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May 31, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 42
 

Judge Rufe to Be Honored; Chief Judge Lippman to Speak

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe will be presented with the Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the Bar Association's Monday, June 27 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

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 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.

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.

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.

Tickets for the event, to be held at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purhcase tickets.

Court Launches Judicial Fellowship Program

Thirty-five judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have agreed to host up to 45 law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide them with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with this additional legal talent.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas created a Judicial Fellowship Program in conjunction with the Philadelphia based law schools - the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law - to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Due to the popularity of the Judicial Fellowship Program, three Philadelphia area law schools - Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law - joined the program last week, doubling the number of participating schools.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Demands on the court have intensified with the existence of numerous vacancies on the bench that have not been filled with interim appointments due to the Commonwealth's budgetary constraints. Judicial Fellows work at least 20 hours a week in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The Fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court.

Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple Beasley School of Law. "This program will help the court maintain high quality service with fewer resources and help the many exceptional graduates from Philadelphia's law schools who are graduating during an especially difficult time in the legal economy," Rau said. "We appreciate the law schools' efforts to get the program started and for the enthusiastic response of judges who have agreed to host and mentor recent graduates."

"On behalf of the Trial Division, I enthusiastically support this creative program and applaud Judge Rau for her efforts. Our judges will benefit from the assistance of exceptional local legal talent; and those selected as fellows will be exposed to the major attorneys, firms and judges actively engaged in civil and criminal litigation in Pennsylvania’s busiest courts," said Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh.

"This is a winner for both the courts and the new graduates. We are grateful to Judge Rau for developing the program," said President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe. "The program will feature events where the fellows will be able to network with members of the Philadelphia Bar Association," Cimino said. "This is a really wonderful opportunity for some extremely capable graduates to gain notice from the bench and bar."

"The economic downturn has created an urgent need for programs that help new lawyers find jobs," said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia. "The Judicial Fellowship Program gives highly qualified graduates an additional credential and valuable experience to assist them in finding subsequent employment. The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to support this innovative program."

Utilizing Women's Initiatives Today

The Women in the Profession Committee will host an informative discussion today (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 Today

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" today (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 State Civil Litigation Section will hold a Spring Social Gathering on Wednesday, June 1 at Tavern 17 at the Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel, 220 S. 17th St. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials will be available. The first 30 people to arrive will receive a complimentary drink. There is no fee to attend however registration is required. 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 Section will also present its Irving Stander Award and unveil the second portrait in the Arts in the Courts Series. The painting is of the Battleship New Jersey.

• A reception for young lawyers of the Tax and Probate and Trust Law Sections will be held Tuesday, June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St. on the outside patio, weather permitting. Refreshments and appetizers will be available. The first 30 people to RSVP will receive a ticket for a free drink. Please RSVP by June 3 to Kristin McKenna at kmckenna@stradley.com or Dayna Rose at Dayna.C.Rose@wellsfargo.com.

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.

The Section will also honor Support Master Howard Kaplan on his retirement.

Future of School Voucher Programs in PA June 1

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee will present the CLE program "The Future of School Voucher Programs in Pennsylvania" on Wednesday, June 1.

Recently, the concept and use of school vouchers has come to the forefront of political, societal, constitutional and economical discourse. From Pennsylvania's proposed legislation to the presidential political debates, school vouchers continue to be a most controversial topic. As sides in the Pennsylvania School Voucher debate are forming, individuals and organizations on both sides of the debate have passionate arguments about whether vouchers are effective, fair or even legal.

Panelists include Baruch Kintisch, director of policy advocacy, Education Law Center; Sonja D. Kerr, director, Disabilities Rights Project, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Stuart L. Knade, chief counsel, Pennsylvania School Boards Association; Richard "Dick" Komer, senior attorney, Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.; and Robert J. Reinstein, Clifford Scott Green Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law. Additional panelists to be added. The moderator is Frank P. Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Cost-Saving Sustainability Tips for Law Offices June 2

The Green Ribbon Committee, a subcommittee of the Law Practice Management Committee, will present a panel discussion on the benefits of bringing green office practices to law offices and provide strategies for going green on Thursday, June 2.

"The Road to Green: Cost-Saving Sustainability Tips for Legal Departments and Law Firms of All Sizes" begins at 4 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters. Click here to register.

Immediately following the meeting, the Committee will host a dinner at Bistro 7 at 7 N. 3rd St. in support of Dine In/Help Out beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dine In/Help Out is the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children effort to bring affordable, healthy, farm-fresh food into North Philadelphia, one of the hungriest neighborhoods in America, second only to the Bronx.

The restaurant has graciously donated our Dine In space for the evening. A $50 minimum, tax deductible contribution to St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children is suggested. To register for the event, please email GreenRibbon@philabar.org. Learn more about Dine In/Help Out at www.SCFChildren.org.

Tax Section CLE June 3

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "State and Local Tax Aspects of M&A" on Friday, June 3.

This program will examine the myriad issues that must be addressed by a buyer or seller when considering the acquisition or sale of a company, whether through a stock purchase or an asset purchase. This program will highlight issues surrounding income and franchise tax, sales and use tax and realty transfer tax.

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

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.

Post-Primary Election Discussion June 3

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia Inquirer City Hall bureau chief Marcia Gelbart and 1st District Council Candidate Mark Squilla will be the panelists for a post-primary discussion at the Friday, June 3 meeting of the City Policy Committee. The meeting 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.

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.


Bankruptcy Law Committee CLE June 7

The Bankruptcy Law Committee will present the CLE program "Confirmation and Removal Issues in Carriage House" on Tuesday, June 7.

Learn more about United States Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich's decisions in Carriage House. Expert practitioners will provide guidance regarding the classification of claims for confirmation purposes, new value, removal of federal litigation to Bankruptcy Court and related abstention issues. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. 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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. CLE Tuition prices include lunch. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. 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.

YLD Diversity Scholarship Reception June 16

The Young Lawyers Division will recognize its 2011 Diversity Scholarship winners on Thursday, June 16 at reception at Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar (Upstairs), 1604 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The winners include Tanishka V. Cruz from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University and nominated by the Hispanic Bar Association; Sammetria L. Goodson from Temple University Beasley School of Law and nominated by the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter; Jacquie T. Huynh-Linenberg from Rutgers School of Law - Camden and nominated by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA; Sean-Tamba Matthew from Temple University Beasley School of Law and nominated by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia; and Muthuramanan "Ramana" Ramaswaran from Temple University Beasley School of Law and nominated by the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia. Click here 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.

Registration 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 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.

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.

29th Annual Jewish Law Day June 14

The 29th Annual Jewish Law Day will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Services Bldg., 2100 Arch St., with a reception to follow. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

All lawyers as well as non-lawyers and the community are welcome to attend this annual event. This program is approved for one hour CLE credit, free of charge.

The guest speaker will be David B. Ruderman, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania and this year's honoree will be Harold Cramer, a past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Jewish Law Day was established to commemorate the contribution of Jewish lawyers and judges to the administration of justice. Steven Asher and Lynn Zeitlin are co-chairs of this event and the committee, which consists of judges and prominent attorneys.

VIP Summer Pro Bono Program June 17

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will host its 16th annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Friday, June 17. VIP's Summer Pro Bono Program 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. Participants in the Summer Pro Bono Program will:

• Attend a training on VIP's work with the City of Philadelphia's Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, an innovative program that provides thousands of homeowners an opportunity to negotiate face to face with lenders' representatives to save their homes from foreclosure.

• Discuss the importance of pro bono with judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Bar Association leaders and VIP board members during a complimentary luncheon.

• Shadow a volunteer attorney or housing counselor assisting a client at a conciliation conference during the summer months.

The program will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration ends Wednesday, June 8. Registration forms are available by clicking here. Questions can be directed to Bailey Andersen at jvolunteer@phillyvip.org or (215) 523-9567.

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.

State and Local Tax Aspects of M&A

Course Planner Wendi L. Kotzen, Cheryl A. Upham and Peter L. Faber will examine the myriad of issues that must be addressed by a buyer or seller when considering the acquisition or sale of a company, whether through a stock purchase or an asset purchase. They will highlight issues surrounding income and franchise tax, sales and use tax and realty transfer tax. This 2 substantive CLE credit program will be held Friday, June 3, 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 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 12 p.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.

Wednesday, June 1
Simulcast - The Future of School Voucher Programs in PA
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, June 3
Simulcast - State and Local Tax Aspects of M&A
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6
Social Media in Divorce Cases
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Litigating Tractor Trailer Accidents
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 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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