Thursday, April 26, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 32

Funeral Services Friday for Judge Myrna Field

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 27 for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Myrna Field.

Judge Field was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 1991 and served as Administrative Judge of the Family Court from 2002 to 2006. She is survived by her husband, E. Harris Baum; a daughter, Jennie Nicaud; a brother, Edward Paul; stepchildren Sharon Kaplan, Susan Spector and Lewis Baum and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, Apr. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Keneseth Israel, 8390 Old York Road, Elkins Park, Pa.

Bar Association Conducting Poll on Judicial Retention

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is currently conducting a poll regarding those judges who will be standing for retention election in November 2007.

Again this year, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to judges in the Court of Common Pleas in the fourth year of their terms and Municipal Court judges in the second year of their terms. All members of the bar in Philadelphia are urged to fill out the questionnaire. The poll will remain available until 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007.

Click here to take the poll now!

If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may come to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor, 1101 Market St., with your Supreme Court attorney card and receive a copy of the questionnaire from the Association. You may also e-mail Areetha Carter, Esq. at or call Carter at (215) 238-6351 and provide your name and Supreme Court identification number and a ballot will be mailed to you.

VA Officials to Describe Benefits April 26

Representatives from the Veterans Administration will describe the three areas of benefits available to veterans (income, burial and medical) to help practitioners understand how to work with those benefits at the Thursday, April 26 meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Public Forum April 27 for Judicial Candidates

As a public service and to better inform the process of making newspaper endorsements in the May 15 Pennsylvania Primary, the Committee of Seventy and the editorial boards of the Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer are holding a public forum for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas candidates on Friday, April 27.

The program will be held in Room 303 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (enter at 12th and Arch Streets) The room opens at 8 a.m. and the program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is serving as a community partner in this program. The event will be moderated by Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, who will coordinate questioning by members of the newspapers' editorial boards and audience members, time permitting. Panel members will pose questions and candidates will give closing statements. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public, but attendees are requested to pre-register by sending a brief message to, or by calling 215-854-4542.

Longtime Middle East Reporter to Speak April 30

Jay Bushinsky, Middle East bureau chief for KYW Newsradio, will offer a reporter's perspective on the region at an April 30 program sponsored by the Bar Association and the Brandeis Law Society.

Bushinsky has been reporting from the Middle East for four decades. He has covered almost every major event that has shaped the region, including Israel's six-day war (1967), the Yom Kippur war (1973), the Iranian revolution (1979) and the first Gulf War (1991). He has been reporting from Israel for KYW Newsradio for more than 30 years. He regularly tracks the changing developments in the political and economic landscape of the Mideast.

The program begins at 8:15 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program, but an RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP for this program or call Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices April 30

Find out what law firms and legal departments can learn from corporate diversity efforts at an April 30 Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices.

As law firms, legal organizations and bar associations seek to increase the diversity of their attorney and staff workforces and to promote and ensure a culture of inclusion, there is much to be learned from successful corporate diversity initiatives. This program will showcase those initiatives with an emphasis on efforts and programs with potential application to law firms and other legal organizations and bar associations.

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 Deborah Dagit, chief diversity officer at Merck; Catherine McKnight, vice president and assistant general counsel of Wachovia's Legal Division; and Gwen Houston, vice president of diversity and global staffing for Campbell Soup Company.

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.

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

Section to Honor Justice Newman at May 1 Reception

The State Civil Litigation Section will host a reception in honor of retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman on Tuesday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Residences at Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 57th Floor Penthouse Showroom.

Tickets to the reception are $25 per person and include breathtaking views of the city and wine and cheese from around the world by Di Bruno Brothers. Click here to order your tickets by April 24.

Judge Sheppard to Discuss Commerce Court Issues

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. will discuss current issues relating to the Commerce Court program at the Wednesday, May 2 meeting of the Rules and Procedures Committee.

There will also be discussion on proposed Rules 222, 223 and 224 of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee, which require comments by June 1. 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

My First Federal Trial CLE May 3

The Federal Courts Committee and the Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "My First Federal Trial" on Thursday, May 3.

While there are plenty of trial practice courses available to teach trial skills, this program is designed to fill the gaps and to learn right from the judges everything you really want to know, but are afraid to ask. Click here for additional information.

Ifill to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 7

Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS' "Washington Week" and senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Thursday, June 7 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 ChildrenÂ’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West and Kweisi Mfume 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.

Ifill is frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debate during the 2004 election. She spent several years as a Washington Week panelist before taking over the moderator's chair in October 1999.

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.

YLD Forms Attorney Mentoring Program

Young attorneys have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program. A group of 25 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact either Dan McKenna at or Kate Skubecz at If you would like to be matched with a mentor with a specific background, please specify that, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Based on the responses, young lawyers and mentors will be partnered and contact information will be provided to each party.

A luncheon hosted by the Young Lawyers Division will be held on Tuesday, May 8 for mentors and mentees. Thereafter, mentors and mentees will be able to develop an ongoing mentoring arrangement.

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.

Real Property Spring Reception May 17 at Maggiano's

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

Tickets are $10 per person and include beer and wine, pasta and hors d'oeuvres. Come to Maggiano's and raise a glass with your fellow real estate practitioners. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Bar Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for grant requests.

Applications are available on the Bar Foundation's Web site or by contacting the Bar Foundation at 215-238-6334. Completed applications are due to the Bar Foundation by May 31. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Mingey at 215-238-6334 or

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 12

Join your colleagues and friends as the Phillies take on the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, June 12. Click here to order tickets online. The sign-in ID to purchase tickets is BARN and the password is 0612.

Register Online for 2007 Bench-Bar Conference

Bar Association members can now register online for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference Sept. 28 and 29 at Bally's Atlantic City. Click here to register online.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for two days of programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. Up to 7 CLE credits will be available.

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. 27 are $99; rooms Friday night are $144, and Saturday night rooms are $189. 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.

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.

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.

Public Interest Groups Schedule Spring Events

The Support Center for Child Advocates will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala benefit reception and auction at the Union League tonight (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

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will mark its 125th anniversary with an event on Wednesday, May 2 at the National Constitution Center. Donald Aaron will be posthumously honored with the Golden Door Award at the program, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the NCC, 525 Arch St. Click here for more information.

Equality Advocates Pennsylvania (formerly The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights) will hold its 11th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street & the Parkway. Tickets cost $125. For more information, visit or contact Alicia Marie Williamson at 215-731-1447, extension 13, or

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

Community Legal Services will host its Annual Breakfast of Champions on Friday, May 11 at 8 a.m., at Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. The 2007 Champion of Justice Award will be presented to the keynote speaker of the event, state Rep. Dennis M. O'Brien, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Equal Justice Awards will be presented to Alan Feldman, Thomas B. Roberts, Jordana Greenwald, Pam Walz and Joyce Wilkerson. This event is free. To reserve a seat, please call Anna Perng at (215) 981-3732, or send an e-mail to, by Friday, May 4.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its annual reception will be on Monday, June 18 where U.S. District Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez will be honored for his public service, particularly to the Latino community and his support of language access in the judicial system. Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman and Jessica Rosario will also be honored. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11th and Arch Streets, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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