Monday, Dec. 11, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 91

Meet New Chancellor at Complimentary Jan. 9 Reception

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Jane L. Dalton, 80th 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 in the year ahead.

131 Firms Raise Nearly $1.5 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland; Anne S. Maxwell, Esquire, P.C.; and Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, LLC, 131 law firms have pledged nearly $1.5 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 131 law firms, representing more than 4,600 attorneys, have pledged $1,476,170. 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.

Bar Foundation Gives $428,000 to 30 Organizations

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board of Trustees has approved a total of $428,000 in grants to 30 legal services organizations. The Foundation provides grants and technical assistance to legal services organizations that have demonstrated both a need for financial support and an effective program for assisting clients.

The grants, given to organizations that serve Philadelphians struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination, ranged from $2,750 to $102,000. Coupled with other awards presented throughout the year, the Foundation's grant total for 2006 was $428,000, an increase of more than $40,000 from 2005.

Founded in 1964 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association devoted to the support of legal services agencies, the Foundation's mission is to promote access to justice for citizens in the region.

Fund-raising efforts by the Foundation throughout the year include a Golf Outing, the Andrew Hamilton Gala, individual donations, and the recently developed Raising the Bar Campaign, which so far raised almost $1.5 million in 2006 through donations by Philadelphia law firms.

The 2006 Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantees are ACLU Foundation; AIDS Law Project; Custody and Support Assistance Clinic; Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project; Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights; Community Legal Services; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Disabilities Law Project; Education Law Center; Friends of Farmworkers; HIAS and Council; Homeless Advocacy Project; Juvenile Law Center; Legal Clinic for the Disabled; Nationalities Service Center; Pennsylvania Health Law Project; Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center; Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project; Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program; Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for Arts; Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Regional Housing Legal Services; SeniorLAW Center; Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight; Support Center for Child Advocates; Women Against Abuse; Women's Law Project; and Women Organized Against Rape.

Negotiation Expert to Address Committee Dec. 11

Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Shapiro teaches negotiation at Harvard Law School and in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and is the co-author of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP for this program.

This exciting and informative session is open to all members of the Business Law Section and members of the legal community. It is free of charge to members of the Business Law Section and for non-members who were admitted to the bar on and after 2001. The cost for non-members who were admitted to the bar before 2001 is either $10 for lunch or $20 to join the section. Those attending will receive a copy of Dr. Shapiro's book, which he will gladly sign for you following the session.

Panel to Debate "Super Lawyer" Advertising Dec. 11

Three panelists will debate the ethical dilemma of attorneys advertising themselves as "super lawyers" at the Monday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

The panelists are William White, publisher of Super Lawyers/Law and Politics; Carol Johnston of the Administrative Offices of the New Jersey Courts; and Janet G. Perry, special counsel and director of professionalism at Pepper Hamilton, LLP.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Judge Scirica to Speak to Federal Courts Committee Dec. 13

Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will discuss current developments in the Third Circuit at the Wednesday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Judge Scirica will be joined by Marcia M. Waldron, Clerk of the Court. 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Current Issues in Appellate Practice Dec. 13

Dean Phillips and D. Alicia Hickok, the counsel and deputy counsel to the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts Procedural Rules Committee, will discuss current issues in appellate practice at the Wednesday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

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.

Bill Gives Non-English Speakers Access to Interpreters

People who do not speak English as a primary language will have access to interpreters in legal proceedings thanks to a bill supported by the Bar Association and signed into law by Gov. Edward G. Rendell on Nov. 29.

"Access to the court system for our immigrants promotes two things - justice and economic development," said former Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls, who was instrumental in getting the legislation moving in Harrisburg. "When people know they can come to Pennsylvania and use the legal system that reinforces their rights at home and in their economic transactions, it helps us to grow. We want people to play by the rules and prosper; the system that enforces the rules has to be accessible to those people."

Chirls credited the hard work of the Bar Association and other organizations for the bill becoming law. "Paul Uyehara at Community Legal Services and Art Read at Friends of Farmworkers put endless hours into talking with legislators and staffers. Our language access task force, headed by Shira Goodman, and the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness made the case for language access over many months," Chirls said.

"I am looking forward to how the availability of interpreters is going to develop. The First Judicial District has been a leader in this field. The Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts seems to have plans in place for certification of interpreters and training of county court personnel, and I am confident that it is really going to work," he said.

Gov. Rendell told KYW Newsradio 1060 that the new law will ensure that those with limited proficiency in English will be provided with certified translators. "This bill is necessary because we know that some of those called to testify do not always speak English and adequate interpreters are not always available. Again, in some areas of the state they are, but it is not uniform. Former Chancellor Chirls put it this way: 'Justice is blind, but her ears must not be closed to those who do not speak English well,'" Gov. Rendell said.

The Board of Governors approved a resolution in 2003 concerning equal access to courts and administrative agencies by limited English-proficient persons and persons with disabilities.

After the board approved the resolution, Chirls visited with legislators in 2004 and 2005 to have the proposal turned into law. Chirls said he worked with Association lobbyist Tony Crisci on drafting points and technical amendments to the legislation. "We were constantly letting the governor and legislature know we viewed this as an important priority," Chirls said. He added that this is the first recommendation of the Interbranch Commission that has become law.

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have announced plans for their annual year-end events. Visit for registration information.

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. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men's 11th Annual Holiday Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP, 1735 Market St. The committee will present the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award to Rita Addessa in honor of her advocacy on behalf of the community. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 11 to Lawrence Felzer at

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Replansky Award Nomination Deadline is Dec. 15

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 Holiday Party Dec. 13 at Loews

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006 at Sole Food at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., beginning at 6 p.m.

The event is free to members, who are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child. Admission for non-members with an unwrapped toy is $10 and $15 for non-members without an unwrapped toy is $15. Click here for additional information.

Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Dec. 14

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present its annual Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to Harris T. Bock at the Society's annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 51st Floor.

The party, which celebrates the Jewish Festival of Lights, will include a menorah lighting and food and drink. The event concludes the Society's yearlong observance of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish justice of the United States Supreme Court.

The Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award perpetuates the memory and legacy of the late Ben Levy who practiced law in Philadelphia for 35 years, winning the respect and affection of many friends, clients and colleagues. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Tau Epsilon Rho (TER) which later became the Brandeis Law Society. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and was very active in the community.

Tickets for the Hanukkah Party are $50 for Brandeis Society members and $60 for non-members. Special ticket prices are $15 for member law students and member young lawyers (less than two years in practice) and $25 for public service members.

For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it along with a check made payable to the "Brandeis Law Society" to Scott Sigman, Bochetto & Lentz, 1524 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. A ticket order form can also be found at

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community 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

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!

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. 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

How to Administer an Estate in a Changing Landscape

Knowledgeable faculty will walk you through the steps of opening an estate and the practical considerations as you administer it and answer your estate administration questions at PBI's "How to Administer an Estate in a Changing Landscape." This 6 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 14, 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Click here for additional information.

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, Dec. 12
Annual Disclosure Documents & SEC Update
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Special Needs Trust
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Advising the International Executive
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13
Equitable Distribution Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credits)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Death Cases
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14
MBA Concepts for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Administer an Estate in a Changing Landscape
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Best Practices for Financial and Procedural Management
3 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 5:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15
Primer on Family Law for Attorneys Who Hate Family Law But Get Questions
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Current Issues in Medical Malpractice
6 CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 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 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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