Nov. 29, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 87

Garcia to Outline 2011 Plans; 7 to Receive Bar Honors

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks by incoming Chancellor Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

U.S. Magistrate Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Timothy R. Rice will receive the Association's Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the event for their work presiding over the Supervision to Aid Re-entry Program.

Attorneys Mitchell L. Bach, Edward G. Biester III, Gregory H. Mathews, Darryl J. May and Marc J. Sonnenfeld, who worked to make Philadelphia's Commerce Court become a reality, have been named the recipients of the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. They will also be honored at the Annual Meeting Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets to the Annual Meeting Luncheon.

Mail Ballots for Bar Election Due by Dec. 2

Bar Association members wishing to vote by mail in the Association's Annual Election must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ballots were mailed Nov. 18.

Please be advised that Albert S. Dandridge III has withdrawn his candidacy for the office of Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in the Association's Annual Election to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7. There being no opposition for the office of Vice Chancellor, a unanimous ballot will be cast for Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Wilkinson will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2011, Chancellor-Elect in 2012, and Chancellor in 2013.

The Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Candidates for office are: Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Vice Chancellor; Sophia Lee, Secretary; Joseph A. Prim Jr., Treasurer; Kim R. Jessum and Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Assistant Treasurer; Brian S. Chacker, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Angus Love, Scott W. Reid, Gina Furia Rubel and Marc J. Zucker, Board of Governors (elect five).

There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will be cast for the following seven candidates for the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (three-year term): Jo Rosenberger Altman, Edward F. Beitz, Anthony H. Chwastyk, Joshu Harris, Brielle M. Rey, Christopher Sharp and Todd H. Zamostien.

The Association will welcome its 84th Chancellor, Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, at its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Current Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will introduce Garcia, whose term officially begins on Jan. 1, 2011. Garcia will deliver his inaugural address at the event. To purchase tickets, click here.

Attorneys Must Disclose Criminal Activity Sooner

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has amended a rule (Rule 214), requiring attorneys to disclose if they have been convicted of a crime sooner than the original guidelines determined.

Rule 214 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement establishes the disciplinary procedure when an attorney practicing in Pennsylvania has been convicted of a crime. Under the original guidelines, an attorney did not have to report a criminal conviction until the attorney was actually sentenced for the crime. Sentencing proceedings may be postponed or delayed for months or longer after an attorney has admitted or been found guilty of a crime. The rule change now requires a report be made to the Secretary of the Board within 20 days of the attorney's guilty or no contest plea, or on verdict of guilt by judge or jury, rather than after the sentencing. The Disciplinary Board concluded there was no legal reason to delay proceedings regardless of whether or not the attorney had been sentenced.

This amended rule also recognizes that some crimes are so outrageous that they require speedy action to suspend the attorney's license. A main driving factor for this rule change is not only to preserve the integrity of the Court and the profession, but also to protect the public and the clients the convicted attorney serves. Now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not have to wait until criminal court sentencing to temporarily suspend an attorney who has committed criminal conduct.

Failure to report the criminal conviction within the 20-day period will constitute a separate, independent violation of the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement. The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the public, maintain the integrity of the legal profession, and to safeguard the reputation of the courts.

For more information regarding this rule, please visit the Pennsylvania Rule of Disciplinary Enforcement at

Import/Export Discussion Today

Import broker and freight forwarder Howard Fox, CHB, of Jade International, Inc. Worldwide Logistics and Holly Meng, senior trade specialist, Small Business Development Center, will provide helpful counsel about imports and exports at today's (Monday, Nov. 29) meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

Fox and Meng will make a presentation from the private industry perspective on increasing international trade. The focus will be a time for discussion, questions and answers about doing business internationally, how we can help companies in international business and what the bar association and public officials can do to help. The discussion will be frank and provide insights that can help you in representing clients.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to RSVP.

Pathways to Leadership With Women Chancellors Nov. 30

The Women in the Profession Committee will host the five women Chancellors of the Bar Association who will discuss effective leadership skills on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The speakers include Deborah R. Willig, Doreen S. Davis, Audrey C. Talley, Jane Leslie Dalton and Sayde J. Ladov. 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. Click here to RSVP.

Rules of Evidence Refresher CLE Nov. 30

Professor Jules Epstein of Widener University School of Law will present the annual rules of evidence refresher CLE program at the Tuesday, Nov. 30 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to purchase lunch.

International LL.M. Reception Nov. 30

The International Law Committee will host a reception for international LL.M. students in Philadelphia and present the International Law Committee awards on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Temple University Beasley School of Law, will be held at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. HSBC Bank will be raffling off an iPad at the event, which begins at 6 p.m.

There is no charge to attend this event but reservations are required. RSVP to Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or

LGBT Rights Committee Seeks Ingram Award Nominees

The LGBT Rights Committee is accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. Written nominations are due on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. and should be e-mailed to Your nomination statement should be no longer than one page and should detail why you believe your nominee should receive the award.

Cheryl A. Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), including a term as its treasurer. Ingram successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a website, endorsing of bar candidates, and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community. She reached out to both the American and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations to be inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and encouraged the Philadelphia Bar Association to endorse a number of pro-LGBT resolutions.

Cheryl was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice Award, which recognized the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all.

Traditionally, the award has gone to a LGBT non-lawyer or a non-LGBT attorney (to not overlap with GALLOP's annual Michael Greenberg Award, which is awarded annually to a LGBT attorney).

How to Start a New Business CLE Dec. 1-2

Earn up to 12 CLE credits at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "How to Start a New Business" seminar, a practical guide to starting a new business, practice or franchise on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2.

Seminars include "Starting a New Business - Identifying the Objectives and Legal Issues;" "Choosing the Right Form of Business Entity;" "Show Me the Money - Small Business Loans, Venture Capital, Alternative Sources of Financing;" "Writing a Business Plan - Ten Keys to Success;" "Ethical Issues for the Newly Formed Firm (ethics);" and "Websites, Blogs and Social Networking - How to Take Maximum Advantage of the Internet Age."

Topics for the second day include "Location, Location, Location - Exploring Real Estate;" "Options for the New Business;" "The Franchise Option;" "Insurance Coverage - How to Control Risk;" "The Work Force - Employment Law Issues;" "Developing a Customer Base;" and "The Leap of Faith - Planning for Contingencies and Going Forward."

The program fee will be $299 (or $279 for members of a local or county bar association). Tuition fees are based on early bird registration. For more information on standard tuition fees and registration, please call 1-800-932-4637 or visit PBI's website at

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have planned their annual receptions and events.

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception will be Monday, Dec. 6 at Smith & Wollensky, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Le Meridien, 1421 Arch St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for tickets. The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Party is sponsored by LexisNexis.

The Tax Section Annual CLE and Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Click here for tickets.

The Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception is Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Public Interest Section Annual Reception will be Thursday, Dec. 9 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Family Law Section Annual Reception will be Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 260 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Senior Lawyers Committee Reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 15 at The Palm, Broad and Walnut streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The LGBT Rights Committee and Civil Rights Committee will hold a joint Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the 11th Floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party will be Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Mutter Museum at The College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Current Regulatory Initiatives at SEC Dec. 3

The Investment Companies Committee will discuss the SEC's Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation and current regulatory initiatives at its Friday, Dec. 3 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Harvey Westbrook, assistant director/Office of the Buy Side, Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation, and Jennifer Marietta-Westberg, assistant director/Office of the Sell Side, Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50. Click here to register.

Insurance Law Committee CLE Dec. 8

Michael Conley and Ronald Schiller will present the Insurance Law Committee CLE program "Ethical Issues to Consider When an Insurance Company Issues a Reservation of Rights Letter" on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

An insurance company's determination to provide coverage subject to a reservation of rights has the potential to create a conflict of interest for the attorney retained by the insurance company. While paid by the insurance company, the defense attorney's client is the policyholder. This one-hour ethics program will address when a conflict exists, and what the policyholder, the insurance company, and defense counsel retained by the insurance company should do if a conflict or potential conflict exists. Conley, who regularly represents policyholders in coverage disputes, will address the issues from the policyholder's perspective and Schiller, who regularly represents insurance companies in coverage disputes, will present the issues from the insurance company's perspective, ensuring a lively exchange of views.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics hour of CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Public Interest Law Day Dec. 9

The Public Interest Section will present its annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program and hold its annual Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, Dec. 9.

The Public Interest Law Day CLE program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Juniper Street entrance. The program "Good News: Despite the Recession, We Are Making Progress!" features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts and offers a total of six CLE credits, including one ethics credits. Click here for more information about the program. To register for Public Interest Law Day CLE program, contact PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or register online at

Public Interest Law Day will be followed by the Public Interest Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the reception, featuring beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and the presentation of the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished public service advocacy. Len Rieser, executive director of the Education Law Center, is this year's Andrew Hamilton Award winner. Rieser has dedicated his professional career to expanding and enforcing the educational rights of Pennsylvania’s schoolchildren.

This year, the awards ceremony will also feature the selection winner of the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarship to subsidize the hiring of a law student for the following summer as well as the presentation of the Section's third annual Law Student Awards, which recognize a third-year law student from each of the six Philadelphia-area law schools who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public interest work. The Awards Ceremony will also feature the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Shuster Fellowships.

Tickets for the Public Interest Awards Ceremony and Reception are $40 for public interest and government attorneys; $55 for section members; and $65 for non-section members ($10 increase will be charged for walk-ins purchasing tickets at the event). Tickets may be purchased online at Proceeds from this event fund the Higginbotham Scholarship program.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 13

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m., at The Philadelphia Bar Association Headquarters, 10th Floor Boardroom, 1101 Market St. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect Section officers and to amend its Bylaws.

The following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011 will be considered: Barbara Sicalides, Vice Chair; Wanda Flowers, Treasurer; and Michael Ecker, Secretary. The 2010 Vice Chair of the Section, Sandra Jeskie, will automatically become the 2011 Chair of the Section, as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws. Rachel Branson is a candidate for a three-year term commencing on Jan. 1, 2011. Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than Wednesday, Dec. 8 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Wanda Flowers, Secretary, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Bradford Sandler will continue to serve the three-year term begun Jan. 1, 2009. Shelley Goldner and Curtis Golkow will continue to serve their three-year terms begun on Jan. 1, 2010.

The Annual Meeting shall also address amendments of the Section's Bylaws to provide that (a) notice of the Annual Meeting under Article V, Section 1, and (b) notice of special meetings under Article V, Section 2, shall be published in the online Philadelphia Bar Reporter and distributed by the Section's listserve at least fifteen (15) days before such meetings, replacing notice by publication in The Legal Intelligencer at least fifteen (15) days before such meetings.

Maximizing Your Impact in Antitrust Cases Dec. 16

The Antitrust Committee will present the CLE program "Maximizing Your Impact in Antitrust Cases" on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Speakers for the program are Ann T. Greeley and Steven J. Son of DecisionQuest. In order to maximize your impact at trial, you need to increase your understanding of how jurors view your opening statement, your fact and expert witnesses and your demonstratives. We will discuss in what ways the story is more important than the evidence (and how to improve your story), how to improve witness behavior and how to create powerful demonstratives for a variety of antitrust matters. Specific learning from cases involving concepts of monopolization, price fixing, and conspiracy will be offered. Jurors' reactions to class actions, evidence regarding parallel conduct and joint defense agreements and position as plaintiff or defendant at trial will also be discussed. Clips from mock trial research will be offered in support of the concepts.

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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Rudolph Garcia, 84th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Business Law Section to Present Awards Jan. 25

The Business Law Section is pleased to announce the following 2010 annual award recipients. These awards will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Past Bar Chancellor and 2001 Business Law Section Committee Chair of the Year, Jane Leslie Dalton, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Dalton, through her years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Dennis Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The 2010 Chair of the Year is Graham R. Laub, chair of both the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefited from the many programs offered by those committees.

The 2010 Committee of the Year is the Antitrust Committee, chaired by Gerard A. Dever. The Committee has put on a series of fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the antitrust bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information once it becomes available.

EEOC to Mark 45th Year at Dec. 8 Program

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Philadelphia Bar Association will celebrate EEOC's 45 years of service on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the National Constitution Center.

EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien and Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic and a panel of distinguished experts will discuss "The EEOC at 45: Charting a Path Toward Equal Employment" from 1 to 4 p.m. at the NCC's Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St.

The Champions of Equal Employment Opportunity Awards Ceremony, where community partners will be honored for their role in the fight for equal employment opportunity, will be held immediately following the program.

Please RSVP by e-mailing or by calling Mary Tiernan at (215) 440-2671 or TTY (215) 440-2610. The event is free, but does not include admission to Constitution Center exhibits.

Public Interest Training Programs, Events Set

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics the ethics of pro bono on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. This training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low-income clients will also be explored. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two (2) ethics CLE credits. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Register at or by calling 215-523-9550.

The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Philadelphia Party on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St., 4th Floor. This event will honor Carol Tracy's 20th year as visionary leader of WLP and will feature music by the String Quartet of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. At the event, there will be a wine and beer open bar as well as a silent auction and drawing. Children are welcome and will be entertained by balloon magic and face painting. Tickets are $85 (children are free). Purchase tickets online at

HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present "Immigration Court Mock Trial Hearing," on Friday, Dec. 10 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at the Immigration Court, Robert Nix Federal Building, 900 Market St. This event is free and open to volunteers who have attended a prior substantive immigration training course held by HIAS/VIP. Participants are expected to accept a pro bono case within six months of the training in return for one free CLE credit. To register, contact VIP at 215-523-9550 or at

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania will hold its 2010 Bill of Rights Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St. The guest of honor at this event will be Edward M. Posner, a partner at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP. Individual tickets are $85. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 7 online at

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission," Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

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 if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at

Brandeis Society to Honor Specter at Nov. 30 Hanukkah Party

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia will present its Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter at its Annual "Latkes and Vodkas" Hanukkah Party on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the new National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.

The event continues until 8 p.m. and features a buffet supper.

Dietary laws will be observed and donations of gift cards will be accepted to Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia to allow those in need to purchase holiday gifts for their children.

Tickets are $65 for Brandeis Society members and $75 for non-members. Special rates are available for public service attorneys ($30) and law students or young lawyers ($20). A $30 voluntary contribution is requested from members of the judiciary. Those wishing to attend can register online at or by mail by sending a check payable to Louis D. Brandeis Law Society to Tina Velez, Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, Philadelphia, Pa., 19103.

Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 14

The Justinian Society will hold its Annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the The Grand Ballroom at The Ben Franklin, 9th and Chestnut streets.

Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Visit for more information

FJD Roll of Honor Deadline is Dec. 15

The First Judicial District's 2010 "Roll of Honor" for Pro Bono Service will recognize all attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the First Judicial District in 2010. The Roll of Honor members, and individual attorneys selected by the judges of each division for "exemplary" pro bono services, will be applauded at a special Pro Bono Publico awards ceremony in City Hall on Monday, Jan. 24. The names of the award winners in each division and Roll of Honor members will also appear on the First Judicial District and Philadelphia Bar Association websites early next year.

Attorneys are encouraged to nominate themselves for the Roll of Honor. To be included on the First Judicial District 2010 Roll of Honor, the attorney:

• Must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided these services to a client or client group for a case before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania during the 2010 calendar year;

• Must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the poor;

• Must have (i) provided services to a client or client group that does not have the resources to compensate another attorney for the services, or (ii) organized, implemented or managed an initiative to expand pro bono legal services in the courts.

• The attorney does not receive a fee or have any expectation of receiving a fee for the services.

If you meet the above criteria, please complete the form available on the FJD website under "News and Announcements" at The deadline for submitting forms for the 2010 Roll of Honor is Wednesday, Dec. 15. The form should be sent to the attention of Victoria H. Johnson, Administrative Assistant to Charles A. Mapp Sr., Deputy Court Administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 297 City Hall Philadelphia, PA 19107 by regular mail, e-mail at or by facsimile to 215.686.7941.

The Pro Bono Roll of Honor, and the awards for exemplary service in each division of the court, were inaugurated five years ago by the First Judicial District to applaud local attorneys for their outstanding pro bono legal services, and represent the culmination of the Judicial Pro Bono Committee's work throughout the year.

Deadline for Legal Directory Updates is Jan. 10

Listing updates for The Legal Directory 2011 have begun!

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• lawyer and firm listings searchable online, in print, and via your mobile;

• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;

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Financial Fraud CLE Dec. 3

For the first time, PBI brings you a seminar that teaches you specifically how to look for the red flags in accounting practices and documents. Learn when it makes sense to retain an accounting professional and how to discover whether the "books have been cooked." This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be simulcast on Friday, Dec. 3 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 12 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. For additional 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. 30
Trial of a Will Contest Case Encore
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Simulcast - E-Discovery: The Basics
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:45 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Simulcast - Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 1-2
Starting a New Business
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday

Thursday, Dec. 2
Ohlbaum on Evidence Advocacy: Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, Dec. 2-3
14th Annual Real Estate Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
12 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - New Developments in Securitization 2010
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3
Financial Fraud
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6
E-Commerce: Legal and Practical Issues
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Business Divorce, Shareholder Relations
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Video - Internet Defamation
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 4:45 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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