Monday, June 18, 2007

PBA's Annual Meeting: Bring Books

The Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association will present continuing legal education sessions during its Annual Section Retreat, to be held on June 20 (Wed) & 21 (Thu), 2007, in Philadelphia, during the PBA's Annual Meeting. The RPPT Section's Annual Meeting Brochure sets forth all the details of the sessions, to be held at the Sheriton Philadelphia City Center Hotel.

These are the continuing legal education sessions that the Probate & Trust Law Divisions will present on Wednesday, June 20, 2007:

  • “Recent Developments in Real Property & Probate Law”, by Kirby G. Upright, Esq., of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul L.L.C., Bethlehem, PA, and Vincent B. Mancini, Esq., of Vincent B. Mancini & Associates, Media, PA
    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    • This session will provide an overview of recent case law, legislative developments and issues in Estate Law and Real Property over the last 12 months.
  • Practical Points Under Act 169, by Neil E. Hendershot, Esq., of Goldberg Katzman, P.C., Harrisburg, PA
    • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Hear about cutting-edge issues that can affect us all — especially Act 169’s effect on your practice. This session will give you a complete review of applicable case law and detailed answers to questions posed about Act 169.
  • “Orphans’ Court Update”, by Mary Jane Barrett, Esq., of Harkins and Harkins, Philadelphia, PA, and Dean R. Phillips, Esq., of Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski P.C., Blue Bell, PA
    • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    • This session will discuss the status of several important projects including: (1) the statewide forms project that would allow online completion of commonly used forms before the Registers of Wills and Orphans’ Court Divisions; (2) foreign adoption registration procedures; (3) Orphans’ Court practice following abrogation of equity rules; and (4) updates to model accounting forms, including introduction of a new unitrust accounting model. The panel will seek feedback from attendees on how the statewide Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules are working in practice and suggested areas of improvement.
  • “Ethical Issues in Real Estate & Probate Law” by Samuel C. Stretton, Esq., of the Law Office of Samuel C. Stretton, West Chester, PA
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • This session will discuss current developments and topical issues relating to the Rules of Professional Conduct.
An additional CLE session, which would apply to elder persons' dispute resolution processes, will be presented on Thursday, June 21, 2007:
  • “Mediation/Arbitration: When to Use It and When Not To”, by Lawrence C. Norford, Esq., of Saul Ewing L.L.P., Philadelphia, PA, William Charles Mackrides, Esq., of Mackrides Associates, Media, PA, and James A. Rosenstein, Esq., of Rosenstein & Associates, Philadelphia, PA.
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • This roundtable will discuss using alternative dispute resolution in Real Estate and Estates. Join our facultyas they share practical tips to guide you in choosing the best method to resolve disputes in your practice.
At these educational sessions, books comprised of the subject's materials will be presented to attendees.

So why do I suggest that attendees "Bring Books" to the sessions? The reason is explained in the graphic at the beginning of this posting regarding a program initiated by the PBA's Government Law Section.

All PBA members who attend the Annual Meeting are requested to bring & donate books in "new or gently used" condition, for distribution by the PBA for use by other children (infants through third grade).

That is a worthwhile project meriting participation by those who have the goods to give.