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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 71
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Tuesday, Oct. 2 is Last Chance
to Register for Bench-Bar at Revel

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. Registration must be received by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Walk-ins will not be permitted, including reception-only guests...READ MORE
 

Registration Deadline is Oct. 2 for Bench-Bar

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. Registration must be received by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Walk-ins will not be permitted, including reception-only guests.

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.

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.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; Love Court Reporting; IAB Public Adjusters, 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; ParenteBeard LLC; 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.

Scholarship Providers Thanked for Donations

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; 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; Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano; Kline & Specter, P.C.; and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

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.

Bar Executive Director Shear to Retire After 37 Years

Philadelphia Bar Association Executive Director Kenneth Shear will retire from the Association on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 37 years with the organization. Shear will continue in his current capacity through the end of 2013.

"With nearly four decades of dedicated service and inspiring leadership, Ken has left an indelibly positive mark on the oldest association of lawyers in the United States," said Chancellor John E. Savoth.

"The Philadelphia Bar Association has grown, thrived and won regional, statewide and national recognition under Ken Shear's direction. The Association remains a model for many other associations and has greatly benefitted from Ken's experience. He has totally committed his intelligence, energy and good judgment to the well-being of this Association, and he has won the respect and admiration of those who have had the good fortune to work for and with him," Savoth said.

"We express our gratitude to Ken for his 37 years of distinguished service to the Association, in its third century of serving the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law,” the Chancellor said.

Shear has served as executive director of the Bar Association since December 1976. His tenure constitutes nearly 18 percent of the life of the 210-year-old association.

Councilman Jones on Youth Courts Oct. 1

City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. will discuss proposal for youth courts in Philadelphia at the Monday, Oct. 1 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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

Philadelphia Celebrates 2012 National Pro Bono Week

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment and recognition events, legal clinics for low-income clients, and continuing legal education programs that will be held during October in honor of the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration.

The celebration is a coordinated national effort held during the week of Oct. 21-27 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services. The Pro Bono Celebration in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of interactive "road Shows" offered by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee from Oct. 1-12 at area law firms and corporations. The road shows provide 30-minute workshops by public interest legal organizations about how to get involved in pro bono activities available in Philadelphia.

To schedule a Road Show, contact Jodi Schatz, co-chair of the DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee, at jschatz@advokid.org. During the ABA National Pro Bono Week, a series of events will be held throughout Philadelphia to recognize the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provide an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. Click here for the calendar of pro bono events scheduled in Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Sara Woods, co-chair of the DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee, at swoods@phillyvip.org.

HUD Official on Service Animal Issues Oct. 2

Patricia McGarvey Knebels of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development will discuss issues surrounding service animals in housing and public accommodations at the Tuesday, Oct. 2 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Committee 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.

Orphans' Court for the Estate and Trust Practitioner Oct. 2

The Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE "Orphans' Court for the Estate and Trust Practitioner" will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2.

This course will serve as a guide to common Orphans' Court petitions and procedure for non-litigators. Lunch and registration begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information or to register.

Discussion on Senate Bill 79 Oct. 3

The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss Senate Bill 79, which would enact provisions of the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act and repeal two statutory provisions, at its Wednesday, Oct. 3 meeting.

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.

Realty Transfer Tax Update Oct. 4

The Tax Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Realty Transfer Tax Update" on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The program includes strategies to minimize realty transfer tax and attendees will be able to gain insights from the experts. You'll walk away with a great reference tool as your course book will serve as a one-stop shop for your realty transfer tax questions.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees; Deadline is Oct. 5

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is soliciting nominations for two awards it presents each year. The deadline for nominations has been extended until Friday, Oct. 5.

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 Friday, Oct. 5. 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.

Small Business Financing 101 Oct. 9

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will present the CLE program "Small Business Financing 101" on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Whether you are purchasing a new printer for your law office, or helping a client buy a fleet of company vehicles, knowing what financing options and resources are available is critical. During this informative session, industry experts will teach you how to access the capital you and your clients need for business transition and growth. Speakers include Darren Sudman, Darren Sudman and Samantha Arland.

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.

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.

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.

Handling Motions in Limine Oct. 9

The Compulsory Arbitration Committee will revisit the handling of Motions in Limine before an arbitration panel at its Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Fee Dispute Mediator Training Oct. 11

The Fee Dispute Committee will present Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program Volunteer Mediator Training on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The purpose of this mediator training is to prepare attorney mediators to volunteer for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. If you are interested in mediation as a form of dispute resolution, would like to gain some valuable training, and would be willing to serve a few hours each year to help resolve a couple of lawyer-client fee disputes...then the Fee Disputes Committee would like you to consider becoming one of its volunteer mediators.

Cheryl Cutrona of Good Shepherd Mediation Program is the featured speaker for the program that begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

Nominations Sought for 2012 PNC Achievement Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 PNC Achievement Award (formerly the Fidelity Award). Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, Oct. 11.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via email at dpetit@philabar.org or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o PNC Achievement Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

Workers' Comp CLE on Uninsured Employer Claims Oct. 12

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Uninsured Employer Claims: Special Handling Required" on Friday, Oct. 12.

This program will explore the unique issues, concerns, and strategies involved in litigating Pennsylvania workers' compensation matters where the named employer is apparently not insured for workers' compensation. The issue will be explored from the viewpoint of the claimant's attorney, the viewpoint of the attorney representing the employers individually, as well as the viewpoint of the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund.

Registration and lunch begin 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. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Young Lawyers Sought for Board Observer Program

The Board Observation Program - a joint initiative of the Young Lawyers Division, the Bar Foundation and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee - is recruiting organizations and young lawyers for 2013.

In the program's inaugural year, 19 young lawyers were paired with nine public interest legal organizations. While learning more about the nuts and bolts of nonprofit board service, the 2012 "class" of observers have helped their organizations with special events, electronic communication and social media, marketing materials, employee and organizational handbooks, fundraising and other activities.

Young lawyers may click here for an application form. Nonprofit organizations that would like to host a board observer can click here for a expression of interest form. The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 15.

Hamilton Award Nominations Due By Oct. 15

The Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 15.

Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose. In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or emailed to tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Judge Tereshko on Medical Malpractice Oct. 24

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, Oct. 24 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.

Nuts and Bolts of Board Service CLE Oct. 26

The Young Lawyers Division and Philadelphia Bar Foundation will present the CLE program "The Nuts and Bolts of Board Service: An Introduction to Legal Issues for Nonprofits and Their Directors" on Friday, Oct. 26.

This CLE program will provide attorneys interested in serving on a nonprofit board an introduction to the role of the board of directors and the laws governing nonprofits, as well as offer overviews of nonprofit law and organization, related tax law, and fundraising. After the substantive CLE, participants are encouraged to remain for discussion with a panel comprised of board directors and executive directors who will share their experiences and give guidance to those who want to join a nonprofit board. The featured speaker is Marla Conley, who serves as director of The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and Prevent Child Abuse.

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.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. Click here to register for lunch.

The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register.

Author Sonia Nazario at Oct. 31 Chancellor's Forum

Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother " will discuss her book at a Wednesday, Oct. 31 Chancellor's Forum. "Enrique’s Journey" chronicles the real-life struggle of a Honduran boy trying to locate his mother in the United States.

This first-hand account describes the life-threatening trips made by children who come to the United States without parents. Nazario accompanied Enrique and other youth as they spent weeks traveling through Central America and Mexico to reach the United States. Her presentation will include slides of the journey. She will also discuss the issues facing immigrant youth separated from their families as well as the need for pro bono work in this area. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee and HIAS Pennsylvania.

This event is free and open to all Association members and their guests. RSVP is required. Lunch is available for purchase for $8 (Association members) and $9.50 (nonmembers) if reserved in advance. Click here to RSVP.

For more information, contact Wendy Castor Hess, chair, Immigration Law Committee, at 215-885-3600 or whess@goldblumhess.com; or Marisa Falcon, Development and Communications Coordinator, HIAS Pennsylvania, at (215) 832-0940 or mfalcon@hiaspa.org.

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.

Pennsylvania Conference for Women Oct. 2

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the largest professional development event for women in the commonwealth and one of the largest in the country, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Confirmed speakers include Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group; Charlotte Beers, former CEO of Ogilvy and Mather and former Undersecretary of State under Colin Powell; Judith von Seldeneck, chair and CEO of Diversified Search; and dozens more renowned experts from across the state and the nation. This conference gives women the opportunity to tap into the power and energy of more than 5,000 women in one room. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a sponsoring organization of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, now in its ninth year.

With sessions ranging from "How Executive Presence Can Help You Achieve Epic Career Breakthroughs" with former president and chair of Hearst Magazines Cathie Black to "Communicate Effectively for Inclusion: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing" with nationally recognized diversity and inclusion expert Verna Myers, this will be an incredible educational, networking and client development opportunity. Tickets are $150 each and tables of 10 are available for $1,400, which includes a keynote luncheon session for 10. You can take advantage of this rate by using code PACS99 when you register at event-registration.biz/pawc. For more information about the Pennsylvania Conference for women, visit paconferenceforwomen.org.

PTLA to Honor Chacker Oct. 4

The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association will present the 33rd Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award to Edward F. Chacker, a former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Chacker has practiced law at Gay, Chacker & Mitten, P.C., for almost 40 years focusing on all aspects of personal injury including medical malpractice and civil rights litigation. Before receiving his Bachelor's degree from Temple University, he served in the Army Signal Corps for two years. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo School of Law. He served as Chancellor of the Bar Association in 1999.

The award is presented annually to the person who best exemplifies the same high integrity, scholarship, imagination, courage, and concern for human rights as exhibited by the late Justice Michael A. Musmanno of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The 2012 Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award dinner will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will follow. Please contact the PTLA office at (215) 732-2256 or click here for more information.

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.

APABA-PA Annual Banquet Oct. 12

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its annual banquet on Friday, Oct. 12 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St.

Patricia Shiu, director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, will be the keynote speaker. Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor John E. Savoth and Pennsylvania Bar Association President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. will also be participating in the program.

A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $95 each or $900 for a table of 10. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchase ($40 for an individual, $400 for a table) will be donated to the Judge William Marutani Fellowship for first-year law students who are interested in entering the public interest/government sector.

To purchase tickets, please visit apaba-pa.org.

CLS Justice for All 5K Oct. 14

Join Community Legal Services on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m. for the Justice for All 5K, the third annual run/walk event at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Click here for more information.

Online registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. In-person registration will be accepted on the morning of the race. If you register online by Monday, Sept. 24, you'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a free iPad. Awards will be presented to first-, second- and third-place finishers in each age group. 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.

PNC Perspectives: Election Year Market Implications

In this month's interview, we talk with E. William Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management® and PNC Institutional Investments®, who keeps a close eye on the many factors that influence the direction of both domestic and international financial markets. We discuss the far-reaching effects that the outcome of the November election may have on the financial markets. 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.

Public Interest Programs Planned

• The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will host "Prosecutorial Oversight: A National Dialogue in the Wake of Connick v. Thompson," on Monday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Justice Roberts Room at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor Speakers include exoneree John Thompson and Pennsylvania Bar Association President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. Admission is free, but registration is encouraged by sending RSVP to innocenceprojectpa@temple.edu. This event is co-sponsored by Villanova School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Widener University School of Law, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

• 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, Babette Josephs and Dechert LLP, 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.

• Join the AIDS Law Project on Sunday, Oct. 21 for the 26th annual AIDS Walk Philly, the Delaware Valley's largest annual HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event. You can register as a walker, runner, volunteer, or even as a virtual walker and start raising funds for our work. We ask you to sign up on our team, Team #0008, so we receive the money you raise when you ask for financial pledges. To register, call 215-731-WALK (9255) or visit aidswalkphilly.org/about/participate.

• 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.

Realty Transfer Tax Update Oct. 4

Wendi L. Kotzen leads a panel of experts as they present a hypothetical transaction and show different ways to structure the deal at PBI's Realty Transfer Tax Update. You will hear from those who administer these taxes and find out new developments and those who wrote the regulations, work on rulings and assist in deciding cases to pursue. This 3 substantive CLE credit program will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 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 12 to 3:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. 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, Oct. 1
10th Annual Nonprofit Institute (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - After the Engagement Letter: When Legal & Business Ethics Collide (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting - Orphans' Court for the Estate and Trust Practitioner - A Guide to Common Orphans' Court Petitions and Procedure for Non-litigators
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - "Can a Single Masterpiece Sustain a Lawyer's Lifetime?" and Other Questions that Cross a Lawyers Mind (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

PLI - White Collar Crime 2012: Prosecutors & Regulators Speak
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3
Veterans Pension and Aid & Attendance Benefits: 2012 Update & Advanced Planning Strategies
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Paternity Cases
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4
Realty Transfer Tax
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Shakespeare and the Law Book Club - The Merchant of Venice
2 substantive CLE credits
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Attorney-Client Privilege (video)
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5
How to Prepare the Fiduciary Income and Decedent's Final Lifetime Income Tax Returns
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The Catastrophic Injury Case: Quadriplegia, Paraplegia and Spinal Injury Cases
6 substantive CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Disciplinary Diversion for Lawyers & Judges (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8
Entertainment Law in the 21st Century: Effective Representation in an Ever-Changing Industry (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 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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