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March 7, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 22
 

PDLG to Receive Diversity Award March 11

Teri Plummer McClure, senior vice president of legal, compliance, audit & public affairs and general counsel and corporate secretary at UPS, will be the keynote speaker at the Monday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the event.

The Sotomayor Diversity Award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

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

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

Former Human Relations Chair to Speak March 8

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

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

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

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

Conversation with Judge Rizzo March 8

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

Recent Developments in Delaware M&A Law March 12

The Mergers and Acquisitions Committee CLE "Recent Developments in Delaware M&A Law" on Tuesday, March 12 will provide an in-depth look at recent Delaware developments in M&A law.

Registration and lunch 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.

19th Annual Health Law Institute March 12-13

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

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

Trailblazing Women in Government, Business March 14

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we hear from a panel of trailblazing women lawyers in government and business who will share their personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A. Afterward, please join us for a light reception with our panel members, sponsored by our event host, Fox Rothschild LLP.

Speakers include Risa Vetri Ferman, District Attorney, Montgomery County; Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate M. Harper; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA; and Kathy Manderino, senior vice president, Interact.

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

The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. RSVP is required. Deadline to RSVP is Monday, March 11. To RSVP, click here.

Chief ALJs to Speak March 15

Chief administrative law judges from the Philadelphia and Pennsauken, N.J. hearing offices will be the speakers at the Friday, March 15 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12.00 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund.

Concussion Conundrum Symposium March 15

Tackling the important subject of concussions in sports just weeks before the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation goes to trial in Philadelphia, the 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium "Concussion Conundrum" explores, debates, and informs on the key issues facing players, teams, leagues, doctors, and lawyers regarding head injuries and brain trauma in sports.

The Symposium will be Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons at Villanova University School of Law. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 substantive CLE credits. The event is free for non-CLE attendees.

Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and NFL Business Analyst, has covered the concussion issue for ESPN and moderates all panels.

Panels include commentary from retired professional athletes including Keith Primeau, Jim Nelson, Taylor Twellman and Brian Westbrook about concussion awareness and prevention amongst players. There will also be an examination of both sides of the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation - the concussion injury class action suit brought by former NFL players against the league an exploration of the science and concussion-related liability facing professional and amateur sports a look at the state of sports and concussions with media personalities. Click here to register.

Villanova Law Alumni Awards Program March 21

Dean John Y. Gotanda and the Villanova Law Alumni Association cordially invite you to attend the Annual Alumni Reception & Awards Program on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center to share in the time-honored presentation of the VLAA Service Awards, hosted by Dave Frankel, Emmy Award-winning former Philadelphia news anchor and now Villanova lawyer, and to celebrate Villanova University School of Law's new Strategic Plan: Advance. Transform. Lead.

Award Recipients include: Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association & Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, and Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr., President, Pennsylvania Bar Association & Member, Cozen O'Connor, for their service to Villanova Law School; Hon. Joseph T. Doyle, posthumously, for his exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Suzanne Noble for her 37 years of service with Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The event is complimentary for VLS alumni, friends and guests. Online registration is required by March 18 at www.law.villanova.edu/spevents.

Medical Malpractice Update CLE March 21

PBI's "Medical Malpractice Update" CLE on Thursday, March 21 will bring you up to date on case law, statutes, rules, and other developments that impact your area of practice. Get practical information to increase the ability to effectively handle your next medical malpractice case. Receive updates on case law, an M-Care update and a rules refresher on recent changes impacting malpractice cases. Follow along with our faculty as they discuss how social media and new technology has affected the trial process. Gain valuable tips and here from area judges with our "Roundtable with the Judges" panel. Click here to register.

What to Know about Serving on a Board of Directors

Fernando Chang-Muy, the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, will be the featured speaker at the YLD Live, Lunch and Learn CLE Program "What Every Lawyer Should Know About Serving on a Board of Directors" on Thursday, March 21.

This lunchtime CLE program focuses on what every attorney acting as a board member needs to understand about his or her fiduciary duties and how to effectively advance the organization's goals and mission. Join us to learn the special issues facing lawyers who serve as board members, as well as the best ways to improve board performance and productivity. Particular emphasis will be on the role of lawyer, the subcommittees of the board, including governance and human resources, and how to effectively integrate the work of the committees into advancing the organization's goals.

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.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register for lunch.

CLE Proposals Sought for 2013 Bench-Bar Conference

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

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

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 20. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

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

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

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

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 100 sections and committees, 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 online legal research and 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.

O'Connor Award Nominations Due April 1

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1, 2013.

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.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law; Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP; U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton.

Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, at dpetit@philabar.org. All materials must be submitted electronically via email. Click here to download the nomination form.

Net Investment Income Tax CLE April 4

Beginning in 2013, upper-income individuals will be subject to a new 3.8 percent tax on "net investment income" imposed by Section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code. This tax also will apply to the undistributed income of trusts and estates. PBI's April 4 presentation "New Tax on Investment Income Under Code Section 1411: What You Need to Know" will explain how the 3.8 percent tax is designed to work. Click here for more information.

How to Litigate a School Bullying Case April 12

Few lawyers earn their living defending bullied children, but any one of us may be called upon to do this. Perhaps a colleague's child, or our own, is a target. The situation can be heart-wrenching. As a lawyer, you can do something.

"How to Litigate a School Bullying Case," designed by the Public Interest Section, will enable you hone your lawyering skills to advocate for children who have been bullied. This 3 CLE credit program will be held Friday, April 12. Click here to register.

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Due May 8

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2013 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal 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 8 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 2012-13 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.
The chair of the competition is Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, and have the essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, 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.

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

34th Annual Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 19

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the 34th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 19 along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

This is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in Philadelphia. The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Many different competition divisions are available, including open run, individual run, Bar Association, legal team, corporate team, male and female and age groups. Law firms and companies may enter 5K Run teams. For an application contact Michael Berkowitz at mjberkowitz@crbcp.com or 215-567-2010 (ext 132). Deadline for team registration is May 11.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each age group and the overall male and female winners. A $300 prize will be awarded to any Philadelphia Bar Association runner who can defeat 13-time defending champion Neill W. Clark. The prize is sponsored by Neill's friends at Philadelphia Runner. All participants who complete the Run or Walk will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are encouraged to join in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids’ Dash, a 200-yard non competitive dash.

Online registration is available at active.com. For more information, visit phillybarcharityrun.com.

Support Center Annual Benefit April 10

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction on Wednesday, April 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building.

Mark Solomon will be presented with the Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his dedication to providing high quality education for children in the foster care system and his unwavering support of youth at risk. Distinguished Advocate honorees include Michael E. Adler, Andrea R. Broad, Bruce Lev, Lawrence H. Pockers, Carrie B. Rosen, Michael & Bill Rouse, Heather A. Steinmiller and Nancy Anne Walker. Click here for more information.

Homeless Advocacy Project Annual Benefit April 11

The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual Benefit on Thursday, April 11 at Sofitel Hotel, 120 S. 17th St. The event will feature live music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Click here for more information.

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.

NJ Attorney Online Registration Center Open

The Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center is now open, and attorneys are encouraged to register and pay any required fees by April 26, 2013. An electronic notice about the online system has been sent to each attorney who previously registered online. In addition, a User ID and temporary password has been mailed to each attorney who has never used the online system to facilitate a transition to the online process.

To complete your registration and pay online, go to www.njcourts.com/attyreg, click on "Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center" and follow the on-screen directions.

Pursuant to Rules 1:20-1(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-1(e), and1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are annually required to pay an assessment and file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director with approval of the Supreme Court. The New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection ("Fund") collects the assessment; the money collected supports the Fund, the disciplinary process, the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Board on Continuing Legal Education (BCLE). If you did not receive your log-in information or if you have questions concerning registration and billing, please contact the Fund at (609) 292-8079 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 participate in a program of continuing legal education (CLE) in accordance with Rule 1:42. Beginning with the 2013 attorney registration, a noncompliance fee of $50 will be assessed against attorneys who report that they did not complete the required courses by the deadline for course completion. An additional $50 (for a total of $100) will be assessed against attorneys who fail to complete their CLE courses within the grace period given pursuant to BCLE Reg. 402:1 and against attorneys who fail to report regarding compliance at all.

The Court approved amendments to the CLE regulations, including those related to alternative verifiable learning formats and reciprocity. In addition, certain fees were changed. Please review the Board on Continuing Legal Education's by clicking here. If you have questions concerning CLE, please contact staff to the BCLE at SCTCLE.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us or 609-633- 9733.

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• The University of Pennsylvania Law School will host a panel presentation in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, on Tuesday, March 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (with a formal reception to follow), in the Fitts Auditorium, 3501 Sansom St. The distinguished panel will feature Karen Houppert, author of "Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People's Justice," along with Professor Malia Brink, Phyllis Subin, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Justice, and Mary Catherine Roper of the PA-ACLU. This program is free and open to the public, and will serve as one of the highlights of Penn Law's annual Public Interest Week. Click here to register.

• Villanova University School of Law will present two free programs in honor of the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright. On Tuesday, March 12, the panel program "Civil Gideon: The Lawyer's Role in Achieving Equal Access to Justice," will be presented from 3 to 4 p.m., in Room 102. This panel will be moderated by Professor Keith Fogg and feature National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson and Professor Dveera Segal. The panel will be followed by a reception, Happy Birthday to Gideon v. Wainwright and the IRS!, from 4 to 5 p.m. This program is sponsored by The VUSL Graduate Tax Program, the VUSL Tax Law Society, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office, the VUSL Public Interest Fellowship Program, and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force. The second program, on Wednesday, March 20, "The Right to Counsel: Where are We 50 Years after Gideon v. Wainwright?" will be held from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., in Room 102. The panel will be moderated by Professor Anne Poulin and will feature Judge Benjamin Lerner, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Marc Bookman, Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, and Keir Bradford-Grey, Montgomery County's Chief Public Defender. This program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office, the VUSL Public Interest Fellowship Program, the VUSL Coalition Advocating for Rights and Dignity (CARD), and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force. To RSVP for these programs, please send an email to Kathleen.Cooper@law.villanova.edu.

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

• Villanova Law's PIFP Auction to benefit The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program. will be Friday, March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Villanova University School of Law, 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova. The PIFP Auction funds public interest fellowships for law students. PIFP Fellows provide valuable legal services to their clients and to the community. Join us for an entertaining evening and help fund summer fellows. Donate and browse auction items online at www.law.villanova.edu/PIFP.

• Philadelphia VIP will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony Monday, March 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. This event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Christina Rodriquez at 215-523-9551 or crodriguez@phillyvip.org. More information is available at phillyvip.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on Landlord Tenant Law on Wednesday, March 20, from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive two free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Register online at phillyvip.org.

• HIAS Pennsylvania and the Penn Law Immigrants' Rights Project will present the return of "De Novo," a production written and directed by Jeffery Solomon and put on by his New York City based theatre company, Houses on the Moon on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Fitts Auditorium, 3501 Sansom St. It will be followed by a talk-back with the cast and local immigration advocates and cocktail reception. The play follows the story of Edgar Chocoy, a Guatemalan boy who came to the United States in search of his mother and escape from the gang in his hometown that had given the green light to kill him when he tried to defect. Shortly after arriving, Edgar is caught by U.S. immigration authorities and put into deportation proceedings. Written entirely from trial transcripts, interviews and legal documents, "De Novo" shows the flaws in our current immigration legal system and the struggles young immigrants face. Tickets cost $30 each and may be purchased at hiaspa.org.

PNC Perspectives: Fiscal Cliff Cut to Manageable Size

In this month's interview, we sat down with Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., who serves as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for the company. We discussed the ramifications and expected outcomes of what is now known as the "fiscal cliff bill." Click here to read the interview

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