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March 6, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 19
 

Epps to Receive Sotomayor Diversity Award March 11

JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, March 11. Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

The Sotomayor Award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made substantial contributions to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Epps has been dean since 2008.

Dean Epps is active in women's and minority organizations. She is a former Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Gender Task Force and has served as a member of the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, a member of the Task Force's Commission on Race and Ethnicity, and as Co-Chair of the Commission's Committee on Special Issues in Criminal Justice. From 2002 to 2005 Dean Epps was a member of the Board of Directors of Women's Way. From 2010 to 2012 she served as the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Women's Forum, and will become the Vice President in 2012. At Temple, Dean Epps served as a member of the Women's Studies Program Steering Committee and remains an affiliated member of the Women's Studies Department. She also served as a member of the University's 125th Anniversary Steering Committee. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was an advisor to both the Women's Law Caucus and the Black Law Students' Association.

Dr. Hite's remarks go along with Chancellor William P. Fedullo's focus on public education this year. Fedullo has created an Education Task Force to begin finding more ways that the legal community can help public education in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The Chancellor also has plans for a number of programs so Association members can learn about what is needed for a quality public education for students.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will be honored at the event. She will be presented with a gold box, a 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 March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $65 for Philadelphia Bar Association members and $75 for non-members. Purchase tickets at philadelphiabar.org by Thursday, March 6. Cancellations must be received by March 6 to receive a full refund.

Social Media in Workers' Comp Litigation March 7

At the March 7 Workers' Compensation Section CLE program "I Know What you Did Last Weekend: Use of Social Media in Workers' Compensation Litigation," attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the do's and don'ts of social media as it relates to litigating a workers' compensation case.

The program will feature ethical dilemmas faced by attorneys and clients by showing several vignettes including: counsel's knowledge of a client removing content off a social media page; "friending" clients and witnesses; investigation techniques using social media; and use of social media sites at trial. After watching each vignette, the audience and panel will discuss the issues presented and recommend solutions.

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 1.0 Ethics 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.

Google-Powered Law Office March 7

Apply the power of Google to your legal and investigative research with techniques that will help you become a master of the Internet at PBI's "The Google-Powered Law Office" CLE program on Friday, March 7.

Uncover free Google tech tools to improve client communication and your productivity and learn the ins and outs of Google "Cloud" Apps for Business to improve productivity and collaboration. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

About Supersedeas Bonds CLE March 10

The Appellate Courts Committee will present the CLE program "About Supersedeas Bonds" on Monday, March 10. This lunchtime CLE program focuses on educating attorneys on state and federal appeal/supersedeas bond requirements so they can better serve their clients when appealing an adverse monetary judgment.

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.

2014 Global Economy Outlook CLE March 11

Mark D. Luschini and Steven D. Higgins of Janney Montgomery Scott will offer their 2014 outlook on the global economy and its implications for private equity deal making at a Tuesday, March 11 CLE presented by the Private Equity, M&A and Securities Regulation Committees.

They will examine if 2014 will sustain the increased activity experienced at the end of 2013. The discussion will include a review of the key drivers expected to impact 2014 M&A activity, including interest rates, inflation, economic growth, availability of debt and equity capital, and trends in valuations. The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

YLD, Brehon St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 12

The Brehon Law Society and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association invite you to a St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at The Philopatrian, 1923 Walnut St.

The celebration includes traditional Irish drinks and hors d'oeuvres along with live music by the John Byrne Band. Singers and musicians welcome! Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets. The celebration is sponsored by Magna Legal Services.

Jazz and Rainmaking with Steve Goodman March 13

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce an evening of jazz and rainmaking on Thursday, March 13 with Steve Goodman, renowned jazz pianist and senior partner and major rainmaker at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Steve will provide insights to client development, retention and growth in an interview format with Karl Stark, Health and Science Editor and Jazz Reviewer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and then will be joined on stage by the other members of the Goodman Trio, bass player Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber, to complete the evening.

The evening runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. Admission is complimentary for law student members of the Philadelphia Bar Association; $10 for Association members; and $20 for non-members. Law students who are not members of the Association that register for this event will automatically be Association members for the remainder of 2014. Registration is required in advance. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Walk-ins are not permitted.Click here to register.

N.J. Insurance Commissioner to Speak March 14

Kenneth E. Kobylowski, New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, March 14 meeting of the Committee on Insurance Practice.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nominated Kobylowski to serve as Commissioner of Banking and Insurance on Jan. 30, 2012. He joined the Department of Banking and Insurance as Chief of Staff in February 2010 and took on the additional role of Acting Director of Banking in October 2011.

He served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Department with full responsibility for all legislative, regulatory, operational and administrative matters and also served as the Department’s liaison with other State departments and federal agencies, notably the Federal Reserve and the FDIC.

Prior to joining the Department, Kobylowski was in private practice for 20 years, beginning at Connell, Foley & Geiser in Roseland, N.J. and then moving to Herrick, Feinstein LLP, first in its New York City office and then in its Newark, N.J. office. He represented banks, insurance companies, lenders, developers and public and private entities. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University and a cum laude graduate of New York Law School.

The program will begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association. Lunch is available for $8 for Bar Association members and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Eisenhower Fellow on Experiences Abroad March 14

Neil Boyden Tanner will share his perspective on a career practicing international law, both in private practice and in-house and share stories of his experiences as a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow, for which he spent time in Brazil, Singapore and Vietnam at the Friday, March 14 meeting of the International Law Committee.

While on his fellowship, Tanner looked at what these countries were doing to attract foreign direct investment, to learn how the Philadelphia region could better attract foreign companies, created a website about his experience, and blogged. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.

Kindly Respond to Beverly Lowe at loweb@pepperlaw.com or 215.981.4614 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Lunch will be provided.

Starting, Building Successful Law Firms March 17

Alan M. Feldman started his own law firm in 1987 with just a few files in a subletted office. Together with Carol Nelson Shepherd and Ezra Wohlgelernter, he presided over the firm's development into one of the region's premier personal injury boutiques. On Monday, March 17, Alan and Carol will share their thoughts on what it takes to create a successful law practice, and will answer questions from lawyers who have made, or are considering, the jump from employee to owner-operator of your own firm.

Created in 2014 by Chancellor William P. Fedullo, the Law Firm Laboratory is a free program series and ongoing incubator of innovative ideas, strategies and concepts for starting and nurturing new law firms and helping existing law firms of all types serve the changing needs of tomorrow's clients.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is NO COST to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Deadline for U.S. Supreme Court Admission is March 17

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

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

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

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

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

Networking, Client Development Using LinkedIn March 20

Lisa Peskin, CEO of Business Development University will discuss networking and client development using LinkedIn at the Thursday, March 20 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

The program will begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association. Lunch is available for $8 for Bar Association members and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Deadline for Bench-Bar CLE Proposals is March 21

The deadline for proposals for continuing legal education courses for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. is Friday, March 21. Proposals should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and proposed panelists. Composition of the panels should reflect the diversity within our legal community and when appropriate, include members of the judiciary. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

Please note that a representative of a company that could potentially be a sponsor of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is not permitted to serve as a panelist. Programs should be one hour long, with no more than four panelists. A program may have one moderator in addition to the panelists. Decisions regarding the programs selected will be made by Friday, April 4. The Bench-Bar Committee will have final approval on the selected panelists.

Please send all CLE proposals to Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Chair Rochelle M. Fedullo at rochelle.fedullo@wilsonelser.com by Friday, March 21. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at tmcloskey@philabar.org or call 215-238-6360.

Commerce Program Judges Forum April 1

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Program Judges Patricia A. McInerney and Pamela Pryor Dembe will be the guest speakers at a Commerce Program Judges Forum on Tuesday, April 1 presented by the Business Litigation Committee.

The forum will include a short presentation regarding the Commerce Program. The forum presents an opportunity for the business litigation bar and Commerce Program judges to meet in an informal setting. All lawyers who practice or anticipate practicing in the Commerce Program, should enjoy and benefit from this program.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

IRS IDR, Summons Policy CLE April 10

Join the Tax Section for the CLE program "What Happened to the Kinder, Friendlier IRS:
IRS Flexing its Muscles with New IDR and Summons Policy" on Thursday, April 10.

This CLE program will address the new Information Document Request and Summons policy for taxpayers. Under the policy, taxpayers who fail to meet IRS deadlines for providing information will be issued pre-summons letters, and if they fail to respond, will be issued summonses for delinquent information. The new directive constitutes a significant change in the examination process.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Updated Guide to LGBT Benefits April 23

Employers, employees and unions can often feel at sea amid the various court rulings, statutes and executive actions affecting LGBT employees' spousal and other benefits - particularly in the wake of the Supreme Court's recent recognition of (some) same-sex marriage rights in United States v. Windsor.

The Wednesday, April 23 CLE "Your Employee's 'New' Family: An Updated Guide to LGBT Employee Benefits, including Family Leave, Health, Retirement, Taxes and Visas" will bring practitioners up to date with the latest law on same-sex partnerships and LGBT employees' rights as they relate to payroll and income taxes, health benefits, family leave, retirement plans, and non-citizen spouses. This CLE will help you simplify, comply, and very possibly save money for your organizations and employees.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Fearless Women Network on Pay Equity April 24

The Fearless Women Network is very pleased to invite you to join us for a lively and informative program addressing the pay equity challenge that the legal profession must meet on Thursday, April 24 at The Acorn Club, 1519 Locust St. Bias and unequal pay are long-standing and pervasive concerns. The time is ripe to address them and bring about much-needed change; let's capitalize on that momentum! Please join us for a discussion of the solutions to be implemented. Click here for more information.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum, 76ers

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at two Philadelphia institutions – the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia 76ers - for a day out with the family or a night out with friends and colleagues.

To get in on the fun and excitement, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Purchases are available from one to nine tickets for the 76ers. For groups of 10 tickets or more, contact Danielle Balliet at 215-952-7351 or danielleballiet@sixers.com. There are no service fees for mailing tickets, will call, or print at home. Most games are available.

Women's Wit and Wisdom May 5

Join leaders from Philadelphia and across the country when Vision 2020 honors ABA Past President Laurel Bellows at its "Women's Wit and Wisdom Luncheon" on Monday, May 5 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Lisa Scottoline, best-selling author of legal thrillers, and her "Chick Wit" daughter Francesca Serritella are the keynote lunch speakers. Kathleen Wilkinson chairs Legal Leaders host committee. Vision 2020 delegates from all 50 states work on projects to advance women's economic and social equality. For more information, contact Mary.Flannery@Drexelmed.edu.

Homeless Advocacy Project Annual Benefit April 3

The Homeless Advocacy Project Annual Benefit will be Thursday, April 3 at The Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and the event features a silent and live auction. All proceeds from the Annual Benefit go to support the Homeless Advocacy Project. For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leonora Cravotta at 215-523-9588 or Leonora@philalegal.org.

NJ Attorney Online Registration Center Available

The Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center is now available for licensed New Jersey attorneys for the 2014 registration/payment cycle through the Judiciary's web-based application at www.judiciarv.state.nj.us/attyreg/index.htm. Pursuant to Rules 1:20-l(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-l(e), and 1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are required annually to file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director of the Courts with approval of the Supreme Court and to pay an assessment in an amount determined by the Supreme Court.

The 2014 deadline for registration and payment is March 28, 2014. Attorneys are encouraged to register online and pay any required fees electronically. To assist with the registration process, an electronic notice about the web-based application has been emailed to each attorney who previously registered online. For attorneys who are not currently enrolled in the electronic registration system, a User ID and temporary password will be mailed to each such attorney's billing address to facilitate a transition to use of the online process. For concerns related to your user ID and password, registration and billing, please contact 855-533-FUND (3863) (select option 2) or CPF.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

In addition to the annual registration requirement, attorneys maintaining a plenary or limited license to practice law in New Jersey must certify to the completion of their continuing legal education (CLE) requirements in accordance with Rule 1:42. A noncompliance fee of $50 will be assessed against attorneys who report that they failed to complete the requisite CLE credits by the deadline for course completion. An additional $50 (for a total of$100) will be assessed against attorneys who fail to complete their required CLE credits within the grace period provided by BCLE Reg. 402:1 and against attorneys who fail to report regarding CLE compliance at all.

Beginning in 2014, attorneys who are noncompliant with the mandatory CLE requirement are subject to being declared administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey. A declaration of administrative ineligibility will include noncompliant attorneys who are to report compliance in 2014 (Group 1) and also those from either Group 1 or Group 2 who remain noncompliant from any prior compliance period. To be removed from the CLE ineligible list and restored to active status, the noncompliant attorney must satisfy all outstanding CLE credit requirements and pay any required fees. The CLE credit requirement will stack; i.e., the attorney must make up CLE credits for all compliance periods that the attorney is noncompliant.

Information on Continuing Legal Education requirements is available at www.judiciary.state.nj.us/cle/index.htm. For concerns related to CLE, please contact 609-
633-9733 or SCTCLE.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

Public Interest Programs Scheduled

• The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers, in collaboration with HIAS Pennsylvania, will present free training programs for all interested law students, paralegals and attorneys interested in volunteering to participate at Pro Bono Citizen Day 2014 on Saturday, March 29. Pro Bono Citizenship Day 2014 is a collaborative community-wide project that will provide free assistance to eligible lawful permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship. The next training program will be held Thursday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., at HIAS Pennsylvania, 2100 Arch St. The third training program will be provided via webinar on Thursday, March 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. (registrants will be notified via email of webinar login information). Pro Bono Citizen Day 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 29, at five different locations throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties and will require a two-hour commitment by volunteers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Two hours of free CLE credit will be provided to attorneys who attend one of the training programs and volunteer to help clients apply for citizenship during Pro Bono Citizenship Day. You need not be an immigration lawyer to participate. Bono Citizenship Day is co-sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers' Association-Philadelphia Chapter, HIAS Pennsylvania, Nationalities Services Center, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs and other public interest and community organizations. Advanced registration for any of the CLE training programs and to volunteer is required. To register for the training and for Citizenship Day, contact Lourena Gboeah at lgboeah@hiaspa.org or 215-832-0913 or Valentine Brown at vbrown@duanemorris.com or 215-979-1840. For more information, visit hiaspa.org.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the free CLE program "Accessing SSI Benefits for Your Clients: Providing Representation in HAP's SOAR Project," on Thursday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Spahr, LLP, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Earn 3 substantive CLE credits while learning how to represent homeless men and women in HAP's celebrated expedited SSI disability benefits application project. This course is open without charge to current and prospective volunteers. Please RSVP to Michele Levy, HAP Managing Attorney, at mlevy@philalegal.org or 215-523-9585.

• The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) will hold its 2014 Excellence Awards Dinner Tuesday, March 18 at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. A social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner. Tickets are $60 each Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas G. Saylor will present the keynote speech. The event will also feature the presentation of the 2014 Excellence Awards to the Pennsylvania state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, chair, Senate Judiciary Committee; David Hill, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Harvey Strauss, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Ann Carson and Connie Kelley, volunteer paralegals, Neighborhood Legal Services Association; Linda Timberlake, MidPenn Legal Services; Kenneth Try, paralegal, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall; York County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Uhler and Robert Woods, executive director, United Way of York County; John Whitelaw, Community Legal Services; and Merril L. Zebe, Public Interest Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information, visit palegalaid.net.

• Philadelphia VIP will host its 2014 Awards Ceremony on Monday, March 31 to honor the pro bono services of individuals and firms that have said YES to low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will be held at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a total of 17 awards given in five distinct categories. For more information, visit phillyvip.org. Please RSVP with Tracie Johnson at phillyfellow@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9567.

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: Charitable Giving Strategies

In this month's interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Asset Management Group, to sort out the nuances of different charitable giving strategies to help determine which may work best for your familyClick here to read the entire article.
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