Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 79

Election Forum for Bar Candidates Nov. 12

The Elections Committee will hold a forum for candidates seeking Bar offices on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The candidates for Bar Association offices include Vice Chancellor, Rudolph Garcia; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; and Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr. The following candidates are running for three-year terms on the Board of Governors. Danielle Banks, Jeffrey Campolongo, Phyllis Horn Epstein, Regina Foley, Michael Shaffer, Sean Sullivan and Stacey Tees. A total of five new members will be elected to the Board of Governors in the Monday, Dec. 8 election.

The Candidates Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $5 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 24. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Meeting Luncheon from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Annual Meeting, beginning at 12 p.m., will feature remarks by Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov with her plans for her year in office.Click here to purchase tickets to the Annual Meeting.

Corporate In-House Counsel Reception Tonight

Stefanie F. Seldin of Philadelphia VIP discuss ways in which corporate counsel can become involved with VIP's LawWorks program at a cocktail reception hosted by the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee.

The reception will be held tonight (Thursday, Oct. 30) at 5:30 p.m. at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 24th Floor. Appetizers will be served. Click here to RSVP.

Election Law Training Session Oct. 31

The Civil Rights Committee will host a one-hour training session on election law and procedures, and the role of non-partisan volunteers on Friday, Oct. 31.

The program will feature Jonathan David, director of voter services with the Committee of Seventy. Attendees will be able to sign up for a shift of a few hours – morning, afternoon, or evening – on Election Day. You will work on a team, and be assigned to a group of polling places where you will answer questions and help resolve problems. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

Nomination Deadline for Hampton Award is Nov. 7

The Workers' Compensation Section is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Martha Hampton Award. This is the 9th year that the award is being presented. The award is given to an attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as members of the bench.

This year's committee includes Marc S. Jacobs, Judge Aida Louise Harris, Kenneth M. Kapner and Paul A. Pauciulo. Also, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kids Chance, an organization helping youngsters who have lost a parent due to a work related injury to gain a higher level of education. Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include a summary of why you feel the candidate you are nominating should be considered. The award will be presented at the Workers' Compensation Section Holiday Party.

All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. All nominations must be received by Friday, Nov. 7.

Public Interest Section Seeks Hamilton Nominees

The Public Interest Section is accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. 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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 31. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim, at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Camp Nov. 1

The Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Program sponsored by the Temple University Beasley School of Law LEAP program begins its 2008-09 season with its annual kick-off event, the Mock Trial Camp, on Saturday, Nov 1.

The YLD is seeking volunteers from all sectors of the bar - "young" lawyers and "senior" lawyers from any practice area - no litigation experience is required to participate.

The day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., divided by teaching sessions followed by practice sessions. During the practice sessions, the volunteer lawyers will attend the teaching sessions and then work with the students to prepare opening and closing statements from 8 to 11 a.m.; direct and cross examinations from 12 to 2:30 p.m.; and introduction of evidence and objections from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will be the guest speaker at the program.

All attorneys participating are asked to review the case materials for this year's problem prior to the camp. The materials will be provided in advance. If you can volunteer for one, two or all three time slots, please contact Heather Herrington at or Roberta West, Director of the Temple LEAP Program, at 215-204-8948.

Ethical Considerations in Family Law CLE Nov. 3

The Family Law Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Ethical Considerations in Family Law" at its Monday, Nov. 3. Meeting.

Speakers for the program will be Barbara S. Rosenberg and Elaine Smith. This program will address ethical issues specific to family lawyers and highlight some of the common complaints received from clients by the Disciplinary Board.

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 $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.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association head-quarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

New Developments in E-Filing Nov. 5

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester will discus new developments in e-filing at the Wednesday, Nov. 5 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

Joseph Evers, prothonotary, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, and Charles Mapp, deputy court administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, will also be in attendance.

The meeting 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.


Chancellor's Diversity Training Series Nov. 6

The Chancellor's Diversity Training Series continues on Thursday, Nov.6 with a session on navigating the partnership track. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about the legal and other professional skills and abilities needed, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to advance to the partnership level. The program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register. There is no charge to attend this program.

Upcoming seminars in the Chancellor's Diversity Training Series include:

• Transitioning from Government to Private Practice - Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about legal and other professional skills and abilities needed, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to move from practicing law in the public sphere to a private firm.

• Life at a Mid-Size Firm - Dec. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about working at mid-size firms. Of particular interest are the benefits of mid-size firms, as well as how mid-size firms contribute to an attorney's growth and development in the legal profession.

Criminal Justice Mentoring Summit Nov. 7

The Criminal Justice Mentoring Summit will combine the methods of standard lecture on pre-trial and trial related practice and procedure (including, but not limited to cross examination and direct questioning techniques, pre-trial witness techniques and how to enter evidence at trial issues) with an open forum question-and-answer period enabling the newer, young attorney and third-year law students to pose detailed questions to our experienced panelists, each of whom represents a different field of criminal expertise. Attendees will also benefit from an hour on ethical issues in criminal practice.

Attendees of this Summit will have the unique opportunity to participate in an e-mentorship program, which will allow the younger attorneys to be matched with a mentor. By signing up for this mentorship program at the seminar, you will have access to an experienced criminal practitioner to ask questions and advice from time to time.

The program will be held Friday, Nov. 7 beginning at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Three substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

YLD Harvest for the Homeless: Donate and Volunteer!

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual Harvest for the Homeless. Through the Harvest the YLD collects clothing, blankets, towels, dry non-perishable goods and toiletries from local law firms and donates the items to Philadelphia homeless shelters.

Volunteers are needed to sort and distribute donated items on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

Firms participating in the collection of items include: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; Ciardi Ciardi & Astin, P.C.; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar; Margolis Edelstein; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Rawle & Henderson, LLP; Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; and Willig, Williams & Davidson.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Carey Chopko at or Tom Bielli at

Wachovia Fidelity Nomination Deadline is Nov. 3

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2008 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 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia).

2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

3. 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 in not material so long as it has not been recognized.)

4. The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional.

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

Judge DeFino to Receive Beccaria Award Nov. 12

The Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society will host a reception presenting the 15th Annual Beccaria Award to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony J. DeFino (Ret.) on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The Beccaria Award is presented annually to a legal jurist, scholar or practitioner for outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. Cesare Beccaria was an 18th century Italian scholar whose writings presaged the dawn of the modern penal system.

This free reception will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Mayor’s Reception Room (202) in City Hall. Light fare will follow the program until 7 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 31 to 215-545-1013 or

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 13

Prof. Wendell Pritchett of University of Pennsylvania Law School will be the keynote speaker at the Real Property Section Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The Section will present its annual Good Deed Award to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $45 for members of the Real Property Section and $50 for non-members. Tickets for a table of 10 are $425. Click here to purchase tickets online.

An Evening of Private Shopping at Tiffany's Nov. 13

The Young Lawyers Division will present an evening of private shopping for holiday gifts at Tiffany & Co., on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The event, which will include cocktails, begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tiffany & Co., 1414 Walnut St. Please register online by Monday, Nov. 10 by clicking here.

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, Nov. 14. The Chancellor’s Diversity Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8.

Potential awardees may be an individual attorney, law firm of any size, legal services organization or law school. Note of correction: The nominee's place of business (not residence) must be in Philadelphia County. 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.

Symposium on Norris Law Firm Nov. 19

The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, in association with Temple University and the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the symposium "Creating Access – The Norris Law Firm and the Liacouras Committee" on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

More than 50 years ago, a time when African-Americans had few, if any, options to practice in majority law firms, a courageous and talented group of African-American lawyers formed what is considered by many to be Philadelphia's first African-American law firm – Norris Schmidt Green Harris Higginbotham & Brown. The firm's in-court victories, as well as its out of court influence, created access for countless persons across the region and nation. The firm never numbered more than a dozen lawyers at a given time, and still produced many of the superstars of the profession. A number of the firm's lawyers partnered with others in the Philadelphia legal community in an effort to increase the number of African-American lawyers in the Commonwealth by reforming Pennsylvania's bar examination procedures.

Responding to their efforts, the Philadelphia Bar Association appointed a special committee chaired by Peter Liacouras to determine whether Pennsylvania's bar examination procedures were in fact biased against African-American candidates. The committee published its findings in December of 1970, and changes were made in the Commonwealth’s examination procedures that substantially increased the number of African-American lawyers practicing in Philadelphia and statewide. Lawyers from a cross section of the Philadelphia bar, including fabled African-American lawyer and civil rights activist Austin Norris, worked together to bring about the report and these changes, which have forever altered the face of Philadelphia's legal community.

"Creating Access" will tell the story of how these Philadelphia lawyers came together to change our profession, primarily through the recollections of a panel of witnesses to and participants in these events. By retelling their story, we celebrate the achievements of the Norris Law Firm, the Liacouras Committee, and the other diversity pioneers who contributed to making a legal career accessible to a more diverse group of lawyers, providing an example of professional courage and commitment to principle that continues to inspire today.

Symposium participants include William H. Brown III, Robert L. Archie Jr., Peter J. Liacouras, Hon. Paul A. Dandridge, Hon. Ricardo C. Jackson, W. Bourne Ruthrauff, Professor Robert Reinstein and moderator JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The program will be held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 14 by calling 215-751-2237 or e-mailing

Attorneys Needed to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosures Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judge Annette M. Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

This diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the involvement of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

There are two ways to get involved. Volunteer attorneys who want to participate in the limited representation of borrowers (These volunteers should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month at a conciliation conference session at court assisting walk-in clients. Volunteers may choose to continue to assist the client they have met that day);and volunteer attorneys who want to assist clients in mortgage foreclosure litigation cases from start to finish.

A training session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Blank Rome LLP, 130 N. 18th St., in the Comisky Conference Center, and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. The training for limited representation runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Full representation training runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attorneys will receive two or five hours of free substantive CLE credit if they participate in the conferences or take a case. Breakfast will be provided through the support of the Blank Rome LLP. Lunch is on your own.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP at or call 215-523-9550. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin at 215-523-9564 or

Public Interest Calendar, Training Events

• HIAS and Council Migration Service will present a Domestic Violence and Immigration Training Program for pro bono attorneys, on Friday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Dechert, LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. This training program is free and open to all attorneys. The program is designed to prepare participants to provide pro bono representation to survivors of domestic violence in their applications for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act. Please RSVP to Vilma Rivera at 215-832-0900 or by no later than Oct. 20.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a pro bono CLE training program, "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing," on Monday, Nov. 17, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. This course is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers and will provide 1.5 CLE credits. To register, contact Michele Levy at 215-523-9585 or Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 12.

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," a Volunteers Training CLE Program, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m., at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. To register, contact PBI at or 1-800-932-4637.

• The SeniorLAW Center will host a Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Party on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Comisky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. Tickets are $55 and two for $99. The event benefits the SeniorLAW Center. To order tickets, call (215) 701-3203 or e-mail

• AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a cocktail reception and program featuring Jonathan Demme, director of the film "Philadelphia," on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at City Hall. For ticket and sponsorship information, please visit or contact Ronda Goldfein at or 215-587-9377.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE program on Ethics of Pro Bono Program, on Friday, Dec. 5, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 10th Floor Board Room. For more information about this program, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

• The Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m. (lunch included), at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. This program is sponsored by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, contact PBI at or call 1-800-932-4637.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a Veterans Law Pro Bono CLE Training on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor. Michael Taub, Esq., will present this training. This training is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers Three free CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by HAP. To register, contact Marsha Cohen at

FJD Seeks Pro Bono Roll of Honor Nominees

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will present the Third Annual FJD Pro Bono Publico Award to members of the bar who have provided exceptional pro bono service to the underprivileged in Philadelphia in cases before the FJD. The judges of the FJD nominate candidates and a committee of judges selects the recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award. The awards ceremony to honor these recipients will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22.

At the ceremony, the FJD will also recognize all attorneys on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia courts in 2008. Attorneys may become members of the Roll of Honor through a self-nominating process whereby attorneys submit their names along with a log of their pro bono services. The criteria for eligibility are as follows:

• The attorney must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided services to a client or client group for a case before the FJD during 2008.

• The attorney must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the underprivileged.

• The attorney must have provided direct delivery of legal services with no expectation of receiving a fee, to a client or client group that does not have the resources to employ compensated counsel, or the attorney must have worked to facilitate such effort by other attorneys.

The self-nominating form is available at under "News and Announcements." The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Nov. 24.

The form should be sent to the attention of Deborah Dailey, Deputy Prothonotary, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, by e-mail at, by facsimile at 215-567-7380, or by mail addressed to Room 284 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., 19107.

Update Listing for The Legal Directory 2009

Listings updates for The Legal Directory 2009 are now under way! Act promptly to ensure that your current contact information is correct in the most comprehensive resource covering the Philadelphia-area legal community.

Firm updates, the first step in the annual process, must be completed by Friday, Nov. 21. If you are responsible for updates at your firm, and have not received your update packet, please call 443-909-7843. Once firm updates are completed, solo practitioners and any firm-based attorneys who have not responded will be contacted; the deadline for their updates is Monday, Jan. 12.

The Legal Directory 2009 features hundreds of new listings, part of the most complete database of metro area firms and attorneys available. It also includes the indispensable information you've come to rely on – Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; an index of judges; a special section devoted to corporate counsel; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a business-to-business section specially tailored to the legal community.

Once again, each copy of The Legal Directory 2009 will include free access to The Legal Directory Online (good through March 31, 2010).

The Legal Directory 2009 will be available in early April, but you can order now to take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax), which is good through April 1.

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