Monday, April 28, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 34

Proposal: Legislation Monitoring Not Lobbying

Monitoring legislation will no longer be considered lobbying, according to a draft proposal publicly circulated last week by the Pennsylvania Lobbyist Disclosure Regulations Committee.

Lawrence J. Beaser, chair of the Association's Task Force on Pennsylvania's Lobbying Disclosure Act and a partner at Blank Rome LLP, spoke at the April 24 Regulations Committee meeting in Harrisburg.

"On the monitoring issue, the draft says 'monitoring legislation, legislative action or administrative action is not lobbying,' "Beaser, a former Chancellor, told the Board of Governors at its April 24 meeting.

"If that holds, the Regulations Committee will have substantially changed the proposed regulations. No longer will attorneys, public interest groups and others be burdened with registering and reporting if they merely monitor legislation," Beaser, said.

"This is ongoing and we still need to see the final language. However, as of today, monitoring legislation will no longer be considered lobbying," he said.

Beaser also testified on behalf of the Association in March, saying the disclosure regulations go well beyond the words of the statute and would impose unfair burdens on attorneys, the nonprofit sector and the business community.

This is another example of some of the good work that we do," said Chancellor A. Michael Pratt. "We are seeing changes in these regulations that will benefit our lawyers and our clients because the Philadelphia Bar Association was there at the table."

In other business, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the Chancellor to seek an increase in court-appointed counsel fees. The action comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed in federal court against the city seeking higher compensation for the work involved representing indigent clients.

The Board also approved the appointment of Mark S. Schwartz to the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Judges on Effective Advocacy April 29

A panel of Court of Common Pleas judges will present "Judicial Tips for Effective Advocacy in Our State Courts" at the Tuesday, April 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Panelists include President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judges Sandra Mazer Moss, Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Amanda Cooperman and Karen Y. Simmons. 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.

Criminal Cases in Mental Health Court April 29

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Criminal Cases in Mental Health Court" on Tuesday, April 29.

Panelists include Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Marsha H. Neifield; Gregg M. Blender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Charles Ehrlich, Chief, Municipal Court Unit - Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; Luna K. Pattela, Deputy Chief, Mental Health Unit - Defender Association of Philadelphia; and Patricia Yusem, administrator of Mental Health - Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The course planner is Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $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 or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and Lunch begin at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Electronic Health Records Transactions May 1

Edward F. Shay will discuss electronic health records transactions at the Thursday, May 1 meeting of the Health Care Law 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 $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Program May 2

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Pension Offsets in Workers' Compensation" on Friday, May 2.

Panelists include Judge Joseph Stokes, Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication, Upper Darby and attorneys A. Greg Girton and Jenifer Dana Kaufman. Panelists will cover how to determine your offset amount; what information is required; and how to establish contributions.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $34.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $29.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service (800) 932-4637. Lunch is included in the program.

Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Submissions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission. The following information is provided to encourage your participation in the competition.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2007-08 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University College of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, 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.

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, on the Bar Association's Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner of the First Place award will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2008, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for the complete rules and submission guidelines.

The judges for this year's competition include Prof. Chapin Cimino Cody, Drexel University College of Law; Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Sydney Howe-Barksdale, director, Public Interest Resource Center, Widener University; Prof. Sheila Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden; Prof. Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Mitchell Nathanson, associate professor of legal writing, Villanova University School of Law; Judge Abraham Gafni, Villanova University School of Law; Bruce Merenstein, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Linda Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Judy F. Berkman, managing attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services; and Karen Detamore, executive director, Friends of Farmworkers.

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.

Practice Law and Have a Life May 6

Phyllis Sisenwine will present "Practice Law and Have a Life" at the Tuesday, May 6 installment of the Associate Training Program Business Skills Series.

Learning objectives for this session include understanding the varied approaches for handling work assignments; learning how to estimate time to complete tasks; analyze personal skills and abilities; and understanding the importance of timely, accurate and complete time entries

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. Admission is $25. The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter. Click here to register 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.

In-House Counsel Committee Reception May 20

The Corporate In-House Counsel Committee will hold a cocktail reception so perspective members can learn about the committee on Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at XIX Cafe on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. There is no cost to attend this reception, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367 or

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 3

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its annual spring party on Tuesday, June 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main Street in Manayunk.

Tickets are $45 per person and include two drink tickets per person, heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open air deck and camaraderie. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Real Property Annual Reception June 5

The Real Property Section will hold its annual spring reception on Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Trump Tower Philadelphia Showroom at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 57th floor.

The event is co-hosted by the Young Lawyers Division. Tickets are $20 for Real Property Section and YLD members and $25 for non-section members. Beer, wine, summer cocktails and special menu tastings from Starr Restaurants are included. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 6

Eight federal judges and a host of top practitioners will be among the panelists for the Federal Courts Committee's Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St.

The program, offering 3 substantive CLE credits, begins with opening remarks by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle II, Committee Chair Charles S. Marion and Vice Chair Craig D. Mills.

"This year’s Federal Bench-Bar will feature panel presentations of interest to every type of practitioner who tries cases in the district. Members of the court and leading local attorneys will provide insight and commentary on issues and important practical topics," Mills said.

Tuition, which includes a course book, breakfast and lunch, is $185 for members of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or any other county bar association. Tuition is $165 for members admitted after Jan. 1, 2004; $215 for nonmembers; $99 for paralegals attending with an attorney; $129 for paralegals attending alone; $100 for judges and judicial law clerks; and $90 for judges and judicial law clerks admitted after Jan. 1, 2004. Registrations received more than three days before the conference qualify for these early registration rates. Click here to register.

Women in the Profession Committee Summit June 18

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold its first Women in the Profession Summit at The CLE Conference Center on Wednesday, June 18 beginning at 12 p.m. The summit will focus, in part, on the best practices for the retention and promotion of women lawyers.

The program will feature a keynote address by Charisse Lillie, vice president of human resources for Comcast Corporation and senior vice president of human resources for Comcast Cable. Summit attendees will receive two substantive and two ethics CLE credits.

Click here for more information or to register.

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

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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.

Philbrook Award Nominations Due May 1

The Mary Philbrook Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2008 Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award, by Thursday, May 1. Nominations should include an enthusiastic and informative letter in support of the nominee, contact information for the nominee, and a resume or curriculum vitae. It should be forwarded to Pro Bono Coordinator Pam Mertsock-Wolf at the law school at If you or someone else could serve as liaison between the law school and your nominee, or to provide additional information about him or her, please include that information in your nomination.

Please take the time to nominate distinguished attorneys or judges whose careers exemplify the values of Mary Philbrook's life. (Note that tenure track Rutgers–Camden faculty are generally not considered for this award; adjuncts may be considered.) An award recipient should be someone who is a good speaker and whose accomplishments and personality will help make this an exciting and well-attended event. We particularly appreciate nominations of Rutgers School of Law–Camden alumni.

The Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award is given annually, at a gala event held each fall and organized by the Women's Law Caucus and APIL, in recognition of Mary Philbrook, the first woman admitted to the New Jersey Bar. Philbrook was a prominent leader in the campaign for women's suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment, and was instrumental in the formation of New Jersey's first statewide legal aid society. She also worked in the settlement houses of slums, educated immigrants, organized workers, and attempted to reform prison and the juvenile justice system. As a tribute to her lifelong struggle for justice, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award is presented each year to a leading contemporary advocate of social justice and equality. In addition, we recognize members of the third-year class and most recent graduates for exceptional contributions to the public interest during their years in the law school.

In the recent past, awards have been given to The Honorable Deborah Poritz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey; Catherine Carr, the Executive Director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia; The Honorable Theodore McKee, of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; Carole Wood and Judith Bernstein-Baker, in recognition of their work in the field of immigration and refugee law, and on behalf of low income people; and The Honorable Judith Wizmur, Bankruptcy Judge, Federal District Court of New Jersey.

If you have any questions or comments about the event, please feel free to contact Ann Freedman at, Eve Biskind Klothen at, or Terry McCuen at

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

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

• Philadelphia VIP and and Ceiba will present a tax training CLE program where attorneys can learn methods and skills required to represent low-income workers facing IRS compliance actions. This program will be held Friday, May 2 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. Lunch will be provided. The CLE credit is free when you take a pro bono case. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call (215) 523-9550.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present the pro bono training program “How to Handle a Child Abuse Case,” on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. This course provides certification for eligibility to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County. The program provides 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Register online at

• Equality Advocates Pennsylvania will hold its 12th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the American Philosophical Society, 105 S. 5th St., Philadelphia. This event will feature food, complimentary wine bar and silent auction. At the event, Equality Advocates will present the following awards: Dechert LLP will receive the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award; Rebecca Simon will receive the Sarah Weaver Volunteer of the Year Award; and Alanna Berger will receive the Barbara Gittings Activist of the Year Tickets cost $125 each. For reservations or more information, contact Michael Ludwig at or call (215)731-1447, extension 18. Tickets may also be purchased online at

• The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will recognize Thomas K. Gilhool for 41 years of dedicated public service at a cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday, May 14 from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Downtown Club, 6th & Chestnut Streets. Tickets are $100 ($50 per ticket for public interest staff, clients and students). A keynote address will be presented by Drew S. Days III, U.S. Solicitor General from 1993-1996 and Alfred M. Rankin, Professor of Law at Yale Law School. To RSVP, please contact Lauren Mirowitz at 215-627-7100, ext. 223 or For more information, visit

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.

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.

Jewish Law Day June 4

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD will speak on "For Love of God and People: A Philosophy of Jewish Law" at the 26th Annual Jewish Law Day on Wednesday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St.

The program is sponsored by the Committee of Judges and Lawyers, VAAD: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Mayor Michael Nutter will be honored at the event.

For more information about Jewish Law Day visit or call Adam Laver at (215) 569-5764. The program qualifies for one substantive hour of CLE credit. Jewish Law Day is free of charge and open to the entire community. Complimentary valet parking provided.

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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

Watch the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum disappear… under a pink sea more than 6,000 breast cancer survivors. This parade of victory against disease and pride in survivorship is just one of the cherished traditions of the 120,000 people who attend the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. This year, we invite you to join us in this incredible celebration of life—while the entire Delaware Valley comes together to assure that the number of survivors keeps on growing. Register as a Race participant or virtual participant, form a team, raise pledges…whatever best fits your lifestyle, there are many ways you can help save lives.

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.

Powers of Attorney CLE April 29

PBI's Powers of Attorney provides valuable information to draftsmen and counselors regarding preparation, triggering and use of POA using litigated disputes as its teaching framework and provides fundamental insights to POA litigation through presentation of materials in the context of litigated claims and defenses. This 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be held in on Tuesday, April 29, 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 12 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 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 29
"A Man for All Seasons" and a Lawyer's Search for Integrity
1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Does ABA Model Rule 6.1 (Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service) Let Attorneys Off the Hook in Their Duty to the Poor?
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Issues for Non-Lawyers in the Law Office
1 ethics CLE credits
3 to 4 p.m.

Lawyer Advertising Ethics Issues in a Web 2.0 World
1 ethics CLE credits
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Motivational Interventions – "When to Assist and When to Hold Accountable"
1 ethics CLE credits
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credits
10 to 11 a.m.

Powers of Attorney
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30
10th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Win Your First (or next) Civil Jury Trial- video replay
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Real Estate Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 1
PLI – Pension Plan Investments 2008 - Simulcast
6 substantive CLE credits
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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