Thursday, May 18, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 31

Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 21

An early registration discount is available until May 19 for the Association's 5K Run/Walk, which returns for its 27th year on Sunday, May 21 along the Schuylkill River on Martin Luther King Drive (fomerly West River Drive) adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates.

The entry fee for Bar Association members running in the 5K is $35 if postmarked by May 17 and in-person registration between May 18 and 19. Registration on the day of the event is $50. Online registration is available at until May 19 for $35, plus the service fee.

For more information, or to learn more about becoming an event sponsor, 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 Sandra Lavini at (215) 925-1913, extension 126 or by e-mail at

Click here to print out a registration form, or visit to register online.

Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Beyond the Large Firms

A Chancellor's Forum, "Diversity Beyond the Large Firms," will be held Monday, June 5 beginning at 1 p.m. at the CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building. This unique conference for small and mid-size firms and public interest practitioners will feature a discussion on the challenges and successes for creating a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Chancellor Elect Jane L. Dalton will open the event, followed by keynote speaker Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of human resources for Comcast. Trial consultant Melissa M. Gomez will present "The Journey Continues: Understanding What It Means to Have a Diversity-Friendly Workplace."

The panel discussion "Creating a Model for Progress: Diversity Challenges and Successes From the Front Lines" follows, with moderator Karen Jackson Vaughn and panelists Carl G. Cooper, former Chancellor Deborah R. Willig, Roosevelt Hairston Jr., Louis Rulli and James A. Pabarue. A reception with federal and state judges follows from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Three CLE credits are available for this program. The program is free to those who don't want CLE credit. The tuition is $149 for Philadelphia Bar Association members who wish to receive CLE credit; $150 for non-members of the Association admitted after Jan. 1, 2002 and $170 for non-members of the Association. To register for this event, visit or call (800) 247-4724.

Career Strategies for Women in the Legal Profession

Cathy Abelson, president of Abelson Legal Search, will present a special program focusing on the history of women in the legal profession and career strategies for women attorneys at the Tuesday, May 23 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Abelson will share her insights into the historical perspective on options for women since the mid 1970s; areas of the law most conducive to women planning a long-term legal career; finding a balance between career goals and personal life (family, children, interests); the best and worst times to make a move; and memorable blunders seen in the interview process.

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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register for this meeting.

PBI Program on Terrorism and Torture May 19

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Terrorism and Torture" on Friday, May 19 at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, from 12 to 2 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:15 a.m. This seminar is part of PBI's Public Policy series.

Terrorism is the battleground of the 21st century and torture is a hot button in the political arena. A panel of experts will discuss these issues from both a civil and criminal perspective.

Michael Isikoff, Newsweek investigative correspondent and award-winning journalist, has joined the faculty for this seminar. Isikoff has written extensively on the U.S. government's war on terrorism, the Abu Ghraib scandal, and many other national issues. Two prominent Philadelphia lawyers who also concentrate their practices on the issues of terrorism and torture will join Isikoff. Robert Swift is a senior member of Kohn Swift & Graf, PC and concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, including class actions representing both individuals and corporations. Theodore Simon has been a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia for the past 31 years and has handled many high-profile matters, including several international cases. Some of his high-profile cases include representing Michael Fay, Ira Einhorn and Don King. Come join these esteemed speakers and hear a captivating analysis of one of the world's most debated topics.
This course qualifies for 2 CLE credits. Call 800-932-4637 or 800-247-4724 or visit for more information or to register.

SSA District Office Representatives to Speak May 19

Representatives from the Woodland Avenue and Germantown SSA District Offices will be the guest speakers at the Friday, May 19 meeting of the Social Security and Disability Benefits Committee.

Barry Story and Pam McGill from Woodland Avenue and Sue Tevald and Phyllis Parish from Germantown will discuss interaction with the district offices at the meeing, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center. Lunch is available for $7.50 a person for those members who register in advance. Click here to register for this event.

Discussion on Minority Judicial Candidates May 25

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will host a panel discussion "Judicial Merit Selection: How Will It Affect Minority Lawyers Who Aspire to the Bench?" on Thursday, May 25.

Panelists include Pennsylvania state Sen. Anthony H. Williams; Pennsylvania state Rep. Thomas Blackwell; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Allison Anderson Acevedo of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division; Christopher B. Sheridan, policy director of the Committee of Seventy; and Michael Coard, host of 1340 AM's "The Radio Court Room" and "Judging the Judges."

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 event.

Specter, Nutter on YLD Ethics Panel June 9

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (left) and Philadelphia City Councilman Michael Nutter will be among the panelists as the Young Lawyers Division presents "Ethics in Government and Politics" on Friday, June 9.

The roundtable discussion, part of the YLD's 2020 lunchtime seminar series for young lawyers, will be held at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the panel discussion will begin promptly at 12 p.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. A third panelist will be named in the future.

YLD Chair Michael B. Hayes and YLD Executive Committee member Jocelyn Gabrynowicz will serve as moderators. The event is open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The first 50 members of the YLD to register for the event at will receive a free lunch. All YLD members after the first 50 and all general members of the Association who wish to purchase lunch can do so for $7.50. Click here to register for this event.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 16 at Loews

The Federal Courts Committee's annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference moves back into the city on Friday, June 16 with a full program of seminars and a keynote luncheon address from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. A total of 3 CLE credits, including .5 ethics credits, are available. Seminars for the conference include "Managing Multi-District Litigation," "How Focus on Ethics and Professionalism Improves the Relationship Between the Bench and Bar," "Addressing Requests to Waive Attorney-Client Privilege in Criminal Matters" and "Pending Rules Changes on Discovery of Electronic Documents."

Tuition, which includes breakfast, a course book and lunch, is $175 for members of the bar admitted before Jan. 1, 2002 and $155 for members admitted after Jan. 1, 2002. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. Click here to register for this event.

59 Firms Donate $1.1 Million to Raising the Bar Campaign

With the addition of The Beasley Firm, LLC, Liss & Marion, P.C., Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen and Pokotilow, Ltd., Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C., Josel & Feenane, P.C. and Margolis Edelstein, 59 law firms have pledged more than $1.1 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services

The 59 law firms, representing more than 3,500 attorneys, have pledged $1,143,720. Campaign organizers remain confident that many more firms will agree to participate in the weeks and months ahead, according to Feldman. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $400. Seventeen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in PaLAW 2005. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Workers' Comp, Real Property Sections Plan Spring Events

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its annual spring party on Wednesday, June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., in Manayunk.

Tickets are $45 per person and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to order tickets online.

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, June 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert St.

Tickets to the event are $5 and are available by clicking here.

Organizations Schedule Spring Fund-Raisers

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Champions of Children Benefit Reception and Volunteer Celebration on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Main Banking Lobby of Wachovia, Broad and Walnut Streets. For more information, call (215) 925-1913.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11th and Arch streets. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls and Efren Diego will be honored at the event. Tickets are $75. For more information, call (215) 733-0878 or e-mail

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 14

Join your colleagues and friends at Citizens Bank Park at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 14 when the Phillies take on their National League East rivals, the New York Mets, at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here. Tickets are $36 and $28. The login name for the electronic ticket purchase is BARN and the password is 0614. The log-in is case sensitive, so make sure the items are entered correctly.

Mfume to Address Bar at June 19 Quarterly Meeting

Kweisi Mfume, former president and chief executive officer of the NAACP and candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, will deliver the annual Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 19 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

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 and Cornel West have filled the role. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for Association members and $55 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets online. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored.

After serving five terms in Congress, Mfume resigned in 1996 to take over as the leader of the NAACP, a post he held for nine years. He is credited with restoring respect to the Association as well as instituting management and financial structures that led to an increase in endowment funds as well as a budget surplus. In March 2005, Mfume announced his candidacy for the Senate seat currently held by Paul Sarbanes, who will retire this year after serving in the Senate since 1977. Mfume, a member of the Democratic Party, seeks to become the first African American to represent Maryland in the Senate.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 26

The 18th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 26 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown. The 18-hole tournament, which benefits the Foundation, will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. Click here to register online.

The 2005 tournament raised more than $100,000 for the Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bar Association. During 2005, the Foundation funded 29 law-related programs with grants ranging from $2,000 to $100,000.

Prizes will be awarded for team low net, individual low net and individual low gross. A new prize for law-firm (defined as a foursome with at least three members from the same firm) low gross will also be awarded.

The tournament is open to the public with a general fee of $375 that includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, and cocktails and dinner. Members of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may participate for a discounted fee of $295. Event and hole sponsorships are also available. For more information on sponsorships or playing in the event, contact Melissa Engler at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register online.

Legal Directory 2006 Now Available for Purchase

The Legal Directory 2006 is now available. If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this indispensable resource – and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey, in addition to Bar Association contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

New for 2006, each copy of The Legal Directory includes complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So information will be only a few mouse clicks away and accessible wherever you go.

Over the coming weeks, new features will be available on The Legal Directory Online. You can still search for firms and attorneys; but you'll also have information on local courts and court rules, area bar associations and breaking legal news at your fingertips.
Click here to order The Legal Directory 2006 today!

Bar Leaders on the Air

Rosemary Pinto, chair of the Women's Rights Committee, and Molly Callahan, an active member of the Association's Family Law Section and Legal Center Director for Women Against Abuse, Inc., will appear on B101 on "The Women's File" with Emily Elfenbein Scheivert on Sunday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Pinto and Callahan will talk about the Women's Rights Committee's efforts to recruit and train attorneys to take divorce and custody cases for victims of domestic violence on a pro bono basis.

Bike-a-Thon Training Rides Begin Saturday

The Association's team for the American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon will begin training rides this weekend. Riders will meet every Saturday at 7 a.m. and leave from Spring Mill Train station on the Schuylkyll Bike Path.

Riders of all abilities are welcome and the training sessions will go only as far as the riders are comfortable. If you will be riding on Saturday please send a confirming e-mail to Jeffrey Abramowitz.

This year's Bike-a-Thon is scheduled for Sunday, July 9 and begins at 7 a.m. at the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia and stretches 62.5 miles to Lenape Park in Mays Landing, N.J. There are also starting points at Cherry Hill High School East on Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Mazzas Furniture on 12th Street in Hammonton, N.J.

The ACS Bike-a-Thon Expo is set for Friday, July 8 at Dave & Busters on Columbus Boulevard. For more information, contact Jeffrey Abramowitz at (215) 568-4980 or visit

Bar, PBI Offering Discounts for CLE

Section members are now eligible to receive discounts for CLE programs presented by their sections under a new agreement between the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

The new discount program only applies to programs proposed and presented by the sections and the various committees of those sections. It does not apply to stand-alone Bar Association committees. The discount program became effective on May 1.

For a standard 2-hour CLE program that regularly costs $99, both PBI and the Bar Association will offer $9.50 discounts. The final cost paid by a registrant will be $80, a savings of nearly 20 percent. Young lawyers who normally pay $79 for a two-hour course will receive $9.50 discounts from both PBI and the Bar Association, making for a final cost of $60, a savings of 24 percent.

For 3- to 4-hour CLE programs regularly priced at $169, both the Bar Association and PBI will offer $15 discounts, making the final price $139, a savings of 17.8 percent. Young lawyers enrolling in 3- to 4-hour courses regularly pay $149. With the $15 discounts offered by the Association and PBI, the final cost drops to $119, a savings of 20 percent.

The new discount policy does not apply to programs that are less than two hours and likewise does not apply to programs longer than four hours.

One-hour “Lunch and Learn” programs sponsored by sections and committees of the Association that qualify for CLE credit are available. The cost of these programs is $25 for attorneys who have been in practice for more than five years and $20 for attorneys who have been practicing for less than five years. There is a seperate fee for lunch for these programs.