Jan. 30, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 9
 

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 14

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 14.

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 website 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 that includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you plan to bring a guest. 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 St., 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 26. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

Chancellor's Forum on Strauss-Kahn Case March 15

The Chancellor's Forum "The Arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A Comparative Study of French and U.S. Law and the Media" will be presented on Thursday, March 15.

The arrest and release of Dominique Strauss-Kahn will provide the nexus for a comparative discussion regarding U.S. and French law, cultural and political norms, and the role of the news media in both countries. Strauss-Kahn was the director of the International Monetary Fund when he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City in May 2011. The charges were eventually dismissed against Strauss-Kahn but he still faces a civil suit.

The discussion is presented in partnership with IHEJ - Institut des Hautes Études sur la Justice, Paris; the International Law Committee; and International Law Society of Villanova University School of Law. Panelists for the program include Professor Irène Théry, a sociologist with École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; Michelle Madden Dempsey, associate professor of law, Villanova University School of Law; and reporter Emilie Lounsberry of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Chancellor John E. Savoth will present welcoming remarks.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A wine and cheese reception will follow at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend this program, but reservations are required. to register for this event, please visit philadelphiabar.org.

Make 2012 Best Year Ever Jan. 31

Phyllis Sisenwine, the Lawyer's Coach, will present a program on how to make 2012 your best year ever at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Sisenwine works with lawyers to focus on client development and creating strategies to increase performance and profitability. Clients learn her proven methods to help them increase revenue and billable hours while providing time for personal growth. Her expertise in coaching lawyers has earned her an international reputation as "The Lawyer's Coach."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association offices, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24-hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Committee to Discuss Access to Police Reports Jan. 31

The Compulsory Arbitration Committee will discuss issues that have resulted from Mayor Nutter's recent order restricting access to police reports at its Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting.

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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24-hour notice for a refund.

Judges Herron, Woods-Skipper to Address Section Jan. 31

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges John W. Herron and Sheila Woods-Skipper will be the featured speakers at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Bar Academy at "Scottsboro Boys" Jan. 31

Straight from Broadway, join the Bar Academy for a special Philadelphia Theatre Company performance of "The Scottsboro Boys", followed by a post-performance meet-the-artists discussion featuring a Q & A with the cast on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

From the legendary songwriting team of Kander and Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago," "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), "The Scottsboro Boys" is a stirring musical that explores the infamous 1930s "Scottsboro Case" in which a group of African-American men are falsely accused of a terrible crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American civil rights movement. "Scottsboro Boys" is the definition of inspired American musical theater with a gorgeous and melodic score.

The Bar Academy has a very limited number of tickets at the price listed below that are expected to sell out for this performance at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. (Broad and Lombard streets). The curtain goes up at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $43 for Association members and guests (normally $51). All fees waived.
To take advantage of the group rate go to ticketing.theatrealliance.org and click on Jan. 31 in the calendar, then the Select Seats tab. Click your seats on the theatre map and at checkout enter promo code "philabar" or call the box office at 215-985-0420.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

IP Committee CLE Program Feb. 1

The Intellectual Property Committee will present the CLE program "Legal Drafting and Business Mistakes Made and Observed in Technology Licensing" on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Two technology licensing lawyers with a more than 75 combined years of licensing experience in pharmaceutical, high-tech and other technologies speak about lessons learned and mistakes made and observed in their patent and technology licensing practices. The speakers for the program are Robert S. Bramson and Laurence Schroepfer. The course planner is Theodore Naccarella.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. 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 is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24-hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Behind the IME Curtain CLE Feb. 3

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Behind the IME Curtain" with spinal surgeon Dr. Christian I. Fras on Friday, Feb. 3.

The course will provide an overview of the independent medical exam process from a physician's perspective as well as a discussion on the evaluation and management of lumbar spine injuries of injured workers.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. 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 for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24-hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Increasing Access to Justice From the Bench Feb. 6

The Public Interest Section will present "Increasing Access to Justice from the Bench" on Monday, Feb. 6.

Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo who will discuss her role in creating the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project; U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice who will address how he helped to develop the Federal Re-Entry Program; and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Abram Frank Reynolds who will discuss his role in creating the Juvenile Treatment Court program. The panel will be moderated by Joseph A. Sullivan, special counsel and director of pro bono programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

The program beings at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. This program is free to all members of the Association, but pre-registration is required. Please register online at philadelphiabar.org. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Task Force and the Criminal Justice Section.

Practice Tips Concerning Love v. Love Feb. 6

The Family Law Section and Immigration Law Committee will host a discussion on practice tips concerning the Love v. Love decision on Monday, Feb. 6.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Business Law Section to Honor Beaser Feb. 6

The Business Law Section's Annual Reception will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel where former Association Chancellor Lawrence J. Beaser will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

The Section established the award in recognition of 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 Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The section will also recognize Katayun I. Jaffari as Committee Chair of the Year and the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee as Committee of the Year at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Business Law Section and $60 for non-members. Tickets are $70 for those who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

ADA Amendments Update Feb. 7

Rocco J. Iacullo of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania will provide an ADA Amendments update at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

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

Antitrust Considerations CLE Feb. 8

The Mergers and Acquisitions & Private Equity Committees will present the CLE program "Antitrust Considerations in Sector-Focused Investments and Exits for Strategic and Private Equity Investors" on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Speakers for the program are Paul Frangie and Craig Godshall of Dechert LLP. Registration and lunch for this program begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. 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. Lunch is included in the CLE tuition price. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for a fee of $8.50.

Click here to register.

Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program Feb. 9

Heather Jarvis will present "Managing Law Student Loan Debt: Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs" on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St.

Jarvis is a national expert on educational debt and financial barriers facing law school graduates and income-based repayment and public service loan forgiveness under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The program is free to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online at philadelphiabar.org. This program is co-sponsored by the Association’s Public Interest Section, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and the Young Lawyers Division.

Submissions Sought for Business Law Insider

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is developing its next edition of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider. The next deadline for submissions is March 31. You are invited to contribute to the Insider by providing any of the following items:

Business Law Happenings: Articles of in depth interest to members of the Section in relevant areas of practice. Business Law Happening articles should be sent to the attention of Editor Renee F. Bergmann at rbergmann@beckermeisel.com.

Business Briefs: Any professional news regarding yourself or another Section member.

Book Reviews: Book Reviews on topics of general interest to membership. Fiction or non-fiction reviews are both welcome.

Business Law Alert: Timely articles on matters of professional interest representing changes in the law or developments in your practice affecting lawyers and clients. Estimated length of one or two paragraphs. These articles should be sent to the attention of Editor Renee F. Bergmann at rbergmann@beckermeisel.com.

Committee Reports: Committee chairs should take this opportunity to inform the membership of their present and future projects

All other inquiries, contributions, personal notices, and Business Law Alerts should be sent to the attention of Phyllis Epstein at phyllis@eselaw.com.

The editors of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider reserve the right to accept or reject any submission and to edit any submission to ensure its suitability for publication, its adherence to the Insider's mission, and its furtherance of the purpose of the Business Law Section. The Insider is designed to serve the Section by publicizing opportunities and events that may be of interest to the Section membership; providing information to its membership on topics that may be of general interest; reaching a wider audience and increase the visibility of the Section; informing the Section membership of its projects and goals; and sharing information with the Section membership regarding accomplishments of members and public figures.

Volunteers Needed for Bradway Mock Trial Competition

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and the Young Lawyers Division needs your help to make this year another success.

The YLD and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition. Each spring students from approximately 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

We hope that you will join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will require a 2-3 hour time commitment. Please pass this information along to your friends and colleagues. You can direct any questions to Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov.

Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge. Click here to view this year's case materials.

Renew Bar Association Membership Today

Members have until March 31 to renew their Bar Association memberships and avoid a $15 late fee. Click here to renew your membership.

With your Philadelphia Bar Association membership:

• You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and two divisions, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

• Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

• You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 25 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

• Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our philadelphiabar.org Web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day. You'll also have access to online classified ads and social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

• You'll benefit from our comprehensive membership insurance package, including professional liability, health, term life insurance, and disability insurance plans. You'll also be able to take advantage of online legal research and discounted rates on court reporting services, health clubs and rental cars.

• Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site attorney as well as a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

Click here to renew your membership.

44th Annual MABLSA Regional Convention

Join the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Asssociation for their 44th annual regional convention to held in the Philadelphia from Feb. 1 - 5.

Convention events will take place at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel and the Westin Philadelphia Hotel. It will highlight a number of annual events including but not limited to: the annual Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, the annual Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, the Career Expo: A Twist in Table Talk, the Charity Date Auction, the Legacy of MABLSA Hall of Fame Induction and Alumni mixer, workshops, panels, and the annual and much-anticipated awards gala and celebration.

Confirmed speakers include Charisse Lillie (Comcast Corporation & Comcast Foundation); Michael Tucker (Avis Budget Group); Shelley R. Smith (Philadelphia City solicitor); U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton; and U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger.

There is a special call for alumni to attend the Alumni Mixer on Friday, Feb. 4 starting at 6 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel. For more information regarding the convention schedule and registration, please visit www.nblsa.org/mablsa or contact Mid-Atlantic Regional Chai, Sheila E. Isong at mid-atlantic@nblsa.org.

Wills for Heroes Volunteers Needed Feb. 11

A Wills for Heroes event will be held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with the sponsorship of Ballard Spahr LLP on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at FOP Lodge #5 Headquarters, 1336 Spring Garden St.

The Wills for Heroes program is a free and easy service which provides Wills, Living Wills, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. Due to the nature of their work, this service helps ensure their family's legal affairs are in order in case an unfortunate tragedy occurs. More information can be found at www.willsforheroes.org.

The event will be conducted for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders of FOP Lodge #5, members of the Guardian Civic League, Philadelphia City Hall Deputies, all sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others.

No prior legal experience with estate law is necessary to volunteer for this great cause. Comprehensive training will be provided prior the appointments commencing. Volunteers will be eligible for two free Pennsylvania CLE credits.

If you are interested, please contact Dan McKenna at mckennad@ballardsphar.com or Felix Yelin at felix.yelin@courts.phila.gov.

Civil Practice CLE Feb. 29

The Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia VIP will present the new training program "Civil Practice: From Filing to Decision" on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

This two-part, four-hour program is a condensed guide to pro bono civil practice in Philadelphia. Registrants can attend either or both sessions and earn two free CLE credits for each session attended if they take one VIP case to completion for each two credits earned or are a current Child Advocates volunteer.

The first part of the program, from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m., will cover the nuts and bolts of civil practice. The second part of the program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will cover trial practice and the art of advocacy. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge Allan L. Tereshko will provide opening remarks. Faculty includes award-winning trial lawyers Gerald A. McHugh Jr. and Regina M. Foley of Raynes McCarty and VIP staff attorneys Maisha Elonai and Michael Viola. For more information, and to register, please contact Christina Ortiz at Phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Arts & Business Council will host "Arts & Business Council Business Backstage: Arts & Business Go Together Like Wine and Cheese," a pro bono volunteer retention and recruitment event on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th St. Admission is $75 for program volunteers and $100 for the public, and will feature a tour of the "City Stories" exhibition and newly renovated galleries, music from international tango artist Tito Castro, and wine instruction and tasting by Tria. Pre-registration required at abchistorymuseumbackstage.eventbrite.com. For more information contact PVLA Program Director Miriam DeChant at 215.339.3822 or go to www.artsandbusinessphila.org.

• The Public Interest/Public Service Job Fair will be held Friday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m., at Temple University's Center City campus, 1515 Market Str. The job fair is hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Area Law Schools Consortium, and coordinated by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The fair is open to participating public interest legal organization employers and students who have pre-registered and who attend one of the host law schools: Drexel, Temple, Penn, Villanova, Rutgers-Camden, Widener, and Penn State Dickinson. For more information, please contact Maureen Olives at molives@temple.edu.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono CLE program "Introduction to HAP and Ethical Considerations in Representing Homeless Clients" on Thursday, Feb. 9. The program is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers and will be held from 12 to 1:15 p.m. at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. One hour of free ethics CLE credit will be provided to attendees who volunteer with HAP. To register, please contact Cary Moritz at 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono CLE training program, "How to Handle Expungement Cases in Philadelphia County," on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square. This course will be taught by Brian Murray and Suzanne Young, attorneys at Community Legal Services, and will offer 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for volunteering to handle a HAP case. To register, please contact Cary Moritz at 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

• The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will hold a Kick-off Event for the Board Observation Program on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. The Board Observation Program was developed by the Bar Foundation in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and Delivery of Legal Services Committee to provide young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn about local legal services organizations and the leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of non-profit organizations. This invitation-only wine and cheese reception will celebrate the committed young lawyers who are volunteering their time to participate with the boards of nine legal services agencies.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono training program "How to Handle a Veterans Benefits Case," on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800. This training program will be taught by Michael Taub, HAP's veterans attorney, and is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers. Three free substantive CLE credits will be provided in exchange for volunteering to represent a homeless veteran through HAP. For attorneys already accredited, this training meets the 3 substantive hour CLE requirement to maintain certification with the Department of Veteran Affairs. To register, please contact Cary Moritz at 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

Justinian Society to Honor Savoth Feb. 7

The Justinian Society will host a luncheon in honor of Bar Association Chancellor John E. Savoth on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

A reception will be held at 11:30 a.m. with lunch following at 12 p.m. Tickets are available for $65 for members of the Justinian Society and $75 for non-members.

For additional information, contact the Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or email jct.uta@att.net. Please reply by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Click here to download a ticket order form.

Women in the Profession Newsletter Issue No. 2

Click here to view the second issue of the Women in the Profession Newsletter with contributions from Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart, Dean Linda Ammons, Bobbie Liebenberg, Jennifer Weed, Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Sheryl Axelrod, Stacy Lilly, Carol Carty, and Susan Satkowski.

Have comments, suggestions or a submission for the Newsletter? Please contact Editor Maureen Farrell at maureen@maureenfarrellesq.com.

Thanks to our sponsors Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar; Evaporcool LLC; A and A Court Reporting; and Philadelphia Runner. Please find great coupons for A and A and Philadelphia Runner inside.

Staying in the Game: PNC's 2012 Outlook

What do you make of the current markets? Do you have an investment strategy in place for 2012? Are you confident about near-term economic growth? What about the state of the U.S. recovery? If these topics are of interest to you, then read this interview with E. William Stone, CFA®, CMT, senior vice president and chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management and Institutional Investments, to learn about PNC's 2012 outlook.

This interview takes a look back at what transpired in 2011, discusses the projected recovery, evaluates some current risks, and offers investors recommendations going into 2012. Click here to read the interview.

Judges Needed for Transactional LawMeet

The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University is once again hosting the Annual Transactional LawMeet. The Meet is a unique law school competition that gives students interested in transactional law a taste of real practice. This year 52 schools from around the country will be participating.

The highpoint of the Meet is the interaction between the students and experts from practice. Last year some 50 lawyers from the Philadelphia business law bar served as judges at the LawMeet. We need your help again. We are looking for judges to join us on either Thursday or Friday, March 29 and 30.

If you are willing to participate and help teach the next generation of transactional lawyers, please email Professor Karl Okamoto at ko54@drexel.edu.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Introduction to Fastcase
Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 9, 9 a.m.
Monday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8,10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

Boolean (Keyword) Search for Lawyers
Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, May 28, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct 29, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m.

Fastcase for Paralegals
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1,1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Forfeitures & Return of Property Proceedings CLE

Troy Wilson and a stellar panel explain how to handle forfeiture and return of property cases from beginning to end. You will get a practical overview of the entire process from initial seizure of property through motions, through civil proceedings, and even through trial and appeals. This 3 CLE credit program will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 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 1 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.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. 30 – Tuesday, Jan. 31
PLI - Broadband & Cable Industry Law 2012
9.5 substantive CLE credits
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch included; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
PLI - Hedge Fund Registration & Compliance 2012
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
The Family Lawyer's Discovery Tool Kit (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

PLI - Current Developments in Federal Civil Practice 2012
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2
Forfeitures and Return of Property Proceedings
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - International Tax Issue 2012: Planning in an Uncertain World
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3
ADA Update: How Have the New Regulations and Case Law Changed the ADA?
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

PLI - Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 6-7
PLI - Understanding Financial Products 2012
12 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 5:15 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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