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Vol. 15, No. 23
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April 3 Chancellor's Forum:
Access to Justice Initiative

Chancellor William P. Fedullo invites you to a Thursday, April 3 Chancellor’s Forum featuring Deborah Leff, Acting Senior Counselor of the U. S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative, about the access to justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system...READ MORE
 

April 3 Chancellor's Forum: Access to Justice Initiative

Chancellor William P. Fedullo invites you to a Thursday, April 3 Chancellor’s Forum featuring Deborah Leff, Acting Senior Counselor of the U. S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative, about the access to justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system.

Additional panelists include Chancellor William P. Fedullo, Catherine C. Carr, Executive Director of Community Legal Services and Kevin V. Mincey of Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC. The moderator for the program is Su Ming Yeh, chair of the Public Interest Section.

The Access to Justice Initiative works within the Department of Justice, across federal agencies, and with state, local, and tribal justice system stakeholders to increase access to counsel and legal assistance and to improve the justice delivery systems that serve people who are unable to afford lawyers. Created only four years ago, the Initiative can already report significant accomplishments in supporting indigent defense, strengthening juvenile justice systems, expanding access to counsel in high-stakes civil proceedings, increasing resources for civil legal aid, and more.

The Chancellor’s Forum begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A wine and cheese reception follows the program at 5 p.m. The reception is sponsored by U.S. Legal Support.

There is no charge to attend this program for law students or Philadelphia Bar Association members. Admission for non-members is $8. Click here to register.

Networking, Client Development Using LinkedIn March 20

Lisa Peskin, CEO of Business Development University will discuss networking and client development using LinkedIn at the Thursday, March 20 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

The program will begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association. Lunch is available for $8 for Bar Association members and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Deadline for Bench-Bar CLE Proposals is March 21

The deadline for proposals for continuing legal education courses for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. is Friday, March 21. Proposals should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and proposed panelists. Composition of the panels should reflect the diversity within our legal community and when appropriate, include members of the judiciary. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

Please note that a representative of a company that could potentially be a sponsor of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is not permitted to serve as a panelist. Programs should be one hour long, with no more than four panelists. A program may have one moderator in addition to the panelists. Decisions regarding the programs selected will be made by Friday, April 4. The Bench-Bar Committee will have final approval on the selected panelists.

Please send all CLE proposals to Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Chair Rochelle M. Fedullo at rochelle.fedullo@wilsonelser.com by Friday, March 21. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at tmcloskey@philabar.org or call 215-238-6360.

ACA and Social Security March 21

Richard P. Weishaupt of Community Legal Services will discuss Affordable Care Act and its importance for Social Security claimants, recipients and their representatives at the Friday, March 21 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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

New Integrity Officer to Address Women's Rights Committee

Hope Caldwell, newly appointed chief integrity officer for the City of Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, March 24 meeting of the Women's Rights Committee.

he program will begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association. Lunch is available for $8 for Bar Association members and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Meet New Arbitration Administrator March 25

New Arbitration Administrator Maureen Eagen will be introduced at the Tuesday, March 25 meeting of the Compulsory Arbitration Committee.

There will also be a review of standard discovery in arbitration cases, along with a review of Medicare, DPW and other lien issues in standard discovery.

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

Women in Litigation, Mediation March 25

Judge Sandra M. Moss (ret.) will discuss the role of women in litigation and mediation from her perspective as judge, teacher and mediator at the Tuesday, March 25 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

This program will include discussion on the value of women in the litigation and mediation setting and how to optimize our roles in our practices, in the courtroom and at the bargaining table.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Donate Gently Worn Shoes, Handbags to Dress for Success

Every spring, the Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee Public Service Task Force hosts a shoe drive to provide donations for Dress for Success, which provides professional attire and career counseling to low-income women in Philadelphia. This year, we will be collecting gently worn interview-appropriate shoes or handbags at the Tuesday, March 25 Women in the Profession meeting and at a networking happy hour on Thursday, March 27 at Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Prisoner Re-entry System CLE March 25

President Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper and Judge Ramy I. Djerassi will discuss the new Prison Re-entry Network website in Philadelphia and discuss potential advantages of using the website and other information for sentencing and violation of parole and probation hearings at a Tuesday, March 25 CLE program presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

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 Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Former Public Welfare Counsel to Speak March 27

Andrew Coates, former counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, will have an informal discuss with members of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee on Thursday, March 27.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Marketing the Nonprofit as a Volunteer March 31

As volunteers and members of boards, your duties include helping nonprofits to spread the word about their cause and meet their financial objectives. Marketing the nonprofit comes in many forms, from obtaining sponsorships and donations to recruiting volunteers and event attendees.

During the Monday, March 31 YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program "Marketing the Nonprofit as a Volunteer", attendees will learn how to help their favorite nonprofits to succeed through various forms of marketing, public relations and social media engagement. The featured speaker is Gina F. Rubel, CEO of Furia Rubel Communications.

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

Commerce Program Judges Forum April 1

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Program Judges Patricia A. McInerney and Pamela Pryor Dembe will be the guest speakers at a Commerce Program Judges Forum on Tuesday, April 1 presented by the Business Litigation Committee.

The forum will include a short presentation regarding the Commerce Program. The forum presents an opportunity for the business litigation bar and Commerce Program judges to meet in an informal setting. All lawyers who practice or anticipate practicing in the Commerce Program, should enjoy and benefit from this program.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

O'Connor Award Nomination Deadline is April 2

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2014 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 2.

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, Judge for the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Cynthia M. Rufe, Former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton and the Honorable Anne E. Lazarus.

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.

Judge Jubelirer at Appellate Courts Committee April 4

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer will speak about her work as chair of the Appellate Rules Committee and as a member of the Committee on Public Access to Trial and Appellate Court Records at the Friday, April 4 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Judge Martin Burman Memorial Luncheon April 4

Please join the Workers' Compensation Section to Honor and Remember the Life of Judge Martin Burman on Friday, April 4. This luncheon will be held in lieu of our monthly CLE Program.

We are asking for those who can to make donations to the Gift of Life. Any donation will be accepted and appreciated.

As this will be a luncheon in Honor and Remembrance of the Life of Judge Burman individuals will be given the opportunity to say a few words. The section chairs have requested those wishing to say a few words contact them prior to April 4; however, all in attendance will be given an opportunity during the luncheon to speak if they so desire. Conatct Co-Chairs Judge Holly San Angelo at hsanangelo@pa.gov or Wendy A. Fleming at wendy@lenardcohen.com or Joseph P. Turchi at jturchi@gallagher-law.com for more information.

Lunch will be served beginning at 12 p.m., with the program beginning at 12:30 pm. The fee for lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, $12 for non-members and complimentary for judges. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Artblog Art Safari with Bar Academy April 4

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy Friday, April 4 when Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon will take you on an artblog Art Safari, a guided walking tour of the city's most exciting contemporary art galleries. You will see excellent and affordable cutting edge art and speak with the young artists who are making it and the curators who are showing it.

Not your average walking tour, the artblog Art Safari - led by contemporary art experts Libby and Roberta of theartblog.org - is a walk on the wild side, where contemporary art by young artists pushes the boundaries to create new definitions of beauty, with often surprising materials. If Albert Barnes were alive today, he would be looking at this art, and he would be collecting it.

This First Friday tour will help educate you about how to interpret the contemporary art you see, and it will take you to the vibrant new art district in Philadelphia's Chinatown North. The 3 1/2-hour guided tour of Philadelphia's best alternative galleries will include a stop along the way for drinks and a light bite at the Trestle Inn. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready for some stair climbing.

The tour begins at 6 p.m. at 319A N. 11th St. and will run until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment. Click here to purchase tickets.

Seed Financing Program April 8

The Small Business Committee will present "What Keeps Entrepreneurs Up At Night: A Talk on Legal Aspects of Seed Financings & Other Funding Options" on Tuesday, April 8.

This Philly Tech Week panel presentation oriented toward the founders of tech start-ups and other high-growth model companies. The panelists will discuss the basics of debt and equity financings for early stage companies. The program is co-sponsored by Duane Morris LLP and Drexel's Entrepreneurship Association.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. at The Morris Cafe, United Plaza Building, 30 S. 17th St. A networking reception follows the presentation at 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

IRS IDR, Summons Policy CLE April 10

Join the Tax Section for the CLE program "What Happened to the Kinder, Friendlier IRS: IRS Flexing its Muscles with New IDR and Summons Policy" on Thursday, April 10.

This CLE program will address the new Information Document Request and Summons policy for taxpayers. Under the policy, taxpayers who fail to meet IRS deadlines for providing information will be issued pre-summons letters, and if they fail to respond, will be issued summonses for delinquent information. The new directive constitutes a significant change in the examination process.

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

Surveillance, Whistleblowing, Digital Civil Disobedience

Join us Thursday, April 17 for "Surveillance, Whistleblowing, and Digital Civil Disobedience" present by the Cyberspace Law Committee and The National Constitution Center.
This symposium will consist of three panels addressing issues arising out of revelations over the past year of formerly secret surveillance programs being conducted by U.S. government agencies, principally the National Security Agency (NSA). These programs have raised fundamental questions about the place of surveillance in a democratic society.

The event runs from 12 to 6 p.m. at The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. Admission is $75 for Philadelphia Bar Association members ($100 at the door) and $100 for non-members ($125 at the door). Admission for law student members of the Philadelphia Bar Association is free ($20 at the door). Click here to register.

Updated Guide to LGBT Benefits April 23

Employers, employees and unions can often feel at sea amid the various court rulings, statutes and executive actions affecting LGBT employees' spousal and other benefits - particularly in the wake of the Supreme Court's recent recognition of (some) same-sex marriage rights in United States v. Windsor.

The Wednesday, April 23 CLE "Your Employee's 'New' Family: An Updated Guide to LGBT Employee Benefits, including Family Leave, Health, Retirement, Taxes and Visas" will bring practitioners up to date with the latest law on same-sex partnerships and LGBT employees' rights as they relate to payroll and income taxes, health benefits, family leave, retirement plans, and non-citizen spouses. This CLE will help you simplify, comply, and very possibly save money for your organizations and employees.

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.

William Clark at Giants of the Business Bar April 23

The Business Law Section will feature William H. Clark Jr. at its Second Annual Giants of the Business Bar on Wednesday, April 23.

This event is part of a series of programs in which the Business Law Section recognizes legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond.

While Clark is best known for his work writing the Pennsylvania business corporation and other entity laws, the discussion will include his activities in a number of other areas.

He drafted and directed the successful lobbying effort for the North Dakota Publicly Traded Corporations Act on behalf of a coalition of activist investors led by Carl Icahn. The North Dakota statute is the first shareholder-friendly corporation law in the country, and the discussion of this topic will include consideration of the current state of public company corporate governance.

He serves as reporter for the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act. Following on the theme of the previous topic, this discussion will include consideration of the current state of nonprofit governance.

He was the reporter for a uniform law regarding disclosure of the beneficial owners of business entities. Preparation of this statute was in response to an on-going effort both nationally and internationally to involve lawyers in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing. Developments in this area over the next few years are likely to affect every lawyer, regardless of area of practice.

He drafted the Model Benefit Corporation Legislation and is spearheading its adoption around the country. To date 20 jurisdictions including Pennsylvania have authorized benefit corporations. Benefit corporations pursue a "triple bottom line" of positive results for profits, people and the planet. The ultimate goal of this effort is to move the economy generally to what Clark describes as a system of "shared and durable prosperity."

This event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 22nd Floor. The formal program will run from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Before and after the program a selection of craft beers along with hors d'oeuvres will be available for everyone to taste and enjoy. There is no cost for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend however registration is required by April 17. Click here to register.

Fearless Women Network on Pay Equity April 24

The Fearless Women Network is very pleased to invite you to join us for a lively and informative program addressing the pay equity challenge that the legal profession must meet on Thursday, April 24 at The Acorn Club, 1519 Locust St. Bias and unequal pay are long-standing and pervasive concerns. The time is ripe to address them and bring about much-needed change; let's capitalize on that momentum! Please join us for a discussion of the solutions to be implemented. Click here for more information.

Congregation Kol Ami to Honor Chancellor April 29

Congregation Kol Ami will honor Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo on Tuesday, April 29 at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. following a day of golf and tennis.

Registration for golf begins at 10 a.m. and tennis starts at 2:30 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:15 p.m. and the dinner and awards begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit kolamielkinspark.org or call 215-635-3110.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum, 76ers

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at two Philadelphia institutions – the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia 76ers - for a day out with the family or a night out with friends and colleagues.

To get in on the fun and excitement, 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.

Purchases are available from one to nine tickets for the 76ers. For groups of 10 tickets or more, contact Danielle Balliet at 215-952-7351 or danielleballiet@sixers.com. There are no service fees for mailing tickets, will call, or print at home. Most games are available.

Women's Wit and Wisdom May 5

Join leaders from Philadelphia and across the country when Vision 2020 honors ABA Past President Laurel Bellows at its "Women's Wit and Wisdom Luncheon" on Monday, May 5 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Lisa Scottoline, best-selling author of legal thrillers, and her "Chick Wit" daughter Francesca Serritella are the keynote lunch speakers. Kathleen Wilkinson chairs Legal Leaders host committee. Vision 2020 delegates from all 50 states work on projects to advance women's economic and social equality. Click here for more information.

Civil Gideon Essay Contest Honors Ken Shear

In honor of the retirement of Kenneth Shear, who served as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association for 37 years, the "Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund" has been established by the Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to honor Shear's contributions to the Philadelphia legal community.

To raise an endowment to support the Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund, Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Bar Foundation President Deborah Gross are donating seed money to begin the funding of the Essay Competition and the Scholarship Fund in order to award at least one scholarship in 2014. The announcement of the scholarship was made by Wilkinson and Gross at the December Board of Governors meeting.

The purpose of the Essay Competition is to award a scholarship of $1,500 annually to a second- or third-year law student from the Philadelphia area law schools who writes the best short essay on the subject of Civil Gideon. The student must be willing to serve as an intern for 40 hours, pro bono, to assist the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation with its endeavors through the Philadelphia Bar Association Civil Gideon Task Force, the statewide Access to Civil Justice Coalition and/or future statewide Access to Civil Justice Commission and/or will serve on another pro bono project of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which project is dedicated toward equal justice for all and fulfills the purposes of advancing civil Gideon, public education in the Philadelphia School District, and/or service to the poor.

The essay must be no longer than 10 pages or 2,500 words, whichever is shorter. The 2,500-word limitation refers to the text of the submission; footnotes may be a maximum of 1,000 words (in addition to the 2,500 word maximum for text). Endnotes are not permitted.

The essay must be in seminar paper or law journal article format only; submissions in the form of a memorandum, brief, judicial opinion or other type of legal document are not acceptable. The essay may not be previously published or currently accepted for publication in any publication other than in connection with this competition. The complete rules are available at philadelphiabar.org.

All contributions to the Fund should be in the name of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with an indication in the memo field that the donation is for the purposes of the "Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund." Please mail your check to Jessica Hilburn-Holmes, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Seeking to Re-Enter Legal Workforce? Let Us Know

The Philadelphia Bar Association is considering devising a program that will address the needs and skills of attorneys who have left the practice of law and are now looking to re-enter the workforce.

To assess the need for such a program, the Philadelphia Bar Association is interested in speaking with attorneys who have left the practice and are looking to return, as well as with employers who are open to hiring attorneys with non-traditional work histories.

If you are interested in taking part in such a program please contact Catherine H. Agnew at return.to.practice@outlook.com.

Philly VIP Awards Ceremony March 31

Philadelphia VIP will host its 2014 Awards Ceremony on Monday, March 31 to honor the pro bono services of individuals and firms that have said YES to low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will be held at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a total of 17 awards given in five distinct categories. For more information, visit phillyvip.org. Please RSVP with Tracie Johnson at phillyfellow@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9567.

Homeless Advocacy Project Annual Benefit April 3

The Homeless Advocacy Project Annual Benefit will be Thursday, April 3 at The Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and the event features a silent and live auction. All proceeds from the Annual Benefit go to support the Homeless Advocacy Project. For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leonora Cravotta at 215-523-9588 or Leonora@philalegal.org.

Dershowitz at Constitution Center March 27

One of America’s most prominent legal minds, Alan M. Dershowitz, joins the National Constitution Center to discuss his recent autobiography and his remarkable journey on Thursday, March 27.

NCC President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will chat with Dershowitz about his opinions on such issues as censorship and the First Amendment, Civil Rights, abortion, homicide, and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense.

This program will take place on Thursday, March 27, at 12 p.m. Admission is FREE. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 215-409-6700 or visiting constitutioncenter.org. A book sale and signing with Dershowitz will take place after the program.

Temple Law SPIN Launch Party March 28

Temple Law's Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) invites alumni, students, faculty, and friends to attend its first-ever SPIN Launch Party Friday, March 28 from 4 to 7 p.m., on the first and second floors of Temple Law's Klein Hall (1719 N. Broad St., between Cecil B. Moore and Montgomery).

You're invited to enjoy food, beer and wine, casino themed games, a musical performance by Professor David Post, and more to kick off the SPIN online auction. Preview the best auction items BEFORE you bid while having fun with alumni, students, and faculty. All friends of SPIN and Temple Law School are invited to attend and encouraged to participate in the online auction from March 28 to April 11. Auction proceeds help to fund student summer public interest work. We're excited to bring the entire Temple Law School and Philadelphia legal community together to celebrate our tradition of public service.

Please RSVP ASAP to Abigail Thibeault at abigail.thibeault@gmail.com to receive FREE, BONUS tickets for games and the drawings. For more information on the auction and to make bids on items, please visit our website at http://www.temple.edu/law/spin/auction.html.

NJ Attorney Online Registration Center Available

The Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center is now available for licensed New Jersey attorneys for the 2014 registration/payment cycle through the Judiciary's web-based application at www.judiciarv.state.nj.us/attyreg/index.htm. Pursuant to Rules 1:20-l(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-l(e), and 1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are required annually to file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director of the Courts with approval of the Supreme Court and to pay an assessment in an amount determined by the Supreme Court.

The 2014 deadline for registration and payment is March 28, 2014. Attorneys are encouraged to register online and pay any required fees electronically. To assist with the registration process, an electronic notice about the web-based application has been emailed to each attorney who previously registered online. For attorneys who are not currently enrolled in the electronic registration system, a User ID and temporary password will be mailed to each such attorney's billing address to facilitate a transition to use of the online process. For concerns related to your user ID and password, registration and billing, please contact 855-533-FUND (3863) (select option 2) or CPF.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

In addition to the annual registration requirement, attorneys maintaining a plenary or limited license to practice law in New Jersey must certify to the completion of their continuing legal education (CLE) requirements in accordance with Rule 1:42. A noncompliance fee of $50 will be assessed against attorneys who report that they failed to complete the requisite CLE credits by the deadline for course completion. An additional $50 (for a total of$100) will be assessed against attorneys who fail to complete their required CLE credits within the grace period provided by BCLE Reg. 402:1 and against attorneys who fail to report regarding CLE compliance at all.

Beginning in 2014, attorneys who are noncompliant with the mandatory CLE requirement are subject to being declared administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey. A declaration of administrative ineligibility will include noncompliant attorneys who are to report compliance in 2014 (Group 1) and also those from either Group 1 or Group 2 who remain noncompliant from any prior compliance period. To be removed from the CLE ineligible list and restored to active status, the noncompliant attorney must satisfy all outstanding CLE credit requirements and pay any required fees. The CLE credit requirement will stack; i.e., the attorney must make up CLE credits for all compliance periods that the attorney is noncompliant.

Information on Continuing Legal Education requirements is available at www.judiciary.state.nj.us/cle/index.htm. For concerns related to CLE, please contact 609-
633-9733 or SCTCLE.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNC Perspectives: Charitable Giving Strategies

In this month's interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Asset Management Group, to sort out the nuances of different charitable giving strategies to help determine which may work best for your familyClick here to read the entire article.
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