April 19, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 32
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Dr. Mary Frances Berry to Present
Higginbotham Lecture June 26

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon....READ MORE
 

Berry to Present Higginbotham Lecture June 26

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Dr. Berry is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous books including "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House." Dr. Berry was also one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement, which initiated protests at the South African Embassy in the successful struggle for democracy in South Africa. She was arrested and jailed several times in the cause.

Tickets for the June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon are $55 for Bar Association members and $70 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

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.

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.

WIP Newsletter Committee Meeting April 19

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with next publication of the WIP Newsletter.

Please join us on Thursday, April 19 at 12 p.m. at Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar, 2000 Market St., 28th Floor if you would like to become involved. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs Emily Marks at EMarks@kolsbygordon.com and Lauren McKenna at LMcKenna@foxrothschild.com.

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.

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.

PA Voter ID Coalition Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Philadelphia polling places on Tuesday, April 24 to distribute non-partisan educational materials on voter ID to as many voters as possible. The PA Voter ID Coalition is looking to send a very powerful statement about the importance of preparing voters immediately to make sure their vote counts when the law goes into full effect in November.

Interested volunteers can sign up online at seventy.org or contact Dan Bright at dbright@seventy.org or 267-861-6044. Two shifts are available that correspond to when the largest numbers of voters show up at the polls – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. If volunteers want to spend the whole day at the polls, they are more than welcome.

The Committee of Seventy will be in contact with each person who signs up with information regarding their assignment, training and where to pick up Election Day materials to distribute. If you have a group of 10 or more interested volunteers, please contact Ellen Kaplan at ekaplan@seventy.org.

In an effort to get the word out about Pennsylvania's new voter ID law and the Coalition's Call to Action, a Coalition Facebook page and Twitter account have been set up to get the message out. Click here for the Coalition's Facebook page. The Coalition’s Twitter account is twitter.com/PAVoterID.

Transitions in the Legal Profession April 24

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Transitions With the Legal Profession: What Does it Take to Successfully Re-enter or Transition Within the Profession?" on Tuesday, April 24.

Panelists for the program are Martha B. Chovanes of Fox Rothschild LLP; Melissa R. Margulies of Ballard Spahr LLP; and Sandra G. Mannix of Abelson Legal Search.

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 $8.00 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.

IP Committee Networking Event April 25

The Intellectual Property Committee will host a wine and cheese 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 25.

Don't miss this opportunity to speak to future attorneys interested in your area of practice. The event will provide an opportunity for these 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 feature a brief presentation by practitioners discussing career paths in intellectual property.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Click here to register.

Tax, Nontax Considerations CLE April 25

The Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "Choice of Entity: A Basic Overview of Tax and Nontax Considerations" on Wednesday, April 25.

When starting a new business, the owner(s) must consider what business form the business should take. One of the primary considerations in making that determination is the taxation of the entity. Various forms are available to the owner, e.g. corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and each entity is taxed differently. Further, within each entity form, different tax elections can be made. This CLE would provide a basic understanding of the various issues to be considered when selecting an entity and how each entity will be taxed for federal income tax purposes. Speakers for the program are Timothy J. Leska and Kristin M. McKenna.

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 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.

Informed Consent in Malpractice Cases April 25

Neil E. Jokelson will present "Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice and 'Informed Consent' in Legal Malpractice Cases" at the Wednesday, April 25 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

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 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Insurance Law CLE April 26

The Insurance Law Committee will present the CLE program "Insurance Coverage Issues Related to Sexual Molestation Claims" on Thursday, April 26.

This program will provide a concise and timely review of coverage issues and litigation strategies faced by attorneys investigating, pursuing, or defending claims of sexual molestation/misconduct against both individuals and entities.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. The CLE will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program has been approved for 3 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Click here to register.

Insurance Law CLE April 26

The Insurance Law Committee will present the CLE program "Insurance Coverage Issues Related to Sexual Molestation Claims" on Thursday, April 26.

This program will provide a concise and timely review of coverage issues and litigation strategies faced by attorneys investigating, pursuing, or defending claims of sexual molestation/misconduct against both individuals and entities.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. The CLE will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program has been approved for 3 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Click here to register.

Employee Benefits in M&A Transactions April 26

Frank B. Tripodi will be the featured speaker 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.

Clinical Trial Agreements April 26

Katherine Leibowitz will present "Clinical Trial Agreements and Minimization of Risk Primarily from the Sponsor's Perspective" at the Thursday, April 26 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

Topics will include indemnification, subject injury, trial data access, budgets, and other key provisions of the clinical trial agreement, as well as payment considerations such as FDA financial disclosure and the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

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 $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Equal Justice in Pa. Court System May 1

The Women's Rights Committee will present "Inequities and Securing Fairness and Equal Justice in Pennsylvania's Court System" on Tuesday, May 1.

Speakers for the program are Lisette M. McCormick, executive director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethic Fairness and Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

The program 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.

Compulsory Arbitration CLE Seminar May 1

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present a compulsory arbitration seminar designed for attorneys practicing in Philadelphia interested in becoming certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas compulsory arbitration program on Tuesday, May 1.

The faculty includes Todd M. Berk, Law Offices of Todd M. Berk; Joseph L. Hassett, director, Arbitration Center; Richard J. Hunigman, Katz and Hunigman; Virginia King, The Chartwell Law Offices; Stephen J. Negro, Snyder & Barrett; and Arthur S. Novello, Dashevsky Horwitz Kuhn & Novello, P.C.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program has been approved for 2 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Click here to register.

Bar Academy at Academy of Vocal Arts May 2

Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres in the company of the opera stars of the future in the bamboo-enclosed courtyard of The Academy of Vocal Arts on Wednesday, May 2. At 6:15 p.m., guests will be welcomed into the AVA's historic Helen Corning Warden Theater where Resident Artists will perform a selection of songs from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) which runs onstage through May 13. Afterward, guests can mingle with the performers and learn the behind-the-scenes details of the world of opera.

The program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St. Tickets are $20 for Association members and guests. Registration deadline is Friday, April 27. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants. Registrants may be contacted by the hosting organizations about future promotions.

To send program suggestions, please email Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Why Arbitrate? Why Mediate? May 2

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will present "Why Arbitrate? Why Mediate?" at its Wednesday, May 2 meeting.

This program will provide practical tips and useful insights into the use of arbitration and mediation to resolve your litigation disputes. 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.

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.

Reception for Commerce Court Judges May 16

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual Commerce Court reception on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Registration is required by Friday, May 11 and includes a wine and beer reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $85 for committee members and $95 for non-members. Members can purchase 10 tickets for $750 and non-members can purchase 10 tickets for $850. Click here to register.

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.

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.

Real Property Spring Social May 23

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Social on Wednesday, May 23 with guest of honor Department of Records Commissioner Joan T. Decker and special guests, The Building Industry Association.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St. Tickets are $35 for Section members and $45 for non-members. Registration is required by Friday, May 18. Tickets include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

Sponsors for the Annual Spring Social are Surety Title Company, LLC; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller' and Real Property Capital, Inc.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 8

Please join us at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, Aug. 8 when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m.

Seating will be located in the Terrace Deck (sections 418) at $30 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Click here to purchase tickets and enter the promotion code PBAN. Please place your order by July 9. Tickets are subject to availability! For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-218-5363. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. We hope to see you at the ballpark on Aug. 8!

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Revel in October

Register now for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, featuring more than 20 CLE seminars, 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.

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

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.

Barristers Awards, Scholarship Dinner May 18

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will host its Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Friday, May 18 at The Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St., beginning at 6 p.m.

This year's Award recipients are: Danielle Banks, of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, winner of the J. Austin Norris Award; Charles Cunningham, of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, winner of the Cecil B. Moore Award; and U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker, winner of The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Award.

Scholarships will also be presented to local law students. For more information please visit www.phillybarristers.com or contact Amber Racine at aracine@anapolschwartz.com.

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.

Eastern State Penitentiary Discussion Series

Eastern State Penitentiary will present a four-part discussion series that focuses on crime and contemporary correctional issues and features various guest speakers. Each discussion in The Searchlight Series will be open to the public for a fee of $5 and free for members of the historic site.

Monday, May 7, 6 p.m. – Prison Through the Eyes of the Falsely Convicted
An exonerated inmate describes his years spent in prison for a crime he did not commit. Pennsylvania Innocence Project's Marissa Boyers Bluestine joins the discussion to describe her organization's work to prevent wrongful convictions, including working with law enforcement to develop better eyewitness identification procedures and training lawyers how to address issues related to eyewitness evidence in court.

Monday, May 21, 6 p.m. – From Robben Island to Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei:
 Prisons as Tools for Political Repression
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site partners with Lantern Theater Company to present a discussion of prisons as tools in political oppression, and how these themes have been addressed covertly by artists living under repressive regimes. This event is organized in conjunction with LTC's production of "The Island" by South African playwright Athol Fugard, a play based loosely on Nelson Mandela's imprisonment on Robben Island under the apartheid government of South Africa. Aaron Levy of the Slought Foundation joins the discussion to describe the Chinese government's detention of political artist Ai Weiwei in 2011.

Monday, June 4, 6 p.m. – Lynne Abraham and the Case for a Robust, But Fair, Criminal Justice System
Lynne Abraham served as Philadelphia's District Attorney for 18 years. During that time she gained a national reputation as a strong proponent for law enforcement, the courts, and the prison system in their roles keeping communities safe from crime and violence. Says Abraham, "A robust, yet fair, criminal justice system, one that citizens feel is there to protect them and their communities, helps to counter the negative effects of helplessness and vulnerability, and maintains the proper balance in a civilized society."

Monday, June 18, 6 p.m. – The Social Cost of Imprisonment
Marc Mauer discusses the impact of changing drug and "tough on crime" policies on poor and minority communities in the U.S. During this discussion, Mauer will analyze current prospects for reform and their potential for diminishing the cost and scale of incarceration. He will also examine the social impact of the American criminal justice system as well as possible, and hopefully more effective public safety strategies. Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project and author of "Race to Incarcerate." He is frequently invited to testify before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and addresses a broad range of national and international audiences.

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.

Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. A critically acclaimed series of artist installations is free with admission. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children ages 7-12 (not recommended for children under the age of seven). The penitentiary is open every day, year round. April through November, admission includes "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. For more information and schedules, please call (215) 236-3300 or visit www.EasternState.org.

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.

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

• 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 Knoll furniture showroom, 2300 Chestnut St. For details, visit the AIDS Law Project website at aidslawpa.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

In 21 years of the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure has generated more than $49 million for life-saving breast cancer programs right here in our community...funded approximately 110,000 free mammograms for women in need...and raised approximately $17 million for breast cancer research!

Moreover, this spring the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Community Grants Program infused more than $2 million into our community for 2012-2013 to help stop breast cancer in its tracks!

These achievements in the breast cancer movement are a direct - POWERFUL - result of Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure fundraising! But, there is much more work to be done...more women to reach, and more lives to be saved. The Mother's Day Race on Sunday, May 13 is your opportunity to help educate, provide screening and treatment for women in need, and save lives in our community - while at the same timing becoming part of an incredible morning of honor, remembrance and celebration of our power over breast cancer.

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.

Order Philadelphia County Court Rules Today

Published by The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia County Court Rules provides the most current and comprehensive coverage of newly adopted, amended and rescinded rules in the county along with editor's notes and comments. Rules are provided for Civil and Family, Criminal, Juvenile and Orphans' divisions, an index for each section, court officials and staff directory and forms for each section and a CD-ROM of writable forms.

New for 2012:

• Administrative order No. 01 of 2012, Motions to Vacate or Reduce Bail Forfeitures

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-01, Mass Tort and Asbestos Programs

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-02, Capital Case Counsel Qualification

To order visit www.lawcatalog.com/phila or call 215-557-2453.


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