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April 21, 2014
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Vol. 15, No. 32
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Brown v. Board of Education
60th Anniversary Event May 2

As May marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, join members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia as we host a commemorative event in honor of this historic occasion on Friday, May 2 at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 419 S. 6th St...READ MORE
 

Brown v. Board of Education Anniversary Event May 2

As May marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, join members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia as we host a commemorative event in honor of this historic occasion on Friday, May 2 at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 419 S. 6th St.

The program will include keynote remarks from Harold Jackson, editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial page. Additional speakers include Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia President Amber Racine.

The event will feature the premiere of a commemorative video created especially for this occasion featuring numerous Philadelphia attorneys and judges who will offer personal reflections and discuss the impact the Brown v. Board of Education decision had on their lives and careers.

The formal program begins at 4 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a reception in the church's historic museum at 5 p.m. Registration cost is $15 and will serve as a contribution toward Mother Bethel A.M.E. Registration is required by Tuesday, April 29. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Click here to register.

April 21 CLE Examines Bitcoin

The Banking and Commercial Finance Committee CLE program "The Bitcoin Revolution: Legal and Industry Implications for the Payments Industry" addresses the possible regulatory regimes for the regulation of Bitcoin and the latest developments in digital currency regulation and enforcement.

The Monday, April 21 program has been approved for one 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 11:30 a.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 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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 where 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.

Updated Guide to LGBT Benefits April 23

Employers, employees and unions often can 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.

Youth Courts CLE Program April 23

The U.S. Attorney''s Office will present the CLE program "Youth Courts: Lawyers Helping Students" on Wednesday, April 23.

The program will feature remarks from U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger and Chancellor William P. Fedullo and is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, EducationWorks and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Two substantive CLE credits and 1 ethics CLE credit are available.

This program includes a mock youth court hearing by Strawberry Mansion students, a panel of School District of Philadelphia teachers who run youth courts in their classes, a Philadelphia physician who is a recognized expert on trauma, the researcher who was the principal investigator on the youth court research released last year, and Widener and Temple law students who have developed training models for youth court.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the U.S. Attorneys Office, 615 Chestnut St. All attendees will have to go thru security clearance so it is suggested that you allow extra time to arrive at the conference room.

To register by phone, contact David Trevaskis at 717-571-7414.Register by email w/ Gabriele Miller-Wagner at gmw@pabar.org.

Trial of a Will Contest Case CLE April 24

Observe experienced litigators trying the case of a contested will with the use of vignettes at a Thursday, April 24 CLE program presented by the Probate and Trust Law Section.

You will hear the testimony of witnesses, watch effective and pointed cross-examination and hear the judge render a decision and explain the findings. You will also get a primer on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Wage and Hour Class/Collective Actions April 25

Peter Winebrake, regarded as one of the nation's most successful and prolific wage/overtime rights lawyers, will discuss wage and hour class/collective actions at the Friday, April 25 meeting of the HR and Employee Relations Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C., United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. Please RSVP to Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

Workers' Comp Martha Hampton Luncheon April 25

Philadelphia Magazine's David H. Lipson Jr. and Tom McGrath will be the guest speakers at the Workers' Compensation Section Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 25, where Frank J. Rubinate will be honored.

Rubinate, a partner at Baginski, Mezzanotte, Hasson & Rubinate, is being recognized for his tireless advocacy on behalf of clients, mentorship to associates, contributions as a CLE presenter and lecturer, and his generous, compassionate spirit.

Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch begins at 12 p.m. The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register.

Shareholder Disputes CLE April 28

Learn how to protect your client's interests when their dream business becomes a nightmare at the Monday, April 28 CLE program "Shareholder Disputes in Closely Held Corporations, Partnerships & LLCs."

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.

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.

Power Networking for Lawyers April 29

Phyllis Sisenwine, The Lawyers Coach, will present "Power Networking for Lawyers" at the Tuesday, April 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Commerce Court Reception April 29

The Business Litigation's Annual Commerce Court Reception is Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers and includes an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Registration is required by Friday, April 25. Click here to register.

Ethics in Attorney Advertising CLE April 29

The First Amendment provides for freedom of speech, but some speech is freer from government regulation than others. Where does lawyer advertising stand? Lawyers have a legitimate interest in informing prospective clients of their skills and expertise, don't they? To what lengths may lawyers go to market their services? To market them vividly? To market them memorably? To market them crassly? To what extent is imaginative advertising hemmed in by the rules of professional conduct, and to what extent are the rules of professional conduct hemmed in by the First Amendment?

The Criminal Justice Section's Tuesday, April 29 CLE program will examine and apply the ethical standards that regulate attorney advertising, using as examples some controversial high-profile TV commercials, such as attorney Jamie Casino's commercial that aired during the 2014 Super Bowl.

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 11:30 a.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.

Mayor's Chief of Staff Gillison to Speak May 1

Everett A. Gillison, Chief Of Staff to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, May 1 meeting of the City Policy Committee.

In addition to his duties as Chief of Staff, Everett also serves as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, overseeing the Police and Fire Departments, the Prison System, the Office of Emergency Management and the Mayor's Office of Reintegration Services.

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 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

X, Y, Zs of Real Estate Program Kick Off May 6

Carol Huff will kick off the the X,Y,Zs of Real Estate Program Series on Thursday, May 6 with "Learning to Love Your Lease."

Huff will share special hints and tips when it comes to understanding, negotiating and profiting from office building leases. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their office leases.

Having spent over 35 years in the commercial real estate business, Huff has saved her clients in the tens of millions of dollars of lease-related billings and prevented major problems from surfacing in the future once a lease is signed.

Huff has created a series of lectures targeted to help lawyers appreciate that there is much more to commercial real estate and office space than they would think. For the next year, Huff is hosting the quarterly X, Y, Zs of Real Estate Program Series as a benefit to Philadelphia Bar Association members. Program topics will vary and some will feature special guest presenters.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. 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.

Affordable Care Act and Workers' Comp CLE May 9

The Friday, May 9 Workers' Compensation Section CLE will address the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on injured workers and employers interplaying with the Workers' Compensation Act and Medicare.

The session will provide a background into how the Affordable Care Act came about and the unanticipated issues and consequences it has created. The course will also cover the impact of the Act on Workers' Compensation Claims and its interplay with Medicare/Medicaid.

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. and CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 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.

Superintendent on Future of Public Schools May 12

Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, will join members of the Young Lawyers Division for a discussion that will touch on issues of interest to Philadelphia's young lawyers that currently have or may soon have school-aged children on Monday, May 12.

Dr. Hite will speak about his Action Plan 2.0 and his vision for the future of Philadelphia's public schools, as well as field questions from those in attendance.

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. There is no cost if you wish to bring your own lunch but advance registration is required. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Dividing Employment-Based Marital Assets May 12

Certified Public Accountant Mitchell E. Benson will discuss dividing employment-based marital assets at the Monday, May 12 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Business Divorce CLE May 13

Disputes between the owners of privately held companies can lead to complex, expensive and heavily litigated breakups that can harm, or even destroy the business and its owners. In "business divorce," as in marital breakups, emotions are charged, loyalties conflict, and lives and finances are intermingled. Proper planning at various stages in a business life can help owners and their attorneys successfully negotiate this difficult transition.

Panelists in the Tuesday, May 13 Small Business Committee CLE "The Rise & Fall of Small Empires: Legal & Ethical Issues Surrounding Closely-held Companies at Times of Formation & Distress" will discuss the life cycle of a privately owned business, with a focus on managing attorney ethical issues at various stages in the cycle and drafting tips to minimize fallout in the event of founder disputes or break-ups.

The program has been approved for 1.5 CLE credits (0.5 substantive, 1 ethics). Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 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. and CLE 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 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Chancellor's Forum with Sam Katz on Documentary May 16

Join civic entrepreneur Sam Katz for a discussion of his newest venture as a documentary filmmaker at a Friday, May 16 Chancellor's Forum. In 2008, Katz realized that Philadelphia was the only large American city that lacked its own historical documentary programming. Since then, Katz has worked to build and expand History Making Productions (HMP), an Emmy-Award winning production studio.

HMP's first ongoing series, "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment," documents Philadelphia's expansive history, and will eventually cover 14 episodes. Katz has recently launched additional documentary ventures, including "The Women of Philadelphia." This six-part series will tell the history of the city through the lens of its women, and will focus on different civic sectors in which women have wielded influence and agency.

Sam will discuss the processes and factors involved in the creation of historical documentaries, and will screen a recent episode from "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment." A wine and cheese reception will follow the formal program.

The program is sponsored by LawPay. The program begins at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The reception follows at 5 p.m. The cost of the event is $15 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $25 for non-members. Click here to register.

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Registration is available at philabenchbar.com.

Full conference early-bird registration rates are $379 for members and $229 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Early bird registration is available until Friday, Sept. 19. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. After Sept. 19, registration rates increase by $70.

Special Borgata hotel room rates are available for our Conference attendees. A rate of $189 (plus tax) for a king room is available Friday, Oct. 17 and a limited number of king rooms are available at $109 (plus tax) Thursday, Oct. 16 and $249 (plus tax) for Saturday, Oct. 18. You must be a registered attendee of the Conference to receive this group rate. Once you are registered for the Conference, you will receive instructions on how to reserve your room.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Projects and Programming Advisor to the Chancellor, is chair of the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include US Legal Support, Robert Half Legal, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Robson Forensic and USI Affinity. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

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

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.

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.

Full and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the academic year at one of the following six institutions are eligible to enter: Drexel University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Candidates must submit a law review quality submission on Civil Gideon.

The winning author will receive a cash award of $1,500 and serve as an intern, within six months of receiving the award, for 40 hours, on a pro bono basis, to assist the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with its endeavors through the Philadelphia Civil Gideon Task Force, the state-wide Access to Civil Justice Coalition and/or future statewide Access to Civil Justice Commission, or will serve on another pro bono project of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation, such as service to the Public School System of Philadelphia.

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. For a complete list of rules please visit philabarfoundation.org. Please direct additional questions to Merril Zebe, Public Interest Coordinator for the Delivery of Legal Services Committee at mzebe@philabar.org. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. by email on Wednesday, May 9. Please send submission to Cecelia Driscoll at info@philabarfoundation.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.

Upon Further Review Seeks Article Submissions

Upon Further Review is the Philadelphia Bar Association's online legal news publication. The purpose of Upon Further Review is to provide relevant, timely, and substantive legal news and analysis from the members of the Bar, for the members of the Bar. Each month, Upon Further Review showcases articles on relevant topics and provides news and analysis that covers all aspects of the law, from trends to trials, from case analysis to opinion pieces.

You are invited to submit articles for consideration. Original materials, previously unpublished, are required and can be submitted on a rolling basis. Upon Further Review is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

For more information or to submit article ideas, please contact Amy J. Seefeld, Senior Staff Counsel, Public and Legal Services, 215-238-6369 or aseefeld@philabar.org.

Hispanic Bar to Honor Duffy April 24

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will recognize Tom Duffy for his dedication to justice by awarding him the 13th annual La Justicia award on Thursday, April 24. The ceremony and reception will take place at at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Law Library, Room 600, City Hall Philadelphia PA 19107. The entrance to City Hall is on the Northeast corner of the building. There is no fee to attend the event. Please RSVP to Will Gonzalez, president of the HBA of PA, at will.gonzalez@ceibaphiladelphia.org or 215-634-7245

Chief Judge McKee to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 9

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.), a longtime jurist on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and now a distinguished neutral with Dispute Resolution Institute, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event.

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.

Judge McKee was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994, and became chief judge on May 4, 2010. The former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton.

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. The June Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Click here to purchase tickets.

National Constitution Center Programs of Interest

All of the following programs will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. For tickets and information, call 215-409-6700 or visit constitutioncenter.org.

Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. - Justice John Paul Stevens: Amending the Constitution
Don't miss the only opportunity to hear retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens discuss his new book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, drawing from his three plus decades on the Court.

Monday, May 5, 6 p.m. - From Suffrage to Workplace Equality
Jeffrey Rosen moderates a conversation with prominent scholars Nancy Cott of Harvard University, Neil Siegel of Duke University School of Law, and Yale Law School's Reva Siegel, on the evolution of the 19th Amendment from suffrage to present day.

Wednesday, June 4, 1:30 p.m. – The History of the Second Amendment
Attorney Alan Gura, NYU's Michael Waldman, and UCLA's Adam Winkler sit down with Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion about the Second Amendment—from the time of our Founding Fathers through present day - drawing from Waldman's new book "The Second Amendment: A Biography."

Monday, June 16, 12 p.m. – The Meaning of the Fourth Amendment in a Digital Age
Just weeks before the Supreme Court's decisions on United States v. Wurie and California v. Riley, Jeffrey Rosen will convene a panel, including Stanford Law School Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, a lead attorney in one of the cases.

Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. – David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. the Supreme Court
Two of the nation's most prominent lawyers, David Boies and Theodore Olson, relive their five-year journey to marriage equality in California, from Proposition 8's adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land.

Upcoming Public Interest Programs, Trainings

• The Women's Law Project will hold its 4th Annual Myra Bradwell Award Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, April 24 at Morris Cafe at Duane Morris, LLP, 30 S. 17th St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Gov. Edward Rendell will present the Myra Bradwell Award to Kate Michelman, who served as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America for nearly 20 years. Pre-registration will be required to attend this event. Click here for registration information.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present its Volunteers Training Workshop, "How To Handle A Child Abuse Case," Wednesday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor. This is a full-day, 6-CLE credit course, 1 of which may be applied toward ethics CLE credit. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz at jschatz@advokid.org or 267-546-9228. Register online at pbi.org.

• HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Golden Door Awards Event Wednesday, April 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. The keynote speaker is Steven Roberts, renowned author, reporter and academic. The 2014 Golden Door Award Winners are Immigration IMPACT Project of the Pro Bono Counsel; Lori Alexander, HIAS Pennsylvania Staff Member; Adele and Irwin Lipton, HIAS Pennsylvania Past Presidents; and Ludy Soderman, The School District of Philadelphia. This event will feature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, live music, photobooth, and a craft display by local refugee artists. Tickets are $150 each ($80 per ticket for nonprofit employees and friends under age 35) and may be purchased online at by clicking here.

• The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will celebrate its fifth anniversary Tuesday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kimmel Center, South Broad Street. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party catered by Jose Garces in the Second Floor Lounge, featuring music by Standard Time Jazz. The program, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Perelman Theater, will feature the premiere of a short documentary film focusing on the cost of eyewitness misidentification as illustrated by the case of Eugene Gilyard. The film is produced by the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, and a showing of the rough cut of the film will be followed by remarks by Eugene, who was freed in November 2013 after 15 years of imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. For more information and to register, visit innocenceprojectpa.org, or the Kimmel Center box office.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training on Deed Transfer on Friday, May 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market Street, Suite 3500E. Training materials and lunch will be provided. Participants will receive one substantive CLE credit in exchange for taking a VIP case within six months. To register, visit phillyvip.org.

• The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the PBA Pro Bono Seminar "Making a Difference 2014," on Tuesday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (a networking breakfast will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m. in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mechanicsburg). The morning session (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) will be presented live in Philadelphia at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Philadelphia, and simulcast to Mechanicsburg; the afternoon session (1 to 4:30 p.m.) will be presented live in Mechanicsburg and simulcast to Philadelphia. The entire session will be simulcast to a number of locations throughout the state. This program offers 6 total CLE credits, 2 of which may be applied toward Ethics. This program will begin with an Ethics Session on Access to Justice, featuring remarks by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and a panel discussion on the statewide hearings held by state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Other sessions include the State of Pro Bono in Pennsylvania; Immigration Law Pro Bono for the Non-Immigration Lawyer; Don’t Shut Me Off: the PUC Utility Clinic; Pro Bono Week 2014: Serving Those Who Serve (Ethics); and Job Readiness: Establishing a Statewide Pro Bono Expungement Program. Online registration is available at pbi.org.

• Community Legal Services 25th Annual Breakfast of Champions, a gift from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, will be held Wednesday, May 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Broad and Locust Streets. This year's event will honor community leader and philanthropist Alan M. Feldman, with the 2014 Champion of Justice Award and will recognize the following individuals who will receive the 2014 Equal Justice Award: Dennisse Bones (Community Legal Services, Inc.), James A. Francis, Esq. (Francis & Mailman PC), and Marilyn Heffley, Esq. (Reed Smith LLP). The keynote speaker will be U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. This stewardship event is by invitation only and recognizes donors to Community Legal Services' annual Bar Campaign. To make a gift to the Bar Campaign or for more event information, please contact Lisa Verges at lverges@clsphila.org or 215-981-3743.

• Philadelphia VIP will host its 19th Annual Summer Pro Bono Program, an event geared toward law school students at the inception of their careers to introduce them not only to the mission of Philadelphia VIP, but to poverty at large and the critical legal needs of many Philadelphians. The program will be held at Thursday, June 5 at Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 10th floor, Wanamaker Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, visit phillyvip.org.

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: Minimizing Estate Taxes

In this month's interview, we sat down with Greg Klipstein, wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®, to review the three broad categories of taxes that affect many wealthy families - federal transfer tax, state death tax, and federal income tax.Click here to read the entire article.

Fundamentals of Estate Planning April 23

Discover how the estate planning process comes together as you examine each step, from the initial client interview through execution of the plan. Failing to consider income tax consequences, inconsistent beneficiary designations and failure to review an existing estate plan are just a few of the common pitfalls that can cause the best laid plans to go awry. Don’t let your clients fall into these traps. This program will examine familiar estate planning blunders and help you to spot them before trouble arises. This 6 CLE credit program, including ethics, will be held Wednesday, April 23, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Wednesday, April 23
Fundamentals of Estate Planning
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Effective Depositions of Financial and Economic Experts
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Your Employee’s "New" Family: An Updated Guide To LGBT Employee Benefits, Including Family Leave, Health, Retirement, Taxes And Visas
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 24
People Skills for Attorneys: Powerful Tools for Achieving Results
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Trial of a Will Contest Case
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, April 25
17th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

20th Annual Auto Law Update (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Androids for Lawyers
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, April 28
15th Annual legal Issues in an Age of Aging
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shareholder Disputes in Closely Held Corporations, Partnerships & LLCs
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Solving Legal Issues Across the Life Cycle of the Successful Real Estate Development Project
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29
Ethics Potpourri - An Old, Dead Poet's Take on Justice, Mercy & Getting Mine: A Lawyer's Life and The Merchant of Venice
1 ethics CLE credit
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The Logic & Rhetoric of Taking Great Depositions
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Handle Small and Insolvent Estates
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Linkedout and MisTweeted: Ethical Uses of Social Networking in Marketing Your Law Practice
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Being Tech Savvy is Now the Rule
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Ethical Dilemmas in the Age of Social Media
1 ethics CLE credit
3 to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - The Success Formula - A Risk Management Approach to Avoid Personal and Professional Impairment
1 ethics CLE credit
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Jury Process in Criminal Cases
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Fee Practices, Pointers & Traps of Fee Agreements (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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


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