Monday, Sept. 22, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 68

Judge Sheppard, Liebenberg to be Honored Oct. 20

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. and former Women in the Profession Committee co-chair Roberta D. Liebenberg will be presented with two of the Association's most prestigious awards at the Monday, Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Judge Sheppard is the recipient of the 2008 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Liebenberg will receive the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Judge Sheppard is now a senior judge and in his 25th year on the Court of Common Pleas. He has presided in the family, criminal and civil divisions. Presently, he is the team leader of the court's Commerce Program. He was elected to the Common Pleas Court in November 1983 and retained in 1993 and 2003. The Brennan award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.

Roberta D. Liebenberg, a member of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., will receive the O'Connor Award. It 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.

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.

The meeting will also include a panel discussion with women leaders from across Philadelphia. The panelists include Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman, superintendent of the Philadelphia School District; Ahmeenah Young of the Pennsylvania Convention Center; and Nina M. Gussack, chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP. The panel will be moderated by Mary Stoker Smith of CBS3 Eyewitness News.

International Law Committee CLE Program Today

The International Law Committee will present the CLE program "Developing a Mixed-Use Luxury Resort Outside the US: A Tour of Complex International Business and Legal Considerations" today (Monday, Sept. 22).

The speaker for the program is Albert Pucciarelli, former executive vice president and general counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts. He represents clients in the development of luxury hotels and resorts, mainly outside the United States. He will use one of his current projects to illustrate the array of business and legal considerations arising in this kind of development that involves participants from several countries, including the developer, the equity investors, the lender, the hotel management company and brand franchisor, the general contractor and the purchasers of the residences.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Complementary lunch will be served to those who register. Click here for more information and to register.

Jayne Navarre on Social Media Today

Jayne Navarre, managing director of LawGravity LLC, will present "Community and Social Media – Use It or Lose" at today's (Monday, 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.

Meet New Human Services Commissioner Sept. 23

The Legal Rights of Children Committee and the Family Law Section will host a reception to welcome Anne Marie Ambrose, new commissioner of the Department of Human Services, on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

This program will include a brief presentation from Ambrose followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is a charge of $7.50 to attend. Click here to RSVP for this event.

CLE Program on Personality Tests Sept. 25

A panel of experts will discuss the Rorschach Test, the Bricklin Test, and the MMPI at a CLE program sponsored by the Custody Committee of the Family Law Section on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Panelists include Marla B. Isaacs, Ph.D.; Anthony M. Pisa, Ph.D. and Robert L. Tanenbaum, Ph.D. Dr. Isaacs will discuss the Rorschach Test, Dr. Tanenbaum will discuss The Bricklin Test, and Dr. Pisa will discuss the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). They will discuss the details of the testing, computer scoring, the weight given to the test results, common mistakes, and tips for direct and cross examination.

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 (800) 932-4637. The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

A reception, sponsored by the Custody Committee, will follow the program for an additional fee of $10. Click here to RSVP for the reception.

Past and Present Election Issues Sept. 26

The Civil Rights Committee will host a panel discussion on past and present election issues critical to a democracy at its Friday, Sept. 26 meeting.

Panelists include Nelson A. Diaz, Cozen O’Connor; Jennine Miller, Project H.O.M.E.; Zack Stalberg, president and chief executive officer, Committee of Seventy; and M. Aurora Vásquez, senior attorney, Advancement Project.

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.

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

Meet Women of City Law Department Sept. 30

City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith will be among the panelists at the Women in the Profession Committee's "Women of the City of Philadelphia Law Department" program on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Additional speakers include Donna J. Mouzayck, first deputy city solicitor; Christine Bak, senior attorney- Real Estate Tax Unit; Vernette Dow, divisional deputy city solicitor - Health and Adult Services; Suzanne Reilly, senior attorney, Civil Rights; and Valerie Robinson, senior attorney - Commercial Law. The program will be moderated by Nikki Johnson-Huston, assistant city solicitor – Major Tax Unit.

The program 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.

PhiLAWpalooza Oct. 2 at J.C. Dobbs

The Young Lawyers Division will host its second annual PhiLAWpalooza on Oct. 2 at the legendary J. C. Dobbs on South Street, with an exciting line-up of bands comprised of Philadelphia lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

This year's line-up includes fan favorites A Band Called M (Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP) and Class Action (Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin) playing rock-n-roll hits. Newcomers include Mommy's Little Monsters (Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.), Roger Delco (Law Offices of David W. Wolf) and special guest Paula Boggs, general counsel for Starbucks.

This year also features an upstairs stage for open mic-style performances or jam sessions. Lawyers are encouraged to bring along an acoustic guitar or other unplugged instrument for a little more chilled out experience.

The bands are very excited about performing at J. C. Dobbs, where they will rock the same stage where Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Green Day made their Philadelphia debuts. PhiLAWpalooza will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Association members ($15 at the door) and $15 for non-members ($18 at the door). Admission includes rock-n-roll, drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and exciting drink specials! J. C. Dobbs is located at 304 South St. Click here to purchase tickets.

Techniques to Market Yourself Oct. 3

Megan Kristel, president of Kristel Closets, Inc. will present "Build your Brand and your Business through the Power of your Personal Image: Techniques and Strategies to Market Yourself in a Competitive Industry" on Friday, Oct. 3.

This joint meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

YLD Family Fall Festival Oct. 19 at Zoo

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its 2008 Family Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave.

Admission includes all-day access to the zoo between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The YLD Family Fall Festival event will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Peacock Pavilion and includes a picnic BBQ with dessert. Access to Pavilion is available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Activities include the Zoo on Wheels from 12 to 2 p.m. and face painting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Chief Ramsey at Brandeis Happy Hour Today

Philadelphia Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey will be the special guest when the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society kicks off its fall programming with a free Happy Hour featuring hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at the Vesper Club (222 S. Sydenham St. between Walnut and Locust, 15th and 16th) today (Monday, Sept. 22) at 5:30 p.m.

All are encouraged to attend the event at which Ramsey will speak briefly. Brandeis Chancellor Louis Podel thanked Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Sandra Mazer Moss and Anne E. Lazarus for helping to arrange the event and encouraged everyone to come out and meet Chief Ramsey. "This is going to be a fine social event and a chance to learn about Chief Ramsey's priorities for the city," Podel said.

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

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

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

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.

Monday, Sept. 22
Simulcast - PLI - Sixth Annual Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Local, State & Federal Taxes Affecting Real Estate Transactions
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Simulcast - PLI - Hot Issues Executive Compensation 2008
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Second Season: Issues for Divorce Over Fifty
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend the entire program to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25
"Appeal in the time of Cholera:" How to Save an Appeal from an Untimely Death
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Right to Bear Arms: The Impact of the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision in D.C. v. Heller
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26
Immigration Law Forum - Day 1
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Immigration Law Forum - Day 2
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 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.

You have received this message because you are listed with the Philadelphia Bar Association as a subscriber to the Bar Reporter Online. This message may contain commercial content. If you wish to add, modify or delete a Bar Reporter Online subscription, either send an e-mail to, or go to
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-238-6300.

Click here if you have trouble viewing this page.