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Oct. 11, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 74
 

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.

Bar to Elect Officers, Board Members Dec. 4

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of The Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Candidates for Bar office include:

Vice Chancellor: Albert S. Dandridge III and Joseph A. Prim Jr. (elect one)

Secretary: Sophia Lee

Treasurer: Wesley R. Payne IV

Assistant Secretary: Jacqueline G. Segal

Assistant Treasurer: Mary F. Platt and Judge A. Michael Snyder (elect one)

Board of Governors: Natalie Klyashtorny, Rachel E. Kopp, Emily B. Marks, John J. O'Malley, Brad V. Shuttleworth and Dawn M. Tancredi (elect five)

According to Article IV, Section 406, Paragraph B, "The election shall be by (1) secret mailed ballot and (2) paper ballot or voting machine. In addition, Members may vote electronically over the Internet to the extent permitted by law pursuant to procedures established by the Board to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote and the integrity of the voting process. Voting machines, if available, shall be preferred for in-person voting, unless there is an election at which there is no contest. The position of the nominee on the ballot shall be determined by lot. The drawing of lots shall be conducted by the Judge of Elections not less than 25 days before the Annual Meeting in the presence of the nominees and/or their representatives. The form of the ballot shall be prescribed by the Board. A ballot shall be sent by the Association by mail to every Association member eligible to vote at least two weeks prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting. A mailed ballot shall not be counted unless it has been received at the office of the Association no later than 10 a.m. three business days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and in such manner as to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote. The Judge of Elections shall count the mailed ballots after the polls have been closed."

Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 10 a.m.

Candidates Forums Nov. 14, Nov. 15

A forum for Vice Chancellor candidates and officers will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the 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.

A forum for Board of Governors candidates will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the 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.

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.

Powerful Witness Preparation Oct. 11

Discover new tips, tactics and techniques that will make you a more effective advocate at PBI's "Powerful Witness Preparation" CLE on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

Voter ID Impact on LGBT Community Oct. 12

David Rosenblum will lead a discussion on the Pennsylvania Voter ID law and its impact on the LGBT community at the Friday, Oct. 12 meeting of the LGBT Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend, however registration is required and breakfast will be provided. Click here to register.

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.

Inspector General Amy Kurland to Speak Oct. 15

Philadelphia Inspector General Amy L. Kurland will discuss her efforts to fight corruption and mismanagement including a review of high-profile cases pursued by her office at the Monday, Oct. 15 meeting of the City Policy 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

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.

Register for Shuster Fellowship By Oct. 19

The Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program provides educational loan repayment assistance in the form of forgivable loans to selected qualifying attorneys employed full-time by Philadelphia Bar Foundation (PBF) grantee organizations.

In 2003, Shuster recognized the burden that student loan obligations may represent for public interest attorneys, and so established the Fellowship as a means to help legal services organizations funded by PBF attract and retain qualified attorneys and thereby help provide ongoing stability to Philadelphia’s legal services system.

Two levels of assistance are available based on applicants' years of experience in public interest law.

Level 1 assistance: One or more selected Shuster Fellows with at least five years' experience will receive assistance that equals the recipient’s current "net annual educational loan indebtedness" or $5,000, whichever is less.

Level 2 assistance: Two or more selected Shuster Fellows with at least three years' experience will receive assistance that equals the recipient's current "net annual educational loan indebtedness" or $2,500, whichever is less.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 19. For more information, contact Lynne Brown at lbrown@philabar.org.

Celebrate National Pro Bono Week Oct. 21-27

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 pro bono training and continuing legal education programs that will be presented by the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee in honor of the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, 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. 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.

Nexus for State and Local Taxes Oct. 22

Learn how to handle nexus inquires and what to look out for in terms of nexus planning at the Tax Section CLE program "Nexus for State and Local Taxes" on Monday, Oct. 22.

The faculty will discuss state law variations and the impact of case law to ensure full, accurate compliance. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

VIP's Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 23

Philadelphia VIP will hold its annual Pro Bono Opportunities Day program "The Ethics of Doing Good: An Overview of the Ethical Implications of Pro Bono Service" on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice is the keynote speaker for this 2.5 ethics CLE credit program. From first-year associates new to the practice of law, to experienced practitioners new to pro bono, we invite all attorneys to attend our signature training seminar and learn how to help low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. From first year associates new to the practice of law, to experienced practitioners new to pro bono, we invite all attorneys to attend our signature training seminar and learn how to help.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two and a half ethics CLE credits. The cost of the training is $40 per attendee with breakfast and educational materials provided.

Click here to register. For more information, call VIP at (215) 523-9550.

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.

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case Oct. 24

The Support Center for Child Advocates and Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the volunteer training workshop "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case handler and assigned one child or sibling group. The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings. All volunteers must attend this full-day training program, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse. Our training manual, "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules, is provided to attendees. This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases.

Registration for this 6 CLE credit program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. 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.

Bar Association Family Day at Constitution Center Oct. 27

Philadelphia Bar Association members and their families will receive free admission to the National Constitution Center on "Philadelphia Bar Association Family Day," Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take part in a day of thoughtful celebration at America's most interactive history museum in conjunction with the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.

To take advantage of this special offer, mention your Philadelphia Bar Association membership at the Box Office to receive free admission for you and your family.

In conjunction with Philadelphia Bar Association Family Day, all attendees will also be offered the opportunity to secure family or individual memberships to the National Constitution Center at a special Family Day discount. Family Memberships will be $76 for a family of up to six people (regular price is $95). Individual Memberships will be $40 (regular price is $50).

All memberships include admission for one year, invitations to members-only events and exhibition previews, discounted tickets to the National Constitution Center's acclaimed public programs and evening events, and discounts in the Museum Shop and restaurant. In addition, attendees who secure memberships will be provided with free passes to see the newest blockbuster feature exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, during their visit.

The National Constitution Center is located on Independence Mall at 525 Arch St. For more information, visit constitutioncenter.org.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2012 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.
The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is Friday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m.
Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Graham R. Laub, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2102; or emailed to glaub@dilworthlaw.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Graham R. Laub at (215) 575-7277.

Financial Responsibility for Nonprofit Boards Nov. 7

Laura Otten, Ph.D., director of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University's School of Business, will be the featured speaker at the YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program "Financial Responsibility for Non-Profit Boards" on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The responsibility of financial oversight extends beyond the finance committee of the board to every board member. Yet too few board members either know this or take this responsibility on fully, frequently preferring to leave it to others. The downside to this is becoming tomorrow's headline, something a board is supposed to prevent. There are key financial roles that nonprofit boards must assume and during this presentation, these roles, from setting financial policies to monitoring the money to allocation of costs, will be identified and explained.

The program is presented in conjunction with the Board Observation Program and 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Luncheon Nov. 8

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., 33rd floor.

Anne Bovaird Nevins, senior vice president of market development with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the program. The Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award will be presented to Cheryl L. Gaston.

Tickets are $45 for section members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by Tuesday, Nov. 6 by clicking here.

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.

"Reporting Child Abuse" Campaign Launched

The Philadelphia Bar Association has launched a "Reporting Child Abuse" public education campaign, as part of a statewide effort cosponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and county bar associations.

The program is designed to educate the public about Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law and the steps any Pennsylvanian should take to report suspected child abuse.

To download a copy of the public education campaign brochure, "Reporting Child Abuse," click here.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare:

• During 2011, there were 24,378 cases of suspected child and student abuse reported in Pennsylvania. Of those, 3,408 (approximately 14 percent) were substantiated.

• Last year in Pennsylvania, 34 children died from abuse and in 77 percent of these cases, the perpetrators were the parents. Another 41 children suffered near fatal abuse.

• A majority (2,691 or approximately 66 percent) of the 4,071 injuries in substantiated reports of child abuse were sexual in nature, including sexual assault, rape and incest. Additional injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to skull fractures and scaldings.

• Child abuse has no geographical boundaries. Reported and substantiated cases of child abuse occurred in all 67 Pennsylvania counties last year.

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 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.


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