March 5, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 19
 

MSNBC's Barnicle to Speak at Quarterly

Award-winning print and broadcast journalist Mike Barnicle, a frequent contributor and occasional guest host on MSNBC's popular "Morning Joe" and "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association's Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania.

Barnicle, who can also been seen regularly on NBC's "Today Show," has written more than 4,000 columns collectively for the Boston Herald, New York Daily News, and The Boston Globe, where he rose to prominence with his biting, satirical, and at times, heart-wrenching columns that closely followed the triumphs, travails and ambitions of Boston's working and middle classes. He has also written articles and commentary for Time magazine, Newsweek.com, The Huffington Post, ESPN the Magazine and Esquire, among others.

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 Rudolph Garcia 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."

The inaugural Justinian Society Comisky-DiBona Award will be presented to retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Bradley at the event.

The Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by Love Court Reporting.

Click here to purchase tickets to the March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Chancellor-Elect Urges Adoption of Merit Selection Bills

Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson provided detailed comments on March 1 to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee supporting adoption of House Bills 1815 and 1816 regarding selection of appellate judges.

"With little relevant information about judicial candidates, voters often make choices for reasons that have nothing to do with qualifications for judicial office," Wilkinson said. "In primary elections, ballot position can determine an election. In the general election, voters often choose a candidate based on an identity of ethnicity, residence or the appeal of a television ad."

"The time has come," Wilkinson said, "to stop electing appellate court judges, to restore the confidence of the electorate in our judicial system, and to open the process to a wider and more diverse pool of well qualified candidates."

Wilkinson noted that the Philadelphia Bar Association has long supported changing the way appellate judges are selected in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, she suggested revisions to the current bills including that an Appellate Court Nominating Commission be required to conduct the interviews of candidates and obtain the documents described in House Bill 1816 for all candidates whose names are ultimately submitted to the governor, rather than making interviews optional as presently provided in those subsections. She also recommended that the commission be required to include more specific selection criteria in the rules of procedure.

"We would prefer amendment of the bills to include the revisions suggested, but even without those amendments, the proposed selection process would be far better than our current system of partisan elections," Wilkinson said.

The full text of the testimony can be found at philadelphiabar.org.

Deadline Extended for 2012 Legal Directory

Attorneys and firm administrators in the greater Philadelphia area - if you have not yet updated your listing for the 2012 Legal Directory, please do so using the personalized url that was provided to you via email. The deadline for listings for the print directory is Friday, March 9.

If you have not received a personalized url, please contact Cristin Stephens at cstephens@alm.com.

To create a brand-new listing, go to phillylegaldirectory.com. The deadline for listings for the print directory is Friday, March 9.

Family Law and Bankruptcy March 5

David I. Grunfeld will discuss the intersection of family law and bankruptcy at the Monday, March 5 meeting of the Family Law 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.

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting March 6

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Stanley R. Ott, Scott S. Small and Michael R. Stein will be the panelists for the Tuesday, March 6 Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE program "The Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act - Where Are We Now?"

This course will examine the lessons learned in the last five years since the enactment of the Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act from the perspective of an Orphans' Court judge, a corporate fiduciary, and a practicing trusts and estates attorney. The panel will review recent Orphans' Court and appellate decisions and provide practice tips through hypotheticals.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. Click here to register.

Complex Litigation Center Changes March 7

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges John W. Herron, Allan L. Tereshko and Sandra Mazer Moss, along with Complex Litigation Center Director Stanley Thompson will discuss changes at the center at the Wednesday, March 7 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

There are changes afoot at the Complex Litigation Center and a new general court regulation has just been issued. Meet the authors and those in charge. 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. Click here to register. Please note that cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund.

Small Business Committee Planning Meeting March 7

The Small Business Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 7 to plan its work for the year.

Current suggestions are for quarterly meetings covering new topics such as the nuts and bolts of real estate considerations for small business and litigation management and avoidance for small businesses. A business clinic is on the drawing board as well as ideas to work with other committees of the Business Law Section. Law students are the future of our profession and so consideration on getting them involved is in the works as well. Please join us to hear about these ideas and share your own thoughts about what the Small Business Committee can do for you!

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. Please RSVP to Judy A. Millet-Scott at 215-864-8757 or milletscottj@ballardspahr.com.

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominee Deadline is March 9

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking nominations for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 9.

The purpose of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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

Complete and return the nomination form by 5 p.m., Friday, March 9 to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 or at nmclaurin@philabar.org. The nomination form is available at philadelphiabar.org.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter. The award will be presented at the March 28 Quarterly Meeting.

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.

Rule 16 Conferences CLE March 21

The Federal Courts Committee and Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "Federal Court Rule 16 Conferences: A View from the Bench" on Wednesday, March 21.

Panelists for the program are U.S. District Court Judges Legrome D. Davis, Mitchell S. Goldberg and Timothy J. Savage. The moderator is Stephanie J. Mensing. The judges will offer their views on Rule 16 conferences in federal court highlighting their procedures and preferences; what is expected of counsel in preparing for and handling Rule 16 conferences; as well as, advice for practitioners, including tips for young lawyers. The judges will also address e-discovery cost shifting, including the recent decision in Aspartame Antitrust Litigation, and cost-shifting issues attorneys should be prepared to discuss at the Rule 16 conference.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Judge Leadbetter to Speak March 29

Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter will discuss her tenure as president judge of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court at the Thursday, March 29 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 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.

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.

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.

O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2012 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 2, 2012.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

Click here to download a nomination form. Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by email to dpetit@philabar.org.

Bar Accepting Ginsburg Writing Competition Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2012 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2011-12 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers  University School of Law – Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

All entries should be sent to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, contact Petit at 215-238-6367 or email dpetit@philabar.org.

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. 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.

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

Revel, Atlantic City's newest beachfront resort, will host the Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Oct. 5-6. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Proposals for the continuing legal education courses should be submitted to Maria Feeley (feeleym@pepperlaw.com) by Friday, March 23. They should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and faculty members. The proposed panels should be representative of our 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 31.

Revel, with more than 1,800 guest rooms and suites filling 47 floors and more than 6 million square feet of space, officially opens on Memorial Day Weekend.

Among Revel's features is Revelry, located 61 feet above sea level and named for its energetic and vibrant atmosphere, which showcases 12 restaurants, 46 retail shops, nightclubs, dayclubs, an intimate performance space for 700 and 150,000-square-foot casino. The $2.4 billion glass Revel is located on 20 beachfront acres on the Boardwalk between South New Jersey and South Connecticut Avenues.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Lexis Nexis, Lien Negotiation and Love Court Reporting Inc. For sponsorship information, please contact Aimee Cirucci at 215-238-6342 or via email at acirucci@philabar.org.

Lawyer Profiles to Help Members Promote Practices

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

"Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles" is a new premium advertising opportunity available exclusively to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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 Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

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.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $150 a month, with a three-month minimum at signup. After that, the member's credit card will be automatically billed on a monthly basis.

Alternatively, members can join for one year at the special rate of $1,495 and save more than 15 percent off the regular price of $1,800. After the three-month minimum period, members may cancel their Lawyer Profiles subscription at any time without penalty.

To enroll in Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles visit lawyerprofiles.org, or contact Matt Hartman, account manager at ALM, at 215-557-2393, or mhartman@alm.com.

Don't delay: to maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available.

PNC Perspectives: Why REITs?

This month's PNC Perspectives column is dedicated to real estate investment trusts (REITs), providing a primer on a sector that is often misunderstood or ignored. In an interview with E. William Stone, CFA®, CMT, managing director, Investment and Portfolio Strategy and Chief Investment Strategist, we discuss the background of REITs and the potential opportunities for investors considering adding REITs, specifically equity REITs, to their portfolios. Click here to read the interview.

New Court Reporting Benefit Exclusively for Members

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now offering its members a substantial discount on court reporting services offered though Love Court Reporting, Inc. Available exclusively to Association members, the special discounted pricing and other exclusive benefits provide significant saving over standard rates. The larger your needs, the more you save!

Call Love Court Reporting at 215-568-5599 for discount pricing details, and mention your Philadelphia Bar Association membership. Plus, your first transcript is half off the discounted rate!

Love Court Reporting clients receive individualized customer service from the company that was voted "Best of 2011" by readers of The Legal Intelligencer. Available around-the-clock with offices in Center City and the suburbs, Love Court Reporting offers meeting rooms, videography and videoconferencing at a moment's notice.

Love Court Reporting is a full-service company with U.S. and worldwide coverage. Their experienced certified and registered court reporters provide high-quality service including real-time reporting along with a wide range of technical and complex litigation experience. Reporters are strategically located throughout the U.S. This complete coverage allows clients to have a single point of contact for all of their court reporting needs.

Love Court Reporting is the only official provider of discounted court reporting services exclusively for Philadelphia Bar Association members. Discounts only available to counsel taking the deposition in the states Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Public Interest Training Programs Set

The Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," a full-day, 6-CLE credit course offered through PBI on Thursday, March 15. This volunteer workshop training will present experts in the field of child advocacy to explain how volunteers may make a difference in the lives of child victims and will provide certification for eligibility to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz, director of intake and pro bono Services at jschatz@advokid.org or call 267-546-9228. Register online at pbi.org.

• The University of Pennsylvania Law School will host the Edward V. Sparer Symposium on Friday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Golkin Hall Auditorium, 3501 Sansom St. This year's topic is "Coming of Age Against All Odds: Legal Strategies for Defending Youth in Crisis" and will include topics such as "Overcoming the Odds: Strategies for Facilitating the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood" and "Educate or Incarcerate? Policies and Programs that Keep Youth in the Classroom and Out of Prison." Attendees must RSVP by March 5; the event is free and open to all. More information and online registration is available by clicking here. This program has been approved for 5.5 hours of CLE substantive credits and 1.5 hours of CLE ethics credits (7 credits total) for Pennsylvania attorneys.

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Academy programs enable members to connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and business development opportunities. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; a taste and pastry kitchen tour of Le Bec-Fin; and a tour of the Tasty Baking Company.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please email Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

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.

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.

Philly VIP Awards Night March 19

Philadelphia VIP's Annual Awards Night will be held Monday, March 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St (Broad and Spruce Streets)

At the event, a total of 17 awards will be provide in five distinct categories to those dedicated to providing pro bono services to Philadelphians in 2011. Please RSVP with Shameika Black at phillyfellow@phillyvip.org or (215) 523-9568. For more information, visit phillyvip.org.

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.

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.

Tuesday, March 6
Taking & Defending Depositions
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

PLI - A Guide to Financial Institutions 2012
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting - The Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act - Where Are We Now
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7
International Business and the Rise of Emerging Markets
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - Doing Deals 2012: The Art of M&A Transactional Practice
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
PLI - Hot Topics in Advertising Law 2012
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, March 9
18th Annual Auto Law Update (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, March 12
Defending White Collar Cases
6 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Managing Impressions (video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

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