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July 23, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 57
 

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 Matt Hartman, account manager at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2393, or mhartman@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Revel in October and Save

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, Robson Forensic, JAMS, US Claims Inc., LexisNexis, Round Table Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, Special Counsel, Applied Discovery, LawCash, O'Neill Consulting Corporation, Lien Negotiation Counsel, Iron Mountain, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, FTI Consulting, JustLegalInc. 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.

Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits July 23

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program “Pennsylvania Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits – Is Your Charity Prepared to Defend Its Tax Exemption After a Recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case?” on Monday, July 23.

This 2 substantive CLE 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 for more information.

Animal Law Conference CLE July 23

Back for its ninth annual presentation, the Monday, July 23 Animal Law Conference is one of the most popular and entertaining CLEs of the year and a great way to network with others who are committed to animal welfare. The sessions offer something for everyone and visiting with the exhibitors and the animals makes this a truly unique experience in earning 6 substantive CLE credits.

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.
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute thanks petfinder.com for sponsoring the 9th Annual Animal Law Conference.

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup July 24

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included many decisions on fundamental issues of constitutional law and statutory analysis. Of course, the court’s assessment of the Affordable Care Act is momentous and historic. Still other cases are interesting and important by any other measure – exploring the scope of individual rights under the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, announcing developments in constitutional criminal procedure, and further refining the complex law of habeas corpus.

At PBI's Annual U.S. Supreme Court Roundup on Tuesday, July 24, panelists will review some of the term's most important decisions with a special focus on the health care decision. You'll want to take advantage of this course to update you on the Supreme Court's recent decisions.

This 3 substantive CLE credit 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.

Recognizing America's Judiciary July 24

The Directors Roundtable Institute will present "Recognizing America's Judiciary: A Dialogue with Leading Judges on Key Issues for Leaders of Business and the Community" on Tuesday, July 24.

The program begins at 6 p.m. at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom St. There is no fee to attend.

To register, visit www.directorsroundtable.com and click on "Current Events and Registration." For more information, call Karen Todd at (727) 493-2067 or e-mail Jack Friedman, president of the Directors Roundtable Institute, at karen.f.todd@gmail.com.

Settlements and Cooperation July 25

William D. Kennedy will discuss "Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Personal Injury Settlements: A Time for Cooperation Between Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys” at the Wednesday, July 25 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register for lunch.

Understanding Health Care Industry Fraud July 26

Learn what you need to know about the "Big 3" (the Anti-Kickback Statute; the Stark Law; and the False Claims Act) to protect your clients at PBI's "Understanding the Basics of Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Industry" on Thursday, July 26.

These three major federal fraud and abuse laws can lead to civil or criminal charges against hospitals, physicians and other health care entities. You’ll cover these major laws in addition to other federal and state fraud and abuse laws and regulations so you can address your clients’ needs.

Registration for this 4 substantive CLE 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 for more information.

Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet July 27

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" on Friday, July 27.

Learn how the Internet is changing the way legal professionals need to research and run their practice to competently represent their clients. Find out if failing to "Google" as part of the due diligence process could keep you from winning a case or successfully completing a transaction. Uncover the best research strategies and learn to master Google. Discover how attorneys are using free public record sites and sites with free "publicly available" information, including social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Google Plus, and LinkedIn) for discovery, trial preparation, background checks, and locating missing persons.

Click here for more information.

Handling the Obstreperous Lawyer July 31

Have you encountered an adversary who repeatedly violated the Rules of Civil Procedure, badgered you or your client, made false promises or generally behaved as a bully? Join the Women in the Profession Committee to learn how to effectively respond to the obstreperous lawyer on Tuesday, July 31.

Panelists including Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Sheryl L. Axelrod and Heidi G. Villari will discuss proper response tactics to ensure that your presentation remains focused and effective and to reduce the improper behavior in future proceedings. Specific topics will include handling difficult adversaries during depositions, court hearings and mediations, as well as before a judge and jury. The moderator for this program is Kathleen Kirkpatrick.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund.Click here to register.

PCRA Law and Practice CLE July 31

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "PCRA Law and Practice: What Every Philadelphia Practitioner Needs to Know" on Tuesday, July 31.

Two of the most informed practitioners in this area, Burton A. Rose and Robin Godfrey, chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office PCRA Unit, will help you to stay abreast of this complex and fast moving area of the law. The hour will include not only tips on present practice in Philadelphia, but will include the most recent Pennsylvania and U.S. Supreme Court rulings (including those regarding pleas and juvenile life without parole mandatory sentencings). The course planner is Isla A. Fruchter.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to re-ceive 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 for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to purchase lunch.

CSI at PBI on August 1

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute is bringing the drama of the popular TV shows to classrooms around the state. Literally walk into a crime scene, and join the forensic team as they solve a crime. This is better than TV! CSI at PBI will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Spend the day with some of the most tactical, scientific minds in the state - analyze the evidence found at the crime scene, learn about crime scene equipment, and follow the steps the forensic experts take when processing a scene. Partner with DAs and defense attorneys as they apply legal reasoning to the evidence collected; follow the chain of evidence from crime scene to courtroom.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

Evaluating the DUI Case CLE Aug. 3

From last call at the local pub to appearance before a judge, PBI's "Evaluating the DUI Case" will help you understand the laws, procedures and methods you can employ to help you prepare for a DUI case, whether you are prosecuting or defending. Learn how to use chemical testing to your advantage, why your client failed his/her field sobriety test, and how new legal developments can help or hinder your case.

This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held Friday, Aug. 3 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 for more information.

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.

Homestead Exemption Deadline Extended

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. For more information, call 215-686-9200.

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.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

• 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. Philadelphia Bar Association members can save 25 percent by using promo code 4729643 at checkout. To order visit www.lawcatalog.com/phila or call 215-557-2453.

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 23
Bioethics: A Legal, Medical and Theological Perspective
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Pennsylvania Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits - Is Your Charity Prepared to Defend Its Tax-Exempt Status After the Recent PA Supreme Court Case?
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, July 23 – Tuesday, July 24
PLI - Basics of International Taxation
12.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tuesday, July 24
Basics of Wage and Hour Law
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Representing Residential Landlord & Tenants
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Annual U.S. Supreme Court Roundup
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25
PA's Attorney-Client Privilege & Work Product Doctrine
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Finding Hidden Assets in Divorce and Support Cases (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 26
Understanding the Basics of Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Industry
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

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.
Community College of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Center

Disciplinary Diversion for Lawyers and Judges (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

Friday, July 27
The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation 2011 (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday, July 30
Practice Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 12:45 p.m.

Using Trusts and Insurance for Asset Protection (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31
Four County Civil Practice
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1 to 2 p.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Quartertly Meeting - The Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act - Where Are We Now (video)
2 substantive CLE credits
2:15 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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