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April 16, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 31
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Judge Lewis to Deliver
Higginbotham Lecture June 9;
Carr to Accept O'Connor Award

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9. Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event...READ MORE
 

Judge Lewis to Speak, Honor for Carr at June 9 Quarterly

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Judge Lewis, counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner.

Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services (CLS), will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event. Carr served as a staff attorney at CLS for 11 years before becoming director in 1995, specializing in public benefits case litigation, including access to welfare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits.

The O'Connor Award is presented to 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.

Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

The June 9 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Orphans' Court - A View from the Bench April 16

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge George W. Overton will lead a roundtable discussion on practice in the Orphans' Court - a view from the bench at the Thursday, April 16 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship 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 $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.

Entering New World of Real Estate CLE April 17

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) is probably the most important piece of federal legislation affecting residential real estate transactions. Since 2010, RESPA has undergone two major revisions, and many of related laws like the lending laws and the Truth in Lending Act have also experienced remarkable and provocative changes.

As of Aug. 1, new residential loans will fall under the most recent changes. PBI's April 17 panel "RESPA -Entering the New World of Real Estate" will help you navigate the murky waters of the laws and regulations governing residential real estate transactions.

Six substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available for this program, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 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.

iAppeals Revitalization April 17

Marc Vernet of the Social Security Administration will discuss iAppeals revitalization at the Friday, April 17 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 $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.

Compulsory Arbitration Seminar April 20

Become certified as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas at the Monday, April 20 Compulsory Arbitration Seminar CLE.

Experienced arbitrators will explain the operation of the arbitration system - where to go, how to prepare and what to expect and review the e-filing process for arbitrations. There will also be a demonstration of arbitrators' skills during a mock hearing.

This 2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

When the Disciplinary Board Comes Calling CLE April 20

Criminal defense lawyers, including public defenders, are feeling increasingly vulnerable to being targeted by the Disciplinary Board and increasingly mystified by the process. Ellen Brotman, an experienced respondent's counsel and criminal defense lawyer, will discuss the most common complaints against criminal defense lawyers, how to avoid them, and how to respond to minimize the harm when the letter from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel arrives at a Monday, April 20 CLE program.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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.

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.

Trial Tactics, Tips and Techniques April 21

Learn the 10 most important tips to keep in mind at each stage of trial at PBI's "Trial Tactics, Tips and Techniques" on Tuesday, April 21.

Whether you try civil or criminal cases, are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will further develop and hone your litigation skills at this 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program.

The program will be held form 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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.

Chancellor to Speak at NALS Dinner April 22

NALS of Philadelphia hold its Administrative Professionals Day Dinner and will install its new officers on Wednesday, April 22 at Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, 1800 Market St. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will be the keynote speaker for the event. Tickets are $55 and are available at nalsofphiladelphia.org.

Turning Points for Children to Honor Chancellor April 23

Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will be honored at Turning Points for Children's Kids at Heart Benefit Gala on Thursday, April 23 at The Union League of Philadelphia. Keith Jones, co-anchor of NBC10 News, will be the master of ceremonies for the event.

Kids at Heart is the largest fundraiser of the year for Turning Points for Children. The non-profit organization supports families in raising safe, healthy, educated and strong children by partnering with caregivers to develop and strengthen protective qualities and by offering them the tools, skills, and resources they need to ensure their children's optimal development.

The Gala will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the Kids at Heart Gala are $150 per person for the main event, and $175 each for the VIP Champagne Reception, where Chancellor Dandridge will be honored. For tickets, corporate sponsorships or more information, contact Eartha Holland at Turning Points for Children at 267-315-7584, or visit the website at turningpointsforchildren.org.

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.

Unemployment Compensation CLE April 30

A panel of attorneys, Unemployment Compensation Board of Review members and Commonwealth Court judges will take you through the process of representing a client in the unemployment claim process including the latest decisions and changes in the practice at a Thursday, April 30 CLE program.

Six substantive CLE credits are available for this seminar, which will be held 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.

My Client's Dead, Now What CLE May 7

At PBI's May 7 CLE seminar "My Client's Dead, Now What," faculty members will go beyond estate administration basics and deal with other "death questions" that often arise. Take a look at common issues that arise for a decedent's family and learn practical solutions for resolving those issues and identifying resources for finding answers.

This 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE 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.

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.

Giants of Business Bar with Justin Klein May 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section will hold a "Giants of the Philadelphia Business Bar" program on Thursday, May 14 featuring Justin P. Klein of Ballard Spahr LLP. Marcel S. Pratt of Ballard Spahr will serve as moderator.

Klein is best known for his long and prolific career as a respected counselor in the areas of securities and corporate governance. He advises publicly and privately held companies on diverse securities matters in addition to offering his invaluable counsel in a variety of philanthropic endeavors.

He has been in private practice for more than 30 years. Prior to entering private practice, he served for nine years as a staff member at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., in a variety of positions, including as Assistant Director in the Division of Corporation Finance.

He has been an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association for more than 30 years. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the Bar Association. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Business Section. He was also Chair of the Committee on Securities Regulation. Klein received the Dennis Replansky Memorial Award in 2008.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend; however registration is required by May 11. Click here to register.

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.

Barristers' Scholarship, Awards Gala May 16

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will honor the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lillian H. Ransom at its Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, May 16.

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will be presented with the Cecil B. Moore Award and Judge Ransom will receive the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award. Prince Atlee Thomas will receive the J. Austin Norris Award.

The black-tie gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor. Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information, contact Shabrei Parker at shabrei.parker@gmail.com.

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.

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline May 29

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2015 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions.

The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered) and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others. The chair of the competition is Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, and have the essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Philadelphia Bar Association event, where the award will be presented.

Entries must be submitted in electronic form via email to tmccloskey@philabar.org unless submission of a hard copy is requested and approved. Requests for submission of a hard copy should be made by emailing tmccloskey@philabar.org or by calling (215) 238-6360. Visit philadelphiabar.org to download the contest rules.

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. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. Visit philadelphiabar.org for more information on the event as it becomes available.

Help Spread Word About Recommended Candidates

Street team volunteers are needed so the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention can better inform voters about the Commission's ratings of the judicial candidates for the May 19 primary election.

Volunteers will be stationed at highly trafficked locations throughout Philadelphia to hand out flyers listing the "Highly Recommended," "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates. These volunteers will be stationed on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19.

To serve as a volunteer, contact Charlie Klitsch, the Philadelphia Bar Association's director of public and legal services, at 215-238-6326 or cklitsch@philabar.org.

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar at Borgata

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City.

Attracting hundreds of lawyers and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

Registration is available at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org. Sponsors for the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USI Affinity,Love Court Reporting, Inc, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, Bellia Print & Design, RIMKUS, BPU Investments and The Legal Intelligencer.

Public Interest Trainings, Events

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.

ACLU Greater Philadelphia Annual Meeting May 6

The ACLU Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Meeting will be Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. The featured speaker is Ezekiel Edwards, director of the national ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, who will talk about, "Ending Mass Incarceration: Fixing a Broken and Racially Biased System." A reception with dessert and refreshments will follow the meeting. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

VIP Divorce Practice Training May 15

Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on divorce practice on Friday, May 15 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Philadelphia Family Court, 1501 Arch St., 15th Floor. 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.

VIP Summer Pro Bono Program June 12

Philadelphia VIP will present the 20th Annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 10th Floor. This event is limited to law students only. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. To register, visit phillyvip.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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