Sept. 28, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 68

Discount Deadline for Hotel Reservations is Oct. 1

The deadline for reserving hotel rooms at a discounted rate for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Harrah's Atlantic City is Thursday, Oct. 1.

To receive our special rate, call Harrah's directly at 609-441-5776. Be sure to mention "Philadelphia Bar Association/2009 Bench Bar Conference" group code GHPBA9 to take advantage of the special rates of $209 in the new Waterfront Tower or $144 in the Harbor Tower on Friday, Oct. 23. Special rates are also available on Thursday.

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

To register for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference online, please click here.

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.

"Nuts and Bolts" of Running for Board of Governors

With the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors election just months away (Dec. 8), and the deadline for nominations just weeks away (Oct. 9), now is the time to come find out about what it takes to run for the Board of Governors.

Come spend an hour hearing from current Board members, officers, and the Bar Association staff about collecting signatures, attending events, endorsements, and most importantly, learn about the role of a Board of Governors member in the Philadelphia Bar Association! The program will held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. in 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

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, on or before Oct. 9, 2009, 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.

Please RSVP to Brian Sims, Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning, at or call (215) 238-6353.

Business Development Skills Series Continues Oct. 2

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys continues Friday, Oct. 2.

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 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. 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

YLD Family Fall Festival at Zoo Oct. 3

Tickets are still available for 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. Tickets ordered this week can be picked up at the Zoo's will call window.

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.

Committee to Discuss ADA Amendments Oct. 2

Diane Loebell will summarize and lead a discussion on the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act at the Friday, Oct. 2 meeting of the Human Resources Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the new offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at

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.

Probate and Trust Law Quarterly Meeting Oct. 6

The Probate and Trust Law Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "He Madoff with My Money: Avoiding Pitfalls and Advising Your Clients on Investment Matters" at the Section's Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The faculty includes Roberta Barsotti, Gregory J. Nowak and Debra G. Speyer. Investors lose billions of dollars each year through investment scams and imprudent investments. Your clients will be looking to you for advice as to how to select a financial consultant, what investments they can and cannot choose as trustees, how to spot an imprudent investment risk, and what to do if an investment has gone "south" and your client has lost money as a result of that failed investment.

The program begins at 12:30 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Click here to register.

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.

Hamilton Award Nominees Sought

The Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 16.

Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose.

In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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.

Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 27

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will hold its annual training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Preventing Homelessness, on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Whether a first-year associate new to the practice of law, an experienced practitioner new to pro bono, or a longtime pro bono attorney, all attorneys are invited to attend and learn how to use their legal experience to help those most in need in our community.

Training sessions are available to lawyers from all practice areas and will focus on areas of law critical to keeping people in their homes. There will be training sessions on mortgage foreclosure, quiet title and public housing. Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits.

The cost of the training is $45 per attendee with breakfast and educational materials provided. The registration form can be found at If you work at a firm with a VIP contact person, please register through that person. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 19.

Pro Bono Opportunities Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. For more information, contact Theresa Brabson at or call (215) 523-9567 to register.

Pro Bono Celebration Week Begins Oct. 26

Pro Bono Celebration Week honors the pro bono contribution of Philadelphia's lawyers and offers an occasion to learn more about the interesting and professionally challenging pro bono opportunities that exist with Philadelphia's public interest organizations.

Coordinated by the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law School Outreach and Law Firm Pro Bono Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pro Bono Celebration Week is planned in collaboration with the ABA's National Pro Bono Celebration. The following is a list of Pro Bono Celebration Week activities:

Monday, Oct. 26
• Chancellor's Forum on Prisoner Pro Bono Projects: 12 p.m., Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Register at

• Pro Bono Open House Fair: 5 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. To register contact Nicole Friant at

Tuesday, Oct. 27
• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic, 10 a.m., UHCH, Penn Center, St. Agatha/St. James, 38th and Chestnut streets. Register with Marsha Cohen at

Wednesday, Oct. 28
• Support Center for Child Advocates CLE training program on How to Handle a Child Abuse Case: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets, 10th floor. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., Kirkbride/Traveler’s Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Register with Marsha Cohen at

Thursday, Oct. 29

• SeniorLAW Center HelpLine volunteer training program: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., Register with Sue Wasserkrug at 215-701-3216 or

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., Eliza Shirley Shelter, 1320 Arch St. Register with Marsha Cohen at

Friday, Oct. 30
• SeniorLAW Center training program Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney for Older Pennsylvanians: 12 to 3 p.m.,
Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Register with Roxanne Crowley at

• Capstone CLE Forum - Pro Bono: Where Do We Go From Here: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 34th and Chestnut streets. 3 CLE credits (pending approval). Register with Arlene Finkelstein at

• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., St. John’s Hospice, 1221 Race St. Register with Marsha Cohen at

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

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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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.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Simulcast – Best Practices for Financial and Procedural Management in a Troubled Economy
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit).
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute 2009
5 substantive 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Simulcast – HIT Privacy and Security Update: HIPAA Stimulated
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1
Shareholder Disputes in Closely Held Corporations, Partnerships & LLCs
3 substantive 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Winning before Trial: 10 Keys to Winning Depositions
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit).
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 2
Getting a Child Into School and Keeping Her There: The Laws about School Enrollment and Student Guidelines
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 5
Video – PLI – White Collar Crime 2009: Prosecutors & Regulators Speak
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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