Aug. 10, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 58

Diversity Summit Sept. 22

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host the summit "Our Dialogue on Diversity" on Tuesday, Sept. 22 which will review the real-life struggles and successes of diverse Philadelphia lawyers from the past and present, with a major focus on the future...READ MORE

Dialogue on Diversity Sept. 22

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host the summit "Our Dialogue on Diversity" which will review the real-life struggles and successes of diverse Philadelphia lawyers from the past and present, with a major focus on the future.

This two-hour summit, designed as a luncheon program, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building.

Topics will include recruiting and retaining diverse individuals, building diverse leadership at the Bar Association and law firm management, the impact of the economy on diversity, and implementing the Statement of Diversity Principles resolution.

Panelists will include U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma Shapiro; Butler Buchanan, shareholder, Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; former Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls; Roberta Liebenberg, member, Fine, Kaplan & Black, R.P.C.; Nadeem Bezar, partner, Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar; Brandi Brice, assistant city solicitor; John Encarnacion, associate, White and Williams LLP; Thomas Fitzpatrick, partner, Fitzpatrick & Long, LLC; Heather J. Holloway, associate, Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP; Richard Negrin, vice president and associate general counsel, ARAMARK; Jamie Ray, Center for Disability Law Policy; and Lynn Zeitlin, executive director, Equality Advocates.

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Lunch is available for $12. Click here to register.

Register Now for Bench-Bar, Save with 2007 Prices

Association members have until Friday, Sept. 18 to take advantage of the early bird discount for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference Oct. 23-24 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

Conference prices have been rolled back to 2007 levels. Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

The 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference will open with the October Quarterly Meeting. A total of 13 CLE seminars and 5 CLE credits are available at the conference. Seminars are being presented by the Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, Business Litigation Committee, Workers' Compensation Section, Criminal Justice Section, State Civil Litigation Section, Law Practice Management Division, Professional Responsibility Committee, Bar-News Media Committee, Business Law Section, Public Interest Section and Probate and Trust Section.

The conference also includes a state of the court address with the president judges of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia courts.

One of the highlights of any Bench-Bar Conference is the Grand Reception, and this year is no exception. This year, the Grand Reception will be held at The Pool at Harrah's, one of the hottest nightspots in Atlantic City.

Saturday morning's programming gets off to a talkative start with a sports-talk program with Sports Radio 610-WIP's Anthony Gargano. Gargano has hosted 610's highly rated midday show (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for the past seven years. A former sportswriter for the New York Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer specializing in national in-depth features and profiles, Gargano has also written two books, The Great Philadelphia Fan Book and A Sunday Pilgrimage. He contributes to several magazines, was named in the 2000 Great Sportwriters Book, and can be seen mornings on Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia."

Discounted hotel room rates are also available for conference attendees. To receive the special room rate, hotel reservations must be made no later than Thursday, Oct. 1 by calling Harrah's directly at 609-441-5776.

Be sure to mention "Philadelphia Bar Association/2009 Bench Bar Conference" group code GHPBA9 to take advantage of the special rates of $209 in the new Waterfront Tower or $144 in the Harbor Tower on Friday, Oct. 23. Special rates are also available for Thursday and Saturday nights. Rates do not include taxes. Sponsors for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Juristaff, Summit Pharmacy, American Lawsuit Funding, Iron Mountain, JAMS and Alliance Medical Legal Consulting.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Sept. 11

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning Friday, Sept. 11.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 from 12 to 2 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The Sept. 11 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Sept. 18 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commerical. On Oct. 2, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Oct. 9 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit

ERISA for In-House and Corporate Counsel Aug. 21

The Employee Benefits Committee and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "ERISA for In-House and Corporate Counsel - How to Spot the Benefits Issues Before They Become Crises" on Friday, Aug. 21.

This 3 hour program is designed to enable in-house and corporate practitioners to identify some of the most fundamental legal considerations in connection with employee benefit matters, making them more capable of spotting potential tax and other legal pitfalls that could be addressed and dispensed with before the trouble begins. Panelists include course planner and moderator Robert W. Litvin, B. Janell Grenier, Kathryn E. Larkin, Brian M. Pinheiro and Mark C. Stephenson.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Lunch and registration for this three-credit program begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Truancy System Discussion Aug. 26

Frank Pombar and Delia Reveron of the School District of Philadelphia will discuss Philadelphia's truancy system at the Wednesday, Aug. 26 meeting of the Legal Rights of Children Committee.

This session will provide insight into how the current system works while providing an opportunity to discuss this pervasive problem with the people charged with doing something about it. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in 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 or call (215) 238-6353.

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

Nominations Sought for Thurgood Marshall Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party.

The Award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The Award should be for longtime service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor. Click here for additional information.

This year's Thurgood Marshall Award Committee is chaired by Joe Mitchell. Nominations should be sent to: If you have any questions, please contact Mitchell at 215-557-7111.

All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.

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Eight Keys to Success in Court and Beyond

Mark A. Drummond brings you cutting-edge persuasion tools with techniques that he has acquired through his training around the world combined with ideas from outside the courtroom that you can use from the day the case comes into your office to verdict in this six credit hour CLE on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The program will be held 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 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 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.

Monday, Aug. 10
Video – The Basics of Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Video –Ethics Potpourri – Overcoming Depression
1 ethics CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.

Simulcast – Saving the Family Home in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis Climate
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 11
Video – Ethics Potpourri – Harry Potter and the Lawyer's Curse
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Video – Winning the “Fall Down” Case
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12
From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Securities Arbitration in the Market Meltdown Era
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
Video – Mental Health Issues in Capital Cases
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Shakespeare and the Law
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Reductions in the Force
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14
Simulcast – Practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri – Attorney Discipline in PA
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Video – Basics of Realty Transfer Tax
2 substantive CLE credits
1 to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 17
Video – 22nd Annual Civil Litigation Update 2009
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri – Overcoming Depression
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

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