Nov. 14, 2005
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 6, No. 51

Feldman to Outline Agenda for 2006 at Dec. 6 Event

Bar members are encouraged to reserve their seats early for the Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. During the event, Association Chancellor-Elect Alan M. Feldman, a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock, will outline his agenda for next year when he will serve as the Bar's 79th Chancellor. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award to Lawrence J. Beaser (left), a partner at Blank Rome LLP and former Chancellor of the Association. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to an individual who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice. Joey T. Shabot, a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will be recognized for receiving the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award at the luncheon. Shabot's winning essay was titled "Transacting Terror: The Regulation of Terrorist Financing and Procedural Due Process."

The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors. There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, A. Michael Pratt; Treasurer, Scott A. Cooper; Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Secretary, John A. Savoth; Assistant Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; and Judy F. Berkman, Kim R. Jessum, Matthew Perks, Stephanie Resnick and Eric G. Zajac, Board of Governors.

A regular election will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The election will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. 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 Thursday, Dec. 1. 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. 6 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to members on Nov. 18.

Tickets for the Bar's Annual Meeting and Luncheon are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Philadelphia 2020 Meeting Nov. 21

The YLD Philadelphia 2020 Committee will host a luncheon on Monday, Nov. 21 featuring Brett Mandel, executive director of the grass-roots reform group Philadelphia Forward.

Mandel will discuss the need for a public voice to help make change in Philadelphia. Specifically, he will address the present and future of tax reform, the threatened property tax reassessments, ethics reform, and budget reform. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complementary lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.

Bankruptcy Committee to Meet Nov. 16

An organizational meeting of the Association's Bankruptcy Committee will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St., 22nd Floor.

The agenda for this meeting will consist of discussing and planning upcoming Bankruptcy Committee events, including, among other events, the bankruptcy judges' reception to be held in spring 2006.

Lunch will be provided for all in attendance. All members of the Business Law Section and all attorneys interested in joining the Business Law Section are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Donna Zeoli at by Nov. 14, 2005. For further information about the Bankruptcy Committee, please contact Committee Chair Kevin Buraks at (215) 977-2473.

WCAB Members to Address Section Nov. 16

Susan McDermott, chair of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, and Board Commissioner Harold V. Fergus Jr. will discuss hot topics and practice tips at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

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 register for this program.

Korean Diplomat to Address Committee Nov. 17

The Hon. Kak Soo Shin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, will discuss peace-making in East Asia at the Thursday, Nov. 17 meeting of the International Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. A light lunch will be available. Please RSVP to Emily Steigerwalt, at (215) 656-3361, by fax at (215) 606-3361, or by e-mail at

Kenny Gamble to Receive Good Deed Award

Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble (left) will receive the Real Property Section's Good Deed Award at the Section's Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Walt D'Alesio, vice chairman of NorthMarq Capital, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets for the event are $35. Click here to purchase tickets online for this event.

Gamble is a two-time Grammy winner and his efforts have resulted in more than 170 platinum and gold albums and songs. Gamble founded a nonprofit community development corporation, Universal Community Homes, to provide low- and moderate-income families in Philadelphia with newly built or refurbished homes at affordable prices. The community revitalization programs Gamble has launched and nurtured have created hundreds of jobs and more than 120 homes have been constructed or renovated, along with more than 70,000 square feet of commercial space that has been developed to support local needs.

SeniorLAW Center Wine-Tasting Party Nov. 15

The SeniorLAW Center will host a Fall French Wine Tasting Party with Keith Brand of the Wine School of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. This two-hour wine-tasting will feature premium French wines and is being held at the PNC Bank Center, 1600 Market St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $50 each or 2 tickets for $90. Proceeds from the event will support the SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens. For tickets or more information, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or e-mail

Women Lawyers to Discuss Flying Solo Nov. 22

Three women lawyers who have started their own law firms will discuss their experiences at the Tuesday, Nov. 22 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The panelists include Laura A. Feldman, Carol Nelson Shepard and Deborah Weinstein. 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 register for this program.

Nov. 17 VIP Mediation Workshop Includes CLE

Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and Good Shepherd Mediation Family Passages Initiative will hold a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 17 for attorneys who want to volunteer for the Initiative. This project is designed to meet an escalating need for efficient resolution of domestic relations cases for indigent, low- and middle-income Philadelphians who would otherwise file pro se. The role of the pro bono attorney will be to review the mediated settlements; provide legal advice if needed by the parties during (but outside) the mediation process; and assist with the court filing on as-needed basis.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St. Attendees will receive 2.5 substantive CLE credits and .5 ethics CLE credits in exchange for volunteering for a case. To register, please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550.

LRIS Offers Free Membership to Returning Vets

The Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service is offering one free year of panel membership to lawyers who are returning from active military duty.

"In the last few years, many lawyers in the Philadelphia area have been called to active duty as a result of mobilizations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hot spots," explained Sayde J. Ladov, Chair of the LRIS Committee. "Particularly for solo and small firm practitioners, this can mean coming home to a diminished client base. It can take years of hard work to regain that business," Ladov added.

"As a legal community, we should be proud of our veteran lawyers and help them rebuild their practices," said Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls. "This is an opportunity to express our thanks and lend our support in a meaningful way."

This offer, a $300 value, is being extended to all lawyer veterans who have returned from active duty and who otherwise meet the requirements of LRIS panel membership.

LRIS refers over 14,000 people a year to lawyers in the Philadelphia area for legal representation.

For more information about the Lawyer Referral and Information Service and to obtain an application for membership, contact Director of Public and Legal Services Charles Klitsch at (215) 238-6326 or

Seminar to Examine Litigation with Canada

The International Law Committee and the Business Litigation Committee will present a one-hour CLE program "Cross-Border Litigation with Canada: What You Need To Know" on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The seminar will be presented by Jon-David Giacomelli, a partner in the Canadian law firm Ross & McBride LLP and frequent speaker in the United States. Giacomelli will explore key considerations in deciding where to litigate; examine the limited array of defenses available where enforcement of a U.S. judgment or arbitral award is sought in Canada; the statutory basis for obtaining evidence in Canada for use in US legal proceedings; letters rogatory; and obtaining evidence from both a non-party Canadian entity and a Canadian party litigant.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for this program. Please note that you may attend the meeting without making any payment, but you will not receive the CLE credit. If you wish to do so, please RSVP to Marisa Kossakowski at

Download Podcasts of Bar Association Events

The Bar Association is now offering podcasts of selected Bar Association events that can be downloaded from the Internet and played on your computer or MP3 player.

Recordings of guest speakers from quarterly meetings are available and some additional special features will be announced soon.
Podcasts can be downloaded from or

Higginbotham Fellowship Deadline is Nov. 18

The Public Interest Section is accepting applications from Delivery of Legal Services Committee public interest centers for the Higginbotham Fellowship. This stipend, in the amount of $4,000, will subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a DLSC public interest law center during the summer of 2006. Any DLSC public interest law center interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via e-mail at by no later than Nov. 18. The recipient of the stipend will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Public Interest Reception scheduled on Dec. 1.

This stipend is intended to support the work of a summer law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of our community. This stipend is also intended to subsidize a DLSC law center that would not otherwise be in a position to support the costs of employing a summer law clerk. The Higginbotham Fellowship is not available to public interest law centers that have previously received the stipend.

Business Section Seeks Replansky Award Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2005 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Pyramid Club. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

The deadline for award nominations is noon on Friday, Dec. 16. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esquire, Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to Click here for the award criteria.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Sandra Jeskie at (215) 979-1395.

Sections Schedule Annual Parties, Receptions

The Family Law Section will hold its annual dinner and award presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. The section will present the Herbert R. Weiman Jr. Award to Divorce Masters Dennis L. O'Connell and Anthony T. Vanore. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge Myrna P. Field will also be honored for her dedication and service to the Family Law Bench. Tickets are $60 for employees of the First Judicial District; $65 for members of the Family Law Section; and $70 for non-section members. The ticket price includes one drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. Visit to order tickets online.

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd Floor. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online at

The Section is also accepting nominations for its annual Martha Hampton Award. The award is presented to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Hampton's unique commitment to her clients and her profession, and her personal good will with members of the bench and bar. Nominations for the award will be accepted through Nov. 14. Nominations should be e-mailed to

The Public Interest Section will hold its Annual Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets to the event are $35 for public interest and government attorneys; $50 for section and non-section members. A $100 Higginbotham Scholarship contribution includes a ticket to the event. Ticket prices include open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are available online by clicking here.

The Tax Section will hold its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8 beginning with a CLE program at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Boathouse Row Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $25 and include an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Visit to order tickets.

The State Civil Litigation Section's annual meeting and reception will be held Monday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $45 per person and include an open bar and light dinner.

The Probate and Trust Section will hold a CLE program and its annual reception on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building beginning at 2 p.m. Click here for more information about the 2-credit CLE program "What is Family? New Issues Confronting the Estate Planner in the 21st Century." The reception will follow in the 9th floor atrium of the Crystal Tea Room.

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities will host a winter reception on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The reception is free and will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about the committee and its plans for 2006. Click here to RSVP.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Dec. Thursday, Dec. 15 on the 33rd floor of Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available online at

Group Forming to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research

The Philadelphia Bar Association is supporting the efforts of attorneys with a connection to juvenile diabetes to network and develop a program for supporting the important research efforts currently being undertaken by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The JDRF is the world's largest private funder of research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. The complications of diabetes (whether juvenile or adult onset, also know as type 1 and type 2) - are the same - heart disease, stroke, amputation, kidney failure and blindness. Most of us know someone suffering from one of the forms of diabetes, the economic costs of which are staggering, estimated to be $120 billion in the U.S. alone.

If you are interested in participating in this effort, please e-mail Elliott R. Feldman at A meeting then will be scheduled to discuss and develop appropriate activities under the auspices of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Multijurisdictional Personal Injury Litigation Nov. 17

In a case where the defendant and plaintiff are from different states, where do you file suit? What if the injury occurred in yet a third state? Do you have to go to federal court? Do you have a choice? Who decides where the proceedings will take place? Once that decision is made, what law applies? One thing is certain, if you handle cases that involve multiple jurisdictions, you'd best know the law of each jurisdiction, the tort caps, statutes of limitation, etc. At PBI's Nov. 17 program "Multijurisdictional Personal Injury Litigation," the expert faculty will cover health insurance issues, auto issues, medical malpractice, procedural rules and foreign defendants and much more. This 4-hour substantive program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 17, at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, or to register, click here.

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, Nov. 15
Taxes Affecting Decedents' Estates
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
The Basics of Employment Law
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anatomy for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17
Taking A Killer Adverse Deposition: Logic & Whack!
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Multijurisdictional Personal Injury Litigation
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18
Barnes and Hershey - What Do They Tell Us About the Interpretation Of "Donor Intent"?
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Election and Campaign Finance Law
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Factual Investigation
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site 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 up to 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.