July 13, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 53

Join YLD at PhiLAWpalooza 2009 July 16

Six bands have been confirmed to perform at PhiLAWpalooza 2009 on Thursday, July 16 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The Pro Bonos, Jack Myers and Friends, Class Action, A Band Called M, Grady and Jen 'n' Juice will be performing. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Bar Association members; $18 for non-members and include two drink tickets and appetizers. Tickets can be purchased at philadelphiabar.org.

Epps to Testify at Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

Temple University Beasley School of Law Dean JoAnne Epps has been selected by the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify at Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court, which begin today (Monday, July 13).

Epps, who was a co-chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers' Committee for the Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees, is the only legal professional from Pennsylvania selected to testify. Epps will be a witness for the Democratic majority in support of Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation.

In June, Epps was presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award and delievered the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture.

Volunteers Needed for Get Help Now PA!

At the direction of Gov. Edward G. Rendell and first lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, the Philadelphia Bar Association has agreed to help launch "Get Help Now Pennsylvania!" part of President and Michelle Obama's "United We Serve" national service initiative.

The initiative encourages Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service. The Philadelphia Bar Association is working in conjunction with its Young Lawyers Division, Lawyers in Transition initiative, the Philadelphia Legal Secretaries Association and Philadelphia Association of Paralegals to bring Get Help Now Pennsylvania! to Philadelphia.

Through Friday, Sept. 11 (from 1 to 6 p.m.), President and Mrs. Obama are asking legal professionals and bankers to staff offices around the state to help direct individuals with legal or financial issues to agencies that can provide help. Here in Philadelphia, the office will be located at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. As Philadelphia is the state's largest city, volunteers are greatly needed. The session are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Get Help Now Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, the Mortgage Bankers Association of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers, the Pennsylvania Financial Services Association, the Office of the First Lady and Pennsylvania Department of Banking.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Brian Sims, staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association at bsims@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6353.

Hot Tips in Family Law Today

Join the Family Law Section today (Monday, July 13) for hot tips and a view from the bench on e-mail/Internet issues, partition actions and premarital agreements.

Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Doris Pechkurow and attorneys David Hofstein, Margy Klaw and Albert Momjian.

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.

Judge Klein on Rule 1311.1 July 14

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Richard B. Klein will discuss suggested changes to Rule 1311.1 at a joint meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee and the Compulsory Arbitration Committee on Tuesday, July 14.

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.

Longshore and Harbor Workers' Comp Act CLE July 15

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act" on Wednesday, July 15.

Speakers for the program include Stephen J. Harlen and David M. Linker. 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 www.pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8 for those
members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Openings and Closings: View From Bench, Bar July 15

U.S. District Court Judges Legrome D. Davis, Mitchell S. Goldberg and Timothy J. Savage, along with Roberta Pichini, Dennis Suplee and Marc Sonnenfeld will present a panel discussion featuring best practice tips from the court and from leading trial attorneys on what to do (and avoid doing) in opening and closing your case in the Eastern District at the Wednesday, July 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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.

Public Interest Reception July 23

The law firm of Duffy + Partners and the Public Interest Section will host a public interest reception to celebrate the accomplishments of law students working in public service on Thursday, July 23.

The reception begins at 5 p.m. at the offices of Duffy + Partners, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 55th Floor. RSVP by Monday, July 13, 2009 to Maureen Olives at (215) 204-3705 or by e-mail at molives@temple.edu. Special thanks to the law firm of Duffy + Partners for generously sponsoring this event.

Learn about YLD Benefits at YLD Live! July 27

The Young Lawyers Division wants to hear from you! On July 27 at 12 p.m., join the YLD Executive Committee and other young lawyers at YLD Live!, an interactive meeting that will address how the YLD can better benefit you. YLD Live! is open to all YLD members and will include a complimentary lunch.

Whether you have an idea for a program or an event that would help young lawyers, a specific topic you would like to see addressed in a CLE or panel discussion, or a suggestion for a program the YLD could undertake in the Philadelphia community, the YLD invites you to join effort to shape the future of the profession.

Some things you can expect to learn are:
• The history of the YLD, its structure, and its mission;
• How the YLD can benefit you through its programs and initiatives;
• How to get involved with the YLD through social media;
• Advice/suggestions if affected by the economic downturn; and
• Upcoming YLD events

In addition to hearing from members of the YLD Executive Committee, attendees will break into groups for a more personal discussion about what the YLD can do for you. Cabinet members will lead these groups and answer questions as well as keep track of suggestions, opinions, etc., for future follow-up.

We will also be auctioning off four $25 gift certificates to the Mexican Post at YLD Live!, giving you another great reason to join us.

YLD Live! will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register.

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.

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.

Sponsors for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Juristaff, Summit Pharmacy, American Lawsuit Funding, JAMS and Alliance Medical Legal Consulting.

Friends of Farmworkers Reception July 15

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its Annual Reception on Wednesday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and the Parkway.

Susan Sherman, president and CEO, the Independence Foundation; Judge Phyllis Beck, chair of the Board of Directors and CFO, the Independence Foundation; and former Chancellor A. Michael Pratt, Pepper Hamilton LLP, will be honored at this event.

Karen Detamore will also be honored with special recognition for her 20 years of service to the Friends of Farmworkers. Individual tickets cost $80 and $55 for employees of public interest organizations. Tickets will be available at the door. For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Arlene Rivera Finkelstein at 215-898-0459 or friendsoffarmworkers@gmail.org.

Commonwealth Court Moving Aug. 3

Effective Monday, Aug. 3, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will move to the Pennsylvania Judicial Center.

The Clerk's Office address will change to:
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 2100
PO Box 69185
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9185

The court's telephone numbers and the Philadelphia filing office address will not change.

Please make a note of this address change. Filings should be directed to the court's new address effective Monday, Aug. 3. For more information, contact the Chief Clerk's Office at (717) 255-1650 or visit the court's web site at aopc.org.

Phila. Theatre Company Special Offer to Bar Members

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Five or Five special offer to "City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell!"

Members can get $5 off any ticket, any performance (available by phone, in-person, or online) by using promo code PBA. Bring a group of 5 to any one performance for lowest rate available (group saves $65). Tickets are available in person or call group sales manager Carol Flannery 215.985.0420 x 103. The group rate is not available online. Click here for more information.

Office Space Available at Chester Co. Bar

The Chester County Bar Association has 4,800 square feet of office space available for rent at its headquarters at 15 W. Gay St. in downtown West Chester.

The flexible floor plan is elevator served and is available for $19 per square foot. For more information, contact Chuck Swope or Jim Lees at Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate at (610) 429-0200.

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Word 2007 for Attorneys July 16

Learn how to use practice-specific legal forms to create accurate and professional looking documents automatically at PBI's Word 2007 for Attorneys with Leigh Webber. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, July 16 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 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here. You must attend entire program to receive ethics credit.

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, July 14, 2009
Negotiation Strategies, Tips & Tactics
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Tenth Annual Private Equity Forum
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Trials of the Century
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15
Tax Due Diligence in Acquisitions
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To Save and Keep Harmless: The Role of Indemnity and Insurance in Business Transactions
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 16
Liquor Law practice in Challenging Times
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Doing Business in China 2009
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Word 2007 for Attorneys with Leigh Webber
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, July 17
Simulcast – PLI – Fundamentals of Investment Adviser Regulation 2009
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Real Estate 101: Buying & Selling Residential Real Property
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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

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