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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 82
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Wilkinson to Discuss 2013 Plans
at Dec. 4 Annual Meeting; Honors
for Chief Justice Castille, Glazer

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The program will also include presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and the PNC Achievement Award to Richard C. Glazer, the first elected chair of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project..READ MORE
 

Wilkinson to Outline Plans Dec. 4; Honors for Castille, Glazer

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The program will also include presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and the PNC Achievement Award to Richard C. Glazer, the first elected chair of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Click here to purchase tickets.

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also 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. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16, and must be received at the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Candidates for office are: Albert S. Dandridge III and Joseph A. Prim Jr., Vice Chancellor (elect one); Sophia Lee, Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Treasurer; Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Mary F. Platt and Judge Michael Snyder (ret.), Assistant Treasurer (elect one); Natalie Klyashtorny, Rachel E. Kopp, Emily B. Marks, John J. O'Malley, Brad V. Shuttleworth and Dawn M. Tancredi, Board of Governors (elect five).

Candidates Election Forums Nov. 14, 15

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend two Election Forums to hear from candidates seeking offices in the Association's 2012 Annual Election. The forums will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 (featuring Vice Chancellor and officer candidates) and Thursday, Nov. 15 (featuring Board of Governors candidates). Both programs begin at 12 p.m.

The forums will be moderated by Elections Committee Chair and Immediate-Past Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance; or, bring a brown-bag lunch. RSVP is required. Candidates for Bar office are:

• 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 Michael Snyder (ret.) (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)

All candidates for contested offices have been invited to speak at the forums.

Click here to register for the Nov. 14 forum for Vice Chancellor and officer candidates. Click here to register for the Nov. 15 forum for Board of Governors candidates.

Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee

Nine candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 election.

The candidates are Philip D. Amoa, T. Justin Chapman, Andrew J. Kornblau, Jim Nixon, Matthew Olesh, Shabrei Parker, Jennifer Russell, Matthew T. Stone and Robert Zimmerman. Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place 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. Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

ICC Procedural and Jurisdictional Challenges Nov. 8

The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present the CLE program "Procedural and Jurisdictional Challenges" on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The morning panel, "Judges' Insights: A Comparison of Criminal Procedure in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the U.S., will be moderated by Prof. James A. Shellenberger and features speakers ICC First Vice President Judge Monageng, U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler and Karen L. Corrie, Litigation Fellow at the Open Society Justice Initiative.

The afternoon panel, "The Role of the ICC in the Global Legal Order: Making the Rome Statute's Vision of Global Justice a Reality" will be moderated by Prof. Margaret M. deGuzman with speakers Rod Rastan, Legal Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC and Matthew Heaphy, Deputy Convener American NGO Coalition for the ICC.

Both programs will be held at Temple's Shusterman Hall, 1834 N. Park Mall. Two CLE credits are available for each panel. For registration and information please visit una-gp.org/global.initiative.

Sponsors of the Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law are the Philadelphia Bar Association International Law Committee, Temple University Beasley School of Law and United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia. Promotional partners for this event are American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights & Section of International Law; Philadelphia Bar Association; and The Global Philadelphia Association.

Today's Real Property Section Annual Meeting Sold Out

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

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.

Wisdom in Relationships with Muslims Nov. 8

Simon Hough and Kevin Herron of Davis Langdon will discuss "Wisdom in Relationships with Muslims in International Business from Global Construction Leader" at the Thursday, Nov. 8 meeting of the International Business Initiative 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.

Handling the Dog Bite Case Nov. 8

PBI's experienced faculty of judges, attorneys, veterinarians, dog trainers and humane officers will share their insights on how to bring and defend dog bite claims and how to better understand the behavior of "man’s best friend" at a Thursday, Nov. 8 CLE program.

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 for more information.

What to Know About NJ Criminal Practice Nov. 9

If you are primarily a Pennsylvania practitioner, PBI's "What Pennsylvania Attorneys Need to
Know about New Jersey Criminal Practice" will give you the insight you need to start handling criminal defense work in New Jersey. Focus will be on the differences in court structure, procedure, timing of cases moving through the system, and more. Compare Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-specific practice with New Jersey criminal practice.

The program will be held Friday, Nov. 9 with registration beginning at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

10 Keys to Winning Depositions CLE Nov. 13

Dominic Gianna uses numerous slides and videos, taking you through the CLE program "10 Keys to Winning Depositions" on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Understand the "three Cs" of winning trial presentation.

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

Nov. 13 Chancellor's Forum to Address Civil Justice Gap

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present a Chancellor's Forum, "The Civil Justice Gap," on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th floor Conference Center. The event is free and open to all members and their guests. Lunch is available for purchase if reserved in advance. To register, click here.

Hosted by Chancellor John E. Savoth and co-sponsored by the Association's Civil Gideon Task Force, this moderated discussion will address the increase in the need for legal services for poor and vulnerable individuals in areas of basic human need, and explore strategies to narrow the civil justice gap. The forum will also highlight actual and proposed developments to increase access to justice in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions and facilitate a discussion on how key stakeholders can work collaboratively on improving access to justice.

The forum will be moderated by Karen C. Buck, Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center, and Co-Chair of the Civil Gideon Task Force Housing Working Group. Panelists will include Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts Fern A. Fisher, Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, member of the Civil Gideon Task Force; Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Mont./Bucks), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Co-Chair of the Civil Gideon Task Force Communications and Education Working Group.

RSVP is required. Lunch is available for purchase for $8 (Association members) and $9.50 (nonmembers). For more information, contact Joseph A. Sullivan, Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, at 215-981-4304, or sullivanja@pepperlaw.com; or Catherine C. Carr, Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, at 215-981-3712, or ccarr@clsphila.org.

19th Annual Estate Law Institute Nov. 14-15

Learn the "hot-button" issues affecting estate and trust practitioners at the 19th Annual Estate Law Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 15.

Stimulate your practice with legislative and case law updates, basic programs, advanced sessions plus the opportunity to network with your learned colleagues. Click here for more information.

18th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute Nov. 14-15

The 18th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute, Pennsylvania's premier education event for in-house counsel, corporate counsel, government attorneys, CPAs, generalists, specialists and everyone who advises businesses, will be held Nov. 14-15.

Choose from cutting-edge topics in corporate governance, employment law, social media, international law, mergers & acquisitions, crisis management, securities, IP, technology, dispute resolution - and much more! Click here for more information and to register.

Getting the Media's Attention Nov. 27

Corporate communications and public relations strategist Jeff Jubelirer will discuss how to get the media's attention and raise your profile at the Tuesday, Nov. 27 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Jubelirer will explain how newspaper, TV and radio newsrooms work; what reporters, editors and producers are looking for in stories; and how to deploy social media to raise your profile.

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.

Public Interest Law Day, Reception Nov. 28

The Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28. The program, "Keeping Up in Turbulent Times: Public Interest Practice in 2012," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets.

This full day CLE program will offer 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits and will present a wide array of hot topics in public interest law for public interest attorneys, pro bono practitioners, judges and private practice attorneys who are interested in learning more about public interest law and cutting edge issues affecting the pro bono legal community.

The opening panel presentation will address how a hypothetical family continues to struggle in the recession and how changes in the law and policy have affected them in areas such as employment, education and immigration. Following the opening session, attendees will be able to attend two of the following six breakout sessions: "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records;" "Multi-Forum Advocacy: Coordinating Advocacy In and Out of the Courtroom;" "Working With Traumatized Clients;" "Identity Issues;" "How Changes in Public Benefits Programs Will Affect Your Clients;" and "Family Law for the Non-Family Law Practitioner." The program will conclude with a closing plenary panel presentation "Remedies for Bias in the Court System." This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Register online at www.pbi.org.

The Public Interest Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception follows the CLE programs at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The Awards Ceremony will include the presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished service in public interest law as well as the selection of the Higginbotham Fellowship and presentation of the 2012 Law Student Awards.

Tickets for the reception are $45 for public interest section and government attorney members and law students, $60 for other Bar Association members and $75 for non-members. Law firms and individuals are also asked to consider sponsoring the evening and contribute to the Higginbotham Summer Fellowships at the $1,000, $500, and $250 levels. For more information about sponsoring the event, please contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. To register for the Awards Ceremony and Reception, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Improving Cultural Awareness for Attorneys CLE Nov. 30

The Family Law Section's Diversity Committee will present the CLE program "Looking at Our Clients, Looking at Ourselves: Best Practice Tips to Improve Cultural Awareness for Philadelphia Attorneys" on Friday, Nov. 30.

This program will examine ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of Philadelphia attorneys and their clients. While exploring attorneys' own biases, our speakers will discuss best practices to determine how to overcome the biases, so practitioners can better advocate for their clients who have diverse backgrounds. Panelists include Kristine L. Calalang, Argie Allen, Ph.D, Matthew Chea, Elaine Smith and Robert Tanenbaum, Ph.D.

The program has been approved for 1.5 ethics 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 for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market S. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

The program is co-sponsored by the Family Law Section Custody Committee, Diversity in the Profession Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Business Law Section, Probate and Trust Section, Public Interest Section and Real Property Section.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner Dec. 3

The Family Law Section will hold its Annual Dinner and Award Presentation on Monday, Dec. 3 at Walnut Street Supper Club, 1227 Walnut St. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Section will present the Herbert R. Weiman, Jr. Award to David I. Grunfeld. Tickets are $75 for Section members and employees of the First Judicial District. Tickets are $85 for non-members. Reserved tables of six and eight are available by contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Click here to register by Monday, Nov. 26. Please note there will be a $10 price increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception Dec. 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Annual Meeting and Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Radisson-Plaza Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St.

Admission is complimentary for members of the Probate and Trust Law Section and includes an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Tax Section Annual Meeting Dec. 5

The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers of the Tax Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Warwick Radisson Hotel, 220 S. 17th St.

Prior to the Annual Meeting (from 3 to 5 p.m.), the Tax Section will present a CLE program on the scope of the taxing power through the Lens of the Supreme Court's most significant decisions of the 2011 term that qualifies for 2 hours of CLE credit. The dinner speaker will be former Gov. Edward G. Rendell who will discuss the elections. Additional information and details will be circulated shortly. Please note that cocktails will start promptly at 5 p.m.

Six Council members and a Vice Chair will be elected at the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee chaired by Dan Blickman has made the following nominations: Vice Chair, Jennifer A. O'Leary; Council Members, Jonathan R. Flora, Stacy Ip-Mo (filling a vacancy), Michael A. Jacobs, Pauline W. Markey, Laura Spain and Stewart M. Weintraub.

Under the By-Laws of the Tax Section, members of the Tax Section may submit additional nominations for the above positions. Additional nominations must be signed by at least five members of the Section who are entitled to vote, and must be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer at least 14 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Accordingly, additional nominations must be filed by Nov. 21 and should be sent to Wendi L. Kotzen at kotzenw@ballardspahr.com. For more information, call Kotzen at 215-864-8305.

Workers' Comp Holiday Reception Dec. 5 at VIE

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. at VIE (by Cescaphe), 600 N. Broad St.

Tickets are $50 for Section members and $80 for non-members. Admission includes Includes top shelf open bar, extensive hors d'oeuvres, pasta-seafood bar, sushi station and valet parking. Members of the judiciary are invited to attend complimentarily. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to register by Friday, Nov. 30.

The event is sponsored by Injured Workers Pharmacy, Delaware Valley Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Maximum Rehab, Mobile FCE Consultants, Inc., The Offices of Dr. Darren M. Lugiano, Oxford Rehab, Premier Physical Therapy and Rasansky Physical Therapy.

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.

GALLOP Annual Meeting, Reception Nov. 14

GALLOP's Annual Meeting and Reception will be held Wednesday Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 2500 One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St.

GALLOP will present the Michael Greenberg Community Service Award to Larry Felzer. Please RSVP by emailing galloplaw@yahoo.com. Join or nenew your GALLOP membership at galloplaw.org/membership.

Barristers Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 17

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its 28th Annual Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Barristers members distribute turkey baskets at the Cozen Police Athletic League, at 732 N. 17th St. (17th and Brown), on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving baskets contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and more. Last year, more than 400 families in the Philadelphia area received the baskets.

To meet this year's goal of 500 families, the Barristers' Association would greatly appreciate new supporters, with a suggested donation of $40. Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted.

Encourage friends, co-workers, colleagues and family members to support Philadelphia families in need. The Barristers can provide a template email to forward to your contacts. Please make donations, made payable to the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia by Nov. 9 to help cover the cost of the drive.

Donations can be made online via the Barristers' website or can be mailed to
2012 Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive, c/o Scott W. Reid, Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the baskets during the Thanksgiving Drive. If you would like to help distribute baskets or help in any other way, please Amber Racine at (215) 255-4433 or at amracine@raynesmccarty.com. Lastly, if you think your firm or organization would be open to making a corporate donation, please contact Amber so that a formal request can be forwarded.

Lawyers' Club Reception Rescheduled for Nov. 19

The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia Reception for the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court, originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29 at The Union League of Philadelphia, has been rescheduled. Please save the new date, Monday, Nov. 19 at the Union League of Philadelphia, on your calendars.

Symposium on Aging in Place Nov. 19

Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and Casa Farnese will present the Farnese Symposium "Case Studies of the Legal and Ethical Challenges of Aging in Place" on Monday, Nov. 19.

This is a conference for legislators, policy makers and practitioners who provide services to the elderly. The symposium will be held at Drexel's Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut streets. Two substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available. Visit http://www.farnesesymposium.org for more information.

PNC Perspectives: Putting Delaware Advantage to Work

In this month’s interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Delaware Trust Company, who advises attorneys and clients all over the country on how to use the business-friendly and trust-friendly Delaware laws to their advantage. We discussed how various Delaware Trusts could help resolve complex financial planning situations.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 SeniorLAW Center will hold an Italian Wine Tasting Party on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Comisky Conference Center at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. The Wine School of Philadelphia will lead a two-hour tasting of Italian premium wines. Proceeds from the wine tasting will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need, including grandparents raising grandchildren, victims of elder abuse and exploitation, and elders facing eviction and homelessness. Learn about and taste new wines and have a great time while supporting a great cause. Visit www.seniorlawcenter.org for more information.

• The 20th Annual Turkey Trot to benefit Face to Face Germantown will be held Thursday, Nov. 22 on Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is a sanctioned 5-mile run, 1-mile walk to benefit Face to Face, a soup kitchen and human services organization, serving people in need since 1980. For more information and to register, visit www.turkeytrotphilly.org.

• The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Party on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will feature a silent auction, wine and beer open bar, food and entertainment. Children are welcome. RSVP requested by Nov. 12. For ticket information, visit womenslawproject.org.

• The Education Law Center (ELC) will host a special event on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. At this event, ELC will honor Len Rieser and welcome Rhonda Brownstein as the new executive director. ELC will also honor public education champions Mary Gay Scanlon, Harold Jordan, The Arc of Pennsylvania, the Bridges Collaborative and the School Discipline Advocacy Services (Penn and Temple Law Students) There will be food, drink and a silent auction. Tickets are $150. To purchase tickets, visit www.elc-pa.org or contact Christine Gaffney at cgaffney@elc-pa.org.


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