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April 25, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 18
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2016

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2016 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Margolis Edelstein
  • Ronald A. Clearfield & Associates, P.C.
  • Schaff & Young, P.C.


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations…READ MORE


Bench-Bar & Annual Conference - Harrahs Resort | Atlantic City

Registration Opening Soon: Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sept. 23-24

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City…READ MORE

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Lateral Moves: Ethical & Legal Consequences Changing Firm April 27

First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Thanks to an overwhelming response from membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, April 27th, has been filled.

Please join for a video encore on one of three additional convenient dates and times: Wednesday, May 4 (afternoon); Thursday, May 5 (evening); or Saturday, May 7 (morning).

Join for a two-hour in-depth discussion of the legal and ethical obligations relating to lateral mobility and firm growth…READ MORE

CLE - The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods April 29

Ripped from the headlines of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and People Magazine, the Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer" has been the talk of the legal community, as well as traditional pop culture circles and social media across the country…READ MORE

CLE - Maximizing Your Board Leadership May 12

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program

Young lawyers are very desirable and essential board members. In considering board service, it is critical to understand the board culture and the expectations for leadership…READ MORE

Embrace Change: Women in the Profession Committee Meeting Featuring Phyllis Sisenwine April 26

Join the Women in the Profession Committee for "Embrace Change! New Strategies = Increased Productivity" with Phyllis Sisenwine in the 10th Floor Board Room on Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m.…READ MORE

SABA Philadelphia to Host Deepa Iyer April 27

SABA Philadelphia will host author and activist Deepa Iyer at Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore Bezar on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m.…READ MORE

Annual Commerce Court Reception April 28

You are cordially invited to the Annual Commerce Court Reception hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m…READ MORE

Brooks Brothers Event for All Members May 3

Brooks Brothers invites all Philadelphia Bar Association members to a special spring shopping event at its Center City retail location on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Discover Brooks Brothers' new women's collection by Creative Director Zac Posen and view their spring menswear collection. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a 25 percent savings during the event…READ MORE



Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 20

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Philadelphia Bar Association are collaborating this year to engage the legal community in promoting access to justice and other shared priorities. You are invited to team up and strongly support equal justice in Philadelphia, while networking and competing in good fun at the 28th Golf & Tennis Classic at Waynesborough Country Club on June 20, 2016…READ MORE

Join a Philadelphia Bar Association Committee: Law Practice Management Committee

The Law Practice Management Committee is soliciting for ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Gina Furia Rubel, chair, Law Practice Management Committee, with any questions.

Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life…READ MORE

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Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life.

Rule 1.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct provides that "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client." Inherent in being a competent attorney is the skill of a lawyer to be mindful and centered. The Business Law Section Mindfulness at the Bar Program will provide members an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of practicing law mindfully.

Mindfulness for lawyers promotes more effective, sustainable work relationships that can positively impact the justice system. Traditional legal training focuses on overcoming external challenges. Mindfulness is an awareness of life in the present moment creating the opportunity to pause, breathe and connect with oneself in order to moderate reactions and respond thoughtfully to clients and colleagues. For the same reasons, practicing mindfulness in law enhances the capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in interpersonal interactions. Mindfulness can be another tool to enable better focus on and enjoyment of work.

Here is a look at some of the forthcoming programs in the series:

  • Introduction to the Mindful Practice of Law:
    The pressures of legal practice are significant, and lawyers need tools to deal with the pressures they face in order to perform optimally and enjoy their professional and personal lives fully. You will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness, as well as some concrete ideas to help you begin to integrate a stress-reducing mindset into your everyday work life.
  • Mindful Decision Making:
    Learn the definitions of mindful decision-making and how it leads to ethical decision-making. Learn how to make decisions more easily, naturally, peacefully and successfully by giving up stressful decision-making attitudes.
  • Leading Mindfully:
    Learn the definition of mindful leadership, the power to inspire others to follow by leading consciously and unselfishly. Explore the ingredients to mindful leadership including courage, charisma, enthusiasm and non-judgmental awareness.
  • Mindfulness in Practice:
    Practice mindfulness in small groups dealing with various scenarios such as a client meeting, a negotiation, a pro bono representation, even a session between a partner and an associate regarding feedback.

CLE credit will be offered for eligible programs.

The Business Law Section will also provide members with a resource page on the Philadelphia Bar Association website for more information and new ideas. The Section looks forward to seeing you at the programs.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Katayun I. Jaffari, chair, Business Law Section, at jaffarik@ballardspahr.com.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Voting Rights: Where We Came From & Where We Are Going April 22

Co-Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

This timely and informative CLE program was organized by the Civil Rights Committee.

The right to vote is core to our nation's democratic process. From poll taxes and voter ID requirements to the Fifteenth Amendment granting suffrage to African Americans and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law has both restricted and expanded people's rights and ability to vote.

In light of the upcoming election, join our panelists on a discussion of past, present and possible future voting rights issues locally and nationally, including the Voting Rights Act, Voter ID, and felon disenfranchisement.

Expert panelists discuss:

  • The effects of the Supreme Court's invalidation of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act
  • The growth of state voter identification laws and their impact on voting access
  • The denial of the right to vote for those convicted of felonies and its result on the political process
  • The ability to enact or implement necessary updates to Pennsylvania's Election Code, such as electronic voter registration, no-fault absentee balloting and early voting

The Civil Rights Committee would like to thank the following additional co-hosts that promote the importance of advocating for Voter Rights: the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Public Interest Section and the South Asian Bar Association (SABA Philly).

Voting Rights: Where We Came From and Where We Are Going
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

CLE - Lateral Moves: Ethical & Legal Consequences Changing Firm April 27

First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Thanks to an overwhelming response from our membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, April 27, has been filled.

Please join us for a video encore on one of three additional convenient dates and times: Wednesday, May 4 (afternoon); Thursday, May 5 (evening); or Saturday, May 7 (morning).

Join for a two-hour in-depth discussion of the legal and ethical obligations relating to lateral mobility and firm growth. This CLE program will address: current ethics opinions on point, the relevant Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, the latest case law and best practices for the moving lawyers and their future and former law firms.

CLE - The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, Their Brain Function and Interrogation Methods April 29

Ripped from the headlines of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and People Magazine, the Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer" has been the talk of the legal community, as well as traditional pop culture circles and social media across the country.

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were convicted of the murder of a young photographer in Manitowoc, Wis. Avery was sentenced to life without parole and Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with first parole eligibility in 2048. Dassey was 16-years-old when he was brought to police headquarters and interrogated without counsel and confessed to complicity with Avery.

This program is a two-hour in-depth analysis of this docuseries examining interrogation methods of juveniles and their brain function. Actual videotape footage of Dassey's interrogation will be shown. The panel includes Dr. Laurence Steinberg, distinguished professor, Temple University Department of Psychology and nationally recognized expert on adolescent development and neuroscience; Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel, Juvenile Law Center; Professor Louis M. Natali, Jr., Temple University School of Law; and others.

The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods
2 SUB
2-4:15 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

CLE - Maximizing Your Board Leadership May 12

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program

Young lawyers are very desirable and essential board members. In considering board service, it is critical to understand the board culture and the expectations for leadership.

This session will explore the due diligence necessary to ensure a productive board experience and good board stewardship.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Due diligence and expectations for service
  • Effectiveness of board meetings
  • Distinguishing between strategy and tactics
  • Talent management and succession planning

Maximizing Your Board Leadership
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Embrace Change: Women in the Profession Committee Meeting Featuring Phyllis Sisenwine April 26

Join the Women in the Profession Committee for "Embrace Change! New Strategies = Increased Productivity" with Phyllis Sisenwine in the 10th Floor Board Room on Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m.

If you want to build your practice and bring in more income, you need a plan to ensure you're focused and intentional in all aspects of your work. In this engaging, informative and content rich program you will learn:

  • Practical advice to improve your efficiency and productivity
  • The 3 P's to structuring the ideal week
  • Effective strategies to increase your confidence
  • Ways to improve your productivity
  • How to create a plan of action to make it a great year
  • A proven follow-up system to maximize your time and referrals

Sisenwine is a Master Certified Coach. She has earned an international reputation as "The Lawyer's Coach" for her success in helping lawyers and law firms improve performance and increase profitability.

For more information and to register, click here.

SABA Philadelphia to Host Deepa Iyer April 27

SABA Philadelphia will host author and activist Deepa Iyer at Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore Bezar on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Iyer will discuss her new book which was recently listed on the American Library Association's top 10 books in multicultural non-fiction. The Library Journal calls "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future" "[a] welcome addition to the growing literature of race, ethnicity, and religion from the perspectives of immigrant groups within the United States. Both the general public and policymakers will benefit."

Iyer currently serves as senior fellow at The Center for Social Inclusion, and has held various positions in non-profit, academic and government agencies. She was the executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together for a decade, an activist-in-residence at the University of Maryland's Asian American Studies program and a trial attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

There is no cost to attend the event, and the first 10 attendees will receive a free copy of Iyer's book. Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore Bezar is located at 2000 Market St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia.

International Business Initiative Committee Meeting April 28

The International Business Initiative will host a presentation from Jan Milbourne, a businessman and missionary in Creel, Mexico, on Medego de Mexico, a business that sells arts and crafts made by indigenous people, and the Milbourne Foundation International, a nonprofit that works to preserve indigenous people and their environment, in the 10th Floor Board Room on Thursday, April 28 at 12 p.m.

He will tell stories of the business, trials he has faced, how he has helped indigenous people regain their land and preserve their culture and more.

For more information and to egister, click here.

Annual Commerce Court Reception April 28

You are cordially invited to the Annual Commerce Court Reception hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. This year's reception will honor current Commerce Court judges Hon. Patricia A. McInerney, Supervising Judge; Hon. Ramy I. Djerassi; Hon. Gary S. Glazer; and former Commerce Court judge Hon. Pamela P. Dembe. Registration includes a reception with an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

The Westin Philadelphia Hotel is located at 99 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. Registration is required by Friday, April 22. For more information and to register, click here.

Brooks Brothers Event for All Members May 3

Brooks Brothers invites all Philadelphia Bar Association members to a special spring shopping event at its Center City retail location on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Discover Brooks Brothers' new women's collection by Creative Director Zac Posen and view their spring menswear collection. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a 25 percent savings during the event.*

Meet with Principal Women's Stylist Stacy Wallace-Albert.

Brooks Brothers will donate 10 percent of net sales made during this event to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.**

Brooks Brothers is located at 1513 Walnut St., Philadelphia. RSVP to brooksevents@brooksbrothers.com.

*May not be combined with Student, Military or Corporate Membership discounts. Excludes charitable items, made to measure and special order clothing purchases and applies to select watches and select Brooks Brothers shoe styles only. Discount may not be applied
toward taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming and engraving, alterations or personalization. Not valid on previous purchases
or for the purchase of gift cards. If you return some or all merchandise, the dollar value of this promotion is not refunded or credited back to your account. Void where prohibited by law. No cash value except where prohibited, then the cash value is 1/100 cent.
**10% of net sales (total sales less returns processed during this promotional period) will be donated by Brooks Brothers to the
Philadelphia Bar Foundation. No portion of the purchase price is deductible by the customer. The official registration and financial
information of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within
Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

SeniorLAW Center Gala May 4

You are cordially invited to the SeniorLAW Center Gala at The Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. At this year's gala, SeniorLAW Center will again honor "6 over 60," remarkable older Pennsylvanians whose efforts have had a profound impact on the community and other advocates for elder justice. Click here to see the honorees.

You are also invited to considering sponsoring this year's gala. Sponsors enjoy numerous benefits and recognition, including invitations to the gala and prominent sponsor logo placement in the gala event book, at the venue and on the website. In addition, your message will reach over 3,000 members of the legal, aging, social service, health care and other professional communities.Click here to view the sponsorship information.

The Crystal Tea Room is located in the Wanamaker Building at 100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Deadline May 13: 2016 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition

Submissions are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2016 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition. Law review-quality submissions may be on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The first place award winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and publication in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine and on the Association’s website. The award will be presented at an Association event.

The competition is open to full-time and part-time law students in their second or third year at one of the following institutions: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus).

For a complete list of rules, please click here. Please direct additional questions to Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr. at (215) 907-7903 or chiacchio@thclaw.com. Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Please send submissions to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or to dpetit@philabar.org.

Award Noms. Due May 13: Philadelphia Bar Foundation Annual Benefit Nov. 5

Join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to celebrate the Philadelphia legal community's support of access to justice and to recognize the outstanding work of the region's legal aid organizations at its Annual Benefit at the Independence Seaport Museum on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The Foundation will also honor the winners of the Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award while enjoying a night of great food, drink and dancing on the scenic waterfront.

For more information, please contact Baruch Kintisch, director of marketing and development, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, at (215) 238-6334 or bkintisch@philabar.org.

Click here to submit your award nominations before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

Barristers' Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala May 21

The Barristers' Association invites you to this year's Awards and Scholarship Gala at the Top of the Tower on Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m. The Barristers' are committed to advancing diversity in the profession by strengthening the pipeline of talented attorneys of color who are building a brighter and more skilled profession. This year, they will present the J. Austin Norris Award to Kenneth Murphy, the A. Leon Higginbotham Award to Hon. Karen Y. Simmons, and the Cecil B. Moore Award to the Thurgood Mathews.

Top of the Tower is located at Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor, Philadelphia. Individual tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased online here. For questions about the event, contact V. Amanda Witts.

Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 20

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Philadelphia Bar Association are collaborating this year to engage the legal community in promoting access to justice and other shared priorities. You are invited to team up and strongly support equal justice in Philadelphia, while networking and competing in good fun at the 28th Golf & Tennis Classic at Waynesborough Country Club on June 20, 2016. All Sections and Committees of the Association are encouraged to identify four members to participate as a foursome in the Classic. And if your firm or company is associated with a former Chancellor or past Foundation President, we invite you to take part as a Hole Sponsor. Tennis sponsors and players are also welcome. Contact Baruch Kintisch, director of marketing and development, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, with any questions at 215-238-6334 or bkintisch@philabar.org. For more information or to register for The Classic online, visit the event webpage here.

Registration Opening Soon: Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sept. 23-24

New Venue for 2016!

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

The Association is proud to be hosting the 2016 Bench-Bar at the new, world-class $125 million Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's Resort. An additional 100,000 square feet of meeting space makes the Waterfront Conference Center the largest meeting facility of its kind from Baltimore to Boston.

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.

For more information, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

New Member Benefits from Brooks Brothers, Zipcar, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Verizon, Best Buy, Expedia, and More

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Brooks Brothers

All Philadelphia Bar members have the opportunity to enroll for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card. As a Brooks Brothers Corporate Member, you will receive an everyday 15 percent savings* on full-priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at Brooks.Brothers.com.

How can you start receiving this wonderful benefit today?

Members can login to Member Benefits and view instructions and discount code.

* Valid on full priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at BrooksBrothers.com (for shipments to U.S. or Canada only).  In order to receive your discount online, your billing and shipping address must match the address provided when enrolling for a Corporate Membership Card.  Please present your membership card to receive your discount in stores.  Use of this card constitutes acceptance of all published Corporate Membership program terms and conditions.  Discount cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion and does not apply to taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming, engraving, alterations or personalization.  Excludes charitable items and gift card purchases, Made to Measure and Special Order clothing purchases and applies to select watches and select Brooks Brothers shoe styles only.  No adjustment on previous or future purchases.  If you return all or some of the merchandise, the dollar value of this discount will not be refunded or credited to your account.  This Program may be modified or cancelled by Brooks Brothers at any time.  For member assistance please call Corporate Incentive Services toll-free at 1.866.515.4747, M-F 9am – 5 pm, ET.  For store locations please visit www.BrooksBrothers.com/stores.

BrooksBrothers

Zipcar

Philadelphia Bar Association members receive discounted rates on Zipcar membership! This allows members to get reduced rates on their new or existing Zipcar memberships. With hybrids, sedans, minivans, cargo vans and pickups available by the hour or the day, Zipcar is a great solution to all your driving needs.

A member perk that keeps giving:

  • No Application Fee
  • Half Price Annual Membership (only $35)

Current discounted weekday rates:

  • Discounted Hourly Rate: starting at $8.75
  • Business Day Rate (7 a.m.-7 p.m.): $59
  • 24-Hour Day Rate: $69

Zipcar includes gasoline, insurance and 180 miles.

Join today. Simply fill out the online application here. Use the promo code PHLBAR16 to receive $25 in driving credit. Promo code expires April 30, 2016 and is good for two weeks after redemption.

Already a member? Give us a call at 1-866-4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227) and select option No. 2 for account assistance, followed by option No. 1 for billing. Let the agent know you'd like to be added to the Philadelphia Bar Association – Members affiliate. Alternatively, you can contact Michael McFarland at mmcfarland@zipcar.com with your existing Zipcard #.

See you on the road soon,

The Zipcar for Business Team

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Take $10 off Rodizio dinner per person Sunday – Thursday (regular price or group packages#&41;. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupons. Chima offers free valet parking. To get this discount please give your business card to your server and mention "CPP-BarAssociation." This offer is valid at Chima Philadelphia only. To learn more about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, click here.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Located in the historic and iconic PSFS building, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a historically modern 4-diamond hotel providing the business and leisure traveler a sophisticated and luxury experience. Providing the most impressive views in the city, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel recently completed a full renovation to include the popular neighborhood restaurant, Bank & Bourbon. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located in the heart of Center City surrounded by hundreds of restaurant options, historic landmarks and a variety of shopping. Loews Philadelphia Hotel is currently offering a special rate to all Philadelphia Bar Association members, featuring 20% off the rate of the day. Visit Member Benefits for full details.

New Benefits from NPP

Take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers now available to Philadelphia Bar Association members through National Purchasing Partners (NPP).

NPP negotiates discounted pricing from prominent companies to help Association members save money on their everyday purchases. Products include wireless service, travel, furniture and more.

This program is free and there is no obligation to purchase. Some of our vendor partners include Expedia, DocuSign, Best Buy and, if eligible, Verizon Wireless.

To learn more about the discounts now available to you and your firm, enroll with NPP today. Once you submit your registration you will receive a confirmation email and be contacted by an NPP representative to explain how the program works.

For help registering or questions regarding discounts, please contact: (800) 810-3909 or customerservice@mynpp.com.

Lenovo

Spring forward with a new Lenovo PC! April showers you with instant savings up to 24 percent off select innovative technologies, accessories and more from the No. 1 PC maker in the world! If for home or home-office use, Lenovo has the smart device for every user! Shop now and save!

Visit www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 7040 (M-F: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST, Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST).

UPS

The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to bring its members valuable discounts on products and services you need, and is excited to announce the UPS® Savings Program! Plus get 50%* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll!* Make the most out of your membership and take advantage of competitive rates on UPS® shipping services. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for an affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of speed, reliability and cost.

Save on a broad portfolio of UPS shipping services for you and your business, including:

  • Up to 34%* on UPS Air letters
  • Up to 30%* on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)
  • Up to 32%* on UPS International imports and exports
  • Up to 18%* on UPS® Ground shipments
  • Savings begin at 75%* on UPS Freight® LTL shipments over 150 lbs.
  • 50%* on UPS Next Day Air®, UPS Next Day Saver®, UPS Worldwide Express® export, UPS Worldwide Saver® export, and UPS Worldwide Expedited® export shipments for up to four weeks after you enroll.*

You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save.

Take advantage of this valuable member benefit today. To enroll and start saving, or if you have any questions, call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST or visit savewithups.com/philadelphiabar/.

Enrollment in the UPS Savings Program is free for Philadelphia Bar Association members, with no fees or minimum shipping requirements. Once you are signed up, using UPS is easy. Shipments can be processed online and dropped off at any of the 60,000 drop-off points. Or for added convenience, schedule a same-day or future pickup at 1-800-PICK-UPS®.

*Introductory Program discounts will be applied to accounts for Weeks 1 through 4 on the UPS Savings Program. Week 1 includes the date that discounts are applied. Weeks are calculated Sunday through Saturday.

Avis®/Budget® Car Rental

Drive on up to 25 percent off Avis base rates plus other great offers. Life is nonstop. We're here to keep you moving. From the car to the accessories, choose what best fits you and your trip. So when you drive off, you'll be ready for whatever the journey brings. As Philadelphia Bar Association members you always receive up to 25 percent off your rental when you use AWD# D423501, plus enjoy additional offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade or a free weekend day. With a complimentary membership in Avis Preferred®, you'll travel better, save time and gain access to exclusive offers. Skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight to your car. Visit avis.com/PhiladelphiaBar or call 1-800-331-1212 to make a reservation. Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty.

Adventure awaits. Save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates plus get other sweet deals. When you rent a car, you shouldn't need a handbook. Why not choose simple, smart and easy on the wallet? Then you can focus on getting there and having fun doing it. As Philadelphia Bar Association members you always save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates with offer code (BCD) D836601, plus get other great offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade or a free weekend day. Plus with a complimentary membership in Budget Fastbreak, enjoy our fastest, easiest rental experience! Visit budget.com/PhiladelphiaBar or call 1-800-527-0700 to make a reservation. Budget Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 3,350 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 1,650 locations.

Office Depot

Purchasing office supplies and equipment from Office Depot, members save at least 10 percent off the web price on a wide variety of high-quality office supplies, including paper, organizational products, calendars and planners, ink/toner, computer accessories, furniture and more.

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.

Reedman-Toll Auto World

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 your 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 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.

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Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses



The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

April 26
Technology Issues for Small and Midsize Law Firms
1 SUB/1 ETH
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

April 27
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.
2 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Registration is full. Please see other convenient dates (May 4, 5 or 7) for a video encore.

April 28
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 1):: Lead Yourself - Lead Your Clients
3 SUB-Video
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

April 28
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 2):: Lead Your Firm - Lead Your Community
FREE with the purchase of ABA Lead Law Leadership Training Part 1 at 9 a.m.
3 SUB-Video
12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 12 p.m.

April 29
The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods
2 SUB
2-4:15 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

April 30
Bridge the Gap
4 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

May 4
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO ENCORE - First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members
2 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

May 5
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO ENCORE - First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members
2 ETH
5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and registration begin at 5 p.m.

May 7
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO ENCORE - First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members
2 ETH
9-11 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.

May 11
Hoarding Intervention and Response: Strategic Approaches for Addressing the Person and the Stuff
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

May 12
Maximizing Your Board Leadership
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

May 13
Litigating Cases Involving Uninsured Employers
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

May 19
2016 Eminent Domain Update: Recent Decisions and Developments in Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

June 8
2016 Hot Topics in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Taxes
Wine and cheese refrehments will be served.
2 SUB
4-6 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

June 14
HIPAA, Data Breach and Discovery
Happy hour immediately following CLE
2 SUB
3-5 p.m. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by:

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June 20
Philadelphia Bar Foundation 28th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic CLE: Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis
1 ETH
Waynesboro Country Club, 440 Darby-Paoli Rd., Paoli, Pa.
Program starts at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE at 4 p.m. Registration for video encore begins at 3:30 p.m.

For questions regarding Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, contact Director of Continuing Legal Education Tara D. Phoenix at 215-238-6349 or tphoenix@philabar.org.

Public Interest Organization Events

Philadelphia VIP Training Session April 29

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training on the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program at Fox Rothschild LLP on April 29 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. Bob Lukens, an expert attorney in foreclosure, and Tony Abata, a housing counselor, will lead the training.

Fox Rothschild LLP is located at 2000 Market St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.phillyvip.org

Barristers' 2016 Life Planning Clinic April 30

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., in partnership with SeniorLAW Center, will be holding its 2016 Life Planning Clinic assisting low income Philadelphia seniors with wills, living wills and powers of attorney at the West Philadelphia Community Senior Center on Saturday, April 30.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email phillybarristers@gmail.com for details on the clinic and, for first time volunteers, on the pre-clinic training being held on April 19. The West Philadelphia Community Senior Center is located at 1016 N. 41st St., Philadelphia.

Nationalities Service Center's Global Tastes 2016 May 3

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) invites you to attend Global Tastes 2016, an evening of delicious food and great music in celebration of the diverse international communities, at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center on Tuesday, May 3 from 6-9 p.m. At this event, John Chou, executive vice president and general counsel of AmerisourceBergen, will be honored as the winner of the annual Nationalities Service Center Award, given to an immigrant or a child of immigrants who demonstrates the extraordinary value that new Americans bring to this country and state. The event will also honor Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes (ret.) and the American Red Cross of Eastern PA for their pro-bono support of NSC's medical interpreter training program.

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is located at 100 North Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.globaltastes.org.

Philadelphia VIP Volunteer Attorney Training May 5

Philadelphia VIP will host a volunteer attorney training session on Probating Estates at Duane Morris LLP on Thursday, May 5 from 12-2:15 p.m.

Duane Morris LLP is located at 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. For more information or to register online, visit www.phillyvip.org.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project Annual Celebration May 11

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will host its Annual Celebration at WHYY Studios on Wednesday, May 11 from 6-9 p.m. The celebration will begin with a cocktail party. The program will feature Kenneth Thompson, district attorney for Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn), recognized nationally for the creation of his office's highly successful Conviction Review Unit (CRU). Thompson will receive the Hero of Justice Award; Bradley Bridge, Defender Association of Philadelphia, will receive the Maureen Rowley Award; and the Edward D. Ohlbaum Volunteer Award will be presented to Jeffrey Bresch and Katelyn Matscherz, Jones Day. Tickets cost $150 each ($50 per ticket for public interest attorneys).

The WHYY Studios are located at 150 N. 6th St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register, visit innocenceprojectpa.org.

Equal Justice Conference May 12-14

The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and National Legal Aid & Defender Association will co-sponsor the Equal Justice Conference at the Palmer House on May 12-14. The Equal Justice Conference joins all components of the civil legal aid community to discuss issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals. The conference includes inspiring keynote speakers and multiple networking opportunities.

The Palmer House is located at 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago. To register, please visit www.americanbar.org.

Mazzoni Center Elixir Gala May 20

Mazzoni Center will host its annual celebration and fundraiser Elixir: the Cure for the Common Gala at Lubert Plaza, Jefferson University, on Friday, May 20 from 5:30-10 p.m. This event includes live entertainment, delicious food, an open bar and a silent auction. All proceeds will help support Mazzoni Center’s move to its new location at Broad and Bainbridge streets in the summer of 2017.

Lubert Plaza, Jefferson University, is located at 1001 Locust St., Philadelphia. To purchase tickets online, visit www.mazzonicenter.org/elixir-2016.

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