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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 38
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35th Annual Bar 5K May 18 at Memorial Hall; Register Now

The 35th annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, May 18 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park with more than 1,000 runners and walkers expected to participate. The 5K benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates. The 5K begins at Memorial Hall (4231 North Concourse Drive) in Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m. The 5K Walk begins at 8:35 a.m. The registration fee for Bar Association members is $35. General registration for the 5K Walk is $35. Click here to register.

There is no fee to compete in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney 200-Yard Kids Dash. Children ages 5 to 10 will love running in this free, non-competitive event. All participants will receive a race give-a-way. Child-friendly activities will be offered all morning. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present. Click here to register.
 

Authors Seek Input on Cultural Issues in Business

The authors of a new American Bar Association-sponsored book need your help on the challenges lawyers face in a world that is growing smaller with the increasing interaction of various cultures.

Former Philadelphia Inquirer staffer Tom Belden and Terri Morrison, a leading authority on cultural issues in doing business around the world, need help with research for the book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The book is scheduled for publication in early 2015. Morrison has published many versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands." The books make fascinating reading as they detail how the cultural differences of more than 60 countries worldwide require different etiquette and protocol in order to succeed in international business settings. The books have sold more than 300,000 copies, which means they have been used by an untold number of business people and business students.

Last year, Morrison successfully applied to the ABA publications branch for its support in compiling a similar guide for American lawyers who increasingly must deal with a variety of cultures in depositions, courtrooms and other legal settings. She talked about the project at the ABA International Law conference in New York in April.

A standard questionnaire is the starting point for the research and can be found at by clicking here.

More information about Morrison and the other versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands" can
be found at her Web site www.kissboworshakehands.com. The authors are looking for as many lawyers and other legal professionals with experience in this area to complete the questionnaire.

Superintendent on Future of Public Schools May 12

On Monday, May 12, Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, will join members of the Young Lawyers Division for a discussion that will touch on issues of interest to Philadelphia's young lawyers that currently have or may soon have school-aged children.

Dr. Hite will speak about his Action Plan 2.0 and his vision for the future of Philadelphia's public schools, as well as field questions from those in attendance.

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. There is no cost if you wish to bring your own lunch but advance registration is required. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Dividing Employment-Based Marital Assets May 12

Certified Public Accountant Mitchell E. Benson will discuss dividing employment-based marital assets at the Monday, May 12 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Pennsylvania Civil Forfeiture CLE May 12

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society will present the CLE program "Civil Forfeiture in Pennsylvania: Is Possession Still 9/10ths of the Law?" on Monday, May 12.

The faculty for the program is Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt. The CLE begins at 4:30 p.m. at Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Widener Building, 9th Floor, 1339 Chestnut St. A reception follows at 5:30 p.m. with Historical Society members, Commonwealth Court judges and staff.

To register, send your payment (payable to Commonwealth Court Historical Society) to the Society’s Treasurer, Vincent Mancini, Esq., at 414 East Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063 by May 7, 2014. Please include your name, attorney ID number, phone number, email address and mailing address. Tuition is $40 for Historical Society members and $60 for non-members.

ABA Women Rainmakers Workshop May 12

The ABA Women Rainmakers Spring workshop "Negotiate Your Way To Success: Best Practices For Women Rainmakers" will be held Monday, May 12.

In this interactive moderated workshop, Natalie Klyashtorny of Nochumson P.C. will lead a discussion on the necessary steps female attorneys must take for strategic and effective negotiations on behalf of themselves and their clients.

The free workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. at Nochumson P.C., 123 S. Broad St., Suite 1600 and lunch will be provided. Advanced registration is necessary. Click here to register.

Lawyers' Club Reception for Federal Judges May 12

The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia will honor the federal magistrate judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Monday, May 12 in the Hon. Edward R. Becker Lobby at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market streets.

Attendees also can meet the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Bankruptcy Court judges. The reception begins at 5:45 p.m. Tickets for guests of members are $50 per person. Guests must be members of the bar. To RSVP, please email j.camiel@comcast.net.

Business Divorce CLE May 13

Disputes between the owners of privately held companies can lead to complex, expensive and heavily litigated breakups that can harm, or even destroy the business and its owners. In "business divorce," as in marital breakups, emotions are charged, loyalties conflict, and lives and finances are intermingled. Proper planning at various stages in a business life can help owners and their attorneys successfully negotiate this difficult transition.

Panelists in the Tuesday, May 13 Small Business Committee CLE "The Rise & Fall of Small Empires: Legal & Ethical Issues Surrounding Closely-held Companies at Times of Formation & Distress" will discuss the life cycle of a privately owned business, with a focus on managing attorney ethical issues at various stages in the cycle and drafting tips to minimize fallout in the event of founder disputes or break-ups.

The program has been approved for 1.5 CLE credits (0.5 substantive, 1 ethics). Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. and CLE begins at 12:30 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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

PBA Pro Bono Conference May 13

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Seminar "Making a Difference 2014," on Tuesday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A networking breakfast will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m. in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mechanicsburg. The morning session (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) will be presented live in Philadelphia at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Philadelphia, and simulcast to Mechanicsburg; the afternoon session (1 to 4:30 p.m.) will be presented live in Mechanicsburg and simulcast to Philadelphia.

This program offers 6 total CLE credits, 2 of which may be applied toward ethics. This program will begin with an ethics session on Access to Justice, featuring remarks by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and a panel discussion on the statewide hearings held by state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Other sessions include the State of Pro Bono in Pennsylvania; Immigration Law Pro Bono for the Non-Immigration Lawyer; Don’t Shut Me Off: the PUC Utility Clinic; Pro Bono Week 2014: Serving Those Who Serve (Ethics); and Job Readiness: Establishing a Statewide Pro Bono Expungement Program. Online registration is available at pbi.org.

International Currency and Successful Business May 13

Michael Taylor and Alex Eadie of Firma Foreign Exchange Corp. will address issues businesses must be aware of in dealing with foreign currencies at the Tuesday, May 13 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

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

Education Law CLE on Sexual Assault May 14

The Education Law Committee and U.S. Department of Education will present the CLE program "Prevent, Handle and Investigate Complaints of Sexual Assault & Violence on College Campuses" on Wednesday, May 14.

The two-part CLE seminar will focus on the substantive and procedural requirements of postsecondary institutions under Title IX and the Clery Act regarding sexual assault and violence. At this unprecedented seminar, officials from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the Clery Act Compliance Division will present substantive programs on institutions' obligations under Title IX and the Clery Act, and a panel of government attorneys, in-house counsel, outside counsel, and consultants will present various viewpoints on these issues. Click here to view the program flyer.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Committee of Seventy Election Program

Register today for Committee of Seventy's non-partisan election program to help ensure a fair election and smooth voting experience for Philadelphians on May 20.

Join a field team to monitor polling place activity, help settle minor disputes and flag election violations for enforcement authorities. Or, help staff the 866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection Hotline at Seventy's office to assist voters and document problems for response by Seventy's field teams and law enforcement. Volunteer trainings will take place from May 6–15 and are directed by Seventy staff.

For more information, contact Patrick Christmas at pchristmas@seventy.org or 215-557-2600, ext. 114 or click here for more information.

Chancellor's Forum with Sam Katz on Documentary May 16

Join civic entrepreneur Sam Katz for a discussion of his newest venture as a documentary filmmaker at a Friday, May 16 Chancellor's Forum. In 2008, Katz realized that Philadelphia was the only large American city that lacked its own historical documentary programming. Since then, Katz has worked to build and expand History Making Productions (HMP), an Emmy-Award winning production studio.

HMP's first ongoing series, "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment," documents Philadelphia's expansive history, and will eventually cover 14 episodes. Katz has recently launched additional documentary ventures, including "The Women of Philadelphia." This six-part series will tell the history of the city through the lens of its women, and will focus on different civic sectors in which women have wielded influence and agency.

Katz will discuss the processes and factors involved in the creation of historical documentaries, and will screen a recent episode from "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment." A wine and cheese reception will follow the formal program.

The program is sponsored by LawPay. The program begins at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The reception follows at 5 p.m. The cost of the event is $15 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $25 for non-members. Click here to register.

Barristers' Association Scholarship Gala May 17

The Barristers' Association bestows honors named for such luminaries in the profession as J. Austin Norris, A. Leon Higginbotham, and Cecil B. Moore, and provides scholarships to outstanding law students at the Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala, set for Saturday, May 17 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing.

This year, the J. Austin Norris Award will be presented to Scott W. Reid; the A. Leon Higginbotham Award to Hon. Kathryn Streeter-Lewis; and the Cecil B. Moore Award to Michael Coard. The special guest and master of ceremonies is Benjamin Crump. Individual tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased by clicking here. For questions about the event, contact Shabrei Parker at shabrei.parker@gmail.com.

Federal Courts Committee on Prosecutorial Discretion May 21

The Federal Courts Committee will present the discussion "Prosecutorial Discretion Under The Obama Department Of Justice: Thirty Years After The War On Drugs Was Launched, What Does The "Smart On Crime Initiative" Really Mean?" on Wednesday, May 21.

Speakers include U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, Chief Federal Defender Leigh Skipper and Jeffrey M. Lindy, a partner in Lindy & Tauber, P.C..

The program begins at 12:30 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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Jewish Law Day Celebration May 21

John Q. Barrett, professor of law at St. John's University in New York, will speak on "Justice Jackson, Nuremberg, and the Universality of the Hebrew Bible" at the 32nd annual Jewish Law Day celebration on Wednesday, May 21.

The program, sponsored by the Committee of Judges and Lawyers, The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, is a free program open to the entire community. The event will be held at the Jewish Community Services Building, at 2100 Arch St. beginning at 5 p.m.

This event is funded entirely through voluntary contributions. A reception will follow the program. Complimentary valet parking is provided. Dietary laws are strictly observed. To register, or to make a voluntary contribution to Jewish Law Day, please visit brandeislawsociety.org.

SeniorLAW Center Gala Honors Older Vets May 21

SeniorLAW Center will hold its 2014 Gala honoring older veterans on Wednesday, May 21, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

The Master of Ceremonies is Patrick Murphy, former Congressman, Iraq war veteran and MSNBC host. At this event, the SeniorLAW Center Champion of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Leon Bass and the 2014 SeniorLAW Center Partner of the Year Award will be presented to Cozen O'Connor. Joseph B. Silverstein, Esq., and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging will also be recognized at the event as the 2014 SeniorLAW Center Hall of Fame Inductees. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.seniorlawcenter.org or call 215-701-3203.

Preparing for Mediation CLE May 22

Louis Fryman and Judge Richard B. Klein (ret.) will discuss "Preparing for Mediation: The Mediation Submission" at a Thursday, May 22 CLE program presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. and CLE begins at 12:30 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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Women in the Profession Speed Networking May 27

Please join the Women in the Profession Committee for speed networking at the Tuesday, May 27 monthly meeting. Ring in summer with an informal gathering focused on getting to know one another. Implement what was learned at the April meeting about power Networking or bring your own networking techniques to the table.

The "speed networking" will include attendees spending five-minute intervals with each other in which they will describe their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee. This meeting will provide the perfect opportunity for those who are short on time to network with other Committee members. 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.
Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

12th Annual Nonprofit Institute May 28

Douglas B. Bauer, executive director of The Clark Foundation and Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania will discuss the current state of philanthropy and where it's headed at the 12th Annual Nonprofit Institute on Wednesday, May 28.

This 6 CLE credit program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Click here for more information.

Family Law Section Spring Reception May 29

The Family Law Section will welcome the newest members of the Family Court Bench and celebrate other dedicated court personnel at its annual Spring Reception on Thursday, May 29.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Lounge at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St. Registration is required by May 23 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $45 for court personnel and $65 for non-Section members. The Family Law Section Annual Spring reception is sponsored by FindLaw.

Probate and Trust Law Quarterly Meeting June 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE "Protecting Your Nest Egg: Using Domestic and Foreign Asset Protection Trusts to Safeguard Assets" will be held Tuesday, June 3 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

"Asset protection" has become part of the common lexicon of asset management, financial planning and estate planning. Increasingly, clients are seeking strategies to help them preserve and protect the wealth they have accumulated in the face of risk. As a result, more and more individuals are creating asset protection trusts, both domestically and abroad, in order to shield a grantor-beneficiary's assets from the reach of creditors. This course will help advisors better understand the frequently asked questions of when to use, where to situs, and how to administer an asset protection trust to safeguard an individual's assets.

Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

Chief Judge McKee to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 9

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.), a longtime jurist on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and now a distinguished neutral with Dispute Resolution Institute, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event.

The O'Connor Award is presented to 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 McKee was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994, and became chief judge on May 4, 2010. The former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. The June Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Click here to purchase tickets.

Insurance Coverage and Conflicts CLE June 10

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Insurance Coverage and Conflicts: Duties of Insurer, Insured and Counsel in the Tripartite Relationship" on Tuesday, June 10.

The program will explore the myriad practical and ethical conflicts and quandaries presented when a liability insurer agrees to provide a defense to its insured but at the same time informs its insured through a reservation of rights letter that there may be no coverage under the policy. Courts have provided little practical guidance to parties in the tripartite insurer-defense counsel-insured relationship as to how to handle their often conflicting duties. The panel will review the state of the law and focus on how best to handle complex issues as well as provide practical guidance on how to handle conflicting duties in the tripartite insurer defense counsel-insured relationship.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch is included. Click here to register.

Tax Section CLE on Partner Guarantees June 12

New Treasury Regulations were proposed late in 2013 and early in 2014 addressing partnership liabilities, disguised sales and basis adjustments. These regulations change how partnership debt is allocated to partners, including significantly changing the treatment of guarantees, changing the disguised sales rules and providing new rules regarding basis adjustments involving contributions of built-in loss property.

These rules, if adopted, could have a substantial effect on many operating partnerships, especially in the real estate industry. Expert tax practitioners will provide insight into the government's concerns regarding the existing regulations that led to the proposed regulations at a Tax Section CLE program opn Thursday, June 12.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 12

The Workers' Compensation Section annual Spring Party will be held Thursday, June 12 at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature the presentation of the Irvin Stander Memorial Prize to a graduating area law student. Registration is required by Friday, May 30 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open-air deck. Tickets are $45 for Section members and $55 for non-members. There will be additional $10 cost for walk-ins. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 16

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is excited to host the 26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, June 16 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Sponsorship opportunities, foursomes and individual tickets for golf or tennis are now available. The Bar Foundation is pleased to offer special rates for judges and Young Lawyers Division members, as well as dinner-only tickets.

Golf will take place on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. The Philadelphia Cricket Club also features grass and clay tennis courts. Please note that Wissahickon is a walking course, and carts will only be available for those over the age of 65 or with a medical note. Carts are available on Militia Hill. Individual golfers and foursomes will be assigned to Wissahickon by lottery if necessary.

Register today and help the Philadelphia Bar Foundation celebrate 50 years of promoting access to justice! Click here to register. For more information, please contact Alexander McDowell at 215-238-6334 or amcdowell@philabar.org.

Congregation Kol Ami to Honor Chancellor June 24

Congregation Kol Ami will honor Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo on Tuesday, June 24 at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. following a day of golf and tennis.

Registration for golf begins at 10 a.m. and tennis starts at 2:30 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:15 p.m. and the dinner and awards begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit kolamielkinspark.org or call 215-635-3110.

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Registration is available at philabenchbar.com.

Full conference early-bird registration rates are $379 for members and $229 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Early bird registration is available until Friday, Sept. 19. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. After Sept. 19, registration rates increase by $70.

Special Borgata hotel room rates are available for our Conference attendees. A rate of $189 (plus tax) for a king room is available Friday, Oct. 17 and a limited number of king rooms are available at $109 (plus tax) Thursday, Oct. 16 and $249 (plus tax) for Saturday, Oct. 18. You must be a registered attendee of the Conference to receive this group rate. Once you are registered for the Conference, you will receive instructions on how to reserve your room.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Projects and Programming Advisor to the Chancellor, is chair of the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include US Legal Support, Robert Half Legal, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Robson Forensic, Pain Management & MRI, Family Law Section and USI Affinity. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Upcoming Public Interest Programs, Trainings

• Community Legal Services' 25th Annual Breakfast of Champions, a gift from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, will be held Wednesday, May 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Broad and Locust Streets. This year's event will honor community leader and philanthropist Alan M. Feldman, with the 2014 Champion of Justice Award and will recognize the following individuals who will receive the 2014 Equal Justice Award: Dennisse Bones (Community Legal Services, Inc.), James A. Francis, Esq. (Francis & Mailman PC), and Marilyn Heffley, Esq. (Reed Smith LLP). The keynote speaker will be U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. This stewardship event is by invitation only and recognizes donors to Community Legal Services' annual Bar Campaign. To make a gift to the Bar Campaign or for more event information, please contact Lisa Verges at lverges@clsphila.org or 215-981-3743.

• Philadelphia VIP will host its 19th Annual Summer Pro Bono Program, an event geared toward law school students at the inception of their careers to introduce them not only to the mission of Philadelphia VIP, but to poverty at large and the critical legal needs of many Philadelphians. The program will be held at Thursday, June 5 at Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 10th floor, Wanamaker Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, visit phillyvip.org.

• Mazzoni Center will host its 13th Annual Trans-Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Thursday, June 12 through Saturday, June 14. This free conference will offer three full days of workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people, communities and allies, including a free legal clinic on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information is available at www.trans-health.org.

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.

PNC Perspectives: Emerging Markets, Global Implications

In this month's interview, we sat down with Sean Flynn, CFA, CFP® and Investment Advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to explore the roots of the emerging market woes, and discuss their financial market implications for the U.S. and global markets. Click here to read the entire article.

Communication Essentials and Ethical Practice May 16

Brian Baird shares a lifetime of concentrated study and practical application of successful communication techniques that have served him in the halls of Congress, in engaged boardrooms and before entertained and appreciative audiences across the country in a Friday, May 16 CLE program. Baird's proven method is built around six essential elements of effective communication and integrates these elements with research and theory into ethical thinking and conduct. Understand why and how these elements can be improved for you personally and for your organization. This 6 CLE credit program, including ethics, will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

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

Monday, May 12
Medical School for Lawyers: Into the Anatomy Lab
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, May 12-Tuesday, May 13
PLI - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2014: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know
10.5 substantive, 1.5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13
PBA Pro Bono Seminar: Making A Difference ...2014
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14
Practical Evidence in the Courtroom
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:10 to 4:30 p.m.

Prevent, Handle and Investigate Complaints of Sexual Assault & Violence on College Campuses: (AM) Compliance with the Clery Act; and (PM) Enforcement of Title IX at Post-Secondary Institutions
6 substantive CLE credits
9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 15
Claims Made & Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, May 16
Communication Essentials & Ethical Practice (PEG)
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 19
Bridge the Gap 2014
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

A Day on Health Law (Video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 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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