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May 14, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 39
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Berry to Deliver Higginbotham
Lecture at June 26 Quarterly;
Dalton to Receive O'Connor Award

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Past Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets...READ MORE
 

Berry to Speak June 26; Dalton to Receive O'Connor Award

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

Jane Leslie Dalton, who has served as Chancellor, chair of the Board of Governors and co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. 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.

Dr. Berry is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous books including "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House."

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

Montco DA on Identity Theft May 15

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman will discuss identity theft at the Tuesday, May 15 meeting of the Senior Lawyers Committee.

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.

Reception for Commerce Court Judges May 16

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

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

Preserving, Forfeiting Appellate Issues CLE May 16

The Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Federal Practice Committee present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Preserving and Forfeiting Appellate Issues" on Wednesday, May 16.

This panel discussion, led by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Fisher and U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, will discuss both practice tips and pitfalls involved in preserving and protecting the record for appellate review and will highlight issues affecting both civil and criminal practice.

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 1.5 substantive CLE credit. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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

Bribes in International Business May 17

Dennis E. Boyle will discuss bribes in international business at the Thursday, May 17 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The discussion will include the Foreign Corrupt Trade Practices Act, the new British Anti-Bribery Law, law of other countries and what is and is not permitted. What is a bribe and what is a permitted payment? Boyle is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Navy Judge Advocate with significant experience in FCTP claims and criminal and civil litigation. Additional panelists may be added.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

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

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

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

The registration fee for Bar Association members is $40. General registration for the 5K Walk is $20. Family registration for the Walk is $60. There is no fee to compete in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney 200-Yard Kids Dash for children ages 5 to 10. The Kids' Dash begins immediately after the Run/Walk starts. 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.

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

Race packets are available for pre-registrants on Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom St.

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

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

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

YLD Networking Happy Hour May 22 at Black Sheep

The next Young Lawyers Division Networking Happy Hour will be Tuesday, May 22 at The Black Sheep Irish Pub, 247 S. 17th St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP is not required, however, the first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket. Appetizers and drink specials will also be available. Network with members of the Business Law Section and learn more about the opportunities provided by the different committees within the Section.

Real Property Spring Social May 23

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

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

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

America Invents Act Overview May 23

Patent attorney Mark Vogelbacker will provide a brief overview of the America Invents Act at the Wednesday, May 23 meeting of the Small Business Committee.

The committee will also review initiatives for the remainder of the year at the meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the office of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Ballard Spahr LLP. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Please contact Julie Ward at wardj@ballardspahr.com or 215-864-8569 to register.

Choice of Entity: The Accountant's Perspective May 24

Peter J. Cordua and John P. Sullivan will discuss "Choice of Entity: The Accountant's Perspective" at the Thursday, May 24 meeting of the Business Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section.

This program will offer a review of how the various legal entities will be taxed for federal income tax purposes but will also focus on the practical realities of accounting and filing taxes for these entities, using real-life examples of good and bad choices of entities from the accountant's perspective.

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

Transitioning to Academia May 24

The Public Interest Section will present the panel discussion "Everything You Wanted to Know about Transitioning to Academia, But Were Afraid to Ask" on Thursday, May 24. The program is co-sponsored by the Family Law Section.

Panelists include Leonore Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Temple University, Beasley School of Law; Cathy Miller-Wilson, Visiting Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow, Villanova University School of Law; Todd Berger, Managing Attorney, Federal Prisoner Reentry Project, Rutgers School of Law-Camden; and Arlene Finkelstein, Assistant Dean for Public Interest & Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center. The panel will be moderated by Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Leadership Strengths Program May 29

Cynthia Pladziewicz will discuss leadership strengths as well as research on gender and leadership at the Tuesday, May 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Pladziewicz coaches, trains and advises lawyers and other professionals on business development, career and related issues. She is a licensed psychologist, attorney, and professional certified coach.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 6

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

The unveiling of the third portrait in the Arts in the Courts series, the Finishing Room of the former
Stetson Hat Factory, will be held at the event.

Tickets are $45 for section members and $55 for non-members. Registration is required by Monday, June 4 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open air deck. Click here to register.

Judge Rendell is Lunch Speaker at June 8 Federal Bench-Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will present "Oral Arguments – What the Court Wants to See and Hear" in her keynote remarks at the Friday, June 8 Federal Bench-Bar Conference. Click here to register.

The conference will include six presentations and begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. A total of 3.5 CLE credits are available.

The conference opens with the presentation "Cost Shifting and Cost Reduction - E-Discovery and Beyond" featuring U.S. District Court Judge Joel Slomsky and Steven E. Bizar and Anthony J. Bolognese.

U.S. District Court Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, Ronald H. Levine, Catherine M. Recker and Peter F. Schenck will discuss "Criminal Discovery in the Aftermath of United States v. Ted Stevens." The Stevens case and the Department of Justice report on the "systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence" will be discussed for lessons learned and how the investigations and prosecutions of matters will be affected going forward.

In addition to a brief update of developments in civil law, a panel of judges and practitioners will discuss, among other things, proper preparation for case management conferences, should you really file a motion for summary judgment and how to make sure that newer attorneys get courtroom experience. The speakers for this program are U.S. District Court Judges Gene E.K. Pratter and Eduardo C. Robreno, along with Catherine B. Slavin and Matthew A. Taylor.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich, along with Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz, will present reports on the state of the court.

U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III and J. Dennis Faucher will present "Mortals with Tremendous Responsibilities: A History of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" where they will discuss Judge Bartle's book and the evolution of the court.

A lunch break follows and Judge Rendell's remarks close out the conference. Tuition includes course book, breakfast and lunch. 
Registrations received three or more business days before the presentation qualify for the early registration discount. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 25 at Green Valley CC

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 25 at Green Valley Country Club. We are excited to announce that Wilkie Lexus of Cherry Hill has chosen the Philadelphia Bar Foundation as a participant in the Lexus Champions for Charity golf tournament. Thanks to the generosity of Wilkie Lexus, our auction will feature a spot on the roster for the three-day Lexus Champions for Charity tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any golf enthusiast.

If you are not a golfer, but want to be part of the fun, please join us in the afternoon for a round-robin tennis tournament. The day will be capped off with an open bar surf-and-turf reception and auction on the beautiful lawns of Green Valley Country Club. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is a presenting sponsor of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic.

Why support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation? The mission of the Bar Foundation is to provide equal access to justice for all. As a practical matter, access to justice only exists when education, representation and advocacy combine to allow people to take full advantage of their legal rights. In a position to look at the legal services community as a whole, the Bar Foundation is a key provider of both resources and solutions with the greatest impact on this ambitious goal.

Through the awarding of annual grants, the Bar Foundation provides much needed operational funding for more than 30 public interest law groups. Each grantee has a distinct mission: advocating for the homeless, protecting children in crisis, working with distressed homeowners to prevent foreclosure, protecting elders from abuse, preventing discrimination – the issues are countless. What these distinct groups have in common is the fight for access to justice. The Bar Foundation exists to support this common goal.

The annual Golf Classic raises substantial funds to meet our mission. The money raised at the Golf Classic goes directly into funding our 35 legal service grantees. Please join us in our mission. Click here for more information or to register.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 8

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

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

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

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Revel in October

Register now for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, featuring more than 20 CLE seminars, at the new beachfront Revel resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 5 and 6.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, JAMS, Robson Forensic, Lein Negotiation Counsel, Lexis Nexis, Iron Mountain, O’Neill Consulting Corporation, Special Counsel, Round Table Thompson Reuters Expert Witness Service, The Legal Intelligencer and the First Judicial District. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6342 or via email at tmccloskey@philabar.org. Learn more at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org.

Lawyer Profiles to Help Members Promote Practices

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

"Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles" is a new premium advertising opportunity available exclusively to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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

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

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

Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $150 a month. After that, the member's credit card will be automatically billed on a monthly basis.

Alternatively, members can join for one year at the special rate of $1,495 and save more than 15 percent off the regular price of $1,800. Members may cancel their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles subscription at any time without penalty.

To enroll in Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com, or contact Matt Hartman, account manager at ALM, at 215-557-2393, or mhartman@alm.com.

Don't delay: to maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available.

Volunteers Sought for Military Assistance Program

The Philadelphia Bar Associations honors military personnel and veterans for their commitment to our nation. The Association's Military Assistance Program (MAP) provides pro bono legal assistance to deployed and mobilized military personnel and their families as well as to veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Attorneys are needed to help service men and women make sure their legal affairs are in order, and to plan for their families in their absence. Legal assistance is needed in a variety of practice areas, including bankruptcy, family law, wills and estates, consumer, employment, housing and tax. For veterans, legal assistance is needed in the areas of veterans’ service related compensation, VA health care and discharge upgrades.

Clients can contact the MAP through a hotline that has been established in the offices of the Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). The hotline number is 215-238-6388. These clients will be matched with volunteer attorneys who have registered with MAP.

To volunteer for this program an attorney must be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania; carry professional liability insurance; and possess a willingness to provide pro bono services on short notice. Membership in LRIS is not required to volunteer for this program.

If you have any questions, please contact Association director of public and legal services Charles Klitsch at 215-238-6326 or cklitsch@philabar.org. Download the Military Assistance Program volunteer form by clicking here.

CLE at Citizens Bank Park June 1 Includes Game Ticket

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present CLE at Citizens Bank Park "Keeping it Real: The Legalities of Reality Television" on Friday, June 1.

The program includes 1 substantive CLE credit and a ticket to that evening's Phillies game against the Miami Marlins as well as a course book and a buffet dinner. Seating is limited and registration will be closed on Friday, May 18. Check in and dinner begin at 4:45 p.m. The CLE runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7:05 p.m.

To register, call (800)-932-4637 or visit pbi.org.

CLS Breakfast of Champions June 6

Community Legal Services' annual Breakfast of Champions will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 a.m.at the Doubetree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St.

The event launches CLS Bar Campaign and honors individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the cause of justice for all. The event begins with "Java for Justice" at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and the program at 8 a.m., at the Double Tree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St.

At this event, CLS will present the 2012 Champion of Justice Award to Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. CLS will also present 2012 Equal Justice Awards to Deborah Holden, Technical Assistant, CLS Family Advocacy Unit, and Daniel N. Reisman, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register online.

An Evening at Victor Café May 17

Enjoy an evening at one of Philadelphia's longtime cultural institutions, Victor Café on Thursday, May 17. At 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner, unique surroundings and great atmosphere while you hear some of the future great voices of opera and Broadway. The event includes a three-course meal, coffee or tea, tax and gratuity. Alcohol not included.

The Victor Café is located at 1303 Dickinson St. Tickets are $52 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 10. Cancellations must be received by Monday, May 14 to receive a full refund.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery

Spend an evening in Florence for a private tour of this unique exhibition from the Uffizi which makes its only East Coast stop at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown on Wednesday, June 20. The exhibition features oil paintings by legendary artists such as Botticelli, Titian, Tintoretto, Parmigianino, Cristofano Allori and their contemporaries, along with two tapestries from the same period. Be one of the very few who will have a chance to see these masterworks outside of Italy. An Italian-style cocktail reception in the Pavilion will be held following the tour.

The tour begins at 6 p.m. at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Transportation is not included, but may be arranged if there is enough interest. Tickets are $60 per person, including Museum admission, guided tour and reception. Limit one guest per Association member. Click here for tickets.

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

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

Barristers Awards, Scholarship Dinner May 18

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

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

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

Gov. Rendell to Moderate Election CLE May 24

Former Gov. Ed Rendell will moderate a panel of attorneys and journalists at the Thursday, May 24 CLE program "Divided We Fall: How Will the Presidential Election Impact Law, Policy and Politics?"

Panelists include political adviser and commentator Ron Christie; political communications strategist Penny Lee; U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan; and radio host and columnist Michael A. Smerconish. This distinguished panel will weigh in with their opinions on what might happen in the 2012 election and tackle the question: can the citizenry of the United States and the politicians in D.C. be reunited with a common goal to affect changes in law and policy that will put the country back on a positive course?

If you are interested in politics, policy, and the future of the United States of America, you won't want to miss out on this dynamic debate about where our country is headed.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here for more information or to register.

Christiana Resistance Symposium May 24

The Historical Society 
of the United States District Court
 for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will present "A Symposium on the Christiana Resistance" on Thursday, May 24.

In 1851, Lancaster County straddled the border between slavery and freedom. Home to many abolitionists, freedmen and those who had fled slavery, it was a critical stop on the Underground Railroad and fertile ground for kidnappers and "slave catchers." In the small crossroads town of Christiana, the violent forces at work were unleashed, resulting in what many see as the first shots of the Civil War. There, on Sept. 11, 1851, a slave owner was killed when four fugitives refused to surrender to a United States marshal who was proceeding under the Fugitive Slave Act to execute an arrest warrant issued by the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The public response was intense and extreme throughout the country. The South saw betrayal and that compromise was impossible while many others blamed the abolitionists. After the fugitives made their way to Canada, a group of 38 local members of the community were indicted for conspiracy to commit treason, a capital offense. The result was one of the trials of the century, held in Independence Hall and presided over by Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier and District Judge John K. Kane.

The symposium begins at 4:30 p.m. at The National Constitution Center, 
525 Arch St. A cocktail hour follows at 6 p.m. To RSVP, contact mkeys@welshrecker.com.

NASBA Convention June 28 - 30

NASABA's Annual Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network.

This year's convention will be held June 28-30 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information and to register.

Phila. Hosting Judicial Conference in September

The United Nations Associations of the United States of America Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Philadelphia Bar Association (promotional partner) will present "The Globalization of the Rule of Law" International Judicial Conference on Sept. 10-11 in Philadelphia.

This two-day conference will feature special guests from the International Criminal Court, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court, Interpol, the FBI and international NGOs. The conference will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. Conference details and registration information will be available soon.

Eastern State Penitentiary Discussion Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNC Perspectives: Administering Special Needs Trusts

The needs of a special child or individual are great and the demands on the family to care for them can be overwhelming because the issues facing families are unique and complex. In this month's PNC Perspectives, learn about Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), how to establish one, the unique challenges associated with administering such a trust, and some important considerations to take into account. Click here to read the interview.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

• The ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia Chapter will hold its Annual Meeting at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St. on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Jose Vargas, a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP needed. Contact aclupa@aclupa.org or 215-592-1513 x122 for more in information.

• The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the pro bono CLE program “Making A Difference: How To Do Pro Bono Without It Taking Over Your Life (and Practice)” on Monday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center, 10th Floor, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall). Register online at www.pbi.org.

• The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will host its 3rd Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Power Plant in Old City, 230 N. 2nd St. At this event, the Heroes of Justice Awards will be presented to those who made outstanding contributions to exonerating the wrongfully convicted. Minimal ticket donation of $125 per person is requested ($75 for public interest attorneys). Register online at www.innocenceprojectpa.org.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Order Philadelphia County Court Rules Today

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

New for 2012:

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

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

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

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

2012 State of the Commonwealth’s Courts

In recent years, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a report to the people on the state of the Commonwealth's courts. Click here to read the report.

This year's report highlights programs and initiatives that save taxpayer dollars and improve the lives of Pennsylvanians.

The report also explores the critical issue of underfunding that is crippling the nation's courts. The Pennsylvania judiciary had experienced nearly a decade of underfunding when, last year, the legislature and governor took a first step to resolve the courts' funding challenges.

Interestingly, Pennsylvania's courts collect in fines, fees, cost and restitution that are established by statute, much more than their annual state appropriation. However, that money is channeled to state and local governments for general use and does not, for the most part, flow back to the judiciary.

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille invites you to take a few moments to read the State of the Commonwealth's Courts and thanks you for your interest. Click here to read the report.

Practical Evidence in the Courtroom May 16

Need a crash course on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence? No problem! An experienced law professor or litigator will open the program by providing you with an overview of the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence. This refresher will lay a foundation for you in the activities that follow. Participate in a game of "What Is….Evidence?" with your host, Hayes Hunt, to put your evidence knowledge and skills in jeopardy. You will be called upon to challenge yourself on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence as you test your understanding and learn new tactics and techniques in this game show. This 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE program will be held Wednesday, May 16 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 12:10 to 4:30 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:40 a.m. For additional information or to register click here.

Upcoming CLE

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

Monday, May 14 – Tuesday, May 15
PLI - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2012: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know
10.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15
Appellate Advocacy at the Movies
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

How to Properly Document a Settlement Agreement (After the New Joint and Several Liability Law)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16
Medical School for Lawyers: into the Anatomy Lab
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Thursday, May 17
Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2012
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Professionalism and Ethics Issues in Workers’ Compensation Practice
1 ethics CLE credit
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2012
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Professionalism and Ethics Issues in Workers’ Compensation Practice
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, May 21
Making a Difference: How to Do Pro Bono without it Taking Over Your Life (and Practice)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TRIALS - Tips, Tactics & Tales (video)
6 substantive 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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