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June 19, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 49
 

Federal Judicial Vacancies at June 23 Chancellor's Forum

Please join Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, and others as they discuss judicial vacancies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at our next Chancellor's Forum on Monday, June 23.

There is no cost to attend this program, which will be held 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.

Philadelphia Bar Dental Plan - Low Cost, Rich Benefit

Another great benefit for Philadelphia Bar Association members: The Philadelphia Bar Dental and Vision Plan, with lower costs and richer benefits. There's still time to enroll!

Offered exclusively through USI Affinity, the Philadelphia Bar Association's endorsed insurance broker, these outstanding dental plans from United Concordia offer many choices to fit your dental needs and budget:

• Generous benefits and annual maximums, up to $2,250, orthodontia coverage or a plan that covers your preventative and basic services.

• Group buying power advantage - save 10% to 15% over average individual plans with rates guaranteed through December 2015.

• Optional vision insurance for less than $7 per month. Open enrollment has been extended until June 30.

With USI Affinity and United Concordia you receive industry leading experience and
world class service.

• Easy Enrollment, no waiting periods

• United Concordia has more than 100,000 dentists in its network and 6 million members in its plans nationwide.

Enroll today. For the more information on the Dental Plans available to PA Attorneys call 855-874-0267 or click here.

Enrollment in the new Dental Plans is quick and easy! For additional Medical Benefits available to Pennsylvania Attorneys, visit the Philadelphia Bar Association's online Insurance Exchange by clicking here.

General Practitioners' Update 2014 June 18

Get a 60-minute rewind of the year's most significant developments in six practice areas at PBI's General Practitioners' Update 2014 on Wednesday, June 18.

Stay competitive with an annual case law and legislative update in the practice areas vital to your work. Analysis, practice tips, projections for the future - get the complete package in estate law, family law, real estate law, professional liability (ethics); civil litigation: trial issues involving uninsured or underinsured motorists with a focus on social media; and how to do 90 minutes of legal work in 60 minutes.

This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

SSA Hearing Office Chief Judges to Speak June 20

Social Security Administration Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judges Anne W. Chain, Frederick Timm and Nicholas Cerulli will be the featured speakers at the Friday, June 20 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The program will be held 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.

How to Review a Custody Evaluation June 23

Probe the issues of parent alienation, addiction, abuse, mental instability, primary custody or a special needs child some or all which may warrant an evaluation at PBI's "How to Review a Custody Evaluation and Prepare for Trial" on Monday, June 23.

Learn the various issues when electing an evaluator and how best to prepare for trial. This 4 substantive CLE credit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Building, Maintaining Confidence June 24

Executive coach and psychotherapist Gail J. Cummings will discuss "Valuing Ourselves: Building and Maintaining Confidence" at the Tuesday, June 24 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

In this interactive presentation, learn the genesis of self doubt; ways to combat self doubt; techniques to build and maintain confidence; and how to make the connection between confidence and valuing ourselves.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Common Abuses of Powers of Attorney June 24

Power of attorney (POA) is easily abused. Learn how to protect your clients from abuse and fraud at PBI's "Common Abuses of Powers of Attorney & How to Deal with Them" on Tuesday, June 24.

The program will also take a closer look at POA language and review ways to draft for convenience, flexibility and protection. There will be discussion on interpretations, strategies and best practices. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Congregation Kol Ami to Honor Chancellor June 24

Congregation Kol Ami will honor Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo on Tuesday, June 24 at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. following a day of golf and tennis.

Registration for golf begins at 10 a.m. and tennis starts at 2:30 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:15 p.m. and the dinner and awards begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit kolamielkinspark.org or call 215-635-3110.

Speed Mentoring Program June 25 at Chima

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, invites young lawyers and law students to engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners and coaches about building a book of business and marketing oneself as a young lawyer at a Wednesday, June 25 speed mentoring program. Advance registration is closed. Walk-ins will not be permitted

Attendees will be divided into small groups which will rotate to discuss focused topics with mentors' seated at individual tables. Developing one's practice is essential to a successful legal career, and starting early can reap significant benefits. Topics will include connecting with clients and referral sources; practical networking pointers and etiquette; work-life insights and advice; and attaining your career goals.

Mentors include Mitchell Bach, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Fenita Moore, Dilworth Paxson LLP; Rachel Branson, SunGard Data Systems Inc.; Robert Graff, The Graff Standard; Sadye Ladov, Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C; Lainee Beigel, Career Esquire Strategy; Eric Schwartz, Jericho Equity Partners; and Eric Weitz, Messa & Associates, P.C.

The Business Law Section would like to thank its Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Writing for Lawyers CLE June 25

Legal writing is a special skill that every paralegal, law student and new lawyer needs to learn because writing that is good - or even superb - in other contexts will often be bad legal writing. Hollis Hurd gives you a crash course on Wednesday, June 25 on the tips and tricks of legal writing. He will give you insights into what judges and senior attorneys want to see.

The CLE program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

LGBT Summer Intern Reception June 26

Join the LGBT Rights Committee in welcoming up-and-coming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community on Thursday, June 26.

Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals, as well as begin to build their peer professional community. This event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 48th Floor. There is no cost to attend however registration is required by June 19. Please RSVP to Claire L. Volpe at VolpeC@ballardspahr.com.

Representing Physicians and Dentists June 26

The Thursday, June 26 CLE program "Representing Physicians and Dentists" will explore the current issues facing physicians and dentists in this ever-changing world of healthcare.

Get up to speed on the key legal issues of physicians and dentists including fraud and abuse and Stark issues impacting doctors; medical and dental licensure issues; medical billing, coding and overpayment challenges; and employment law concerns. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Legal, Technical Perspectives of Recent Topics in Health IT

Local health IT experts and legal practitioners will address the practical implications of complying with health data security and privacy laws at a Friday, June 27 CLE program presented by the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee.

Starting with the fundamentals of what the law is, the panel will focus on a discussion of a practical interpretation and best practices for compliance. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credits. 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.

Crowdingfunding and Nonprofits June 30

Crowdfunding is one the hottest business and nonprofit organization topics right now, especially with the new Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Join a panel of experts who will discuss what crowdfunding is and whether is it right for your nonprofit organization at a Monday, June 30 Young Lawyers Division Live, Lunch and Learn program.

Panelists Michael Adler, managing partner of the Law Office of Michael E. Adler; Al Migliaccio, CEO and founder of JAMIS Sales Success; and Kevin Provost, founder/CEO of CrowdCampuses and coPhilly; will discuss practical application, importance of technology platform, and some of the legal pitfalls to using crowdfunding.

The program begins 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.

Finding the Trial Story CLE June 30

Gary Gildin, senior associate dean and Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and Joe Myers, filmmaker and partner in Storyshop, LLC, will present "Finding the Trial Story" to show the importance of telling the right story during your case on Monday, June 30.

The program offers a revealing look at a new protocol for developing the most cogent and persuasive way to present the “story of a case” using the analogous skills of the filmmaker. See how this protocol is applied to the development of the trial story in a hypothetical case. This 6 CLE credit program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Interpreter Services for Deaf Clients July 1

Karen Leslie-Henry, director of continuing education and community outreach, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, will speak about accessing interpreter services and accessing resources in the community for deaf or hard-of-hearing clients at the Tuesday, July 1 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Employers' Obligations Under Affordable Care Act July 8

Are you concerned about how the obligations imposed on employers by health care reform will affect your business? If so, you are not alone. The government delayed portions of the Affordable Care Act, recognizing that employers would be unable to comply. However, delayed requirements will soon come into effect. While there are still questions as to how some of the provisions will be implemented, it is important for employers to begin planning how they will meet their new obligations under the Act.

PBI's "Employers' Obligations Under the Affordable Care Act" will be held Tuesday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Nine Principles of Litigation CLE July 18

Michael Tigar brings 40 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts across the country and in foreign lands. Of his career, Justice William J. Brennan has written that his "tireless striving for justice stretches his arms toward perfection." Tigar will make you laugh and he will remind you why you wanted to be a lawyer in the first place when he presents the CLE program "The Nine Principles of Litigation…and Perhaps of Life" on Friday, July 18.

Lawyers who should be taking their cases to trial accept "case management" techniques designed to prevent trials and promote quick settlements. Tigar's compelling and practical ideas about litigation, champion his firm belief that lawyering can be “exciting, heroic and moral.” The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18. A total of 8.5 continuing legal education credits will be available at the conference.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Registration is available at philabenchbar.com.

Full conference early-bird registration rates are $379 for members and $229 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Registration for non-members is $529. Early bird registration is available until Friday, Sept. 19. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. After Sept. 19, registration rates increase by $70.

Special Borgata hotel room rates are available for Conference attendees. A rate of $189 (plus tax) for a king room is available Friday, Oct. 17 and a limited number of king rooms are available at $109 (plus tax) Thursday, Oct. 16 and $249 (plus tax) for Saturday, Oct. 18. You must be a registered attendee of the Conference to receive this group rate. Once you are registered for the Conference, you will receive instructions on how to reserve your room.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Projects and Programming Advisor to the Chancellor, is chair of the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LexisNexis, Robson Forensic, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, MCS E-Document Service, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Love Court Reporting, Inc. Member Benefit

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now offering its members a substantial discount on court reporting services offered though Love Court Reporting, Inc. Available exclusively to Association members, the special discounted pricing and other exclusive benefits provide significant saving over standard rates. The larger your needs, the more you save!

Call Love Court Reporting at 215-568-5599 for discount pricing details, and mention your Philadelphia Bar Association membership. Plus, your first transcript is half off the discounted rate!

Scheduling can be done either by visiting reporting.com, emailing schedule@lovecourtreporting.com or calling 215-568-5599.

Love Court Reporting clients receive individualized customer service from the company that was voted "Best of 2013" by The Legal Intelligencer readership for three consecutive years. Available around-the-clock with offices in Center City and the suburbs, Love Court Reporting offers meeting rooms, videography and videoconferencing at a moment's notice.

Love Court Reporting is a full-service company with U.S. and worldwide coverage. Their experienced certified and registered court reporters provide high-quality service including real-time reporting along with a wide range of technical and complex litigation experience. Reporters are strategically located throughout the U.S. This complete coverage allows clients to have a single point of contact for all of their court reporting needs.

Love Court Reporting is the only official provider of discounted court reporting services exclusively for Philadelphia Bar Association members.

Discounts only available to counsel taking the deposition in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

In addition to discount pricing, Love Court Reporting offerers the following benefits to Philadelphia Bar Association members:

  1. NO CHARGE on a Bar member's transcript when the deposition is done in PA or DE and there are three or more copies sold (NJ already gets free copy)
  2. NO CHARGE on condensed transcripts
  3. NO CHARGE on CDs
  4. NO appearance fees within Philadelphia or the five-county area
  5. NO travel fees

Authors Seek Input on Cultural Issues in Business

The authors of a new American Bar Association-sponsored book need your help on the challenges lawyers face in a world that is growing smaller with the increasing interaction of various cultures.

Former Philadelphia Inquirer staffers Tom Belden and Terri Morrison, a leading authority on cultural issues in doing business around the world, need help with research for their latest version of the book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The book is scheduled for publication in early 2015.

More information about Morrison and the other versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands" can
be found at www.kissboworshakehands.com. The authors are looking for as many lawyers and other legal professionals with experience in this area to complete the questionnaire. A standard questionnaire is the starting point for the research and can be found by clicking here.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Upcoming Public Interest Programs, Trainings

• The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. every Thursday, through July. These free programs, which run through July, 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. To download a schedule of the programs, visit the Public Interest Section web page by clicking here.

• Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravanese invite you to the Philadelphia premiere screening of WE-tv's first scripted series, "The Divide" on Wednesday, June 25 at The Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St., from 7 to 9 p.m. A Q&A will follow the show featuring moderator - Dean JoAnne Epps of Temple University Beasley School of Law and featuring Tony Goldwyn, Richard LaGravanese, series stars Marin Ireland and Damon Gupton, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, and Pennsylvania Innocence Project Legal Director Marissa Bluestine. Advanced registration is required for this free event. One ticket per registrant. RSVP to innocenceprojectpa@gmail.com.

• The AIDS Law Project will hold its 15th Anniversary Summer Movie Party on Friday, Aug. 15 at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This year's film is "Funny Face" starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The party begins at 6 p.m. and the film screens at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit aidslawpa.org.

National Constitution Center Programs of Interest

All of the following programs will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. For tickets and information, call 215-409-6700 or visit constitutioncenter.org.

Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. - David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. the Supreme Court
Two of the nation's most prominent lawyers, David Boies and Theodore Olson, relive their five-year journey to marriage equality in California, from Proposition 8's adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land.

Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. - The Roberts Court: Redrawing the Ground Rules of American Government
From Citizens United to the Affordable Care Act to gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Leading constitutional lawyer and scholar Laurence Tribe (who taught Roberts at Harvard) joins the National Constitution Center for what he describes as a "deeper understanding of the substance of the Court's work and how it is transforming our nation."

Friday, June 27, 12 p.m. - Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence
Political philosopher Danielle Allen of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies discusses her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. In just 1,337 words, the Declaration changed the course of the modern world, but it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s feature exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello, Allen will tackle the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson's understanding of equality.

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

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: Volatility and Retirement Assets

In this month's interview, we sat down with with Kevin Wilson, senior investment advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss how to deal with the inevitable volatility as it relates to retirement planning. Click here to read the entire article.
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