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Feb. 22, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 9
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2016

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2016 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
  • Swartz Campbell LLC

Op-Ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer on School-Funding Crisis by Gaetan J. Alfano, Deborah R. Gross and Mary F. Platt Feb. 16

Pennsylvania's business community has watched with growing concern as our commonwealth's schools have fallen deeper and deeper into crisis over the last several years. In the wake of drastic funding cuts, school districts across our state have been forced to lay off thousands of teachers, while cutting AP classes, art, music, and extracurricular opportunities and losing crucial support staff — like guidance counselors and school nurses…READ MORE



Chancellor's Forum: The Pennsylvania Attorney General Race March 1

With the upcoming Primary Election for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General less than three months away, several of the candidates seeking election will gather for an interactive panel discussion about the 2016 race…READ MORE



Legal Briefs: An Evening at Benjamin Franklin's Library Company of Philadelphia March 2

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an exciting and educational evening at The Library Company of Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Deadline Feb. 26

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the June Quarterly Meeting…READ MORE

Deadline March 21: Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of its members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 23. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C…READ MORE

CLE - The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods April 29

Ripped from the headlines of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and People Magazine, the Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer" has been the talk of the legal community, as well as traditional pop culture circles and social media across the country…READ MORE

New Member Benefits from Verizon, Best Buy, Expedia, DocuSign and More

Visit Member Benefits for full details…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. Renew by March 31 and save $15.

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Op-Ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer on School-Funding Crisis by Gaetan J. Alfano, Deborah R. Gross and Mary F. Platt

Allow Trial On School Funding

Pennsylvania's business community has watched with growing concern as our commonwealth’s schools have fallen deeper and deeper into crisis over the last several years. In the wake of drastic funding cuts, school districts across our state have been forced to lay off thousands of teachers, while cutting AP classes, art, music, and extracurricular opportunities and losing crucial support staff — like guidance counselors and school nurses.

The state's school-funding situation is now so dire that many schools aren't even able to offer the curriculum and supports that are mandated by law. In too many schools, over-stretched teachers struggle every day to deliver even the most basic education. The result has been plummeting test scores and lost opportunities for thousands of children — especially poorer children and children of color, whose schools were disproportionately affected by budget cuts.

Money can't solve every problem, but adequate resources are a necessary ingredient for student success.

As attorneys who work with some of our state's largest corporate citizens, we know firsthand that investment in our education system makes economic sense. An educated workforce is key to effectively competing in the global economy, and great schools are crucial to convincing businesses to remain or locate in Pennsylvania.

While local governments have increased local taxes to try to make up for a lack of funding at the state level, in the end only Harrisburg can marshal the resources needed to ensure all children have access to a quality public education. The current budget stalemate in Harrisburg underlines just how ineffective our political branches of government have been at meeting this important obligation to our children.

How can our children be prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st-century economy when they attend schools with outdated textbooks and overcrowded classrooms?

Fortunately, our state Constitution provides another path forward out of the gridlock for Pennsylvania's children: It expressly requires the legislature to "support and maintain" a "thorough and efficient" system of public education to support our children and "serve the needs of the commonwealth."

Six school districts, seven families, and organizations representing additional districts and parents, all of whom have seen the impact of continued disinvestment in our schools, are suing the commonwealth and asking the courts to ensure that state government finally lives up to its constitutional obligations.

The plaintiffs come from large urban districts like Philadelphia and struggling rural districts like Panther Valley in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties, demonstrating that chronic underfunding affects students across Pennsylvania. They are being represented by education advocates, including the Education Law Center, which recognize that the constitutional rights of Pennsylvania's schoolchildren can no longer be subject to the whims of the political process.

The case, which cuts to the heart of the inadequacy and inequities that plague our education system, has been moving through our judicial system since 2014. It is now pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, presenting the justices with an historic opportunity to enforce this important constitutional provision that will ensure critical opportunities for Pennsylvania's children.

A favorable ruling would permit a full trial on the merits of this case, allowing advocates and the commonwealth to present evidence on the state of our education system and giving the courts an opportunity to fully examine whether Pennsylvania provides the thorough and efficient school system guaranteed by our Constitution.

Even in the unlikely event that legislative leaders approve the full education funding increases proposed by Gov. Wolf last week, we need a long-term and sustained commitment to education that extends beyond any one budget proposal or administration. It has taken years to dig ourselves into this hole. A one-year fix isn't enough to reverse the long-standing inequities that prevent children from achieving their full potential.

A trial is the best hope for the thousands of children across our commonwealth to obtain access to the quality education to which they are entitled. Protecting the rights of children is one of the most sacred duties entrusted to the judiciary. Appellate courts in a majority of states have already made similar rulings on behalf of their states' children.

Enforcement of our Constitution has been a key function of the judiciary ever since our nation's founding. We hope that our state judiciary assumes its rightful place as the guarantor of one of our most important constitutional protections by allowing a full trial on the merits of this very important case.

Gaetan J. Alfano (GJA@Pietragallo.com), Deborah R. Gross (DGross@kcr-law.com), and Mary F. Platt (MPlatt@finemanlawfirm.com) respectively serve as chancellor, chancellor-elect, and vice chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

"School-Funding Crisis Deserves Its Day in Court" was originally published on Philly.com on Feb. 16, 2016. Read the full op-ed here.

Good Shepherd Mediation Open House Feb. 22

The Good Shepherd Mediation Program is scheduled to host a free open house on Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. The open house will detail the services offered to the community by the Good Shepherd Mediation Program and describe the benefits of mediation, conflict coaching and restorative practices.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program is located at 5356 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. To register, visit www.phillymediators.org.

8th Public Interest Week Feb. 22 – Feb. 27

The University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its annual Public Interest Week celebrating the power of public service from Feb. 22 - Feb. 27. Events scheduled during this week include the Honorary Fellow Presentation and Dinner on Feb. 22 and the Annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction on Feb. 25, that raises funds for students working in public service. This year’s Fellow in Residence, Benjamin Crump (2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference opening plenary speaker), is the current president of the National Bar Association and counsel for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice. He will take part in several events throughout the week. More information about these events is available here.

HIAS Pennsylvania "Refugee Kids" Documentary Screening Feb. 23

HIAS Pennsylvania will present "Refugee Kids," a documentary about the inspirational story of refugee children’s experience in a refugee school in New York City, at Congregation Rodeph Shalomon on Tuesday, Feb. 23. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the film's screening from 6:30-8 p.m. After the film, director Renée Silverman will be available to answer questions. Information will also be provided regarding HIAS PA's after-school programs available for refugees in Philadelphia.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is located at 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. This event is free to the public, refreshments will be provided. To register, visit www.hiaspa.org/refugeekids.

Philadelphia VIP hosts training "Defending Consumer Debt Collection Suit in Philadelphia" Feb. 26

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Defending Consumer Debt Collection Suits in Philadelphia" at Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 12-2:15 p.m. Joanna Darcus and Kerry Smith, staff attorneys at Community Legal Services, will lead the training.

Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C. is located at One Liberty Place, 52nd Floor, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.phillyvip.org.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Deadline Feb. 26

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the June Quarterly Meeting.

This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor 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. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Sotomayor Award recognizes individual attorneys or jurists, or law firms, corporate legal departments or other organizations, that have made substantial and lasting contributions to the Association's goal of promoting full and equal participation and inclusion by all attorneys in Philadelphia's legal community. Previous recipients of the Award include, in addition to Justice Sotomayor, Dean JoAnne Epps of Temple University Beasley School of Law, the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, the Liacouras Committee, Past Chancellor Andre L. Dennis, Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. and Judge Nelson A. Diaz.

Association members who wish to make nominations should complete and return the nomination form by 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 to Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org. Nominations will be reviewed by the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee, and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter. To download materials, please click here.

Justice in Action 2016 Awards Luncheon Feb. 26

The Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host its Justice in Action 2016 Awards Luncheon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year's honorees are Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, and Michael P. Williams, community activist and civil rights attorney.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. Individual luncheon tickets are $75, while other types of registration vary in price. To register, visit www.mazzonicenter.org.

Deadline Extended: The 2016 Irvin Stander Award Application Deadline Feb. 29

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia judge who was well-known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning laws. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on workers' compensation at Temple University's law school, now the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The Irvin Stander Award recognizes an outstanding graduating law student who has demonstrated legal acumen or scholarship in the areas of administrative or workers' compensation law. The award committee is seeking an individual who has a demonstrated passion for administrative or workers' compensation law shown through related employment, internship, publications or other activities. The recipient of this prestigious award will receive a $2,500 prize to defray the cost of the annual bar examination, as well as a plaque commemorating this honor.

For more information regarding the requirements and application for this award, please click here.

Chancellor's Forum: The Pennsylvania Attorney General Race March 1

With the upcoming Primary Election for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General less than three months away, several of the candidates seeking election will gather for an interactive panel discussion about the 2016 race. Candidates will discuss a variety of topics including their individual platforms as well as many of the pressing legal issues facing Pennsylvanians.

The Chancellor's Forum, moderated by Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors Chair Lauren P. McKenna, Esq., also will allow attendees the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the candidates.

Attendees are invited to a wine-and-cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum. The Forum is free for members of the Association and $15 for non-members.

Registration is required for all attendees. To register, please click here.

Martha Hampton Award Nominations Deadline March 1

The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is presently seeking nominations for the 16th Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers’ compensation law.

The Section will be sponsoring a special luncheon to present the award. The luncheon is open to anyone who wishes to attend anfd will take place on April 15. Advanced registration will be required. The time and location of the luncheon will be announced shortly.

Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha’s unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers. Martha’s interests went beyond the individual case being litigated. She believed in the viability of a workers’ compensation section. She also made it a point to be active in activities that ranged from informative articles in The Legal Intelligencer to testifying before subcommittees in Harrisburg on proposed legislation.

Martha seemed to naturally act as a mentor and educator and maintained close friendships. She had the ability to be a strong advocate in the courtroom and the next moment have coffee with opposing counsel. It is this respect for the person/attorney which led to the creation of this award, that continues to grow in its important role of bringing the members of the Section together.

It should be noted that all members of the bar and bench who practice workers’ compensation are eligible. This is not an award restricted to claimant’s attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle, as well as from the bench.

In addition to the award, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kid’s Chance, an organization helping youngsters who have lost a parent to a work-related injury to gain a higher level of education.

Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include your thoughts for making a nomination. Nominations will be accepted until March 1.

Past recipients are Judge Christina Barbieri, Judge Gerald Klevit, Stephen Potako, Jeffrey Gross, Lenard Cohen, Maria Terpolilli, Peter Weber, Judge Pamela Santoro, Halmon Banks, Judge Scott Olin, William J. McKee, W. Michael Mulvey, Marc Jacobs, Frank Rubinate and Lisa D. Eldridge.

All nominations should be e-mailed to Michael McGurrin at mmcgurrin@galfandberger.com or mailed to him at Galfand Berger, LLP, 1835 Market St., 27th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

Legal Briefs: An Evening at Benjamin Franklin's Library Company of Philadelphia March 2

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an exciting and educational evening at The Library Company of Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. View some of the country's historical treasures: rare printed drafts of the Constitution with John Dickinson's manuscript annotations, a draft of the Declaration of Rights in the first constitution of Pennsylvania that includes Franklin's manuscript notes and Benjamin Franklin's very own Magna Carta (in Latin).

Visit one of America's oldest cultural institutions and its first subscription library, Benjamin Franklin's Library Company. View one of the earliest photographs taken of an American judge, see bawdy and "libelous" Victorian valentines that you hope you never receive, and many other unexpected historical treats. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as you understand the legal profession in a new historical light.

The Library Company of Philadelphia is located at 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia. Tickets for this event are $35 and $70 for a member plus one guest. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information and tickets, click here.

Kline School of Law Diversity Award Ceremony and Reception March 2

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law cordially invites you to its Diversity Award ceremony and reception on Wedesday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. The students will present the Thomas R. Kline School of Law Diversity Award to David S. Blum, partner, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to diversity in the profession. Please join and celebrate diversity.

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law is located at 3320 Market St., Philadelphia. RSVP is not necessary, but please contact Mary McGovern, assistant dean for administration, at mmcgovern@drexel.edu for more information.

Brehon Law Society St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 3

The Brehon Law Society cordially invites you to its St. Patrick's Day celebration at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. The Brehon Law Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and presenting Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Michael J. Stack III with its Flame of Freedom Award, its highest honor. Guests will enjoy an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is located at 111 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. For more information, please email James Quinlan at Quinlan@BlankRome.com or Maureen Wootten at woottenmaureen@gmail.com.

Sheller Center and Levin Papantonio Host "An Evening with Thurgood Marshall" March 3

The Steven and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law and Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. will host a fundraiser titled "An Evening with Thurgood Marshall" at at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia on Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 to 9 p.m. This event features a cocktail reception, remarks by Robert R. Kennedy Jr. and a special performance by Montae Russell as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. At this event, the Clarence Darrow Award will be presented to Stephen Sheller and the Sheller Center Social Justice Award will be presented to Morris Dees.

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is located at 10 Avenue of The Arts, Philadelphia. Tickets cost $500 per person, or $200 each for public interest attorneys. For more information, please visit www.mytlawconnection.com/shellerevent.

New City Council Members Featured at City Policy Committee March 7

Meet Councilman Allan Domb, Councilman Derek Green, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and Councilman Al Taubenberger at the City Policy Committee meeting in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Monday, March 7 at 12 p.m.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Association and $12 for non-members. For more information at to register, click here.

Claim A Spot on the Waiting List for Gimbel Fund Trial Advocacy Training Program March 14-16

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in collaboration with Rutgers Law School-Camden, will offer a three-day trial advocacy training from March 14 - March 16 for public interest attorneys under the auspices of the Gimbel Fund for Legal Excellence at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Pepper Hamilton LLP is located at 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Applications are required. Please apply here.

Deadline March 21: Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of its members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 23. 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. Click here to review the requirements and instructions and click here to download the admission forms. 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. Please note that you must have two sponsors sign the admission form.

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 and includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. 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. A guest of an Association member or non-member is an additional $25. Please remit payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

Applications will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at (215) 238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

CLE - The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods April 29

Ripped from the headlines of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and People Magazine, the Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer" has been the talk of the legal community, as well as traditional pop culture circles and social media across the country.

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were convicted of the murder of a young photographer in Manitowoc, Wis. Avery was sentenced to life without parole and Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with first parole eligibility in 2048. Dassey was 16-years-old when he was brought to police headquarters and interrogated without counsel and confessed to complicity with Avery.

This program is a two-hour in-depth analysis of this docuseries examining interrogation methods of juveniles and their brain function. Actual videotape footage of Dassey's interrogation will be shown. The panel includes Dr. Laurence Steinberg, distinguished professor, Temple University Department of Psychology and nationally recognized expert on adolescent development and neuroscience; Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel, Juvenile Law Center; Professor Louis M. Natali Jr., Temple University School of Law; and others.

The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods
2 SUB
2-4:15 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

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.

New Member Benefits from Verizon, Best Buy, Expedia, DocuSign and More

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

New Beneftis from NPP

Take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers now available to Philadelphia Bar Association members through National Purchasing Partners (NPP).

NPP negotiates discounted pricing from prominent companies to help Association members save money on their everyday purchases. Products include wireless service, travel, furniture and more.

This program is free and there is no obligation to purchase. Some of our vendor partners include Expedia, DocuSign, Best Buy and, if eligible, Verizon Wireless.

To learn more about the discounts now available to you and your firm, enroll with NPP today. Once you submit your registration you will receive a confirmation email and be contacted by an NPP representative to explain how the program works.

For help registering or questions regarding discounts, please contact: (800) 810-3909 or customerservice@mynpp.com.

Lenovo

Lenovo brings sweet deals in February! Fall in love with Instant Savings on Lenovo's award-winning technologies, including legendary ThinkPad Laptops! Through the Phila. Bar. Assn. Member Savings Program, you get ongoing discounts of up to 30%, FREE shipping on all web orders, access to energy-efficient green technologies, award-winning service and limited-time special offers!

Shower your loved ones all February long with these great discounts:

  • Up to 33% off select Lenovo Laptops and Desktop PCs
  • Up to 28% off select Lenovo Tablets
  • Up to 15% off select ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs
  • Up to 15% off select Accessories

Visit www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 7040 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST).

UPS

The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to bring its members valuable discounts on products and services you need, and is excited to announce the UPS® Savings Program! Plus get 50%* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll!* Make the most out of your membership and take advantage of competitive rates on UPS® shipping services. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for an affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of speed, reliability and cost.

Save on a broad portfolio of UPS shipping services for you and your business, including:

  • Up to 34%* on UPS Air letters
  • Up to 30%* on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)
  • Up to 32%* on UPS International imports and exports
  • Up to 18%* on UPS® Ground shipments
  • Savings begin at 75%* on UPS Freight® LTL shipments over 150 lbs.
  • 50%* on UPS Next Day Air®, UPS Next Day Saver®, UPS Worldwide Express® export, UPS Worldwide Saver® export, and UPS Worldwide Expedited® export shipments for up to four weeks after you enroll.*

You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save.

Take advantage of this valuable member benefit today. To enroll and start saving, or if you have any questions, call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST or visit savewithups.com/philadelphiabar/.

Enrollment in the UPS Savings Program is free for Philadelphia Bar Association members, with no fees or minimum shipping requirements. Once you are signed up, using UPS is easy. Shipments can be processed online and dropped off at any of the 60,000 drop-off points. Or for added convenience, schedule a same-day or future pickup at 1-800-PICK-UPS®.

*Introductory Program discounts will be applied to accounts for Weeks 1 through 4 on the UPS Savings Program. Week 1 includes the date that discounts are applied. Weeks are calculated Sunday through Saturday.

Avis®/Budget® Car Rental

Drive on up to 25 percent off Avis base rates plus other great offers. Life is nonstop. We're here to keep you moving. From the car to the accessories, choose what best fits you and your trip. So when you drive off, you'll be ready for whatever the journey brings. As Philadelphia Bar Association members you always receive up to 25 percent off your rental when you use AWD# D423501, plus enjoy additional offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade or a free weekend day. With a complimentary membership in Avis Preferred®, you'll travel better, save time and gain access to exclusive offers. Skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight to your car. Visit avis.com/PhiladelphiaBar or call 1-800-331-1212 to make a reservation. Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty.

Adventure awaits. Save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates plus get other sweet deals. When you rent a car, you shouldn't need a handbook. Why not choose simple, smart and easy on the wallet? Then you can focus on getting there and having fun doing it. As Philadelphia Bar Association members you always save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates with offer code (BCD) D836601, plus get other great offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade or a free weekend day. Plus with a complimentary membership in Budget Fastbreak, enjoy our fastest, easiest rental experience! Visit budget.com/PhiladelphiaBar or call 1-800-527-0700 to make a reservation. Budget Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 3,350 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 1,650 locations.

Office Depot

Purchasing office supplies and equipment from Office Depot, members save at least 10 percent off the web price on a wide variety of high-quality office supplies, including paper, organizational products, calendars and planners, ink/toner, computer accessories, furniture and more.

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.

Reedman-Toll Auto World

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: Amid Uncertainty, Rising Market Volatility Expected In 2016

While 2015 may have begun on a rather quiet note, several events through the summer months last year brought moments of significant volatility to the markets. Leading the way was the question of when the Federal Reserve Board would raise interest rates. As we embark upon 2016, I sat down with Eugene William (Bill) Stone, chief investment strategist with PNC Asset Management Group, who shared his insights on what investors may expect in the coming year, given rising interest rates and other uncertainties both here and abroad…READ MORE

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses



The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

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.

Feb. 25
Antitrust Pharmaceutical Patent Settlement Litigation
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 1
Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 2
Smart Phone & Social Media Evidence in Fam Law Litigation
2 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 3
2016 March Probate Qtly - Probate Meets Real Estate
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 4
Non-Recourse Funding in Commercial Litigation
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

March 10
BRIEFLY STATED: A Step-By-Step Approach to Writing an Effective and Winning Brief
1 SUB
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

March 10
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS: Strategies for Writing an Effective Motion Memorandum
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 11
Litigating City of Philadelphia Work Compensation Cases
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 15
Business Ethics: A 21st Century Imperative
4 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 16
Ethical Issues That Arise in Preservation & Collection
1 ETH
4-5 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

March 16
Compelling a Defendant Physician to Provide Expert Opinion
1 SUB
9-10 a.m. Registration begin at 8:30 a.m.

March 31
The Essentials of Handling Personal Injury Cases for Clients with Cognitive Impairment
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

April 5
Succession Planning: How to Manage the Elephant in the Room
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 29
The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods
2 SUB
2-4:15 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

May 19
2016 Eminent Domain Update: Recent Decisions and Developments in Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

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

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