Dec. 10, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 89

Savoth Elected Vice Chancellor;
7 Gain YLD Exec. Committee Seats

John E. Savoth, of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2010 after running unopposed in the Tuesday, Dec. 8 election...READ MORE

Savoth Elected Vice Chancellor; Seven Gain YLD Seats

John E. Savoth, of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC, will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2010 after running unopposed in the Tuesday, Dec. 8 election. Savoth will serve as Chancellor-Elect in 2011 and Chancellor in 2012.

The following candidates for Bar offices also ran unopposed and will be serving in their positions on Jan. 1: Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne.

The following candidates for Board of Governors were unopposed and will begin serving their terms on Jan. 1.: Stacy A. Tees, Brandi Brice, Scott P. Sigman, H. Marc Tepper and Kimberly Ruch-Alegant.

The following seven candidates were elected to three-year terms on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee: Alexandra Antoniou, Rachel E. Branson, Roxane Crowley, Ryan G. Gatto, Joseph P. Guzzardo, Paul W. Kaufman and Matthew G. Laver.

Identifying and Achieving Goals Dec. 15

Former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, and Charisse R. Lillie, senior vice president, Comcast Corporation, will present "How to Identify and Achieve Your Goals," at 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.

Section, Committees Plan Annual Events

• 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.

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

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.

Criminal Justice Section on Bylaw Change Dec. 14

The Criminal Justice Section will hold a discussion on a proposed change in bylaws that would permit section co-chairs at a Monday, Dec. 14 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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.

Workers' Comp CLE on Hypnosis Dec. 16

The Workers' Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will present the lunchtime CLE "Hypnosis, Not Just For Pain Management Any More" with Dr. Linda Shrier on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

The program is designed to provide information to attorneys and judges as to the effective use of hypnosis as a tool for chronic pain management for the Workers' Compensation claimant, and, also to provide information as to the use of hypnosis for stress management for attorneys. Dr. Shrier is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Center City. She has practiced and taught clinical hypnosis for over 30 years. She will address both the substantive issue of the practice, as well as lawyer wellness issues.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.0 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. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Scott F. Cooper, 83rd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia 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

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.

Minority Bar Joint Holiday Party Dec. 15

The region's minority bar associations will hold a joint holiday party on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 2nd floor.

Participating organizations include Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, South Asian Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (Philadelphia Chapter) and The Barristers' Association Of Philadelphia.

Nightlong drink specials include $4 beer, $5 wine and $6 mixed drinks. Come early for appetizers and free drink tickets. For more information, contact Meixian Li at 215-665-3110 or via e-mail at

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.

Public Interest Events Scheduled

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
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