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March 7, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 19
 

Fastcase is Newest Member Benefit for Legal Research

Fastcase, the newest Philadelphia Bar Association member service that puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases at your fingertips, officially launches for use on Monday, March 14.

If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

If the 25 firms with the most Philadelphia lawyers use Fastcase® for as little as 30 percent of the research that they can't charge to clients, they can save an average of $35,000 per year. Smaller firms can also significantly reduce their unreimbursed expenses. Enjoy an economic advantage that goes right to your bottom line.

Fastcase® has features that more established services simply don't offer. It provides smarter and more powerful searching, sorting and visualization tools - including an interactive map of your search results - so you can see the most important cases at a glance. More than 500,000 lawyers already have access to Fastcase®.

Click here for a complete list of the comprehensive Pennsylvania and federal law library resources that this special member benefit includes. In addition, 100 percent participation firms can upgrade to the full Fastcase® nationwide database at a substantial discount.

For more information on the features included in Fastcase® for Philadelphia Bar Association members, call 866-773-2782. To learn how to activate your Fastcase® member benefit, call 215-238-6300.

Last Chance for Legal Directory Discount

The expanded and updated 2011 Legal Directory is coming soon with more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It’s a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on – all in one resource!

For attorneys on the go, the directory won’t fit in your pocket but your mobile device will – again, for 2011, the Legal Directory is online and optimized for your handheld. That’s thousands of listings at your fingertips. Simply click a phone number or e-mail; your handheld will dial or generate an e-mail template. That’s incredible convenience in print, online and mobile. Order this time-saving resource today — special pre-publication price, $20 off, ends March 31! To order, click here to visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Sotomayor to Receive Diversity Honor; Event Sold Out

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. The event is completely sold out and the waiting list for tickets is full.

The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia said.

Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.

Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper 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 March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Registration is closed for this event and the waiting list for tickets is full.

Accessing Family Mediation Today

The Family Law Section will discuss "Accessing Family Mediation in Philadelphia: Divorce and Custody Mediation and the Family Passages Initiative" today (Monday, March 7).

Speakers for the program are Cheryl Cutrona and Clymer Beardsley of Good Shepherd Mediation Program. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

President Judge Stevens on State of Court March 8

Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens will discuss the state of the court and his plans as president judge at the Thursday, March 8 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

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.

Solo and Small Firm Committee Networking March 8

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will hold an informal, meet-and-greet networking event to share interests and concerns with other committee members on Tuesday, March 8.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Medicare/Medicaid Liens Program March 9

The State Civil Litigation Section will present "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Medicare Liens and Medicaid Liens but Continue to be Afraid to Ask" at its Wednesday, March 9 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Charles L. Becker, Will Shapiro and Glenn A. Rickett. 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 for lunch.

Budget, Legislative Updates on March 10 Agenda

The governor's proposed budget, legislative updates and school vouchers will be discusses at the Thursday, March 10 meeting of the Legislative Liaison Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Open Forum on Current State, Future of CLE March 14

As we approach the 20th anniversary of mandatory CLE in Pennsylvania, join the Professional Responsibility Committee for a forum where you can voice your opinions and concerns about the current state and future of CLE in Pennsylvania on Monday, March 14.

The following topics will be addressed: What works and what doesn't? Are changes necessary? Are the requirements sufficient or excessive? Is experienced-based CLE an appropriate approach and will it help to raise the overall quality of legal representation provided to all clients? Should more online CLE be allowed? Does attendees' multi-tasking - newspapers, mobile devices - impact the effectiveness of CLE? Are the consequences of non-compliance too draconian?

Panelists for the program include past Chancellor Abraham C. Reich, co-chair and partner of Fox Rothschild, LLP, and current Chair of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board; Dan Levering, administrator of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board; and Sarah Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP which provides free CLE credit for those who take approved courses and agree to provide pro bono representation.

The program is open to all Bar Association members and begins at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 14 in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. Seating is limited so please register as soon as possible. Click here to register.

Antitrust Law Committee CLE March 15

The Antitrust Law Committee will present the CLE program "DeBeers: Class Action Settlements in Antitrust Cases" on Tuesday, March 15.

Panelists Howard J. Bashman, Eric L. Cramer, Neil C. Schur and Joanne Zack will discuss court approval of class action settlements and in particular the DeBeers case currently pending before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Title Issues for Distressed Real Estate March 16

The Financing & Securitization of Real Estate Committee will discuss title issues for distressed real estate at its Wednesday, March 16 meeting.

David Feldman and Leonard Schatz of First American Title will discuss a variety of topics including receiverships, newly adopted title endorsements, the new ALTA survey standards and new deed-in-lieu requirements.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., 27th Floor. Please bring your lunch, Greenberg Traurig, LLP will provide beverages, chips and cookies. Please RSVP to Rachel Kipnes at KipnesR@gtlaw.com.

CLE on Using CaseMap March 17

Daniel J. Siegel will present "CaseMap 101 - Using CaseMap to Manage Your Litigation" at a Thursday, March 17 CLE program presented by the Law Practice Management Committee.

Based upon Siegel's new book, The Lawyer's Guide to LexisNexis CaseMap, this CLE program will feature tips regarding how lawyers can use this highly popular litigation tool to more efficiently and effectively analyze their cases (from arbitration matters to large, complex litigation). The program has been approved for 1.0 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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit, may attend and purchase lunch separately. Click here to register for CLE credit.

The program begins at 12:30 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 for lunch.

Former Political Prisoner to Speak March 22

Alicia Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican nationalist and former political prisoner, will discuss her arrest in 1980 and her federal trial for seditious conspiracy to overthrow the United States government which culminated in a sentence of 55 years at a March 22 program sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Women's Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section, National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Throughout her trial, Alicia Rodriguez and other Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) members declared themselves to be combatants and invoked prisoner of war status due to the unlawful occupation of the island of Puerto Rico. Rodriguez and 9 other prisoners were ultimately extended offers of clemency from President Clinton in 1999.

The program begins at 12:30 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.

Bar Academy Presents Golf Primer March 25

Whether you are a regular golfer, or someone who has a hard time differentiating the club from the ball, join us for a special preseason primer on two of the more perplexing components of golf. Course rating and handicap computation will be demystified by experts from the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

According to the United States Golf Association, the USGA Course Rating System™ is the standard upon which the USGA Handicap System™ is built. It affects all golfers in the calculation of a Handicap Index®. Players "play to their handicaps" when their net scores (gross score minus handicap strokes) equal the USGA Course Rating™. Join us for this insightful primer, which will also feature a buffet lunch.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. To register for this free program, click here or visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org. Lunch is available for $8 for Association members who pre-register, and $9.50 for non-members. Registration is limited and required in advance.

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

Barkann to Speak at YLD Annual Meeting April 14

Michael Barkann, a five-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner and host of Comacast SportsNet's "Daily News Live," will present the keynote speech at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room on the 9th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The event will also feature the conferral of the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award as well as the YLD Vision Award. Tickets are $35 for YLD members, $40 for Bar Association members, $45 for non-members of the Bar Association and $30 for law students. Click here to purchase tickets.

Feinberg to Speak at April 28 Chancellor's Forum

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund - which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims - as well as the gulf oil spill fund, will be the featured speaker at a Thursday, April 28 Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section. Click here to register.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non-Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. Click here to register. The Chancellor's Forum is sponsored by TD Bank.

Women in Profession Committee Seeks Bloggers

The Women in the Profession Committee is looking for volunteers to contribute bi-weekly submissions to the Committee’s blog. From the professional to the personal, if you have something interesting to say then we want to hear from you. Topics can include but are not limited to practical advice in your practice area, tips for success, personal reflections, work/life balance, and entertainment.

Submissions can be short (250 words) and can be published anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs prior to posting. Visit the Women in the Profession Committee blog by clicking here.

Business Law Insider Seeks Submissions

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is developing its second edition of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider, after a very successful publication of an inaugural edition this past winter. The next deadline for submissions is Thursday, 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@thorpreed.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@thorpreed.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.

Applications Being Accepted for Marutani Fellowship

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, named in honor of Judge Marutani, the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship is offered to Asian Pacific American first-year law students and provides a stipend for the student to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in the greater Philadelphia area.

The attached PDF application form can be filled out online and submitted electronically or can be printed out and mailed to Lynne E. Brown, Deputy Executive Director. Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Applications are due March 4, 2011. Click here for more information and the 2011 application.

Please feel free to contact Lynne Brown at 215-238-6347 or lbrown@philabar.org with any questions.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

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 23. 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 which 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, April 4, 2011.

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

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor 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.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 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 Monday, 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.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk which will be held Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit charityrun2011.com.

YLD Casino Night Fundraiser May 14

Play exciting games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at the Young Lawyers Division's brand-new Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on Saturday, May 14 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The event also features an open bar, a generous dinner buffet, a DJ, and a big ticket raffle.

Registration is $75 per ticket and $135 for two. One ticket includes $200 worth of chips to use at seven blackjack tables, three poker tables, a craps table and a double roulette table. Additional chips will be available for purchase at the event. There are no minimum bets, so play as freely as you like. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets toward a host of spectacular items to be auctioned off at the event.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. Since 2006, the YLD's annual fundraiser – which traditionally featured a renowned comedian and a silent auction – has raised more than $313,000 for the Foundation.

Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

Notice to Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the Nov. 18, 2010 Board of Governors meetings and were approved for submission to the members at the March Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Addition of Section 217 to the Bylaws, creating a Long-Range Advisory Council, as follows:

Section 217. Long-Range Advisory Council

A. The Long-Range Advisory Council (the "Council") shall consider the long term goals of the Association and make recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board regarding achievement of those goals through means which may take more than a single year. The Council shall have the discretion to meet and to make such recommendations as often as it deems advisable. Such recommendations shall be advisory only, and shall not limit the authority of the Chancellor or the Board, nor shall the Chancellor or the Board be required to conform agenda items, policy or resolutions to the Council's recommendations.

B. The Council shall consist of the following persons, each of whom shall be entitled to vote:

1. The Chancellor;

2. The Chancellor-Elect;

3. The Vice Chancellor;

4. The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; and

5. Nine Members of the Association, who shall be appointed as follows:

(a) Each year, the Chancellor shall appoint three Members to serve on the Council for a term of three years, except as provided in Section 217(B)(5)(e) with respect to the initial appointments.

(b) To be eligible for appointment to the Council, a Member must be well respected and have an established record of service and commitment to the Association, preferably in a high leadership capacity. It is also preferable that appointed Members have no intention to run for any other elected office of the Association.

(c) Appointments to the Council shall be made with due regard for the Association's commitment to diversity.

(d) Members of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment to successive terms.

(e) The first nine appointments to the Council shall be made by the Chancellor, with the consent of the Board, for the following terms: three for three-year terms, three for two-year terms, and three for one-year terms.

C. The Chair of the Council shall be appointed each year by the Chancellor from among the nine appointed members.

D. Any vacancy among the appointed members of the Council shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by appointment of the Chancellor.

Association Launches Classified Advertising Online

Attorneys looking for jobs and employers looking to fill vacancies will have a new resource available on the Philadelphia Bar Association website.

"This new section of our website will help members find jobs and allow firms to list opportunities at a fraction of the cost they currently pay for classified ads," said Chancellor Rudolph Garcia. "This is the least we can do for all the lawyers who are struggling to find work in this extraordinarily difficult job market."

To help launch the new section of the website (classifieds.philadelphiabar.org), a special introductory price of $39 per advertisement has been announced. The $39 price per ad will be in effect for the first three months that the site is open. The site is scheduled to launch Monday, April 4.

Advertisements will be listed under four different categories: positions available; positions desired; rent/own space; and vendor services. Bar Association members can purchase ads and place them in any category. The ads will run for 30 days. The "positions available" category is for law firms or companies that have vacancies that need to be filled. "Positions desired" is for attorneys looking for a specific job situation, whether it be full-time work, part-time work, contract work or anything else. "Rent/own space" is the classified section's real estate listings where you can advertise available office space. "Vendor services" is the location where court reporters, expert witnesses and other non-lawyer professionals can offer their services to Bar Association members.

To post an advertisement, Bar Association members should go to classifieds.philadelphiabar.org. Once there, you will be asked to either log in or create an account. Next, you create the ad by choosing a category and creating a headline for it. Advertisers can then add descriptions, qualifications and contact information. You can then review the posting before paying the introductory $39 fee. Once you confirm the order and submit the listing, the ad will instantly appear on the website. A confirmation will appear and a copy of the receipt will be e-mailed to you.

Attorneys who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be able to browse the titles of listings, but will not be able to see the entire listing without becoming a member of the Association.

Philadelphia VIP 30th Anniversary Event March 19

Philadelphia VIP will hold its 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event will begin with a patron's reception from 6 to 7 p.m., cocktails and a silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing to the music of The Inferno will follow from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $175 each, $100 for young lawyers and $75 for public interest or government attorneys. Please visit phillyvip.org to purchase tickets online.

For more information about the Anniversary Gala Celebration and other VIP events, including VIP's Speakers Series, please visit VIP's 30th Anniversary page on the VIP website. For sponsorship opportunities or more information call Samar Aryani-Sabet at 215.523.9568.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

• The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the pro bono seminar "Reaching Out to the Neediest Among Us" on Monday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A networking breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided to all registrants. This program will be available via simulcast at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and will provide five hours of substantive CLE credits and one hour of ethics CLE credit. Sessions include "Wills for Heroes;" "Pro Bono Program in a Box;" "Teen/Youth Courts as an Alternative Juvenile Justice Program;" "Making the Most of Electronic Tools;" "Addressing Mortgage Foreclosure Issues;" and "Older and Wiser." For more information or to register online visit pbi.org.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on taxes on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dilworth Paxon LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II, an event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The event will be held Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Kokopelli, 1904 Chestnut St. Director of Legal Services Amara Chaudhry will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit mazzonicenter.org or contact Troy Porter at tporter@mazzonicenter.org or 215.563.0652, extension 270. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for young lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others.

• The 30th Annual Penn Law School Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 18 in the Levy Conference Center, at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) This year's symposium is "Partnering Against Poverty: Examining Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Interest Lawyering." CLE hours will be available for this event. Please contact Lauren Ikpe at 215-898-0459 or e-mail all-pic@law.upenn.edu if you have questions regarding the symposium. Click here to register.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Ninth Annual Spring Celebration & Silent Auction on Friday, March 18. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at the Morris Café, 30 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director, at 215-587-3214 or lpeyton@mageerehab.org.

HIAS and Council will present a free pro bono training program on citizenship procedures and fee waivers on Wednesday, March 23 from 12 to 2 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Register with Shaloo Jose at SJose@hiaspa.org or 215-821-0909. This training will prepare volunteers to participate in National Citizenship Day on April 30.

Face to Face is holding its annual Silent Auction and Reception on Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, Wyncote PA. Tickets are $35. For more information, call Marie McCabe, executive administrator, at 215-849-0179 or contact her by e-mail at marie@facetofacegermantown.org.

The SeniorLAW Center's 2011 SeniorPROM will be held Friday, April 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event includes cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing for all ages! Individual adult tickets are $125. Tickets may be purchased online at seniorlawcenter.org. For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold the training program "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," Wednesday, April 6, a full-day, 6-CLE credit course offered through PBI. Register at pbi.org. Join us for this volunteer workshop training and hear experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can make a difference in the lives of child victims. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz, director of Intake and Pro Bono Services, jschatz@advokid.org or call 267-546-9228.

Issues Impacting Oil, Gas Development March 10

PBI's "Environmental Issues Affecting Oil and Gas Law Development" is a brand-new program examining the issues impacting oil and gas development in Pennsylvania. Our panel will also examine the cumulative effects of exploration and drilling and issues relating to the leasing of state lands. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, March 10 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Monday, March 7
PBA Pro-Bono Seminar: Reaching Out to the Neediest Among Us
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - International Arbitration 2011
7 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8
Hot Topics in Employment Law - For Non-Employment Attorneys
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - A Guide to Financial Institutions 2011: Navigating a New Landscape
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9
Intimate Partners, Legal Strangers: A Guide for Representing Unmarried Couples
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

24th Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - How to Prepare an IPO 11
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLE With the Sixers 2011
Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
1 ethics CLE credits
5 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
Using Trusts as Building Blocks for Your Client’s Estate Plan: Common Trust Techniques for the Foundation of an Estate Plan
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Using Trusts as Building Blocks for Your Client’s Estate Plan: Sophisticated Trust Techniques for the High Net Worth Client
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Environmental Issues Affecting Oil and Gas Law Development
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Venture Capital 2011: Nuts & Bolts
5.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, March 11
Sophisticated Issues in Foreclosure Proceedings
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Mastering the Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Arguments
6.5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 14
Simulcast - PLI - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2011- Overview of Entertainment Law Issues
7 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Simulcast - Dean Man’s Rule
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 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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