March 12, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 21
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MSNBC's Barnicle, Gov. Rendell
to Speak at March 28 Quarterly

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

MSNBC's Barnicle, Gov. Rendell to Speak at Quarterly

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

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

The Bar Association will also present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the program. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

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

The Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by Love Court Reporting.

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

Lawyer Profiles to Help Members Promote Practices

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

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

Members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

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

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

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

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

State of Reproductive Justice Discussion March 12

Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project, will discuss the current state of reproductive justice in Pennsylvania and the United States on Monday, March 12.

The meeting is sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Women's Rights Committee and Family Law Section Meeting and 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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Recruiting Judges Pro Tem March 13

The Compulsory Arbitration Committee will discuss the status of recruitment of volunteers to serve as judges pro tem in the arbitration appeal program at its Tuesday, March 13 meeting.

The committee will also discuss obtaining police accident reports and issues pertaining to the 45-day rule for filing motions. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice for a refund. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum on Strauss-Kahn Case March 15

The Chancellor's Forum "The Arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A Comparative Study of French and U.S. Law and the Media" will be presented on Thursday, March 15.

The arrest and release of Dominique Strauss-Kahn will provide the nexus for a comparative discussion regarding U.S. and French law, cultural and political norms, and the role of the news media in both countries. Strauss-Kahn was the director of the International Monetary Fund when he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City in May 2011. The charges were eventually dismissed against Strauss-Kahn but he still faces a civil suit.

The discussion is presented in partnership with IHEJ - Institut des Hautes Études sur la Justice, Paris; the International Law Committee; and International Law Society of Villanova University School of Law. Panelists for the program include Professor Irène Théry, a sociologist with École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; Michelle Madden Dempsey, associate professor of law, Villanova University School of Law; and reporter Emilie Lounsberry of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Chancellor John E. Savoth will present welcoming remarks.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A wine and cheese reception will follow at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend this program, but reservations are required. to register for this event, please visit philadelphiabar.org.

Career Paths in Trust and Estate Law March 15

The Young Lawyers Division Committee of the Probate and Trust Section will present "Career Paths in Trust and Estate Law" on Thursday, March 15.

Learn about different career paths in our field and ask questions about what it takes to be successful at a law firm, in-house, or development position. Speakers include Michelle Hong, director of wealth planning at Brown Brothers Harriman; Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen, shareholder, Stevens and Lee; and Meaghan Hogan, executive director of gift planning at Temple University.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at BNY Mellon, Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St., 8th Floor. Please bring your own lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. RSVP to alison@altmangross.com.

Airport Expansion Discussion March 22

James Tyrell, director of marketing for the Philadelphia International Airport, will lead a discussion on the international expansion of the airport and recent efforts to bring about nonstop flights to East Asia at the Thursday, March 22 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Tips on Questioning Vocational Experts March 16

Gary A. Young and Sherry Kristal-Turetzky will present tips on questioning vocational experts during Social Security disability hearings at the Friday, March 16 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Rule 16 Conferences CLE March 21

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

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

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Application for Medical Assistance Program March 22

The Elder Law & Guardianship Committee will present "Lunchtime Stroll: Walking Through the PA 600 L - Application for Medical Assistance (Medicaid)" with featured speaker Dionysios Pappas on Thursday, March 22.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Meet New City Council Members March 23

Meet the newest members of Philadelphia City Council at the Friday, March 23 meeting of the City Policy 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. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Independent Contractor Traps March 23

Marc Furman will be the guest speaker at the Friday, March 23 meeting of the Human Resources Committee "Independent Contractor Traps."

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C.
United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please RSVP to Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

Unrelated Business Tax CLE March 26

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Unrelated Business Tax: What it is and How to Avoid It" on Monday, March 26.

Panelists for the program include Carolyn D. Duronio, Harry T. Lamb and Virginia P. Sikes. In its 2012 EO Work Plan, the IRS indicated that it would focus efforts on unrelated business taxable income reporting. The panel will also present hypotheticals to highlight the application of UBTI principles in actual operations. Two substantive CLE credits are available as well as two CPA credits.

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.


Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 14.

The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C. The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's website at supremecourtus.gov.

Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

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

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 26. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

Judge Leadbetter to Speak March 29

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

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members.Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Renew Bar Association Membership Today

Members have until March 31 to renew their Bar Association memberships and avoid a $15 late fee. Click here to renew your membership.

With your Philadelphia Bar Association membership:

• You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and two divisions, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

• Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

• You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 25 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

• Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our philadelphiabar.org Web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day. You'll also have access to online classified ads and social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

• You'll benefit from our comprehensive membership insurance package, including professional liability, health, term life insurance, and disability insurance plans. You'll also be able to take advantage of discounted rates on court reporting services, health clubs and rental cars.

• Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site attorney as well as a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

Click here to renew your membership.

Submissions Sought for Business Law Insider

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is developing its next edition of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider. The next deadline for submissions is March 31. You are invited to contribute to the Insider by providing any of the following items:

Business Law Happenings: Articles of in depth interest to members of the Section in relevant areas of practice. Business Law Happening articles should be sent to the attention of Editor Renee F. Bergmann at rbergmann@beckermeisel.com.

Business Briefs: Any professional news regarding yourself or another Section member.

Book Reviews: Book Reviews on topics of general interest to membership. Fiction or non-fiction reviews are both welcome.

Business Law Alert: Timely articles on matters of professional interest representing changes in the law or developments in your practice affecting lawyers and clients. Estimated length of one or two paragraphs. These articles should be sent to the attention of Editor Renee F. Bergmann at rbergmann@beckermeisel.com.

Committee Reports: Committee chairs should take this opportunity to inform the membership of their present and future projects

All other inquiries, contributions, personal notices, and Business Law Alerts should be sent to the attention of Phyllis Epstein at phyllis@eselaw.com.

The editors of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider reserve the right to accept or reject any submission and to edit any submission to ensure its suitability for publication, its adherence to the Insider's mission, and its furtherance of the purpose of the Business Law Section. The Insider is designed to serve the Section by publicizing opportunities and events that may be of interest to the Section membership; providing information to its membership on topics that may be of general interest; reaching a wider audience and increase the visibility of the Section; informing the Section membership of its projects and goals; and sharing information with the Section membership regarding accomplishments of members and public figures.

O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

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

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

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

CLE on Opening Day at the Phillies April 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunities in Professional Sports" on Monday, April 9 at Citizens Bank Park in conjunction with the Phillies first home game of the season.

Tuition includes course book, buffet and game ticket (seating in Pavilion Deck 207). Check-in and lunch begin at 11 a.m. The CLE will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the game begins at 1:05 p.m. Seating is limited and registration will be closed at the end of business on Monday, March 19. Click here to register online.

Google and the End of Privacy April 11

Has Google destroyed your Internet privacy? How do companies follow you across the Web with targeted advertisements? Can you do anything to regain some of your online privacy? These questions will be addressed in this Wednesday, April 11 presentation by Dan Giancaterino, Education Services Manager at Jenkins Law Library.

The meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Accepting Ginsburg Writing Competition Entries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register for Bar's 33rd Annual 5K May 20

The annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, now in its 33rd year, is just around the corner. Click here to register as an individual, law/corporate team and/or sponsor.

The 33rd Philadelphia Bar 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive. It is open to runners, walkers, students, and children who participate in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Kids Dash. All proceeds from the event benefit Support Center for Child Advocates, the nation's oldest and largest pro bono program providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children.

Group runs, increased runs, diversified training, and proper stretching techniques can all prove beneficial in improving your race. One of the best ways to improve your speed is by running about three times a week. Your body takes approximately 48 hours to repair damaged muscle tissue, so running every other day can be effective. Running with friends or colleagues can serve as motivation as well as help you push past your individual limits while training for a big race. Click here to register.

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

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

The website for the conference, benchbar.philadelphiabar.org, is now up and registration is open.

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

Proposals for the continuing legal education courses should be submitted to Maria Feeley (feeleym@pepperlaw.com) by Friday, March 23. They should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and faculty members. The proposed panels should be representative of our Association and include members of the Bench when appropriate. Programs should be one hour long, with no more than four panelists. Decisions regarding the programs selected will be made by Friday, March 31.

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

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

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

New Court Reporting Benefit Exclusively for Members

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

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

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

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

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

Make Your AEDs Count!

The MyHeartMap Challenge is a Penn Medicine-based project attempting to identify and map out as many AEDs (automated external defibrillators) as possible in the City of Philadelphia.

The project has received a great deal of local and international media attention for its innovative use of online and social media tools to "crowdsource" the information-gathering effort, in news outlets ranging from the Inquirer, CBS3, and 6ABC to Wired, NPR, and The Economist. To learn more about the project, and how your firm can ensure that its investment in this life-saving technology will be represented in this ground-breaking effort, please contact Jennifer Yuan at jenlists@gmail.com, or visit the project website at myheartmap.org.

LSC Notice of Competitive Grant Funds for 2013

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2013. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants competition will be available from www.grants.lsc.gov during the week of April 9.

In accordance with LSC's multiyear funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which competitive grants are available, by state, go to www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants/where-we-fund and click on the name of the state. A full list of all service areas in competition will also be posted on that page.

Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) through the online application system in order to participate in the competitive grants process. Information about LSC Grants funding, the application process, eligibility to apply for a grant, and how to file a NIC is available at www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants. Complete instructions will be available in the Requests for Proposals Narrative Instruction.

Please refer to www.grants.lsc.gov for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process to Competition@lsc.gov.

PNC Perspectives: Why REITs?

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

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

The Law Firm Pro Bono Committee will host a presentation by Pro Bono Net to update us on their current and new initiatives on Tuesday, March 13. Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit leader in increasing access to justice, helping transform the way legal help reaches the underserved through innovative uses of technology and collaboration. Join us for a brief presentation and engaging conversation with Pro Bono Net founder and Executive Director Mark O'Brien about Pro Bono Net's current activities, share your feedback and learn how more lawyers can get involved. The Law Firm Pro Bono Committee will meet at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 42nd floor at 12 p.m. More information is available from Law Firm Pro Bono Committee Co-chairs Mary Gay Scanlon at scanlonm@ballardspahr.com or Kathy Ochroch at ochroch@blankrome.com. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Mayra Troendle at troendlem@ballardspahr.com.

• Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training on how to defend a foreclosure case in litigation on Wednesday, March 14. The event will be held at FMC Corporation, 1735 Market St. A free continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. during event registration. The CLE training program will be in two sessions, both mandatory, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers will receive 4 free CLE credits and 1 free ethics credit in exchange for representing one client to the completion of the foreclosure action. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. To register or for more information, contact VIP staff attorney Maisha Elonai at melonai@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9553.

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

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

• SCRUB will present a special screening of "This Space Available" on Wednesday, March 28. This documentary is produced by Marc Gobé and contrasts the benefits of out-of-home advertising with the perils of urban plight. The film will be screened at the Free Library on the Parkway, 1901 Vine St., Montgomery Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The film is 90 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free. To register, e-mail jamesgmullenjr@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and number of tickets needed. There is a maximum of four tickets per request.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will host its Annual Benefit at the Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th St. on Wednesday, April 11. The event will feature a silent auction and a live auction, complimentary cocktails, and hors d'ouevres. All proceeds raised by this event will support HAP. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at homelessadvocacyproject.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training on landlord-tenant law on Friday, April 13. This training will provide an overview of landlord-tenant law as well as practical information for representing a client in a landlord tenant dispute in Philadelphia. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. The CLE training program will be provided in one session, from 12:30 to 2:45p.m. Volunteer attorneys will receive 2 free CLE credits in exchange for representing one VIP client to the completion of the case. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. To register or for more information, contact Christina Rodriguez at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9550.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at its Annual Benefit Reception and Auction on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. The event is one of Philadelphia's premier charity galas, and includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and an awards ceremony that will include the presentation of the Distinquished Advocates Awards and the presentation of the 2012 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award to Marcience S. Mattleman. Tickets are $125 and may be purchased by clicking here.

• HIAS Pennsylvania will host its annual fundraising event, "Celebrating the Resilience and Renewal of Immigrants and Refugees" on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. There will be live entertainment, and the Golden Door Honorees will be announced. For more information visit hiaspa.org.

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

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

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

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

Philly VIP Awards Night March 19

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

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

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

What Every Municipal Solicitor Should Know CLE

In today's economic climate, it is more critical than ever for municipal solicitors to recognize and understand the labor and employment issues confronting their clients. Whether it involves hiring, firing or disciplining employees, negotiating with unions or addressing pension matters, failing to recognize the relevant issues can negatively impact ever-decreasing financial resources. Spend a day with the attorneys who deal with these issues on a daily basis, including employer and union-side advocates. Attendees will also have the opportunity to gain the perspective of some of the most prominent labor arbitrators handling interest and grievance arbitration in the public sector. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held Friday, March 16 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 4:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included. 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 12
Defending White Collar Cases
6 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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

Tuesday, March 13
David Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Fundamentals of Estate Planning
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14
18th Annual Health Law Institute
10 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m to 4:35 p.m. both days

Wednesday, March 14
Commercial Real Estate Documents
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

What's Hot in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 15
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16
What Every Municipal Solicitor Should Know About Labor and Employment Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

PLI - Venture Capital 2012: Nuts and Bolts
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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