Sept. 17, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 65

Candidates Sought for 2009 Bar Election

The Philadelphia Bar Association is currently seeking candidates for the 2009 election.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor; Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer (each office carries a one-year term); and five seats on the Board of Governors (each Board seat carries a three-year term).

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Assistant Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 8, 2009 Annual Meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice-Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote.

There will be an informational "nuts and bolts" Session at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Bar Association to offer guidance to prospective candidates about the Board of Governors and the process of running for a member of line officer seat. The deadline for candidates to file their paperwork is Friday, Oct. 9.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact, staff counsel Brian Sims at for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee, c/o Brian Sims, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9.

Bench-Bar Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference 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.

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.

Association members have until Friday, Sept. 25 to take advantage of the early bird discount for the event. 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. Click here to register online.

Click here to download a registration form that can be mailed in to Bar Association offices.

Sponsors for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, PNC Wealth Management, JuriStaff, Summit Pharmacy, American Lawsuit Funding, JAMS, Iron Mountain, LexisNexis, Alliance Medical Legal Consulting, CourtCall and Eastern Pennsylvania Orthopedics. USI Affinity is the sponsor of Friday night's Grand Reception at The Pool After Dark.

Ethical Issues and Fee Agreements Sept. 17

The Professional Responsibility and Fee Disputes Committees will be sponsor the lunchtime CLE seminar "Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement" on Thursday, Sept. 17.

This one hour CLE will address the following questions: Is a written fee agreement required? May an attorney charge a nonrefundable retainer? Can an attorney hold a file for nonpayment of a fee when the client obtains new counsel? Through a reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients and how to address those issues which often arise when a representation ends or the client hires a new attorney. Please join us for what will be a most informative program.

Panelists include Arthur Brandolph, Charles F. Forer, Shanese I. Johnson, Linda F. Rosen and Barbara S. Rosenberg. Course planners include Rosenberg, Charles J. Klitsch and Amy J. Seefeld.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch fee is included in the tuition price. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

CLE Explores Future of S-Corp Sept. 17

The Business Organizations Committee will present the CLE "Is the S-Corp Dead:
A Review of the Current Usefulness of S-Corporation Status" on Thursday, Sept. 17 beginning at 11:45 a.m. at The Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The "S" Corporation was for many years the typical choice of entity for small businesses. In the past decade, its use has become more and more limited with the wide-spread popularity of the limited liability company. This seminar will address whether the "S" Corporation continues to be a viable choice of entity for businesses.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Proposed Supreme Court Rules Changes Sept. 18

The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss three important proposed rule changes from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court at its Friday, Sept. 18 meeting.

The proposed rule changes regard request for admissions, settlement conferences and pleading multiple causes of action. The meeting 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 members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Business Development Skills Series Continues Sept. 18

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys continues Friday, Sept. 18.

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 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 commercial. 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

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.

Landlord-Tenant Mediation Training Sept. 21

The Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present a landlord-tenant mediation training program on Monday, Sept. 21.

All interested attorneys with a minimum of four years experience are invited to take this CLE program and sign up as pro bono settlement masters. The program provides an opportunity to provide professional legal mediation for disputes in which many landlords and tenants are self-represented and may be unaware of relevant legal provisions applicable to their disputes. While all lawyers with four or more years experience are encouraged to participate, this program may be particularly attractive to transactional lawyers, whose negotiating skills will be well utilized.

This fall, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Bar Association and volunteer lawyers, will launch an initiative aimed at mediating and resolving legal disputes between landlords and tenants. The mediation, to be provided by trained pro bono settlement masters under the Court's supervision, will take place in the time between the filing of a statutory appeal from judgment entered in Municipal Court and the trial date in the Court of Common Pleas. Both parties, with counsel if represented, will be mandated by the Court to meet with a settlement master in an effort to reach a mutually beneficial agreement prior to the trial. This CLE program, presented by judges, mediation experts and members of the landlord-tenant bar, will provide training for pro bono settlement masters in mediation techniques and substantive landlord-tenant law, as well as outline the program's logistics.

Faculty members include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau, Kenneth L. Baritz, Roger K. Ciafre, Rachel Garland, Douglas Sisk, Joseph A. Torregrossa and Linda Ware Johnson. Course planners are Court of Common Pleas Judges Sandra Mazer Moss and Peter F. Rogers along with Ryan P. Chase, Ethan D. Fogel, Alyson M. Oswald and Joseph A. Sullivan.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A total of 3.5 CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

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

Private Equity 101 CLE Sept. 23

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present the CLE program "Fundamentals of Fund Formation I" on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

This first session in our "Private Equity 101" series will be a general discussion introducing junior lawyers to the private capital industry, as well as engaging experienced counselors by answering the following questions: what is private equity and how does the industry operate? Our featured speaker, Julia Corelli, will review common structures used, typical governance and economics, as well as provide an overview of the process for forming an investment fund, partnership law and other legal underpinnings.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Medical Legal Committee on Special Needs Trusts Sept. 23

Dennis McAndrews will discuss recent developments regarding special needs trusts, Medicare set-aside trusts and lien negotiations in the wake of Tristani at the Wednesday, Sept. 23 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

The proposed amendment to Pa. R.C.P. 1006(a.1) and the venue rules for out-of-state medical malpractice actions will also be discussed.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Women in the Profession Summit Sept. 24

The Second Annual Women in the Profession Summit "Then, Now and Where Do We Go from Here?" will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 5 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The summit will feature keynote remarks by JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Discussions will include "Removing Gender Bias from Attorney Evaluations," "Hot Topics for Women" and "A Woman's Voice on the Bench." The event will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Faculty for the program includes Judge Susan Peikes Gantman, Superior Court of Pennsylvania; Judge Lillian H. Ransom, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Judge Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Justice Debra Todd, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Judge Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Danielle Banks, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Kelly Dobbs Bunting, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Linda Bray Chanow, assistant director, Project for Attorney Retention, Vienna, Va.; Shira J. Goodman, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Barbara K. Gotthelf, McCarter & English, LLP; Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov, Offit Kurman; Roberta Liebenberg, Fine, Kaplan & Black; Lynn A. Marks, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; and Joanne M. Murray, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP. The summit planner is Kimberly Ruch-Alegant, Alegant Law, P.C.

Click here to register online.

My First Federal Trial CLE Sept. 24

Your first federal jury trial can be (and often is) a harrowing experience. You are a lawyer after all – and you're supposed to know how to do this stuff! The Federal Courts Committee and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association offer "My First Federal Trial" for the young (and the not so young) lawyer who is facing this momentous occasion. While there are plenty of trial practice courses available to teach trial skills, this program is designed to fill the gaps and to learn right from the judges everything you really want to know, but are afraid to ask.

Faculty for the program includes U.S. District Court Judges C. Darnell Jones II; Gene E. K. Pratter; Juan R. Sanchez; Timothy J. Savage and Lawrence F. Stengel; along with Stephanie J. Mensing and Barbara T. Sicalides. The course planner is Ellen Meriwether.

The program will be held in the ceremonial courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St. beginning at 4 p.m. A reception follows. Click here to register.

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.

Is Forensic Science Really Science CLE Sept. 29

Marissa B. Bluestine and Jules Epstein will present the lunchtime CLE “Is Forensic Science Really Science? - National Academy of Sciences Report Changes Everything Except DNA” at the Tuesday, Sept. 29 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

In February 2009, the National Academy of Science issued a report on the state of foren-sic proof in the United States. That report contrasted the solid empirical foundation of DNA proof with that of other disciplines such as fingerprinting, ballistics evidence, and handwriting, and found them lacking in validation studies and consistent standards for expertise, evaluation, and evidence assessment. This session will summarize the findings of the NAS report and discuss their significance for criminal trials in Pennsylvania and how judges, prosecutors and defense counsel will make use of its findings.

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. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $8 per person with payment being made to the Philadelphia Bar Association in advance of the meeting. To pre-register for lunch, click here.

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.

Supplementing Your Income Oct. 1

Kathleen Smith and Edwin Miller will present discuss supplementing your income at the Thursday, Oct. 1 meeting of the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.

Smith is chair of Social Science and director of the Center for Law and Society and the co-coordinator for Paralegal Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia. Miller is dean of the paralegal program at Peirce College.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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.

Nominations Sought for 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Oct. 16.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey via e-mail at or by mailing to Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

Lawyers' Club Reception for Judges Sept. 24

The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia will hold a reception honoring the judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the judges of the Municipal Court. Special recognition will be given to Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe. This reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd Floor.

Attorneys may obtain more information and an application for membership by visiting New members are welcome to attend.

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 Bar" 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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