Aug. 31, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 61

Register for Bench-Bar by Sept. 25, Save With Discount

Association members have until Friday, Sept. 25 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 are $50 less than 2007. 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, Alliance Medical Legal Consulting and CourtCall.

Bench-Bar and Annual Conference Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 23-24 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

The lottery drawing will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24 and the announcement of winners will be sent via e-mail on Friday, Sept. 25.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Tracey McCloskey at by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for Friday, Oct. 23 at Harrah's as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

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 in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 programs will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. 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

ABCs of Zoning Practice in Philadelphia Sept. 11

The Real Property Section and Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training on zoning practice in Philadelphia on Friday, Sept. 11. This training is geared towards attorneys newer to a zoning practice in Philadelphia. We will cover the nuts and bolts of presenting cases before the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment and will touch briefly on what you need to know about the next level of appeal, particularly before you appear at the ZBA-level hearing.

Speakers for the program include Cheryl Gaston of the City of Philadelphia Law Department and Al Fuscaldo of Gibbons P.C. Attorneys will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP zoning case within 6 months of the training.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Associastion headquarters, 1101 Market St. To reserve your space at the program, contact Philadelphia VIP at 215-523-9550 or e-mail Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

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.

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

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.

Please visit for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 11.

Exceptional Client Service Program Sept. 15

The Attorney Career Development Committee will present "Exceptional Client Service: What Your Clients Want You to Know" on Tuesday, Sept 15.

Whether you are a law firm managing partner, a solo practitioner, or between opportunities, the key to success is learning the six key principles of exceptional client service directly from the source – your clients. A distinguished panel includes general counsel, business owners and the founder of the Attorney Client Service Institute.

The program begins at 12:15 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.

Loan Repayment Assistance Presentation Sept. 16

The Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Young Lawyers Division will co-sponsor a panel presentation on loan repayment assistance programs on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

The panel discussion will feature Heather Jarvis, senior program manager for Law School Advocacy and Outreach Resources at Equal Justice Works. Jarvis is a national expert on educational debt and the financial barriers facing law graduates and has been a leading player nationally in advocating for and now interpreting the new federal student loan forgiveness law, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Both the program and reception will take place at Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., and are free. Click here to register.

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.

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.

Public Finance Aspect of Stimulus Bill Sept. 23

Tax Exempt Finance Committee will discuss the public finance aspects of the stimulus bill at its Wednesday, Sept. 23 meeting.

Other topics will include Buy America Bonds, the proposed changes to 15c2-12 and any other topics of interest to the public finance community.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Joann Dawkins at 215-299-2071 or by e-mail at

YLD Dress to Impress Sept. 24 at Ladder 15

Join the Young Lawyers Division and some of the area's best clothing vendors at "Dress to Impress," a special networking event being held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ladder 15, 1528 Samson St.

From interviewing for a job or law school to talking with a client to making your case to a judge, there are countless reasons to look your best. "Dress to Impress" will feature various clothiers, each displaying their items throughout the night at discounted prices. Custom-tailored suits and shirts for both men and women will be available, as will a variety of accessories. Drink and food specials will also be offered during the event.

Confirmed vendors include Astor & Black, which will be raffling off a shirt and tie, as well as Distante and Doncaster. Other possible vendors include Senor Custom Clothing and Kimberly Boutique.

Registration is not required for "Dress to Impress," however the first 80 to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. Dress to Impress is sponsored by Ace Reporters, Inc.

The Art of Active Listening Sept. 30

The Lawyers in Transition initiative will present "Learning the Art of Active Listening" on Wednesday, Sept. 30 with Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates.

She will discuss five impediments to effective listening and why active listening is essential to your success. 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 who register in advance. Click here to register.

YLD Family Fall Festival at Philadelphia Zoo Oct. 3

Have fun and meet the families of your fellow young lawyers at the YLD Family Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-12. Admission includes all day access to the Zoo, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The YLD Fall Festival runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Peacock Pavilion and includes a picnic BBQ, decorate your own cupcake and a DJ. Access to the Peacock Pavilion begins at 12 p.m. Face painting and the Zoo on Wheels will be available from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Young lawyers can dress up, too. Click here to purchase tickets. Registration must be made in advance by Friday, Sept. 25. Tickets will not be available the day of the event.

Hamilton Benefit Nov. 21 at Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather as they have since 1978 at the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Andrew Hamilton Benefit to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the network of legal services organizations it funds.

This will be a wonderful evening of food, drink and dancing. There will be a "Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia" with surprise guests in a featured dance sequence. The contributions to those in need will be recognized through the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award. But most of all it will be gathering of people who share a common purpose - to promote equal access to justice for all.

Lawyers have a special responsibility to help the poor, children, the disabled and those who are especially vulnerable in times of crisis have access to legal representation. The Andrew Hamilton Benefit is the public symbol of the Philadelphia legal profession’s commitment to this notion and helps not only the public interest legal organizations and the clients they serve, but the legal profession itself. By showing that it cares about our justice system, the profession grows in stature.

Many law firms and businesses are supporting the Hamilton Benefit through sponsorships including Pepper Hamilton LLP; UPS; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney to name a just a few early sponsors. For more information, call Liz Pannulla at 215-238-6337 or click here and visit the Bar Foundation web site.

We ask you to continue to be there for Philadelphia's public interest legal services and join us on Nov. 21 as we celebrate the strength of our legal community and reaffirm together that Philadelphia lawyers care.

Public Interest Events Scheduled

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 18th Annual Stroll & Roll, at Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row on Sunday, Sept. 27. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event is a 5k walk, run or roll and begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $40. For more information, please contact Linda Peyton at (215) 587-3214.

Nationalities Service Center will host 2009 Global Tastes, a fundraising event at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will celebrate Philadelphia's diverse communities through food and explore the rich diversity of ethnic cuisines that are changing Philadelphia’s global palate. Individual tickets are $75 and nonprofit employee tickets are $50. NSC's inaugural Beacon of Justice Award will be presented to Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Entertainment will be provided by Peter Tang's Chinese Ensemble. For more information, call the Nationalities Service Center at (215) 893-8400 or visit

The Public Interest Law Center will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 1 with a cocktail reception and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., at The Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets. At the event, the family of Edwin D. Wolf, the Law Center's founder and first executive director, will be honored. For more information, contact Lauren Mirowitz at (215) 627-7100, extension 223 or visit

The 24th Mary Philbrook Awards Reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn St., Camden. This year, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Yvonne Smith Segars, New Jersey Public Defender. Individual tickets cost $50. For more information, contact Terry McCuen at

The Support Center for Child Advocates will host its 4th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 5 at Huntingdon Valley Golf Club, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Proceeds from this event benefit SCCA’s Project for Medically Needy Children. To register or for more information, visit

The Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee will holding a diversity discussion for DLSC staff and directors on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center, at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. This program will be facilitated by Dr. Sean Kathleen Lincoln, Director of Diversity, and will feature a discussion about practical solutions and ideas to resolve everyday diversity challenges. Click here to register online.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy

Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seated in Philadelphia. Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §152. Current annual salary is $160,080.

Applicants must be members in good standing of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and in every other bar of which they are members. Applicants should have engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years; demonstrate outstanding legal ability and competence and a commitment to equal justice under the law; and indicate by their demeanor, character and personality that they would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed.

Qualified candidates will be considered equally and without regard to race, sex, age, disability, religious affiliation or national origin. An extensive background in bankruptcy practice is not required. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment.

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications or attachments will be accepted. Applications and attachments must be submitted electronically by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. To apply, please e-mail your request for an application to

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Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law

PLI's Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law 2009 is a new program designed to give you the information you need to maintain your practice edge. Learn about different perspectives on the most pressing issues offered from experienced in-house and outside counsel. This 6 substantive CLE credit hour program will be simulcast in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 17, 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 5 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, Sept. 1
Video - Anatomy of a Software License
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri – Harry Potter and the Lawyer's Curse
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3
Video – Ethics Potpourri – Attorney Discipline in PA
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Video – Preliminary Criminal Procedures
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 9
Video – Consumer Debt Litigation
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10
Video – 22nd Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 14
Video – Ethics Potpourri – Overcoming Depression
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Video – LLCs, LPs, S Corps, & C Corps: Choosing the Best Business Entity for Maximum Results
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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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