Dec. 13, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 92

Zoning in Philadelphia CLE Dec. 14

Learn the nuts and bolts of steering through the City of Philadelphia's approval process at the Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee's CLE program "Zoning in Philadelphia" on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Faculty members include Joseph Beller, Thomas A. Chapman, William H. Ewing, Alfred R. Fuscaldo, Peter Kelsen, Stanley R. Krakower, Lesia Kuzma, Gerald D. Leatherman, Matt N. McClure, Markita Morris-Louis, Ralph S. Pinkus, Carl S. Primavera, Leonard F. Reuter, Jason R. Sieminski, Neil Sklaroff, Dawn M. Tancredi and Thomas P. Witt.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. The CLE will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner Dec. 14

The Family Law Section will hold its Annual Dinner and Award Presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 260 Broad St.

The Section will present the Herbert R. Weiman Jr. Award to Bernardin McLaughlin, Social Worker Adoption Branch, First Judicial District.

Admission is $65 for Section members, $60 for employees of the First Judicial District and $75 for non-members. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to register.

YLD Holiday Party Dec. 16 at Mutter Museum

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.

The always-popular event includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and access to the museum's many medical curiosities. Pre-registration is recommended; registration increases $10 at the door. Click here to register.

Also during the Holiday Party, the YLD will host a Holiday Drive, in which items will be collected for local children and teens who receive services through Support Center for Child Advocates and People's Emergency Center. Some suggested donations are: gift cards to department, clothing, food, electronics and book stores, gift cards to restaurants and entertainment venues, warm clothing, alarm clocks and clock radios, art supplies, costume jewelry, disposable cameras, dolls, games, Lego blocks, playing cards, puzzles, sports equipment, toiletries, toys, wallets and purses, and watches.

Committees Plan Annual Events

• 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 Court and Truancy Prevention Today

Roberta Trombetta of Philadelphia Family Court will discuss the court's role in the truancy prevention process at today's (Monday, Dec. 13) meeting of the Legal Rights of Children Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Today

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting today (Monday, Dec. 13) at 1 p.m., at The Philadelphia Bar Association Headquarters, 10th Floor Board Room, 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.

Law Firm Workforce Issues for the 21st Century Dec. 14

Natalie Klyashtorny will discuss law firm workforce issues for the 21st century at the Tuesday, Dec. 14 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

This program will give a primer on human resources issues and challenges confronted by small and medium sized law firms without formal human resources departments, including compliance with statutory requirements. The discussion will also place emphasis on the necessity of maintaining and encouraging a hostile and discrimination-free work environment.

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 register.

Hot Topics in Workers' Comp Legislation Dec. 15

Anthony Crisci and Christian M. Petrucci will present the CLE program "Hot Topics in Legislation: What's Important for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner" on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register for CLE credit. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Tax Section to Train VITA Tax Preparers Jan. 13

The Tax Section is providing the opportunity for attorneys to be trained as VITA tax return preparers and to greatly assist in the lives of low-income Philadelphians.

It is estimated that each volunteer can bring in more than $60,000 in tax refunds. For people making $20,000 a year, that's huge!

The training will be held Thursday, Jan. 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 18th and Arch streets, 29th Floor Training Room. There is limited space in the computer lab. More slots are available for those who can bring a PC with Internet Explorer 7 or above.

Three CLE credits are available at this free program. Enrollment is limited because of the size of the computer lab, so please sign up as early as possible. Please, don't take a space just because you need CLE. Please sign up if you are willing to commit to volunteer time in January - April to prepare the returns.

Visit to register to volunteer with The Campaign for Working Families. Once you register, you will chose a tax site where you will volunteer and register for this special CLE training at Pepper Hamilton. Limited space in computer lab, please register online today.

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.

ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner Dec. 15

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 online at

Affinity Bars Winter Bash Tonight

The area's affinity bar associations will hold the annual Winter Bash tonight (Monday, Dec. 13) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Palace at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

Appetizers and happy hour drink prices will be available. Sponsoring organizations include Asian Pacific Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (Philadelphia chapter), Philadelphia Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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.

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

CLE Examines Impact of Midterm Elections

Philadelphia Daily News political columnist John M. Baer will moderate the CLE program "The Impact of the Midterm Elections on Law and Policy" on Friday, Jan. 28.

Panelists include John Heilemann, national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and coauthor of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime; Lanny J. Davis, of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, who was special counsel to President Clinton and is a regular television commentator and political legal analyst for many of the major news outlets; and Benjamin L. Ginsberg, of Patton Boggs, LLP, who represents numerous political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress, governors, corporations and trade associations who participate in the political process and who served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.

Two CLE credits are available for this program, which begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Advertise in The Legal Directory 2011

There's still time to advertise in The Legal Directory 2011, the only official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Legal Directory contains listings for more than 18,000 attorneys and law firms. Many listings include areas of concentration, fax numbers and other contact information. The Legal Directory Online's listings reflect the most up-to-date information on file.

For information on advertising opportunities, contact David Hoeckel at or call 443-909-7824.

Deadline for Legal Directory Updates is Jan. 10

Listing updates for The Legal Directory 2011 have begun!

Once again, The Legal Directory is mobile; that means more people using it more often - online, in print and wirelessly. Updating your information is more important than ever!

Don't be left in the dust! 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, please e-mail and update information will be swiftly sent to you. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 10.

The Legal Directory 2011 offers much more than firm and attorney listings. It also provides a one-stop resource for a wide range of useful information, including:

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

• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;

• facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;

• index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;

• and much more!

Every copy of The Legal Directory 2011 includes complimentary access to the online and mobile versions (good through March 31, 2012). Plus, get a free custom online search engine "Findability" report with your purchase (a $199 value)!

Order now at the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax)!

Questions? Please e-mail or call 443-909-7843.

Municipal Liability Actions CLE Dec. 17

PBI's Municipal Liability Actions CLE provides the general practitioner with an overview of the Act as well as an update on current issues and developments in municipal tort liability under the various exceptions to the general rule of local agency immunity. This 4 substantive CLE program will be held Friday, Dec. 17 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 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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.

Monday, Dec. 13
Premarital Agreements: A Practical Approach
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Simulcast - Preparation of Annual Disclosure Documents & SEC Update
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: When Luck Runs Out
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Cocktail Party Chatter
1 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
3 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 14
Zoning in Philadelphia
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: Strategic Approaches for Stress, Substance Abuse and Depression
1 ethics CLE credit
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Condos & HOAs from A to Z: Understanding the Basics
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
Legal Writing and Persuasion in the Smart Phone Age
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

"Entertaining" Evidence - Cross Examination for the 21st Century
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

The Surprisingly Useful Things Legal Writers Can Learn from Fiction
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

CLE With the Sixers 2011
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
1 ethics CLE credits
5 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 16
The Complete Legal Negotiator (PEG)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Maximizing Your Impact in Antitrust Cases
1 substantive CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17
Simulcast - Municipal Liability Actions
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: Understanding the Impact of Social Networking on You and Your Clients
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 20
Video - Drafting Legal Opinion Letters
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Simulcast - Facebook, Twitter & Blogging…Oh MySpace!
5 substantive/1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video - Assessments in Pennsylvania: What's New!
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 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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