Women Bar Leaders: Serving Our Profession June 27

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome women leaders of several affinity bar associations who will discuss their roles and reflections on the historic number of women currently serving overlapping terms as leaders of minority, ethnic and other bar associations locally, regionally and beyond. Click here to register...READ MORE

Get In-Depth Instruction in Criminal Electronic Filing System June 27

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania has implemented its Criminal Electronic Filing System for Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court of Philadelphia. Effective May 6, 2013, court filings for criminal matters may be filed electronically. In order to electronically file, you must be a registered user of the Criminal Electronic Filing System (CEFS). PBI's Thursday, June 27 program will provide an in-depth instruction on the use of the CEFS. The CEFS was designed to allow the filing of legal documents in criminal matters via the Internet from anywhere and at any time using a personal computer. The system also provides attorneys and litigants with online access to all documents electronically filed in their cases. Click here for more information.

Mortgage Foreclosure Defense CLE June 28

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, will present a seminar providing updates on the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program as well as one hour of ethics CLE. This training is most appropriate for attorneys that work in mortgage foreclosure defense or have completed Philadelphia VIP’s Mortgage Foreclosure Negotiation or Litigation trainings. In the first half hour, we will discuss updates and changes to the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion program, including new federal modification options. The program will held Friday, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Fox Rothshild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th floor.



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Women Bar Leaders: Serving Our Profession June 27

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome women leaders of several affinity bar associations who will discuss their roles and reflections on the historic number of women currently serving overlapping terms as leaders of minority, ethnic and other bar associations locally, regionally and beyond. Click here to register.

The speakers are Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society; Rachel E. Branson, president, Barrristers' Association of Philadelphia; Rachel Gallegos, president, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania; and Annette Ferrara, chancellor, The Justinian Society of Philadelphia.

There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

Battle of the Young Lawyers Bowling Party June 26 Benefits SeniorLAW Center

SeniorLAW Center and the Young Lawyers Division are proud to co-host the inaugural Battle of the Young Lawyers bowling party and fundraiser benefiting SeniorLAW Center on Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at at North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St.

SeniorLAW Center and the YLD are asking firms and corporate counsel departments to sponsor a bowling team of their young lawyers. Sponsorships are $500 for a team of four bowlers and $1,000 for up to eight attendees and bowlers.

The Battle of the Young Lawyers bowling fundraiser is open to anyone; we are especially seeking associates and summer associates to participate. Both bowlers and non-bowlers are encouraged to attend; fun is guaranteed for all. Enter your firm or group of young lawyers today: creative team names encouraged!

The event will feature a light-hearted competition among the firms, trophies for best and worst bowling teams(as well as best dressed, most creative team name, and other surprise awards), as well as food, drink, pool, arcade games and celebration.

All proceeds benefit SeniorLAW Center, a nonprofit public interest law organization which protects the rights of Pennsylvania's senior citizens, including victims of elder abuse, elder homeowners and tenants facing homelessness, and grandparents raising grandchildren, through free legal representation, education and advocacy.

For more information or to arrange for your team to participate, please call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or via email at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

Stand Your Ground CLE June 25

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "The New State of Self-Defense: Stand Your Ground, Castle Doctrine and Related Evidentiary Issues" on Tuesday, June 25.

Speakers for the program are Widener University Law Professor Jules Epstein, Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and Joshu Harris of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. States around the country have changed or are in the process of changing their laws regarding self-defense. Here in Pennsylvania there have been important and significant changes made to our statutes recently that will likely affect many assault and murder trials. This program will educate attendees (defense, prosecution and the judiciary) on these specific changes, as well as trends around the country.

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.

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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Mortgage Foreclosure Defense CLE June 28

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, will present a seminar providing updates on the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program as well as one hour of ethics CLE. This training is most appropriate for attorneys that work in mortgage foreclosure defense or have completed Philadelphia VIP’s Mortgage Foreclosure Negotiation or Litigation trainings. In the first half hour, we will discuss updates and changes to the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion program, including new federal modification options.

The program will held Friday, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Fox Rothshild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th floor.

After this brief refresher, we will move into an hour ethics discussion. This will include an interactive poverty simulation, as well as a discussion on the ethics of advising low-income clients on how best to handle their mortgage foreclosure matter. We will address the difficult question of guiding clients who want to remain in their homes despite serious affordability or safety concerns as well as other challenging situations.

Attorneys receive 1 free Ethics CLE credit and .5 substantive CLE credit if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Click here to register or call Susan at 215-523-9569. Space is limited.

This seminar will be taught by Bob Lukens, Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services and Consultant to the Office of Housing and Community Development, Stefanie Seldin, Managing Attorney at VIP, and Susan Wysor Nguema, Homeownership Advocate at VIP.

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar Conference at Revel

Registration is now open for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013. Association members who register before Sept. 13 can save $80! Click here to register.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 22 CLE seminars that will be offered. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.

In addition, we are pleased to offer a special REVEL hotel room group rate to our Bench-Bar attendees. A rate of $179 plus tax is available Friday, Oct. 4 and a limited number of rooms are available at $149 plus tax for Thursday, Oct. 3. You must be a registered attendee of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in order to reserve a room at the group rate. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive instructions on how to make your room reservation.

Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; iDiscovery Solutions; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; Frankly Legal; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; Love Court Reporting; M. Burr Keim Company; Pain Management & MRI; Robson Forensic, Inc.; State Civil Litigation Section; US Claims Inc; and Wilkie Lexus. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

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