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Feb. 26, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 16
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

MSNBC's Melber to Speak
at March 10 Quarterly Meeting;
Diaz to Receive Diversity Award

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

Melber to Speak March 10; Diversity Award to Judge Diaz

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

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 Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The award is presented 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.

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.

Strong Dollar and Global Business Feb. 27

The International Business Initiative Committee will present "How the Strong Dollar Can Help Your Global Business" on Friday, Feb. 27. Speakers for the program are Joseph Manimbo and Andrew Gunner of Western Union Business Solutions.

The program will be held at The Philadelphia Business Journal, 400 Market St., Suite 1200 at 12 p.m. There is no cost to attend, however, advance registration is required before Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. To register please contact Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org or 215-238-6367.

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.

Custody Law Update March 2

The Family Law Section will present "Custody Law Update: Noteworthy Cases from 2014" on Monday, March 2.

Panelists are Elaine Smith, Law Office of Smith & Horwitz; Michael E. Bertin, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP; Lawrence Abel, Avallone Law Associates; Jesse Krohn, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; and Shabrei M. Parker, Mincey & Fitzpatrick LLC. The moderator is Kristine L. Calalang, Law Office of Kristine L. Calalang.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference 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. 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.

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.

Preparing a Witness to Testify CLE March 4

One of the important parts of any litigation is the preparation of your own witness. The strongest cases can be lost with a bad witness and more tenuous legal battles can sometimes be won with the help of a truly great witness. Join a stellar faculty of attorneys, judges, expert witnesses and communications experts as they explore the challenges and strategies for effectively preparing a witness at a Wednesday, March 4 CLE program.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A total of 4 CLE credits are available, one of which may be applied toward ethics. Click here to register.

Resume Writing Workshop March 5

Louise Polis and Amy L. Weiss will be the featured speakers when the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee presents a resume writing workshop on Thursday, March 5.

Polis is a resume writer and career transition strategist with Career Pro Resume Center, Inc. Weiss is director of Private Sector & Government Employment Career Strategies Office at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

How Super Lawyers Use ADR in Their Practice March 5

Sometimes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be of great benefit to clients. Sometimes it isn't. Sometimes mediation is the best way to go. Sometimes it is better to just go to arbitration - or perhaps just to trial.

Attendees will hear practical tips and techniques from Super Lawyers Matthew A. Casey of Ross Feller Casey LLP and former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich of Fox Rothschild LLP at a Thursday, March 5 CLE program. 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 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. Click here to register.

Medicare Set-Asides and Structured Settlements

Discover how to successfully negotiate a Medicare lien at a Thursday, March 5 CLE program "Medicare Set-Asides and Structured Settlements."

This program will summarize tips for a successful negotiation process, from outlining procedures to identify and communicate obligations to the client and opposing counsel to understanding and disclosing the impact private insurance and medical assistance will have.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A total of 3 CLE credits are available, one of which may be applied toward ethics. Click here to register.

Insights into Israeli Election March 5

The citizens of Israel will be going to the polls on March 17 to elect members to the Knesset (the Israeli parliament). As a result of that vote, a new government will be formed and a head of that government, the prime minister, will be chosen from among its newly elected members. Many want to know: Does the Israeli electoral system differ from the U.S. electoral system? In what ways are the two systems similar?

Consul General Yaron Sideman and Deputy Consul General Elad Strohmayer, Israel's official representatives to the Mid-Atlantic region, will answer these questions and lead a discussion
on the relationship between Israel's executive, legislative, and judiciary branches while offering a comparative study with the U.S. separation of powers doctrine. This Thursday, March 5 program is presented by the International Law Committee, The Consulate General of Israel of the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Please note this program is sold out and no additional registrations will be accepted.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at The Consulate General of Israel of the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1880 JFK Blvd. Suite 1818. Please note that due to security considerations, bags, cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted inside the Consulate. Storage facilities are available in the lobby. A driver's license is required for entry. Dinner will be provided.

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.

March 10 Reception Honors New Federal Judges

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker will host a reception in honor of the district's six newest judges on Tuesday, March 10. New judges include Judge Edward G. Smith, Judge Gerald A. McHugh, Judge Wendy Beetlestone, Judge Mark A. Kearney, Judge Gerald J. Pappert and Judge Joseph F. Leeson Jr.

The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St. Admission is free for members of the Federal Bar Association and $50 for non-members. Click here to register. An RSVP is required by March 3.

For more information on becoming a member of the Federal Bar Association, please visit
www.fedbar.org.

Conflicts of Interest CLE March 11

The Insurance Programs Committee will present the CLE program "Conflicts of Interest: Recognizing Them, Waiving Them and Knowing When You Can't" on Wednesday, March 11.

Panelists are Carl "Hank" Delacato, Jr., Gibbons P.C.; Arthur W. "Terry" Lefco, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.; and Douglas R. Widin, Reed Smith LLP.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit, and qualifies attendees for the 7.5 percent premium discount on their coverage through the endorsed CNA LPL program. 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.

Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

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.

Supreme Court Candidates Forum March 19

Several of the candidates seeking election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will participate in Decision 2015, an interactive forum hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Thursday, March 19 at 12 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Conference Center. Click here to register.

Decision 2015 will be a 90-minute moderated forum, during which candidates will be asked to make a statement about why they seek election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, followed by a question-and-answer opportunity with members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Panelists who have confirmed their participation in the forum include:

• Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Judge Christine L. Donohue, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
• Judge John H. Foradora, Court of Common Pleas, Jefferson County
• Judge Michael George, Court of Common Pleas, Adams County
• Judge Anne E. Lazarus, Superior Court, Philadelphia
• Judge Judith Ference Olson, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Justice Correale F. Stevens, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
• Judge David N. Wecht, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County

The program will be moderated by Carl A. Solano, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Appellate Courts Committee. Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will offer welcoming remarks at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

There is no cost to attend this program. However, advance registration is required. Lunch is available for $15 for those who register in advance. Click here to register.

Boating Law and Liability CLE March 20

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on March 20 for a "Boating Law and Liability" CLE and discover why you don't know as much about boating and the law as you should.

Hear from attorneys who specialize in maritime law; a judge who authors a treatise on travel law, including cruise law and other boating related issues; members of the U.S. Coast Guard; boating safety instructors; and other experts in the field.

The program 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. Click here to register.

Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices March 25

Are you serving on a nonprofit board or considering it? Come learn what an attorney acting as a board member needs to understand about his or her legal and fiduciary duties and how to effectively advance the organization's goals and mission on Wednesday, March 25 at the Young Lawyers Division Live, Lunch and Learn program.

Attendees may learn the special issues facing lawyers who serve as board members, as well as the best practices to improve board performance and productivity. Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Law, is the featured speaker.

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 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Barristers' Building Your Brand Program March 26

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. will host "Building Your Personal Brand Seminar and Panel Discussion" on Thursday, March 26 at the offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Through this program, the Barristers' will provide insight and stimulating discussion on how attorneys can effectively build and maintain their personal brands. The program will feature a presentation by Kimberly S. Reed of the Reed Development Group LLC, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lloyd Freeman (Archer & Grenier, P.C.) and featuring Alex B. Norman (Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.), Nikki Johnson-Huston (The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC), and Scott W. Reid (U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania).

The program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Marshall Dennehey's Conference Center, 2000 Market St. There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required. RSVP to phillybarristers@gmail.com.
 

O'Connor Award Nomination Deadline March 30

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The 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.

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.

SeniorLaw Center Gala May 14

SeniorLAW Center will honor six remarkable individuals over 60 years of age at our 2015 Gala on Thursday, May 14 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

Join Senior Law Center in recognizing the extraordinary contributions of seniors in our community by nominating a remarkable older Pennsylvanian for this award. Self-nominations will be accepted. Online submissions greatly preferred. If necessary, submissions by email or first class mail will be accepted to 6over60@seniorlawcenter.org or to Karen C. Buck, Esq., Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center, 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1501, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 27.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities and details.

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.

YLD Seeks Performers for June 4 Talent Show

The Young Lawyers Division is looking for lawyers with a secret talent. Musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, magicians, poets, impressionists and other performers are needed for the YLD Talent Show on June 4 at World Cafe Live.

Space is limited to 10 performers and each performance must be five minutes or less. Candidates are asked to provide a brief description of their performance and must be available between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Each performer must provide their own equipment. Microphones will be provided.

Candidates can send submissions to Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 9. Candidates will be notified by March 16 if they have been selected to perform. The YLD Talent Show will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

For more information about the YLD Talent Show, please contact Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org

Public Interest Trainings, Events

CLE - Language Access in PA Courts March 16

A CLE program "Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals: Language Access in PA Courts and Administrative Agencies" will be held Monday, March 16 from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program will highlight language access requirements that affect judges, court and agency staff, attorneys, and LEP clients, will offer advice and tools for effectively and ethically representing LEP clients, and will discuss strategies for working with interpreters before and during judicial proceedings. The CLE program will provide 3 substantive credits and 1 ethics credit. More information and online registration are available at www.pbi.org.

PLAN Excellence Awards Banquet March 24

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) will hold the PLAN Excellence Awards Banquet Tuesday, March 24 at the Hilton Harrisburg, One North Second St. in Harrisburg. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m, followed by the awards banquet at 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd will be the featured speaker. At this event, the 2015 Excellence Awards will be presented to the individuals, groups, and/or organizations that have established excellence and diligence improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low-income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. Tickets cost $60 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.palegalaid.net.

Women Against Abuse Fundraiser March 26

Women Against Abuse will hold its annual fundraiser, Dish It Up, on Thursday, March 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at WHYY, 150 N. 6th St. This night of food, fun and fashion will feature amazing dishes from premier female restaurateurs, as well as purple-themed desserts from the most talented pastry chefs in the city. Tickets cost $110 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.womenagainstabuse.org.

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

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

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

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

• Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.

• New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).

• Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.

• 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

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

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

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

You must present 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.

PNC Perspectives: Designing Personalized Trust in Del.

In this month's interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss the flexibility that is associated with establishing a family trust in Delaware. Click here to read the entire article.
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