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Jan. 7, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 2
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Deadline Extended to Jan. 15
for Legal Directory Updates

The deadline for verifying your listing in the print edition of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2013 Legal Directory has been extended until Tuesday, Jan. 15. Attorneys and firm administrators in the Greater Philadelphia area have been sent emails with a personalized URL to confirm or update their listings for the directory. Updates will go into the online directory within 48 hours. To create a new listing, visit phillylegaldirectory.com. If you or your firm were listed in last year's directory and you have not received your URL yet, contact Veronica Altimari at valtimari@alm.com or 215-557-2333.
 

Liberty Resources CEO to Speak Jan. 8

Tom Earle, CEO of Liberty Resources, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Shachoy Law Review Symposium Jan. 18

The Villanova Law Review will hold The Norman J. Shachoy Law Review Symposium "Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law: Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade?" on Friday, Jan. 18 at Villanova University School of Law.

The symposium will feature the leading authorities on the subject of international sales law from across the globe, including the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the Hon. Renaud Sorieul.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of the Shachoy Symposium. Click here to register.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 24

The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Estia, 1405 Locust St. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

John B. Wright II will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Wright is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Triumph Group, Inc and a former chair of the Business Law Section. The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis 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 the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

Association Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will receive the Section's Inaugural Diversity Award. The Health Care Law Committee will be honored as Committee of the Year and E. David Chanin, chair of the Business Litigation Committee, will be honored as Committee Chair of the Year.

Tickets are $50 for Section members, $60 for non-Section members and $70 for non-members of the Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

ICC's First Decade and Beyond Feb. 11

The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present "The International Criminal Court’s First Decade and Beyond" on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Silverman Hall, 3501 Sansom St.

Judge Sang-Hyun Song, president of the International Criminal Court, will offer keynote remarks. A moderated panel discussion with Patricia Viseur Sellers, special adviser to the ICC Prosecutor on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies and Penn Law Prof. William Burke-White will also be held. Click here to register.

Promotional partners for the event are American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights & Section of International Law; International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and The Global Philadelphia Association.

Commonwealth Court Closes Phila. Filing Office

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia filing office in the Widener Building has permanently closed as of Dec. 31, 2012.

The court will no longer accept filings, in person or by mail, at the Philadelphia facility. Effective Jan. 2, all Commonwealth Court filings must made in the Harrisburg filing office. Filing in Harrisburg must be made in person, by mail as provided by general rules, or as otherwise permitted by general rules of court.

Please note this important change and direct questions to filing office staff or to the chief clerk's office at (717) 255-1661.

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

The Veterans Law Clinic at Widener Law School will sponsor the pro bono training program "Pro Bono Representation Before the Department of Veterans Affairs," on Friday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Wilmington, Del., office of McCarter & English. This program will cover all of the basics of veterans' compensation and pension claims and will provide 3 free CLE credits (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) in exchange for handling a volunteer case with the clinic. To register for this clinic, please contact Sue Saidel at (302) 477-2052 or swsaidel@mail.widener.edu.

• Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will present the free CLE training program "Quiet Title: Handling Cases Involving Problems with Title to Real Estate" on Thursday, Jan. 31 ,” from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600, Philadelphia. This training program will be taught by Edward J. Hayes and Robert S. Tintner of Fox Rothschild LLP, and will cover the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. Keeping low-income Philadelphians in their homes is critical to keeping families from becoming homeless and in helping people break the cycle of poverty. It also combats the occurrence of abandoned properties and neighborhood blight. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please register online at phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form.

• The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will host the Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Career Fair Reception on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm., at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. The PIPS Fair reception is an opportunity for public interest and government employers to meet law students from all of the area law schools. Please RSVP at {link:http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4941320623|eventbrite.com/event/4941320623 or email Liz Dunn at dunn@law.villanova.edu by Jan. 24.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney’s full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that’s 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392, or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

PNC Perspectives: Remaining on Recovery Path in 2013

In this month's interview, we talked with E. William Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management and PNC Institutional Investments, who keeps a close eye on the many factors that influence the direction of both domestic and international financial markets. We discussed his outlook for the new year. Click here to read the interview.

FJD Seeks Applicants for Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judicial fellows work in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit courts.phila.gov/jfp.

Real Life Financial Planning CLE Jan. 14

You spend all of your time looking after your clients' interests, your law firm's interests and your billable hours. You mean to sit down with someone and go over your finances and develop a plan that will ensure your financial present and future. But getting that time and organizing all of the paperwork - it is daunting - and before you have time to get any farther another more pressing client emergency crops up. Stop! You need to take your financial future into your own hands - the sooner the better. PBI's "Real Life Financial Planning" will help you make the correct first steps to securing your financial future. Whether you are a new lawyer just admitted to practice, a partner with 20 years of experience or a senior lawyer counting the months until retirement, this program will help you develop strategies, define priorities and establish a sound financial plan that will serve your needs now and into the future. This 4 substantive CLE credit program will be held Monday, Jan. 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 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, Jan. 7
Evaluating the DAI Case (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 7 - Tuesday, Jan. 8
PLI - Understanding Financial Products 2013
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Mergers & Acquisitions (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
PLI - Secured Transactions 2013: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Legal Ethics & the Attorney-Client Privilege (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Understanding the Basics of Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Industry (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10
PLI - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2013
7 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11
Ethical Issues in Litigation Practice (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Fundamentals of Civil Practice & Procedure (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14
Real Life Financial Planning for Lawyers
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Fair Hearings and Appeals in Elder Law (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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