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March 14, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 12
 |  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:

  • Console Law Offices
  • Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck
  • Juvenile Law Center


Tomorrow: From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century (#OJtoCosby) March 15

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bar-News Media Committee and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia for a panel titled "From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century" in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, March 15…READ MORE



Philadelphia Bar Association March Madness Contest March 13-April 4

And so it begins. March Madness is officially underway, and that means it's time to fill out your brackets. This year has been one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory. No one can hold onto the No. 1 seed, and heading into Saturday, there are three-way ties atop the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC…READ MORE

Deadline March 21: Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

 

Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 21, 2016. Click here to view the nomination formREAD MORE



Hon. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to Be Presented With 2016 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at Spring Quarterly

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2016 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. This year's Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held as an evening networking reception. During the Quarterly Meeting portion, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Andrew Hamilton Gold Box. Following the meeting, members will have the opportunity to network with each other in a relaxed cocktail-reception setting…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



Chancellor's Forum on March 24: Judicial Retirement Age to Be Question on April Ballot

How do you feel about the possibility of the retirement age of Pennsylvania judges extending from 70 to 75 years old? Are you aware that it will be a ballot question on April 26? Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a special Chancellor's Forum on the judicial retirement age in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m…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.

Join a Philadelphia Bar Association Committee

The Legal Rights of Children and Government & Public Service Lawyers Committees are each holding membership meetings to solicit ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Joanna Visser Adjoian, co-chair, Legal Rights of Children Committee or to Gino J. Benedetti, chair, Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee for dates and times.

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Philadelphia Bar Association March Madness Contest March 13-April 4

And so it begins. March Madness is officially underway, and that means it's time to fill out your brackets. This year has been one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory. No one can hold onto the No. 1 seed, and heading into Saturday, there are three-way ties atop the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC, and many favorites are on the bubble - Temple, Michigan, Alabama and Vanderbilt. Twelve teams have already punched their tickets to the Big Dance by winning their conference tournaments, while another 20 will do so by this Sunday - Selection Sunday. With so many top teams in danger and up-and-coming teams like Cincinnati and VCU stepping up to prove their worth, this year's tournament could be a great opportunity to witness some upset history. Don't miss the excitement right here.

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: 2017 Philadelphia Bar Association Membership and 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Registration
  • 2nd Place: 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Registration
  • 3rd Place: 2017 Philadelphia Bar Association Membership

Steps Required to Join the Contest:

Click here.

In the Join Password box, enter 'philabar' (without the single quotes).

Fill out the form information, including a personal username and password (rest assured, this information will NOT be sold or utilized for spam email under ANY circumstances).

Use the email address linked to your Philadelphia Bar Association membership (for prize verification).

Your username must be your Philadelphia Bar Association member name (for prize verification).

Make your picks, with the ability to change it right up until the tournament deadline. Only members with current Philadelphia Bar Association membership in good standing are eligible to win. If you haven't already renewed your membership for 2016 you'll need to renew before entering the contest.

Members of the judiciary are excluded from participation.

Important Dates:

March 13 (Sunday): Selection Show at 6:00 p.m. ET, after which the picksheet opens.
March 15-16 (Tue-Wed): First Four, Play-in Games (Not included in bracket)
March 17 (Thursday) at 12:15 p.m. ET Your Bracket's Pick Deadline
March 17-18 (Thu-Fri): First Round
March 19-20 (Sat-Sun): Second Round
March 24-25 (Thu-Fri): Sweet Sixteen
March 26-27 (Sat-Sun): Elite Eight
April 2 (Saturday): Final Four
April 4 (Monday): Championship Game

Tomorrow: From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century (#OJtoCosby) March 15

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bar-News Media Committee and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia for a panel titled "From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century" in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Share with the hashtag #OJtoCosby on Twittr and Facebook. Panelists will include Christine Flowers, associate at Joseph M. Rollo & Associates, P.C.; Nikki Johnson-Huston, The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston; Sayde J. Ladov, Past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and partner at Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C.; Kevin V. Mincey, partner at Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC; and moderated by Solomon Jones, host of "Wake Up With WURD" on 900AM WURD.

In 1995, the country was riveted by the O.J Simpson murder trial that became better known as the "Trial of the Century." The case forever changed how America viewed the legal system and how the media reported on race, crime and justice issues. Lawyers became respected commentators in media and news expanded into a 24-hour news cycle format. In 2016, the nation will again be riveted by the sexual abuse trial of "America's Dad," Philadelphia's own Bill Cosby. Join us for a town hall discussion of the intersection of race, law and media in both of these cases and how changes in traditional media and the increased importance of social media will influence the coverage in the upcoming Bill Cosby trial.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. This program is free for members and non-members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Registration is required for all attendees. To register, click here.

Minding Your (Benchside) Manners: Ten Things Not to Do in Federal Court March 16

Join the Federal Courts Committee for a panel titled "Minding Your (Benchside) Manners: Ten Things Not to Do in Federal Court" at its meeting in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Wednesday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. The panel will feature Hon. Timothy J. Savage, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Hon. Mitchell S. Goldberg, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Hon. Mark A. Kearney, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15 for non-members. To register, click here.

Deadline March 21: Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 21, 2016. Click here to view the nomination form.

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

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

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

Please send nominations to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org.

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.

Women's Rights Committee with Patricia Viseur Sellers March 21

Please join the Women's Rights Committee to hear a discussion about global rights for women in the 10th Floor Board Room on Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. The speaker is Patricia Viseur Sellers who is an international lawyer focusing on international human rights, international criminal law, humanitarian law and gender. She is a special advisor for prosecution strategies to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague and a visiting fellow at Kellogg College of Oxford University where she teaches International Criminal Law on the Masters of Human Rights faulty.

Sellers was the legal advisor for gender related crimes and the senior acting trial attorney in the office of the prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In that capacity she advised teams of investigators and trial attorneys on the prosecution of sex-based crimes. She has litigated and advised on the leading international criminal cases regarding wartime sexual violence, sexual violence and genocide and sexual violence end enslavement as a crime against humanity.

Sellers is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and began her career in Philadelphia where she worked as a public defender. Please join us as she talks to us about her experiences in handling international criminal cases dealing with violence against women.

There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. To register, click here.

Chancellor's Forum on March 24: Judicial Retirement Age to Be Question on April Ballot

How do you feel about the possibility of the retirement age of Pennsylvania judges extending from 70 to 75 years old? Are you aware that it will be a ballot question on April 26? Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a special Chancellor's Forum on the judicial retirement age in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m. The Forum is co-presented by the Committee of Seventy and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

Panelists include Rep. Kate Harper, 61st Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Joseph J. Mittleman, Director of Judicial Programs for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts; Dr. Barry W. Rovner, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Jefferson University Hospital; and Sen. Anthony H. Williams, 8th District, Pennsylvania State Senate. The program will be moderated by Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr., managing partner, Cozen O'Connor. They will discuss both reasons why voters should consider being in favor of extending the retirement age of judges in Pennsylvania as well as why voters should consider opposing the extension.

Given the referendum on this issue that will go before Pennsylvania voters in the April 26 Primary Election, this Forum will be an opportunity for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association as well as members of the public to hear from, and ask questions of, elected leaders and experts on both sides of the issue.

Attendees are invited to a wine-and-cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum from 5:15-6:30 p.m.

This program is free for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15.00 for non-members. Registration is required for all attendees. To register, click here.

CLE - Police Body Cameras: Putting Light and Lens on Police-Citizen Interactions March 22

Hosted by the Public Interest and Criminal Justice Sections

This CLE will focus on the complex legal issues that the use of police body cameras raise for law enforcement, criminal defense, privacy, and transparency. Experienced practitioners with diverse experience and viewpoints discuss and debate the issues. The panel includes Captain Francis Healy, special advisor to the Philadelphia Police Commissioner and drafter, Body Camera Usage Policy, Philadelphia Police Department; Terry L. Mutchler, of counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director, ACLU of PA.

Hear the practical updates regarding:

  • The use and value of body cameras in policing and the use and value of body camera footage in criminal prosecutions
  • The use and value of body camera footage in defending a criminal case and in prosecuting a civil rights case
  • Whether the use of body cameras conflicts with common law, statutory, or constitutional privacy interests
  • Whether body camera footage is available to the public under open records laws and whether it should be available

Police Body Cameras: Putting Light and Lens on Police-Citizen Interactions - The Policy, Practice, Plusses and Problems
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

CLE - Data Retention, Security and Discovery: Electronic Records Strategies Your Clients Need You to Know March 24

As our digital landscape continues to grow and develop, maneuvering through the complexities of electronic records retention, including organizing, deleting and securing information is even more difficult.

We all need the answers to the following questions:

How do organizations keep and manage information in electronic form while reducing data breach risks?

How can you reduce your clients' risks of non-compliance as they transition to a paperless way of record-keeping yet maintain and protect all essential information?

Practitioners must understand how data is created and stored, as well as corporate procedures for records management, maintenance, security and destruction. It is also essential for lawyers to have a basic understanding of computer forensics and the recovery of "lost" information.

Hear best practices in creating practical information governance policies to successfully protect your company or your client and how to best use the information once litigation arises.

In this timely and informative CLE program, our panelists address the following topics:

  • Keys to create a practical & useable electronic records retention policy
  • What types of records can & cannot be stored electronically?
  • Retention/Destruction policies and protocols
  • Best strategies for storage, retrieval & eDiscovery pre-collection of ESI
  • Ethical considerations in electronic discovery
  • Dangers of over saving & under-saving: Retention rules you must know
  • Leveraging data for your litigation strategy
  • How do you search all that data during discovery
  • Information governance and the proportionality rules

CLE - Data Retention, Security and Discovery: Electronic Records Strategies Your Clients Need You to Know
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

CLE - First Chair: How to Get the Prime Seat at the Counsel Table March 29

Happy Hour with Pop-Up Shop immediately follows the program.

Join for an important discussion about the continuing under-representation of women litigators in first chair positions at trial. This CLE will focus on the findings of the first-of-its-kind empirical study of the widely disparate levels of participation of women and men as lead counsel in civil and criminal litigation. Our distinguished panel will discuss their experiences in the courtroom and provide best practices and strategies that can be implemented by law schools, law firms, courts, clients and individual women litigators to increase the number of women first chair trial lawyers. Program and happy hour that immediately follows sponsored by:


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First Chair - How to Get the Prime Seat at the Counsel Table: The Ethical Considerations of Trial Counsel's Gender Imbalance
1 ETH
4-5 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

Meet the Messengers: Breakfast Program with the Mayor's Communications Team March 30

Co-presented by the Bar-News Media Committee and the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Meet the Messengers will be held in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Wednesday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m.

Who is helping to shape the message of the new Mayoral Administration? Mayor Jim Kenney has an ambitious agenda to make Philadelphia a better place to live, work and play. Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Public Relations Association are partnering for an exclusive program open to members of both associations at no cost. Meet the inner circle who will communicate the mayor's agenda as well as plan and execute signature city events.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Nikki Johnson-Huston, chair, Bar-News Media Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Mike Dunn, deputy director of communications for Mayor James F. Kenney
  • Jeff Guaracino, president & CEO, Welcome America, Inc.
  • Sheila Hess, city representative, City of Philadelphia
  • Lauren Hitt, director of communications for Mayor James F. Kenney
  • Stephanie Waters, digital director, City of Philadelphia

This program is FREE for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Non-members are not eligible to register. Registration is required for all attendees. To register, click here.

Mia Yamamoto: From Internment to Inspiration March 31

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens' League, the University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center and the University of Pennsylvania Pan-Asian American Community House proudly presents "Mia Yamamoto: From Internment to Inspiration" at the ARCH Building at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Born Michael Yamamoto, during WWII in an internment camp, Michael became a successful attorney in Los Angeles, but he had a secret. Then in 2009 Michael transformed to Mia, and has continued to remain one of the most respected, distinguished and successful criminal defense attorneys in Southern California. Yamamoto has tried more than 200 jury trials and represented thousands of clients accused of criminal offenses, including murder, assault, sex offenses, drug offenses, theft, white-collar offenses, regulatory offenses and DUI. Hear her story. This event is cosponsored by Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Penn Japan Student Association, Penn Asian Pacific Student Coalition, Penn Asian American Law Student Association and Penn Lambda Law.

The ARCH Building at the University of Pennsylvania is locsted at 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia. This event is open to everyone.

Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction April 1

The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will host the annual Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction on April 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program provides financial support to students who commit their summer to public service legal work. In recent years this annual auction has featured 250 to 300 silent and live auction items, donated by individuals and businesses throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, and across the country. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the event.

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is located at 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova, Pa. For more information, click here.

Hon. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to Be Presented With 2016 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at Spring Quarterly April 5

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2016 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. This year's Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held as an evening networking reception. During the Quarterly Meeting portion, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Andrew Hamilton Gold Box. Following the meeting, members will have the opportunity to network with each other in a relaxed cocktail-reception setting.

The 2016 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award will be presented to Hon. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 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.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will also 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."

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the reception will follow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 for members, $90 for non-members, $55 for public interest and government members and $55 for YLD members. A special Law Student rate of $25 is also available.
To purchase tickets, click here. The Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception is sponsored by:

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Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life.

Rule 1.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct provides that "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client." Inherent in being a competent attorney is the skill of a lawyer to be mindful and centered. The Business Law Section Mindfulness at the Bar Program will provide members an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of practicing law mindfully.

Mindfulness for lawyers promotes more effective, sustainable work relationships that can positively impact the justice system. Traditional legal training focuses on overcoming external challenges. Mindfulness is an awareness of life in the present moment creating the opportunity to pause, breathe and connect with oneself in order to moderate reactions and respond thoughtfully to clients and colleagues. For the same reasons, practicing mindfulness in law enhances the capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in interpersonal interactions. Mindfulness can be another tool to enable better focus on and enjoyment of work.

Here is a look at some of the forthcoming programs in the series:

  • Introduction to the Mindful Practice of Law:
    The pressures of legal practice are significant, and lawyers need tools to deal with the pressures they face in order to perform optimally and enjoy their professional and personal lives fully. You will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness, as well as some concrete ideas to help you begin to integrate a stress-reducing mindset into your everyday work life.
  • Mindful Decision Making:
    Learn the definitions of mindful decision-making and how it leads to ethical decision-making. Learn how to make decisions more easily, naturally, peacefully and successfully by giving up stressful decision-making attitudes.
  • Leading Mindfully:
    Learn the definition of mindful leadership, the power to inspire others to follow by leading consciously and unselfishly. Explore the ingredients to mindful leadership including courage, charisma, enthusiasm and non-judgmental awareness.
  • Mindfulness in Practice:
    Practice mindfulness in small groups dealing with various scenarios such as a client meeting, a negotiation, a pro bono representation, even a session between a partner and an associate regarding feedback.

CLE credit will be offered for eligible programs.

The Business Law Section will also provide members with a resource page on the Philadelphia Bar Association website for more information and new ideas. The Section looks forward to seeing you at the programs.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Katayun I. Jaffari, chair, Business Law Section, at jaffarik@ballardspahr.com.

Women Against Abuse 40th Anniversary Dish It Up April 7

Join Women Against Abuse for its 40th anniversary edition of Dish It Up at World Cafe Live (new location) on Thursday, April 7 at 5:15 p.m. A reception for honored guests and supporters will be held from 5:15-6 p.m. and the chef's competition and program will be held from 6-9 p.m. Dish It Up is Philadelphia's only female chef competition. Premier female restaurateurs will each create an award-winning dish with an element of purple, the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement. The winner will be selected by a panel of expert judges. Pastry chefs will also compete for best purple cupcake, chosen by guests. Women Against Abuse is thrilled to honor Maria Pajil Battle as the 2016 Dish It Up Woman of the Year, and is grateful to Lorina Marshall-Blake of Independence Blue Cross for chairing this year's event. Last year's Dish It Up sold out for the second year in a row, and this year promises to be bigger and better in celebration of Women Against Abuse's 40th anniversary!

Experience the milestones that resulted in greater awareness and resources for victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia. Then stand with them as Women Against Abuse shares the vision for a brighter future, and prepares to build on 40 years of progress in the struggle to end domestic violence. Your financial support advances this powerful legacy.

World Cafe Live is located at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For sponsorship opportunities, tickets and more information, click here.

HAP Annual Benefit April 7

The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) Annual Benefit will be held at the Sofitel Philadelphia on Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Benefit includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, live music and a silent auction. Event proceeds support HAP's legal services programs.

THe Sofitel Philadelphia is located at 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. For more information visit homelessadvocacyproject.org or call 215-523-9588.

Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction April 13

Join Support Center for Child Advocates and help it celebrate 39 years as the nation's leading pro bono and social service advocacy organization at its 2016 Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m.

This year, they proudly honor philanthropists and community leaders Penny and Robert Fox with the 2016 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for their commitment to Philadelphia's youth and years of engagement with Child Advocates. Tickets are $50.

The Crystal Tea Room is located at 100 Penn Square East, Wanamaker Building, 9th Floor, Philadelphia. For ticket and sponsorship information, click here.

Face to Face Annual Auction April 23

Face to Face will hold its 2016 Annual Auction at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy on April 23. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and bidding will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

Ancillae-Assumpta Academy is located at 2025 Church Road, Wyncote, Pa. Visit www.facetofacegermantown.org to learn more about this important event that raises funds for Face to Face's comprehensive human services programs.

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.

37th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 15

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association and Support Center for Child Advocates for the 37th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, on Sunday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. This family-friendly event offers fun activities for people of all ages, including the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, face painting, balloon animals and more. Trainers from Platoon Fitness will be on hand before the race to help you stretch out and get ready to run.

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, is located at 4231 N. Concourse Dr., Philadelphia. For more information and registration, click here.

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 Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Verizon, Best Buy, Expedia, and More

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Take $10 off Rodizio dinner per person Sunday – Thursday (regular price or group packages#&41;. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupons. Chima offers free valet parking. To get this discount please give your business card to your server and mention "CPP-BarAssociation." This offer is valid at Chima Philadelphia only. To learn more about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, click here.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Located in the historic and iconic PSFS building, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a historically modern 4-diamond hotel providing the business and leisure traveler a sophisticated and luxury experience. Providing the most impressive views in the city, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel recently completed a full renovation to include the popular neighborhood restaurant, Bank & Bourbon. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located in the heart of Center City surrounded by hundreds of restaurant options, historic landmarks and a variety of shopping. Loews Philadelphia Hotel is currently offering a special rate to all Philadelphia Bar Association members, featuring 20% off the rate of the day. Visit Member Benefits for full details.

New Benefits 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

You're in luck! Lenovo's latest innovation meets great deals this March with instant savings up to 38 percent off the hottest technologies from the No. 1 PC maker. For home or home office use, Lenovo has a PC for every user! Visit www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar to shop and save, plus get FREE shipping on all web orders!

Take advantage of these special offers until March 31, 2016:

  • 38 percent off Lenovo Desktops
  • 23 percent off Lenovo Tablets
  • 20 percent off Lenovo Laptops
  • 15 percent off ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs

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

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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.

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. Sponsored by:


US Legal Support Logo

March 18
Compelling a Defendant Physician to Provide Expert Opinion
1 SUB
9-10 a.m. Registration begin at 8:30 a.m.

March 22
Police Body Cameras: Putting Light and Lens on Police-Citizen Interactions - The Policy, Practice, Plusses and Problems
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 24
Data Retention, Security and Discovery: Electronic Records Strategies Your Clients Need You to Know
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

March 28
Issuing Profits Interests in LLCs - Tax and Benefits Aspects
1.5 SUB
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

March 29
Business Valuation: Pathways for Business Owners to Create Build or Realize Wealth
3 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 29
First Chair - How to Get the Prime Seat at the Counsel Table: The Ethical Considerations of Trial Counsel's Gender Imbalance
Happy Hour with Pop-Up Shop immediately follows the program.
1 ETH
4-5 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by:


US Legal Support Logo

March 30
Discrimination in a Healthcare Setting
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.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 4
What Can Be Learned from Experienced Consumers of ADR
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 5
Introduction to the Mindful Practice of Law
1 ETH
8:30-9:45 a.m. Registration begin at 8 a.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 19
Business Immigration 101
2 SUB
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 27
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
FREE CLE for Phildelphia Bar Association members in good standing.
2 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 13
Litigaing Cases Involving Uninsured Employers
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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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