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Jan. 11, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 3
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 


Tomorrow: Chancellor's Reception Jan. 12


All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Gaetan J. Alfano, 89th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Letter to the Editor Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Jan. 6: Judicial Nominations


To the Editor:

More than a year ago, President Obama nominated U.S. District Court Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Although he is eminently qualified, Judge Restrepo’s nomination has hung in limbo while the U. S. Senate delayed scheduling a confirmation vote…READ MORE

Deadline Jan. 15: Time to Update Your Legal Directory Listing


It's time to update your listing for the 2016 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2016 Legal Directory has been extended to Jan. 15. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently sent to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory…READ MORE

Renew Your Membership Today


"Your membership dues are the lifeblood of our Association, and we ask that you renew your membership. Over the course of the next year, the Association will roll out additional programs to increase the value of your membership dollars without increasing your dues."

Gaetan J. Alfano
2016 Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Renew today and take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer.

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Letter to the Editor Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Jan. 6: Judicial Nominations


To the Editor:

More than a year ago, President Obama nominated U.S. District Court Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Although he is eminently qualified, Judge Restrepo’s nomination has hung in limbo while the U. S. Senate delayed scheduling a confirmation vote.

We welcome the Senate’s long overdue vote on Judge Restrepo’s nomination next week. This delay, however, exemplifies a serious crisis in our federal court system. Dozens of judicial nominations have been delayed due solely to Senate politics. A diminished judiciary deprives parties of their day in court, reduces the quality of our justice system and erodes public confidence.

Pennsylvania is among the hardest hit states. Four other nominees have been awaiting confirmation since July—Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John Milton Younge, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and three judges, Susan Paradise Baxter, Robert John Colville and Marilyn Jean Horan, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey have lauded the qualifications of all four nominees.

We call on the Senate to expedite the confirmation process for all judicial nominees and deliver access to justice for all.

Sincerely,
Gaetan J. Alfano, Chancellor
Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor-Elect
Mary F. Platt, Vice Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Read online here.

Estate and Distribution Planning for Retirement Benefits Jan. 12

Add to your estate planning expertise by receiving in-depth knowledge of how to integrate retirement benefits into your client's estate plan.

This PBI 6-substantive credit program will be hosted on Tuesday, Jan 12 by Post & Schell, P.C. from 9 a.m. to 3:45 pm; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Post & Schell, P.C. is located at Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia. For additional information or to register, click here.

Deadline Jan. 15: Time to Update Your Legal Directory Listing

It's time to update your listing for the 2016 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2016 Legal Directory has been extended to Jan. 15. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently sent to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory.

Please follow the link that was sent to you to update your listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database.

Any attorney who was not listed in last year's directory should create a listing at www.thelegaldirectory.org.

If you did not receive the email containing a personal URL that will allow you to access and update your listing, or have any other questions, e-maildirectoriespa@alm.com.

To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at dchalphin@alm.com or (215) 557-2359.

The print directory will be available in May. To purchase the directory, ­contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2453 or asmith@alm.com.

Barristers' 2016 MLK Breakfast Jan. 18

To honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his important contributions to society, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will recognize attorneys and judges who have made significant contributions to the Greater Philadelphia region at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Monday, Jan. 18 at 8 a.m.

The 2016 awards include the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award, that will be presented to Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden; the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, that will be presented to Amber Racine, Raynes McCarty; the Honorable William F. Hall Award, that will be presented to Hon. Lori A. Dumas, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas - Family Division; and the Outstanding Organization Award, that will be presented to the Federal Community Defender Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 19

The Business Law Section cordially invites you to its annual reception at Estia on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

At the reception, the Section will present the 2016 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to G. Daniel O'Donnell, Dechert LLP; the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award to Mark S. Stewart, Ballard Spahr LLP; the Committee Chair of the Year award to Terry Reilly and Michael Pellegrino, co-chairs, Investment Companies Committee; and the Committee of the Year Award to the Venture Capital and Private Equity Law Committee. The reception is sponsored by Dechert LLP, Dilworth Paxson LLP and Ballard Spahr LLP.

All attendees are encouraged to bring paperback books for donation to support our Boots on the Ground Community Initiative, "Books Through Bars," an organization dedicated to the education of incarcerated individuals.Books should be less than 5 years old, except if the content is not outdated and books are in great physical condition. Below is a list of permissible types of books (please note, many prisons do not permit hardcover books of any kind):

  • Legal Books: Black's Law Dictionary (any edition); Recent federal, state, and local procedural rules; Caselaw textbooks (paper only)
  • Professional Development: Resume writing, interview skills, professionalism
  • Educational/vocational: Introductory college level textbooks, GED and ESL study guides, basic math and grammar books, automotive, electrical, plumbing, and construction guides
  • Entrepreneurial: Starting a small business, finance and accounting, marketing and branding, negotiation skills

Estia is located at 1405 Locust St., Philadelphia. Registration includes light dinner and cocktails.

The deadline to register is Jan. 13. For more information and to register, click here.

Chancellor's Forum: Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality Jan. 27

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a Chancellor's Forum titled "Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality" on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. The event is co-presented by The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee and Criminal Justice and Public Interest Sections.

Attorneys from various areas of criminal justice will discuss and solicit input on criminal justice reform from members of the legal, civil rights, government and public interest communities concerning the efficient and fair use of conviction and non-conviction data in the American justice system. In Pennsylvania, criminal charges, including charges that do not result in convictions, are publicly available.

Panelists will discuss pending legislation, efforts by the legal community to address unlawful criminal history discrimination, and the need to maintain an individual’s criminal history while allowing them to move forward as productive members of the community-at-large.

Attendees are invited to a wine and cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses



The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - will serve as a new provider of Continuing Legal Education to lawyers across the region beginning in February 2016.

Look to us as your convenient, low-cost provider for CLE programs on the latest issues, legislation and regulations. Take advantage of our full calendar of CLE courses taught by leaders of the profession - with a level of quality and service that has become a hallmark of America's first bar association.

Feb. 1
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 1): Lead Yourself - Lead Your Clients
3 SUB - Video
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 4
Defining Fiduciary Excellence: The Department of Labor and ERISA - The Changing Landscape of Investment Fiduciary Responsibility
2 SUB/1 ETH
12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 5
The New Science Behind Sentencing: What You Need to Know about Pennsylvania's New Sentencing Legislation
2 SUB
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 9
For Sale! - Understanding 204 Pa. Code Rule 1.17
1 ETH
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 11
Making Your Voice Heard: Advocacy and Lobbying 101
1 SUB/1 ETH
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 12
Tips and Practice Tools from the WC Bench including a 2016 WCAIS Update
2 SUB
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 16
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 2): Lead Your Firm - Lead Your Community
3 SUB - Video
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 17
INSIDE-OUT: In-House Counsel Expectations of Outside Counsel on Environmental Matters
1 SUB
12 to 1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 23
Considering ODR in the Dispute Resolution Archetype and Its Impact on Lawyers and Ethical Considerations
1 SUB/1 ETH
12 to 2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 24
Outlook for 2016: Private Equity M&A
1 SUB
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

For questions regarding Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, contact Tara D. Phoenix, Director of Continuing Legal Education, at 215-238-6349 or tphoenix@philabar.org.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit mycase.com for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

  • Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.
  • New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).
  • Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.
  • 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pa. 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pa. 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present your Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at philadelphiabar.org in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the Membership Card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won't just observe art. You'll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.

Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: Right Choices for Transitioning an Art Collection

Ownership of art, antiques and collectibles presents unique challenges when creating an overall financial and estate plan. Although many art collectors choose to pass on artwork upon their death, other options may be more aligned with their legacy goals. In this month’s interview, I sat down with Mary-Noelle Rasi, senior wealth planner with PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss some of the ways collectors may transition their artwork…READ MORE.

Upcoming CLE Courses

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.

Jan. 12
Estate and Distribution Planning for Retirement Benefits (Video)
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 13
Municipal Law Update
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Secured Transaction 2016: What Lawyers Need to Know about UCC Article 9 Cozen O'Connor, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Ste. 2800
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 14
Morning with My Cousin Vinny: Developing and Presenting Your Case Post & Schell, P.C. , Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
3 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 14-15
PLI - Mergers & Acquisitions 2016: Trends & Developments
Cozen O'Connor, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Ste. 2800
11.5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 19
PLI - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2016
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
7 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 20
PLI - Securities Products of Insurance Companies in the Course of Regulatory Reform 2016
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
7 substantive/0 ethics
8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:15 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 21
Personal Injury Litigation Basics
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 22
PLI - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2016
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 26
Personal Injury Litigation Basics
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Advanced Deposition Techniques 2016
Cozen O'Connor, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Ste. 2800
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 28
Fundamentals of Pennsylvania Business Corporation Practice (Video)
Post & Schell, P.C., Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Jan. 28-29
PLI - Understanding Financial Products 2016
Cozen O'Connor, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Ste. 2800
11.5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

*Earn as many as four credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at pbi.org/help/about-distance-education. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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