Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 83

Vice Chancellor, Board Candidates Forum Today at 12

Candidates for Bar Association offices will be appearing at a Candidate's Forum today (Thursday, Nov. 16) in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Members will select among the following candidates: Vice Chancellor, Alexander Kerr and Sayde J. Ladov; Secretary, John E. Savoth; Treasurer, Scott F. Cooper; Assistant Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Board of Governors (elect five), Gaetan J. Alfano, Karen L. Detamore, Natalie Klyashtorny, Michael B. Hayes, Wesley R. Payne, Rosemary Pinto, Jacqueline G. Segal and Shelley R. Smith.

The program begins at 12 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please register with Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367 or e-mail her at

Dalton to Outline 2007 Agenda at Dec. 5 Annual Meeting

Bar members are encouraged to reserve their seats early for the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon set for Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. During the event, Association Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, will outline her agenda for next year when she will serve as the Bar's 80th Chancellor. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Vice Chancellor, Bar officers, members of the Board of Governors and 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, Nov. 30. 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. 5 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to members on Nov. 17.

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

Brown, Silver to Receive Wachovia Fidelity Award

Stephen D. Brown, a partner at Dechert LLP, and Samuel W. Silver, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, will be honored with the Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Dec. 5 Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia.

The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession.

Brown and Silver have been co-coordinators of the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1993. Brown is currently the chair of Dechert's Prisoner Civil Rights Pro Bono Practice Group, which he created more than a decade ago. Brown was presented in 2003 with Dechert's Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Award, which is awarded annually to the firm's lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to pro bono legal services. Silver, chair of Schnader's Litigation Department, received the firm's Earl G. Harrison Award in 2000 for his distinguished record of public service.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons wishing to join the judiciary.

Individuals who are filing for the 2007 primary election as judicial candidates for the Philadelphia Common Pleas or Municipal Courts should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Areetha M. Carter, Esq., the Bar Association's Staff Counsel, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. Please return the completed questionnaire to Judicial Commission at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

Candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by contacting Ms. Carter at or (215) 238-6351.

The Commission will complete all ratings for candidates running in the 2007 primary by Jan. 31, 2007; therefore, in order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, no questionnaires will be accepted for evaluation after Dec. 15, 2006. Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings.

A. Harold Datz, Esq.
2006 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

125 Firms Raise Nearly $1.5 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of the Law Offices of Christy Adams; Badey, Sloan and DiGenova; Law Offices of Lenard A. Cohen, P.C.; German, Gallagher and Murtagh, P.C.; Peter Hearn, P.C.; and Larry Pitt and Associates, 125 firms have pledged nearly $1.5 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 125 law firms, representing more than 4,600 attorneys, have pledged $1,470,170. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Bankruptcy Committee to Consider Amicus Participation

Matthew A. Hamermesh and Scott F. Waterman will discuss their involvement in seeking the Philadelphia Bar Association's participation as an amicus curiae in pending litigation concerning the constitutionality of the attorney liability provisions of BAPCPA at the Thursday, Nov. 16 meeting of the bankruptcy Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Adelman Lavine Gold and Levin, Four Penn Center, Suite 900. Lunch will be provided for all in attendance (sponsored by Adelman Lavine). Please RSVP to Donna Zeoli at

Koc to Discuss NAWL Survey Nov. 28

Lorraine Koc, vice president and general counsel of Deb Shops, Inc. and immediate past president of the National Association of Women Lawyers will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Nov. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Koc will discuss the results of the NAWL survey that demonstrates that despite the fact that women have comprised more than 50 percent of law school graduates for more than 15 years, these numbers have not translated into corresponding numbers of equity partners at law firms.

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.

YLD Seeks Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for its annual Harvest for the Homeless program. Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting and distributing donated items on Saturday, Nov. 18. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about the program, please contact YLD Chair Michael Hayes at or call (215) 772-7211.

Collections for the Harvest for the Homeless program have been set up at the following firms: Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St.; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St.; Pepper Hamilton LLP, 2 Logan Square, Suite 3000; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, 2600 One Commerce Square

Donations of men's, women's and children's clothing as well as non-perishable items are being collected to be distributed at homeless shelters throughout Philadelphia.

Minority Bars to Hold Candidates Forum Nov. 20

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia will hold a candidates forum for candidates for elected positions in the Philadelphia Bar Association on Monday, Nov. 20.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 2500 One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. The program will be held in Conference Room 24A. Please come to the 24th Floor Reception Area.

To RSVP, contact Reetu Dandora at or call (215) 241-7989.

Judge Shapiro, Shestack to be Honored at Nov. 30 Reception

A reception for U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro and former ABA President Jerome J. Shestack will highlight the Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Tour de Pennsylvania" stop at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market St., beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Shapiro recently received the ABA's 2006 John Marshall Award in recognition of her exemplarily lifelong commitment to the improvement of the administration of justice in the categories of judicial independence, justice system reform and public awareness regarding the justice system.

Shestack recently received a 2006 ABA Medal, the association's highest recognition to honor individuals rendering exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.

During the evening, PBA President Ken Horoho Jr. also will lead a presentation about top issues facing lawyers today.

Initiated by Horoho, "Tour de Pennsylvania" is a series of outreach programs being held across the state to honor select members of the bench and the bar and to update lawyers about PBA initiatives. To register, contact the PBA Meetings Department at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2245.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Young Lawyers Division have announced plans for their annual year-end events. Visit for registration information as it becomes available.

The Probate and Trust Section will hold its annual meeting and CLE program at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 at Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St. The event is sponsored by Dechert.

The Workers' Compensation Annual Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Pyramid Club on the 51st floor of 1735 Market St. The Section will present its annual Martha Hampton Award at the event.

The Public Interest Section will hold a daylong CLE program on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The day's events will be capped with the Section's Annual Cocktail Reception and presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

The Family Law Section Annual Dinner takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

The Tax Section annual meeting and reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2006 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 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. Award criteria are:

Superior legal talent in the area of business law.

Unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area.

A reputation for mentoring young attorneys.

Significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community.

Uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate’s honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The Section established the award in recognition of Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations is 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006 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 St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to

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.

Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 18

The Barristers' Association will hold its 22nd annual Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Cozen PAL Center at the corner of North 17th and Brown streets.

The Barristers contact area churches for the names of African-American families that need support during Thanksgiving. During last year's Thanksgiving Drive residents of the community as well as churches were able to pick-up Thanksgiving baskets from a centralized location. The Thanksgiving "baskets" contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and more.

Last year, the Barristers provided "baskets" to more than 400 African-American families in the Philadelphia area. The Barristers' Association is also looking for volunteers to help deliver the baskets to the selected families on the day of the Thanksgiving Drive. If you would like to help deliver the baskets or help in any other way, please contact Alicia Forte at (215) 981-4427) or via e-mail at

Desperately Seeking Talent!

The Bar Association's Not Ready for Podcast Players are looking for writers, producers and performers for live and web-based entertainment for the legal community. Tell us about your talent by contacting A. Taylor Williams at

Women's Law Project Annual Party Dec. 1

The Women's Law Project will host its Annual Party on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St.

The event will featuring music by string variations, open bar, and a silent auction and drawing. Entertainment will be provided by John Cassidy Comedy Magic and Balloons. Children are welcome. Tickets cost $75 per person. Please RSVP by contacting Deb Morrison at 215-928-9801, or purchase tickets online at Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Information Updates Under Way for Legal Directory

The annual process of updating the more than 18,000 attorney and law firm listings in The Legal Directory 2007 has begun!

Firm updates, the initial phase, should be completed by Monday, Nov. 27. If you are responsible for reviewing information on your firm and its attorneys, and have not received your update packet, call 410-828-0120, extension 503.

After firm updates, solo practitioners and non-responding firm-based attorneys will be contacted; the deadline for their updates is Jan. 12.

In addition to the most comprehensive firm/attorney listings available, The Legal Directory 2007 will include indispensable information you rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; judges' index; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again, each Legal Directory 2007 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online! The online listings are updated all year, making this resource an essential complement to your printed Directory.

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in April, but you can order now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Order today at

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 29

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 29 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Dec. 1. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at

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