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Aug. 20, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 61
 

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, CodeMantra, Signature Information Solutions, 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.


Donate Scholarship for Bench-Bar Conference

Scholarships to the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being sought so Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys can attend the Oct. 5-6 event at Revel in Atlantic City.

Created in 2006, the scholarship program has provided approximately 30 scholarships per year. Benefactors will be recognized in the on-site program and in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter. You can send your firm's check payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. If you have any questions, please contact Regina Foley, chair, 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Scholarship Committee, at (215) 255-4438, or Maria Feeley, chair, 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, at (215) 981-4129.

The Philadelphia Bar Association would like to thank the following law firms for providing scholarships to public interest and government service lawyers for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Kovler & Rush, P.C.; Duffy + Partners; State Civil Litigation Section; Real Property Section; Messa and Associates, P.C.; Raynes McCarty; Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.

Scholarships Available to Bench-Bar & Annual Conference

Scholarships to the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, being held Oct. 5-6 at Revel Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., are available by lottery to Association Members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Friday, Oct. 5 at Revel as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 12 via email. You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Social Media in the Workplace Aug. 20

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Contending With Social Media in the Workplace - A Guide for Employers in an Age of Rapidly Evolving Technology" on Monday, Aug. 20.

Lunch and registration begin 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.

Construction Defect Litigation Aug. 21

Construction defect claims represent one of the fastest growing areas of litigation. Claims related to faulty workmanship and structural defects resulting in water infiltration, mold and other consequential damages pose a tremendous liability to developers, design professional contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, their respective insurers, and anyone else involved in a construction project.

The faculty at PBI's "Construction Defect Litigation: Claims and Coverage" will provide step-by-step advice on construction defect litigation - how builders risk, professional liability and other policies respond to claims on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Click here for more information.

Settlements and Cooperation Aug. 22

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, Aug. 22 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.

How Juries View Tractor Trailer Accidents Aug. 22

Presented in a mock trial format under Pennsylvania's new joint and several theory of liability, PBI's "How Juries View Tractor Trailer Accidents after Joint and Several," complete with judge and jury, allows you to discover what jurors really think about the case as you watch a behind the scenes jury deliberation.

You will have the opportunity to see what motivates jurors to award, or not award, damages and which facts are considered most important to their decision. The program will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center. Click here for more information.

Immigration Law Committee on Deferred Action

The Immigration Law Committee will discuss the new deferred action regulations and how to prepare and file these applications at the Committee's Wednesday, Aug. 22 meeting.

This brown-bag lunch meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Beverages will be provided. Registration is required. Click here to register.

YLD Photo Contest Entries Due Aug. 24

The Young Lawyers Division welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Standing Out from the Crowd," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive great gift certificates as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the people, buildings, sites or anything else that make Philadelphia unique. Creative interpretations of this year's theme are encouraged!

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Kaitlin Picco at YLDphotos@hotmail.com in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 24.

WIP Newsletter Deadline is Sept. 4

The Sept. 4 deadline for contributions to the Beacon, the newsletter for the Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is approaching. You are invited to contribute to the Beacon by providing any of the following:

• Substantive articles with in-depth interest to members should be sent to the attention of Jane Dalton at Dalton@duanemorris.com or Jessica Mackner at Jessica.mackner@gmail.com.

• Book reviews on topics of general interest to membership. Fiction or non-fiction reviews are both welcome. Book reviews should be sent to the attention of Christa Frank at cfrank@mmwr.com.

• Any professional news regarding yourself or another committee member should be forwarded to Jennifer Weed at jweed@lavin-law.com or Phyllis Epstein at Phyllis@eselaw.com.

Please let us know of any news or events happening (past or future) in your practice area or with other professional women’s organizations that are of general interest. News announcements should be forwarded to the attention of Christine Soares at csoares@foxrothschild.com.

Workers' Comp CLE on Head Traumas Sept. 7

Dr. Steven Mazlin will review head traumas, highlighting identification, symptoms, and treatment, while analyzing medical records and mechanism of injury to determine causation in workers' compensation cases at a Friday, Sept. 7 CLE program.

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 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.

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 register for lunch.

Thurgood Marshall Nominations Due by Sept. 14

Nominations are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party.

The award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The award should be for longtime service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

This year's Awards Committee is co-chaired by James Funt and Kevin Mincey. Nominations and/or questions should be sent to either jamesfunt@aol.com or kmincey@moodyshields.com.

All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

In addition, you may make recommendations for the Cesare Beccaria Award, presented annually to one who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria. The Beccaria Award recognizes a member of the Philadelphia Bar who has had distinguished achievement in the field of education in criminal justice, including legal and/or general education activities in the field. The Justinian Society participates in the award and its presentation. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

Nonprofit Fundraising Sept. 17

The Young Lawyer Division, in conjunction with the Board Observation Program, will present a basic introduction to fundraising sources with C. Terrill Thompson on Monday, Sept. 17.

This session will also explore the role of board members in fundraising, barriers to making "the ask" and tips for successful fundraising. This session will also discuss the importance of integrating fundraising into other aspects of nonprofit organizations.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Judge Tereshko on Medical Malpractice Sept. 19

Judge Allan L. Tereshko, supervising judge of the Civil Division of the First Judicial District, will discuss trends and statistics of the inventory of medical malpractice case filings and verdicts for 2011 and 2012 at the Wednesday, Sept. 19 meeting of the Medical Legal 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 $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.

17th Annual Bankruptcy Institute Sept. 20

Join a panel of eight U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges at the 17th Annual Bankruptcy Institute on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Representatives of the U.S. Trustee's Office, along with Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Trustees, consumer, commercial and creditor attorneys, and tax experts will also be on hand. The Institute offers a wide array of topics and individual workshops that will allow you to customize the seminar to your practice, and again this year, we will have a full basic track for newcomers to consumer bankruptcy or for those who just need to brush up on the basics of consumer bankruptcy law. For a complete list of topics and to register, click here.

Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee Seeks Members

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee is looking for members to become active in the committee. The focus is on market/legal topics of interest to the private equity and venture capital investing communities.

A sample of past programs presented by private equity sponsors and practitioners have included "Market Snapshot: An In-Depth Analysis of the Current Venture Capital Investing Environment" and "Antitrust Considerations in Sector Focused PE Investing or Strategic Exits." Our next program is "Registering as An Investment Adviser."

In order to join the committee you must be a current member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Business Law Section. To join the committee please contact Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org.

If you are interested in speaking at one of our programs, please contact Sarah Gelb, Committee Chair at sarah.gelb@dechert.com or Michael Rittinger, Committee Vice-Chair at MRittinger@klehr.com.

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.

Barristers' Association Installation Ceremony Sept. 12

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its 62nd Annual Installation of Executive and Advisory Board Members on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at The Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

The installation ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and a reception follows at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you must RSVP in advance to attend. RSVP to sbender@schnader.com.

To join the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia or for more information, please visit phillybarristers.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Barristers' Association President-Elect Rachel Branson at rbranson@schnader.com.

Brandeis Law Society Seeks Fellowship Applicants

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Brandeis Fellowship Program, which will provide two 2011 and 2012 law school graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience while assisting in providing legal services to needy Philadelphians. We also have limited placement of interested Fellows with judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Under the supervision of Jennifer Coatsworth of Margolis Edelstein and Derek Braslow, Esquire of Pogust Braslow & Milrood, Fellows will work on civil matters through Philadelphia VIP, an organization that promotes pro bono legal services in our community.

The Brandeis Fellowship Program is designed to provide recent 2011 and 2012 law school graduates who have not obtained full-time employment with the opportunity to interview clients, draft pleadings, familiarize themselves with relevant rules of practice, and participate in representing clients in court.

Fellows will be assigned a modest caseload, and will be expected to commit at least two days per week to the program while seeking full-time employment. Fellows will be expected to follow through with their cases, even when they obtain full-time employment.

We anticipate that Fellows will work on landlord/tenant and personal injury defense matters, although Fellows may be involved in other matters as well.

The Fellows Program is open to all Brandeis Law Society members. The Society is open to all lawyers, regardless of faith. More information and membership application at brandeislawsociety.org.

The Fellowship will begin in October 2012 and is unpaid. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resumé, law school transcript and brief writing sample to Felix Yelin at felix.yelin@courts.phila.gov with the subject "Brandeis Fellowship Application" by Friday, Sept. 7.

PA Voter ID Coalition Seeks Volunteers

The Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition is engaged in a non-partisan campaign to alert voters about the photo IDs they need to bring to the polls and to help them get a photo ID or other acceptable forms of identification for voting if they don't have one.

Volunteers are needed to help educate voters about the new requirements and for door-to-door canvassing, staffing phone banks, data entry and packet assembly at the new statewide Coalition Operations Center located at 310 W. Chelten Ave. in Germantown.

To volunteer your time, contact the Operations Center at 215-848-1283, or contact Luke McKinstry at lmckinstry@seventy.org or 215-557-3600, ext. 112. More information about the new requirements, volunteer opportunities and related information about the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition is available at www.seventy.org/voterID.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a member of the Voter ID Coalition. Bar members interested in speaking to groups about the Voter ID law and answering questions should contact Molly Morrill at mmorrill@seventy.org or 215-557-3600, ext. 107.

PNC Perspectives: Effectiveness of Fiscal Austerity

In this month’s PNC Perspectives, we delve into the topic of fiscal austerity which has become a frequently used term to describe steps that governments are taking to combat economic woes. In this interview with Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments, we take a look at various measures enacted by various countries and what the short-term outlook is for economic stability in the United States. Click here to read the interview.

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. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15.

Click here to apply. For more information, call 215-686-9200.

Conference to Mark Int'l Criminal Court Anniversary

Members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to a Monday, Sept. 10 conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court and commemorating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia. This special conference, to be held at The Free Library of Philadelphia, will be the kick-off for a series of seminars and events during the academic year 2012-2013.

The program, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m., includes a video address from Judge Sang-Hyun Song, president of the International Criminal Court. Michael S. Greco, American Bar Association past president (2005-06) and chair, Advisory Council, ABA Center for Human Rights, presents the ABA mission to strengthen, regularize, and broaden U.S. engagement with the ICC. There will also be a moderated panel discussion with U.S. Ambassadors Thomas Graham and Stephen Rapp; Ambassador Christian Wenaweser (Liechtenstein), immediate past president of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC; ABA President-Elect James Silkenat; and AMICC Convenor John Washburn. Patrick Madden, CEO of UNA-USA will announce the launch of Rule of Law Model UN and Don Kraus, CEO of Citizens for Global Solutions, will be the endnote speaker.

For more information and to register, visit www.una-gp.org/global.initiative.

An additional afternoon seminar is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, first vice president of the International Criminal Court, will be the guest speaker. The seminars will focus on jurisdictional issues.

We gratefully acknowledge the Louis N. Cassett Foundation for their support of the Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law.

Public Interest Programs Planned

• Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono CLE training program "Homeownership/Quiet Title," on Friday, Sept. 14 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at Reed Smith LLP, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 2500. The training will cover the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. Lunch will be provided. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two free substantive CLE credits. To register or for more information, contact Christina Rodriguez at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9550.

• HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its 2012 Annual Luncheon Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St., 2nd Floor, Lindy Board Room. Register online at www.hiaspa.org.

• The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its 25th Year Celebration and Silent Auction on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. At this event, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will receive the Legal Clinic for the Disabled's Founders' Award. The event will feature live entertainment, dinner and a live and silent auction. For more information, visit www.lcdphila.org or contact LCD Executive Director Linda Peyton at 215-587-3214 or at lpeyton@lcdphila.org.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA) will host its annual Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 1 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 2295 Country Club Drive, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. All proceeds from the event support Child Advocates' Project for Medically Needy Children, a project that ensures necessary medical treatment, special education, and rehabilitation services. The event includes golf on 27 holes, a luncheon, and a cocktail/award reception. Online registration and more information is available at www.advokid.org.

• The ACLU of Pennsylvania will hold its annual Bill of Rights Dinne, on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at The National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Streets. The event will feature a reception followed by dinner. Come and congratulate our annual award-winners for civil liberties leadership. This event is open to everyone. For tickets, visit www.aclupa.org. For information, contact Chris Keelty, 215-592-1513x124 or ckeelty@aclupa.org.

• The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will host the 2012 Social Justice Gala Progress through Partnership on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Down Town Club, 6th and Chestnut Streets. At this event, Dechert LLP will be honored with the Thaddeus Stevens Award for the firm’s outstanding pro bono service to the Law Center's clients. NBC 10's Renee Chenault-Fattah will be the Master of Ceremonies and the event will feature a live and silent auction, music by a band of Dechert alumni, hors d'oeuvres and a beer and wine open bar. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.pilcop.org.

• Nationalities Services Center will host Global Tastes: A Celebration of Philadelphia Diverse Communities on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., at WHYY, Independence Mall West, 150 N. 6th St. For more information, visit www.nscphila.org.

• Community Legal Services will hold its third annual Justice for All 5K at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Sunday, Oct. 14. Click here for more information.

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.

Animal Law Conference Aug. 23

Receive an annual update on the latest developments in case law and legislation as you network with fellow animal lovers and the shelters and rescues that help animals in need at PBI's Animal Law Conference. Meet the volunteers from local shelters and rescues who help save animals as you find opportunities to use your legal skills to help animal welfare groups. This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held Thursday, Aug. 23 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 5 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, Aug. 20
Contending With Social Media in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers in an Age of Rapidly Evolving Technology
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

The Strategic Negotiator (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Boating Law and Liability (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21
Special Needs Trusts Boot Camp
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Construction Defect Litigation: Claims and Coverage
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Toolbox (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22
How Juries View Tractor Trailer Accidents after Joint and Several
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Making Sense of Medicare
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23
9th Annual Animal Law Conference
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Real Estate 101: Buying & Selling Residential Real Property
Community College of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24
Time Mastery for Lawyers
3 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Five County Criminal Practice (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 27
http://www.legalspan.com/pbi/calendar.asp?UGUID=&ItemID=20120529-229194-150100iPad for Legal Professionals (AM: Introduction & iPad Basics; PM: Advanced iPad Topics)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Sheriff’s Sales (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 28
How Medicare Has Changed the Landscape of Litigation in Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Cases
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Utilizing Experts in Orphans’ Court
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Social Media for Lawyers: Darned If You Do, Darned If You Don't? (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

How Medicare Has Changed the Landscape of Litigation in Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Cases
Community College of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29
Real Estate 101: Buying & Selling Residential Real Property
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Creating, Influencing and Challenging a Regulation: When, Why & How
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

What Every Estate Planning Attorney Needs to Know About Florida Law (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 30
Ethics Potpourri-"Can a Single Masterpiece Sustain a Lawyer's Lifetime?" and Other Questions that Cross a Lawyer's Way
1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Trial Evidence - Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Lawyer Rankings & Ratings: The Impact of Ethics and the Profession
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - What to Do When You Receive the "OMG" Letter
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - After the Engagement Letter: When Legal & Business Ethics Collide
1 ethics CLE credit
3 to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Disciplinary Diversion for Lawyers & Judges
1 ethics CLE credit
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31
Arbitration of a Commercial Case
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - What to Do When You Receive the "OMG" Letter (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Whose Constitution is it Anyway? A Primer on the US & PA Constitutions (video)
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 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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