Philadelphia Bar Gets Access to Justice Grant
The Philadelphia Bar Association has received a grant from the American Bar Association's Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project to promote the creation of a new Access to Justice Commission. The grant application was submitted by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force.
The Association plans to use the funding to create a broad-based statewide coalition including the Pennsylvania Bar Association and other key stakeholders to work collaboratively on improving access to justice; to plan and conduct a series of statewide public hearings to generate greater public awareness and understanding of the civil justice gap crisis; to identify various solutions to close the justice gap; and to explore whether Pennsylvania should implement an Access to Justice Commission. The formation of the statewide coalition will be completed in the coming weeks and a series of strategic meetings will be held to explore how an Access to Justice Commission may improve access to justice.
Access to Justice Commissions are formal entities that bring together the highest level of the state's courts, organized bar and other stakeholders to support the expansion of access to civil justice for low-income and disadvantaged people. As of March 15, there were Access to Justice Commissions in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Most of the Commissions were created by the state's Supreme Court.
Access to Justice Commissions have had a major impact in expanding support for self-represented litigants in the courts; increasing state-level funding for civil legal aid; developing new initiatives to increase pro bono services by attorneys; promoting collaboration and coordination among civil legal aid providers; building a commitment to pro bono and support for legal aid among law students and new lawyers; and increasing awareness among legislators and other key decision makers, the bar, the judiciary and the general public about the legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged people and the social and economic benefits of ensuring that they do not go unmet.
The goal of the grants is to expand access to civil justice for low-income people by increasing the number of state-level Access to Justice Commissions, and more broadly, by increasing and strengthening partnerships among the courts, the bar, civil legal aid providers and funders, law schools, legislators, executive officials and other stakeholders. The projects funded include statewide hearings, planning processes, and engagement of Access to Justice staff and consultants. All of the projects funded demonstrated broad support from key stakeholders in the state.
The project is seeking applications for 2013 Innovation Grants to existing Access to Justice Commissions. Applications are due on May 1, 2013. Additional information about 2012 grants and the 2013 Innovation Grant application process is available at americanbar.org under "Grants."
The ABA Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project is administered by the ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives. The purpose of the project is to expand the number of state Access to Justice Commissions, strengthen existing Commissions and promote innovative initiatives by Commissions.
Grants were also awarded to the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Rhode Island Judiciary. The grants were made possible by funding from the Public Welfare Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.
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
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
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
8 Keys to Success in Court & Beyond March 22
Mark A. Drummond was a successful trial lawyer for two decades and has spent the last decade doing one thing - presiding over jury and bench trials. Combining his own experience with his jury surveys, he brings to you persuasion techniques that you can use from the day the case comes into your office to verdict at PBI's "From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court & Beyond" on Friday, March 22. Click here for more information
Emerging Opportunities for Business March 26
Anna Stupnytska of Goldman Sachs in London will discuss "The Next Eleven: Emerging Opportunities for Business" at the Tuesday, March 26 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.
Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Phillipines, Turkey and Vietnam have among the largest populations after the BRIC countries and present areas of business growth in the future. Their economies will have a major impact on the world economy. Learn about business and investment, industries where opportunities will be greatest and issues that arise in doing business with these countries.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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
Suing a Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Facility March 27
Donald Wall will discuss Pennsylvania mental health law and what you need to know if you are suing (or defending) a psychiatrist or a psychiatric facility at the Wednesday, March 27 meeting of the Medical Legal 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 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund.Click here to register
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. All materials must be submitted electronically via email. Click here to download the nomination form
Work, Life, Leadership with Wilkinsons April 2
Please join us for "Work, Life, Leadership: A Conversation with Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Pennsylvania Bar President Thomas G. Wilkinson" on Tuesday, April 2.
This program, presented by Ms. JD, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is geared toward young lawyers and law students. The program will begin promptly at 5 pm and will be immediately followed by a networking session at the Field House. There is no fee to attend however space is limited and registration is required by March 28. Click here to register
The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. For more information about Ms. JD please visit ms-jd.org
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
Leaders in Government, Academia, Private Practice April 10
Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program on Wednesday, April 10 at Ballard Spahr LLP, as we hear from a panel of legal leaders in government, academia and private practice who will share their personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A.
Panelists are Richard Negrin, Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination, City of Philadelphia; Emilie R. Ninan, Managing Partner, Wilmington Office, Ballard Spahr LLP and President, North American South Asian Bar Association; and Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis, Adjunct Professor, Villanova University School of Law and retired judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Afterward, please join us for a light reception with our panel members, sponsored by our event host, Ballard Spahr LLP. The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. RSVP required. Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, April 4. To RSVP, click HERE
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.
IP Committee Networking Event April 10
The Intellectual Property Committee will hold a networking event open to all law students interested in a career in intellectual property law and attorneys that currently practice intellectual property law on Wednesday, April 10.
The event will provide an opportunity to area law students to network with intellectual property practitioners and obtain advice and guidance in choosing intellectual property law as a career path. By attending this event and meeting with these students, you will be providing a service that will be greatly valued. The event will be held Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, 1515 Market St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Click here to register
Suing Insurance Companies CLE April 10
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Taking on the Big Guns - Winning and Bringing Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies" on Wednesday, April 10. Hear from Ricardo Echeverria, one of the country's leading attorneys in the areas of insurance bad faith, liability insurance, property insurance, and claims against healthcare providers. Click here to register
Israel's Irit Kohn to Speak April 10
Irit Kohn, president of the International Association of Jewish Jurists, will discuss the trajectory of Israeli society, including the political landscape, matters of religion and state, human rights issues and the peace process on Wednesday, April 10.
Kohn, former director of international affairs for Israel's Ministry of Justice. She has represented Israel in the International Criminal Court and the Council of Europe on all matters related to extradition and mutual legal assistance. Kohn was the lead defense attorney for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Belgium and helped procure freedom for Gilad Shalit. She has lectured throughout the United States and is a veteran of the 1967 war.
The program begins at 12 p.m. at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. Tickets are $15 and includes a buffet lunch. RSVP by April 8 to email@example.com
Joe Conklin to Speak at April 11 Workers' Comp Event
Please join the Workers' Compensation Section at our inaugural Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 11, as we proudly present the 2013 award to Marc S. Jacobs, of counsel at Galfand Berger, LLP. Marc is being recognized for his tireless advocacy on behalf of clients, mentorship to associates, contributions as a CLE presenter and lecturer, and his generous, compassionate spirit.
Our guest speaker, Joe Conklin, has been a constant in Philadelphia radio for more than 20 years. He is known for his spot-on impressions of President Obama and Cole Hamels, among others. He has skewered some of the country's top politicians, pro athletes, sports executives and film stars.
The event will be held at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Click here to purchase tickets by Tuesday, April 9
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
Center City District CEO Levy on Growth April 12
Paul R. Levy, president and CEO of the Center City District, will discuss "Creating An Environment Conducive to Growth" at the YLD 20/20 program on Friday, April 12.
The 2010 census revealed that for the first time in 60 years, Philadelphia added population. What will it take for the city to enjoy a similar turn-around in job growth? Philadelphia is very strong in health and education, but how do we recapture a larger share of regional office space, retain start-ups, small and minority business enterprises in the city as they expand and take on employees? Better public services or a more competitive tax environment - do we need to choose?
Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 12:30 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.
Natalie Choate on Estate Planning April 16
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute welcomes nationally acclaimed estate planning speaker Natalie B. Choate as she presents an intensive course designed for professionals experienced in general estate planning and who wish to add to their expertise with in-depth knowledge of how to integrate retirement benefits into clients' estate plans.
Estate practitioners must understand the many complexities of available choices to beneficiaries and administrative fiduciaries, and Choate explains these choices with practical, easily understandable precision. Click here
to register for this Tuesday, April 16 event.
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
SeniorLAW Center to Honor Shear at April 17 Gala
SeniorLAW Center will hold its 35th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, April 17 at the historic Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
his event will honor SeniorLAW Center's 2013 Partner of the Year, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and honor the inaugural inductees into the SeniorLAW Center Hall of Fame, including founders and leaders Kenneth Shear, executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Richard N. Weiner, founding board chair; Stephen A. Feldman, of Feldman and Feldman; Paul Carlin, now executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association; and Marlene Kline and Shari J. Odenheimer of Blank Rome LLP.
The event will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and honors from 7 to 9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Girard Academic Music Program Jazz Ensemble. To reserve tickets or for more information visit seniorlawcenter.org
or call 215-701-3208.
Bar Academy Presents The Magic Flute April 24
Join us at a special evening on Wednesday, April 24 in partnership with Opera Philadelphia for a visually stunning production of Mozart's iconic opera The Magic Flute. This production by Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus captures the sense of wonder and play in Mozart's music as well as the whimsy and wisdom experienced in the opera's journey for self-knowledge, truth and love.
Bar members will begin their magical operatic evening with the VIP treatment, including early entry to the Academy, as well as access to a VIP coat check and pre-Opera access to private rest rooms. Attendees will learn about the production from a representative of the Opera's leadership team at an exclusive pre-performance VIP Champagne Reception in the beautiful Academy Ballroom, just a few steps away from a special block of premium Balcony Circle seats.
A VIP Champagne Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets. Tickets are $92 per person (discount on regular ticket price, no handling fee and complimentary VIP Champagne Reception). Limit one guest per Association member. To purchase tickets click here
. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29. Cancellations cannot be accepted after March 29.
Can't attend on April 24? Philadelphia Bar Association members can also save 10 percent on the April 19 and 26 performances of The Magic Flute**! Call 215-893-1018 and mention "PHILABAR" to receive your discount, or visit operaphila.org
and use the promo code "PHILABAR."
Commerce Court Reception April 30
The Business Litigation Section will host its Annual Commerce Court Reception on Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.
Registration is required by Friday, April 26 and includes a reception with an open bar and
heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
YLD Comedy Night with Adam Ferrara May 9 at Helium
The Young Lawyers Division will present an Evening of Comedy that Cares on Thursday, May 9 at Helium Comedy Club with comedian Adam Ferrara, star of hit TV shows including "Top Gear" and "Rescue Me."
Ferrara is an acclaimed comedian, who starred on the Emmy-nominated hit FX show "Rescue Me" and appeared opposite Kevin James in the theatrical feature "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." A regular comedian on various hit talk shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The View and Rachael Ray," Ferrara has been dubbed "hilarious" by "Entertainment Weekly" and is a two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards.
The event includes open bar and a buffet dinner. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Helium Comedy Club is located at 2031 Sansom St. The early bird deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, April 25. The last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, May 7. The event will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Click here to purchase tickets.
Sponsors include Partnership Gift - Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo; Friendship Gift - Scarab Consulting; Fellowship Gift - Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bench-Bar Returning to Revel Oct. 4-5
Revel, the Atlantic City casino resort that hosted the Philadelphia Bar Association's wildly successful and popular 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, will host this year's conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013.
The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.
Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Julia Swain, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, are co-chairs of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Bench-Bar Committee vice chairs are John Encarnacion, an associate at White and Williams LLP; Scott W. Reid, a partner with Cozen O'Connor; and Mindee J. Reuben, a partner with Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher LLC.
A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 21 CLE seminars that will be offered. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.
Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; Robson Forensic, Inc.; US Claims Inc.; AppearByPhone and The MCS Group. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or email@example.com
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
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
Rutgers Association for Public Interest Law will hold its annual Evening Auction Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m., in the faculty lounge at Rutgers School of Law – Camden This event is open to all. The auction features dinner (or in one case, drum lessons) with various professors, tickets to a variety of cultural and sporting events, gift certificates to restaurants and entertainment on both sides of the river and more! For more information call Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at 856-225-6406.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 3rd Annual Casino Night Friday, April 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St. This event will feature more authentic casino games, bigger prizes, and more special chances to win throughout the night, all with a great view of the city. Each ticket includes $2000 in gaming chips, open bar, food, great prizes, and music. Tickets may be purchased at www.lcd.eventbrite.com. All questions can be directed to Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juvenile Law Center will hold its Spring Celebration in New York on Tuesday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Times Square Tower. This event will feature guest speaker, Walter E. Dellinger, honoree Honorable Judith S. Kaye, and emcee Juan Williams. RSVP requested by April 5. Registration is available online at jlc.org/support or call (215) 625-0551.
Support Center for Child Advocates will present its Volunteers Training Workshop, "How To Handle A Child Abuse Case," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. This is a full-day, 6-CLE credit course, 1 of which may be applied towards ethics CLE credit. Register at pbi.org. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz at email@example.com or 267-546-9228.
Scenic Philadelphia is hosting a get together for friends and supporters on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the American Sardine Bar in South Philadelphia at 18th and Federal streets, a convenient walk from Center City and a four-block walk from the Broad Street Line (Ellsworth stop). A $20 donation includes light fare & beer generously donated by American Sardine Bar and Kenzinger. There will also be door prizes and drink specials for the Scenic supporters! We have a lot of information to share about our recent activities. For tickets contact Jim Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-731-1775.
Face to Face will hold its 2013 Annual Auction, "Celebrating the Hospitality of Face to Face," on Saturday, April 13 at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, Wyncote. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an auction. All the proceeds will support the programs provided by Face to Face, which benefit the residents of the Germantown community. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. To learn more about attending, sponsoring or donating to this event contact Susan O'Hagan Marley, director of development at Face to Face at (215)849-0179 or email@example.com.
HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Golden Door Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. This year's event is themed "For the Children," the answer given by most immigrants when asked why they came to the United States. At this event, HIAS will honor Albert Boscov and Lenin Agudo, District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Resa Rudney, and the Dr. Zam Lam Thang Family. Musical guests Art Myron, the High School of Creative and Performing Arts Jazz Quintet and the Refugee Youth Violin Ensemble will be featured at the event. Individual tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online at www.hiaspa.org/events/golden-door-2013. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Marisa Falcon, development and communications coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-832-0940.
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will present a free CLE training program "Deed Transfers: Drafting Basics," on Friday, April 26 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, One Logan Square, Suite 2000, Philadelphia. Steven Rothberg, president, General Land Division, First American Title Insurance Company, is the instructor. The training is intended for deed-drafting novices and will cover the basic types of deeds and drafting essentials, with an emphasis on the drafting needs of VIP's low-income clients. By obtaining record ownership of their properties, low-income Philadelphians are eligible for payment plans for delinquent real estate taxes and mortgage modifications and can qualify for city-run home repair programs. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 1 free CLE credit if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Please register online at phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form.
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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