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Vol. 14, No. 48
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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.

Building Blocks for Client's Estate Plan June 6

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Using Trusts as Building Blocks for Your Client's Estate Plan" on Thursday, June 6. Click here to register.

The morning program will examine the strategic considerations in designing an estate plan for your client and when using trusts should be considered. The faculty will discuss hypothetical estate planning situations to highlight the purposes served by various types of trusts, both for estates subject to federal estate tax and for smaller estates with goals other than tax savings.

The afternoon session of Use of Trusts will focus on the more sophisticated trust devices that are available and offer insight into when and why to use these estate planning tools for clients with higher net worth. As with the morning session, the presentations will be made by focusing on case studies and analyzing the needs of the client and the appropriateness of particular types of trusts. Our experienced faculty will share their collective insights with the audience in a format that promises to be both fun and practical.

Sections Plan Social Events During June

The Real Property Section and Family Law Section have social events planned during June.

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.

Stand Your Ground Hearing June 6

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a regional hearing of the American Bar Association's National Taskforce on Stand Your Ground Laws on Thursday, June 6.

Confirmed speakers include District Attorney R. Seth Williams and former Governor Edward G. Rendell as well as representatives from the Urban Institute, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and Second Chance on Shoot First/Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Our thanks to Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe, which will be providing stenographic and videographic services for the hearing.

The forum will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center at 1101 Market St. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow. Prior forums in Dallas and Chicago have been standing-room only, so pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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.

Visiting Chinese Lawyer to Speak June 7

Liu Rui of China, visiting with the International Association of Trial Lawyers in the United States, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, June 7 meeting of the International Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th & Arch Streets, 34th floor. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or 215-981-4616

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.Insert your content here.

Mongeluzzi on Winning at Mediation June 10

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will present the CLE program "How to Win Your Case at Mediation" featuring trial attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi on Monday, June 10.

Mongeluzzi is not only known for a multitude of million-dollar-plus verdicts, but also a multitude of million-dollar-plus settlements. They don't just happen by accident. Mongeluzzi often uses mediation to assist in bringing his cases to resolution. He doesn't just show up for a mediation session, but treats it as a critical phase of the development of a trial. His preparation for mediation rivals his preparation for a trial. At this program, Mongeluzzi will share techniques and demonstrate the major effort he puts into preparation for mediation. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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.

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.

Council Members, Finance Director on City Budget June 10

Philadelphia City Council members William K. Greenlee and Curtis Jones Jr. and City Finance Director Rob Dubow will discuss the city's pending budget deliberations at the Monday, June 10 meeting of the City Policy Committee.

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. Click here to register.

PAED Historical Society Annual Meeting, Dinner June 11

The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's 29th Annual Meeting and Dinner will be Tuesday, June 11 at The Downtown Club in the Public Ledger Building 6th and Chestnut streets.

The guest speaker is U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger. The annual meeting begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $145 per person and black tie is suggested. For more information, please call 267-299-7108 or 267-299-7159.

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.

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. Lila G. Roomberg, a past recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award, will speak on behalf of the Year Clubs.

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.


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.

The keynote speaker is Grace Manno, senior corporate counsel, Americas and president of Delaware Valley Association of Corporate Counsel.

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.

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.

Basics of Litigation Involving State, Local Government

Join plaintiff counsel, attorneys for municipal law departments and counsel for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office on Thursday, June 20 as they explain the ins and outs of handling suits against governmental entities at the CLE program "The Basics of Litigation Involving State and Local Government."

Learn about unique aspects of suing government and quasi-governmental agencies; map out the litigation path; and discuss specific types of cases. Click here for more information.

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.

Electronic Filing in Criminal Division CLE June 27

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania has implemented its Criminal Electronic Filing System for Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court of Philadelphia. Effective May 6, 2013, court filings for criminal matters may be filed electronically. In order to electronically file, you must be a registered user of the Criminal Electronic Filing System (CEFS).

PBI's Thursday, June 27 program will provide an in-depth instruction on the use of the CEFS. The CEFS was designed to allow the filing of legal documents in criminal matters via the internet from anywhere and at any time using a personal computer. The system also provides attorneys and litigants with online access to all documents electronically filed in their cases. Click here for more information.

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

Join DirectWomen Board Institute Jan. 22-24

DirectWomen, a program whose primary objective is to increase the number of women serving on the boards of U.S. corporations, will hold its sixth annual DirectWomen Board Institute Jan. 22-24, 2014 in New York City.

DirectWomen is looking for candidates to be referred for the Class of 2014. The two-day program includes discussion about key issues facing current and future directors. The sessions are led by experts from the board room, academia and legal practice and provide networking opportunities with alumnae, search firm consultants and award-winning women directors.

Past Institute members include general counsel of major companies with significant board experience, as well as corporate lawyers, litigators and academics with significant board and corporate governance experience. For a list of Institute alumnae, please visit www.directwomen.org.

To refer candidates, submit the names and contact information to sgevlin@directwomen.org. A representative of DirectWomen will contact the potential nominee with more information about the application process. It may also be helpful to the candidate if the recommender would call the potential nominee to let her know about the recommendation, encourage her to apply, and tell her that she will receive information about the application process from DirectWomen. All application materials must be received by June 30, 2013.

More information about DirectWomen, as well as a link to the online applications for the 2014 Board Institute, can be found at www.directwomen.org. For more information, please contact Sarah Gevlin at (518) 929-4077 or sgevlin@directwomen.org.

Brandeis Society Fellowship Program Seeks Mentors

The Brandeis Law Society Fellowship Program "Pro Bono With Benefits" helps a recent law graduate obtain valuable experience handling Philadelphia VIP cases that will lead to a paying job.

Get your firm recognized as a supervising firm joining Pogust Braslow & Millrood and Margolis Edelstein. There is no financial requirement and just a small time commitment. Malpractice insurance is provided through VIP.

All you need is an empty room and some time to answer any questions from a Fellow. VIP attorneys are also available to the Fellows for any assistance.

For more information, contact Felix Yelin at yelinf@whiteandwilliams.com; Derek Braslow at dbraslow@pbmattorneys.com or Jennifer Coatsworth at jcoatsworth@margolisedelstein.com.

Public Interest Programs Planned

• The Juvenile Law Center will hold its 2nd Annual Spring Celebration on Thursday, June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust St. The event will feature an exclusive preview of the soon-to-be-released Kids for Cash non-fiction film - based on the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal that Juvenile Law Center uncovered in 2007 - and a discussion with filmmaker Robert May, producer of the Oscar®-winning film "Fog of War." Additionally, Juvenile Law Center will honor Charisse Lillie, vice president, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and president, Comcast Foundation, and thank Greenberg Traurig, LLP for sponsoring our Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Find out more and register now to attend at www.jlc.org.

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.

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 22 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; Pain Management & MRI; Robson Forensic, Inc.; State Civil Litigation Section; US Claims Inc; and Wilkie Lexus. 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: Small Business Owners to Delay Hiring

PNC's recent survey of small and mid-sized business owners shows a slight improvement in business expectations and optimism compared to last fall, but still more cautious than in the spring of 2012. In this month's interview, we sat down with Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. who serves as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for the company. We discussed the key findings from the survey, and their potential impact on the U.S. economy. Click here to read the interview
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