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April 2, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 27
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

First Round of Ratings
Released for Judicial Candidates
in May 19 Primary Election

Albert S. Dandridge III, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has announced the first round of results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for judicial office in the May 19 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention...READ MORE
 

First Round of Ratings Released for Judicial Candidates

Albert S. Dandridge III, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has announced the first round of results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for judicial office in the May 19 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Dandridge noted there are two significant upgrades to the process this year. The first is a newly added "Highly Recommended" rating and the second is the inclusion of rating Appellate Court candidates. Dandridge said that the ratings provide the results for candidates on the ballot who submitted to the Association's evaluation process by the Bar's announced deadline of Dec. 5, 2014. He added that the list of "Highly Recommended," "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates is still incomplete due to the high volume of investigations. Additional names and ratings will be announced as investigations are completed on the remaining candidates.

"We are delighted to now offer a 'Highly Recommended' category to help better inform the public of extraordinary candidates who are considered preeminent in the profession," Dandridge said. "Voters are encouraged to learn more about this new category and view the entire ratings list by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Dandridge said. He added that the Association wants voters to know why the judicial elections are so important and why the Association and Commission invest so much time and energy in thoroughly reviewing and rating these candidates. "This is the one place for voters to find a comprehensive, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission's own 140-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Candidates found "Highly Recommended" are extraordinary individuals who, in addition to meeting the "Recommended" criteria, are preeminent in the profession, exceptionally skilled in the law, possess a reputation for the utmost integrity and significantly will enhance or have enhanced the quality of the judiciary.

"This has been a record year for the Commission," said Commission Chair A. Harold Datz. "The Commission will complete nearly 60 evaluations of candidates for the 15 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, which has been an enormous undertaking, involving hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission. We appreciate all of the hard work of the Commission."

The following judicial candidate was found "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" for election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania:

  • Anne E. Lazarus Highly Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Abbe F. Fletman Highly Recommended
  • Christopher Peter Mallios, Jr. Highly Recommended
  • Kai N. Scott Highly Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Christopher Peter Mallios, Jr. Highly Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania:

  • Kevin M. Dougherty Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Superior Court:

  • Alice Beck Dubow Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • James F. Berardinelli Recommended
  • Lucretia Clemons Recommended
  • James C. Crumlish, III Recommended
  • Michael Fanning Recommended
  • Vincent Giusini Recommended
  • Daine A. Grey, Jr. Recommended
  • Anthony George Kyriakakis Recommended
  • Thomas Martin Recommended
  • Christopher I. McCabe Recommended
  • Vincent Melchiorre Recommended
  • Brian T. Ortelere Recommended
  • Ourania Papademetriou Recommended
  • Kenneth James Powell, Jr. Recommended
  • Stella Ming Tsai Recommended
  • Betsy Jo Wahl Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Michael Fanning Recommended
  • Vincent Giusini Recommended
  • Roger Gordon Recommended
  • Matthew Kent Perks Recommended
  • Joffie C. Pittman Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Franklin A. Bennett, III Not Recommended
  • Deborah D. Cianfrani Not Recommended
  • Scott DiClaudio Not Recommended
  • Vincent W. Furlong Not Recommended
  • Sharon Williams Losier Not Recommended
  • Edward W. Louden, Jr. Not Recommended
  • Jon Marshall Not Recommended
  • Tracy Brandeis Roman Not Recommended
  • Zachary C. Shaffer Not Recommended
  • Dawn M. Tancredi Not Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Franklin A. Bennett, III Not Recommended
  • Christian DiCicco Not Recommended
  • Sharon Williams Losier Not Recommended
  • Tracy Roman Not Recommended
  • Gary S. Silver Not Recommended

Additional names and ratings will be announced soon. The full list of ratings should be available toward the beginning of May.

Legal, Regulatory Developments for Investment Companies

Amy Lancellotta, managing director of the Independent Directors Council, will discuss "Hot Topics: Legal and Regulatory Developments for Investment Companies" at the Thursday, April 2 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

For the 17 years before assuming this position, Lancellotta was a member of the Investment Company Institute's Law Department, serving most recently as Senior Counsel. Prior to joining ICI, she was in private practice focusing on issues relating to investment companies and variable insurance products.

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 $9.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

Resume-Writing Workshop April 2

Louise Polis and Amy L. Weiss will be the featured speakers when the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee presents a resume-writing workshop on Thursday, April 2.

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

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

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.

Estate and Family Planning for the 21st Century Family

Take a look at the unique and often difficult issues in planning for the 21st century family at PBI's "Estate and Family Planning for the 21st Century Family" on Monday, April 6.

Examine the legal and social significance of groundbreaking decisions and address the importance of securing legal relationships between parents and children. This 3-credit program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Child Abuse, Neglect Reporting Update April 6

Janet Ginzberg and Kathleen Creamer of Community Legal Services will discuss the numerous amendments made in the past year that have an enormous impact on the way child abuse and neglect gets reported and investigated at the Monday, April 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

They will also discuss the definitions and standards that regulate "indicated" child abuse reports and procedures for challenging them, as well as the ways child abuse expungement practice will be affected.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Philadelphia Family Court, 1501 Arch St., 15th Floor, Training Room 2. Lunch will be provided by the section at no charge to attendees. Advance registration is required. 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.

JPT/Settlement Conference Discussion April 7

The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss JPT/settlement conferences and what happens if one side is not prepared at its Tuesday, April 7 meeting.

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.

"Judgment in Berlin" Author April 7

Join the Brandeis Law Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association for a fascinating one-on-one interview with Judge Herbert Stern, author of "Judgment in Berlin" on Tuesday, April 7.

Judge Stern will recount his experiences as the U.S. judge for Berlin for the 1979 trial dealing with the hijacking by two East Germans of a plane to West Berlin, and the attempt by the U.S. Department of State to control the trial, eliminate judicial independence and deny the two defendants a jury trial. Hear how the politics of the time so significantly influenced proceedings that could have resulted in the diminution of the judiciary's authority but for the courage of one judge.

The program begins at 6 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. There is no charge to attend, however registration in advance is required. Click here to register.

Budget, Sales Tax Update April 9

A budget and sales tax update will be discussed at the Thursday, April 9 meeting of the Legislative Liaison 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.

HAP 25th Anniversary Benefit April 9

Join Homeless Advocacy Project at its 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.

Essentials of Bankruptcy Practice April 9

"The Essentials of Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy Practice" is a program designed for attorneys who do not normally handle bankruptcy cases or have not handled them recently and are looking for a basic foundation in consumer bankruptcy law and procedure.

Get step-by-step, practical guidance from a panel of experienced practitioners from the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts on handling Chapter 7 and 13 cases.

This 5 substantive, 1 ethics credit CLE program will be held Thursday, April 9 from 9 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.

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.

18th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum April 17

Hear from experienced practitioners and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials as they focus on the state of the law and proposed developments in the constantly changing federal securities arena at the 18th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum on Friday, April 17.

A total of 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available in the morning and afternoon sessions. Panelists include U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson, Sharon Binger of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Terence J. Connors, Bruce H. Goldfarb, Deborah R. Gross, John C. Grugan, Ian A. Hartman, Gay Parks Rainville and Christie B. Tillapaugh.

The morning session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The afternoon session runs from 12:45 to 4 p.m. Both sessions will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Corporate Compliance and Ethics April 21

From developing a code of conduct, policies and procedures, training and communication to conducting internal investigations and risk assessments, PBI's April 21 seminar "Corporate Compliance and Ethics" analyzes the necessary components that go into designing an effective compliance program.

Three substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available at this program, which 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.

Global Economic Outlook for 2015 April 23

Janney Montgomery Scott chief investment strategist Mark Luschini and managing director Brendan Tierney will offer their 2015 outlook for the global economy and its implications for private equity deal making at a Thursday, April 23 CLE program presented by the Private Equity and Venture Capital & Mergers and Acquisitions Committees.

The discussion will include a review of the key drivers expected to impact 2015 M&A activity including interest rates, inflation, economic growth, availability of debt and equity capital, and trends in valuations.

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 $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Thank you to the Business Law Section annual sponsors McGladrey; Thomson Reuters; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Ballard Spahr LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; and Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.

Family Law Institute April 23-24

Whether you are a veteran of family law, just beginning your practice, or somewhere in between, you are sure to benefit from the knowledge and experiences of PBI's faculty at the Family Law Institute on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24.

A total of 9 CLE credits are available, 3.5 of which may be applied toward ethics. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. each day at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Martha Hampton Award Luncheon April 24

Former Gov. Ed Rendell will be the keynote speaker at the Workers' Compensation Section Martha Hampton Award Luncheon on Friday, April 24. Lisa D. Eldridge is the Hampton Award recipient.

Eldridge is an associate at Martin Law and has practiced Pennsylvania workers' compensation law since 1988. She began her career as a liability associate with a defense firm and handled a wide range of cases in the practice fields of medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability. Over the last 20 years, she has represented employers, insurance companies and injured workers in all aspects of workers' compensation litigation. Eldridge graduated cum laude from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in Business Law and Real Estate. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

The inaugural Friend of the Philadelphia Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Section Award will be presented to Judge Brian G. Eader, who is being honored for his commitment to alternative dispute resolution for the Philadelphia workers' compensation community, engaging personality and generosity of spirit.

Additionally, there will be a special proclamation by Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco to recognize the contribution of University of the Arts graduate Shaina Anderson to the Arts in the Court program. This program was established to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act through art.

Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, Plaza Ballroom. Tickets are $55 for section members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Commerce Court Reception April 28

The Business Litigation Committee will host its annual reception honoring Commerce Court judges with a special tribute to Judge John W. Herron on Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $85 for members and $95 for non-members and include open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Registration is required by Friday, April 24. Click here to register.

9th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute April 28-29

Intellectual property is a burgeoning practice area with nuances and ever-changing innovations and issues that can try the patience of even the most seasoned practitioners. No one can afford to remain unacquainted with the rights and potential liabilities that may arise. PBI's 9th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute on April 28-29 has something for everyone, from the novice to the expert.

A networking cocktail reception will be held Tuesday evening immediately following the last session that day. A total of 10 substantive and 2 ethics CLE credits are available. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

City Director of LGBT Affairs to Speak April 29

Nellie Fitzpatrick, the City of Philadelphia's new director of LGBT Affairs, will be the featured speaker at a Wednesday, April 29 program presented by the LGBT Rights Committee and the Criminal Justice Section.

Fitzpatrick will discuss the current barriers to equality faced by LGBTQ individuals within the system, best practices to provide equal access to services, safety at various points of entry and rehabilitation.

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 $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Legal Issues in Age of Aging April 30

Pennsylvania's population remains one of the oldest in the nation. Stay current up-to-date with new trends in elder law at PBI's "16th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging" on Thursday, April 30.

Five substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available for this program, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 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. This year's honorees are:

• Shelly Beaser, teacher, professor and lifelong advocate for kids and public education.
• Hon. Phyllis Beck, lawyer, judge, law professor, dean and philanthropist.
• Tobey Gordon Dichter, founder, leader and advocate for digital literacy for older adults.
• David Fair, LGBT and AIDS advocate, activist, groundbreaker and nonprofit leader.
• Lovett Hines, jazz musician, founder, leader and teacher of music education for youth.
• Juanita Ramos, community advocate, voting and housing rights activist for the poor.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and details, click here.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit seniorlawcenter.org.

36th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17 in Fairmount Park

The Philadelphia Bar Association's 36th Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates has a new wrinkle this year - a one-mile dash.

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park (4231 Avenue of the Republic) on Sunday, May 17. The one-mile dash begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, to register, or to volunteer, visit phillybarcharityrun.com.

Resolution Calls for Abolition of Civil Asset Forfeiture

A resolution supporting the abolition of civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania has been unanimously adopted by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors.

In Pennsylvania, civil asset forfeiture laws permit law enforcement agencies to seize property and keep it, even though the property owner has not been charged with or convicted of a crime. As the forfeiture proceeding following seizure is civil in nature, there is no right to counsel. Consequently, property owners who are unable to afford counsel often lose assets because they are unable to navigate the process pro se. Over the last decade, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies have seized and forfeited more than $100 million in private property using state civil asset forfeiture laws. In Philadelphia, civil asset forfeiture is used to seize and keep approximately $5 million worth of homes, cars, money, and other property of thousands of property owners every year.

The resolution, sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, asks that forfeiture occur under state law only after the property owner is convicted of a crime, as part of the underlying criminal proceeding, which will guarantee that no property is forfeited by default, and that in every case the government proves the connection between the property and the crime for which the property owner was convicted. The resolution also calls for property owners to receive adequate notice of the government's intent to seek forfeiture in the criminal charging document and to have a right to appointed counsel when contesting forfeiture. According to the resolution, keeping forfeiture within the criminal proceeding will ensure that people convicted of crimes can challenge forfeiture of their property without sacrificing their constitutional rights in their criminal case.

The resolution, adopted at the Board's March 26 meeting, also calls for all proceeds from forfeiture to be deposited into the state treasury where there is transparency and accountability, instead of accruing directly to the law enforcement agencies that are charged with making decisions about when to pursue asset forfeiture. Click here to read the entire resolution.

How Does Design Influence Profitability, Viability?

Join Marty Festenstein, principal and Legal Practice Group co-leader at NELSON, at the Philadelphia Bar Association's "X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series" with Carol Huff on Wednesday, April 22 for "How Does Design Influence Profitability and Viability for the Legal Workplace of the Future?"

The discussion will detail the business factors that need to be identified to create a more flexible legal workplace for both today and the future.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Membership Renewal Deadline Extended to April 15

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of an extended membership renewal deadline of Wednesday, April 15 to avoid a $15 late fee.

Advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership include:

Networking and 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 April 15 and save $15. Contact Member Services Manager Andrea Morris at 215-238-6313 for more information.

Save the Date: Philly Idol Talent Show June 4

The Young Lawyers Division along with The Legal Intelligencer will present Philly Idol on Thursday, June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at World Cafe Live - Downstairs Live, 3025 Walnut St. The talent show will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Visit philadelphiabar.org for more information on the event as it becomes available.

Public Interest Trainings, Events

Face to Face Annual Auction April 11

Face to Face will hold its annual auction at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy in Wyncote, Pa., on Saturday, April 11. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and bidding begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Visit facetofacegermantown.org to learn more about this event that raises funds for Face to Face's comprehensive human services programs.

Probating Estates CLE Training April 15

Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on probating estates on Wednesday, April 15 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, visit phillyvip.org.

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.

CeaseFirePA 15th Anniversary Event May 7

CeaseFirePA will celebrate its 15th anniversary Thursday, May 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Comcast Center, 1700 JFK Boulevard, 43rd Floor. Gov. Edward G. Rendell will receive the inaugural Keystone Award for Courage, recognizing his longstanding work, at every level, as an advocate toward reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth. The event is Co-Chaired by David L. and Rhonda Cohen and Lynne and Harold Honickman. Space is limited. Please visit ceasfirepa.org for event details and/or email fred.kaplanmayer@ceasefirepa.org regarding tickets sales and sponsorship opportunities.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project Annual Celebration May 12

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project's Annual Celebration will be Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University of the Arts, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St. The celebration begins with a cocktail party and silent auction. The program, "Seeking Truth: Stories from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project," will be hosted by Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of Tell Me A Story. Also featured will be the presentation of the Hero of Justice Award to Charles and Barbara Haldeman; the Maureen Rowley Award to Ellen Greenlee, Defender Emeritus, Defender Association of Philadelphia; and the Edward D. Ohlbaum Volunteer Award to Joshua Snyder, Boni & Zack LLC. For more information and to register, go to innocenceprojectpa.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 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 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: Transferring Values, Wealth

In this month's interview, we sat down with Mary-Noelle Rasi, J.D., LL.M., senior wealth planner on PNC Wealth Management's Moorestown, N.J. team, to talk about the importance of passing along your values to future generations. Click here to read the entire article.
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