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Feb. 12, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 12
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Diaz to Receive Sotomayor Award
at March 10 Quarterly Meeting

Judge Nelson A. Diaz, a partner in Dilworth Paxson LLP, will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tuesday, March 10 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Ari Melber, a lawyer and a co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," will be the keynote speaker at the event...READ MORE
 

Diaz to Receive Sotomayor Award at March 10 Quarterly

Judge Nelson A. Diaz, a partner in Dilworth Paxson LLP, will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tuesday, March 10 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Ari Melber, a lawyer and a co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," will be the keynote speaker at the event.

The Sotomayor Award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Judge Diaz served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. He was the youngest judge elected to the court and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania history. He also served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs. He is also chair of Dilworth Paxson’s diversity committee.

Melber also writes about law and politics for MSNBC.com and other publications. Melber anchors and writes an MSNBC series on inequities in the criminal justice system, Presumed Guilty, and he is a guest host for MSNBC shows such as "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "All In with Chris Hayes."

Melber also is a correspondent for The Nation magazine, the oldest political weekly in America, a contributor to Reuters, and his writing has been published by many major media outlets.

Immediate-Past Chancellor William P. Fedullo will be honored at the event. He will be presented with a gold box, a replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

Additionally, The Justinian Society and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation will present the Lifetime Achievement Award in Memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona to an outstanding member of the bench or bar who acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

The March Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $65 for members; $55 for YLD members, public interest and government members; $25 for law student members; and $75 for non-members. Visit philadelphiabar.org to purchase tickets.

Special Rules of Practice, Procedure Before WCAB

The Workers' Compensation Section will host a Friday, Feb. 13 discussion on the recent changes to the Special Rules of Practice and Procedure before the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board and the judges.

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.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Changing Status of French Lawyers Feb. 13

Three visiting lawyers from France who are participating in the Philadelphia Bar Association exchange program with the Lyon Bar Association will be the featured speakers at the Friday, Feb. 13 meeting of the International Law Committee.

They are Arthur Bonnet, jointly hosted by Volpe & Koenig, P.C. and Pepper Hamilton LLP; Alexandre Brun, currently hosted by McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP; and Elise Detry, currently hosted by Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. The presentations will be followed by a general business update on the committee.

The meeting will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square,
18th and Arch streets. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Lunch will be provided. Kindly Respond to Beverly Lowe at loweb@pepperlaw.com or 215.981.4614.

Solve a Family Business Puzzle Feb. 18

Bob Louis and Jeff Savlov, a family business consultant with training in psychology, will present "Combining the Work of Lawyers and Family Business Consultants to Solve a Family Business Puzzle" at the Wednesday, Feb. 18 meting of the Business Planning Committee of the Probate and Trust Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Saul Ewing LLP, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St., 38th Floor. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to MWeese@WilmingtonTrust.com.

Class Actions in Federal Court Feb. 18

On the 10th anniversary of the Class Action Fairness Act and in the wake of the Supreme Court's decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and Comcast v. Behrend, experienced class action practitioners from both the plaintiff and defense bars will speak about the current state of federal court class actions at the Wednesday, Feb. 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Speakers include Michael D. Donovan, Donovan Axler LLC; Charles B. Casper, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; Hope S. Freiwald, Dechert LLP; and Ellen Meriwether, Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Pa. Grand Jury Practice CLE Feb. 19

Understand the grand jury process and learn about the nuances of Pennsylvania grand jury practice, including an in-depth discussion of both investigating and indicting grand jury procedures at a Thursday, Feb. 19 CLE program presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

From grand jury secrecy issues, to handling Fifth Amendment assertions, this program will provide insight into the Pennsylvania Investigating Grand Jury Act. Additionally, the presentation will focus on the indicting grand jury rules of procedure and the specific protocol developed for this program with the Philadelphia criminal court system.

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.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

LGBT Rights at Home, Abroad Feb. 19

As many countries progress in their development of equality for LGBT citizens, others are regressing. The international law of human rights provides mechanisms for enforcement and development of equality in the countries where so much improvement is needed.

Diplomatic pressure, United Nations rules, and NGO action can all help development of human rights in these countries. Granting of asylum to those fleeing anti-LGBT persecution can ease migration to countries like the United States, which afford better protection.

A Feb. 19 CLE program "LGBT Rights at Home and Abroad" will address how enforcement and immigration work to change the LGBT rights picture around the world, including in the United States. The program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the DiBona Room, 7th Floor, at Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here to register.

Mazzoni Justice in Action Luncheon Feb. 19

Mazzoni Center will present the Justice in Action Award to Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, at its 6th annual "Justice in Action" luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hyatt at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St.

Visit mazzonicenter.org for sponsorship and ticket information.

Priorities in the LGBT Rights Movement Feb. 19

Lambda Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School's LGBT student organization, will host its second annual LGBT symposium, "Priorities in the LGBT Rights Movement," on Thursday, Feb. 19.

The full-day event will open with a career fair for law students, to be followed by panel discussions and keynote address delivered by James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project. Topics of discussion include Transgender Youth, HIV/AIDS and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and Rreparative Therapy.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom St. Registration, scheduling, and CLE credit information can be found at LGBTrights.eventbrite.com.

This program has been approved for 4 substantive law credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit must bring separate payment of $60 ($30 for public interest attorneys) cash or check payable to "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania."

Bud Krogh on Integrity Feb. 20

Bud Krogh was at the eye of the storm during the fall of the Nixon presidency and will bring invaluable life lessons in decision-making and personal and professional integrity at a Friday, Feb. 20 CLE program.

His White House experience, graduate school teaching, law practice and extensive writing and lecturing led him to develop The Integrity Zone - a conceptual model for making decisions with integrity.

This engaging, thought-provoking, entertaining and inspirational presentation provides concrete examples of the threats to integrity in the practice of law, in business and in government service. More importantly, it offers solid advice and focused methods to overcome such threats.

This 3-hour ethics credit program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Hearing Preparation and Testimony Feb. 20

The Social Security Disability Benefits Committee will present "Client Testimony: Hearing Preparation and Testimony, What to Ask and Why" on Friday, Feb. 20.

Speakers for the program are Rita Bonner, Silver and Silver; Joseph Capitan, Martin Law; and David Chermol, Chermol & Fishman, LLC. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Penn Law Public Interest Week Feb. 23-28

University of Pennsylvania Law School will celebrate the power of public service and the 25th anniversary of Penn Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center Feb. 23-28.

Events scheduled during this week include the Annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction on Feb. 26 to raise funds for students working in public service; and the 25th Anniversary Alumni Gala on Feb. 28, which will spotlight the impact of 25 years of service-centered education.

There also will be events lead by student groups and a presentation by Honorary Fellow-in-Residence, Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch. More information about these events is available at law.upenn.edu.

Justinians to Honor Dandridge at Feb. 24 Luncheon

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III at a Tuesday, Feb. 24 luncheon at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at 12 p.m. Tickets are $65 for Justinian Society members and $75 for non-members. Registration is requested by Feb. 17. Click here to purchase tickets.

Hidden Costs of Incomplete Environmental Cleanup Feb. 24

Paul M. Schmidt will address the fundamentals of the environmental remediation and the use of property use restrictions to reduce necessary active cleanup at a Tuesday, Feb. 24 CLE program presented by the Real Property Section Sustainable Land Use Committee.

Schmidt, chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C., will demonstrate how these restrictions can cause often-overlooked future problems for property owners, and will provide tips on avoiding or minimizing those problems.

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.

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 $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Making Justice for All a Reality Feb. 24

Three dynamic women will discuss the right to counsel movement and local work to increase access to justice and the impact that Civil Gideon could have on the Philadelphia community at the Tuesday, 24 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Speakers for the program are Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper; Cathy Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; and Molly Callahan, legal center director, Women Against Abuse.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Bar Academy Dinner at Bistro 7 Feb. 25

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Bar Academy for a dinner with acclaimed Chef Michael O'Halloran of Bistro 7 with wine pairings by wine expert Robert Panzer on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Chef O'Halloran applies the precision of French culinary techniques with a meticulous eye to design, producing dishes that are complex, multilayered and uniformly delicious. Panzer will be present to talk about his selections and pairing recommendations. This is an evening for foodies, cooks, wine lovers, or anyone who enjoys the pleasures of the table in the company of others.

The menu will feature local and fresh ingredients. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Bistro 7, 7 N. 3rd St. Tickets are $75 and include all food, wines, taxes and gratuities. Click here to register.

Law Firm Laboratory: Vetting Expert Witnesses Feb. 26

Several years ago, defense counsel won a jury verdict for its client in a state court action in Arizona. However, after the jury had rendered its verdict, the judge discovered that the defense expert had lied about his qualifications. The judge not only ordered a new trial but also sanctioned the defendant more than $500,000. This is but one example of why attorneys today need to investigate not only opposing counsel's experts but their own.

Join us for a fast-paced and revealing presentation on Thursday, Feb. 26 addressing how to use online resources to investigate experts. Even if you are not the one who actually conducts the research, just knowing what resources are available may help you to be better prepared in vetting your own experts and finding damaging information about the opposition's.

The presentation will be conducted by Caren R. Silverman, Esq., Client Relations Specialist for LexisNexis. In her role, Silverman not only monitors the legal industry to identify trends and potential future developments but also consults with law firms and corporations across the country to discuss their challenges and needs. In her 17 years with LexisNexis, she has conducted more than 500 presentations.

Silverman received her B.A. from Penn State University and her J.D. (cum laude) from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to joining LexisNexis, she was a litigator for more than three years with Goldfein & Joseph in Philadelphia.

The program, sponsored by LexisNexis, begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Feb. 26

Listen and learn from Internet experts Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch as they show you how to be a cybersleuth and unearth free information online that will give you the advantage in your next case at a Thursday, Feb. 26 CLE program.

Learn techniques that will help you become a master of the Internet search and search like a private investigator. This program 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. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Prisoner Civil Rights Litigation CLE Feb. 27

Get an in-depth examination of major issues in prisoner civil rights litigation at a Friday, Feb. 27 CLE program.

The 3 CLE credit program will be held in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Landlord/Tenant CLE from VIP Feb. 27

Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on landlord/tenant issues on Friday, Feb. 27 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St.

Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, visit phillyvip.org.

Lessons Learned from James Beasley Sr. March 2

The list of prominent, successful attorneys mentored by Jim Beasley is beyond impressive - Judge Sandra Mazer-Moss, Jim Beasley Jr., Jim Colleran, Nancy Fullam, Peter Hoffman, Tom Kline and Shanin Specter.

Join these major verdict winning personal injury lawyers as they share their memories of what made Jim Beasley Sr. a nationally recognized name in plaintiff's personal injury work. Syndicated radio host (and former member of the Beasley firm), Michael Smerconish, will moderate this distinguished panel.

Listen as the lawyers share stories about what made Beasley such a success and what lessons he imparted on them that helped to shape their own careers. Get the inside line on Beasley's approach to trial preparation, handling evidence objections, telling a story to the jury and more.

The program will be held Monday, March 2 from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Power of Attorney CLE March 3

Pennsylvania amended its Power of Attorney statute, with the most significant provisions becoming effective Jan. 1. The statute attempted to bring clarity to some important issues related to the form and content of financial powers of attorney, and related to the liability issues faced both by agents and those who rely upon the words and deeds of agents.

The Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE program on Tuesday, March 3 will address how to avoid traps for the unwary created by the new statute, and confront the concerns of more advanced practitioners who regularly prepare power of attorney documents for clients.

The program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

"Mothers and Sons" Performance, Discussion March 3

Join the LGBT Rights Committee for a thought-provoking and informative Bar Academy event with Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Tuesday, March 3. This special program includes a private educational panel and wine reception followed by a showing of "Mothers and Sons," a 90-minute play by Terrence McNally and directed by Wendy C. Goldberg that received a 2014 Tony nomination for Best Play.

Eloquent and moving, McNally's play explores the very essence of family and forgiveness in a changing society. Twenty years after her son's death, Katharine leaves Texas and pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of Cal, her late son's partner who is now married to another man and has a young son. Still coping with loss and unexplainable anger, Katharine is challenged by Cal to confront the truths of their shared past, and a future she never imagined.

The panel discussion will cover assisted reproduction options, including alternative insemination and surrogacy for same-sex couples. Panelists include former Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls, Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, P.C.; TJ Henderson, Surrogacy Services International; and Tiffany Palmer, Jerner & Palmer, P.C. The moderator is Thomas Ude, Legal and Public Policy Director, Mazzoni Center. The program will also discuss how the law determines who is and who is not a parent as well as the legal measures that same-sex couples need to take to ensure they have a legal connection to the children they raise in this age of marriage equality.

Click here to purchase tickets. Space is limited.

The iAttorney: Practicing in the Mobile Age March 4

Mike Murray, director of Client Solutions, Veritext, will discuss which apps are helpful, explain their functions, and show how they can simplify your workday at the Wednesday, March 4 meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions March 6

Get a comprehensive review of due diligence essentials, including important tips to help you cover all of the bases, at PBI's "Due Diligence in Business Transactions" on Friday, March 6.

The program, co-sponsored by the Business Law Section, will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch is included. A total of 4 CLE credits are available, one of which may be applied toward ethics. Click here to register.

Solving Driver's Licensing Problems March 6

Imagine yourself without a driver's license. What if you have a long commute and are diagnosed with a medical condition that results in a license suspension? What if you were a cab or truck driver? How would you earn your living without a license?

Attorneys are called on regularly to assist clients whose driving privileges are threatened or have been revoked. Click here for more information on this March 6 CLE program at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A total of 6 CLE credits are available.

21st Annual Health Law Institute March 12-13

PBI's 21st Annual Health Law Institute is the "can't miss" event of the year for everyone practicing health law in Pennsylvania.

Topics include a year in review panel discussion, the possible end of malpractice litigation and much more. This two-day program will be held Thursday and Friday, March 12-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Click here to register.

Commercial Litigation Institute March 18

Get insight on various aspects of commercial litigation from eight judges, as well as from attorneys who practice across the broad range of "commercial litigation," many of them partners at some of the nations largest firms, at a Wednesday, March 18 CLE program.

A total of 6 CLE credits are available, 2 of which may be applied toward ethics. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

O'Connor Award Nomination Deadline March 30

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 30. Click here for the nomination form.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law; Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP; U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe; former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus; and Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.).

Please send nominations to the attention of: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by email to dpetit@philabar.org.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 18

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 18. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court’s requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit ww.supremecourt.gov for the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you are an Association member and plan to bring a guest. If you are not a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the fee is $325. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

Mock Trial Competition Judges, Coaches Needed

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and your help is needed to make this year's competition another success. Each year, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up to host this competition. Each spring, students from approximately 30 to 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

Join us for an experience that is rewarding for both volunteer judges and students. Volunteers can sign up to judge as many trials as desired and each trial will require a two- to three-hour time commitment.

To view the schedule and sign up to judge, click here. This year's case material can be found at this link.

For more information, contact Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov.

Volunteer coaches are still needed for a few high schools. If you're willing to help out or if you have any questions about helping, please email Jennifer Santiago at jennifer@myjaslaw.com.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of New Jersey, seated in Newark. A bankruptcy judge is appointed to a 14-year term pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §152.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:

(a) Be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a member in good standing of every other bar of which they are members.

(b) (1) Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; (2) possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; (3) possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; (4) indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and (5) be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.

(c) Not be related by blood or marriage to (1) a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; (2) a member of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit; or (3) a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in 28 U.S.C. § 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

(d) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The Judicial Council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law.
The selection process will be confidential and competitive. The annual salary for this
position will be $183,172. Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment. The name of the person selected will also be submitted to the Director of the Administrative Office, who shall request background reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 23, 2015. Applications must be submitted only by the potential nominee personally. To apply, go to www.ca3.uscourts.gov for more information or call the Circuit Executive's Office at 215-597-0718.

Applicants Sought for FJD 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. Now in its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association has been a constant supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interested in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. 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. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

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 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 Musuem

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 Bar 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.

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