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May 6, 2013
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Vol. 14, No. 39
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Low-Income Pennsylvanians
to Testify on Civil Justice Gap
at May 7 Pa. Senate Hearing

Low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them will testify along with community and business leaders and judges at a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing, "Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice?" on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B in the East Wing of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks) will chair the hearing....READ MORE
 

Low-Income Residents to Testify on Civil Justice Gap May 7

Low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them will testify along with community and business leaders and judges at a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing, "Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice?" on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B in the East Wing of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks) will chair the hearing.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark decision Gideon v. Wainwright establishing the right to counsel for the indigent in serious criminal matters. Few such Gideon-type rights have been recognized in civil matters where basic human needs such as shelter, safety, health, sustenance and child custody are at stake. Meanwhile, the demand has surged for civil legal representation on behalf of the poor, whose ranks have swelled following one of the worst recessions in the nation's history. Those needs have been largely unmet due to a "perfect storm" of sustained, repeated and severe cuts in federal and state funding and a tight private fund-raising environment that have resulted in layoffs of legal aid staff and office closings. The gulf between client need and availability of legal help has been termed "the civil justice gap."

State and national studies estimate that a staggering 80 percent of critical legal needs of low-income people go unmet due to grossly insufficient funding and support.

The purpose of the public hearing is to explore and create awareness of the current state and scope of the unmet need for civil legal services by low-income Pennsylvanians confronting legal problems involving basic human needs.

Public interest agency clients with serious legal problems impacting their basic human needs and those of their families – individuals without access to an attorney or who otherwise could not have been helped without access to an attorney – will share their personal stories of struggle at the hearing. Additionally, key stakeholders will testify regarding the legal community's ethical obligations to the civil side of justice and discuss the adverse impact of the growing civil justice gap, including the economic and social harm (direct and/or indirect) when critical legal needs are unmet as well as the economic and social benefits to the community when such needs are met.

It is anticipated that the hearing will elicit information about how the substantial number of unrepresented litigants in civil legal matters adversely impacts the quality of justice for all parties in Pennsylvania courts, increases the amount of litigation and undermines the rule of law. Additionally, the hearing is expected to explore how the unmet need for civil legal assistance is profoundly impacting vulnerable Pennsylvanians and costing taxpayers millions of dollars by increasing homelessness, failing to prevent domestic violence and increasing poverty. In these difficult economic times, current funding is inadequate to meet the critical need for civil legal assistance in the state.

"Equal access to legal representation is one of the most critical justice issues we face today," said Senator Greenleaf. "I am pleased to see the Commonwealth's legal community come together to offer their insights and recommendations to the Judiciary Committee on this important matter. In recent years, we have seen the number of individuals seeking assistance increase and funding disappear due to the economic downturn. I would like to thank the Bar Associations of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania for their dedicated work for equal access to justice for all Pennsylvanians."

The 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association and 28,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association are among the organizations that are part of a broad-based "Civil Legal Justice Coalition" created to work collaboratively on exploring strategies to improve access to justice. The Honorary Chair of the Coalition is Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille.

Among those expected to testify at the hearing are a number of low-income clients, and key stakeholders including Thomas G. Wilkinson, President, Pennsylvania Bar Association; Samuel W. Milkes, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.); Hon. Chester T. Harhut, Judge, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, and President of the PLAN, Inc. Board of Directors; Hon. Todd A. Hoover, President Judge, Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas; Rhodia D. Thomas, Executive Director of MidPenn Legal Services; Bill Rothman, Founder, RSR Realtors; Andrew F. Susko, Chair, Pennsylvania Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board; and Elaine Strokoff, Executive Director, Downtown Daily Bread.

A second Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., in the 11th floor Conference Center.

Business Valuations and Valuing the Negative Estate May 6

The Family Law Section will discuss business valuations and valuing the negative estate at its Monday, May 6 meeting.

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.

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. Speakers include Lynn A. Marks, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and co-chair, Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness; Roberta Liebenberg, Fine, Kaplan & Black; co-chair, Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness; Judge Doris A. Smith-Ribner, former judge, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court; former member of Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness; and Helen Casale of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, member, Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

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.

How to Obtain an Interpreter for Deaf May 7

P.J. Mattiaci of Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc. will discuss how to obtain an interpreter, how to use an interpreter and situations in which deaf people are discriminated against by the failure to provide an interpreter at the Tuesday, May 7 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Lethal Exposures in Workers' Comp Claims CLE

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Lethal Occupational Exposures in Workers' Compensation Claims" on Friday, May 10.

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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to purchase for lunch.

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.

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.

Complex Tort Trial Task Force to Meet May 15

Join Chancellor Kathleen Wilkinson and Task Force Chairs Sean O'Donnell and Joe Rich on Wednesday, May 15 for an in-person organizational meeting for the newly created Complex Tort Trial and Insurance Litigation Task Force (CTTIL).

Chancellor Wilkinson has committed to developing a new Task Force, with the goal of a formal committee or section, to focus on the Bar Association's role in Complex Tort Trial and Insurance Litigation. This newly proposed CTTIL Task Force hopes to engage attorneys and judges to work on issues, programs and CLEs, involving complex property damage, recovery matters and non-personal injury contingency fee based tort cases; products liability, construction, negligence, and other tort areas; and Insurance litigation, coverage matters, including the areas of surplus, reinsurance and fidelity and surety coverage and litigation.

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

Proposed Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter and Christopher P. Dolotosky will discuss proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the rationale behind them, and the process for when these proposed changes may become final at the Wednesday, May 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

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

Benefit Corporations CLE May 17

The Small Business Committee will present the CLE program "Benefit Corporations: When the Bottom Line Includes People and the Planet (Not Just Profits)" on Friday, May 17.

The Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation Act recently went into effect providing start-ups and existing businesses with a new choice of entity. Learn what it's all about, and specifically, how it helps those businesses who are interested in achieving a triple bottom line. This luncheon CLE will provide details on this emerging entity and how you can help clients "benefit" from this new business structure. Click here to register.

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 ages 5-10 will love running in the free Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash. The 200-yard non-competitive 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.

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.

Antitrust Law Committee CLE May 21

The Antitrust Law Committee will present the CLE program "Certification in the Age of Comcast: What's Next?" on Tuesday, May 21.

Topics to be discussed include: must damages be measurable on a class-wide basis at the certification stage? Should a court deny certification where individual damage calculations overwhelm common issues? Is Rule 23(b)(3) satisfied when liability questions common to the class predominate over damages questions unique to class members? What will plaintiffs do where damages may be attributable to multiple types of anti-competitive conduct?

Click here for more information and to register.

Radiology Specialist to Speak May 22

The Medical Legal Committee will present "What You Always Wanted to Know About Radiology But Were Afraid to Ask" with Dr. Roger A. Berg on Wednesday, May 22.

Dr. Berg works part-time at Morristown Medical Center and part-time as an expert witness in personal injury litigation where radiological studies are involved. Dr. Berg has provided his expertise to insurance companies, lawyers, public defenders, prosecutors, and in a few criminal but mostly civil cases over the past 25 years. Importantly, Dr. Berg has reviewed and testified in personal injury and medical malpractice cases both for the defense and plaintiffs on numerous occasions.

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

AG Kane to Speak at Nonprofit Institute May 22

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for the 11th Annual Nonprofit Institute in Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 22 as we kick off this year's Institute with a dynamic keynote address by Honorable Kathleen G. Kane, Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Be there for a day of informative and energetic discussion examining the most current issues impacting the nonprofit sector. Click here to register.

Meet with Philadelphia Board of View May 22

The Eminent Domain and Appraisals Committee will host a dialogue with the Board of View of Philadelphia County on Wednesday, May 22.

Guest include Board Chair James J. McConnell, viewers Jane Scaccetti and Eileen H. Lynn and executive secretary Linda O'Neill. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Gun Control Debate CLE May 23

Former Mayor and Governor Ed Rendell will be the the moderator for the Thursday, May 23 CLE program "The Gun Control Debate."

Hear from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, representatives of the NRA and the Brady Center, and other advocates for and against gun control legislation! Click here to register.

Dandridge Among Diversity Honorees May 23

Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will be among the honorees when The Legal Intelligencer recognizes the Diverse Attorneys of the Year on Thursday, May 23.

Every two years, the Legal recognizes outstanding minority attorneys from across Pennsylvania. We solicited nominations from our contacts around the legal profession and received dozens of responses, all highlighting the impressive work done over the past two years by attorneys from all corners of the legal profession.

Dandridge and the others will be honored at a special luncheon in Philadelphia on May 23 at the Crystal Tea Room. for more information, contact Diane McCollum at 215-557-2335 or DMcCollum@alm.com.

Justice O'Connor to Speak at June 12 Quarterly

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) will be on hand when the award named in her honor is presented to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus at the June 12 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, a previous recipient of the O'Connor Award, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the event. Click here to purchase tickets at philadelphiabar.org.

The 2013 O'Connor Award recipient, 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. She also served as legal counsel to the Philadelphia Orphans Court before being voted onto the bench and practiced in the estates department at Ballard Spahr LLP.

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.

Judge Rendell, recipient of the 2004 Sandra Day O'Connor Award, began her legal career at Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she became the firm’s second woman partner. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1994 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1997.

The Association will also honor the newest members of the Year Clubs, attorneys who have been in practice for 50 years or more.

The June 12 Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here to purchase tickets at philadelphiabar.org.

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; iDiscovery Solutions;
Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; JAMS, The Resolution Experts;
Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; 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

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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.

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• 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: Millionaires Show Tough Love to Heirs

In this month's interview, we sat down with Stephen Pappaterra, senior vice president and managing director of wealth planning for PNC Wealth Management, to discuss the annual Wealth and Values Survey to gauge the opinions and attitudes of America’s wealthy. 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, May 6
A Day on Health Law (video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
The Strategic Negotiator
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About Ethical Duties and Attorney-Client Privilege (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8
17th Annual Insurance Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8
PLI - Leveraged Financing 2013
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 9
Paralegal Institute
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, May 13
What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know about New Jersey Real Estate Law (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Mobile Lawyer - Security Campus (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1 to 2 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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