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April 22, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 45
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Judge Anne Lazarus Selected
as O'Connor Award Recipient

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the Wednesday, June 12 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. The O'Connor 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...READ MORE
 

Lazarus to Receive O'Connor Award at June 12 Quarterly

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the Wednesday, June 12 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The O'Connor 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.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the program and the association will honor the newest members of the Year Clubs, Association members who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. As previously announced, Justice O'Connor will also be in attendance at the meeting.

Judge Lazarus was elected to Superior Court in 2009 and served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1991 to 2009.

Green Ribbon Committee Earth Day Happy Hour April 22

The Green Ribbon Committee invites all Bar members to a Networking Happy Hour to Celebrate Earth Day 2013 on Monday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tír Na Nóg, 1600 Arch St.

Locally sourced appetizers and drink tickets to the first 50 guests will be provided courtesy of Scarab Consulting. GreenerPartners has donated seven different organic herbs to be used in the food for our event. An extra drink ticket to everyone who brings a completed and signed sustainability pledge to the event. Click here for the pledge.

Education Law Task Force to Meet April 23

Please join Chancellor Kathleen Wilkinson and Task Force Chair Josh Richards for an in-person organizational meeting for the newly created Education Law Task Force. Chancellor Wilkinson has committed to reinvigorating the Bar Association's role in education law and its relationship with attorneys practicing in both K-12 and Higher Education law. The Task Force hopes to engage attorneys and organize programs that will provide real value to attorneys practicing in this diverse and varied area of the law, whether in private practice or in the public interest. The meeting will take place at the offices of Saul Ewing LLP, 1500 Market St., Centre Square West, 38th Floor, at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Sandwiches and soft drinks provide by Saul Ewing LLP. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18 to jrichards@saul.com.

Sentencing in PA State Courts CLE April 23

The Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines changed definitions in December and affected gravity scores for a number of offenses. Learn about the changes and what you can do to lessen a sentence or seek an alternative program and avoid incarceration at the Tuesday, April 23 CLE "Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts." Also learn about other impending amendments to the sentencing guidelines. Click here to register.

Lien Priority in Pennsylvania CLE April 23

In today's tight economy with creditors asserting their lien positions more than ever, PBI's "Who's on First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania" is a must-attend course for everyone who deals with real estate issues. Beyond the obvious mortgages and judgments, learn about the many state and federal tax liens and the variety of other liens that can encumber real property. You'll examine the law and practical procedures for handling real estate liens, title defects, and extensions, divestitures, resurrections and cures. Click here for more information about this Tuesday, April 23 CLE program.

Philadelphia Equality Bill Discussion April 24

The LGBT Rights Committee will discuss the Philadelphia Equality Bill at its Wednesday, April 24 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Please bring your lunch. There is no charge to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

Widener Dean Ammons to Address Women Brehons April 29

The Women in the Brehons will Linda L. Ammons, dean of Widener University Law School on Monday, April 29 at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 24th floor from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Dean Ammons will discuss the changing landscape and what driving, innovating, and developing business now means. She offers her perspective as the first woman and the first African American woman to lead Widener Law School. Please contact Maureen Farrell at mfarrellesq@verizon.net or 215.241.1263 or Siobhan Lyons at siobhan@brehonlawsociety.org to RSVP for the event. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Thanks to our sponsor for providing lunch, A & A Court Reporting, a female owned and operated business.

Lawyer's Coach, WIP Shoe Drive April 30

Phyllis Sisenwine, the Lawyer's Coach, will be the speaker for a high-energy, motivational program "How to Get All the Business You Want in Record Time" at the Tuesday, April 30 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Sisenwine works with lawyers to focus on client development and creating strategies to increase performance and profitability. 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 $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

The meeting will also feature the Annual Women in the Profession Shoe Drive. Time to clean out your closets and donate your new or gently used professional shoes to Dress for Success Philadelphia! For more information about the Shoe Drive, contact Stacy N. Lilly at stacy.lilly@thelillylawoffice.com.

Criminal Practice in Municipal Court April 30

PBI's "Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court" on Tuesday, April 30 is an absolute must attend program for anyone who ever practices in the Criminal Division of Philadelphia's Municipal Court. Get a step-by-step guide to courtrooms and procedures, and get an update on all of the Philadelphia "Specialty Courts" and programs and get certified to handle court-appointed misdemeanor cases in Philadelphia.

Through this program you will learn something that will benefit both you and your clients and gain an "insider's view" of criminal practice in the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Whether you are a new lawyer, a private criminal defense practitioner who could use a refresher on Municipal Court practice, or an ADA or public defender who regularly appears in Municipal Court, this seminar promises to provide practical tips, and updates. Click here to register.

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.

Delaware County Civil Practice Seminar May 1

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles B. Burr II will present "A View From Behind the Bench - Delaware County, PA Civil Practice Seminar" at the Wednesday, May 1 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Private Tour of Great and Mighty Things May 1

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an exclusive Law Week event as we enjoy a private curated tour of the new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, "Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection" on Wednesday, May 1. Bonovitz, Chairman Emeritus of Duane Morris LLP, will personally guide a tour of the exhibition, along with Ann Percy, the museum's curator of drawings. The tour will be followed by a special wine-and-cheese reception with Bonovitz at Stephen Starr's Granite Hill restaurant.

The collection, a promised gift to the Museum of more than 200 works by self-taught artists, reveals the power of self-taught artistic talent, the drive of the human spirit to create, and the wonders of highly original inner worlds.

Discover the visual strength and original beauty of these works by 27 untrained American artists, each with a moving personal story, many from disadvantaged, rural backgrounds far removed from the mainstream art world.

Attendees will meet at the Admissions Desk located in the West Foyer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, at 5:30 p.m. The tour starts promptly at 5:45 p.m.

Admission is $35 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 23. Cancellations must be received by Tuesday, April 23 to receive a full refund. Click here to purchase tickets. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Assisted Reproductive Technology CLE May 2

Learn about the burgeoning fertility industry and the future of assisted reproductive technology at the Thursday, May 2 CLE "Assisted Reproductive Technology." Discuss the legal and ethical issues surrounding assisted reproductive technology, such as the rights of children born from frozen embryos, the disposition of frozen embryos in a divorce and whether sperm donors could have child support obligations. Explore the ways individuals can protect themselves against legal conflicts which may arise as a result of assisted reproductive technology, including sperm and egg donor contracts and surrogacy contracts. Discuss the potential for immigration issues, such as international surrogacy and citizenship issues of the child. Click here to register.

Chancellor, Senior Lawyers to Meet May 2

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will meet with the Senior Lawyers Committee on Thursday, May 2 to discuss how the committee can best serve the Association and the community.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided but registration is required. Click here to register.

Internet Marketing for Lawyers CLE May 3

With the explosion of the Internet and social media, more and more lawyers are engaging in internet marketing or campaigns. The problem is that a lot of law firm websites are not compliant with state ethics rules. Hear from two lawyers who specialize in search engine optimization and the ethics of legal Internet marketing at the Friday, May 3 CLE program "Internet Marketing for Lawyers - Don't Leave Ethics Behind!" We will tell you what tactics work for professional services like lawyers, and what internet marketing companies won’t tell you! Click here for more information.

10 Years of Interbranch Commission CLE May 7

The Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness is a unique intergovernmental group whose mission is to implement the goals in the Final Report of the Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System.

The May 7 CLE program "PA Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness: 10 Years of Addressing Inequities & Securing Fairness & Equal Justice in PA's Courts" will address inequities within our Pennsylvania justice system and familiarize practitioners with the different policies and procedures the Commission is using to tackle these inequities.

Panelists include Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Interbranch Commission Executive Director Lisette M. McCormick, Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; and Women's Rights Committee Chair Maria Feeley.

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.

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 for lunch.

17th Annual Insurance Institute May 8

Earn 6 CLE credits at PBI's 17th Annual Insurance Institute on Wednesday, May 8 for a comprehensive, cutting- edge event, complete with information that insurance practitioners need to know. Join your colleagues for an opportunity to network and explore the latest in insurance law; hear what your colleagues have to say; and explore hot issues. 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 future Bar Association event, at which time the award will be presented.

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

PA Innocence Project Anniversary Event May 8

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will celebrate its 4th anniversary on Wednesday, May 8 at the National Constitution Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The Project will be honoring those who provide a voice for individuals convicted of crimes they did not commit. Awardees include Denise Foderaro Quattrone, a rare combination of activist and philanthropist as well as a proud Philadelphian, and staff attorney Charlotte Whitmore, whose role in the Project's first four years as a clinical supervisor and co-counsel on several pending cases has been invaluable.

Entertainment will be provided by two strikingly different but equally melodious voices of innocents, the renowned Philadelphia Girls Choir and exoneree William Michael Dillon. Dillon spent 27 years in the Florida prison system before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2008. He will be performing selections from his CD “Black Robes and Lawyers,” composed during his captivity. For more information and to register, go to innocenceprojectpa.org.

YLD Comedy Night with Myq Kaplan 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 Myq Kaplan, a finalist in "Last Comic Standing" in 2010. The early-bird deadline to purchase tickets is April 25.

Kaplan has appeared on the "Tonight Show," the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Comedy Central Presents," and "Conan," among others. His CD, "Vegan Mind Meld," was one of iTunes' 10 best-selling comedy albums in 2010.

"The Comedians" magazine calls him "a comedy machine, in the best possible way. The way that some machines vend soda or prevent other machines from killing future revolutionaries - that's how Myq Kaplan does comedy: relentlessly, methodically, unblinkingly."

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 April 25. The last day to purchase tickets is May 7. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after May 7. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sponsors include Leadership Gift - Blank Rome LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Volpe and Koenig, P.C.. Partnership Gift - Cozen O'Connor; Fox Rothschild LLP; and Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo. Friendship Gift - Chimicles & Tikellis LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.; Martin LLC; Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; Scarab Consulting; and White and Williams LLP. Fellowship Gift - Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C.; Law Offices of Bernard M. Gross; Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Key to a Winning Brief May 13

David J. Perlman will discuss "Key to a Winning Brief: Start With A Theme" at the Monday, May 13 meeting of the Business Litigation 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 $8.50 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.

Commonwealth Court Historical Society CLE May 14

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society is pleased to present the CLE program "Harm Caused by Access to Court Records – An Attorney's Ethical Obligations" on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m.

A reception with PaCCHS members and Commonwealth Court judges and staff will follow at Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Widener Building, 9th Floor, 1339 Chestnut St.

Speakers include Hon. Dan Pellegrini, President Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; Kristen W. Brown, Prothonotary, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; and Samuel C. Stretton.

To register, send your payment (payable to Commonwealth Court Historical Society), to the Society's Treasurer, Vincent Mancini, Esq., 414 East Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063 by May 7. The cost is $40 for PaCCHS members and $60 for non-members. Space is limited - please register early.

For more information, please visit www.pacchs.org.

Barristers' Association Soiree May 17

Each year, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia hosts an evening of appreciation to celebrate up-and-coming law students, practicing attorneys and jurists who embody professionalism, and dedication to the profession and the community. The awards presented include the J. Austin Norris Award, which will be given to Rhonda Hill-Wilson, the Cecil B. Moore Award, presented to the Philadelphia NAACP and The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award presented to the U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner. This year’s Soiree will take place on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel. Click here for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donate Sneakers at May 19 5K Run/Walk

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Committee is partnering with Community Recycling ShoeBox Recycling for sneaker donations at this year's 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

All of the proceeds from your sneaker donations will go to the SCCA.

Simply bring any unwanted sneakers to the event on Sunday, May 19 and drop them off in one of the collection boxes. For shoes that can be repurposed, consider putting a note and your email address into one of the shoes to track their trek via ShoeBox Recycling's SoleMate program.

E-mail us at GreenRibbon@PhilaBar.org with any questions.

PA Bar WIP Annual Conference May 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession 20th Annual Conference "You and the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession: Opportunities and Challenges" will be held Thursday, May 9 at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh.

The luncheon keynote speaker is women's rights and public interest advocate Sandra Fluke, a Pennsylvania native who received national attention last year following her testimony regarding birth control before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Click here for more information.

Von Seldeneck at Chancellor's Leadership Institute May 13

Join us for our Monday, May 13 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder, Chair and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. Click here to register.

For 35 years, Mrs. von Seldeneck has been a pioneer in the search industry and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates. She will discuss the value that she and her award-winning firm place on high-potential leaders with diverse perspectives and unique views, and share her personal journey and reflections on leadership. An audience Q&A opportunity will follow.

Mrs. von Seldeneck has received many industry and community awards and has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search. She was one of two founders of the Forum of Executive Women more than 30 years ago which today is the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia area. Prior to starting Diversified, Mrs. von Seldeneck served in Washington, D.C. as executive assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.

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

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the 
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 
There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar Conference at Revel

Registration is now open for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013. Click here to register.

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.

In addition, we are pleased to offer a special REVEL hotel room group rate to our Bench-Bar attendees. A rate of $179 plus tax is available Friday, Oct. 4 and a limited number of rooms are available at $149 plus tax for Thursday, Oct. 3. You must be a registered attendee of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in order to reserve a room at the group rate. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive instructions on how to make your room reservation.

Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Love Court Reporting; M. Burr Keim Company; Robson Forensic, Inc.; and US Claims Inc. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

The 2013 Legal Directory has more than 17,000 attorney and 1,600 law firm listings. It is conveniently indexed so you can effortlessly find what you’re looking for in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks County areas. Each listing is complete with name, full address, phone, fax and email and cab be accessed via print, computer, tablet or mobile device. The 2013 Legal Directory also includes corporate counsel listings, judges index, federal, Pennsylvania and county government listings, and much more. To order, call 800-722-7670 x2453 or visit lawcatalog.com/ld13.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

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

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

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

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392, or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

NJ Attorney Online Registration Center Open

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

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

Pursuant to Rules 1:20-1(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-1(e), and1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are annually required to pay an assessment and file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director with approval of the Supreme Court. The New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection ("Fund") collects the assessment; the money collected supports the Fund, the disciplinary process, the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Board on Continuing Legal Education (BCLE). If you did not receive your log-in information or if you have questions concerning registration and billing, please contact the Fund at (609) 292-8079 or CPF.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

In addition to the annual registration requirement, attorneys maintaining a plenary or limited license to practice law in New Jersey must participate in a program of continuing legal education (CLE) in accordance with Rule 1:42. Beginning with the 2013 attorney registration, a noncompliance fee of $50 will be assessed against attorneys who report that they did not complete the required courses by the deadline for course completion. An additional $50 (for a total of $100) will be assessed against attorneys who fail to complete their CLE courses within the grace period given pursuant to BCLE Reg. 402:1 and against attorneys who fail to report regarding compliance at all.

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

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• 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 mfalcon@hiaspa.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.

• The Arts & Business Council will hold its 2013 Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Vie, 600 N. Broad St. Among those being honored are Keith Joseph of Ballard Spahr LLP and Maura McKenna of Lexus Nexus, 2013 PVLA Volunteers of the Year; Melissa Blanton of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 2013 Business on Board Volunteer of the Year; and artist Claes Oldenburg, 2013 Anne d'Harnoncourt Award Winner for Artistic Excellence. Tickets and event details are available at artsandbusinessphila.org/awards2013.

• The Women's Law Project will present the 3rd Annual Myra Bradwell Award and Reception on Friday, May 10 at Independence Visitors' Center, 1 North Mall West, 6th & Market Streets. The 2013 Myra Bradwell Award Recipient is Maria Bello, actor and international women's rights activist and former telephone counselor for WLP. The event will begin with a VIP Reception with Maria Bello at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Award Presentation and Reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 for the VIP Reception and reserved seating for the Award Presentation and Reception, or $100 for the Award Presentation and Reception. Current members of the Myra Bradwell Society are guests of WLP. To purchase tickets visit womenslawproject.org.

• Regional Housing Legal Services will mark its 40th Anniversary with a Thursday, May 16 celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets. The purpose of the event is to thank and recognize everyone who has helped RHLS serve individuals in need. To register to attend this event or to make a donation in honor of RHLS visit rhls40.eventbrite.com. Information may also be found at RHLS's website rhls.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a free CLE training program on Homeownership/Probate on Friday, May 17 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Reed Smith LLP, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 2500. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Probate and Trust Law Section. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please register online at phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form.

PNC Perspectives: The ABCs of CLATs

In this month's interview, we sat down with own with Martyn S. Babitz, national director of estate planning with Hawthorn – PNC Family Wealth®, who assists clients in building long-term wealth plans that frequently include charitable giving strategies. We discussed one planning tool that provides several benefits to both donor and charitable organization, but is frequently overlooked: the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. Click here to read the interview

Upcoming CLE

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

Monday, April 22
Family Law Institute - 2013
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cybercrime: Handling the Computer Intrusion Case (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23
14th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who’s on First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24 – Thursday, April 25
Seventh Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute
10 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days

Friday, April 26
Trial Tactics, Tips and Techniques
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Abe Lincoln, Sydney Carton & the Art of Aspiration
1 ethics CLE credit
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri - PBA Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Law Marketing & Advertising Ethics - A Baker's Dozen of Hot Topics
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Fee Practices, Pointers & Traps of Fee Agreements
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Privilege Worth Protecting? Bringing Third Parties Into Attorney - Client Interviews
1 ethics CLE credit
3 to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Assisting a Colleague in Distress
1 ethics CLE credit
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Business Taxation and Tax Compliance
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, April 29
Contracts of the Rich and Famous
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Corporate Compliance and Ethics (video)
3 substantive/1 ethics
12:30 pm to 4:45 pm; check-in at 12:00 pm

iPad for Legal Professionals
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court
4 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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