Sept. 24, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 67

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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...READ MORE

Just 2 Days Left to Save on Bench-Bar; Register Today

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.

One of the highlights of this year's event is the Grand Reception on Friday, Oct. 23 at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Atlantic City. This year's reception has a Hawaiian "law-au" theme. Come dressed in your favorite casual resort attire, dine on classic Polynesian-inspired cuisine and dance the night away to the sounds of BIG CITY. The Pool After Dark, one of Atlantic City's hottest nightclubs, is the perfect setting for this festive event with its palm trees, cabanas and glass-dome ceiling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LGBT Committee Conversation with Author Hertz Sept. 24

The LGBT Rights Committee will host a conversation with Frederick Hertz, author of the newly published Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions on Thursday, Sept. 24.

This brown bag lunch meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of the SeniorLAW Center, 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810. Please RSVP to

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.

Pa. Inheritance Tax Update Oct. 6

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will provide an upate on state inheritance tax at the Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting of the Probate and Trust Section's Tax Committee.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m., at the offices of Wilmington Trust Company, One Liberty Place, Suite 3150, 1650 Market St.

Please contact Elizabeth Latorre at for more information.

WIP Task Force Happy Hour Oct. 8

The Public Service Task Force of the Women in the Profession Committee will host a "Back to School" Happy Hour on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Public House, 1801 Arch St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event is free and features drink specials. It also presents a great opportunity to get to know members of the Task Force and the Committee as well as mingle with many other Bar Association members. Attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies for a local school in need.

To RSVP, contact Nikki Johnson-Huston at 215-683-5289 or via e-mail at

Building a Book of Business Oct. 9

Susan Letterman White of Letterman White Consulting will discuss Marketing 101 and strategies for building a book of business at the Friday, Oct. 9 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

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.

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.

Nominees Sought for Chancellor's Diversity Award

Nominees are being sought for the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award. The award will recognize a law firm, legal organization or individual who has made a substantial contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Nominations for the award will be accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 23. The Chancellor's Diversity Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Potential honorees may be an individual attorney, law firm of any size, legal services organization or law school. The nominee must reside in Philadelphia. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous appreciation of and contribution to diversity and inclusion in the field. However, nominations will be accepted for a single outstanding contribution.

If the nomination is for a law firm, law school or organization, may include an outstanding or innovative programmatic activity that has highlighted diversity, increased diverse representation or supported inclusion efforts in the legal field. These activities should support the areas of commitment to diversity mentioned in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles.

If the nomination is for an individual, that person must demonstrate a sustained commitment to the tenets of diversity through activities that should support the areas of commitment to diversity mentioned in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles. For more information about the Chancellor's Diversity Award, contact Dr. Sean Kathleen Lincoln at (215) 238-6340.
Click here to download nomination forms.

Justinians Luncheon for Justice Alito Oct. 20

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 150 S. Broad St.

A reception is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 12 p.m.. Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will deliver introductory remarks. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706, or visit Ticket prices are $110 per person for members and $1,000 for a table of 10 members and $150 per person for non-members and $1,250 for a table of 10 non-members.

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.

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