June 11, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 46

Stalberg to Address Federal Bench-Bar June 12

Zachary Stalberg (left), president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, will deliver keynote remarks at the Federal Courts Committee’s annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 12 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1200 Market St.

A total of 3 CLE credits are available for this program, including one ethics credit. The conference features seven federal judges and a host of top practitioners and begins at 8:15 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Following introductions by Committee Chair Craig D. Mills and Vice Chair Grant S. Palmer, the conference begins with the session "How Not to Go to Jail with Your Clients – Handling Client Monies and Other Timely Issues." Panelists for this session are U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Ellen C. Brotman, Ian M. Comisky and Louis D. Lappen.

U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno will present "Multi-District Litigation – Handling of the Asbestos MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania."

Following a short break, Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, Sidney L. Gold and Kelly Dobbs Bunting will present "Layoffs and Dissolutions – Hot Issues in Employment Law" along with U.S. District Court Judges C. Darnell Jones II and Linda K. Caracappa.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich and Clerk of Court Michael Kunz will then present state of the court reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Stephanie A. "Tess" Blair, Gerard G. Boccuti, David J. Kessler and Donald W. Myers are the panelists for "E-Discovery: Perspectives from the Bench, Outside Counsel and the Client.”

Steven Orlofsky will present an update on the Third Circuit Bar Association.

If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. Click here for additional information or to register.

Bar Launches PhilaBenchBar.org

The Philadelphia Bar Association has launched PhilaBenchBar.org, a web site devoted entirely to the Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 23 and 24 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

PhilaBenchBar.org contains all the details about the annual conference, including details about CLE programs and speakers. Members can also register for the conference and view photos from past events.

Visit PhilaBenchBar.org and register today.

Summer Associates and Law Students Reception June 15

The Association's LGBT Rights Committee and GALLOP are co-sponsoring a reception for summer associates and law studens on Monday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor.

This event is for all students who are spending their summers working in and around the Philadelphia region. Specials guests include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Ann Butchart and Daniel Anders, along with Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov and and Past Chancellor Andrew Chirls.

Please RSVP by Friday, June 12 to Brian Sims at (215) 266-4696 or bsims@philabar.org or Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3202 or lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

YLD Diversity Happy Hour June 16

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony on Tuesday, June 16 at the Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St., at 5:30 p.m.

The recipients of this year's scholarships are Samea Lin, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Earthen Johnson, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Maricruz Melendrez, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Priya De Souza, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Jennifer A. Supplee, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The first 200 people to pre-register at philadelphiabar.org will be guaranteed two drink tickets, good for draft beer, house margaritas, house wine, sangria and well drinks. Appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the evening. The scholarships will be presented at 6:30 p.m.

The event is co-hosted by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia. The YLD Diversity Happy Hour is sponsored by James DeCrescenzo Reporting LLC and Trial Technologies, Inc. Click here to register.

Conflicts of Interest CLE June 16

The Professional Responsibility Committee and Business Law Section will present the CLE program "Conflicts of Interest and Joint Representation" on Tuesday, June 16.

Avoiding conflicts of interest is one of the core obligations of an attorney. This program will address conflicts of interest which appear at the inception of an engagement and those that may arise later in the representation. Often, issues arise when there is a joint representation.

Faculty for this program include Sarah Bricknell, assistant general counsel, Duane Morris, LLP; Hope Comisky, professional responsibility counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP and co-chair Professional Guidance and Professional Responsibility Committees, Philadelphia Bar Association; Kimberly S. Ingersoll, partner, Abrams and Ingersoll, LLP and co-chair Professional Responsibility Committee; Barbara S. Rosenberg, sole practitioner, Norristown and former disciplinary counsel, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and co-chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; and Tamara Lee Traynor, assistant general counsel, Wolf Block LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Mergers and Acquisitions CLE June 17

David H. Glusman and Joseph L. DeSimone will present "Accounting Issues and Due Diligence in Merger Opportunities" at the Wednesday, June 17 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. One substantive CLE credit is available.

The course will cover review of financial statements with emphasis on the issues relevant to merger and acquisition activity. The presenters will focus on covenant issues, financial ratios which are important to understanding the covenants and the financial due diligence process.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at noon. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Ethics CLE June 17

John J. "Jack" Duffy III and William J. McKee will present the lunchtime CLE "Ethics: Professionalism and Propriety – A New Edition of the Jack and Bill Show" at the Wednesday, June 17 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

Duffy and McKee will discuss courtroom behavior, discovery issues, surveillance, and deposition conduct among other hot topics. From points on who is to be addressed in court, to when surveillance is to be produced, be prepared to be enlightened, educated, and entertained, as this well-known duo of attorneys tackles the most difficult ethical issues in their own unique way.

The program has been approved for 1.0 ethics 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 $20.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

Bar Night at the Phillies June 17

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.

Discussion on New DOT June 19

Thomas A. Hardy will discuss the formation of the new DOT and get input and comments for the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel at the Friday, June 19 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits 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 those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 22

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 21st Annual Golf Classic is moving to a new location. The event will be held Monday, June 22 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The general fee for players is $375. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $350. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriters ($15,000) get a banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the front cover of the souvenir program as sponsor of the event; distribution of skills competition prizes to winners; eight players plus four additional guests to cocktail reception; and VIP parking for golfers. Other levels include Tournament Cup/Skills Prize Sponsor ($7,500), Luncheon, Cocktail Buffet, Reception or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) and Hole Sponsor ($2,000). For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register.

Franchise Law Committee to Meet June 24

A meeting of the Franchise Law Committee will be held Wednesday, June 24 at 12 p.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500 E.

Using the troubled auto industry as a backdrop, this program facilitates an open dialogue discussing current market trends affecting franchises, exploring the termination rights and remedies of auto dealers and other franchisees in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and contemplating the legal limitations on what manufacturers and franchisors can do to end a franchise. The lunch session may also touch on the importance of contract language and federal bankruptcy laws vis-à-vis franchise termination.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Dilworth Paxson LLP. Please RSVP to Bonnie Chong at bchong@sunocoinc.com.

Criminal Justice Section Summer Happy Hour June 25

The Criminal Justice Section will host a summer happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 S. Broad St., on Thursday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reduced drink prices and food specials will be available. The section will raffle a Philadelphia Phillies package, which includes two Phillies tickets (good seats), two Phillies hats and a cooler.

DA Abraham, Judge Moss, Savett on Mentoring June 30

Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss and Sherry Savett will offer their thoughts on mentoring at the Tuesday, June 30 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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Theodore Bikel Concert to Benefit Juvenile Law Center

Broadway and folk legend Theodore Bikel, a lifelong social justice advocate, will celebrate a rich career devoted to art and activism with a star-studded 85th birthday benefit concert for the Juvenile Law Center at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 15.

Bikel, his wife, Tamara Brooks, and all those performing are donating their time and performance fees in support of Juvenile Law Center. Performers (to date) include: Alan Alda; David Amram; Beyond the Pale; Artie Butler; Patricia Conolly; Arlo Guthrie; Judy Kaye; David Krakauer; Serendipity 4 (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks, Merina Kljuco and Shura Lipovsky); Tom Paxton; Noel Paul Stookey & Peter Yarrow; Susan Werner; and Michael Wex.

Tickets are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office and can be purchased online by clicking here.

All proceeds will support Juvenile Law Center, a national 501(c)(3) charitable public interest law firm that advocates for youth in the child welfare (foster care) and juvenile justice systems. Juvenile Law Center has recently been featured by ABC News "20/20," The New York Times, and People magazine for representing youth in the Luzerne County, Pa., judges scandal, a juvenile court corruption case being addressed as one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in U.S. legal history. Please contact the Juvenile Law Center for information on sponsorship packages at (215) 625-0551. For more information on the event, visit jlc.org.

Judge Urges Attendance at VIP Title CLE June 25

Dear Probate and Trust Section colleagues:

I write to urge you to support Philadelphia VIP's efforts to assist low income clients with title issues by participating in their June 25 training at White and Williams LLP from 12 to 2:15 p.m. I will be there to welcome all of you who attend. There are more than 14,000 potential clients who live in homes in their deceased relatives' names who need legal assistance and cannot afford it.

Without legal assistance, these clients cannot enter into payment agreements for delinquent real estate taxes or obtain free repair services from the City of Philadelphia, and therefore they face losing or abandoning their homes. Your colleague Kevin Gilboy and VIP staff attorney Kelly Gastley will be teaching this seminar. Also, you receive 2 hours of free CLE for taking a case, and lunch will be provided.

In this critical economic time, I know that it is even more difficult to ask you to give free legal services. But this is the time when I also ask you to remember that as professionals we have an obligation to help those who need our services more than ever.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus

From VIP: Attorneys receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space. White and Williams LLP is located at 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, 18th Floor.
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