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President's Notes

April 2017
A Note from the President

I am humbled and honored to assume the leadership of the Third Circuit Bar Association. The Association’s past presidents are among the most distinguished attorneys in the country, and some of the best people in the legal profession. I thank Nancy Winkelman, Jim Martin, Steve Orlofsky, Lisa Freeland, and Peter Goldberger for their leadership and example. I look forward to your continued guidance and friendship.

Since its inception in 2007, the Association has sought to support the institution of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the professionalism of appellate practice before the Court. To that end, the Association has been involved in numerous endeavors – including, to name a few, continuing legal education programming on appellate matters, comment on proposed appellate rules, development of the Third Circuit Practice Guide, publication of the Association’s “On Appeal” newsletter, and participation in the Third Circuit’s Judicial Conference when the conference is open to counsel. I am proud of what the Association has accomplished over these last ten years. I look forward to what the next ten will hold.

In the next few weeks, I need your help. You all know that the Third Circuit Judicial Conference will take place in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from April 19-21, 2017. The program materials make clear that the conference will be excellent on every level – educational, professional, and social. I hope that you will register and participate. If you have registered, thanks and I look forward to seeing you. If you have not, please consider doing so!

In addition to the terrific programming at the Conference, let me point out a few items of special interest to Association members. The Association will sponsor the cocktail party on Wednesday evening that precedes the bench-bar dinner. On Thursday morning, the Association will sponsor a breakfast hosting all current (and prospective) members. For Thursday evening, the Association is organizing a dine-around in Lancaster that should be great fun. This event should be especially good because it will follow a 5:30-6:30 p.m. reception with the judges and lead into a 10:00 p.m. dessert reception with the judges. Finally, the Association is planning two CLE panels that will take place on Friday morning and conclude the conference. The first is entitled “Professional Ethics in the Appellate Process” and features leading commentators on legal ethics. The second program, entitled “What Attorneys Hope Judges Know and Vice Versa,” promises to showcase a healthy exchange of views between bench and bar.

Before concluding these remarks, let me thank the Association’s officers and board for their enthusiasm and service. The additional officers are Andy Simpson, Donna Doblick, and Deena Jo Schneider. The board consists of Howard Bashman, Edson Bostic, David Fine, Dolace McLean, Lisa Rodriguez, Steve Sanders, Nilam Sanghvi, Matthew Stiegler, Robert Vort, and Vic Walczak. I won’t try to describe the level of legal acumen and achievement of this group other than to say that it is beyond impressive. Let me also thank Patrick Yingling, Paige Forster, and Colin Wrabley for their continued involvement as producers and editors of On Appeal. You three do a fabulous job and are also magnificent lawyers. Thank you all.

For those of you who have renewed your membership in the Association, thank you. For those of you who are considering it, please do so. Our success as an organization depends on the support of our members. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me. With your help, I look forward to another productive and rewarding year.

Charles “Chip” Becker
Kline & Specter PC, Philadelphia, PA

April 2011
A Note from the President

I am honored and privileged to assume the Presidency of the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit. I am pleased to follow in the footsteps of Jim Martin, Immediate Past President of our Association, as well as Nancy Winkelman, our first President. I thank Jim and Nancy for their outstanding service to our Association. We continue to move forward to achieve all of our objectives: To raise the standards of federal practice, to help develop the Rules of Practice, to promote events and educational programs to aid the Court in the administration of justice, and to facilitate bench-bar relations with the Third Circuit.

This year, the Third Circuit will convene its Judicial Conference on May 4-6, 2011 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. For more information and to register for the Conference, please visit the Third Circuit’s conference website here. The Conference will be highlighted by a visit and speech by the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (formerly a Third Circuit judge). There will also be panel discussions on cutting edge legal issues, presented by distinguished panels of Federal Judges, scholars, and practitioners. Attendees may obtain up to 9.5 hours of CLE credit, with up to 2.0 hours of ethics credit.

In particular, I urge you to attend the reception which is being co-sponsored by our Association and the Court on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The reception and the dinner which follows will provide an excellent opportunity to meet, greet, and confer with Judges, distinguished scholars, and colleagues from throughout the Third Circuit. On Friday, May 6, 2011, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., two members of our Board of Governors, Peter Goldberger, Esq. and Nancy Winkelman, Esq., will be participating in a panel discussion of Appellate Waivers with Circuit Judges, D. Michael Fisher, Thomas M. Hardiman, and District Judge Gene E. K. Pratter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Immediately following that panel discussion, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 6, Donna M. Doblick, Esq., a member of our Board of Governors, and I, will be participating in a panel discussion on Interlocutory Appeals with Circuit Judges Julio M. Fuentes and D. Brooks Smith of the Third Circuit, and District Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the District of New Jersey. Throughout 2011, we hope to present additional interesting and practical CLE’s throughout the entire Third Circuit.

Please do not neglect to respond to the recent Dues Notice you received. Dues are still a very affordable $40.00, and your membership is critical to the success of our mission. Please consider this your personal invitation to renew your membership, or to join us. For more information and a downloadable membership form, please visit our website here. Our website, http://thirdcircuitbar.org, contains valuable information for practitioners as well as information about membership, programs, and committees. I urge you to become active in the various Programs and Committees of our Association. Naturally, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. I look forward to working with you and serving as your President.

Stephen M. Orlofsky

December 2010
A Note from the President

It was an eventful summer and fall for the 3CBA and the Third Circuit. Two Circuit judges recently received much-deserved honors. Judge Anthony Scirica received the 28th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Judging.” And the Third Circuit Library in Pittsburgh was dedicated in honor of Senior Judge Joseph Weis (who, incidentally, received the Devitt Award in 1992). Both Judge Weis and Judge Scirica are integral parts of the fabric of what some fondly call “the mighty Third.”

The 3CBA has been busy, too. We co-sponsored an informative end-of-summer CLE in Pittsburgh, “Watch out for the Waives: How Good Lawyers Waive Good Arguments On Appeal.” And we are getting ready to gear up for the Third Circuit Judicial Conference. Mark your calendar now: this invaluable training and networking event, open to attorneys licensed in the Third Circuit, will be held May 4-6, 2011. Watch our website and the Third Circuit website for information about the conference—and 3CBA events and programs—as details become available.

The time has come for the changing of the guard in the 3CBA leadership. I am pleased to be turning over the reins to Steve Orlofsky. Steve is an outstanding lawyer and bar leader who will bring a wealth of experience to the 3CBA. We are looking forward to his stewardship in the coming year. As my term draws to a close, I am grateful for the support and participation of many people, including the Board of Governors, our liaison judges, the staff of the Third Circuit, and all others who help us with our reports, newsletter, announcements, and programs. To the members of the 3CBA, a special thank you as well for your support of the association and its mission to aid the Circuit and promote appellate practice at the highest level. Find a colleague or two to join and become an active participant!

Jim Martin
President, Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit

July 2010
A Note from the President

Dear Members:

The 3CBA is co-sponsoring a CLE program with the Federal Practice Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. The program which will be held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel is entitled, “How Good Lawyers Waive Good Arguments on Appeal”.

The featured panelists are the Hon. D. Michael Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Hon. Donetta W. Ambrose, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Robert Byer, Esq., Duane Morris, LLP and Donna Doblick, Esq., Reed Smith LLP. The Moderator is Witold Walczak, Esq., ACLU.

With this roster of superb judges and practitioners, this promises to be an informative and insightful program. Please make plans to attend.

Please see the Announcements page for the flyer and registration form and for more details.

With best regards,

Jim Martin
President, Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit

August 2009
A Note from the President

In the 3CBA’s first two years, under the very capable leadership of our first President Nancy Winkelman, we have presented state of the art appellate programs in every corner of the Circuit, from Pennsylvania to the Virgin Islands, covering topics from electronic filing to appellate motions practice to brief writing to oral argument inside and outside the Circuit. We have commented thoughtfully and substantively on proposed rule changes that impact appellate practitioners and their clients. And we have hosted receptions for and met with Third Circuit judges to facilitate dialogue on issues of mutual concern.

Emblematic of the unique and high-quality programs the 3CBA sponsors and co-sponsors are the two panel programs we offered at the Third Circuit Bar Association Judicial Conference in May. We presented standing-room-only panel discussions on “Certification of State Law Questions to State Courts” and “Ethics in Appellate Advocacy.” The engaged and enthusiastic audiences enjoyed a stimulating dialogue with judges, justices, and distinguished appellate practitioners. Look for more educational programs from the 3CBA as the year goes on.

Even when you can’t come to our programs, we come to our members’ in boxes four times a year through our concise, practitioner-oriented newsletter, On Appeal. On Appeal contains updates on rules and recent cases of interest, as well as contributions from judges and lawyers around the Circuit.

We’d like to encourage you to get involved with the 3CBA. Peter Goldberger and George Leone head up the Rules Committee, which provides input on proposed revisions of local rules. Bob Graci chairs the Programs Committee, planning CLE events throughout the year. Colin Wrabley edits the newsletter. Any of these committee chairs would welcome your involvement in shaping the activities of the 3CBA. Our Board of Governors would welcome your input on appellate practice-related issues as well.

If you practice in the Third Circuit, please consider this your personal invitation to join us. If you have been a member in the past, but have not yet renewed, please do so. Our success as an organization depends on the support of our members. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. With your help, I look forward to many productive and rewarding years ahead.

James C. Martin
Third Circuit Bar Association

Earlier Presidents’ Notes

April 2009: A Note from the President

December 2008: A Note from the President

September 2008: A Note from the President


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