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Jan. 27, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 8
 

Prisoner Reentry Network Launch Jan. 29

Join Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy I. Djerassi, the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to the launch of the Prisoner Reentry Network on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market St., 11th Floor.

A complimentary breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Ann Schwartzman by phone at 215‐564‐6005 ext. 117 or by email at aschwartzman@prisonsociety.org. For more information, visit phillyreentry.com.

State of Zoning Board of Adjustment Jan. 29

Learn about the state of the Zoning Board of Adjustment from current members of that board at the Wednesday, Jan. 29 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 30

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold its annual Public Interest/Public Service Career (PIPS) Fair Reception, on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St.

This cocktail reception will be held the evening before the Philadelphia Area Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair and offers a great opportunity for area public interest students to meet Philadelphia's phenomenal public interest community. Prospective public interest and public service employers are all welcome to attend! You can meet and inspire our area's public interest students with the great work that you do, and you can even do a little recruiting for future interns and pro bono volunteers.

Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Many thanks to our gracious host, Dechert LLP. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees. If you have any questions, please email Tory Messina at vmessina@law.upenn.edu.

Criminal Justice Section Reception Jan. 30

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 220 S. 17th St.

The Justice Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland (Ret.). The Henry Czajowski Award will be given to Common Pleas Courtroom Operations Michael Spaziano, Chief, and Administrative Officers Michelle Arlene, Robert Busillo, Janette Coladonato, Gino Giacomucci and Michael Lanzalotti.

The event includes open bar and and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $55 for members, $45 for public interest and government attorney members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register by Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Dementia and Executive Functioning Jan. 30

Kenneth Carroll, PhD. will lead a discussion on dementia and executive functioning at the Thursday, Jan. 30 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Evaluating, Financing International Business Ventures Jan. 31

Deborah Nowak, vice president of international business development at National Penn Bank, will be discuss "Evaluating & Financing International Business Ventures" at a Friday, Jan. 31 CLE program presented by the International Business Initiative Committee.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Hot Topics in Capital Cases CLE Jan. 31

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will hold the CLE program "Hot Topics in Capital Cases - Part I" on Friday, Jan. 31 from 12 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

You'll gain judicial insight, receive updates and pick up strategy tips from the lawyers who successfully handle these cases. Click here to register.

Dividing Employment-Based Marital Assets

Join the Family Law Section on Monday, Feb. 3 to discuss dividing employment-based marital assets with Mitchell E. Benson.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Business Law Section to Honor Meyers, John Feb. 4

The Business Law Section will present its the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Howard L. Meyers and the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award to Leslie E. John at its Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Estia, 1405 Locust St.

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. Meyers, a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, through his years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

John, a partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, will receive the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. The award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity; and promotes full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. John's advocacy for women and diverse lawyers demonstrates her outstanding commitment to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

The 2013 Chair of the Year is Jeffrey L. Vagle, chair of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefitted from the many programs offered by the Committee.

The 2013 Committee of the Year is the Small Business Committee, chaired by Katayun I. Jaffari. The Committee has put on fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the Bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The Annual Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominations Due Feb. 5

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Previous recipients of the diversity award include Justice Sotomayor, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, the Liacouras Committee, former Chancellor Andre L. Dennis and Nolan Atkinson.

The award shall be granted to an attorney, jurist, law firm, law department, legal services organization or law school in Philadelphia, or an individual or entity that has made a substantial impact upon the Philadelphia legal community. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous contribution, or a single outstanding contribution, to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession in furtherance of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles.

Nominations of individuals should be based upon their personal contributions to diversity, and nominations of entities should be based upon programmatic activity.

Nominations are due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 and can be sent to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955, faxed to (215) 238-1159 or emailed to nmclaurin@philabar.org. Nominations will be reviewed by the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee, and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter.Nomination materials can be downloaded by visiting philadelphiabar.org.

Workers' Comp CLE Feb. 7

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Fun and Games - Give Me Comp" on Friday, Feb. 7.

This lively lunchtime CLE will examine the evolving Workers' Compensation workplace environment considering workplace incentives, fitness, fun and employment. When is it compensable?

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 through the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Privacy in the Age of Terror and Twitter Feb. 10

Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA monitoring of emails and cell phones; world leaders alleging U.S. eavesdropping on their communications; terrorism spreading round the world while our government balances interests of privacy with security, diplomacy with the need to know when and how our country and its citizens could be at risk.

How do we define the line between what we want our government to do to protect Americans at home and abroad and where we believe privacy rights must prevail?

Join our esteemed panel of journalists and attorneys on Monday, Feb. 10 as they examine the latest developments in the contest between protecting liberty and core American values and achieving the highest level of national security possible. Do you think Snowden is a traitor or a patriot? Are you willing to sacrifice some liberties to assure your safety? Is our government doing the right thing? Do we need more transparency or more secrecy as the US looks to protect its citizens and its interests?

Examine these issues and weigh in with your questions and comments at this timely and always lively PBI public policy seminar. Click here to register.

APABAPA Lunar Banquet Feb. 28

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold the 2014 Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg at jacquie.huynh@gmail.com

Bar Foundation Seeks Director of Development

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia legal community, is currently seeking a Director of Development. The Bar Foundation, which promotes equal access to justice by providing grants and technical assistance to a network of legal services organizations in Philadelphia is about to embark on its 50th year and plans to celebrate throughout 2014 through 50 events, and has a goal to raise $5 million dollars. Click here for the Job Title/Description and application instructions.

Racial Inequalities in Public Schools March 1

The 3rd Annual LEARN Conference "Achievement Gap or the Education Debt? Combating Racial Inequalities in Our Public Schools" will focus on the reasons behind varying educational outcomes for students of different races and discuss possible solutions to the problem. The goal of this year's LEARN conference is to directly engage the issue mobilizing most school reform movements, the disparity of educational outcomes between white students and racial minorities, and bluntly discuss the causes of this phenomenon and debate the efficacy of different policies aimed at combating this injustice.

The morning panels will discuss different pedagogical methods for improving student outcomes in schools serving mostly minority students, and the afternoon panels will examine the structural causes of these inequalities and the political fight surrounding the issue of racial inequality in our education system. The program will be Saturday, March 1 at University of Pennsylvania Law School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to register.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 5. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at supremecourtus.gov. Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you are an Association member and plan to bring a guest. If you are not a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the fee is $325. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

AJC Learned Hand Award Dinner Feb. 5

AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ 2014 Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 honoring Albert Momjian, retired partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

Momjian is a nationally renowned family lawyer, regarded as the dean of the Pennsylvania family law bar. After practicing law for more than 50 years, he retired as a partner from Schnader, where he was chair of the Family Law Department. A major force in both the development and advancement of family law in Pennsylvania, he co-chaired the Committee to Consolidate Pennsylvania Family Laws and served as a consultant to the Pennsylvania House and Senate Judiciary Committees during passage of the 1980 Divorce Code.

For dinner information, contact Marcia Bronstein at bronsteinm@ajc.org or Stefanie Tapper at tappers@ajc.org or call 215.665.2300. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Rittenhouse Hotel.

Electing More Women to Public Office Feb. 3

Two prominent women leaders will discuss what needs to happen for more women to run for and win public office at first luncheon of the Pennsylvania Women's Forum and its Solutions Series. on Monday, Feb. 3.

Speakers include Christine Toretti,a businesswoman and GOP National Committeewoman who has been instrumental in helping Republican women run for office, and Siobhan "Sam" Bennett, president/CEO of the Women's Campaign Fund, a nonprofit national network dedicated to achieving parity for women in public office.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the Harrisburg Campus, Widener University School of Law, Administration Building, Room A180. Please RSVP to Sandy Graeff at 717-541-3965 or slgraeff@widener.edu.

Public Interest Programs Scheduled

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the free CLE program "Accessing SSI Benefits for Your Clients: Providing Representation in HAP's SOAR Project," on n Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Spahr, LLP, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Earn 3 substantive CLE credits while learning how to represent homeless men and women in HAP's celebrated expedited SSI disability benefits application project. This course is open without charge to current and prospective volunteers. Please RSVP to Michele Levy, HAP Managing Attorney, at mlevy@philalegal.org or 215-523-9585 by Jan. 31.

• Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams will discuss the state of crime in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (light reception to follow discussion), in the Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law, 3501 Sansom St. This program will include a discussion and Q&A about the city of Philadelphia's efforts to address crime rates and service victims, while also touching on his path to becoming district attorney and his vision for crime reduction in Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

• "Kids for Cash," a new critically acclaimed documentary film featuring Juvenile Law Center leaders Marsha Levick and Bob Schwartz will premiere in theaters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area on Friday, Feb. 7. The film chronicles the infamous Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" case. "Kids for Cash" is produced and directed by Robert May, who also produced the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War." The film will run in theaters across the country throughout February and March. Visit the film's website at www.kidsforcashthemovie.com to find a theater near you. Find out more about the "kids-for-cash" scandal and Juvenile Law Center's involvement at www.jlc.org.

• During the week of Feb. 17-21, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its Sixth Annual Public Interest Week, which celebrates the public interest work of students, alumni, and community partners and will feature student-organized presentations on topics ranging from environmental justice to indigent defense. On Friday, Feb. 21, Public Interest Week will culminate with the presentation of the 33rd Annual Sparer Symposium: Gender and Social Inequality: Why Women's Rights Still Matter, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature keynote speaker Marcia Greenberger, L'70, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. Symposium panel topics include "Recognizing Problems and Sharing Solutions: Sexism in our Communities;" "Domestic Violence and its Effects on the Family;" "Women in Immigration;" and "Trafficking Women: Legal Responses to a Global Problem." All events and program will be held at Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom St. The Sparer Symposium will offer 6 CLE Credits (2 Ethics credits). The Sparer Symposium and other program presentations offered during Public Interest Law Week at Penn Law are free and open to all. To register for the Sparer Symposium, and for more information on the cost for CLE credits, click here. For more information about other programs offered during Public Interest Law Week visit the Penn Law Calendar at law.penn.edu.

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: Portability May Force Changes

In this month's interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss the portability provision of the American Tax Relief Act. Click here to read the entire article.

Retaliation Claims in the Post-Nassar World

Since 2000, the number of unlawful retaliation charges filed with the EEOC has roughly doubled, and retaliation claims currently outnumber all other types of discrimination claims. After several years of judicially expanded protections against retaliation in the workplace, a divided Supreme Court, in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, recently held that retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 must now be proven using the more stringent "but-for" causation standard. While this decision appears to pave the way for an increase in employer victories, many questions remain regarding how the agencies, trial courts and juries will apply this ruling to the ever growing number of retaliation claims being filed. In this program you will: learn the essential elements of a retaliation claim; discover the impact of the Nassar decision; get the EEOC/PHRC perspective on investigation and enforcement; and explore dispositive motions and trial and appeal strategies. This 3 substantive CLE credit program will be Thursday Jan. 30, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets from 9 a.m. to 12:15 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. 27
The Seven Deadly Sins of Modern Contract Law (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 27 – Tuesday, Jan. 28
PLI - Broadband & Cable Industry Law 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Nonprofit Series: How to Start and Run a Nonprofit
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Basic Real Estate for Estate Planning Attorneys
4 substantive CLE credits
12:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Municipal Liability (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30
Winning Retaliation Claims in the Post-Nassar World
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

PLI - International Tax Issues 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31
Hot Topics in Capital Cases - Part I
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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