Monday, Aug. 18, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 60

Crime and Punishment Chancellor's Forum Sept. 10

District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will be among the panelists for the Wednesday, Sept. 10 Chancellor's Forum "Crime and Punishment – The Philadelphia Story."

Abraham and Ramsey will be joined by Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety; Mark Harrell of Men United for a Better Philadelphia; and David Rudovsky, senior fellow at University of Pennsylvania Law School. The panel will be moderated by Chris Satullo of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The panel will discuss the problems and challenges surrounding the issue of crime and punishment in Philadelphia and the ways in which community and civil rights groups can work with law enforcement to reduce crime in the city.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. There is no charge for lunch, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Investing in Real Estate for Women Aug. 26

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Why And How Women Should Buy A Home And Invest In Real Estate" at its Tuesday, Aug. 26 meeting.

The meeting begins in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Understand the AMA Guides CLE Sept. 5

Dr. Scott Naftulin and Dr. Barry Schnall will present "Understanding the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th Edition" at the Workers' Compensation Section lunchtime CLE program on Friday, Sept. 5.

Attendees will learn the changes from the 5th Edition to the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

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. To register in advance, visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

This year's Brennan Award Committee is chaired by Rhonda Hill Wilson. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 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 Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 1995. Other recipients of the award, which is now named in honor of Justice Brennan, include the following: President Judge Alex Bonavitacola of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (1996); Judge Phyllis W. Beck of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1997); Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1998); Judge Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999); Chief Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000); Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (2002); U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollack (2003); Judge James R. Melinson, retired U.S. Chief Magistrate (2004); U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edmund V. Ludwig (2005); Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Louis J. Presenza (2006); and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (2007). The Brennan Award was not given in 2001.

Register Online for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference

Association members and non-members can register online for the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 19-21.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $629 and includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division, the full conference registration fee is $479. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Buying a Vacation House CLE Aug. 20

Radio host Jay Lamont will be among the panelists for the CLE program "Buying a Vacation House" on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Lamont, host of Philadelphia's longest-running real estate program, "All About Real Estate," will be joined by panelists Blair H. Granger, Tonna Gruber and Maury B. Reiter.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance, between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall. Click here for more information.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the First City Troop Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.

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 that the award will be given to a qualifying law-related public service agency.

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.

Click here for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 12.

Jayne Navarre on Social Media Sept. 22

Jayne Navarre, managing director of LawGravity LLC, will present "Community and Social Media – Use It or Lose" at the Tuesday, Sept. 22 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

For those new to community and social media and its powerful potential in building relationships, this presentation will give you basic background. For those who've already tested or plunged into the social computing waters, you may find Navarre's prospective as a veteran in-house legal marketer and Web strategist helpful in adding new ideas to your social-networking tool kit.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

The Villanova Public Interest Programs Committee will hold a dinner reception at the law school celebrating the Public Interest Scholar Program and its recipients on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Villanova University School of Law, 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova. The Public Interest Scholars Program is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in public interest law. As Public Interest Scholars, the students commit to practice in the field of public service for at least three of the five years after graduation. Please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 25 to Liz Dunn at (610) 519-7228 or

The Education Law Center will present the pro bono training program, "Education Law: Student Discipline," on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. This training is open to all attorneys and will cover relevant education law as well as helpful practical techniques in representing students in discipline hearings. Two substantive CLE credits will be provided for free in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by the Education Law Center. Please RSVP to Deborah Gordon Klehr, at (215) 238-6970, extension 313, or at

Villanova School of Law will host the Lawyering Together orientation dinner at on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., at Villanova School of Law, 229 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Lawyering Together matches law students with volunteer attorneys to work on pro bono cases referred by one of the local public interest legal organizations. For more information about becoming a Lawyering Together volunteer, or to RSVP to attend the orientation dinner, please contact Liz Dunn at (610) 519-7228 or via e-mail at

Philadelphia VIP's LawWorks Project will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration/snacks provided from 10:30 to 11 a.m.), at the Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St. This program will provide free legal advice by pro bono attorneys for new and established small businesses. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 19 (no walk-ins will be accepted). For registration or questions, contact Martin Costello at (215) 523-9562 or e-mail

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at 2100 Arch St. HIAS will welcome Burmese/Myanmar refugees at the luncheon, and will honor Shmul Kaplan with a special citizenship award. RSVP to Sarah Peterson at or by phone to (215) 832-0920. Tickets are $40 ($15 for public interest attorneys).

Rutgers School of Law will hold the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. 5th St., 2nd Floor Bridge, Camden. This year's Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project. Tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets, contact Eve Biskind Klothen at (856) 225-6608 by Sept. 18.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc., will hold its 17th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 5K walk, run or stroll begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $30. For more information, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3357 or

Shuster Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for the Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program. Click here for copies of the 2008 application and guidelines for the Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program.

Please note that there are several changes in the 2008 Shuster Fellowship guidelines, including the requirement that an applicant must demonstrate that he or she has an annual student loan repayment obligation that equals or exceeds $2,500.

The deadline for submitting a completed application, signed copy of the guidelines and supporting documentation for the Shuster Fellowship program is Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. The Fellowships will be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala scheduled on Nov. 1, 2008.

If you have any questions about the Morris Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program, please contact Gene Sirni, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, at 215-238-6334 or via e-mail at

Design Home Volunteers Needed for Sept. 28 Event

The Young Lawyers Division will host Philadelphia magazine's Design Home 2008® in Lower Gwynedd, Pa., to benefit the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A limited number of volunteers are needed to welcome guests, collect tickets and provide information on the organization. The Ronald McDonald house was founded in 1974 as a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are receiving care at local hospitals.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristin McKenna at

Komen P.I.N. Stripes Program Sept. 10

The Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure's first-ever P.I.N. Stripes event was so well received by the young professional community, a second event in the series will be held Sept. 10 at the Pyramid Club. From the absolute newest on the "green" scene to one of our nation's most time-honored professions, we've put together a panel of local career celebrities to empower the thinking of everyone in attendance.

Graciously hosted by the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia, the evening begins with cocktails and hors d'ouevres overlooking the breathtaking view of the skyline afforded by this distinctive club. After networking and relaxing, guests will be given a one-of-a-kind look into the ingenuity, drive and ideas that propelled six of the Delaware Valley's most respected career individuals to greatness.

The September P.I.N. Stripe panel will include Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham; Joanne Calabria, vice president, public affairs, CBS Television Stations; Barbara Orr, executive vice president and co-owner, Poretta & Orr, Inc., Strategic Marketing, Events & Exhibits; Steven N. Haas, Cozen O'Connor; Craig Rankin, owner, C.P. Rankin, Inc., Roof Management & Contracting; and Sandy Wiggins, chairman, e3 Bank, the region's first green bank (in organization) and immediate past chair, U.S. Green Building Council. The panel will be moderated by Bob Kelly of CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Click here for additional information or to register for this event.

Senior Lawyers, YLD Team Up for Mentoring

Young attorneys will once again have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program.

More than 20 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact Michael B. Hayes at

Bar Association Available on Facebook

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now on the social networking site Facebook. More specifically, the Bar Association is now on Facebook "Pages": Philadelphia Bar Association.

In November 2007, Facebook created Pages — a space for businesses and organizations. (Previously, Facebook — unlike the other popular social networking site MySpace — allowed only individuals to create profiles.) The idea behind Pages is to offer organizations an opportunity to promote themselves through a social network, as opposed to, say, a traditional Web page.

An organization's "Page" works much the same way an individual's profile works on Facebook — there's some basic profile information and areas to add news, events and photos. Rather than creating a network of "friends," as an individual would do on Facebook, an organization collects "fans."

The difference is that anyone who has a Facebook account can become a fan of the organization — they don't need approval, as they do to become a friend of an individual. The other key difference is that Facebook Pages can be viewed without a Facebook account.

On the Association's page, readers can find the latest Association news, photos from recent events and links to posts from the Young Lawyers Division blog. More material will be available in the coming weeks. Readers who are not already Facebook members, can join easily and quickly become a fan of the Association.

Save the Date for PhiLAWpalooza on Oct. 2

Join the YLD for PhiLAWpalooza on Thursday, Oct. 2, as attorney musicians play at the legendary JC Dobbs on South Street.

If you are an attorney musician and are interested in performing at PhiLAWpalooza or if you are interested in connecting with other attorney musicians to play PhiLAWpalooza, please contact Stephanie Mensing. Registration information will be coming shortly.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

The Legal Directory 2008 and The Legal Directory Online are now available. We've added hundreds of new attorneys, making this edition the most comprehensive ever produced.

As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes the indispensable information you've come to rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts, and government agencies; a section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this essential resource - and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online. Order today at

PBI on Claims Made and Liability Insurance

PBI's Claims Made and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage helps with what you should know to protect yourself and your clients. Learn the important differences between claims made and "occurrence" policies. Also, learn ways to avoid legal malpractice liability and about the current issues in legal malpractice insurance coverage. This 3 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be held Friday, Aug. 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 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.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, Aug. 19
Video – Ethics Potpourri: Motivational Interventions
10 to 11 a.m.

How Much Do You Really Know About Contract Law?
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 20
Buying a Vacation Home
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Construction Contract Law and Litigation Update
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Video – Social Security Disability – the Basics
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Understanding Jurors: A Unique Approach to Courtroom Advocacy (Paul Lisnek)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22
Anatomy for Lawyers
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Claims Made and Professional Liability Coverage
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Video – Powers of Attorney: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
12 to 4:15 p.m.

More information is available at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

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

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