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June 27, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 54
 

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. Association members who register before Sept. 13 can save $80! 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; 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.

Town Hall Meeting on Marriage Decisions June 27

The LGBT Rights Committee will hold a Town Hall Meeting, "How the United States Supreme Court Marriage Decisions Impact You," on Thursday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., in Philadelphia. The event is co-sponsored by the Mazzoni Center.

On Wednesday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue what are expected to be historic rulings on same-sex marriage.

The Court will decide if the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection for people of the same sex who are legally married under the laws of their state.

The justices will also decide if the state of California can define marriage as the union of only a man and a woman without violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The case challenges the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8. The proposition passed in 2008 to amend the state constitution to limit marriage to same-sex couples. The case challenges the proposition on equal protection and due process grounds.

Panelists for the Town Hall Meeting will include Rebecca G. Levin and Michael L. Viola, Co-Chairs of the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee; Leonore F. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law; Tiffany Palmer, Shareholder at Jerner & Palmer, P.C.; and David M. Rosenblum, Legal Director of the Mazzoni Center.

Effective Legal Negotiation Skills CLE June 27

Nationally recognized negotiation expert Professor Charles B. Craver will present the CLE program "Effective Legal Negotiation Skills" on Thursday, June 27.

This full day program is designed to help you identify the techniques you see and use every day, while providing you with the tools you need to respond and bargain effectively. Time will be given for you to practice the skills in an intimate classroom setting. Click here to register.

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.

Mortgage Foreclosure Defense CLE June 28

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, will present a seminar providing updates on the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program as well as one hour of ethics CLE. This training is most appropriate for attorneys that work in mortgage foreclosure defense or have completed Philadelphia VIP’s Mortgage Foreclosure Negotiation or Litigation trainings. In the first half hour, we will discuss updates and changes to the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion program, including new federal modification options.

The program will held Friday, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Fox Rothshild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th floor.

After this brief refresher, we will move into an hour ethics discussion. This will include an interactive poverty simulation, as well as a discussion on the ethics of advising low-income clients on how best to handle their mortgage foreclosure matter. We will address the difficult question of guiding clients who want to remain in their homes despite serious affordability or safety concerns as well as other challenging situations.

Attorneys receive 1 free Ethics CLE credit and .5 substantive CLE credit if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Click here to register or call Susan at 215-523-9569. Space is limited.

This seminar will be taught by Bob Lukens, Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services and Consultant to the Office of Housing and Community Development, Stefanie Seldin, Managing Attorney at VIP, and Susan Wysor Nguema, Homeownership Advocate at VIP.

Asset Seizure Discussion July 1

Joan Esmonde, Chief Assistant District Attorney for Child Support Enforcement, will discuss asset seizure pursuant to state and federal financial institution data match rules at the Monday, July 1 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Using Trusts as Building Blocks CLE July 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Using Trusts as Building Blocks for Your Client’s Estate Plan" on Tuesday, July 9.

Choose the morning program, the afternoon program or attend all day. Programs include "Common Trust Techniques for the Foundation of an Estate Plan" and "Sophisticated Trust Techniques for the High Net Worth Client." Click here to register.

E-Discovery for Small Firm, Solo Practitioner July 9

Shawn Huston, CEO of Legal Support Partners, will present "E-Discovery 101 for the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner" at the Tuesday, July 9 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

As the volume of available data continues to increase, e-Discovery issues can now be found in almost any type of matter. Without the resources of the larger firms, this is becoming a disproportionate burden on smaller firms and their clients. Find out how you can use electronic documents and data to your advantage and level the e-Discovery playing field.

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. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

The Amazing Case CLE July 11

In the Thursday, July 11 CLE "The Amazing Case," Michael P. Cash and Thomas A. Mauet demonstrate – by trying the case to you, the jury – how to present both the complexities and the mundane aspects of a commercial matter in an appealing and engaging manner. Their direct and cross-examination of the financial expert alone will return dividends on your CLE investment. Click here to register.

Apps for Workers' Compensation Lawyers CLE July 12

As attorneys become more and more mobile, they are using smartphones, iPads, tablets and other devices to help them stay in touch, as well as prepare and review documents, and provide better service to their clients. In this Friday, July 12 program, workers' compensation attorney and technology consultant Dan Siegel will provide an overview of the many apps available to help workers' compensation lawyers represent their clients more efficiently.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch through the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Registration and lunch 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

How to Represent a Client at Mediation July 16

Judge Richard Klein and mediator Judy Shopp will provide guidance regarding how attorneys can maximize the benefits of the mediation process at a Tuesday, July 16 CLE program presented by the ADR Committee.

The speakers utilize vignettes based on an actual "Boston Legal" episode to fuel the program discussion. In the vignettes, the "actors" will demonstrate 12 mistakes lawyers frequently make when changing gears from trial to mediation.

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.

Registration and lunch 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup July 22

At the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 2nd Annual U.S. Supreme Court Roundup on Monday, July 22, you'll learn about important rulings on issues such as affirmative action and same sex marriage; as well as updates on habeas and criminal law. Click here to register.

Protections Against Eviction for Victims of Partner Violence

Over the past 30 years, federal, state, and local legislatures have all passed statutes granting domestic and sexual violence victims various housing protections. In Philadelphia, the federal Fair Housing Act, the Violence Against Women Act, Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance, and Philadelphia's Fair Housing Ordinance protect domestic violence victims' housing rights and prohibit landlords from evicting domestic and sexual violence victims under certain circumstances. These fair housing laws not only prevent unnecessary evictions but also give victims protections from discrimination as they seek new housing.
The Real Property Section CLE program "Protections Against Eviction for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence" on Tuesday, July 23 will provide an overview of the housing rights and responsibilities that apply to landlords and to domestic and sexual violence victims.

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.

Registration and lunch 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register for lunch.

Ohlbaum on Evidence-Advocacy July 25

Professor Edward D. Ohlbaum will dissect, discuss and demonstrate how evidence and advocacy interface at a Thursday, July 25 CLE program. The relationship between evidence and trial advocacy enables you, as an advocate, to demonstrate how an evidentiary principle makes your presentation more believable. It also permits you to make an opponent pay a price for having abused or disregarded the relationship.

Because the law of evidence is analytically integrated with the law of trial advocacy, the respective foundations of evidentiary rules provide the keys to persuasion. Trial lawyers who articulate these evidentiary principles in their questions and speeches become more persuasive advocates simply because many of the principles on which the rules of evidence are based are the same principles that govern persuasive courtroom performance. Click here to register.

Immigration Law, AILA Update July 11

The Immigration Law Committee will discuss immigration updates from the AILA Annual Conference at its Thursday, July 11 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Please bring your lunch, beverages will be provided. There is no cost to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

Public Interest Programs Planned

Juvenile Law Center will hold its 3rd Annual Quizzo Night Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Fergie's Pub, 1214 Samson St. This event will feature two games running at the same time - one upstairs, one downstairs. Each team costs $200 (maximum of 10 people per team. The winning team in each game will receive a $50 Fergie's gift certificate and will enter a lightning round to determine the champion team. All proceeds benefit Juvenile Law Center. Register online at www.jlc.org.

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present its 14th annual Summer Movie party on Friday, July 19. Each summer, colleagues, friends and supporters of the AIDS Law Project enjoy a movie night courtesy of the Secret Cinema. This year's party starts at 6 p.m., at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.aidslawpa.org or call 215-587-9377.

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the annual Public Interest Reception on Thursday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, 30 South 17th St. This annual reception celebrates the accomplishments of law students working in public service and offers them an opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys. Please RSVP at publicinterestlaw.eventbrite.com by Monday, July 15. For more information contact Liz Dunn at dunn@law.villanova.edu.

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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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