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June 25, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 52
 

Berry to Speak June 26; Dalton to Receive O'Connor Award

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jane Leslie Dalton, who has served as Chancellor, chair of the Board of Governors and co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The O'Connor Award is presented to 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.

Dr. Berry is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous books including "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House."

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

Solve Your Law Office Tech Problems June 25

Earn 6 substantive CLE credits at the Monday, June 25 PBI seminar "The Technology You Need to Start a Law Practice OR to Overhaul the One You Have," presented by Barron K. Henley of Affinity Consulting Group LLC.

This is your ultimate guide to obtaining and using the best technology for your law practice. This seminar provides a wealth of legal technology tips, covering all areas of law office technology. The 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 for more information and to register.

Inexpensive Online Health Law Research Tips June 27

Dan Giancaterino, education services manager at Jenkins Law Library, will discuss free and inexpensive tools and tricks for health law reasearch at the Wednesday, June 27 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Unusual Estate Administration Issues June 28

Howard Solomon and Patricia Rowan will discuss unusual estate administration and guardianship administration issues at the Thursday, June 28 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Thinking on Your Feet at Mediation June 29

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will present the CLE program "Ding! Thinking on Your Feet at Mediation" on Friday, June 29.

Too often, litigators and mediators get stuck using one approach in their mediations and negotiations. Using the tools from improvisational comedy, attendees will role-play two mediations and explore their creative side. After each mock mediation, we'll have a group debriefing session to talk about what worked and what didn't. The goal of this CLE is to leave practitioners with the confidence and skills to utilize two or three new approaches at their next mediation/negotiation. The speakers for the program are Shirish Gupta and Avish Parashar.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 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 1.5 hours of substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Employment Law for Law Firms June 29

Stephanie J. Mensing will address common employment issues that law firms face at the Friday, June 29 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

Mensing will address hiring and firing employees, classifying employees, dealing with problem employees, and addressing/preventing exposure to workplace litigation.

The meeting 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Immigration Issues for Business July 12

The International Business Initiative will feature a presentation on immigration issues for business from leading experts at its Thursday, July 12 meeting.

Speakers will be announced at a later date. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Young Lawyers Happy Hour July 12 at Ladder 15

The Probate and Trust Section's Young Lawyers Committee will hold a happy hour on Thursday, July 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St.

Come mingle with other young estate planning attorneys from the Philadelphia area while enjoying refreshments and appetizers. The first 30 people will receive a free drink ticket. Please RSVP by June 30 to Alison Gross at alison@altmangross.com.

YLD Night at the Phillies July 20

It's YLD night at the Phillies! Come cheer on our favorite team as they take on the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m. Registration includes a ticket behind home plate in sections 419, 420 or 421 and a pre-game party at the all new XFinity Live! from 5 - 7 p.m. which includes a ballpark tailgate with beer and wine. This event is sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support.

Only a limited number of tickets are available and must be purchased by a member of the Association (maximum 3 guests per member). All tickets must be purchased by July 6 and all sales are final. Click here to register.


Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 8

Join your friends and colleagues at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, Aug. 8 when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m at Bar Association Night at the Phillies.

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 Center.

Click here to purchase tickets and enter the promotion code PBAN. Please place your order by July 9. Tickets are subject to availability!

For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-218-5363. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. We hope to see you at the ballpark on Aug. 8!

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Revel in October

Register now for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, featuring 21 CLE seminars, at the new beachfront Revel resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 5 and 6.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. A total of 6 CLE credits are available. Enjoy special early-bird savings on the full conference when you register by Sept. 14.

In addition to a brand-new venue, this year's event will also offer an insider's view of the 2012 presidential election, as we welcome ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton as our Opening Plenary speaker. Additionally, at our Saturday breakfast, we'll hear from The Philadelphia Inquirer's national political columnist Dick Polman, offering his own special brand of election insights.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, First Judicial District, Love Court Reporting, Strategic Legal Solutions, JAMS, M. Burr Keim Company, Robson Forensic, US Claims Inc., Applied Discovery, Beau*Co. Custom Clothing, Iron Mountain, LawCash, LexisNexis, Lien Negotiation Counsel, O'Neill Consulting Corporation, Special Counsel, The MCS Group, Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Service and The Legal Intelligencer. Special acknowledgement - Family Law Section, Real Property Section and Workers' Compensation Section. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or via email at tmccloskey@philabar.org. Learn more at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org.

Lawyer Profiles to Help Members Promote Practices

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the homepage of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

"Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles" is a new premium advertising opportunity available exclusively to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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.

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.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $150 a month. After that, the member's credit card will be automatically billed on a monthly basis.

Alternatively, members can join for one year at the special rate of $1,495 and save more than 15 percent off the regular price of $1,800. Members may cancel their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles subscription at any time without penalty.

To enroll in Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com, or contact Matt Hartman, account manager at ALM, at 215-557-2393, or mhartman@alm.com.

Don't delay: to maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available.

FJD Seeks Applicants for 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. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

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. Judicial fellows work 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. 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 and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas 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's Beasley School of Law. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

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

YLD Photo Contest Entries Due Aug. 24

The Young Lawyers Division welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Standing Out from the Crowd," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive great gift certificates as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the people, buildings, sites or anything else that make Philadelphia unique. Creative interpretations of this year's theme are encouraged!

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Kaitlin Picco at YLDphotos@hotmail.com in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 24.

Homestead Exemption Deadline is July 31

Did you know that you could save money on your real estate taxes? Upon passage of legislation, the City of Philadelphia will be offering a Homestead Exemption for all homeowners in Philadelphia.

A Homestead Exemption means that if you own your home, you can qualify for a reduction of your home's reassessment, and therefore reduce your tax bill. There are no age or income restrictions and all homeowners in the city are encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply. All applications must be received by July 31. For more information, call 215-686-9200.

Culinary Contest to Benefit Philabundance

The Legal Intelligencer has cooked up a delicious challenge for law firms this summer, and we'd like you to participate in a creative culinary contest and cookbook benefitting Philabundance.

Here's how it works: Law firms can submit their top recipe to be displayed in the "Cooking Up Justice Cookbook" published on July 16. The law firm chef will present his/her recipe at our ultimate summer cook-off competition on July 19 at the Crystal Tea Room. There it will be sampled by a dynamic panel of judges including a top Philadelphia chef, Chef Linda Miles, chef instructor for the Philabundance community kitchen, and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo.

Great prizes will be awarded to the top recipes, with a portion of the proceeds going to Philabundance to help feed the hungry throughout the Delaware Valley (there is a charge to participate.)

The cook-off will be hosted by Mike Jerrick, co-host of "Good Day" on Fox29 and there will be amazing food and drink at the event for everyone (bakery chefs, vodka bar, coffee bar, hors oeuvres and more.)

For additional information on participation, please contact Donald Chalphin at 215-557-2359 dchalphin@alm.com.

NASBA Convention June 28 - 30

NASABA's Annual Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network.

This year's convention will be held June 28-30 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information and to register.

Phila. Hosting Judicial Conference in September

The United Nations Associations of the United States of America Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Philadelphia Bar Association (promotional partner) will present "The Globalization of the Rule of Law" International Judicial Conference on Sept. 10-11 in Philadelphia.

This two-day conference will feature special guests from the International Criminal Court, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court, Interpol, the FBI and international NGOs. The conference will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. Conference details and registration information will be available soon.

PNC Perspectives: The Impact of Natural Gas

In this month's PNC Perspectives, we explore the development of the natural shale gas industry in the United States, what it could mean for the future of the U.S. economy, and how this evolving topic may affect investors. Click here to read the interview.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

• SeniorLAW Center and the Wine School of Philadelphia will host "Wines from Around the World" on Tuesday, June 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St., 8th Floor. Tickets are $55 each or two for $99. To order tickets, visit www.seniorlawcenter.org/events, call 215-701-3203 or email lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training on how to defend a foreclosure case in litigation on Wednesday, July 11. The event will be held at Exelon Business Services Company, LLC, 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia in Energy Hall A. A free continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., during event registration. The CLE training program will be in two sessions, both mandatory, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers will receive four free CLE credits and one ethics credit (a total of five free CLE credits) in exchange for representing one client to the completion of the foreclosure action. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. To register or for more information, contact VIP Staff Attorney Maisha Elonai at melonai@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9553.

• Friends of Farmworkers will host a Tequila Tasting & Dinner from on Monday, July 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Tequilas Restaurant, 1602 Locust St. The dinner will include a three-course meal of traditional Mexican cuisine and will be held in a private dinning room that is limited to 20 people. Each course will be paired with a cocktail and a guided tequila tasting will be offered. Tickets are $250 each. To purchase tickets, please call 215-733-0878.

• PBI will present the CLE program "Representing Residential Landlords and Tenants" on Tuesday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (lunch included), at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Juniper Street entrance. This program will offer 6 CLE credits, 1 of which may be applied toward ethics. For more information or to register online visit pbi.org.

• The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will host its Summer Movie Party Friday, Aug. 17 at William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This year's selection is "Sudden Fear," a 1952 film noir starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Doors open at 6 p.m.; movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Food and drink is included in ticket price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Pre-paid reservations are recommended. Buy tickets at www.aidslawpa.org or call 215-587-9377.

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 2012.)

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

• 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.

Order Philadelphia County Court Rules Today

Published by The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia County Court Rules provides the most current and comprehensive coverage of newly adopted, amended and rescinded rules in the county along with editor's notes and comments. Rules are provided for Civil and Family, Criminal, Juvenile and Orphans' divisions, an index for each section, court officials and staff directory and forms for each section and a CD-ROM of writable forms.

New for 2012:

• Administrative order No. 01 of 2012, Motions to Vacate or Reduce Bail Forfeitures

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-01, Mass Tort and Asbestos Programs

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-02, Capital Case Counsel Qualification

To order visit www.lawcatalog.com/phila or call 215-557-2453.

Trying a Case in State Court June 26

PBI's "Trying a Case in State Court" covers initial court filings, the discovery process, settlement negotiation, the pre-trial process, voire dire and jury selection, trial and post-trial issues in one day. Gain insights you can’t get from reading the Rules of Civil procedure as you learn from seasoned practitioners who will take you through each step of the process. This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held Tuesday, June 26 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 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included. 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.

Monday, June 25
The Technology You Need to Start a Law Practice OR to Overhaul the One You Have
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLI - Fundamentals of Broker-Dealer Regulation 2012
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26
Trying a Case in State Court (From Start to Finish)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - Internal Investigations 2012
4.5 substantive, 1.5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 28
Mergers & Acquisitions
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, June 29
PLI - Understanding Patent Law 2012
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prisoner Civil Rights Litigation - 2012
2.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:30 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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