Monday, Sept. 8, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 64

Diversity Discussion Kicks off Conference

Vernā Myers will lead a multimedia and interactive discussion on diversity in the legal field to kick off the Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 19.

A film will be shown and used as the basis for beginning the discussion. First-person examples from a variety of different perspectives will be shared to illustrate how diversity contributes to professionalism, in addition to a panel discussion with diverse participants. The goal of this session is to generate positive discussions regarding the variety of diversity issues in the workplace and to increase professionalism in the legal community.

Myers will be handling the first and third hours of this session as the solo panelist. Hour one will focus on barriers to inclusion and acceptance. Audience members will be asked to respond to questions posed by standing up if they agree. Panelists for the program include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro; Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland; J. Gordon Cooney Jr.; Bernard W. Smalley; City Solicitor Shelley R.Smith; and Stacey Sobel.

The three-day conference at Bally's Atlantic City features 24 CLE seminars with 13 CLE credits available. Click here for more information on the conference.

Equitable Distribution Discussion Today

The Divorce and Equitable Distribution Committee will present "The Initial Client Interview: All the Questions You Should Be Asking and Answering, But Don't" at today's (Monday, Sept. 8) meeting of the Family Law Section.

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.

Associate Training Program on Ethics Sept. 9

Lee A. Rosengard will present "Ethics – Model Rules and Model Behavior" at the Tuesday, Sept. 9 Associate Training Program CLE seminar.

Rosengard, a partner with Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, will present practical advice for junior attorneys practicing in accordance with Rules of Conduct. The presentation will also include tips on presenting oneself in an ethical and professional manner, and will include suggestions on dealing with difficult clients and opposing counsel, as well as the requirements for supervising non-lawyers.

The program begins at 8 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. The program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. To register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Division and the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter.

Disciplinary Counsel Discussion Sept. 9

The Professional Responsibility Committee will hold an open discussion with Raymond S. Wierciszewski from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at its Tuesday, Sept. 9 meeting.

While both the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement provide for the procedures and substance of our disciplinary system, as attorneys we all know that what goes into prosecuting a case and coming up with an appropriate remedy is something that is always fact sensitive. What are some of the signs that let the Office of Disciplinary Counsel know that it is dealing with an attorney who most likely has engaged in a pattern of misconduct? What is it that the ODC looks for in an attorney who is applying for readmission after suspension or disbarment? At the other end of the spectrum is attorney advertising as much of a concern to the ODC as it is to other attorneys?

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. 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 register for this program.

Third Circuit Developments Sept. 10

Representatives from the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals will discuss recent developments in the Third Circuit at the Wednesday, Sept. 10 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

Speakers include Toby Slawsky, Third Circuit executive; Marcia Waldron, Third Circuit clerk; and Patricia Dodszuweit, Third Circuit chief deputy clerk. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. 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.

YLD Happy Hour Sept. 10 at Field House

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a happy hour on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

The first 60 people will receive a drink ticket. The September happy hour is sponsored by KPMG Forensic.

Learn About Voice Recognition Software Sept. 11

Attorney Daniel J. Siegel will present "Voice Recognition Software - Is it Ready for Prime Time?" at the Thursday, Sept. 11 meeting of the Law Practice Management Division Technology Committee.

The presentation will provide an overview of voice recognition software, including helpful information attorneys and staff should know before purchasing the software. There will also be a demonstration of voice recognition software. 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.

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.

Securing the Freedom to Marry Discussion Sept. 15

Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, will discuss "Securing the Freedom to Marry: What Next?" at a Monday, Sept. 15 program presented by the Family Law Section, Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants, Civil Rights and LGBT Rights Committees.

The program 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.

Tax Section CLE Sept. 16

Aydin Hayri, principal transfer pricing economist, Deloitte Tax LLP, will present the CLE program "A Transfer Pricing Primer: The Tax Treatment of Transactions Between Related Persons - A Survey of Section 482 for the Non-482 Specialist and its Application to Common Transactions Between Related Parties" on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Two substantive CLE credits are available for this program. Click here for more information.

Federal Judges on Effective Brief Writing Sept. 17

U.S. District Court Judges Legrome D. Davis, Gene E.K. Pratter and Lawrence F. Stengel will present thoughts on effective brief writing at the Wednesday, Sept. 17 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

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

Liebenberg to Receive O'Connor Award Oct. 20

Roberta D. Liebenberg, a member of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., has been announced as the recipient of the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award.

Liebenberg, former co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will receive the award at the Association’s Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

The Women in the Profession Committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

NBA Women Lawyers Division Leadership Event Sept. 10

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will introduce its new leadership to the Philadelphia legal community on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meet area judges, colleagues, community leaders and law students for an evening of networking, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and a prize drawing. The event is presented by Kline & Specter, P.C. For more information, call (267) 441-1243 or e-mail

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

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

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

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 6 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd floor. 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.

Save the Date for PhiLAWpalooza on Oct. 2

Join the YLD 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 or if you are interested in connecting with other attorney musicians to play, please contact Stephanie Mensing. Click here for registration information.

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Forensics in Capital Cases Sept. 11

PBI's Forensics in Capital Cases examines various tools that can be used in capital cases. Come and hear forensic experts and some of Pennsylvania's top legal practitioners in the area of capital cases. You will learn how the "CSI Effect" plays out in real life. This 6 (5 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, Sept. 11 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.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 11
Forensics in Capital Cases
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15
Case Management Techniques for Mass Tort Cases: Judicial, Defense and Plaintiff’s Perspectives
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 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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