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May 19, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 40
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All 11 Dem. Judicial Nominees
Were Recommended by Bar

Calling it a "positive endorsement of the Philadelphia Bar Association's thorough evaluations of judicial candidates," Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia Wednesday said he is "extremely pleased" that all 11 Democratic judicial nominees for Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court in the May 17 primary election received “Recommended” ratings by the Association’s nonpartisan Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention...READ MORE

 

All 11 Dem. Judicial Nominees Were Recommended by Bar

Calling it a "positive endorsement of the Philadelphia Bar Association's thorough evaluations of judicial candidates," Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia said Wednesday he is "extremely pleased" that all 11 Democratic judicial nominees for Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court in the May 17 primary election received “Recommended” ratings by the Association’s nonpartisan Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

"The hard work of our Judicial Commission helped Philadelphia voters make informed choices at the polls," said Garcia. "The Commission and its investigative division spent hundreds of hours investigating and evaluating the qualifications of this year’s large number of judicial candidates. We did this as a public service, as we do each judicial election year. It is great for Philadelphia that 100 percent of the winning Democratic judicial candidates were found recommended to serve by our Judicial Commission."

The Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges used television and radio spots, print and online advertisements, targeted emails and flyer distributions to educate voters about the Commission's ratings. The ads directed voters to a banner on the homepage of the Association's website at www.philadelphiabar.org that contained a link to print the candidates' ratings so that voters could bring the list to the polls.

Garcia also appeared on several TV and radio shows to explain the Judicial Commission's process and encourage voters to consider the ratings when casting their ballots.

"We wanted voters to know not just who to vote for, but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates," the Chancellor said. "The Philadelphia Bar Association is the one place for voters to find a thorough, unbiased rating of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and nonpartisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission followed extensive study and investigation by the Commission's own 120-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at www.philadelphiabar.org.

"The Commission rated all 45 candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel. "It was an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."

Chief Judge Lippman to Speak; Judge Rufe to Be Honored

Hon. Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York and a strong advocate for equal access to justice, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association's Monday, June 27 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Association will also present the Sandra Day O'Connor Award to U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe at the event. 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.

We will also welcome Hon. Bruce W. Kauffman to join us in saluting the distinguished careers of our senior members of the Bar Association as we induct new members into the 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs. Our two new 70-Year Club members, Albert Konefsky and George Ovington, will receive special recognition for their extraordinary record of service.

As New York's chief judge, Lippman has championed equal access to justice issues and taken an active leadership role in identifying permanent funding streams for civil legal services, strengthening the state's indigent criminal defense system, addressing the systemic causes of wrongful convictions, and reforming New York's juvenile justice system, among many other areas. Judge Lippman's four decades in the courts have been marked by a commitment to fostering a justice system that is independent, open, accountable and responsive to the people it serves.

Judge Rufe was nominated to the Eastern District by President George W. Bush on Jan. 23, 2002. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002, and received her commission on May 3, 2002. She received her B.A. from Adelphi University and received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Judge Rufe began her professional career as an assistant and coordinator in the Juvenile Division of the Bucks County Public Defender's Office in 1977. She was a deputy public defender with the Bucks County Public Defender's Office from 1980 to 1981. She served as solicitor for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency from 1984 to 1988. She served as a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 to 2002.

Tickets for the event, to be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purhcase tickets.

Chancellor's Forum on Profession's Future May 24

The Young Lawyers Division will present a Chancellor's Forum for all Bar members, "The Future of the Profession: A Conversation With the Law School Deans" on Tuesday, May 24.

Panelists include Linda L. Ammons, dean and professor of law, Widener University School of Law; Robert Bartow, associate dean for academic affairs and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Roger J. Dennis, founding dean and professor of law, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Michael A. Fitts, dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; John Y. Gotanda, dean and professor of law, Villanova University School of Law; Rayman L. Solomon, dean and professor of law, Rutgers School of Law - Camden, N.J.; and Robert Dinerstein, professor of law and director of clinical program at American University, Washington College of Law and member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Topics to be discussed include the changing landscape of the legal profession; increased use of contract attorneys in law firms; employment opportunities; reporting standards and requirements; training new lawyers and potential changes in law school curriculum; the value of co-op programs or a year of apprenticeship; law school tuition and students loans; and class size.

The panel will be presented by Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and moderated by Brian S. Chacker and Albertine Y. DuFrayne, past chairs of the Young Lawyers Division. Chancellor's Forums bring expertise, in-depth analysis and attention to critical topics affecting the profession and the citizens of Philadelphia. The event begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The event is free, but advance registration is required. Lunch is available for purchase for $5. Click here to register.

Chermol on Federal Court Appeals May 20

David F. Chermol will discuss "Federal Court Appeals - How to Set Them up at ALJ Hearings and How to Win Them in Court" at the Friday, May 20 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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

Utilizing Women's Initiatives May 31

The Women in the Profession Committee will host an informative discussion on Tuesday, May 31 on how to effectively utilize your firm's women's initiative and advance your career.

Speakers for the program include Deena Jo Schneider of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Lauren P. McKenna of Fox Rothschild LLP; Barbara Uberti Manerchia of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; and Caitlin Piccarello of Saul Ewing LLP.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Advising Clients Facing Collections CLE May 31

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Criminal Court Cost Collections: How to Advise Clients Facing Collections Under Philadelphia's New Court Payment System" on Tuesday, May 31.

Panelists include Bradley Bridge, Thomas J. Innes III, Rebecca Vallas and Suzanne J. Young. Registration, section meeting and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m.

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.

Those individuals not seeking CLE credit may attend and pay for lunch through the Bar Association. Click here to register for lunch.

Sections, Committee Plan Spring Events

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its Annual Commerce Court Reception on Tuesday, May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $85 for members and $95 for non-members and registration is required by May 26. Registration includes a beer and wine reception and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register.

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Spring Party will be held Tuesday, June 7 at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St. Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open-air deck. Registration is required by Thursday, June 2. Click here to register.

The Family Law Section Annual Spring Reception is set for Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia Hotel, 10 Avenue of the Arts. The Section will congratulate Judge Flora Barth Wolf on her retirement. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $45 for employees of the First Judicial District and $55 for non-members. Click here to register. Registration is required by Friday, June 3 and includes beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Practical Considerations for School Employees Hurt on Job

Peter Marturano and Michael G. Dryden will discuss practical consideration for School District of Philadelphia employees injured on the job at a Friday, June 3 CLE present by the Workers' Compensation Section.

The course will provide insight into the unique workers' compensation programs and procedures pertaining to injured employees of the School District of Philadelphia. The speakers will address such topics as the initial claim process, credits for sick and vacation time, panel medical care, the overlay with other health insurance, the right to continued employment, the light duty program, applicable union rules, and settlements. All topics will be discussed from the perspective of both the injured worker and the School District.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 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.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Quarterly Meeting in September.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Maria Feeley is chairing this year's Brennan Award Committee. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider.

All nominations must be received no later than Monday, June 6.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting June 7

S. Stacy Eastland and Thomas W. Ostrander will discuss family limited partnership planning and litigation strategies at the Probate and Trust Law Section's Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, June 7.

These experienced practitioners will explore the reasons for creating Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs), the advantages to creating FLPs, planning opportunities that utilize FLPs and litigation strategies that may be utilized so that a FLP survives an audit.

The CLE will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45. Click here to register online.

Women's Images and Issues of the 20th Century June 7

Catherine Gourley, award-winning author and National Women's History Project affiliate, will present "Women's Images and Issues of the 20th Century: An Interactive Program on How Popular Culture Portrayed Women Throughout the 20th Century" on Tuesday, June 7. (Photo by Stephen Barrett)

Stories of women who either exemplified conventional behaviors or changed them are presented in a fascinating slide show. With a focus on primary-source photographs, illustrations and moving images, this program will examines the influence of popular culture on our perceptions of women and women's issues in the 20th century. The program is co-sponsored by the Women's Rights Committee, Women in the Profession Committee and Young Lawyers Division.

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

Drafting Valuation Clauses June 9

The Business Planning Committee of the Probate and Trust Section will discuss drafting valuation clauses for S corporations and other entities at its Thursday, June 9 meeting.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the offices of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Please RSVP to DCarey@DReardonLaw.com or Nina.Stryker@obermayer.com.

Rendell is Keynote Speaker at June 10 Federal Bench-Bar

Former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell will deliver keynote remarks at the Friday, June 10 Federal Bench-Bar Conference presented by the Federal Courts Committee.

The conference will also feature state-of-the-court remarks from incoming Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The conference includes four panel discussions.

U.S. District Court Judges Gene E.K. Pratter (moderator), John R. Padova and Berle M. Schiller are among the panelists for "Ethical Do's and Don'ts in Federal Court." Other panelists include Stephen D. Brown, Barry I. Gross, Gina M. Smith and Dennis R. Suplee.

The panel for the discussion "MDL Litigation and Lead Counsel Selection: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know" includes U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Bryan L. Clobes, moderator Roberta D. Liebenberg and Barbara T. Sicalides.

"Deconstructing the Sentencing Guidelines" features panelists U.S. District Court Judge Mary A. McLaughlin, Ronald H. Levine, moderator Jeffrey M. Lindy and Robert A. Zauzmer.

U.S. Magistrate Judges Linda K. Caracappa and Henry S. Perkin, along with moderator Bryan P. Werely, are the panelists for "What Your Magistrate Can Do For You."

The program concludes with Reports on the State of the Court by Judge Joyner, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz. The lunch reception with Gov. Rendell follows the program at 12:15 p.m. and does not include CLE credit.

Two substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available at the Federal Bench-Bar Conference, which will be held at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m. to register.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 28 at ACE Club

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, June 28 at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., presented by Barroway, Topaz, Kessler, Meltzer & Check.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails. For those wishing to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, tickets are $125.

The ACE Club is a 7,500-yard, par 72 course featuring rolling topography, streams, lakes, trees, open ground, wetland habitat, natural rock outcroppings and historic architectural sites.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. For more information about registration or sponsorship, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit philabarfoundation.org.

Registation Now Open for Bench-Bar at Harrah's

Registration is now open for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here to register.

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

Registration for members is $349 if booked by Sept. 16. For non-members, registration is $399. Members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys can attend for $199. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.

For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 24 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members. Click here to register.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, June 8, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13, 12 to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, July 5, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, June 7, 3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

CLS Breakfast of Champions June 3

Community Legal Services (CLS) will hold its 22nd annual Breakfast of Champions on Friday, June 3 at 8 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia.

The Breakfast of Champions launches CLS' Bar Campaign, which annually raises nearly $400,000 from law firms to support CLS’ work providing access to justice to low-income Philadelphians. The event is sponsored by The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

At this year's Breakfast of Champions, CLS will honor Ballard Spahr LLP with the Champion of Justice Award. CLS will also present Equal Justice Awards to Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety at the City of Philadelphia and Kerry Smith, staff attorney at CLS' Consumer Unit.

The Hon. Pamela Pryor Dembe, president judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will give the morning's keynote address. Online registration for CLS’ Breakfast of Champions is available at cls2011breakfastofchampions.eventbrite.com.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP’s 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia’s legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP’s 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

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 register 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.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

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The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It’s a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on – all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

• The CLE program "The Future of School Voucher Programs in Pennsylvania" will be held Wednesday, June 1 from 12 to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance, The program will be available via live simulcast at various locations throughout Pennsylvania. This program will feature a discussion by a panel of experts on the core legal issues in Senate Bill 1 and address the mechanics of voucher programs, including various models from around the nation, accountability and performance standards and religious school and constitutional issues. The program includes lunch and will provide three hours of substantive CLE credits. This program is cosponsored by PBI and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest Section. For more information call 1-800-932-4637, or register online at www.pbi.org.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania will present "Voices of Freedom" on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m., at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. Come hear ACLU clients talk about how they have fought for their rights and won. This event is open to everyone - you do not need to be a current ACLU member or a lawyer! Light food and drinks will be served. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets call 215-592-1513, x124 or visit www.aclupa.org/voices.

Philadelphia VIP will present its summer pro bono program on mortgage foreclosure on Friday, June 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. This program is for law students only (no CLE credit), who will be given the opportunity to shadow an attorney during a conciliation conference after they complete the training. To register, call 215-523-9567 or e-mail jvolunteer@phillyvip.org.

The Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series" every Friday from June 2 through Aug. 4 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. These programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area.

Dine In, Help Needy in North Philadelphia During May

This month, the Philadelphia Bar Association, Iron Chef Jose Garces, and St. Christopher's Foundation for Children encourage members and colleagues to forgo one day or night of dining out, and join together to "Dine In" and "Help Out" by donating dollars you would have spent at a restaurant to help bring affordable, fresh, healthy food to North Philadelphia families that are starving for nutrition.

"We can spend $50, $75 or $100 on a single dinner out, without blinking. Meanwhile, many families in North Philadelphia don’t even dream of going out to eat at a restaurant; they have to stretch that kind of food budget over weeks. And too often, healthy foods don't make it onto the table – or even into the neighborhood – due to high costs and access barriers in a pervasive food swamp," said Jan Shaeffer, executive director of St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization that works to support the health and well-being of children in North Philadelphia.

"To reconcile that disparity, the Foundation came up with the idea for "Dine In, Help Out" – a one-month movement that will materialize as hundreds of "Dine Ins" across the region, helping thousands of North Philadelphia children and their families who are, quite literally, starving for nutrition," said Shaeffer.

"Dine In" hosts sign up online at www.DineInHelpOut.org, and contribute to the cause by inviting friends and family to their homes and providing a communal meal. In turn, "Dine In" guests are encouraged to donate dollars they would have spent at restaurants to St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, in support of the Farm to Families fresh food share program in North Philadelphia. For more information, visit DineInHelpOut.org.

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