Monday, June 2, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 44

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 6

Seven 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.

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.

Enforcing Support Orders Discussion Today

Robert Teti, Michael Grasso and Dina S. Ronsayro will discuss asset seizure, tax refund intercept and license suspension at today's (Monday, June 2) meeting of the Family Law Section.

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

Crafting and Marketing Your Image June 3

How do you know if your professional image is working for you? Join us for a candid discussion on the do's and don'ts of building your own personal "brand," and learn the secrets of professional persuasion from the experts on Tuesday, June 3.

Discover how to edit and tailor your own image to "impress for success." From creating your own style, to attire, speech, and developing a realistic, workable marketing plan - learn the "hot-button" issues and walk away knowing what today's potential clients and business contacts expect.

Panelists include Brian Lipstein of Henry A. Davidsen Tailors and Image Consultants; Jennifer Smuts, director of marketing at Woodcock Washburn; Gina Furia Rubel, president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; and Maggie Suender, director of associate development at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $3 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch and RSVP for this event.

Board Resolution Calls for Adequate Education Funding

The Board of Governors has unanimously approved a resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt an educational funding formula to provide adequate funding for students in all districts.

The resolution, presented by the Education Funding Task Force, was approved at the Board's May 29 meeting. The resolution urges the General Assembly to "promptly enact an educational funding formula that provides all districts with adequate resources to meet state proficiency standards, in accordance with the Cost of Adequate Education Study, and to adopt a six-year plan for the funding of the state share so that districts have predictable and adequate state revenues in order to effectively and efficiently meet their students' needs."

The Board also approved a resolution from the Business Litigation Committee in favor of amending administrative procedures concerning the services of judges pro tempore in the Philadelphia Commerce Case Management Program.

The Board unanimously approved a resolution from the Intellectual Property Committee opposing Section 11 of the Parent Reform Act. The Board approved changing the name of the Environmental Law Committee to the Environmental and Toxic Tort Law Committee.

Providing Information About Physicians June 5

The Health Care Law Committee will discuss providing information about physicians at its June 5 meeting.

Panelists include Kathleen M. Chancler, Julia E. Gabis and Annemarie Martin-Boyan. 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 RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Program June 6

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold a lunchtime CLE program on Friday, June 6 where attendees will learn the details and interaction of Regulation 32, the Heart & Lung Act and Workers' Compensation.

Panelists for the program include Judge Tina Rago of the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication; and attorneys Hilary S. Cornell, W. Michael Mulvey and Maria Terpolilli.

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 {link:| or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Working Together to Improve the City June 10

Philadelphia City Council members Blondell Reynolds-Brown and James Kenney will join Center City District CEO Paul Levy and Pennsylvania Convention Center General Manager Ahmeenah Young to discuss key issues affecting the City and its lawyers and law firms at a Tuesday, June 10 Chancellor's Forum.

Discussion topics will include tax reform, city revitalization, the role of government and the role of the Bar Association.

The noon Forum will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th floor. Register online now for this event.

Justice McCaffery at State Civil Quarterly Meeting June 11

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery will present a new view on the Supreme Court at the Wednesday, June 11 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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

YLD Happy Hour June 12 at Mexican Post

Join the YLD on Thursday, June 12 for a happy hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mexican Post (16th and Cherry streets). Drink tickets are available and are good for margaritas, wine and beer. Drinks are $2 off after tickets run out. Heavy appetizers will be served.

The YLD will be collecting new and used ties for the Philadelphia Comprehensive Center for Fathers' Work-N-Style for Men program in conjunction with this happy hour. Work-N-Style is the only men's clothing referral program in the tri-state area that provides low income fathers in Philadelphia with ready-to-wear clothing for interviews, court hearings and special events.

Lawyer's Coach on Improving Profits, Performance June 17

Phyllis Sisenwine, master certified coach, will discuss ways to increase profits and improve performance at a June 17 program sponsored by the Solo and Small Firm Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division.

Sisenwine has an international practice providing coaching services to law firms and lawyers. Her expertise in coaching lawyers has allowed her to be known internationally as "The Lawyer's Coach." In addition to being a successful coach, Phyllis is a sought-after professional speaker, author, columnist, and frequent radio and television guest.

The program will be held 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.

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 four-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.

Sections Plan Spring Social Events

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 St. 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.

• 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. The reception is sponsored by Agoos/Livera Architects.

• The Family Law Section will welcome new Family Court judges at its annual spring reception on Tuesday, June 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Trump Tower Philadelphia Showroom at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 57th floor. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $55 for non-Section members and $45 for employees of the First Judicial District. Click here to register online.

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

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

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

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

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

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

Register Online to Volunteer for Civics Program

Advancing Civics Education (A.C.E.) is a program launched by the Philadelphia Bar Association in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education — in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution — to ninth-grade public school students.

An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. A.C.E. brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our Commonwealth and our rapidly changing world.

Attorneys can now register online for this program by clicking here.

Attorneys Needed to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosures Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judge Annette M. Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

This diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the involvement of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

Volunteer attorneys should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month to attend conciliation conferences for several clients in one day. (After the first several months, the court’s backlog from the postponed April and May sheriff sales will be reduced and should ease the time commitment.) This volunteer work requires only attending the conciliation conference and making some pre-conference calls to client and opposing counsel. Training will make volunteers aware of when further litigation should be pursued by another attorney.

Due to the tremendous response, a second training will be held on Monday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. Attorneys will receive two hours of free substantive CLE credit if they attend two complete morning or afternoon conciliation sessions. Breakfast will be provided through the joint support of the Business Law and Real Property Sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP at or call 215-523-9550. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin at 215-523-9564 or

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 31.

The 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. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini and Lynn A. Marks.

Click here to download a nomination form.

3 Steps to an LPM Vendor/Consultant Referral

It only takes three steps for Bar members to receive a Law Practice Management Division Vendor/Consultant referral.

If you need help choosing and implementing new billing software, finding a bookkeeper, marketing your firm, developing a firm Web site or handling human resources issues, we have the consultants to assist you.

First, members should call the LPM hotline at 215-238-6314. Members can then discuss with a Program Counselor the type of assistance that is needed.

Then members receive a referral. A referral through this program entitles Bar members to a free, one-hour consultation with the selected vendor/consultant. Subsequent services may be negotiated between the member and vendor/consultant directly.

For more information, visit the Law Practice Management Division on the Bar Association Web site by clicking here.

Public Interest Training, Events Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP and Women Against Abuse will hold a free custody training CLE program on Friday, June 27 at 12 p.m. at the offices of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600. The CLE credit is free for all attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case. Lunch will be provided at the training. To reserve your space, call Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its Annual Benefit Event on Tuesday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street & the Parkway. Tickets are $80. Yvette Long, immediate-past president of PA Legal Aid Network; Will Gonzalez, executive director of CEIBA; and Thomas Wilkinson of Cozen O'Connor will be honored at this event. For ticket information, call 215-733-0878.

The Juvenile Law Center will hold a Benefit and Silent Auction, on Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center at 6th and Market Streets. To order tickets, visit For more information contact Rosie McNamara-Jones at (215) 625-0551 or e-mail

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present its 9th Annual Summer Movie Party on Friday, June 20. This year’s film is "Soul Hustler," starring Fabian. The party starts at 6 p.m. The screening is at 7:30 p.m., at Digitas Health, 229 S. 18th St. Tickets are $20. For more information, please call the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377.

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present a free pro bono training program, "Fear-Based Cases in Deportation Proceedings: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture Claims," from on Thursday, June 26 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Designed for practitioners with little or no previous experience with immigration litigation, this training program will provide an overview of the fear-based claims available to detained immigrants in deportation proceedings as well as an introduction to general detention issues. Topics to be discussed will include an introduction to immigration law and Immigration Court concepts and an overview of fear-based claims including Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture relief. Participants will receive two free CLE credit hours in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by PIRC (approval for two CLE credits is pending with the PA CLE Board). To register for this program, please send an e-mail with the participating attorney's name, firm or agency name if applicable, and a contact address, e-mail address and telephone number to Maria McCollum at The registration deadline is Friday, June 20.

• The Public Interest Section will celebrate the work of its summer public interest interns and the agencies that sponsor them on Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhodes, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. The Law School Outreach Committee and the Public Interest Section are most grateful to Montgomery McCracken for generously sponsoring this event.

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.

Luncheon to Honor Chief Justice Castille June 5

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, with partner the Philadelphia Bar Association and corporate partners Blank Rome LLP and Aqua America, will host a luncheon honoring Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille on Thursday, June 5.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Tickets are $75 for Chamber and PBA members and $100 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Justinians to Honor Mayor Nutter June 9

The Justinian Society will honor Mayor Michael Nutter at its Annual Meeting Election and Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, visit Proceeds to benefit The Justinian Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Carville to Speak at SeniorLAW Anniversary Gala June 12

Political analyst James Carville will be the guest speaker at the SeniorLAW Center's 30th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, June 12 at The Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

Founded by leaders of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1978, SeniorLAW Center (formerly Judicare) provides free legal services, community education and advocacy for more than 10,000 senior citizens in Pennsylvania each year. Special sponsorship opportunities, including the exclusive SeniorCircle reception with Carville, are available. Information is available at or contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or

NBA-WLD Scholarship Breakfast June 13

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

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

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

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

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

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

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

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes the indispensable information you've come to rely upon – Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts, and government agencies; a section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

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

General Practitioners' Update June 4

Attend PBI's General Practitioners' Update every year for six speedy summaries of every major development in your key practice area! This seminar brings together some of the most experienced attorneys who concentrate their practice in one area only and share this valuable information with you. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Tuesday, June 3
PBA Probate & Trust Law Section June 2008 Quarterly Meeting – Uniform Trust Act Notices: Only Five Months to Go!
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4
General Practitioners’ Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Hedge Funds 2008
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6
Simulcast - PLI – Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2008
10.5 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, June 6
2008 Federal Bench Bar Conference
Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market St.
3 substantive CLE credits
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday, June 9
Finding Facts Online
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 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.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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