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July 29, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 59
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Finding Common Ground
Among Generations in Workplace
at July 29 Leadership Institute

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...READ MORE
 

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.

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.

Google-Powered Law Office July 29

The PBI CLE program "The Google-Powered Law Office" offers search and research tips in a morning session and a discussion of low-cost Google tech tools and cloud apps in the afternoon. Chose one program or stay for the whole day on Monday, July 29. Click here to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Settlement Conference Advice with Judge Moss July 31

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, July 31 Medical Legal Committee program "Everything You Did Not Do But On The Third Day Of Trial Wish You Did At A Settlement Conference."

Judge Moss has presided over the successful resolution of hundreds of complex 7 and 8 figure cases as a trial Judge, team leader and is widely considered by members of the bar as one of the "go to" members of the bench capable of helping parties in resolving their most difficult cases.

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.

Workers' Comp Mediation CLE Aug. 1

At PBI's Thursday, Aug. 1 CLE program "How to Handle a Workers' Comp Mediation," you'll gain an insider's view from the claims perspective; analyze and prep your case to capture the attention of the judge; and use the judge and get your client involved. 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.

A Day on Real Estate CLE Aug. 6

"A Day on Real Estate" offers you six one-hour CLE sessions on a variety of topics taught by seasoned professionals on Tuesday, Aug. 6. These were some of the most popular sessions from PBI’s recent Real Estate Institute. Each hour you’ll hear a different real estate topic presented by various speakers. With 10-minute breaks between each session, you’ll move quickly through the day as you pick up a wealth of practical information, tips, and insights into the varied legal issues you need to know. 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.

Social Media in Your Law Practice Aug. 7

At PBI'S "Using Social Media in Your Law Practice" on Wednesday, Aug. 7, you'll learn how to friend users and influence people. Learn why you need to look both ways before blogging your case load and design a reasonable usage policy for your firm. Click here to register.

Helping Clients Out of Potential PR and Legal Nightmares

In the age of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, our clients make mistakes, sometimes out loud. When a client makes controversial comments publicly, their career might be in jeopardy. Knowing how to apologize effectively and with minimal legal fallout is a skill we should be able to help our clients to master.

This Thursday, Aug. 8 CLE program will be held from 11:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. Tuition includes a ticket to that day's 1:05 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs. Parking is not included. Click here for more information.

Employment Law, Management Issues for Solos, Small Firms

Christopher Ezold will present "Employment Law and Management Issues for Solo and Small Firms" at the Wednesday, Aug. 14 meeting of the Immigration Law Committee and the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for 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.

New P3 Infrastructure Act CLE Aug. 14

"The Anatomy of Pennsylvania's New P3 Infrastructure Act: Opportunities, Source Selection and Project Finance Solutions" helps you understand what a P3 project is and what it does. You'll examine the two basic P3 project types; hear an overview of the P3 Transportation Law; and explore key contract provisions in any P3 transportation agreement. Click here to learn more about this Wednesday, Aug. 14 CLE program.

Disability Life Planner to Speak Aug. 6

Disability Life Planner Michele A. Leahy will present "Building a Life: A Guide for Those Who Care for Persons with Disabilities" at the Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

Leahy dedicates her career to fellow disabled individuals and their families to assist them in navigating governmental programs, services and benefits while protecting their resources and assets from transition age into adulthood.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Board Observer Program Seeks Young Lawyers

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has developed the Board Observation Program, an initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their future careers.

Through the program, a young lawyer will be paired with a Philadelphia nonprofit service organization so as to observe that organization's board activities during the one-year program. If you are a young lawyer interested in becoming a Board Observer or if you are a nonprofit organization and would like to express an interest in having an Observer next year, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Seeks Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its two annual awards – The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Pro Bono Award.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award, originally established by the Apothaker family in honor of Louis D. Apothaker, recognizes a public interest attorney who is dedicating his or her life to promoting equal access to justice for all by working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 stipend is presented in recognition of excellence in providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

The Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found at www.philabarfoundation.org.

Bar Association Elections Committee Formed

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee. Chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth, it consists of Jennifer S. Coatsworth, John Encarnacion, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Aneesh A. Mehta, Ourania Papademetriou, Scott W. Reid, James A. Rocco III, Eric H. Weitz and Marc J. Zucker. Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III and Secretary Sophia Lee serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the secretary, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 10, 2013 annual meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration at sknight@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Sophia Lee, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

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; LexisNexis; 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.

Volunteers Sought for New Education Law Committee

The Association's new Education Law Committee provides a forum to examine important initiatives affecting education, recent developments in the law and the Bar's role in this area. Our Association has not had an Education Law Committee in many years, and there is no more important time than now to examine the critical issues of access to education, development of our youth, and the intersection of the law at all levels - including pre-K to 12th grade, as well as colleges and universities.

The Committee will also study the expansion of youth courts in Philadelphia and the Bar's role in assisting that effort. City Council has accepted a series of recommendations for setting up youth courts in schools that work in tandem with the juvenile justice system.

Additionally, the Committee will facilitate the Bar's award-winning Advancing Civic Education Program, or ACE, which over the past five years has placed more than 150 volunteer lawyers and judges into 14 public high schools and three elementary schools to provide supplemental civics education, including the fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution.

The Committee also meets and collaborates with public officials and agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, leveraging the strengths of their offices to help with the Committee's efforts to engage the education bar, and discusses ideas for potential trainings/programs/panels and topics to energize Philadelphia's education attorneys.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of our new Education Law Committee, please contact Committee Co-Chair Joshua Richards of Saul Ewing LLP at jrichards@saul.com, or Co-Chair Mary Gay Scanlon of Ballard Spahr LLP at scanlonm@ballardspahr.com.

Join the New Committee on Insurance Practice

The Philadelphia Bar Association has created a new Committee on Insurance Practice for attorneys involved in insurance practice on all sides, such as subrogation, bad faith litigation, and other aspects the practice. The committee was formed with the intention of being as widely inclusive as possible and to partner with other sections and committees of the Association on events and initiatives where appropriate.

"A lot of law firms will be very interested in this, and more attorneys will want to be members of the Philadelphia Bar Association because of this Committee," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

The Committee on Insurance Practice is chaired by Sean P. O'Donnell of Cozen O'Connor. For more information about the committee or to join, contact O'Donnell at sodonnell@cozen.com.

Windsor's Impact on Family Law Aug. 5

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in United States v. Windsor, which determined that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage for federal purposes as being limited to one man and one woman, was declared unconstitutional. Join the Family Law Section and LGBT Rights Committee for a discussion on what this decision may mean for Pennsylvania family law on Monday, Aug. 5.

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

Last Days of Big Law July 30 at Constitution Center

Noam Scheiber, senior editor, The New Republic and Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO will discuss "The Last Days of Big Law" on Tuesday, July 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

Noam Scheiber is a senior editor at The New Republic magazine in Washington, D.C., and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.S. in math from Tulane University. Scheiber has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Slate. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR. His book "The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery" was released in 2012 and provides an insider perspective on the Obama administration's economic team and their handling of the economic recovery.

Jeffrey Rosen is the National Constitution Center’s president and CEO, appointed to the position by the Center's Board of Trustees in May 2013. He is a professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 1997, and is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. Rosen is an author and a highly regarded journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times called him "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."' He received the 2012 Golden Pen Award from the Legal Writing Institute for his "extraordinary contribution to the cause of better legal writing."

Admission to the program is free. Program attendees are encouraged to register at endofbiglaw.eventbrite.com.

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.

Public Interest Programs Planned

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. For more information contact Liz Dunn at dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• 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.

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

The 2013 Legal Directory has more than 17,000 attorney and 1,600 law firm listings. It is conveniently indexed so you can effortlessly find what you’re looking for in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks County areas. Each listing is complete with name, full address, phone, fax and email and cab be accessed via print, computer, tablet or mobile device. The 2013 Legal Directory also includes corporate counsel listings, judges index, federal, Pennsylvania and county government listings, and much more. To order, call 800-722-7670 x2453 or visit lawcatalog.com/ld13.

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.

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 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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