June 24, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 51

NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Stephanie Resnick, chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008, will receive the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Brock made history in February 2010 when she became the youngest person ever and fourth woman to serve as chair of the NAACP. For more than 25 years, Brock has served as a leader in the NAACP. As a committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock fights for quality education, civil rights, economic justice, decent housing, and accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

Raymond L. Shapiro, senior counsel to Blank Rome LLP, will be the featured speaker as members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs are inducted at the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.

Academy programs enable members to connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and business development opportunities. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and our upcoming program on June 30 featuring a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Civil Rights Committee on Immigration June 24

The Civil Rights Committee will present a panel discussion on the constitutional issues surrounding federal preemption, general immigration law, and debate if states and municipalities can regulate the employment, housing and/or grant of public benefits contingent upon a satisfactory showing of lawful presence in the United States on Thursday, June 24.

Panelists include Carmen Guerrero, Women's Center of Montgomery County; Robert Nix, Phoenix Strategies; Pennsylvania State Rep. Tony J. Payton, 179th District; and Professor Jan C. Ting, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.

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. Click here to register.

Phila. World Trade Center Chief to Speak June 24

Linda Mysliwy Conlin, president of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, will give a presentation on benefits offered to those doing or seeking to do business internationally at the Thursday, June 24 meeting of the International Business Initiative 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. Click here to register.

Commercial Mortgage Workouts CLE June 25

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Distressed Commercial Mortgage Loan Workouts: What to Do When Things Are Starting to Fall Apart" on Friday, June 25.

Commercial mortgage loan defaults are expected to reach unprecedented levels this year and next. With lenders still gripping tightly to their funds and being unwilling to lend to businesses, refinancing is increasingly difficult to achieve. Our distinguished faculty will examine the current state of affairs and give practical insights into how to help your clients through these difficult times.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

State of Real Estate Lending Market June 25

Shari Reams of PNC Bank will discuss the state of the real estate lending market at the Friday, June 25 meeting of the Real Estate Financing and Securitization Committee.

This brown-bag lunch meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Please RSVP to Rachel Kipnes at kipnesr@gtlaw.com.

Hot Topics for Employee Handbooks June 25

Margaret A. McCausland and Trish McCausland will lead a discussion on hot topics for employee handbooks at the Friday, June 25 meeting of the Human Resources Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com.

Women Helping Women June 29

Helping each other will be the focus of the Tuesday, June 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Attendees will be asked to do one-minute introductions. When you introduce yourself, tell us who you are, what you do, what you need to grow in your position, or how we can help you. For example, do you need introductions to HR departments in large companies, or do you want to meet small company owners, or people who are getting divorced, to grow your client base? Or maybe you need a CPA, a nanny or a real estate agent. The goal is to become resources for one another. Be sure to bring your business cards, and make it a point to meet someone you do not know. If there is time after the introductions, we will talk about how women lawyers in general can be better about referring to each other and helping each other grow their practices.

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. Click here to register.

Forensic Science CLE June 29

Dr. Lawrence A. Presley, director of the Forensic Science Department at Arcadia University and the director of criminalistics, National Medical Services Laboratory, will discuss "Contextual Bias in Forensic Sciences: What It Is and How Understanding It Can Improve Your Case" at the Tuesday, June 29 lunchtime CLE presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

Presley is the former chief of the FBI's DNA Analysis Unit. The course planners are Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Denis P. Cohen and Marissa B. Bluestine, legal director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. 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 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to purchase lunch.

Palermo to Discuss Healthy Homes June 30

Peter Palermo, director of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, will discuss healthy homes at the Wednesday, June 30 meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Property Section.

Palermo will discuss lead-based paint, asbestos and mold. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend, however, registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

FINRA District Director to Speak June 30

Robert B. Kaplan, district director of the Philadelphia office of FINRA, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, June 30 meeting of the Securities Regulation Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. RSVP to Donna Kearse at 215-575-7076 or via e-mail dkearse@dilworthlaw.com.

Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon July 7

Professor Russell Engler, director of clinical programs at New England Law School and a national expert on Civil Gideon, will be the featured speaker at a Wednesday, July 7 Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon.

Engler serves on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel.

The program will also feature a panel discussion including Catherine C. Carr, Executive Director of Community Legal Services, and Joseph A. Sullivan, Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, who are co-chairs of the Association's Civil Gideon Task Force.

The event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the Association's 11th floor Conference Center, is free and open to all Bar members. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register for the July 7 Chancellor's Forum, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Conversation with Bankruptcy Bench July 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present a conversation with the bankruptcy bench on Friday, July 9.

This program features a panel of highly distinguished bankruptcy judges who will discuss their individual practices and procedures, and what they expect from counsel who appear before them. Whether you practice on the consumer or commercial side and whether you represent debtors or creditors, this is a not to be missed opportunity to hear from the bankruptcy judges in your region as they discuss their personal preferences and peeves and share advice the will help make your court appearances run more smoothly. The program has been approved for 2.0 substantive CLE credits.

The program begins at 2 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

Leadership Skills for Small Firms July 15

Susan Letterman White, of Letterman White Consulting will discuss "Leading Your Solo and Small Firm: Leadership Skills to Advance Your Business or Your Career" at the Thursday, July 15 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

Growing your business or advancing your career requires a strategic plan and set of skills that will help you to differentiate your legal services or products from those of everyone else. 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. Click here to register.

Public Interest Reception July 22

The law firm of Duffy + Partners and the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the annual Public Interest Reception on
Thursday, July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Duffy + Partners, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 55th Floor.

The event celebrates the accomplishments of law students working in public service. Please RSVP by Monday, July 12, by visiting reception2010.eventbrite.com. Please direct any questions to Maureen Olives at (215) 204-3705 or via e-mail at molives@temple.edu.

YLD Family Night at the Phillies July 29

Register now to join friends, colleagues and their families on July 29 for YLD Family Night at the Phillies.

The event, which costs $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under, includes a pre-game tailgate at McFadden's at the Ballpark from 5-7 p.m. followed by that night's Phillies game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Best to sign up fast, only 130 tickets are available and registration ends June 30. Non-members are welcome but must be accompanied by a Bar Association member. Click here to register.

Bar Night at the Phillies Rescheduled to Sept. 6

Due to a rainout on June 9, Bar Association Night at the Phillies has been rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 6 at 1:05 p.m. against the Florida Marlins.

Fans with tickets to the June 9 game should use those tickets for the 1:05 p.m. game. Please note that Monday, Sept. 6 is a day-night doubleheader. Your tickets are good for the 1:05 p.m. game only.

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Thirteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A state-of-the-court program will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

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Public Interest Programs Scheduled

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present "Representing Clients in SSI Cases" on Tuesday, June 29. The program, presented by HAP Senior Staff Attorney Patricia Malley, will be held at the offices of Blank Rome, LLP at 130 N. 18th St., 11th Floor from 12 to 2:30 pm. The course is open to current and prospective volunteers. There is no charge for attendance and attendees are eligible to receive 2.0 substantive CLE credits. For more information or to RSVP (By Thursday, June 23), please contact Cary E. Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or call 215-523-9587.

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with Secret Cinema and Qfest, will offer a screening on Friday, July 16 of "Madame X" (1966) starring Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith, and Keir Dullea. The event starts at 6 p.m. with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres (included in ticket price). The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. This fundraising event will be held at Digitas Health, 11th floor of the Wanamaker Building (100 Penn Square East) in Philadelphia, just east of City Hall. Tickets are $20 per person (minimum donation). For sponsorship information or to order tickets, visit www.aidslawpa.org.

Controversy in Courts Collection at Free Library

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library's Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., is currently hosting "Controversy in the Courts: Regicide, Rebels, and Regal Indiscretion," an exhibition of books, pamphlets and illustrations related to the trials of King Charles I, William Penn, Daniel O'Connell and Queen Caroline from the Hampton L. Carson Collection Illustrative of the Growth of the Common Law.

The exhibition runs through July 30 and may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours of the Department are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m.
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