April 28, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 34

YLD Casino Night Fundraiser May 14

Play casino games for a winning cause at the Young Lawyers Division's Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 200 S. 17th St. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Seven authentic blackjack tables, three poker tables, two craps tables and a double roulette table staffed by professionally trained dealers will be available at the event. The chance to win prizes in a big ticket raffle, a three-hour open bar, a generous dinner buffet, and a DJ are also included with admission. Click here to register.

Tickets are $65 each and $120 for two. Each guest will receive $200 worth of playing chips. Additional chips will be available for purchase at the event. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes such as: overnight stays at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and the Westin Philadelphia; unique tours of Philadelphia landmarks and complimentary admission to entertainment venues; Phillies tickets; gift certificates to renowned Philadelphia restaurants and retail establishments; and more.

Since 2006, the YLD has raised more than $140,000 for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation through its signature fundraiser, which in previous years featured a comedian and a silent auction.

For more details, including a full list of available raffle items, and to register, click here. For information on sponsoring the event, click here. Gaming tables and dealers are being supplied by Philly Casino Parties. Please note, absolutely no cash prizes will be awarded.

Current sponsors are: Leadership: Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Doddig (sponsor of the Roulette Table); Partnership: Cozen O'Connor; Pansini Mezrow; and Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo; Friendship: Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky; and Raynes McCarty; and Fellowship: The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Take Poll on Judges Standing for 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 in the November General Election.

As part of this poll, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to Court of Common Pleas judges 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. on Friday, April 29. All practitioners who have offices based in Philadelphia are eligible to take the poll. Click here to take the poll now!

If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may receive a copy of the poll through the mail by contacting Charles Klitsch, Esq., the Association's director of public and legal services at or by calling him at (215) 238-6326. You must provide your name and Supreme Court identification number to receive the ballot.

Ratings Released for Judicial Candidates in May 17 Primary

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has announced additional results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and candidates for Philadelphia Municipal Court in the May 17 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Garcia noted that the list of "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates announced April 26 includes additional names of candidates whose investigations were completed since the original list of ratings was released by the Bar Association on April 4. The list announced April 26 also removes the names of previously rated candidates who have withdrawn from the ballot since April 4. The ratings provide the results for candidates who are on the ballot who submitted to the Association's evaluation process by the Bar's announced deadline of Dec. 8, 2010.

"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn about these candidate ratings. They can do this by visiting our website at," Garcia said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls. Garcia said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find a thorough, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at

"The Commission will complete more than 40 evaluations of candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."

Following is the updated list of ratings:

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Drew Aldinger Recommended
Giovanni O. Campbell Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle Recommended
Charles Ehrlich Recommended
Michael Fanning Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta Recommended
Vince Giusini Recommended
Roger F. Gordon, Jr. Recommended
Daine Grey, Jr. Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended
Sean Kennedy Recommended
Robert M. Kline Recommended
Sayde J. Ladov Recommended
Harry J. Levant Recommended
Christopher Mallios, Jr. Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott Recommended
Maria McLaughlin Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe Recommended
Joseph J. O'Neill Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Fran Shields Recommended
Joseph C. Waters, Jr. Recommended
Edward C. Wright Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Derrick W. Coker Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Kenneth Citrino Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Tom Fitzpatrick Not Recommended
Beverly Muldrow Not Recommended
Meredith Seigle-DiClaudio Not Recommended
Lopez T. Thompson Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante Not Recommended
Nycole Watson Not Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Kenneth Citrino Not Recommended
Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Meredith Seigle-DiClaudio Not Recommended
Anita Smith Not Recommended
Nycole Watson Not Recommended

Additional names and ratings will be announced soon.

Feinberg to Speak at Chancellor's Forum Today

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund - which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims - as well as the gulf oil spill fund, will be the featured speaker at today's (Thursday, April 28) Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section.

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will welcome attendees, and Albert S. Dandridge III, past chair of the Business Law Section, will introduce Feinberg. A question-and-answer session will follow Feinberg's remarks.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non-Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members. Advance registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted if space permits.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. The Chancellor's Forum is sponsored by TD Bank.

YLD to Celebrate Law Week May 2-May 6 with Activities

The Young Lawyers Division will mark Law Week May 2-May 6 with numerous programs presented at area schools and throughout the community to celebrate the American legal system.

Some of the public service events which take place during Law Week include Legal Advice Live! at several branches of the Philadelphia Free Library where volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice and information to library patrons; Lawyer for a Day, where volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and take them on tours of the city's courts; and Lawyer in the Classroom, where volunteer lawyers go into city schools and talk with students about careers in law.

For more information, visit

Phestive Lunch with Phillies Senior VP Michael Stiles May 12

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for a special members-only lunchtime event as we welcome Philadelphia Phillies Senior Vice President Michael Stiles for an inside look at the Phillies organization. Learn first-hand about Phillies management's perspectives on a team that has truly "broken through" to the big leagues, what it means for Philadelphia to win a major championship, legal and public relations issues from today's headlines, and more! This unique event will feature a special video presentation and ballpark-inspired treats.

All registrants will automatically be entered into a drawing to participate in an private VIP tour of Citizens Bank Park!

Stiles is senior vice president of administration and operations for the Phillies. He formerly served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as well a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He also spent 12 years as a trial attorney and supervisor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Stiles joined the Phillies in April 2001 and became senior vice president in February 2007. He played a key role in the team’s move from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. To register for this free program, click here or visit Lunch is available for $8 for Association members who pre-register. Registration is limited and required in advance. Click here to register for lunch.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Registrants may be contacted by the hosting organizations about future promotions.

Balicki Decision at May 2 Family Law Program

Divorce Master Dennis O'Connell and CPA Ed Rosenthal will discuss practical implications and concerns of the Balicki decision at the Monday, May 2 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

VIP Speaker Series with Owen Lefkon May 3

Join Philadelphia VIP at its upcoming Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 3 at 12 p.m., featuring keynote speaker Owen Lefkon, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts.

The program, co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section, begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800. To learn more about this event or to register, click here.

To learn about upcoming 30th Anniversary events, including the 30 for 30 Pledge and the 30th Anniversary Giving Circle, click here.

Workers' Comp Section at the Phillies May 3

All members of the Bar Association are welcome to join friends and colleagues at Workers' Compensation Section Night at the Phillies on Thursday, May 3.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park against the Washington Nationals. Admission is $65 per person and is limited to four tickets per person. Admission includes a ticket to the game in sections 416 or 417 and pre-game tailgate buffet with drink ticket at McFaddens Ballpark. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 29. Click here to purchase tickets.

Securities Regulation Committee CLE May 4

The Securities Regulation Committee will present the CLE program "Dodd-Frank Regulatory and Rulemaking Update" on Wednesday, May 4.

Featured panelists are Jeffrey M. Taylor and E. Andrew Southerling. This seminar will provide you with a summary update on the SEC's regulatory and rulemaking activities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including regulatory initiatives affecting public companies, oversight of the financial markets, and the SEC's new enforcement powers.

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. Click here to register online.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St.

Mediating Complex Class Action Case May 5

Daniel Segal will discuss mediating a complex class action case at the Thursday, May 5 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Business Planning Committee to Meet May 6

The Probate and Trust Section's new Business Planning Committee will hold a planning meeting on Friday, May 6.

The Business Planning Committee will focus primarily on the planning needs of closely held businesses, with an emphasis on family owned businesses, in which both tax and nontax issues of the business intersect with the estate and financial planning needs of the family. In that regard, we expect to focus on the business succession planning needs of our clients, in that those concerns necessarily double back to the estate planning world where our Section members live.

At the meeting, which begins at 8 a.m. at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, a schedule will be established for future meetings and topics for discussion will be identified. To RSVP, contact or

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Registering Patents Overseas May 12

John S. Child Jr. will discuss registering patents in Europe, Japan, China and the United States at the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee .

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Overuse Injuries in the Workplace CLE May 13

Drs. Mark S. Rekant and Sidney M. Jacoby will present "Overuse Injuries in the Workplace" at a Friday, May 13 CLE program presented by the Workers' Compensation Section.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There will be several competitive divisions with a 5K run competition for all runners, a 5K run competition for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. There will be both legal team competition and corporate team competition. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Race-day registration begins at 7:15 a.m. There is also a 200-yard Kids Dash for children age 5 to 10, sponsored by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

For more information, visit

Federal Court Discovery Disputes CLE May 16

The Federal Courts Committee and Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "Federal Court Discovery Disputes: A View from the Bench" on Monday, May 16.

Panelists include U.S. Magistrate Judge L. Felipe Restrepo and U.S. District Court Judges Timothy J. Savage and Petrese B. Tucker. Judges Restrepo, Savage and Tucker will offer their views on discovery disputes in federal court including their procedures for resolving discovery disputes, what they expect of counsel in handling discovery issues and advice for practitioners. The course planners are Stephanie J. Mensing and Elizabeth Malloy.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Quarterly Meeting in September.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Maria Feeley is chairing this year's Brennan Award Committee. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider.

All nominations must be received no later than Monday, June 6.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 7

Join your colleagues and friends at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, June 7 for Bar Association Night at the Phillies when the Phils play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 p.m.

Seating will be located in Terrace Deck (sections 418 and 426) at $28 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Please place your order by May 7. Tickets are subject to availability!

For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-463-5000 ext. 5103. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. To purchase tickets, visit and enter the promotion code PBAN.

Rendell is Keynote Speaker at June 10 Federal Bench-Bar

Former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell will deliver keynote remarks at the Friday, June 10 Federal Bench-Bar Conference presented by the Federal Courts Committee.

The conference will also feature state-of-the-court remarks from incoming Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The conference includes four panel discussions.

U.S. District Court Judges Gene E.K. Pratter (moderator), John R. Padova and Berle M. Schiller are among the panelists for "Ethical Do's and Don'ts in Federal Court." Other panelists include Stephen D. Brown, Barry I. Gross, Gina M. Smith and Dennis R. Suplee.

The panel for the discussion "MDL Litigation and Lead Counsel Selection: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know" includes U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Bryan L. Clobes, moderator Roberta D. Liebenberg and Barbara T. Sicalides.

"Deconstructing the Sentencing Guidelines" features panelists U.S. District Court Judge Mary A. McLaughlin, Ronald H. Levine, moderator Jeffrey M. Lindy and Robert A. Zauzmer.

U.S. Magistrate Judges Linda K. Caracappa and Henry S. Perkin, along with moderator Bryan P. Werely, are the panelists for "What Your Magistrate Can Do For You."

The program concludes with Reports on the State of the Court by Judge Joyner, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz. The lunch reception with Gov. Rendell follows the program at 12:15 p.m. and does not include CLE credit.

Two substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available at the Federal Bench-Bar Conference, which will be held at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m. to register.

Chief Judge Lippman to Speak; Judge Rufe to Be Honored

Judge Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York and a strong advocate for equal access to justice, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association’s Monday, June 27 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Association will also present the Sandra Day O'Connor Award to U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe at the event and honor the newest members of its Year Clubs, attorneys who have been practicing law for more than 50 years. The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

As New York's chief judge, Lippman has championed equal access to justice issues and taken an active leadership role in identifying permanent funding streams for civil legal services, strengthening the state’s indigent criminal defense system, addressing the systemic causes of wrongful convictions, and reforming New York’s juvenile justice system, among many other areas. Judge Lippman’s four decades in the courts have been marked by a commitment to fostering a justice system that is independent, open, accountable and responsive to the people it serves.

Judge Rufe was nominated to the Eastern District by President George W. Bush on Jan. 23, 2002. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002, and received her commission on May 3, 2002. She received her B.A. from Adelphi University and received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Judge Rufe began her professional career as an assistant and coordinator in the Juvenile Division of the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office in 1977. She was a deputy public defender with the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office from 1980 to 1981. She served as solicitor for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency from 1984 to 1988. She served as a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 to 2002.

Tickets for the event, to be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purhcase tickets.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 28 at ACE Club

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, June 28 at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., presented by Barroway, Topaz, Kessler, Meltzer & Check.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails. For those wishing to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, tickets are $125.

The ACE Club is a 7,500-yard, par 72 course featuring rolling topography, streams, lakes, trees, open ground, wetland habitat, natural rock outcroppings and historic architectural sites.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. For more information about registration or sponsorship, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit

Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Training May 11

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training program for volunteers interested in taking a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program on Wednesday, May 11.

Volunteers will receive a total of 3 free substantive CLE credits in exchange for either representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions without a continuing client. Volunteer work should be completed within six months of the training.

The training begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 18th and Arch streets, Two Logan Square, 30th floor. Breakfast and registration begin at 8:15 a.m. If you wish to register for this training, please email Suzen Wysor at and provide your name, address, telephone number, and firm (if applicable).

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

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Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

HIAS and Council will hold its Annual Fundraising Event, Celebrating the Courage of Immigrants on Thursday, April 28. Judith Bernstein-Baker, HIAS and Council's executive director, will be honored at this event. The guest speaker at the event is Gideon Aronoff, CEO and president, HIAS, Inc., and the moderator is Dave Davies, WHYY. A Cocktail Reception and the Program will begin at 5:30 p.m., at the National Museum for American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. The museum is open free of charge to all HIAS and Council guests from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A private tour of the museum is available. For more information, contact Sarah Peterson at or call 215-832-0920.

Philadelphia VIP's Speaker Series program "Preventing Homelessness" will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 12 p.m. at White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800, featuring a keynote address by Owen Lefkon, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. To register for this free event, please email Christina Ortiz at This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hosts One Divine Night: It Would Be A Drag To Miss It, featuring WMMR's Pierre Robert and the Captivating Queens of Illusion at 507 S. Broad (at Lombard). on Thursday, May 12. Once owned by Father Divine, founder of the Peace Mission Movement, this George Pearson-designed mansion has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur and will serve as a magnificent backdrop for the evening's entertainment. Guests will enjoy an evening of provocative performances and delectable food and drink generously provided by Tim Bellew catering at FARE, Moore Brothers Wine Company and Flying Fish Brewing Company. For sponsorship and tickets, please contact the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377.

• Join Nationalities Service Center at the White Manor Country Club, for a golf event to celebrate 90 years of working to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by helping them become socially and economically self-sufficient and engaged members of our community. The event will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at White Manor, 831 Providence Road, Malvern. Please contact Leyla Dursunova at NSC at 215-609-1522 or for golf reservations and/or sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit

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