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Feb. 21, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 17
 

UPS General Counsel McClure is March 11 Speaker

Teri Plummer McClure, senior vice president of legal, compliance, audit & public affairs and general counsel and corporate secretary at UPS, will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Monday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Bar Association will also present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the program. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors 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. Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

In her role at UPS, McClure oversees all ethics and compliance, audit and legal initiatives in more than 220 countries and territories where the company does business, and advises and supports the UPS Board of Directors. McClure also leads UPS worldwide public affairs and government relations efforts advocating increased global trade, stronger business competitiveness, and improved economic growth worldwide, among many other public policies.

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here to purchase tickets. The event is sponsored by Love Court Reporting.

Job Announcement: Executive Director, Phila. Bar Assoc.

The Philadelphia Bar Association announces a national search for a successor to its long-serving executive director, who will retire at the end of 2013. Founded in 1802, the Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. It is devoted to serving the interests of its 13,000 members and to improve access to justice. The executive director manages the affairs of the Association and supports the Association's Chancellor and Board of Governors.

Significant responsibilities include:

• Supervising a staff of 25;

• Preparing and overseeing a budget of $4.5 million;

• Helping to establish and manage Association programs and policies;

• Working with Bar leaders to create distinctive services and strategic initiatives to enhance the value and importance of Bar Association membership;

• Developing new sources of non-dues income;

• Interacting with a diverse membership and community;

• Helping the Association fulfill its commitment to support and expand legal services for the needy.

Qualifications include:

• Excellent leadership, management and communication skills;

• Demonstrates management responsibility with a nonprofit or professional services organization, preferably with a connection to the legal profession;

• Bachelor's degree required. A law degree or advanced degree in another relevant field would be useful but is not a prerequisite;

• High personal integrity, sound judgment and a strong work ethic are essential, together with energy, imagination and a passion for the opportunity to lead the Association through the 21st century;

An attractive compensation package will be offered, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Click here for a complete job description.

Interested applicants should email a statement of interest and résumé to: Alan M. Feldman, Esq., Chair, Executive Director Search Committee, c/o executivedirector@philabar.org. Use the following subject line in your email message: Applicant for Philadelphia Bar Executive Director: [Applicant Name].

Applications should be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews.

The Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Health Lawyers on Career Paths Feb. 21

The American Health Lawyers Association and Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law will present "What's Law Got to Do With It," a discussion with health lawyers about how their career paths have taken them to where they are now on Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here to register.

Advanced Storytelling, Presentation Skills Feb. 21

The best lawyers agree: without skilled delivery, the soundest arguments fail. In PBI's entertaining and compelling CLE program "Advanced Storytelling and Presentation Skills" on Thursday, Feb. 21, David Mann focuses on the goal of persuading juries and engaging witnesses by presenting complex material with the ease of conversation. Using past masters as examples, learn how to use vocal inflection and body language to tell the story between the words.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Visit pbi.org to register.

SABA Presents an Evening with Judge Rice Feb. 21

SABA Philadelphia will present "An Evening with U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice," on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenberg Traurig LLP, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St.
Come hear from a well respected U.S. Magistrate Judge and participate in a discussion with Judge Rice in our popular Chai Chat format. RSVP to Nina Varughese at varughesen@gtlaw.com. Space is limited.

Conversation with Council on Zoning Feb. 22

Philadelphia City Council members Jannie Blackwell, Bill Green, Bobby Henon and Maria Quiñones Sánchez will be among the panelists for the Friday, Feb. 22 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee Meeting "Conversation With Council" regarding amendments to the new zoning code.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11101 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.

Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Feb. 25

Join Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, internationally recognized Internet experts, as they show you how to be a cybersleuth and unearth free information online that will give you the advantage in your next case at PBI's "Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" on Monday, Feb. 25.

As an extra bonus, you will take with you for free the latest book by our presenters - "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" (a $64.95 value). Click here to register.

Business Litigation Planning Session Feb. 25

The Business Litigation Committee will discuss its plans for the year at its Monday, Feb. 25 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Marianne Amole by Monday, Feb. 18 at marianne.amole@dechert.com or 215-994-2118.

Deal Documents in Litigation Feb. 25

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Deal Documents in Litigation" on Monday, Feb. 25. The program will cover What transactional lawyers wished they had known when drafting the deal documents and what commercial litigators need to know when the commercial contract is in dispute. Click here to register.

Judge Rau is Keynote Speaker at YLD Annual Meeting

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau will be the keynote speaker when the Young Lawyers Division presents its annual awards and welcomes 2013 Chair Aneesh A. Mehta at its Annual Meeting Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

At the event, the YLD will present its Craig M. Perry Service Award to Marla K. Conley, an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, and its F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Michael Lee of The Law Office of Michael Lee. Additionally, the YLD Vision Award will be presented to the law firm of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP.

The cost of the event is $35 for YLD Members; $45 for non-YLD Members; $60 for non-Association Members; and $25 for Law Student Members. The event includes a light dinner and a wine and beer reception. The YLD Annual Meeting Reception is sponsored by Asterion and Veritext. Click here to register.

Humor in International Business Feb. 26

Professor Henri DeJongste, a professor in Germany and author of "Humor in International Business Context", will be speaking live from Germany at the Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11101 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.

DA Kicks Off Chancellor's Leadership Institute Feb. 27

Join us for the official kickoff of the Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as we hear from Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, the first African-American District Attorney in Philadelphia and in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. District Attorney Williams will share his personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A session.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. An RSVP is required to attend this brown-bag program. Click here to register.

The next Chancellor's Leadership Program will be Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m., as we welcome a prominent panel of leaders including Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman; Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate Harper; former Pennsylvania state representative and current senior vice president of Interact Kathy Manderino; and former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge and current American Red Cross of Southeastern PA CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes. The location will be announced soon.

Presenting Economic Damages in Catastrophic Injury Case

Chad L. Staller of The Center For Forensic Economic Studies will discuss "Presenting Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Injury Case" at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

Staller will discuss discovery and trial issues relating to economic claims in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. The program 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.

ERISA Update CLE Feb. 28

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "ERISA Update" on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The session will include discussions on how to evaluate pension/401(k) issues; examine ERISA litigation; assess the health and welfare environment; explore fiduciary/investment issues; ethics under ERISA; and other hot button issues in employee benefits representation. Click here to register.

Working with Suburban News Media Feb. 28

Join the Bar-News Media and Law Practice Management Committees for a dialogue-packed program featuring Delaware Valley, Main Line and suburban media representatives on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Panelists Jeff Blumenthal (Philadelphia Business Journal), Crissa Shoemaker DeBree (The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times) and Karl Smith (Region's Business) will address how attorneys, law firm administrators and legal marketers alike can work more closely with their publications to deliver relevant, timely and newsworthy information for their readers.

The program 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.

Poverty in America Discussion Feb. 28

The Public Interest Section, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia will host a special conversation with Georgetown University Law Center Professor Peter Edelman, author of the recently published book, "So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America," which offers an uncompromising look at the increasing poverty in America today on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Edelman will share his insights and engage attendees in a conversation about what is happening to the people behind the statistics, including the crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Lobby 2 & 3. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. Free advance reservations are required. To RSVP, call or email Tara Breitsprecher at (215) 563-5848 x34, or at tarab@pccy.org.

Criminal Justice Section to Discuss Collaborations Feb. 26

Marc Bookman, Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, Jessica Hilburn-Holmes, executive director, Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Amara Chaudhry, chair of the Public interest Section will discuss potential future collaborations with the Criminal Justice Section on issues of the domestic use of drones, school bullying, and the use of criminal profiling software discussing law enforcement's increasing reliance upon automated technology in the face of budget cuts at the Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

The program 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.

Workers' Comp Electronic Filing System CLE March 1

Judge Susan B. Caravaggio will discuss the new workers' compensation electronic filing system at a Friday, March 1 CLE program.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term March 4

Former Gov. Edward G. Rendell will moderate the panel discussion "Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term: Looking Forward" on Monday, March 4.

Panelists for this program, part of PBI's Public Policy Series, include Ron Christie, Penny Lee and U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly CLE March 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section will present the CLE program "Trusts: Drafting Well to Administer Well" on Tuesday, March 5. Get tips from attorneys who draft trusts; hear how corporate fiduciary counsel review trust documents; and discover how drafting choices impact trust administration. Visit pbi.org for more information.

Police Misconduct and the Defense of Criminal Cases

Are you a criminal defense attorney, a civil rights attorney, or a general practitioner who handles criminal matters? Would you like to have a resource book at your fingertips that contains many sample documents? Then sign up and attend PBI's "Police Misconduct and the Defense of Criminal Cases" on Tuesday, March 5 and hear from an expert faculty who will answer all of your questions! Click here to register.

Solo and Small Firm Planning, Networking March 5

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will host a brainstorming and networking session at its Tuesday, March 5 meeting.

The meeting begins 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 to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Conversation with Judge Rizzo March 8

Join Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Annette Rizzo for a conversation on Friday, March 8. Hear her experiences and insights on civil and criminal litigation generally, how the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program has worked and her own personal preferences and peeves on the bench. Get her insight on how to properly prepare for a trial at the FJD; the best approach to dealing with difficult adversaries; and discussing Pro Bono opportunities for lawyers as part of your practice. As a woman balancing family life and career, along with many other outside activities, Judge Rizzo will also share her humorous stories about work-life "imbalance." Click here to register.

Former Human Relations Chair to Speak March 8

Kay Kyungsun Yu, former chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will discuss topics the commission recently considered at the Friday, March 8 meeting of the Labor & Employment Law Committee.

In addition, Yu will provide an update on the South Philadelphia High School violence against Asian immigrant students, and engage us in a discussion on lessons that can be drawn from it. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at The Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

The Labor & Employment Law Committee formally invites you to become a member. Membership is free (however, you must be a member of the Association). If you are interested in joining the Association and the Labor & Employment Law Committee please click here. If you are already a member and would like to join the Committee please click here. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Andrea Morris-Tracey, member services manager, at 215-238-6313 or amorris@philabar.org.

Membership in the Committee on Labor & Employment Law is open to all members who are labor and/or employment law practitioners, whether they represent plaintiffs, defendants, management, unions, government agencies or individuals. The Committee is concerned with all phases of federal, state and local labor and employment laws, along with agency practice and procedure. The committee organizes and sponsors discussions and seminars on topics of interest to its members and represents the Association where public comment or participation in labor or employment matters is appropriate.

19th Annual Health Law Institute March 12-13

As the country grapples with changes in health care law and policy, you'll need to be up to speed now more than ever. The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken, but many questions remain. The experts at PBI's 19th Annual Health Law Institute on March 12-13 will provide you with the information you need to know and share their insights into how you can best protect your clients and prepare for 2014.

Each day of this Institute qualifies for 6 hours of CLE credit. Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. The Institute will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Click here to register.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court

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 20. 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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that 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 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 Thursday, March 28. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

CLE Proposals Sought for 2013 Bench-Bar Conference

Proposals for continuing legal education courses for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in Atlantic City, N.J. should be submitted by Friday, March 22 to Conference Co-Chairs Maria Feeley (feeleym@pepperlaw.com) and Julia Swain (jswain@foxrothschild.com).

The proposals should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and faculty members. The proposed panels should be representative of the Association and include members of the bench when appropriate. Programs should be one hour long, with no more than four panelists. Decisions regarding the programs selected will be made by Friday, March 29. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5.

Feeley is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and Swain is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. Committee vice chairs include John Encarnacion (an associate at White and Williams LLP), Scott W. Reid (a partner with Cozen O’Connor) and Mindee J. Reuben (a partner with Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher LLC).

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on custody on Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St. The presenters at this program are Julia Swain, Susan Gibson and Michael L. Viola. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Training materials and lunch will be provided. Please register online at https://phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form.

• Mazzoni Center will present its Fourth Annual Open Bar event to raise funds for and awareness about the agency's Legal Services, which is the only program offering free legal services tailored toward low-income LGBT individuals in Pennsylvania. The reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will feature wine, beer, soft drinks, and hearty hors d'oeuvres, along with the presentation of this year's Justice in Action Awards, as well as a special award to Dechert LLP. The cost is $50 for the reception ($20 public interest rate). To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Perry Monastero at pmonastero@mazzonicenter.org or 215-563-0652 x 222.

• The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Toll Public Interest Center will host the 32nd Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium on Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, 3501 Sansom St. The theme of this year's event is "Entering, Living, and Leaving: Debating the Broken Door of Immigration Law." Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served, and a reception will be held following the Symposium. All are welcome.

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: Financial Planning for Unmarried Couples

In this month's interview, we talked with Jacquelyn Boyer, J.D., LL.M., senior wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®. Jaki spearheads a specialized practice group at PNC Wealth Management for unmarried couples. We discussed the financial challenges many of these couples face as well as possible solutions. Click here to read the interview.

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