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Vol. 14, No. 44
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Chief Judge Tucker, Ted Simon
at Federal Bench-Bar June 7

New U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker will discuss the state of the court and nationally known criminal defense attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon will present keynote remarks at the Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 7 at the Rittenhouse Hotel. A total of 4 substantive CLE credits will be available at the program....READ MORE
 

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 7

New U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker will discuss the state of the court and nationally known criminal defense attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon will present keynote remarks at the Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 7 at the Rittenhouse Hotel. A total of 4 substantive CLE credits will be available at the program.

The 2013 Federal Bench-Bar Conference is a half-day educational event that is always eagerly anticipated by federal court practitioners and judges. Attendees will hear panel presentations by both judges and practitioners on topics of current interest in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Following opening remarks by Field and Banks, U.S. District Court Judges Mitchell S. Goldberg, Cynthia M. Rufe and Gene E.K. Pratter will present "Identifying and Avoiding Judges' Top Five Pet Peeves on Summary Judgment."

Chief Judge Tucker and Judge Henry S. Perkin will be panelists for "Mandatory Settlement Conferences - Useful Tool or Antiquated Albatross?" They will be joined by panelists Joshua Bachrach, former Chancellor Edward F. Chacker and Ellen Rosen Rogoff.

Former U.S. Attorney Peter F. Vaira will moderate the panel "Making an Effective Sentencing Hearing Presentation" featuring U.S. District Court Judge Mary A. McLaughlin, Michael J. Engle, Ann C. Flannery and Peter F. Schenck.

Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Eric L. Frank and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will also report on the state of the courts. The program wraps up with lunch and Simon's remarks. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m. Visit pbi.org for more information.

Gun Control Debate CLE May 23

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

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

Perfect "The Close" in Pursuit of New Clients May 28

Learn how to define next steps and perfect "the close" in the pursuit of new clients with Lisa Peskin, CEO of Business Development University at the Tuesday, May 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

By asking the right questions and uncovering needs and "hot buttons" from the start, attorneys can better position the value of their firms and identify the necessary steps to turn prospective clients into actual clients.

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 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Shipping and the Port of Philadelphia May 28

Dennis Rochford, president of the Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Exchange, and James Roche, president of the Pilots Association, who will lead a discussion on shipping, maritime issues and the future of the port at the Tuesday, May 28 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

SORNA Update CLE May 29

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Update on SORNA" on Wednesday, May 29. SORNA (Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act) provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. SORNA aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. Join us to review provisions and updates since SORNA passed in Pennsylvania.

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

Civil Rights of Immigrants May 29

The Civil Rights Committee will discuss issues affecting the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants, with a particular focus on the "U" visa and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as "Deferred Action" or "DACA" at its Wednesday, May 29 meeting.

Djung Tran, principal at Tran Law Associates, where she practices almost exclusively in the field of immigration, will be the featured speaker. The meeting begins at 12:30 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 nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

EPA Regional Counsel to Speak May 30

Marcia Mulkey, regional counsel for EPA Region 3, will discuss the latest developments in federal environmental law at the Thursday, May 30 meeting of the Environmental & Energy Law Committee Meeting.

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 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Sections Plan Social Events During June

The Workers' Compensation Section, Real Property Section and Family Law Section have social events planned during June.

• The Workers' Compensation Section annual Spring Party will be at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., on Wednesday, June 5 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 31 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open air deck. Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for members. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional $10. Click here to register.

The Real Property Section, along with co-host the Young Lawyers Division, will hold its Annual Spring Social on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St. The Annual Spring Social is sponsored by Surety Title Co, LLC. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 4 and includes beer, wine and specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Click here to register.

The Family Law Section will hold its annual Spring Reception on Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The Section will welcome the newest members of the Family Court bench and honor Fern Caplan for her years of service as a custody master. Tickets are $50 for Section members and $45 for employees of the First Judicial District and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar. Registration is required by Friday, June 7. Click here to register.

Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly CLE June 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its quarterly meeting CLE "Trust and Estate Planning in 2013 and Beyond: The Impact of ATRA on Estate and Income Tax" on Tuesday, June 4.

Discover what's changed and what remains the same in the estate and gift tax universe. Hear about the income tax considerations relevant to estate planners, including rates, brackets and the new 3.8 percent net investment income tax. Click here for more information.

Border Security, Economic Opportunity June 5

The Immigration Law Committee and Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee will discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform: the Senate's "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013" and its potential impact on your corporate clients on Wednesday, June 5.

Speakers for the program are Immigration Law Committee Chair Wendy Castor Hess and Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee Chair Jonathan Landesman. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for Bar Association members and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Career Wardrobe to Honor Wilkinson June 5

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will accept this year's Fashioning Futures for Women Award at Career Wardrobe's annual fundraising auction and fashion show, "A Perfect Fit: Celebrating a Story of a Suit" on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.

The Fashioning Futures for Women Award honors a woman who demonstrates a commitment to empowering women, inspiring confidence and assisting women pursue successful careers. The event is hosted by Marilyn Russell of BEN-FM's Women to Watch, and Everett Gillison, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff, City of Philadelphia. Click here for more information.

CLS Breakfast of Champions June 5

Community Legal Services will hold its 24th annual Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, June 5 from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Top of the Tower, 3 Logan Square, 1717 Arch St. The event, which is generously sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, celebrates the commitment of individuals, law firms, and foundations to the cause of equal access to justice for all.

At this year's Breakfast of Champions, CLS will honor Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP with the Hall of Fame Award. CLS will also recognize Raynes McCarty and Dechert LLP's Joseph A. Tate with Champion of Justice Awards, and present Equal Justice Awards to Cynthia Harmon and Gail Thompkins of CLS, and to Mark S. Schwartz. of Regional Housing Legal Services.

The Honorable Mark I. Bernstein, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, will give the morning's keynote address. Click here for more information or to register for this free event.

Workers' Comp Civility CLE June 7

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Civility in the Workers' Compensation Courtroom & Beyond" on Friday, June 7.

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

VIP Summer Pro Bono Day June 7

The 18th Annual Philadelphia VIP Summer Pro Bono Day will be Friday, June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The event is geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to educate them about issues of poverty in Philadelphia and to promote an ethic of service to address those issues through pro bono work. Students will first be joined by judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania who will be present to discuss the importance of pro bono service. Students will learn about poverty in Philadelphia and be introduced to resources available to help provide legal services not otherwise available to the neediest Philadelphians.

VIP clients and volunteer attorneys will also present their stories, affording students the opportunity to see the effects of providing legal assistance. It is our hope that by attending, students will gain a heightened appreciation for pro bono service in our community and experience legal justice in action. Law students can register by clicking here.

Wilkinson to Speak at WBASNY Installation Dinner June 8

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will be the keynote speaker on Saturday June 8, 2013 at 7pm reception, 8pm dinner, for the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York Convention at its 2013 Installation Dinner at the Warwick Radisson Hotel in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 8.

WBASNY's mission is to address difficult legal issues and to promote the fair and equal administration of justice, particularly to promote the advancement of women in the profession, and to support legislation to protect the rights of women and children. Click here for more information.

Reception and Employment Law Book Launch June 12

Join the Labor & Employment Committee for a reception launching the first-ever comprehensive guide to Pennsylvania labor and employment law by Fox Rothschild LLP partner James A. Matthews III on Wednesday, June 12.

You'll enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and have the opportunity to meet with Jim, members of Fox Rothschild's Labor and Employment Department and various other labor and employment lawyers of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th Floor.

The Legal Intelligencer will have books available for purchase, and all in attendance will receive Fox Rothschild's 20 percent discount. For questions or more information, please contact Maria Ockenhouse at 215.299.2819 or events@foxrothschild.com.

YLD Diversity Reception June 13 at Franklin Institute

Please join the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and our co-hosts Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association as we honor five outstanding local law students at our eighth annual Diversity Reception on Thursday, June 13.

The scholarship recipients are Tarik Brooks, Rutgers Camden School of Law; Chintan Desai, Rutgers Camden School of Law; Kenisha Marks, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Renata Sobral, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Rebecca Song, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Registration is required in advance and includes heavy hors d' oeuvres, beer & wine. The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. in the Patent Library in Pepper Hall. Click here to register. Thank you to our Section Supporters - Business Law Section, Probate & Trust Law Section and our Sponsors ALM and Love Court Reporting.

Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases June 13

The CLE program "Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases" is presented through the auspices of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's Plaintiff's Employment Panel, in cooperation with PBI. Although emphasis is on the representation of plaintiffs in employment matters, it is open to all who are interested. This program will cover substantive and procedural issues involved in litigating employment discrimination claims in federal court from the perspective of U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter and practitioners. This program will cover such subjects as equal employment opportunity, the nuts & bolts of representing federal employees and trial preparation. The faculty is composed of experienced employment attorneys who frequently handle employment cases.

The program will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Green Federal Building, 601 Market St., adjoining the Eastern District Court. Click here to register.

YLD Diversity Reception June 13 at Franklin Institute

Please join the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and our co-hosts Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association as we honor five outstanding local law students at our eighth annual Diversity Reception on Thursday, June 13.

The scholarship recipients are Tarik Brooks, Rutgers Camden School of Law; Chintan Desai, Rutgers Camden School of Law; Kenisha Marks, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Renata Sobral, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Rebecca Song, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Registration is required in advance and includes heavy hors d' oeuvres, beer & wine. The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. in the Patent Library in Pepper Hall. Click here to register. Thank you to our Section Supporters - Business Law Section, Probate & Trust Law Section and our Sponsors ALM and Love Court Reporting.

Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits June 17

Evan Polin, president of The Training Resource Group, will present "Cost-Effective Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits" at a Monday, June 17 YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program.

This program will focus on what every board member needs to understand about how to better utilize social media in an effective manner to further the goals of the nonprofit organization. Join us to learn the special issues facing nonprofit board members, as well as the best ways to improve board performance and productivity. Particular emphasis will be on how to effectively integrate and utilize social media to advance the organization's goals.

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

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 19

Join fellow Bar Association members and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 19 when the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park 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 Law Center. Click here to purchase tickets.

Conversation with Judge New June 19

Join Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge (Civil Division) Arnold L. New for a conversation on Wednesday, June 19. Hear his experiences and insights on civil and criminal litigation generally, and his own personal preferences and peeves on the bench. Get his insight on how to properly prepare for a trial, the best approach to dealing with difficult adversaries; and discussing Pro Bono opportunities for lawyers as part of your practice. Click here to register.

Justice O'Connor to Speak at June 12 Quarterly

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

The 2013 O'Connor Award recipient, Judge Lazarus, was elected to Superior Court in 2009 and served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1991 to 2009. She also served as legal counsel to the Philadelphia Orphans Court before being voted onto the bench and practiced in the estates department at Ballard Spahr LLP.

The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

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

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

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

CLE at Citizens Bank Park June 21

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Sports Industry" on Friday, June 21 at Citizens Bank Park. Tuition includes a ticket to the evening's Phillies game against the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m.

In 2001, the Supreme Court took a controversial step in applying the ADA to professional sports participants in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin, ruling that disabled golfer Casey Martin is permitted to use a golf cart to play in PGA Tour tournaments despite prohibiting rules, as a reasonable accommodation that a person with a disability may require by law from a public accommodation. This outraged some for reasons that seem to reflect two related values: The sanctity of sports rules for the sake of tradition and gamesmanship, and the rejection of this antidiscrimination law enforced by litigation as the means to determine exceptions to sports rules.

This CLE explores the implications of the ADA and Martin in sports, as well as addresses the ADA in the context of other anti‐discrimination law. Click here to register. Registration closes Friday, June 14.

Bar Foundation Golf-Tennis Classic June 24

Register today for the 25th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, June 24 at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa. Click here to register.

Join your friends and colleagues at the golf and tennis event for Philadelphia's legal community and help support legal services for those in need. All registrations include the cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, surf and turf dinner and silent auction. For more information call 215-238-6337.

Friends of Farmworkers Reception June 25

Friends of Farmworkers will celebrate, honor and thank FOF General Counsel Arthur Read and outgoing Board members Dan Sipe, Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Kenneth I. Trujillo and Louis S. Rulli for their outstanding service to the organization. The event, an evening of cocktails and antojitos mexicanos, will take place on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tequilas, 1602 Locust St. For more information, call 215-733-0878.

Senate Judiciary Hearing on Equal Access to Justice May 23

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will offer remarks along with other judges, low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them, and community and business leaders at a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing, "Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice?" on Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, in the 11th floor Conference Center. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks) will chair the hearing.

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

Among those expected to testify at the hearing are a number of low-income clients, and key stakeholders including: Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association; Sister Mary Scullion, Co-Founder, Project HOME; Hon. Margaret T. Murphy, Supervising Judge, Family Division, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Hon. Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; and Catherine C. Carr, Executive Director, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

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

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

The purpose of the public hearing is to explore and create awareness of the current state and scope of the unmet need for civil legal services by low-income Pennsylvanians confronting legal problems involving basic human needs. Three hearings on the issue are being held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The first hearing was held on May 7 in Harrisburg. Video and audio recordings of the May 7 hearing are available on the website of the Senate Judiciary Committee at http://pasenategop.com/committees/judiciary/2013/050713/agenda.htm. A complete witness list and copies of the testimony presented at the hearing are available at the Civil Gideon Corner of the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CivilGideon?appNum=1. A future hearing will be scheduled in Pittsburgh.

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

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

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

U.S. Magistrate Judge Applications Being Accepted

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of two full-time United States Magistrate Judges for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. The appointee may be required to preside at court sessions to be held at Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and Lancaster.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and will include: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of the United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:
(1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years;

(2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;

(3) Be less than 70 years old; and

(4) Not be related to a judge of the district court.

A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court in confidence, at least ten, but not more than 15 persons whom it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment, following an FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, or disability. The current annual salary of the position is $160,080. The term of office is 8 years.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in this court may be obtained from the District Court website at www.paed.uscourts.gov or by contacting the Clerk of the District Court at (267) 299-7089. Applications must be submitted only by potential
nominees personally and must be received no later than close of business on June 27, 2013.

Submit completed applications to: Michael E. Kunz, Clerk of Court, 2609 U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, ATTN: Human Resources Department Magistrate Judge Application.

All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the district court.

The panel's deliberations will remain confidential.

Petrese B. Tucker, Chief Judge

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar Conference at Revel

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

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

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 21 CLE seminars that will be offered. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.

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

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

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

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Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNC Perspectives: Millionaires Show Tough Love to Heirs

In this month's interview, we sat down with Stephen Pappaterra, senior vice president and managing director of wealth planning for PNC Wealth Management, to discuss the annual Wealth and Values Survey to gauge the opinions and attitudes of America’s wealthy. Click here to read the interview
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