Dec. 3, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 87

Cooper to Outline Agenda
at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting; YLD
Election Mail Ballots Due Today

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Association will present three of its most prestigious awards at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets...READ MORE

Cooper to Outline 2010 Agenda at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The Association will present three of its most prestigious awards at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo will receive the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award and former Chancellor Andre L. Dennis will receive the Chancellor's Diversity Award.

Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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, John Savoth; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Stacy A. Tees, Brandi Brice, Scott P. Sigman, H. Marc Tepper and Kimberly Ruch-Alegant.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Balloting 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. 3. 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.

There are 10 candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Alexandra Antoniou, Roxane Crowley, Justin J. Serianni, Ryan G. Gatto, Paul W. Kaufman, Joshua L. Gayl, Jeffery Wyble, Joseph P. Guzzardo, Rachel E. Branson and Matthew G. Laver.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

• The YLD Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive is set for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Tavern On Broad, 200 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for law studenus, $30 for members and $35 for non-members and includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and DJ. Click here for tickets.

• The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception will be held Monday, Dec. 7 at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members and includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception is Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $40 for court personnel, $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers and includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Annual Meeting of the Tax Section will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square. A workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and cocktails and dinner follow at 5 p.m. The dinner speaker is Josh Odintz, Treasury Tax Legislative Counsel, who will provide a legislative update.

• The Bankruptcy Committee will hold a joint reception with Turnaround Management Association and Commercial Finance Association on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, contact Andrea Pauson at 215-657-5551 or

• The LGBT Rights Committee will hold its annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 5:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt. Click here to RSVP.

International Judgments, Arbitration Awards Dec. 3

Matthew H. Adler, chairman of the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group at Pepper Hamilton LLP, will present "Differences in Enforcement Between International Judgments and International Arbitration Awards" at the Thursday, Dec. 3 meeting of the International Law Committee.

The International Law Committee will also announce the formation of a new International Business Initiative whose chairman will discuss plans for the future of this subcommittee. If you are interested in the initiative and cannot attend, please e-mail us at so we can keep you informed of developments.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at or call 215-981-4616.

Current Trends in Private Equity Marketplace Dec. 7

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present the CLE seminar "Current Trends in the Private Equity Marketplace" on Monday, Dec. 7.

The featured speakers are Barry O'Brien, vice president, Investment Banking Division, Goldman, Sachs & Company, New York and Joseph Stern, general counsel, Merger Leadership Group, Goldman, Sachs & Company, New York. The course planners are Thomas A. Kennedy and Vincent S. Capone.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.

Job Loss Effect on Support Dec. 7

The effect of job loss on support will be the topic at the Monday, Dec. 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Elizabeth Jackson, Daniel Sulman, master in support, Philadelphia Family Court and James P. Gallagher, support establishment, Philadelphia Family Court.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Trade Secrets, Disclosure Discussion Dec. 9

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Henry S. Perkin will be among the speakers for "Trade Secrets and the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine – Practical Strategies for Litigation and Settlement" at the Wednesday, Dec. 9 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

Other speakers include Robert R. Baron Jr. and Charles S. Marion. 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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Sustainability for Lawyers Dec. 9

What is sustainability and why should lawyers care about it? On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Women in Intellectual Property Committee will be joined by panelist who will discuss where sustainability fits in the realm of corporate social responsibility and what it means to lawyers, clients, potential clients and the community. Today, there is a great deal of talk about being "green," carbon footprints and renewable resources. Many lawyers are helping clients "go green" and some clients are insisting their lawyers also be green. At this program you will learn the fundamentals of this issue and how to navigate effectively in this area.

Speakers include Nancy Cleveland, JD LEED AP, a former real estate attorney and consultant in sustainability with Rubicon Crossings LLC; Beulah Trey, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist and co-founder of Vector Group Consulting; Cynthia Wollman, Vice President of New Business Development with CRW Graphics and a professor of sustainability at Philadelphia University; and Miki Young, President of Market Shift, who, among other things, advises marketing leaders on communication plans that incorporate corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Criminal Law Update CLE Dec. 11

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present its annual Criminal Law Update CLE program on Friday, Dec. 11.

Come and update your knowledge of criminal law and procedure to increase your ability to effectively handle criminal litigation or use this course to build a foundation in criminal practice. This course will address the emerging issues facing criminal practitioners and discuss the latest developments from the courts and the legislature. Hear from the criminal court judges that preside over your cases. The esteemed faculty will bring you updates on recent legislation, new cases and recent rule changes and how they can impact your criminal practice.

Philadelphia faculty members include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha H. Neifield and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Four substantive CLE credits are available. Lunch is included. Click here to register.

EEOC's Tiernan to Address HR Committee Dec. 11

Mary M. Tiernan of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will discuss the EEOC's current initiatives at the Friday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee.

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

Identifying and Achieving Goals Dec. 15

Former Chancellor Jane L. Dalton and Charisse R. Lillie, senior vice president, Comcast Corporation, will present "How to Identify and Achieve Your Goals," a Tuesday, Dec. 15 program presented by the Attorney Career Development Committee.

Successful lawyers often get that way by understanding what they want and then design goals to get them there. You will learn how lawyers with different career experiences – large firm partner, Fortune 500 corporate executive and consultant to the legal profession – took control of their careers by setting and prioritizing goals. Special exercises will help you identify your goals and strategies to achieve them. Arthur Bousel, chair of the Attorney Career Development Committee, is also a panelist.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for the 2010 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The rounds of competition will take place from Jan. 25, 2010 through March 13, 2010. Just click here and scroll down to sign up using our new and improved sign-up form.

If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to and are confident the experience will be rewarding. As a judge, you can chose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. We encourage you to volunteer for multiple sessions. All you need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students. Click here to volunteer.

Update Your Listing for The Legal Directory 2010

Listings updates for The Legal Directory 2010 have begun!

And this year, lawyer and law firm listings are now searchable on your mobile. That means more people will be using The Legal Directory than ever before – online, in print and wirelessly. That's thousands of listings at your fingertips, easily and instantly accessible. With this brand new component, you can't afford not to join in. Updating your information is more important than ever.

Don't be left in the dust. Act now and make sure your information is 100 percent correct in the Philadelphia area's most comprehensive legal resource.

If you have not heard from The Legal Directory, call us at 443-909-7843 and update information will be sent to your attention. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 12.

New to the Directory? Here are some key facts:

The Legal Directory 2010 will feature hundreds of new listings, part of the most complete database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information subscribers have come to rely on:
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;
• Facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
• An index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel;
PLUS our brand new mobile component and more!

Each copy of The Legal Directory 2010 will include free access to The Legal Directory Online, good through March 31, 2011.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax).

The imitators have nothing on us – this is THE official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here for more information.

FJD Seeks Roll of Honor Nominees

The judges of the First Judicial District recognize that pro bono service is an important and meaningful way of ensuring justice for the citizens of Philadelphia. The First Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee acknowledge attorneys who provide pro bono services to litigants in Philadelphia
courts by publishing an annual Pro Bono Roll of Honor. All qualifying attorneys will be recognized at the Fourth Annual Pro Bono Award Reception in January 2010.

Attorneys may become members of the Roll of Honor through a self-nominating process whereby they 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 First Judicial District during the 2009 calendar year.

• 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 on the FJD web site under "News and Announcements" at The deadline for submitting nomination forms for the 2009 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Friday, Dec. 11.

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

Women Against Abuse Seeks Clothing Donations for Shelter

The Women Against Abuse Legal Center is collecting donations for residents of the organization's shelter. Donations can be dropped off at the Legal Center, located at the Land Title Building, 100 S. Broad St., 5th Floor.

Most needed are new hats, scarves, gloves or pajamas in a variety of sizes for women and children ages 1 month to 17 years. For more information, visit

Public Interest Events Scheduled

The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Party on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, open bar and food, live music and special entertainment for children. Tickets are $75 per person. For ticket information or to register online visit

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on the ethics of pro bono on Friday, Dec. 11 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. This program will include a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, models for pro bono participation, ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys and special considerations in the representation of low-income clients. Presenters include Sara Woods, Philadelphia VIP; Michelle Levy, Homeless Advocacy Project; and John McKeever, DLA Piper. Two free Ethics CLE credits will be provided to attendees who handle a VIP case. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail

• The ACLU will host the Bill of Rights Reception and Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St. At this event, the inaugural Keystone of Civil Liberties Award will be presented to David Rudovsky. Tickets are $85 per person. For ticket information, please call 215-592-1513 x 118, or visit

Regulation of Digital Signage Dec. 4

SCRUB, the Public Voice for Public Space, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association Southeast Section will sponsor a seminar on the regulation of digital signage on Friday, Dec. 4.

Speaker include Stacey Graham, counsel at SCRUB; Jerry Wachtel, CPE, author of Safety Impacts of Emerging Digital Display Technology; and Alfred Borden, FIAD, PLDA, principal, The Lighting Practice, designer of the new PECO crown lights. With the advent of new technology in signage, many municipalities are behind in offering sign codes that address digital signage. From on-premise signs to large digital billboards, the impact of this technology will be immense. Presenters will focus on the legal issues of regulating this emerging technology, the health and safety aspects of increasing visual clutter and driver safety, as well as a presentation on the capabilities of the technology.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The cost is $20 for PPA members and $30 for non-PPA members. Breakfast is included. To register send check payable to PPA SE to ATT:/Martha Cross, Group Melvin Design 3 S. Broad St., Suite 3C, Woodbury, NJ 08096 – or register by PayPal using a credit card: 1) Go to 2) Go to "Send Money" and 3) Send your payment to:

Contact Frances Ryan at or call 215-731-1775 for more information.

Justinian Christmas Party Dec. 15

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will host its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Ben Franklin House, 9th and Chestnut streets.

The event is open to everyone. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call (215) 545-0706. The cost to attend is $65 for members in good standing and $75 for non-members and guests.

Reward Offered for Information in Paralegal's Death

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $10,000 reward posted by the law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bicyclist who struck and fatally injured Andre Steed, a Caesar Rivise paralegal.

Steed was struck at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the corner of 16th and Locust streets. Steed suffered massive head injuries and died on Oct. 24.

Witnesses at the scene describe the bicyclist as a white male in his early 20s, 140 pounds, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with red spots in the background and riding a white mountain bike.

To be eligible for the reward, information must be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS, and the caller must receive a code number from the operator. The anonymity of all callers will be protected.
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