April 2, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 27
 

Register Now for 33rd Annual Bar 5K on May 20

The 33rd annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, May 20 with more than 1,000 runners and walkers expected to participate. The 5K benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates. Click here to register.

The 5K begins at the entry to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (West River Drive), adjacent to Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:30 a.m. The 5K Walk begins at 8:35 p.m.

The registration fee for Bar Association members is $40. General registration for the 5K Walk is $20. Family registration for the Walk is $60. There is no fee to compete in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney 200-Yard Kids Dash for children ages 5 to 10. The Kids' Dash begins immediately after the Run/Walk start. All participants will receive a Race give-a-way. Child-friendly activities offered all morning. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present.

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 6.

Neill W. Clark has won the Legal Competition for a record 13 consecutive years. His friends at Philadelphia Runner will award $200 to the first registered Philadelphia Bar Association runner who beats Neill's 2011 time. When you beat your 2011 Race time, you'll receive a Brooks gift at Philadelphia Runner. So, start training now to take Brooks home with you. All recipients who beat their 2011 Race time will be notified by email.

Pick up your race packet in advance when you register by May 13. Packets are available on Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom St.

Registered participants can receive 20 percent off Brooks footwear, apparel and accessories at all three Philadelphia Runner stores. Visit www.philadelphiarunner.com for store locations.

Silver bowls will be awarded to the first-place male and female runners in the 5K Run; Philadelphia Runner gift certificates will be awarded to the first-place male and female runners in each age group; and commemorative awards will be given to the first-, second- and third-place finishers, both male and female, in each age group. T-shirts will be given to all participants who finish the Run or the Walk.

Click here to register for the 33rd Annual 5K Run/Walk.

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. 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. 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.

Chancellor's Statement on Montemuro's Passing

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor John E. Savoth issued the following statement on the passing of former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Frank J. Montemuro Jr.:

"Justice Montemuro was a hard-working jurist who was well-respected by lawyers for his integrity, compassion, courtesy and devotion to the law," Savoth said.

"He was an ardent supporter of greater uniformity in Pennsylvania's court system to improve the quality of justice in the state. He was also a life-long leader in the Italian-American community, who exemplified the highest ideals of personal character and sound judgment. The Philadelphia Bar Association proudly presented its Wachovia Fidelity Award to Justice Montemuro in 2004 for his significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice. On behalf of the entire legal community, we extend our condolences to Justice Montemuro’s family at this difficult time."

A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, April 2, at St. Andrew Church, 81 Swamp Road, Newtown, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

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.

Judge Dougherty to Address Section April 2

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Law Division Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty will be the guest speaker at the Monday, April 2 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Technology Foundation's Tachau to Speak April 3

Susan Tachau of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, April 3 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Motion, Discovery Court Practices and Procedures April 4

A panel of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judges will present "Motion & Discovery Court Practices & Procedures" at the Wednesday, April 4 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

Panelists include Judges Sandra Mazer Moss, Marlene F. Lachman, Nitza Quinones Alejandro, Jacqueline F. Allen, Idee C. Fox and Leon W. Tucker. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 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.

PECO Green Roof Tour April 10

The Green Ribbon Committee will host a tour of the PECO Green Roof on Tuesday, April 10 at PECO headquarters at 2301 Market St. beginning at 11:30 a.m.

This event is open to Philadelphia Bar Association members only and lunch will be provided courtesy of the Philadelphia Bar Association. We will begin with a short presentation at 11:30 a.m. followed by the tour and lunch. Space is limited and preregistration is required by April 4. Click here to register.

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 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 the Diverse Media April 11

The Bar-News Media Committee and the Diversity in the Profession Committee will present "Meet the Diverse Media" on Wednesday, April 11.

Panelists include Diego Castellanos of 6ABC; Hank Grezlak of The Legal Intelligencer; Pamela Tsai, senior reporter, Epoch Times Philadelphia; Arturo Varela of Al Dia; and Irv Randolph of the Philadelphia Tribune. The moderator is Gina Furia Rubel. The panelists will share their experiences and challenges reporting on law-related issues while providing attendees with insights on how to become a better resource to the news media. The event will also include a discussion of local news coverage of diversity issues and the intersection of the practice of law.

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

State of Workers' Comp Claims CLE April 13

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "The State of Workers' Compensation Claims with the City of Philadelphia" on Friday, April 13.

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 and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 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.

Ethics of Representing an Impaired Criminal Client April 17

Gregg M. Blender and Bradley S. Bridge of the Defender Association of Philadelphia will discuss the ethics of representing an impaired criminal client at a Tuesday, April 17 CLE presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

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

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

ETFs: Current Legal Landscape April 19

The Investment Companies Committee will present "ETFs: Current Legal Landscape" at its Thursday, April 19 meeting.

Speakers for the program are W. John W. McGuire and Michael W. Mundt. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Judge Moss at Municipal Court Committee April 20

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Bradley K. Moss will be the featured speaker at the Friday, April 20 meeting of the Municipal Court Committee.

The agenda includes Municipal Court relocation; new online wage attachment procedures; an update on license procedures and issues and an update on appeal and lockout issues. Other speakers include Theresa Cannon, supervisor of the First Filing Unit in Municipal Court; Margaret Meehan, supervisor of the Judgments and Petitions Unit in Municipal Court; and John Joyce, operational manager, Civil Division, Municipal Court.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 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.

Employee Benefits in M&A Transactions April 26

Frank B. Tripodi will be the featured speakers at the Mergers and Acquisitions & Private Equity Committee CLE program "Employee Benefits in M&A Transactions" on Thursday, April 26.

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

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. The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Tree Planting Event April 21

The Green Ribbon Committee invites Bar Association members to participate in a Saturday, April 21 tree planting event to honor Earth Day at Graduate Hospital West Tree Tenders, 22nd and Bainbridge streets, beginning at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to bring round-head and square-head shovels, picks, sledgehammers, work gloves, a wheelbarrow and brooms if possible. For more information or to RSVP, contact Matt Olesh at molesh@foxrothschild.com.

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.

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference to be held at the new beachfront Revel resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 5 and 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.

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.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, Lein Negotiation Counsel, Lexis Nexis, Iron Mountain, O'Neill Consulting Corporation and the First Judicial District. 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.

Brandeis Society Scholarship Luncheon April 16

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation's Fourth Annual Scholarship Award Luncheon will be held Monday, April 16 at 12 p.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom streets.

This annual luncheon presents scholarships to worthy area law students. This year the following scholarships will be presented: Judge Abraham J. Gafni (Ret.) Scholarship Award; Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Scholarship Award; Brandeis Law Society Scholarship Award; Mayer Horwitz Esq. Scholarship Award; and the JEVS Human Services' Franklin C. Ash Summer Internship.

Glatt kosher meals are available upon special request up to one week prior to the event. Seats for the luncheon must be reserved by Monday, April 9. Tickets are $75 for members of the bar and guests and $37.50 for judges, law clerks, public interest attorneys, government attorneys, young lawyers and law students. Tables of 10 are available for $600.

The Brandeis Law Society Foundation is now using PayPal at brandeislawsociety.org to process ticket orders. Please note that your credit statement will reflect a payment made to PAYPAL BRANDEIS.

Those who would prefer to pay via check, please send a check made payable to:
Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation c/o Louis W. Fryman Esq., 1500 Market St., Centre Square West, Suite 3900, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Those who cannot attend but would like to make a donation to the Foundation can donate at brandeislawsociety.org or send a check to the above address.

N.J. Offers Electronic Registration System

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.

The 2012 registration and payment are now due. The Supreme Court is encouraging lawyers to register and pay electronically by offering a $5 discount of the 2012 fee to those who register and pay online. A $40 late fee will be assessed after April 27 but the $5 discount will still apply.

A User ID and temporary password has been mailed to the address on file for each attorney who has never used the online system. An electronic notice about the online system and $5 discount has been sent to each attorney who has previously registered online. To complete your registration and pay online, go to njcourts.com/attyreg, click on "Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center" and follow the on-screen directions.

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.

Equality Forum National Legal Panel May 4

Equality Forum 2012, marking its 20th Anniversary, will hold a National Legal Panel on Friday, May 4 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Kirby Auditorium, National Constitution Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee.

Professor William Eskridge Jr., Yale Law School; Professor Katherine Franke, Columbia Law School; Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director, Lambda Legal; and Janson Wu, staff attorney, GLAD, are the panelists. Professor Jennifer Pizer, legal director of the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, is the moderator.

LGBT civil rights are advancing culturally, politically and legally. The panel will examine the status of Prop 8, DOMA and other ground-shattering legal challenges to overturn LGBT discrimination.

There is no charge to attend the National Legal Panel program. For more information, visit equalityforum.com.

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: Business Succession Planning

The goal of a coherent and well organized succession plan is to transfer a business without damaging its operations, hurting the owner's family, or paying too much income, gift, estate or generation-skipping transfer taxes. Learn about the issues facing clients as they plan for the succession of their business and why so many owners do not have a plan in place. Failing to create a succession plan could undo a lifetime of work, leaving the owner’s family without a secure financial future. Click here to read the interview.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

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.

• Face to Face Germantown will hold its Annual Spring Auction on Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, Wyncote. Face to Face Germantown offers essential services to low-income and homeless populations, such as free meals, legal services and healthcare. Tickets can be purchased online for $40 by visiting facetofacegermantown.org. For more information please call Shana Kaplanov (215) 849-0179 or email shana@facetofacegermantown.org.

• 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.

• SeniorLAW Center will hold its annual fundraiser, the SeniorPROM, on Friday, May 4 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. from 6 to 10 p.m. This event will feature a silent auction, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at seniorlawcenter.org.

• The AIDS Law Project will present "Una Divina Noce" (One Divine Night) featuring the Las Cautivadoras Reinas de la Illusion (Captivating Queens of Illusion) on Saturday, May 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Bahdeebahdu, 1522 N. American St. Transportation from Center City and valet parking will be available. For details, visit the AIDS Law Project website at aidslawpa.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.

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.

Komen Race for the Cure May 13

Embrace "Our Race. Our Community. Our Cures!" with more than 40,000 registered participants at the largest, most successful one-day breast cancer fundraiser in Philadelphia! Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure takes place Sunday, May 13 at Eakins Oval/Philadelphia Museum of Art.

With your help the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate aspires to achieve approximately $4 million in fundraising for the breast cancer movement - including education, outreach, screening and treatment services for women in need in The Affiliate's 15-county service area. A 22-year Mother's Day tradition, the Race is a morning of deep emotions and honor, as well athletic competition as generations of men, women and children from the Delaware Valley and beyond unite to celebrate victories over breast cancer, honor loved ones lost to the disease and help end breast cancer forever.

Your participation does make a difference, and your loved ones, your neighbors, your children and grandchildren are counting on you! Sign up, fundraise and/or donate today at komenphiladelphia.org/race.

Bar Members Save 10 Percent on Shen Yun Tickets

After performing to sold-out audiences this season, including at New York City's Lincoln Center, Shen Yun Performing Arts will be returning to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia on May 8 and 9, just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, through magnificent classical Chinese dance and orchestral scores. Ancient legends and modern tales of courage and honor speak to the timeless values and themes among all cultural groups throughout the world. Don't miss out on this golden opportunity for a breathtaking experience!

Philadelphia Bar Association members can receive a 10 percent discount when ordering tickets by using the coupon code PBA. Click here to purchase tickets.

Mental Illness and the Criminal Defendant

There are various challenges faced by defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys when there is suspicion that a criminal defendant suffers from a mental illness. Understanding the nature of mental illness is critical when considering the potential role of psychiatric symptoms in the context of criminal behaviors. Issues related to the defendant's mental capacity to waive Miranda rights or to stand trial are common themes when issues of mental illness arise. This course will provide a psychiatric expert's perspective on psychiatric disorders, issues of mental competence, and criminal responsibility in criminal cases. This 3 substantive CLE credit program will be held Thursday, April 5 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 1 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, or to register click here.

Upcoming CLE

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

Tuesday, April 3
Cross Examination at the Movies
4 substantive CLE credits
12:15 to 4:30 p.m.

PLI - Pension Plan Investments 2012
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4
Performance on Trial: Courtroom Magic
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Work Product Limited Immunity and the Attorney-Client Privilege (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 5
What Every Estate Planning Attorney Needs to Know About Florida Law
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Mental Illness & the Criminal Defendant: Expert Insights That Will Help You Best Defend or Prosecute Your Case
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday, April 9
Secrets, Lies and Legal Drama: Ethical Dilemmas from your Favorite Classic TV Shows
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9 – Tuesday, April 10
PLI - 17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

*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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