Feb. 16, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 14
 

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 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.

Meadway on International Trademarks Feb. 23

Jay K. Meadway will discuss international trademarks at the Thursday, Feb. 23 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The roundtable discussion will focus on international issues in trademarks and new developments in trademarks affecting international business.

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.

Basics of Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships Feb. 23

Peter Johnson, senior vice president at Pennsylvania Trust and head of the Special Needs Unit, will discuss the basics of special needs trusts and guardianships at the Thursday, Feb. 23 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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.

Latest Developments in EEO Law Feb. 24

EEOC Program Analyst Mary M. Tiernan will discuss discuss the latest development in EEO law and hot issues in the courts at the Friday, Feb. 24 meeting of the Human Resources Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. at the offices of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C., United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please RSVP to Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

Protecting Our Children All-Day CLE Feb. 27

In the past few years, numerous high-profile stories have arisen concerning allegations of sexual abuse of children within well-respected institutions and organizations.

The myriad of legal issues created by such allegations and the ways in which the system might need to change in the future to better protect our nation's children are the subject of a new two-part CLE seminar "Protecting Our Children - The Responsibility of Organizations," being offered Monday, Feb. 27 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The morning session, "Protecting Children from Abuse," begins at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon session, "Corporate and Nonprofit Management," features guest speaker Dr. Richard James Gelles of School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania.

Other panelists for the program include Frank P. Cervone, executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates; Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Cozen O'Connor; Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division; Ellen C. Brotman, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Larry Ceisler, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy; Anthony L. Crisci, Crisci Associates; Michael Exler, general counsel, Drexel University; Lawrence J. Fox, Drinkler Biddle & Reath LLP; Deirdre D. Fruh, legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.; Leslie M. Gomez, Ballard Spahr LLP; Valerie I. Harrison, associate university counsel, Temple University; Kelly B. Hodge, Philadelphia Safe Schools Advocate, PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Walt Hunter, CBS3 News; Sarah A. Kelly, Cozen O'Connor; Jeffrey Lindy, Lindy Law Firm; Natalye Paquin, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania; Charles E. Schmidt Jr., Schmidt Kramer, PC; Theodore Simon, Law Offices of Theodore Simon; Gina M. Smith, Ballard Spahr, LLP; Vicki J. Wilken, staff counsel, state Sen. Kim Ward (Chair, Senate Aging and Youth); Dr. Barbara E. Ziv, forensic psychiatrist; and Barry Zakireh, PhD, director of the Adult and Forensic Program, The Joseph J. Peters Institute.

To register for this 7 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program, click here.

Parental Leave Policies, Practices Feb. 28

Is your employer legally obligated to provide you with parental leave? What is the current trend for parental leave policies among Philadelphia law firms and legal employers? If your employer does not have a parental leave policy, what do you ask for and how do you negotiate terms that you want? Even if you get parental leave, should you take it and what are the professional ramifications?

According to a survey of the top 50 best law firms for women, on average, women receive 14 paid weeks of maternity leave, but on average only take 12. Men received just six weeks, but on average only take two weeks. Will more male attorneys who take advantage of parental leave policies increase the acceptance of parental leave in the legal profession?

Our panel of experts will discuss these questions, specific leave policies, whether the employer is subject to relevant laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act and the impact of an employer's commitment to parental leave policies at the Tuesday, Feb. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee. Panel members include past Chancellors Jane Leslie Dalton and Deborah R. Willig, along with Wanda Flowers and Laura C. Mattiacci.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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.

SORNA, Megan's Law CLE Feb. 28

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "SORNA and the new Megan"s Law Registration" on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The new SORNA (Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act) has been passed in Pennsylvania and all criminal practitioners need to be informed of its provisions. SORNA brings Pennsylvania into compliance with the Federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act and will mandate that previously convicted defendants (and some adjudicated juveniles) register under Megan's Law even where they were not originally required to do so. Speakers for the program include Greg A. Rowe, Legislation and Policy Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; and Aaron J. Marcus and Nyssa E. Taylor, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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. Click here to register for lunch. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness Feb. 29

The Young Lawyers Division and Bar Foundation Board Observation Workshop will present the Live, Lunch and Learn program "Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness" on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The featured speaker is Fernando Chang-Muy, University of Pennsylvania School of Law Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law. This is the first in a four-part series of Live, Lunch and Learns focused on nonprofit board participation for young attorneys. This program will focus on how effective organizations are productive, resourceful, and successful. An effective organization achieves its goals while adhering to its mission statement. To this end, in part, effectiveness is relative to the intrinsic values of a particular organization. However, there are objective business strategies that winning companies employ in order to increase organizational effectiveness. This program is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee.

The program 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. Click here to register. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

Behind the Scenes of the Flower Show March 1

Join the Bar Academy for a behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the Philadelphia International Flower Show on Thursday, March 1, including a guided walk through the exhibits as they are being set up in advance of the opening of this year's much-anticipated show, "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha." This is a rare opportunity not available to the general public.

Only a very limited number of tickets are available at the special VIP group rate below, and are expected to sell out. Warm clothing and sneakers or all-weather footwear are suggested due to open loading doors and potentially messy conditions. All proceeds support The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its urban greening programs, including City Harvest. For more information about the Philadelphia International Flower Show, click here.

The one-hour tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center where attendees will assemble inside the East Entrance on 12th Street at Arch Street. Tickets are $35 and are available for Association members only. Click here to purchase tickets.

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.

Workers' Comp CLE March 2

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Mandatory Mediation Two Years Later: Success or Failure?" on Friday, March 2.

This CLE program will recap the highlights of the mandatory mediation program since its 2010 inception. Panelists will identify and address what litigants and practitioners would like from the mediating judges, what mediating judges would like from litigants and practitioners, and ways to improve the system for all involved. Panelists are Workers' Compensation Judge Pamela Santoro, Alfred J. Carlson and Lauri A. Kavulich.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Career Paths in Trust and Estate Law March 15

The Young Lawyers Division Committee of the Probate and Trust Section will present "Career Paths in Trust and Estate Law" on Thursday, March 15.

Learn about different career paths in our field and ask questions about what it takes to be successful at a law firm, in-house, or development position. Speakers include Michelle Hong, director of wealth planning at Brown Brothers Harriman; Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen, shareholder, Stevens and Lee; and Meaghan Hogan, executive director of gift planning at Temple University.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at BNY Mellon, Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St., 8th Floor. Please bring your own lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. RSVP to alison@altmangross.com.

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.

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.

Register for Bar's 33rd Annual 5K May 20

The annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, now in its 33rd year, is just around the corner. And whether you plan on beating 13-time defending legal division race champion Neill Clark or attaining your personal best, now is the time to start preparing for the Sunday, May 20 race. Click here to register as an individual, law/corporate team and/or sponsor.

The 33rd Philadelphia Bar 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive. It is open to runners, walkers, students, and children who participate in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Kids Dash. All proceeds from the event benefit Support Center for Child Advocates, the nation's oldest and largest pro bono program providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children.

Group runs, increased runs, diversified training, and proper stretching techniques can all prove beneficial in improving your race. One of the best ways to improve your speed is by running about three times a week. Your body takes approximately 48 hours to repair damaged muscle tissue, so running every other day can be effective. Running with friends or colleagues can serve as motivation as well as help you push past your individual limits while training for a big race. Click here to register.

Make Your AEDs Count!

The MyHeartMap Challenge is a Penn Medicine-based project attempting to identify and map out as many AEDs (automated external defibrillators) as possible in the City of Philadelphia.

The project has received a great deal of local and international media attention for its innovative use of online and social media tools to "crowdsource" the information-gathering effort, in news outlets ranging from the Inquirer, CBS3, and 6ABC to Wired, NPR, and The Economist. To learn more about the project, and how your firm can ensure that its investment in this life-saving technology will be represented in this ground-breaking effort, please contact Jennifer Yuan at jenlists@gmail.com, or visit the project website at myheartmap.org.

Sadie Alexander Conference Feb. 18

Join the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Black Law Student Association for their 24th Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Commemorative Conference on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The conference provides an opportunity for law students and lawyers to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Alexander, the first African-American woman to graduate from the Law School. The conference begins with a career fair at 9 a.m. held at the law school, followed by several discussion panels including: The Innovative JD - Discovering the Creative Ways to Utilize a Law Degree, Professional Growth - The Life of a Lawyer in Stages, and a networking panel hosted by Deborah Collins, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation of Essex County.

Confirmed panelists include Alan Seiffert (SyFy Ventures at NBC Universal), David A. Love (Executive Director at Witness to Innocence), Derron Harris (Manager of Football Administration for the Philadelphia Eagles), Kedric Payne (Deputy Chief Counsel at the Office of Congressional Ethics), and The Honorable Cynthia W. Fordham (PA Public Utility Commission).

The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception and banquet dinner at the University City Sheraton Hotel at 6:30 p.m. Judge Magdeline Coleman, the first African-American woman to sit on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District, will be the keynote speaker.

For more information regarding the conference schedule and registration, please visit www.pennlawblsa.com or contact Melinda Patterson at blsasadieconference@gmail.com.

Barristers Plan Reception, Legal Clinic

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its annual Meet the Judges and Legislators Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St.

The Barristers will salute U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner and Chief Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells beginning at 5:30 p.m. To attend, RSVP to kevin.harden@phila.gov or call 215-686-7657.

The Barristers will also hold a community legal clinic and panel discussion at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419 S. 6th St., on Wednesday, Feb. 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The panel will include five practitioners with experience in victims' rights, education law, tangled title, living will/advanced directives and voters rights. Take part in this unique opportunity to brush up on recent laws, network, engage potential clients, and give back to the community all at one event! To attend RSVP to phillybarristers@gmail.com by Friday, Feb. 24.

McCaffery at Brandeis Networking Event Feb. 28

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery will be the guest speaker when The Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia and the Jewish Graduate Student Network of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia present their 11th Annual Law Networking Event on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St.

The event gives Jewish law students, lawyers and judges the opportunity to meet and chat with one another. It includes remarks from prominent professionals and breakout sessions focusing on specific practice areas as well as a general session, refreshments and socializing. It has proven to be beneficial to countless lawyers making their way in the Philadelphia legal community.

Justice McCaffery received his Juris Doctorate from the Temple University School of Law in 1989. He has the unique distinction of having served as not only a lawyer and judge, but also as a law enforcement officer.

The Brandeis Law Society welcomes all of its members as well as other lawyers to this free event and advance registration is not necessary. The participation of experienced lawyers and judges is vital to the success of the evening. Participants will have an opportunity to sign up to mentor individual law students if they choose.


For more information about the Law Networking Event, contact Matthew G. Laver, Esq. at 267-519-4979 or mlaver@wglaw.com.

Judge Pollak to Be Honored Feb. 29

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Louis J. Pollak will be presented with the Earle Mack School of Law Diversity Award on Wednesday, Feb. 29 as the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University marks Law Diversity Awareness Week.

Naomi K. McLaurin, the Philadelphia Bar Association's director of diversity, will be the keynote speaker at the opening reception at the law school on the 3rd floor Gallery from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Earle Mack School of Law is located at 3320 Market St.

There is no cost to attend this program, which is open to all members of the bench and bar.

Open Bar III: A Benefit for Mazzoni Center Legal Services

Mazzoni Center presents Open Bar III on Tuesday, March 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Opa, 1311 Sansom St.

Open Bar raises funds and awareness about Mazzoni Center Legal Services for low-income LGBT individuals in Pennsylvania. Please join us as we present Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia Councilwoman At-Large, with the annual Mazzoni Center Justice in Action Award in recognition for her dedication and commitment to LGBT communities in Philadelphia.

Generously underwritten by Opa, the ticket price ($50) includes select wine, beer, specialty cocktails, and appetizers. Space is limited. Please register online at mazzonicenter.org/OpenBar3 or contact Ron Perri 215.563.0652 ext. 218 or rperri@mazzonicenter.org.

Promotional co-sponsors include the Philadelphia Bar Association, GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia), Lambda Legal, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• 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.

• HIAS Pennsylvania will host a free training program on Citizenships Procedures and Fee Waivers on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at 2100 Arch St. This program will cover eligibility for citizenship, filing procedures, language waivers and fee waivers and prepare volunteers to participate in the National Pro Bono Citizenship Day on Saturday, March 31, which will be held at various locations in Philadelphia and one location in Upper Darby. One and a half hours of free CLE credit will be provided attorneys who volunteer to help clients apply for citizenship at the National Pro Bono Citizenship Day on March 31. Advanced registration for the CLE training program and to volunteer on March 31st is required. To register, please submit a completed registration form by email to with Shaloo Jose at sjose@hiaspa.org or call 215-832-0909.

• 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 program will be held at New Century Trust, 1307 Locust St. 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.

PNC Perspectives: Wealth Strategies for 2012

Investors should be prepared to endure some angst this year considering the failure of the Super Committee to reach a consensus on an ever growing budget deficit, the upcoming expiration of $4 trillion in Bush-era tax cuts and the election in November.

In an effort to leverage the opportunities that still exist surrounding the current transfer tax exemptions, Martyn Babitz, J.D., senior vice president and national director of estate planning for Hawthorn, discusses estate planning issues critical for consideration in 2012 as clients and their advisors prepare for potential tax law changes in 2013. 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.

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.

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