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Sept. 10, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 65
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille; Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens; Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe; and Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha H. Neifeld will all speak during the State of the Courts presentation on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

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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. A total of 6 CLE credits are available. Enjoy special early-bird savings on the full conference when you register by Sept. 14...READ MORE
 

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; Love Court Reporting; Strategic Legal Solutions; CodeMantra; JAMS; M. Burr Keim Company; Robson Forensic; US Claim; Applied Discovery; Beau & Co.; FTI; Iron Mountain; Just Legal Inc.; Kroll Ontrack; LawCash; Lein Negotiation Counsel; Lexis Nexis; MCS e-Document Services; Mindy Cohen; National Forensic Consultants; O’Neill Consulting Corporation; Round Table Thompson Reuters Expert Witness Service; Ricoh; Signature Information Solutions; Special Counsel; The Legal Intelligencer; and the First Judicial District. 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; Duffy + Partners; Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP; Jeffrey S. Gross; Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar; Kovler & Rush, P.C.; Messa and Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Raynes McCarty; Real Property Section; Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; State Civil Litigation Section; Feldman & Pinto; Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C.; Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

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.

Sponsor Spotlight: Robson Forensic

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Revel in Atlantic City on Oct. 5 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Come down early to meet our valued sponsors who have made this year's conference possible! Also, we invite you to visit each of our sponsors throughout the conference to get your "Passport" stamped to enter a raffle to win the new iPad!

Robson Forensic has been assisting clients in the resolution of disputes and litigation for 25 years. With 175 experts and the collective experience of more than 40,000 cases, we are a highly and uniquely qualified group of engineers, architects, scientists and fire investigators. We provide complete forensic investigations including inspection, testing, reports, and testimony at trial or arbitration.

We work with you to assign the most on-point expert(s) for your matter. We regularly work with corporate managers, and in-house and outside counsel in plaintiff, defense, and subrogation matters involving personal injury, wrongful death, malfeasance, employment, and economic loss and damage.

In addition to outstanding credentials, practical knowledge, and forensic experience, our experts sit on standards boards, are active in professional associations, and are leaders in their industries. One or more of our experts has likely done the very work at issue in your case.

Our Philadelphia office is conveniently located at 2400 Market St. Please call or stop in to discuss your case and how we can assist.


Sponsor Spotlight: JAMS, The Resolution Experts

JAMS, The Resolution Experts, is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services. With Resolution Centers worldwide, JAMS and its more than 280 full-time, exclusive mediators and arbitrators are responsible for resolving the world’s most important cases.

Areas of expertise include: Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Business, Class Action, Commercial, Construction, Construction Defect, E-Discovery, Education, Employment, Engineering & Construction, Environment, Family, Financial Markets, Franchise, Government, Healthcare, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Landlord/Tenant, Lender Liability, Professional Malpractice, Marital Dissolution, Mass Tort, Partnership, Personal Injury, Probate, Product Liability, Public Policy, Real Estate, Securities, Toxic Tort, Trusts & Estates.

We also offer a range of ADR options: facilitative and evaluative mediation, binding arbitration, neutral case evaluation, settlement conference, mini trial, summary jury trial, neutral expert fact finding, special master, discovery referee, class action settlement adjudication, project neutral and dispute review board services.

JAMS continually strives to set new standards in dispute resolution, including a highly selective recruiting process that helps us build the strongest neutral panels possible. This is especially true in Philadelphia, where our neutrals draw upon a deep knowledge of the region and its legal community. To learn more about the JAMS Philadelphia Resolution Center, call Business Manager Jean Riffe at 215.246.9494, or visit www.jamsadr.com.

"Nuts & Bolts" of Running for Elected Bar Positions Sept. 20

With the deadline for Nominations for the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors Election just less than a month away (Oct. 5), now is the time to come learn what it takes to run for a seat on the Board!

Spend an hour on Thursday, Sept. 20 hearing from current Board members, officers, and the Association staff about the role of a Board of Governors member in the Philadelphia Bar Association and about the election process. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited this year are Vice Chancellor; Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer (each office carries a one-year term); 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, on or before Oct. 5, 2012, 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.

Please RSVP to Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration at sknight@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6325.

Bar Association Election Notice

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee which is chaired by Past Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and consists of Jeffrey Campolongo, Brian S. Chacker, Ourania Papademetriou, Scott W. Reid, Gina Furia Rubel, Louis S. Rulli, Melanie J. Taylor, H. Marc Tepper, Eric H. Weitz and Marc J. Zucker. Chancellor John E. Savoth, Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, and Vice Chancellor William P. Fedullo serve as ex-officio members. As Secretary, Sophia Lee serves as a non-voting member.

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. 4, 2012 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. 5, 2012.

Second Parent Adoption Sept. 10

The Family Law Section will discuss "Second Parent Adoption 10 Years Later" at its Monday, Sept. 10 meeting.

Speakers for the program include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Walter J. Olszewski, David Berman, Tiffany Palmer and Lisa M. Sharpson. The panel will be moderated by Richard Bost. 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.

Technology, Toys and Tips Sept. 11

Technology doesn't have to be difficult to be practical, and at times it can be fun. Join attorney Daniel J. Siegel for "Technology, Toys & Tips" at the Tuesday, Sept. 11 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Siegel will discuss some of his "favorite things" for today's lawyer, that make technology work for you and make your day just a little easier and more efficient. Come listen to this entertaining and informative presentation, and leave with tips and information you can use right away.

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 $8.00 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.

IP Rights and China Sept. 12

Robert Gaybrick, Jennifer Groves and Victor Zhang will lead a discussion on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in matters having to do with China and Chinese companies at the Wednesday, Sept. 12 meeting of the International Business Initiative 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Green Ribbon Committee Roundtable Sept. 12

The Green Ribbon Committee will host a roundtable discussion with eco-conscious firm representatives over breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The committee will discuss cost-saving green initiatives at your firm or department. We will share tips and ideas about creating a more energy-efficient legal workplace.

The program begins at at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the GRC by sending an e-mail to GreenRibbon@PhilaBar.org.

Legal, Regulatory Developments for Investment Companies

Karrie McMillan, general counsel of the Investment Company Institute, will discuss hot topics in legal and regulatory developments for investment companies at the Thursday, Sept. 13 meeting of the Investment Companies 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 $8.50 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.

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.

Business Continuity Workshop Sept. 18

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and the Philadelphia Police Department Homeland Security Unit will present a business continuity workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Topics include developing a business continuity plan; signing up for Philadelphia's Corporate Emergency Access System; learning about the city's evacuation routes; staying informed before, during and after an emergency; and identifying and reporting suspicious activity.

Registration and a free continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Space is limited. Reserve your place by Sept. 12 by clicking here.

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.

Income Strategies for Retirement Sept. 20

Michael Markis of Fidelity Investments will discuss income strategies for retirement at the Thursday, Sept. 20 meeting of the Senior Lawyers Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided but registration is required. Click here to register.

YLD Happy Hour Sept. 20 at Le Méridien

The next Young Lawyers Division Networking Happy Hour will be Thursday, Sept. 20 at Le Méridien, 1421 Arch St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket which is good for beer, wine or specialty cocktails. There will also be appetizers. No registration is required. The happy hour is sponsored by Love Court Reporting, Inc.

IRA Exit Strategy CLE Sept. 21

As your clients approach retirement age, they want the latest advice on how to maximize the benefits of their Individual Retirement Accounts and minimize their tax consequences. Guy Matthews, an experienced estate planning attorney, financial planner and life insurance underwriter, will present the CLE program "IRAs: What is Your Exit Strategy?" on Friday, Sept. 21.

The program will be held Friday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

Immigration Law Forum Sept. 21-22

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Immigration Law Forum - 2012" on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22. This forum will first focus on current developments and ongoing substantive aspects involving the practice of immigration law, with focus on legal immigration.

The second part of the program will discuss in detail the enforcement side of immigration law. This includes discussion of the substantive grounds of inadmissibility and removal, possible waivers, the procedures involved in removal proceedings and administrative and judicial review and possible remedies and defenses. 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.

YLD Election Information Meeting Sept. 24

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. This year's YLD Executive Committee election will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

For those wishing to learn more about the YLD and the election process, an information session will be held on Monday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 pm in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St.

Each year, seven new members are elected to the YLD Executive Committee. Any voting member of the YLD is eligible for election provided that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A member is eligible if he/she is 37-years-old or less in the year 2015 or, if he/she is older than 37, not celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2015.

The Executive Committee manages and directs the business and activities of the YLD's approximately 3,000 members, including oversight of more than 30 committees in the areas of public service, law-related education and service to the legal community. Being on the YLD Executive Committee provides lawyers opportunities for leadership, networking, and personal and professional growth early in their careers.

The Nominating Petition and Personal Statement must be returned to Dawn Petit, Meetings Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org, no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Click here to print a copy of the nominating petition.

For a copy of the personal statement form, please click here.

Top Energy Trends for Real Estate Lawyers

The Real Property Section will present the CLE program "Top Energy Trends in 2012 for Real Estate Lawyers (and Others)" on Monday, Sept. 24.

This course will cover the legal and governmental policy issues surrounding the economic and environmental challenges faced by businesses, generators and consumers of various sources of energy in the United States. The featured presenter is Jeffrey J. Norton.

The program will held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 hour of substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch is included in the CLE tuition price. Click here to register.

Managing a Crisis in a 24/7 World Sept. 27

The Bar-News Media Committee will present "Managing a Crisis in a 24/7 World: What To Do When 'You Know What' Hits The Fan on Thursday, Sept. 27. The event is being co-presented by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and the Legal Marketing Association - Metro Philadelphia Chapter.

Learn how to stop and issue from becoming a crisis; how to set up your internal crisis response team; how to manage in an age of 24/7 online communication; the tone and message of your crisis response; and what to do after the crisis ends. Speakers are Jeff Jubelirer, principal, Jubelirer Strategies and Joshua M. Peck, senior media relations manager, Duane Morris LLP.

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

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is soliciting nominations for two awards it presents each year.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award was established to honor the memory of Louis D. Apothaker, a prominent Philadelphia attorney and past president of the Bar Foundation who was an outstanding leader within the legal profession and in the community. The award carries on this tradition and recognizes a public interest attorney who provides exceptional service to the non-profit legal services community.

The Pro Bono Award, first presented in 2003, is given annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 1. For more information, contact Bar Foundation Executive Director Lynne Brown at lbrown@philabar.org or 215-238-6347. Click here for the award nomination forms.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Dec. 4.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Michael F. Barrett is chairing this year's Brennan Award Committee. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or to dpetit@philabar.org. 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 Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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.

Lawyers' Club to Honor Judge Lazarus Sept. 10

The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia will hold its Appellate Court Fall Reception on Monday, Sept. 10 at 5:45 p.m. in Conversation Hall at City Hall (enter at northeast corner). Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus will be honored at the event, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet Pennsylvania appellate court judges. Guests of Lawyers’ Club members are $50 per person. Guests must be members of the Bar. RSVP to Judy Camiel, Administrator, at j.camiel@comcast.net.

Conference Marks ICC's 10th Anniversary Sept. 10

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, ABA past president (2005-06) and chair, Advisory Council, ABA Center for Human Rights, will present the ABA mission to strengthen, regularize and broaden U.S. engagement with the ICC. There will also be a moderated panel discussion and the announcement of the the launch of Rule of Law Model UN. For more information and to register, visit 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.

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.

Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture Sept. 14

The Seventh Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture "Living the Catholic Faith in Public Life" will be held Friday, Sept. 14.

The Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will deliver the keynote address. He was installed as the Archbishop of Philadelphia on Sept. 8, 2011. Prior to Philadelphia, In his book, "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008)," Archbishop Chaput analyzes the balance between religion and politics and argues that our public life must be considered within the context of its Christian roots. Archbishop Chaput calls on Catholics to take an active, vocal, and morally consistent role in public debate.

To register, visit scarpaconference2012.eventbrite.com. Other speakers include Helen Alvaré, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; H. David Baer, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy and Department Chair, Texas Lutheran University; Gerard Bradley, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School; Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies & Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law; Reverend Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Secretary for Health Care and Social Services, Archdiocese of Boston; Peter Steinfels, Co-Director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture, University Professor at Fordham, and religion columnist for The New York Times; and Michael J. White, Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.

The program will be held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Villanova University School of Law, Room 101, 299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Archbishop Chaput's remarks will begin at 4 p.m.

The annual Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture is named for John F. Scarpa, in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University School of Law.

Tribute to INTERPOL's Noble Sept. 28-29

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will present a gala and scholarship dinner in honor of INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble on Friday, Sept. 28 .

The dinner, from 6 to 11 p.m., will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. For more information, visit www.nobletribute.com or call 267-713-2628.

Additionally, a free Greater Philadelphia Community Town Hall meeting "A Conversation with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble" will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine St. This will be an opportunity for the citizens of the greater Philadelphia region to meet and ask Secretary General Noble questions about terrorism, global crime, international identity theft, human trafficking, maritime piracy, theft of intellectual property, narcotics smuggling, etc. ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas and 6ABC Action News senior reporter Vernon Odom will be the moderators at the event.

Secretary General Noble's career began in Philadelphia as a clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he was appointed to positions as U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Law Enforcement. As the Treasury Undersecretary for Law Enforcement, he oversaw four of the then-eight-largest law enforcement agencies which included the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Customs Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division. He led the study by the Waco Administrative Review Team that produced a report on the ATF's actions against the Branch Davidians leading to the Waco Siege.

Since becoming the Secretary General in 2000, he has orchestrated a period of unprecedented growth at INTERPOL. Within the last decade, the Organization has opened additional Regional Bureaus and liaison offices at the United Nations and the European Union and has pursued greater engagement with the African Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Organization of American States and other regional bodies. Secretary General Noble has reinforced INTERPOL's legal status and relevance to the U.N. and the U.N. Security Council and has increased its law enforcement role in peacekeeping operations.

For more information, visit www.nobletribute.com or call 267-784-9664.

U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium Oct. 10-12

The Brehon Law Society is delighted to host its second annual U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium "Doing Business in the U.S./Ireland/Europe - Critical Legal Issues for U.S. and Irish Companies."

The Symposium brings together internationally-minded in-house attorneys, private legal practitioners and business executives looking to invest in key sectors in Ireland, the U.S. and Europe. Academics, politicians, government officials and law students are also expected to take part. The symposium will held Oct. 10-12 at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

At last year's convention in County Mayo, Ireland, symposium attendees had the privilege of hearing from some of Ireland and the United States' finest legal minds, as well as business leaders in the fields of venture capital, medical devices and industry. We were also honored to welcome the prime minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, who presented the keynote address at the gala dinner. Click here for more information.

Meet the Federal Judges Reception Oct. 25

The Federal Bar Association will hold a "meet the judges" reception for the district judges and magistrate judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Speakers include U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner; Frank McGovern, president elect of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; and Robert DeSousa, national President of the Federal Bar Association.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the ceremonial courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse at 6th and Market streets. The reception will follow in the Edward R. Becker lobby. This event is free to FBA members and $100 for non-members. To RSVP for this event, please email Robert Martorana at rmartorana@uslegalsupport.com.

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: Wealth Transfer Window of Opportunity

The current tax, interest rate, and overall market environments have created unprecedented potential for effective and efficient wealth transfer. In this month's PNC Perspectives, we discuss these wealth transfer opportunities and the planning techniques that can preserve wealth - especially given the current tax environment. 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.

Pro Bono Road Shows Oct. 1-5

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee is offering interactive "Road Shows" to highlight the pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia on Oct. 1 through Oct. 5. The Road Shows will be held at participating law firms and corporations located in Center City and will feature selected public interest legal services agencies that will present a 30-minute workshop about how to get involved in pro bono activities that can help our community and help your career.

The Road Shows will kick off the celebration of the ABA National Pro Bono Week in Philadelphia, which is scheduled during Oct. 21-27 and will feature a variety of pro bono training programs and other events throughout Philadelphia. Please contact Jodi Schatz at jschatz@advokid.org or 267-546-9228 to schedule a Road Show. Further details about events planned in Philadelphia during the ABA National Pro Bono Week will be provided.

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.

• A happy hour in support of Community Legal Services' Justice for All 5K un will be held Friday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 10 Arts Lounge in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 10 Avenue of the Arts.

Presenting sponsors for the happy hour are Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell and Anderson Kill & Olick. Please contact event organizer Maureen Farrell at mfarellesq@verizon.net or Lisa Dunlop at ldunlop@clsphila.org about sponsorships or further information about the event. For more information, visit www.clsphila.org/JusticeForAll5K.

• 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 Rutgers University School of Law Mary Philbrook Public Interest Awards Reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m., at the Rutgers Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn St., Camden N.J. The 2012 Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Kevin Walsh, ’99, Associate Director, Fair Share Housing Center. The event will also honor the late Karen Detamore, ’82, former executive director of Friends of Farmworkers. Tickets are $50. To purchase tickets, contact Carol Shaner at cshaner@camden.rutgers.edu.

• 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.

• The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its second annual Casino Night fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 26. This year's event, a Halloween-themed party, will be held at The Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. Tickets are $40 and $30 for public interest attorneys. To purchase tickets, visit www.lcdcasinonight2.eventbrite.com.

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.

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, Sept. 10
Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Social Security Disability: The Basics (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 10-11
PLI - 43rd Annual Estate Planning Institute
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tuesday, Sept. 11
Auto Law Basics
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Wildlife Laws in Pennsylvania 2012 (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:00 pm to 4:15 pm; check-in at 11:30 am

Thursday, Sept. 13
Performance on Trial: Courtroom Magic (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Fundamentals of Oil & Gas Law (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14
Calculating Damages and Lost Profits in the Commercial Case
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Handling Protection from Abuse (PFA) Cases
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 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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