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July 21, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 55
 

Register Now, Save $70 for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014. Association members who register before Sept. 19 can save $70! 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, Bellia Print & Design, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, MCS E-Document Service, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., 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.

Snapshots of Special Education Law July 22

Join PBI for a "snapshot" look at four independent areas of special education law that are essential stepping stones on the road to effectively advocating for your client on Tuesday, July 22.

Snapshots include "Introduction to Special Education Law," "Specific Learning Disability Determination," "School Violence, Bullying & Social Skills Training" and "Evidentiary Issues in Special Education Litigation." The program runs 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.

Basics of Wage and Hour Law July 22

Find out how workers are classified under the law and discover what constitutes "working time" at PBI's "Basics of Wage & Hour Law - Getting Paid in Pennsylvania" on Tuesday, July 22.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

YLD Networking Happy Hour July 22 at Finn McCool's

Join your friends and colleagues for a YLD Networking Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 22 at Finn McCool's Ale House, 118 S. 12th St. at 5:30 p.m. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. Complimentary appetizers and drink specials will be available. RSVP not required. The YLD Networking Happy Hour is co-hosted by Philadelphia VIP and sponsored by TransPerfect.

International Law Committee Meeting July 23

Please join the members of the International Law Committee for an open meeting to discuss the administration of the various relationships the Philadelphia Bar Association has with foreign bar associations.

The Philadelphia Bar Association currently has formal relationships with the bar associations of Lyon, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Montreal, Canada. Our long-standing relationship with the Lyon Bar Association has led to increased ties between the city of Philadelphia and the Rhone Alps region, a successful 17-year-long attorney exchange program, and international business and legal collaboration. Through our relationship with the Lyon Bar, the Manchester Law Society (United Kingdom) has expressed interest in having a friendship agreement with the Philadelphia Bar as well. More agreements with other foreign bar associations may be formalized in the coming year. These relationships are excellent vehicles for business development, sharing of information, and developing international relationships.

Though these relationships have been informally managed within the International Law Committee for years, the Philadelphia Bar Association has asked the International Law Committee to take a more active and official role in managing and expanding these and future relationships. The open committee meeting is intended to get input from members of the committee and Philadelphia Bar Association members at large with an interest in the international legal community on how we can maximize these relationships. Some agenda items include:

  • Identifying key people interested in being a "point person" or generally aiding the development of a relationship with a foreign bar association
  • The development and administration of law student and attorney exchange programs, such as exists currently with the Lyon Bar Association, with an eye toward maintaining connections with the alumni of our exchange programs
  • Discussion on how we can foster the exchange of legal knowledge and educational materials with foreign colleagues
  • Exploring opportunities to coordinate with Philadelphia's business community, international chambers of commerce, and consular corps to maximize these relationships and make Philadelphia more hospitable to foreign legal and business relationships.
  • Identifying ways to evaluate the economic impact of these relationships on our region.

If you are interested in working in a team to help foster and administer these relationships, please join us on July 23rd at noon. All are welcome.

There is no cost to attend this program, which 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.

Trial of a Federal Court Case CLE July 23

Watch a trial unfold from opening statements through jury deliberations at PBI's "Trial of a Federal Court Case" on Wednesday, July 23.

At this program, discover what most influenced the jury and gain insight from an experienced jury consultant. There will be Q&A time with jurors after the verdict and discover how personal styles of lawyers and witnesses impact the jury.

Registration for this 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.

Increasing Diversity Among U.S. Magistrate Judges July 24

The Federal Magistrate Judges Association Board and Diversity Committee will present "Increasing Diversity Among Federal Magistrate Judges" on Thursday, July 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Join members of FMJA's Diversity Committee, a Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel Chairperson, and esteemed federal judges from across the country in a panel discussion on the path to becoming and life as a federal magistrate judge, the need for judicial diversity, how to increase diversity, and more!

The event will be held in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St. For more information contact the chambers of Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells or MSeng@caed.uscourts.gov or call 215-597-7833. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Pain Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together July 24

Because pain is a challenging concept to prove, PBI offers an exciting new program to help you litigate your next pain case. On Thursday, July 24, a multidisciplinary team of doctors and attorneys will provide an in-depth overview of the most up-to-date and cutting edge knowledge of diagnosis and treatments of pain syndromes, as well as tips on how to use this knowledge in representing your clients.

The program will be held from 8:25 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.

Elder Law Institute July 24-25

The Elder Law Institute is the perfect way to make sure you are keeping pace with all of the latest development. Draw on some of the best thinking available anywhere for handling today's elder law issues at the two-day program on Thursday and Friday, July 24-25.

Check in and continental breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. both days and the program runs from 8:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets (12th Street Concourse). Click here to register.

Personal Branding in the Workplace July 29

In today's attention-deficit culture, it's not enough to be memorable. It's a good first start, but you need more. You need a personal brand which is your "promise" of high value and consistent quality to your targeted audiences. Building a personal brand reflects the essence of why someone should retain you and what they will receive when they do.

Join Kimberly Alford Rice for "Personal Branding in the Workplace and Beyond" at the Tuesday, July 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Four County Civil Practice CLE July 30

Navigating through the local practices and learning the unwritten rules are difficult, especially the less obvious ones. Prepare yourself for litigating in the neighboring counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties at the Wednesday, July 30 CLE program "Four County Civil Practice."

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Workplace Investigations CLE July 31

Every employer will face the need to investigate one or more of its employees. More and more employers are recognizing what an important tool a workplace investigation can be in discovering problems and preventing their reoccurrence. Get a step-by-step guide to how to conduct a workplace investigation at a Thursday, July 31 CLE program.

Registration for this 3-credit program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Piercing the Corporate Veil July 31

What is "veil piercing" and how can it be used to recover damages? Learn this and more at PBI's "Piercing the Corporate Veil" on Thursday, July 31.

Get the basics including: What factors determine whether the veil will be pierced? How do you set up and operate a business to avoid piercing of the veil? How can an expert assist in evaluating whether the veil should be pierced? How do Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware laws differ? You'll also hear from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware litigators.

The program will be held from 12 to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Cybersecurity Law 101 CLE Aug. 4

Think cybersecurity has nothing to do with you? Think again. Finally, there's a CLE program for novice and tech-savvy attorneys that explains how cybersecurity laws are relevant to you and your clients.

PBI's team of practicing attorneys and industry experts will teach you the risks and legal obligations involved in the collection, storage, and use of sensitive data. Learn how to issue-spot and counsel your clients on legal requirements that span state, federal, and international constitutions, statutes, regulations, and cases.

The Monday, Aug. 4 program will be held from 12:30 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.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies Aug. 18

Join your colleagues and friends on Monday, Aug. 18 when the Phillies take on the Seattle Mariners at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.

A portion of every ticket sold for Philadelphia Bar Association Night at the Phillies will benefit SeniorLAW Center. Tickets are only $33 and can only be ordered by online by clicking here. You can also call the Phillies sales office at 215-463-5000 and ask for tickets for Bar Association Night.

YLD Law Star Game Oct. 1 Benefits Bar Foundation

The YLD Law Star Game with The Legal Intelligencer featuring Firm Counsel vs. In-House Counsel will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Campbell's Field, home the of the Camden Riversharks. Join us for a Home Run Derby, Kids Fun Zone and much, much more! The event will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Registration will open soon.

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 lovecourtreporting.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.

• 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.

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: Family Wealth Transfer and Interest Rates

In this month's interview, we sat down with with Martyn Babitz, National Director of Estate Planning for Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth®, to discuss some of the family wealth transfer opportunities offered in both low and high interest rate environments. Click here to read the entire article.

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 21
The Role of Indemnity and Insurance in Business Litigation
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

PLI - Ethics for In-House Corporate Counsel 2014
2 ethics CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22
Basics of Wage and Hour Law
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Snapshots of Special Education Law
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 am to 3:45 pm; check-in at 8:00 am, lunch included

Tuesday, July 22 – Wednesday, July 23
PLI - Basics of International Taxation 2014
12.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23
A Trial of a Federal Court Case
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday. July 24
The Pain Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
6 substantive CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Winning Numbers (PEG) (Video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, July 25
Ethics Potpourri - Being Tech Savvy is the New Rule (Video)
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, July 28
Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2014 (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Taxes in Real Estate Transactions: What Every Real Lawyers Needs to Know (Video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29
Clarence Darrow: Crimes Causes and the Courtroom
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Nuts & Bolts of Adoption Practice in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30
Maxims Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Four County Civil Practice
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Nonprofit Series: Fundraising in the Internet Era (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 31
Piercing the Corporate Veil
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Workplace Investigations: A Practitioner's View
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1
Communication Essentials (PEG) (Video)
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Questions? Putting the Family Law Question Puzzle Together for the Non Family Law Practitioner
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4
Cybersecurity Law 101
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4 – Tuesday, Aug. 5
PLI - The Evolving World 2014
13.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5:15 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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