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Feb. 25, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 19
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Speakers include Risa Vetri Ferman, District Attorney, Montgomery County; Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate M. Harper; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA; and Kathy Manderino, senior vice president, Interact.

Chancellor's Leadership Institute:
Trailblazing Women Lawyers in
Government, Business March 14

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we hear from a panel of trailblazing women lawyers in government and business who will share their personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A. Afterward, please join us for a light reception with our panel members, sponsored by our event host, Fox Rothschild LLP...READ MORE
 

Trailblazing Women in Government, Business March 14

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we hear from a panel of trailblazing women lawyers in government and business who will share their personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A. Afterward, please join us for a light reception with our panel members, sponsored by our event host, Fox Rothschild LLP.

Speakers include Risa Vetri Ferman, District Attorney, Montgomery County; Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate M. Harper; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA; and Kathy Manderino, senior vice president, Interact.

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

The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. RSVP is required. Deadline to RSVP is Monday, March 11. To RSVP, click here.

Chancellor's Statement on Justice Orie Melvin's Conviction

"This is a sad day for the justice system in Pennsylvania," said Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association. "Jurors in the trial of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin have found that she is guilty on six of the seven counts against her.

"Today's conviction only underscores the need for changing the way appellate judges are selected in Pennsylvania. When judges are forced to engage in election campaigning requiring large sums of money to be raised, citizens become concerned that those judges are then beholden to campaign contributors, party officials and special interests. As a result, many citizens question whether they will receive fair treatment in a court of law.

"The Philadelphia Bar Association has long supported a merit-based, appointive system of selecting appellate court judges. Through such a system, the best qualified candidates are sought out based on stringent standards, and those who are unqualified to serve are eliminated from consideration.

"The time has come to stop electing appellate court judges, to restore the confidence of the electorate in our judicial system, and to open the process to a wider and more diverse pool of well-qualified candidates, by adopting a system of merit selection for the election of judges in Pennsylvania.

"We are hopeful that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will soon return to its full complement of seven justices."

Job Announcement: Executive Director, Phila. Bar Assoc.

The Philadelphia Bar Association announces a national search for a successor to its long-serving executive director, who will retire at the end of 2013. Founded in 1802, the Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. It is devoted to serving the interests of its 13,000 members and to improve access to justice. The executive director manages the affairs of the Association and supports the Association's Chancellor and Board of Governors.

Significant responsibilities include:

• Supervising a staff of 25;

• Preparing and overseeing a budget of $4.5 million;

• Helping to establish and manage Association programs and policies;

• Working with Bar leaders to create distinctive services and strategic initiatives to enhance the value and importance of Bar Association membership;

• Developing new sources of non-dues income;

• Interacting with a diverse membership and community;

• Helping the Association fulfill its commitment to support and expand legal services for the needy.

Qualifications include:

• Excellent leadership, management and communication skills;

• Demonstrates management responsibility with a nonprofit or professional services organization, preferably with a connection to the legal profession;

• Bachelor's degree required. A law degree or advanced degree in another relevant field would be useful but is not a prerequisite;

• High personal integrity, sound judgment and a strong work ethic are essential, together with energy, imagination and a passion for the opportunity to lead the Association through the 21st century;

An attractive compensation package will be offered, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Click here for a complete job description.

Interested applicants should email a statement of interest and résumé to: Alan M. Feldman, Esq., Chair, Executive Director Search Committee, c/o executivedirector@philabar.org. Use the following subject line in your email message: Applicant for Philadelphia Bar Executive Director: [Applicant Name].

Applications should be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews.

The Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Feb. 25

Join Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, internationally recognized Internet experts, 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 PBI's "Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" on Monday, Feb. 25.

As an extra bonus, you will take with you for free the latest book by our presenters - "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" (a $64.95 value). Click here to register.

Business Litigation Planning Session Feb. 25

The Business Litigation Committee will discuss its plans for the year at its Monday, Feb. 25 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Marianne Amole by Monday, Feb. 18 at marianne.amole@dechert.com or 215-994-2118.

Deal Documents in Litigation Feb. 25

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Deal Documents in Litigation" on Monday, Feb. 25. The program will cover What transactional lawyers wished they had known when drafting the deal documents and what commercial litigators need to know when the commercial contract is in dispute. Click here to register.

Judge Rau is Keynote Speaker at YLD Annual Meeting

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau will be the keynote speaker when the Young Lawyers Division presents its annual awards and welcomes 2013 Chair Aneesh A. Mehta at its Annual Meeting Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

At the event, the YLD will present its Craig M. Perry Service Award to Marla K. Conley, an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, and its F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Michael Lee of The Law Office of Michael Lee. Additionally, the YLD Vision Award will be presented to the law firm of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP.

The cost of the event is $35 for YLD Members; $45 for non-YLD Members; $60 for non-Association Members; and $25 for Law Student Members. The event includes a light dinner and a wine and beer reception. The YLD Annual Meeting Reception is sponsored by Asterion and Veritext. Click here to register.

Humor in International Business Feb. 26

Professor Henri DeJongste, a professor in Germany and author of "Humor in International Business Context", will be speaking live from Germany at the Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Criminal Justice Section to Discuss Collaborations Feb. 26

Marc Bookman, Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, Jessica Hilburn-Holmes, executive director, Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Amara Chaudhry, chair of the Public interest Section will discuss potential future collaborations with the Criminal Justice Section on issues of the domestic use of drones, school bullying, and the use of criminal profiling software discussing law enforcement's increasing reliance upon automated technology in the face of budget cuts at the Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Criminal Justice 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 $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

DA Kicks Off Chancellor's Leadership Institute Feb. 27

Join us for the official kickoff of the Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as we hear from Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, the first African-American District Attorney in Philadelphia and in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. District Attorney Williams will share his personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A session.

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

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. An RSVP is required to attend this brown-bag program. Click here to register.

The next Chancellor's Leadership Program will be Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m., as we welcome a prominent panel of leaders including Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman; Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate Harper; former Pennsylvania state representative and current senior vice president of Interact Kathy Manderino; and former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge and current American Red Cross of Southeastern PA CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes. The location will be announced soon.

Presenting Economic Damages in Catastrophic Injury Case

Chad L. Staller of The Center For Forensic Economic Studies will discuss "Presenting Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Injury Case" at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

Staller will discuss discovery and trial issues relating to economic claims in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. 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 $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

ERISA Update CLE Feb. 28

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "ERISA Update" on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The session will include discussions on how to evaluate pension/401(k) issues; examine ERISA litigation; assess the health and welfare environment; explore fiduciary/investment issues; ethics under ERISA; and other hot button issues in employee benefits representation. Click here to register.

Working with Suburban News Media Feb. 28

Join the Bar-News Media and Law Practice Management Committees for a dialogue-packed program featuring Delaware Valley, Main Line and suburban media representatives on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Panelists Jeff Blumenthal (Philadelphia Business Journal), Crissa Shoemaker DeBree (The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times) and Karl Smith (Region's Business) will address how attorneys, law firm administrators and legal marketers alike can work more closely with their publications to deliver relevant, timely and newsworthy information for their readers.

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 $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Poverty in America Discussion Feb. 28

The Public Interest Section, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia will host a special conversation with Georgetown University Law Center Professor Peter Edelman, author of the recently published book, "So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America," which offers an uncompromising look at the increasing poverty in America today on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Edelman will share his insights and engage attendees in a conversation about what is happening to the people behind the statistics, including the crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Lobby 2 & 3. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. Free advance reservations are required. To RSVP, call or email Tara Breitsprecher at (215) 563-5848 x34, or at tarab@pccy.org.

Workers' Comp Electronic Filing System CLE March 1

Judge Susan B. Caravaggio will discuss the new workers' compensation electronic filing system at a Friday, March 1 CLE program.

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

Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term March 4

Former Gov. Edward G. Rendell will moderate the panel discussion "Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term: Looking Forward" on Monday, March 4.

Panelists for this program, part of PBI's Public Policy Series, include Ron Christie, Penny Lee and U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly CLE March 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section will present the CLE program "Trusts: Drafting Well to Administer Well" on Tuesday, March 5. Get tips from attorneys who draft trusts; hear how corporate fiduciary counsel review trust documents; and discover how drafting choices impact trust administration. Visit pbi.org for more information.

Police Misconduct and the Defense of Criminal Cases

Are you a criminal defense attorney, a civil rights attorney, or a general practitioner who handles criminal matters? Would you like to have a resource book at your fingertips that contains many sample documents? Then sign up and attend PBI's "Police Misconduct and the Defense of Criminal Cases" on Tuesday, March 5 and hear from an expert faculty who will answer all of your questions! Click here to register.

Solo and Small Firm Planning, Networking March 5

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will host a brainstorming and networking session at its Tuesday, March 5 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Lead-Based Paint Law CLE March 6

Beginning Dec. 21, 2012, Philadelphia's new lead-based paint ordinance imposes new requirements and penalties on certain residential landlords leasing to tenants with children. The purpose of the law is to reduce the risk of serious and permanent harm from lead poisoning to children living in rental property in Philadelphia. However, implementing the law presents difficult scheduling and documentation challenges, and requires careful attention to avoiding violations of fair housing requirements. The Sustainable Land Use Committee will present the CLE "What Landlords and Tenants Need to Know (Now) to Comply with Philadelphia's New Lead-Based Paint Law" on Wednesday, March 6. Click here to register.

Conversation with Judge Rizzo March 8

Join Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Annette Rizzo for a conversation on Friday, March 8. Hear her experiences and insights on civil and criminal litigation generally, how the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program has worked and her own personal preferences and peeves on the bench. Get her insight on how to properly prepare for a trial at the FJD; the best approach to dealing with difficult adversaries; and discussing Pro Bono opportunities for lawyers as part of your practice. As a woman balancing family life and career, along with many other outside activities, Judge Rizzo will also share her humorous stories about work-life "imbalance." Click here to register.

Former Human Relations Chair to Speak March 8

Kay Kyungsun Yu, former chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will discuss topics the commission recently considered at the Friday, March 8 meeting of the Labor & Employment Law Committee.

In addition, Yu will provide an update on the South Philadelphia High School violence against Asian immigrant students, and engage us in a discussion on lessons that can be drawn from it. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at The Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

The Labor & Employment Law Committee formally invites you to become a member. Membership is free (however, you must be a member of the Association). If you are interested in joining the Association and the Labor & Employment Law Committee please click here. If you are already a member and would like to join the Committee please click here. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Andrea Morris-Tracey, member services manager, at 215-238-6313 or amorris@philabar.org.

Membership in the Committee on Labor & Employment Law is open to all members who are labor and/or employment law practitioners, whether they represent plaintiffs, defendants, management, unions, government agencies or individuals. The Committee is concerned with all phases of federal, state and local labor and employment laws, along with agency practice and procedure. The committee organizes and sponsors discussions and seminars on topics of interest to its members and represents the Association where public comment or participation in labor or employment matters is appropriate.

UPS General Counsel McClure is March 11 Speaker

Teri Plummer McClure, senior vice president of legal, compliance, audit & public affairs and general counsel and corporate secretary at UPS, will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Monday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Bar Association will also present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the program. The 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. Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth will be presented with a gold box, an exact 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."

In her role at UPS, McClure oversees all ethics and compliance, audit and legal initiatives in more than 220 countries and territories where the company does business, and advises and supports the UPS Board of Directors. McClure also leads UPS worldwide public affairs and government relations efforts advocating increased global trade, stronger business competitiveness, and improved economic growth worldwide, among many other public policies.

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here to purchase tickets. The event is sponsored by Love Court Reporting.

Recent Developments in Delaware M&A Law March 12

The Mergers and Acquisitions Committee CLE "Recent Developments in Delaware M&A Law" on Tuesday, March 12 will provide an in-depth look at recent Delaware developments in M&A law.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

19th Annual Health Law Institute March 12-13

As the country grapples with changes in health care law and policy, you'll need to be up to speed now more than ever. The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken, but many questions remain. The experts at PBI's 19th Annual Health Law Institute on March 12-13 will provide you with the information you need to know and share their insights into how you can best protect your clients and prepare for 2014.

Each day of this Institute qualifies for 6 hours of CLE credit. Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. The Institute will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Click here to register.

Medical Malpractice Update CLE March 21

PBI's "Medical Malpractice Update" CLE on Thursday, March 21 will bring you up to date on case law, statutes, rules, and other developments that impact your area of practice. Get practical information to increase the ability to effectively handle your next medical malpractice case. Receive updates on case law, an M-Care update and a rules refresher on recent changes impacting malpractice cases. Follow along with our faculty as they discuss how social media and new technology has affected the trial process. Gain valuable tips and here from area judges with our "Roundtable with the Judges" panel. Click here to register.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392, or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court

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 20. 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 the Supreme Court’s website at supremecourtus.gov. Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to 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 that 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 Thursday, March 28. 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 Proposals Sought for 2013 Bench-Bar Conference

Proposals for continuing legal education courses for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in Atlantic City, N.J. should be submitted by Friday, March 22 to Conference Co-Chairs Maria Feeley (feeleym@pepperlaw.com) and Julia Swain (jswain@foxrothschild.com).

The proposals should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and faculty members. The proposed panels should be representative of the Association and include members of the bench when appropriate. Programs should be one hour long, with no more than four panelists. Decisions regarding the programs selected will be made by Friday, March 29. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5.

Feeley is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and Swain is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. Committee vice chairs include John Encarnacion (an associate at White and Williams LLP), Scott W. Reid (a partner with Cozen O’Connor) and Mindee J. Reuben (a partner with Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher LLC).

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• Mazzoni Center will present its Fourth Annual Open Bar event to raise funds for and awareness about the agency's Legal Services, which is the only program offering free legal services tailored toward low-income LGBT individuals in Pennsylvania. The reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will feature wine, beer, soft drinks, and hearty hors d'oeuvres, along with the presentation of this year's Justice in Action Awards, as well as a special award to Dechert LLP. The cost is $50 for the reception ($20 public interest rate). To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Perry Monastero at pmonastero@mazzonicenter.org or 215-563-0652 x 222.

• The Immigration Law Committee will offer a free CLE training program on U.S. citizenship procedures on Wednesday, March 6 at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to register. Additional training programs will be offered Thursday, March 28, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., and a webinar training session will be offered Thursday, April 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. One and a half hours of free CLE credit will be provided to attorneys who attend one of the training programs and volunteer to help clients apply for citizenship during National Pro Bono Citizenship Day. National Pro Bono Citizenship Day is sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers' Association in partnership with many community groups and institutions across the United States. In the Pennsylvania region, Philadelphia AILA has scheduled a weekend of events from April 20 and 21 at various locations in Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties. Advanced registration for any of the CLE training programs and to volunteer is required. To register for the training and for Citizenship Day, click here or contact Sarina Issenberg at {mailto:sissenberg@hiaspa.org|sissenberg@hiaspa.org or call 215-832-0900.

• The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Toll Public Interest Center will host the 32nd Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium on Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, 3501 Sansom St. The theme of this year's event is "Entering, Living, and Leaving: Debating the Broken Door of Immigration Law." Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served, and a reception will be held following the Symposium. All are welcome.

• Philadelphia VIP will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony Monday, March 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. This event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Christina Rodriquez at 215-523-9551 or crodriguez@phillyvip.org. More information is available at phillyvip.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on Landlord Tenant Law on Wednesday, March 20, from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive two free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Register online at phillyvip.org.

• HIAS Pennsylvania and the Penn Law Immigrants' Rights Project will present the return of "De Novo," a production written and directed by Jeffery Solomon and put on by his New York City based theatre company, Houses on the Moon on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Fitts Auditorium, 3501 Sansom St. It will be followed by a talk-back with the cast and local immigration advocates and cocktail reception. The play follows the story of Edgar Chocoy, a Guatemalan boy who came to the United States in search of his mother and escape from the gang in his hometown that had given the green light to kill him when he tried to defect. Shortly after arriving, Edgar is caught by U.S. immigration authorities and put into deportation proceedings. Written entirely from trial transcripts, interviews and legal documents, "De Novo" shows the flaws in our current immigration legal system and the struggles young immigrants face. Tickets cost $30 each and may be purchased at hiaspa.org.

PNC Perspectives: Financial Planning for Unmarried Couples

In this month's interview, we talked with Jacquelyn Boyer, J.D., LL.M., senior wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®. Jaki spearheads a specialized practice group at PNC Wealth Management for unmarried couples. We discussed the financial challenges many of these couples face as well as possible solutions. Click here to read the interview.

The Changing Face of U.S. Patent Law Feb. 25

U.S. Patent Law is changing from a first to invent to a first to file system in March 2013. You will learn about the Patent Office rules to implement first to file from experienced practitioners. Our faculty will also cover client counseling and best practices under first to file. This 4 substantive CLE program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 12 to 4:45 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register click here.

Upcoming CLE

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.

Monday, Feb. 25
The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet
6 substantive CLE credits

Deal Documents in Litigation
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, Feb. 26
PLI - Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2013
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Client-Focused Leadership
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Changing Face of U.S. Patent Law
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing: Dispelling the Myths
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics and Professional Responsibility (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28
ERISA Update
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - Venture Capital 2013: Nuts and Bolts
5.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m to 5 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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