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March 16, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 22
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
 

Renew Bar Membership By March 31, Avoid Late Fee

Members have until March 31 to renew their Philadelphia Bar Association membership and avoid a $15 late fee.
 
Advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership include:

• Potential Referral Sources. Network with attorneys in more than 50 practice areas at hundreds of annual events that fit any schedule. Attend daily Section or Committee breakfast or lunch programs, panel presentations, evening receptions and special events and meet other lawyers who can help open the door to business development opportunities.

• A "Voice" in Strengthening Your Profession. Help enhance your area of practice by participating in meetings with government and administrative agency officials, key court personnel and elected officials to discuss proposed changes in the law or rules of practice. Work side-by-side with judges on critical issues to improve the administration of justice.

• Leadership Opportunities. Join the leadership ranks of our Section executive committees, chair one of more than 100 standing Committees, lead a community service project or charitable event, or run for elected office as a line officer.

• Byline Opportunities. Enhance your marketing plan by having your articles or commentary published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine or the Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, reaching 13,000 lawyers each month.

• Community Service Opportunities. Whether you are interested in giving your time, talent or treasure, there are many ways for you to serve our community. From supporting charitable organizations to leading volunteer events, there are a plethora of opportunities for you to take advantage of.

Additional benefits include: Insurance brokerage services through USI Affinity®; discounts on hundreds of Association events, and CLE courses offered through PBI; award-winning print and digital publications; a legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, Harrisburg and Washington; professional guidance on ethics issues; fee dispute services; access to the Office of Diversity, which serves as a resource for local affinity bar associations, law firms, corporate law departments and law schools; Bar Classifieds and Lawyer Profiles; list serve access; discounted tickets to cultural institutions; and much more.

We remain committed to supporting public interest organizations through our charitable arm, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Your annual dues statement suggests an additional contribution to be made to the Foundation.

Our reputation and emphasis on professional and community service for 213 years is based on our commitment to excellence. It is through this Association that we uphold the time-honored tradition and proud reputation of the "Philadelphia Lawyer." Renew your membership by March 31 and save $15. Contact Member Services Manager Andrea Morris, at 215-238-6313 for more information. 

PA Grand Jury Practice CLE March 16

The Criminal Justice Section will present the second part of its Pennsylvania grand jury practice CLE on Monday, March 16.

This presentation will focus on the indicting grand jury rules of procedure and the specific protocol developed for this program with the Philadelphia criminal court system. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties may attend and purchase lunch through the Philadelphia Bar Association. 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.

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.

Shestack Justice Fellowship Deadline is March 16

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is pleased to announce that it is seeking applicants for the 2015-2017 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship.

The Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship is a two-year litigation-focused fellowship that will be selected on a bi-annual basis by the Lawyers' Committee in consultation with the Shestack Justice Advisory Committee. Shestack was an extraordinary lawyer and a driving force in advancing the cause of civil and human rights. One of his greatest legacies was his central role in the founding of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1963.

Law school graduates who have passed the bar and have two to three years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships are eligible. The chosen Fellow will have demonstrated a passion and commitment to civil rights issues and public service and have shown promise of becoming an exceptional litigator. Fellows are paid at the same salary of Lawyers' Committee attorneys with the same number of years of experience.

Click here to apply. Applications must include resume, law school transcript, two-page letter of intent, two letters of recommendation and a writing sample. Applications are due on Monday, March 16. The successful applicant will be announced June. The Shestack Fellow will begin working at the Lawyers' Committee in fall 2015.

March 20 Deadline for Philly Idol Performers

Performers interested in appearing on stage at Philly Idol have until Friday, March 20 to submit their information. Musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, magicians, poets, impressionists and other performers are needed for Philly Idol on June 4 at World Cafe Live. Philly Idol is being co-presented by the Young Lawyers Division and The Legal Intelligencer.

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 (including video clips, if available) to Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 20. Candidates will be notified if they have been selected to perform. Philly Idol will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

For more information about Philly Idol, please contact Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org

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.

Meet New Federal Judges March 18

The newest members of the bench from U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will discuss their experiences so far on the bench, the transition from bar to bench, any noteworthy or important procedures they have adopted, and other useful information at the Wednesday, March 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Judges expected to attend include Judge Wendy Beetlestone, Judge Mark A. Kearney, Judge Joseph F. Leeson Jr. and Judge Gerald J. Pappert. Schedule permitting, Judges Gerald A. McHugh Jr., Edward G. Smith and Marilyn Heffley may also attend.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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.

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.

Understanding Philadelphia Zoning March 24

Moving a project through the Philadelphia zoning process can seem like a daunting task - even after Philadelphia entirely revamped its zoning code. Learn how to effectively navigate through Philadelphia's zoning approval process at a Tuesday, March 24 CLE program.

Whether you represent a client who is building a condominium tower, starting a new business, or simply looking to renovate or expand a commercial or residential property, learn the nuts and bolts of interfacing with the various city departments, agencies, RCO s and the Zoning Appeal Board to get clients projects completed.

This program is co-sponsored by the Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee of the Real Property Section and 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.

Anatomy of a Superstar Deposition March 25

Join Robert Musante, one of the country’s leading teachers of deposition cross-examination skills, for a fun and supremely practical CLE on Wednesday, March 25.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. 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.

LGBT Elder Initiative Chair to Speak March 25

Heshie Zinman, chair of the LGBT Elder Initiative, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 25 meeting of the LGBT Rights Committee.

LGBT Elder Initiative fosters and advocates for competent, culturally sensitive, welcoming resources, services, and institutions for LGBT older adults in the Delaware Valley and beyond.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register for this brown-bag program.

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.

Interactions Between Women Lawyers, Media March 31

Interactions between lawyers and the media are becoming far more frequent. When those interactions involve either women lawyers or women subjects, there are often differences of which lawyers need to be aware.

Panelists at a March 31 program will explore both the unique angles that women lawyers should bring to their interactions with the media and potential bias observed when the topic of a news or legal story is a woman. This program will help you learn how you should present your cases and your issues to the media.

Panelists are Gina Passarella, senior staff reporter and special projects editor for The Legal Intelligencer; Gina F. Rubel, CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., one of the nation's leading legal marketing, web design, public relations and social media agencies; and Nikki Johnson-Huston, a tax attorney and owner of The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC.

The program is sponsored by the Women in the Profession Committee, Bar-News Media Committee and Law Practice Management Committee. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Academy at African American Art Exhibit

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for a private guided tour of the exhibition "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art" on Wednesday, April 1 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hear about the amazing contributions of African American artists. Click here to purchase tickets.

"Represent: 200 Years of African American Art" highlights selections from the Museum's exceptional holdings of African American art and celebrates the publication of a catalogue examining the breadth of these noteworthy collections. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, and Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions. Since the Museum's acquisition of Tanner's painting "The Annunciation" in 1899, its collections of African American art have grown significantly, especially during the last three decades.

The tour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Tickets are $20 for members and $40 for members plus a guest. Click here to purchase tickets. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 25.

Becoming a Successful Mediator April 1

Justice Jane Greenspan (Ret.) and former trial lawyer Judith Meyer will share their views on what is involved in becoming and being a successful mediator at the Wednesday, April 1 meeting of the ADR Committee.

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 for lunch. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

Immediately following the program, attendees will be invited to stay for coffee and dessert for an informal discussion with the panel.

Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers April 6

Sharon Geller, who teaches "Improv for Lawyers" at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, will present "Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers" at a Monday, April 6 CLE program.

After spending 10 years in the corporate world, Geller began her career as a comedic actress and started using her improv skills to teach people how to listen better, how to think outside of the box and how to support their team players. Attendees will also learn how to appear confident and trustworthy; how to interpret non-verbal body language; and how to tell when someone is lying.

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.

CLE Ethics Fun With Sean Carter April 7

Sean Carter, founder of Lawpsided Seminars, a company devoted to solid legal continuing education with a healthy dose of laughter, will present his CLE "Ethics Fun" on Tuesday, April 7.

Two sessions and four ethics CLE credits are available for this program. In the morning session, hear about the worst ethics violations of the year in the legal profession. Learn the "winners" of this year's awards for: Best Support Accomplice in Illegal Activity, Best Over-Animated Courtroom Outburst, Best Original Excuse; and so much more. Recap instances of egregious unethical behavior and learn how you can avoid the most common ethical violations

In the afternoon, examine if your legal marketing efforts can put you in jeopardy and explore the topic of lawyer jokes, whether they have any basis in fact and what they say about our adherence to the rules of professional conduct.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

HAP 25th Anniversary Benefit April 9

Join Homeless Advocacy Project at it's 25th Anniversary Benefit on Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th St.

Admission includes complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds from the Annual Benefits go to support Homeless Advocacy Project. Click here for ticket information.

The Homeless Advocacy Project exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia. With a legal staff of eight and a corps of 350 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students, HAP engages in direct outreach to homeless individuals in need of legal services.

For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leonora Cravotta at 215-523-9588 or Leonora@haplegal.org.

Civil Practice as Judges See It April 15

Join judges from Philadelphia and the suburban counties and get trial tips and some "dos and don'ts" of litigation practice from the judges who hear civil cases at a Wednesday, April 15 CLE program.

Find out what judges like and dislike and where you might want to change your style or strategy to be more effective for your next trial.

The program begins 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.

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.

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.

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 am and the program begins promptly at 12 p.m. 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. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 17.

Public Interest Trainings, Events

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.

Temple SPIN Online Auction Launch Party March 27

Temple Student Public Interest Network will host its Online Auction Launch Party on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Klein Hall, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1719 N. Broad St. All Philadelphia area attorneys are welcome! Immediately following the tailgate-theme launch party is the Deans' Cup, an annual charity basketball game between Temple Law and Villanova Law designed to raise funds for the public interest organizations of both law schools - SPIN and the Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program at Villanova Law. Deans' Cup tipoff is at 7 p.m. at McGonigle Hall, 1800 N. Broad St. Temple SPIN members have worked since 1992 to help fund summer internship opportunities for Temple students at public interest and government organizations. SPIN's annual auction is its largest fundraiser and in 2015, for the second year in a row, is all online. Bidding is open Friday, March 27 to Monday, April 6. The auction website will be accessible via link at www.temple.edu/spin.

Golden Door Awards April 20

HIAS Pennsylvania will present its 2015 Golden Door Awards: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, celebrating the Pulitzer-Prize Winning author of "Enrique's Journey" on Monday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (VIP party from 5 to 6 p.m.), at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. This event will honor Hawa Salih, Darfuri human rights advocate; Puentes De Salud, refugee health providers led by Drs. Steven Larson, Matthew O'Brien and Jack Ludmir; and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP, pro bono providers of legal representation to unaccompanied minors. The event will also feature cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $150. More information is available at hiaspa.org/goldendoor2015.

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case April 22

The Support Center for Child Advocates will present a training workshop "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," on Wednesday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) provides legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case handler and assigned one child or sibling group. The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings. All volunteers must attend this full-day training program, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse. Our training manual How to Handle A Child Abuse Case, with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules, is provided to attendees. This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases. Register online at www.pbi.org.

Child Advocates Annual Benefit April 22

Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction will be Wednesday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., (Distinguished Advocates presentation at 4:30 p.m.), at the Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building. This event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and will recognize nine Distinguished Advocates who are making a difference in the lives of children. Kenneth C. Frazier will receive the 2015 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his commitment to the health and well-being of youth and his advocacy for access to justice through pro bono representation. The 2015 Distinguished Advocates are Alfred R. Fuscaldo, Gibbons P.C.; Jason T. LaRocco, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C.; Daniel J. Luccaro, Cozen O'Connor; George D. Mosee, District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia; Charles Persing, Bederson, LLP; Lara Thane & Rae-Lynne Tuzzo, Adoptive Parents; Megan E. Watson, Berner Klaw & Watson, LLP; and the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award: Lawrence J. Beaser, Blank Rome, LLP. Individual tickets are $125. For more information visit www.advokid.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: Stronger U.S. Economy Expected

In this month's interview, we sat down with PNC Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman, who forecasts that U.S. economic growth this year will be the best since 2003. Click here to read the entire article.

Upcoming CLE Courses

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, March 16
PLI - Ethics in Social Media 2015
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PLI - Psychological Issues in Employment Law 2015
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 5 p.m.

Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient Individuals
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17
A Fresh Look at FLPs
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

PLI - Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider 2015
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Litigating Condominium & Homeowner Association Cases (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
Commercial Litigation Institute
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 19
Shakespeare and the Law Book Club
2 substantive CLE credits
4 to 6 p.m.

PA Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Doctrine (Video)
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, March 20
Boating Law and Liability
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Handling the Failure to Disclose Case
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

PLI - Nut & Bolts of Tax Penalties 2015: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures & Defenses Relating to Civil & Criminal Tax Penalties
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trial Practice and Advocacy in the Federal Middle District
2 substantive CLE credits
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 23
The Strategic Negotiator
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLI - Government Investigations 2015: The Expanding Role of Electronic Information in Investigation & Response
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 5 p.m.

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


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