation. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section. Please RSVP to Curtis L. Golkow at or (215) 299-2747.

Default Judgments to Debt Collectors April 16

The Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee will continue its discussion on default judgments to debt collectors on Wednesday, April 16.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Beverages and cookies will be provided at this brown-bag lunch program.

LegalLine on Mortgage Foreclosure April 16

Volunteer attorneys are needed to field questions on mortgage foreclosures for LegalLine, the Association's free legal advice call-in program, on Wednesday, April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. If interested please contact Stephanie Mensing at

YLD Happy Hour April 16 at Mission Grill

Join the Young Lawyers Division for its April Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mission Grill, 1835 Arch St.

The first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket. Specials include $3 beers, $4 wine and $5 margaritas. Appetizers will also be served. There is no cost to attend. The April Happy Hour is sponsored by Magna Legal Services.

Divorce Master's Hearing on a Budget April 17

The Divorce and Equitable Distribution Committee will hold the brown-bag lunch meeting "How to Handle a Divorce Master's Hearing on a Shoestring Budget" on Thursday, April 17.

Lee Schwartz and Mark Masley will lead the roundtable discussion beginning at 12 p.m. at the offices of Spear Wilderman, P.C., 230 S. Broad St. Suite 1400. To RSVP, contact Karen Zeitz at

Beginner's Guide to VoIP April 17

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will offer a beginner's guide to VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) at its Thursday, April 17 meeting.

Learn why VoIP is such a good idea, how to identify ways VoIP can increase communications service and productivity and the ways VoIP can save money. The program will also include a readiness assessment along with review of application management and migration in general. Three VoIP engineers – Jonathan Gearinger, Glenn Harrington and Brian Stabile – will be panelists for the program.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judge McLaughlin on District Court Appeals April 18

U.S. District Court Judge Mary A. McLaughlin will discuss appeals to the U.S. District Court and obtaining representation for pro se plaintiffs at the Friday, April 18 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Meet Legal Beat Reporters April 22

The Bar-News Media Committee will host "Meet and Greet Your Legal Beat Reporters" on Tuesday, April 22.

Panelists will include Jeff Blumenthal, legal reporter for The Philadelphia Business Journal; Mike Dunn, City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio; Chris Mondics, legal reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Gina Passarella, staff reporter for The Legal Intelligencer. The purpose of the "Meet and Greet Your Legal Beat Reporters" event is to provide a quality and diversified educational program that addresses regional media opportunities and help build relationships between members of the bar and members of the media.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

Multinational Compliance April 24

Neil Boyden Tanner will discuss "Compliance, the Multinational Challenge - When Culture, Local and Foreign Relations Clash" at the Thursday, April 24 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Tanner is associate general counsel - international of ARAMARK. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, in the Scott Room on the 30th Floor. Please bring your own lunch or you can purchase your lunch in the Pepper cafeteria on the 30th Floor, in which case you should arrive a few minutes early. Soft drinks will be provided. Please RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at or call (215) 981-4616.

Reception for Chief Justice Castille Today

The Brehon Law Society will host a reception in honor of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille today (Monday, April 14) at 5 p.m. at The Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

Tickets are $25 per person. The reception will feature a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP by Friday, April 11 to John O'Malley at (215) 568-6400 or via e-mail at

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the March 27, 2008 Board of Governors meeting and was approved for submission to the members at the June Quarterly meeting to take place on Monday, June 30, 2008 at Noon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Article IV of the Bylaws is amended and restated as follows:


Section 400. Elections Committee; Composition.

(A) There shall be an Elections Committee which shall consist of the Immediate Past Chancellor, who shall serve as Chair, and at least 10 Members, all of whom shall be appointed by the current Chancellor with approval of the Board, reflecting the diversity of the Association. The Secretary shall be an ex officio member of the Elections Committee.

(B) No member of the Elections Committee, other than an ex officio member, may be a candidate for any office of the Association in the year in which such member serves on the Elections Committee.

Section 401. Duties and Procedures of the Elections Committee.

(A) The Elections Committee shall actively seek eligible candidates for the offices and positions to be filled and the Committee shall actively seek and recruit candidates of diverse backgrounds, including those who have been historically underrepresented as officers and members of the Board.

(B) As often as the Committee shall determine, but in any event not less than on three separate days the last of which shall not be less than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting, the Secretary shall cause a notice to be Published listing the offices to be filled at said Annual Meeting and requesting nominations for such offices.

(C) The Elections Committee shall adopt such rules and procedures as it shall deem appropriate for the conduct of its business to the extent not inconsistent with these Bylaws.

(D) The Elections Committee shall not endorse, evaluate or rank any candidate.

Section 402. Nominating Procedure.

A Member may become a candidate for an office of the Association or for the Board of Governors, by:

(A) Filing with the Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice-Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote; and,

(B) Submitting a written authorization, in a form to be provided by the Elections Committee, for the Disciplinary Board to release any record of discipline on such person; and,

(C) Submitting such biographical information as the Elections Committee may reasonably request.

Section 403. Election Forums.

(A) No later than 90 days prior to the Annual Meeting, the Elections Committee shall schedule one or more ‘Election Forums’ to allow each candidate for office to make an oral presentation. The forums shall take place within 60 days of the Annual Meeting, after the period for submission of nominating petitions has closed.

(B) The Elections Committee shall set and publish guidelines and procedures for the forums and for the wide dissemination to the Members of the candidates’ qualifications and forum presentations.

(C) The Chair of the Elections Committee or designee will preside over the forum(s), which shall be open to the Members.

Section 404. Final Candidates.

The Secretary shall have Published at least 20 days before each Annual Meeting a list of the candidates to be voted upon at such meeting in alphabetical order. In addition, the Secretary shall cause a list of the candidates to be Published one time within seven days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Section 406. Voting.

(A) If there is a contest for any office to be filled, reasonable opportunity shall be given for the reception of votes.

(B) The election shall be by

(1) secret mailed ballot and

(2) paper ballot or voting machine.

In addition, Members may vote electronically over the Internet to the extent permitted by law pursuant to procedures established by the Board to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote and the integrity of the voting process. Voting machines, if available, shall be preferred for in-person voting, unless there is an election at which there is no contest. The position of the nominee on the ballot shall be determined by lot. The drawing of lots shall be conducted by the Judge of Elections not less than 25 days before the Annual Meeting in the presence of the nominees and/or their representatives. The form of the ballot shall be prescribed by the Board. A ballot shall be sent by the Association by mail to every Association member eligible to vote at least two weeks prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting. A mailed ballot shall not be counted unless it has been received at the office of the Association no later than 10:00 a.m. three business days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and in such manner as to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote. The Judge of Elections shall announce the results of the election after the polls have closed.

(C) If any position to be filled in an election is uncontested after the close of nominations, the name of the candidate shall not appear on the ballot and the Secretary shall cast a unanimous ballot in favor of such nominee.

(D) The polls shall be open for voting on the day of the Annual Meeting at such times and places as shall be determined by the Chancellor in consultation with the Board.

Section 407. Appointment of Election Officials; Report.

If there is more than one nominee for any office, the Chancellor shall appoint from among the Members, with the consent of the Board, a Judge of Elections and at least two tellers. The Judge of Elections shall have the power to resolve any dispute regarding the validity of any vote cast, and the Judge’s decision shall be final and binding on all parties. The report of the Judge and tellers as to the results of the election shall be made to the Chancellor, who shall forthwith cause the names of those elected to be Published.

Section 408. Voting Qualifications.

If a Member is delinquent in the payment of dues, including those of the then current year, such Member shall not be entitled to vote at the Annual Election. A Member who cures such delinquency at any time prior to voting shall be eligible to vote.

YLD Seeks Law Week Volunteers

The YLD seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a weeklong series of programs placing Philadelphia lawyers of any age, as well law students, in the community to educate the city's youth and the public about the law through direct interaction. Some of our Law Week activities include:

Lawyer in the Classroom: Volunteer lawyers and law students will visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Gastley at or Josh Ryan at

Legal Advice Live! A free, daylong ask-a-lawyer event spanning across Philadelphia. On Wednesday, April 30, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather on Independence Mall to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. in Center City. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at Volunteer attorneys will go into the community and give free legal advice at select Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Volunteers are needed at the South Philadelphia Branch at Broad and Morris streets and the Tacony Branch at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street from 1 to 3 p.m. To volunteer contact Abbie DuFrayne at

LegalLine: From 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, area residents can call lawyers at (215) 238-6333 and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor. If you would like to volunteer for LegalLine (either April 30 or a future date), please contact Stephanie Mensing at

The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf: Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs as the basis for mock criminal trials on Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial the students are given the role of the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks are guilty of a crime. To volunteer please contact Heather Herrington at

Lawyer for a Day: Volunteer attorneys, law students and judges pair with high school students and take them into the courts to learn more about the process of the judicial system as well as the role lawyers, judges, and juries play in our community. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe proceedings. This program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Bar Association, and all participants are invited back to the Association’s 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, which includes a keynote by a guest speaker. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko at or Corey Davis at

Submissions from 4th-, 5th-, 6th- and 12th-grade students, are being sought for:

Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest: Named for former Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2008 contest offers a $1,000 college scholarship to high school seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia. Seniors are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: Do you think that school officials should be permitted to search a student's computer, iPod or iPhone? Why or why not? What factors should a court consider when deciding whether it is proper for a school official to search the contents of a student’s computer, iPod or iPhone?

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect the privacy and security of individuals against unreasonable searches by government officials. However, school officials also have an interest in protecting the safety of their students and teachers. Students may want to address the possible kinds of information that could be on a computer, iPod or iPhone – like voicemails, emails, text messages, documents, videos, etc. – that could be illegal or perfectly legal but highly private information.

In addition to the scholarship, the winner will read their essay at a Naturalization Ceremony on Thursday, May 1. Submissions should include the student’s name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008.

2008 Poster Contest: All 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2008 Poster Contest. Students are asked to: Draw a picture which best illustrates how law provides opportunity and equality in our community. Posters should be produced on standard 22" x 28" poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. First, second and third prize savings bonds will be awarded. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008.

Nancy Polikoff on Marriage, Families May 5

Professor Nancy D. Polikoff of American University Washington College of Law will present "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriages: Valuing All Families Under the Law" on Monday, May 5.

The program is presented by the Family Law Section, Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants Committee, Civil Rights Committee and LGBT Rights Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Commerce Court Reception May 6

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual reception for Commerce Court judges on Tuesday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $80 per per person or $750 for a group of 10. Tickets include cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by April 29.

Third Annual YLD Comedy Night May 10

Join the YLD for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 10 featuring comedians Lynne Koplitz, and Doug Benson of VH1's "Best Week Ever," at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Tickets are available now and include open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ.

For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

29th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 18

More than 700 runners and walkers will make their way along Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. for the Association's 29th Annual 5K Run/Walk. Click here to register online.

The event will include both a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run and a 5-kilometer walk, both of which can be entered by individuals. Legal and company teams can enter the team competition in the run. For Association members who sign up as members of the Bar, your finishing time will be recorded in both the open competition and the Bar competition. This will allow you the chance to win a medal in your age group in both competitions.

The event will support the Support Center for Child Advocates. The Association is joined by FirstTrust; Wawa; Iron Mountain; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; The Legal Intelligencer; USI Colburn Insurance Service; Veritext L.L.C.; Special Counsel; and Document Technologies, Inc. as sponsors. Legal sponsors include the law firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; 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. In addition to the legal sponsors, the law firms of Bennett, Bricklin & Saulsburg; Flaster/Greenberg P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP have contributed to the Run as legal supporters.

Everyone who participates will receive a T-shirt. At the finish line after the run there will be a variety of refreshments, giveaways and other post-run activities that are fun for the entire family.

Anyone interested in running or walking may obtain a race application at Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; 1635 Market St., 11th Floor; Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by calling (215) 567-2010. Online registration will be available at For more information, please contact Eric S. Marzluf at or (215) 567-2010, extension 130; or Tom Bell at and (215) 887-2050, extension 107.

Law firms and companies may enter teams in the 5K run by calling Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, extension 132 or e-mailing for team applications. The deadline for team registration is May 9.

Urban League's Morial to Address Bar June 30

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Morial served two distinguished 4-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 for Association members and $60 for non members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Election Oversight Program Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday, April 22, all eyes will be on Pennsylvania. You can help make history by volunteering just a few hours of your time for the non-partisan Committee of Seventy's Election Oversight Program.

The Committee of Seventy sponsors America's oldest non-partisan volunteer Election Day Oversight Program. For the April 22 primary – which, in addition to the Clinton-Obama race, will feature a number of important and hotly contested local races – Seventy needs help on a legal field team or in its office headquarters.

WHEN: On Tuesday, April 22, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can volunteer for a few hours in the morning, afternoon or evening, or you can volunteer all day.

WHAT: Legal Field Teams will visit polling places in a geographical area of their choice (covering 3-4 wards in Philadelphia) to answer voters' questions, document complaints, and help solve disputes. Office Headquarter volunteers answer voters' phone calls and dispatch Legal Teams to problematic sites.

HOW: Register online at If you have any questions contact Seventy’s Volunteer Coordinator Nina Bloch at (215) 557-3600, ext. 124 or Training sessions will be conducted at convenient Center City locations. (Please note – although trainings are not mandatory, they are strongly encouraged.)

Your participation will protect the voting rights of Philadelphians and the integrity of the electoral process. We hope we can count on your help!

Professor to Discuss Kenyan Elections April 24

Professor Edwin Abuya, a visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law, will discuss the elections in Kenya and their aftermath at a special program at Drexel University College of Law on Thursday, April 24.

Originally from Kenya, Professor Abuya's research focuses on international asylum, humanitarian and immigration laws as well as transitional justice. He has published a number of articles, delivered conference papers and advised international agencies and government on these themes. Professor Abuya has also practiced law for several years in Kenya.

The program begins at 3 p.m. in Room 140 of the College of Law at 3320 Market St.

NBAWLD Plans Afternoon Tea, Scholarship Breakfast

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will host an Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St.

The theme is "Each One, Reach One" and guests are encouraged to bring their mothers, daughters, mentees or friends to enjoy afternoon tea. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for young ladies (12 and under).

For tickets please contact WLD Vice President Linda A. Medley at or (215) 869-1163.

• The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will hold its annual scholarship breakfast on Friday, June 13 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St.

The WLD will celebrate the recipients of the Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Award, the Doris May Harris Image Award and the special inaugural presentation of the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Scholarship.

For tickets please contact Barbara Ash at or (215) 683-5139. For sponsorship information please contact Adiah Ferron at or (215) 864-8523.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division was formed to address the challenges to advancement in the legal profession faced by women of color in the Philadelphia area, including minimized opportunities to form networks and find mentors with similar interests and backgrounds.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

The Legal Directory 2008 and The Legal Directory Online are now available. We’ve added hundreds of new attorneys, making this edition the most comprehensive ever produced.

As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes 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 section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this essential resource – and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online. Order today at

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

The Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception and Silent Auction will be held Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building. The Support Center's 2008 Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award will be presented to Lynne Honickman, founder of Moms Against Guns and creator of Honickman Learning Center. The following individuals will be recognized as distinguished advocates: Joseph Baldassari, Barbara Beckman, Susan Blumenfeld, Pam Ende, Mary Graham, Cathleen Palm, Suzanne Root and Cassie Solomon. Click here to register for this event.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual April Benefit on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Conservatory of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The evening will feature complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and an extensive silent auction. For ticket information, please contact Marsha Cohen at (215) 523-9590 or

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold "Children of the American Dream," a tribute to Judge Harold Berger on Wednesday, April 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. This cocktail reception will pay tribute to Judge Harold Berger, civil leader, jurist, scientist, and philanthropist and will feature live international jazz by "Seeds of Sun." General admission costs $118; discounted rate of $60 is available for staff members from nonprofit organizations and students. For ticket information, contact Sarah Peterson at 215-832-0929 or

CLS Breakfast of Champions May 20

Mayor Michael Nutter will be the keynote speaker at Community Legal Services' annual Breakfast of Champions on Tuesday, May 20 at the Doubletree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St. The program begins at 7:30 a.m.

CLS will present its annual awards at the event. Wendell Pritchett, director of the Office of Research, Planning and Policy for the City of Philadelphia and Irv Ackelsberg of Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C., will each receive the Champion of Justice Award.

The Equal Justice Award will be presented to Ethan Fogel and the Dechert LLP Landlord/Tenant Pro Bono Team; and Priscilla Hamilton Munroe, a paralegal in the Family Advocacy Unit of Community Legal Services.

CLS thanks The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association for its generous sponsorship of this event. The Breakfast of Champions launches Community Legal Services’ annual Bar Campaign. The 2008 Leadership Council includes co-chairs Joseph A. Tate and Gerald A. McHugh Jr. and Michael J. Boni, Edward F. Chacker, Andrew Chirls, Joseph J. Costello, Alan M. Feldman, Lawrence J. Fox, Nancy J. Gellman, William T. Hangley, Marilyn Heffley, Alexander Kerr, Roberta D. Liebenberg, Leslie Anne Miller, Barbara T. Sicalides, Joseph A. Sullivan, Dennis R. Suplee, Christopher Walters and Joanne Zack.

Please contact Anna Perng at (215) 981-3732 or e-mail, to reserve your place.

WorkReady Philadelphia Seeks to Place 2,000 Interns

It's time to start thinking about hiring a summer intern!

The Philadelphia Youth Network manages WorkReady in collaboration with dozens of organizations including three key employer recruitment partners: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Academies, Inc. and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Launched last year, the Chamber's Working Solutions Initiative helped to double the number of WorkReady internships to more than 1,000 youth experiences. At the urging of Mayor Michael Nutter, our goal is to secure 2,000 paid summer internships for Philadelphia youth in 2008.

Every year thousands of youth express an interest in participating in summer internships and with the help of the Philadelphia business community we can provide these young people with workplace experiences. Your commitment will put us one step closer to reaching our goal of 2,000 internships.

Click here for additional information about summer internships. Contact Susan Hight at or call (267) 502-3729 if you have any questions or you want to hire an intern or need additional information.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

Participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and become part of the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

More than just another 5-K run/walk, the Race in Philadelphia is a Delaware Valley Mother's Day tradition for celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones, and making a true difference in turning the dream of the cure into reality. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. and festivities for all ages continue throughout the morning. Whether you run, walk or are a "virtual" participant, you'll be empowering women everywhere, while perpetuating the Komen promise to end breast cancer forever. Click here for details and to register.

Internet Law Update April 16

PBI's Internet Law Update is not just for technology lawyers, but for every attorney that finds his or her practice affected by the Internet. Explore social networks, e-contracting, privacy and identity theft, as well as intellectual property issues including protection of online content and patents and trademarks. This 6 (5 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 16, 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 4:30 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, April 15
Electronic Filing and The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The New Reality of Business: The Lawyer’s Active Role in the Transformation of the Corporation – Simulcast
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16
How to Make Your Next Cross Examination the Greatest Cross Examination Ever!
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Internet Law Update – Simulcast
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PBA Professionalism Committee Update – video replay
1 CLE ethics credit
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18
14th Annual Employment Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
6 CLE credits each day (Workshop choices will determine if credits are substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse)
8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

The Second IP Law Institute
12 CLE credits (Workshop choices will determine if credits are substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse)
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 21
14th Annual Auto Law Update- video replay
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.

PLI – Negotiating the Sophisticated Real Estate Deal 2008 - Simulcast
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (When attending both Monday and Tuesday)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information is available 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.

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