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June 10, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 49
 

Giants of the Business Bar with Carl Schneider June 20

The Business Law Section will hold its inaugural "Giants of the Philadelphia Business Bar" program on Thursday, June 20 with Carl W. Schneider, former Chair of the Wolf Block Corporate Department and noted author and lecturer on corporate and securities laws, including Pennsylvania Corporate Practice and Forms, as our featured guest, and Albert S. Dandridge III, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as our moderator.

The event is the first in a series of programs in which the Business Law Section will recognize legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond. The series presents a unique opportunity for new and experienced lawyers to network and gain insight into the path to a satisfying and successful professional career.

The event will be held at Pepper Hamilton LLP from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There will be no charge for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend this event. Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you can make it. Please RSVP by clicking 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.

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 Supporters - Archer & Greiner P.C., Business Law Section and 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

The 2013 Legal Directory has more than 17,000 attorney and 1,600 law firm listings. It is conveniently indexed so you can effortlessly find what you’re looking for in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks County areas. Each listing is complete with name, full address, phone, fax and email and cab be accessed via print, computer, tablet or mobile device. The 2013 Legal Directory also includes corporate counsel listings, judges index, federal, Pennsylvania and county government listings, and much more. To order, call 800-722-7670 x2453 or visit lawcatalog.com/ld13.

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

Upcoming CLE

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

Monday, June 10
Autism: Fitting the Pieces Together
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Communication Essentials & Ethical Practice (video)
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

PLI - International Arbitration 2013
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11
Dram Shop Liability
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Benefit Corp (video)
2 substantive CLE credits
1 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12
General Practitioners’ Update 2013
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 to 3:45 p.m.

What to Do When You Receive the "OMG" Letter (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 13
The Family Lawyer’s Discovery Tool Kit
3 substantive, 1 ethics credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases
Green Federal Building, 601 Market St.
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ethics Jeopardy (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1 to 2 p.m.

Monday, June 17
Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices & Life Lessons from the White House (video)
3 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Liabilities, Liens and Litigation (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 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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