July 20, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 55

Client Development, Comfort Zone Programs Set

The Lawyers in Transition Initiative will present programs on demystifying client development and moving out of your comfort zone in the coming weeks.

Martha E. Candiello of ClientBridge, LLC will present "Demystifying Client Development - What You Need to Know to Create and Maintain Gold Standard Relationships with Your Clients" on Wednesday, July 29.

This program will give you the benefit of information acquired from extensive law firm client interviews in many industries and many geographic locations. The program is designed to help you understand what characteristics and behaviors your clients expect from excellent outside counsel – so you become their "go to lawyers."

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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

• The Lawyers in Transition Initiative and the Training Resource Group will present "Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone" on Friday, July 31.

This program will cover the difference between someone's identity and their role; the importance of keeping identity strong and how to keep it strong; the concept of winners, at-leasters and non-winners/losers; and the concept of comfort zone.

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.

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.

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 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.

Contact Legislators to Save Legal Services Funding in Pa.

As state legislators try to balance the budget for fiscal year 2009-10, funding for legal services is on the chopping block. The Senate version of the budget, embodied in Senate Bill 850, completely eliminates the $3.2 million appropriation for legal services funding proposed by Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

Lawyers know the critical role local legal services organizations play in providing access to justice for the growing number of poor residents in our area. The Philadelphia Bar Association urges its members to contact their state legislators and show their support for adequate funding for legal services. Click here to go to the Association's Legislative Action Center, where you will be able to send letters to your legislators.

Learn about YLD Benefits at YLD Live! July 27

The Young Lawyers Division wants to hear from you! On Monday, 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.

Meet the Chancellor July 28

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold a "Meet The Chancellor” program with Association Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov on Tuesday, July 28.

Ladov, principal at Offit Kurman, will speak about her career path and how she made it to the “top office” of the Bar Association. She will then take questions on topics of interest. 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 members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Lessons Learned from Starting a Small Firm Aug. 4

The Solo and Small Firm Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will present "Lessons Learned from Starting a Small Firm" on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Panelists include Sheryl L. Axelrod, The Axelrod Firm, LLC; Harper J. Dimmerman, The Law Office of Harper J. Dimmerman P.C.; and Joseph A. Prim, Duca and Prim, LLP. The speakers will engage in roundtable discussion, with an emphasis upon sharing meaningful lessons in their own practices. The subjects will range from entity formation to cost-cutting to marketing.

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 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.

SeniorLAW Center CLE on Personal Planning July 28

The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Older Pennsylvanians," on Tuesday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at SeniorLAW Center, 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810.

The aim of this course is to train attorneys how to prepare and execute basic personal planning documents, including simple wills, living wills and financial and health care powers of attorney. For each document, attorneys will learn the relevant Pennsylvania law, pertinent definitions, drafting tips, and common misconceptions their clients may have about this area of law. Particular focus will be given to preparing and executing documents for SeniorLAW Center's client base: low-income older Pennsylvanians. Attorneys will be provided with paper copies of the power-point presentation and SeniorLAW Center's sample forms for each document

The program is free to SeniorLAW Center volunteer attorneys who agree to accept a pro bono referral representing one SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (There is a $1.50 per credit administrative fee.) New volunteers are welcome and will also receive free credit if they agree to accept a pro bono personal planning client referral. Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Roxane Crowley, Esq. at rcrowley@seniorlawcenter.org or 215-988-1244.

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.

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Understanding Basics of Fraud, Abuse in Health Care

Lean about the "Big 3" federal fraud and abuse laws that can lead to civil or criminal charges against hospitals, physicians, and other health care entities on Wednesday, July 22. Also learn about fraud and abuse enforcement, government enforcement perspective, hot issues, recent trends and more. This 3 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a held on Wednesday, July 22 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 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 12 p.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, July 21
Technology Law Forum
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22
Understanding the Basics of Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Industry
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 23
MBA Concepts for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, July 27
Buying and Selling a Business
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 28
Ohlbaum on Evidence Advocacy: Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29
Fire At-Will: Wrongful Termination in PA
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

IRS Appeals Process for Examination Cases and Alternative Dispute Resolution through Fast Track Settlement
3 substantive
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 30
Family Law 101
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast – Religion in the Workplace – Part of PBI’s Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, July 30 & 31
PLI – The Pocket MBA for Lawyers: Everything you Need to Know about Finance
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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