June 18, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 48

Join Association's Bike-a-Thon Team for ACS Ride

Team Philadelphia Bar Association will saddle up again this year and take part in the 37th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 12.

The ride brings awareness to the issues of cancer and how it affects friends, families, colleagues and community. Another purpose of the ride is seeking to raise funds in support of cancer research. The ride leaves Philadelphia and traverses the countryside in New Jersey to an end point approximately 65 miles away in Buena Vista, N.J.

Recently, the Philadelphia Bar Association has taken a lead and sponsored a team to participate in the ride. This year, the Philadelphia Bar Association team is co-chaired by Mark Feinman and Jim Meyer. Click here to join the Philadelphia Bar Association team.

Riders who have participated in the past are encouraged to wear their Bar Association jerseys. A team photo will be taken at approximately 6:15 a.m. on July 12 in front of the U.S. Mint on 5th Street. For more information about the Bar Association team, contact Mark Feinman at markfeinmanlawoffices@verizon.net or Jim Meyer at jmeyer@schnader.com.

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.

Technology for the Small Firm June 22

The Solo and Small Firm Committee and the Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will discuss technology for the small firm at a joint meeting on Monday, June 22.

Speakers for the program include Harper Dimmerman, The Law Office of Harper J. Dimmerman P.C.; Molly Barker Gilligan, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC; George W. Nicholson, Sage Solutions Group; and Alan Nochumson, Nochumson P.C.

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 members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 22

A limited number of places remain for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 21st Annual Golf Classic on 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.

Business Development for Shy Attorneys June 23

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Training Resource Group will present "Business Development and Rainmaking for Shy Attorneys During Tough Economic Times" on Tuesday, June 23.

Among the topics to be discussed are styles that can be used for business development and networking strategies.

The program 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 members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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.

Nagle on Employee Free Choice Act June 25

The Labor and Employment Law Committee will discuss the Employee Free Choice Act with Robert Nagle at its Thursday, June 25 meeting.

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 members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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.

Mock Trial Information Session June 29

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law LEAP Program will hold a mock trial information session for coaches and judges on Monday, June 29.

Every year, YLD and Temple LEAP put on a mock trial camp in the fall and the citywide John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition in the spring. Philadelphia teams regularly distinguish themselves statewide and even in the national competition, which Philadelphia will proudly host in 2010. Come learn about the commitments and rewards of getting involved. Organizers, coaches, judges, teachers and students will talk about their experiences and answer questions. All area lawyers and law students are welcome.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association
headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served.

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.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Please Touch Museum.

The Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award is presented by Citizens Bank, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and is given annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department demonstrating outstanding volunteer efforts to help provide legal services to those in need. The recipient of the Citizens Bank Award designates the $10,000 monetary award to one or more Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantees.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award is given to an attorney who is working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 award will be presented each year to an attorney who is providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

Visit PhilaBarFoundation.org for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 14.

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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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