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July 15, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 57
 

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.

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.

Sales, Acquisitions of Small Businesses July 17

Susan Freedman, an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions, will provide an overview of the sale and acquisition process from the perspective of owners and buyers of small businesses, at the Wednesday, July 17 meeting of the Small Business Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Ballard Spahr LLP. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.
Please contact Julie Ward at wardj@ballardspahr.com or 215-864-8569 to register.

Anatomy of a Superstar Deposition CLE July 17

Join Robert Musante, one of the country's leading teachers of deposition cross-examination skills, for a fun and supremely practical CLE "Anatomy of a "Superstar” Deposition" on Wednesday, July 17.

Through highly entertaining use of video clips, compare your critical deposition-taking skills with those of brilliant David Boies, who crossed swords with Bill Gates in an intensely contentious three-day deposition in one of the most high-profile civil cases in the history of the country. Learn how to take far better adverse fact witness depositions. Click here to register.

Two Parts Contract Program CLE July 18

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Two Part Contracts Program" on Thursday, July 18. Attendees can choose the morning program, the afternoon program or attend all day. Join us in the morning to examine the process of drafting contracts, particularly with an eye toward avoiding litigation and protecting your client if litigation arises. In the afternoon, focus on the litigation process and the unique aspects of trying a breach of contract case, including insights from judges. 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.

Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act CLE July 23

The crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act are among the most heralded developments in securities laws in years. These provisions, along with the provisions of the JOBS Act allowing for general solicitations in offerings to accredited investors, have the potential to significantly ease the burdens of capital raising for small businesses.

The Tuesday, July 23 Private Equity & Venture Capital Committee CLE Program "Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act: Capital Raising for your Business" will assist attendees in understanding what crowdfunding is, how it will work, and its part in the future of capital raising. 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.

Learn About NJ Estate Practice at July 24 CLE

There are differences between New Jersey and Pennsylvania Estate Law. PBI's "What PA Lawyers Need to Know About NJ Estate Practice" on Wednesday, July 24 will highlight some of the distinctions and examine the laws, issues and practice challenges that Pennsylvania attorneys need to know to effectively represent their clients. Hear about New Jersey estate planning issues, New Jersey administration matters as well as New Jersey litigation considerations. There will be time at the end for questions and answers. Click here to register.

Cyber Insurance: Mitigating Inevitable Risk July 24

The Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee will present the CLE program "Cyber Insurance: Mitigating Inevitable Risk" on Wednesday, July 24.

The panel will discuss all aspects of evaluating and selecting cyber insurance from the points of view of purchaser, broker, and insurer, and will answer your questions regarding this important topic.
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.

Finding Common Ground Among Generations in Workplace

With the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y working side by side, some unique communication challenges have emerged in the workplace. At the Monday, July 29 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program "Four Generations in the Workplace: Finding Common Ground," we will explore the differences of what the demographic groups want, how tensions arise and how to find common ground.

We will also delve into the unique issues that impact women in supporting each other. Attendees will leave the program inspired by a better understanding and respect for generational differences and commonalities. They will also gain tools to improve communication and teambuilding across generational lines.

Speakers for the program are Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president, Law & Reorder and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and Suzanne F. Kaplan, president, Talent Balance. 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.

Women in the Profession Speed Networking July 30

Join the Women in the Profession Committee for speed networking at its Tuesday, July 30 meeting. The speed networking will include attendees spending five-minute intervals with each other in which they will describe their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee. This meeting will provide the perfect opportunity for those who are short on time to network with other Committee members. This program was a huge success last year, so please join us.

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.

International Aspects of Mergers, Acquisitions July 26

Raymond D. Agran will discuuss international aspects of mergers and acquisitions at a Friday, July 26 CLE program presented by International Business Initiative Committee.

Agran will address issues unique to companies involved in international matters, international arbitration and venues for disputes. He will highlight issues that arise regarding choice of law, jurisdiction, languages of documents, transfer pricing and currency issues, payment, intellectual property protection, employment issues (distribution and sales agency arrangements), methods of limitation of liability and effects of treaties, among many other concerns. Problems to be avoided will also be discussed.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Arbitration: Problems, Solutions & Developments July 31

At PBI's Wednesday, July 31 CLE program "Arbitration: Problems, Solutions & Developments," attendees will learn practical tips on how the latest arbitration decisions, statutes and regulations will affect consumers, financial institutions, small businesses, employers, employees and litigators. Click here to learn more about this 3 substantive credit program.

How a Litigation Notebook Can Help You Win July 31

At the July 31 CLE program "How a Litigation Notebook Can Help You Win," you'll learn how to master the art of building a litigation notebook. Learn how to build your notebook to assist in telling your client's story. Discover how a litigation notebook can help the solo practitioner level the playing field against the larger firms. Identify the "essential" documents to include in your notebook. Click here to register.

Evidentiary Challenges in Family Law Aug. 1

Family law cases often present the unique situation where the client is "sleeping with the enemy." Our expert practitioners will discuss practical approaches to keeping electronic communications and digital information private and secure, even from the opposition close by at the Thursday, Aug. 1 CLE "Evidentiary Challenges in Family Law - Traditional and Electronic Communications." Points in the program will address how to obtain digital information legally, what to do if the client provides you with information obtained illegally, and perhaps most importantly, how to effectively use electronic evidence in court. Click here to register.

Violence in the Workplace CLE Aug. 2

Explore what liability exists for the employer for workplace violence by an employee, customer or client so that you can better advise your clients at the Friday, Aug. 2 CLE program "Violence in the Workplace - What Employers Need to Know and Do About It". Examine the many laws that govern health and safety in the workplace and delve into ways for limiting employer and third party liability. And also understand the rights of employees. Click here to register.

Continuing the Conversation with Women Bar Leaders Aug. 7

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome another group of women leaders of several affinity bar associations who will discuss their roles and reflections on the historic number of women currently serving overlapping terms as leaders of minority, ethnic and other bar associations locally, regionally and beyond on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

The speakers are Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society; Erica Smith-Klocek, president, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania; and Nancy J. Winkler, president, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

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. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

Cruise Ship Woes CLE July 31

The cruise industry has certainly been in the news lately, virtually all negative publicity - from the loss of 32 lives on the Costa Concordia in Italy to the round-the-clock coverage of Carnival Cruises' Triumph stranded at sea with no toilets, no air conditioning and hundreds of miserable passengers, the negative aspects of cruising have been in the limelight. Join PBI on Wednesday, July 31 to explore how all of these recent developments are making new law. Learn the unique aspects of litigation against cruise providers and be able to answer your client's basic questions about their rights and remedies. Consider your and your families risks, choices and legal rights when deciding where and whether to choose a cruise for your next vacation. Click here to learn more.

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse Offers Deal for Bar Members

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 1901 John F. Kennedy Blvd., is offering Bar Association members a special dinner price of $39.50 (tax, gratuity, dessert and beverages not included) for the months of July and August.

This is not valid with any other promotion/coupon offer, it is not valid Friday, Saturday, holidays or blocked dates. Call 215-531-5838 for reservations. The reservation code for the special price is CPP 500 The Philadelphia Bar Association.

Child Advocates Golf Classic Sept. 30

Reserve your foursome now for the 8th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 30 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Bring clients and colleagues and try your luck (and skill) at one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania. A day on the greens provides your organization with a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities and to register. For questions, contact cgalbally@advokid.org or 267-546-9216.

Public Interest Programs Planned

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.

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

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Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392, or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

PNC Perspectives: Housing Rebound Fortifies Households

The financial stress on U.S. households from the Great Recession is easing, according to the PNC U.S. Household Economic Stress Index. 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. He explained some of the nuances of the HESI. Click here to read the interview.

Basics of Employment Law July 18

Need to better understand the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee in the workplace? Perhaps like many lawyers, you are an employer and must deal with a host of employment matters within your own firm. Or perhaps you are interested in expanding your practice in the very active field of employment law or just need a refresher. Maybe you are in-house counsel or don't practice in this field, but you require some knowledge of employment law. If you fit any of those situations, this course is the perfect way to master the fundamentals. Here is your opportunity to understand the procedures you need to follow when handling the most common employment claims. You’ll examine the basics of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the law of sexual harassment, privacy issues, and social media in the workplace. This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held Thursday, July 18 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 4 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, July 15
Snapshots of Special Education Law
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term: Looking Forward (video)
2 substantive CLE credits
1 to 3 p.m.

26th Annual Civil Litigation Update Encore
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16
Fee Agreements
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The Essentials of Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy Practice
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Fee Practices Pointers & Traps of Fee Agreements (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
2 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17
Anatomy of a Superstar Deposition
6.5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - Fundamentals of Investment Adviser Regulation
5.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 18
Drafting to Avoid or Win Litigation (morning program)
Litigating Breach of Contract Actions (afternoon program)
2.5 substantive, 0.5 ethics CLE credits each session
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Basics of Employment Law
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, July 19
Police Misconduct and the Defense of Criminal Cases (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The Ethics of a Level Playing Field (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
2 to 3 p.m.

Monday, July 22
Second Annual U.S. Supreme Court Roundup
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Separation of Church and State (video)
2 substantive CLE credits
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23
Family Law 101
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23 - Wednesday, July 24
PLI - Basics of International Taxation 2013
12.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Wednesday, July 24
The Law of Guns in Pennsylvania
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25
Ohlbaum on Evidence Advocacy: Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Strategic Negotiator (video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, July 26
Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in a Post-Sandusky World (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Assisting a Colleague in Distress (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, July 29
The Google-Powered Law Office: Search Tricks & Research Tips (morning)
Low-Cost Google Tech Tools & Cloud Apps (afternoon)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Toolbox (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.

From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30
Title Insurance 101
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Presenting to a Zoning Hearing Board in the Burbs (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31
Arbitration: Problems, Solutions & Developments
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

How a Litigation Notebook Can Help You Win
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Understanding Social Security Retirement (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
1 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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