Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 66

Bench-Bar Hotel Reservation Deadline is Sept. 15

The deadline to receive a guaranteed hotel room rate of $185 on Friday night and $225 on Saturday night for the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is Friday, Sept. 15.

The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference offers a weekend of top-quality programs and camaraderie, with as many as 7.5 CLE credits available to attendees at the Sept. 29-30 event. Click here to register online.

The theme of the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is a salute to the movies. "The Greatest Show on Earth" will have 19 different programs to choose from. The Bench-Bar Conference brings together the Philadelphia legal community for continuing legal education seminars and provides an opportunity to foster the working environment between local judges and attorneys. The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is chaired by Ronald A. Kovler and Laura A. Feldman. More information on the conference is available at

The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is sponsored by LexisNexis, Thomson West, USI Colburn Insurance Service, Veritext, JAMS and Law Journal Television.

Social Security E-File Discussion Sept. 15

Officials from the Social Security Administration's District Office at 1234 Market St. will talk about the new e-file at the district office level at the Friday, Sept. 15 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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.

Tax Section CLE Program on Mergers Sept. 20

The Tax Section will hold the first program of its fall CLE series "Current Developments in Mergers and Acquisitions" on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Howard S. Goldberg and Gregg W. Winter are the featured speakers for the program, to be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. The program has been approved for 2 substantive CLE credits.

Click here to register in advance or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

Judge to Discuss Practice and Trends Sept. 20

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Judge Rochelle S. Friedman, along with Commonwealth Court Prothonotary Daniel R. Schuckers, will discuss Commonwealth Court practice and trends at the Wednesday, Sept. 20 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

This course is designed to educate workers' compensation attorneys, judges and law clerks on the current practice and trends in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law from a unique perspective: inside the Commonwealth Court. Also, learn more about foreseeable issues that are most likely to affect workers' compensation law, practice and procedure.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $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. If you wish to register in advance, visit or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this program, to be held at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Meet Newest Federal Judges Sept. 20

U.S. District Court Judges Thomas M. Golden and L. Felipe Restrepo will be introduced at the Wednesday, Sept. 20 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th 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.

Young Candidates to Reflect on Campaigns Sept. 22

Young political candidates will share specifics about their decisions to run for office and the obstacles they have faced during their campaigns at the Young Lawyers Division's next 2020 Lunchtime Series event on Friday, Sept. 22.

Anne Dicker, A. Lindsay Doering IV, Matthew McClure and Tony Payton Jr. are scheduled to serve on the panel, with more speakers expected to be announced prior to the event. The panelists will not discuss their individual platforms or races.

The program, to be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., is open to all Association members. The program begins at 12 p.m. with lunch, followed by the panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $7.50 for all members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Criminal Justice Section Program on Patriot Act Sept. 26

The Criminal Justice Section will hold a CLE program on The Patriot Act on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Speakers for the program include David Rudovsky of Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein and Messing and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Prof. Stephen Henderson of Widener University Law School. They will discuss the key provisions of the Patriot Act, technologically enhanced surveillance, terrorism issues in related areas (e.g. detention of alleged enemy combatants) and the legal ramifications.

The program has been approved for 2 substantive CLE credits. Visit to register or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

112 Firms Raise $1.43 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of Dugan, Brinkmann, Maginnis & Pace; Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien & Courtney, P.C.; Law Journal Television and Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers, 112 law firms have pledged more than $1.43 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 112 law firms, representing more than 4,500 attorneys, have pledged $1,438,370. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. Seventeen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in PaLAW 2005. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Brandeis Society Accepting Levy Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award, an award presented by the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at its annual Hanukkah party in December.

The award provides recognition to an individual who is a member of the bench or bar and has demonstrated a sustained commitment to serving the legal and broader community. The award is named to honor the life of Benjamin F. Levy, whose efforts contributed to the creation of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society.

Past recipients have included prominent members of the bench and bar. Nominations, including a brief statement as to why the particular nominee should be considered for the Award, must be submitted by no later than Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 to Michael J. Berkowitz, Chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at

Third Tuesday Night Out Benefit Sept. 19

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights will hold a Third Tuesday Night Out Benefit on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Cresheim Cottage Cafe, 7402 Germantown Ave.

Attendees can learn about the Center's work. A cash bar and lite fare will be available and 10 percent of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Center. For more information, visit or call (215) 731-1447, extension 13.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program, established in 2003 as a result of a generous donation by Morris M. Shuster to the Bar Foundation. This program is intended to assist public interest lawyers who face large student loan obligations that threaten their ongoing service as public interest attorneys.

At least two Shuster Fellowships will be awarded in 2006 to qualified applicants. One fellowship will be awarded to an eligible public interest attorney who has completed five or more years of work experience and an additional Shuster Fellowship will be awarded to an eligible public interest attorney who has completed three or more years of work experience.

Click here for copies of the 2006 Shuster Fellowship application and guidelines. Please note that the deadline for submitting an application for a Shuster Fellowship to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation is Friday, Sept. 29. The winners will be announced at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4.

For more information, contact Maureen Mingey at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at or call (215) 238-6334.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons wishing to join the judiciary.

Individuals who are filing for the 2007 primary election as judicial candidates for the Philadelphia Common Pleas or Municipal Courts should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Areetha M. Carter, Esq., the Bar Association's Staff Counsel, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. Please return the completed questionnaire to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

Candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by contacting Ms. Carter at or (215) 238-6351.

The Commission will complete all ratings for candidates running in the 2007 primary by Jan. 31, 2007; therefore, in order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, no questionnaires will be accepted for evaluation after Dec. 15, 2006. Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire 2006 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Catherine Carr to Receive Philbrook Award

Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services, will receive the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award at Rutgers School of Law, Camden, N.J., on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The award is presented by The Women's Law Caucus, The Association for Public Interest Law, The Alumni Association of Rutgers University School of Law - Camden and The Camden County Bar Association. Proceeds of the Mary Philbrook Awards Celebration support public interest lawyering at Rutgers School of Law-Camden, including The Association for Public Interest Law Student Summer Grants, the Domestic Violence Program and the Rutgers Legal Clinics.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Rutgers Camden Campus Center in the Main Lounge. Click here for a ticket order form.

Legal Clinic for Disabled Stroll & Roll Sept. 24

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 15th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 24 beginning at Lloyd Hall, the first boathouse along Kelly Drive. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m.

There is a $20 entry fee for this event, payable to the Legal Clinic for the Disabled. Specials guests will include the Phillie Phanatic with music from Mummers bands. For more information, visit, call (215) 587-3350 or e-mail Tom Prettyman at

Fattah, Vallas at Chancellor's Forum on School Funding

Congressman Chaka Fattah and Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas will be the keynote speakers at an Oct. 16 Chancellor's Forum "How Pennsylvania School Funding Jeopardizes Philadelphia's Future (And What You Can Do About It)."

Vallas and Fattah will be joined on the panel by Helen Gym, a former teacher and consultant with the district and a parent activist. Gym is also the former editor of Public School Notebook, an independent quarterly education newspaper for public school parents and teachers.

The lunchtime meeting, hosted by Chancellor Alan M. Feldman in the 11th floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, is open to the public and begins at 12 p.m. with a free lunch, followed by presentations from Fattah and Vallas at 12:15 p.m. and then a question-and-answer period.

Click here to RSVP for the Chancellor's Forum or contact Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or by e-mail at

Examination of Medicaid Report Oct. 17

Joseph W. "Chip" Marshall III, a member of the Medicaid Commission selected by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, will discuss the commission's two-year project and upcoming report in a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, Oct.17.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section, the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee and the State Civil Litigation Section's Medical-Legal Committee.

The meeting will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The event, open to all Association members, begins at 12 p.m. with lunch, followed by Marshall's presentation at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $7.50 and registration is available at or by contacting Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or by e-mail at

Pichini Named O'Connor Awardee; Robinson to Address Bar

Roberta D. Pichini, a former chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, has been selected as the recipient of the Association's 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

The award presentation will be made during the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Oct. 30, where Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will deliver the keynote address.

Pichini is a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner and Weinstock. The Association also will present its Justice William J. Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award at the event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at

YLD Fall Family Spooktacular at Sesame Place Oct. 22

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Family Fall Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for children and includes food and beverages, a sing-along and meet and greet with five Sesame Place characters, VIP seating at the live stage show "Countdown to Halloween" and participation in the Sesame Place Rock Around the Block parade.

Children are invited to dress in costume and trick or treat throughout the park, tour The Count's Castle and take a hayride. Click here for directions to Sesame Place.

Bar Foundation's Hamilton Gala Nov. 4 at 30th St. Station

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will hold its annual Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 30th Street Station. The theme of this year's gala is "Neighborhoods of Philadelphia." Visit for additional information in the coming weeks.

This black-tie-optional event is chaired by Amy Ginensky and Deborah Gross.

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Discussion forums are a quick and easy way to get answers from colleagues on important practice questions. What's more, by personalizing your Profile, you'll receive an e-mail when someone has replied to your posting! And with the "Private Message" button, you can send a personal message to a Forum member at any time!

We invite you to take advantage of this valuable new service today, available exclusively on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Web site. If you have any questions, we're happy to help. Just e-mail Mark Tarasiewicz at, or Brett Schaeffer at Go ahead, post a question today!

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This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey, in addition to Bar Association contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

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