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April 27, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 34
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Take Bar Association Poll
on Judges Seeking Retention in
Nov. Election Through May 1

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is conducting a poll concerning the qualifications of those judges seeking retention in November 2015. Click here to take the poll...READ MORE
 

Take Poll on Judges Seeking Retention Through May 1

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is conducting a poll concerning the qualifications of those judges seeking retention in November 2015. Click here to take the poll.

The results of this poll will be anonymous as they are considered by the Commission along with other pertinent information developed in its investigation. The Commission will report its findings and recommendations to the Philadelphia Bar and to the public.

Again this year, we are also conducting an interim poll relating to Judges in the Court of Common Pleas in the fourth year of their terms and Municipal Court Judges in the second year of their terms. This interim poll is being conducted strictly for the information of the individual judges and will not be disseminated to the public.

This poll will remain available for completion until 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, May 1, 2015.

By responding to this questionnaire with the utmost care and candor, you will be doing your part in our effort to assure an independent, able and effective judiciary for our city. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding the poll, please contact the Association's director of public and legal services Charles Klitsch, Esq., at cklitsch@philabar.org or (215) 238-6326.

Law Week Events Run Through May 1

The Philadelphia Bar Association will celebrate Law Week 2015 (Monday, April 27-Friday, May 1), with a range of free community service events presented by volunteer lawyers and coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division.

Attorneys will offer free legal advice for residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, visit school classrooms, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students during the weeklong fest, which is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. This year's Law Week commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which bans racial discrimination in voting practices.

All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Gaetan J. Alfano, and are coordinated by the Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2015 co-chairs are Maria E. Bermudez of the law firm of Martin Law, and Erin Lamb of Rawle & Henderson LLP.

The following is a schedule of Law Week 2015 activities:

Legal Advice Live!: Monday, April 27

Legal Advice Live! kicks off Law Week 2015 with dozens of Philadelphia lawyers gathering to provide free, in-person confidential legal advice to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine St.) and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at South Philadelphia High School (2101 S. Broad St.), West Philadelphia High School (4901 Chestnut St.) and Dobbins High School (2150 W. Lehigh Ave.). Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, immigration/undocumented citizens law, and employment law.

Lawyer in the Classroom: Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29

The Lawyer in the Classroom program features lawyers visiting different Philadelphia schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood, as well as to answer questions about the legal profession at Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School (2200 Chestnut St.), Chester A. Arthur School (2000 Catherine St.), Independence Charter School (1600 Lombard St.), Parkway West High School (4725 Fairmount Ave.), Roman Catholic High School (301 N. Broad St.) and South Philadelphia High School (2101 S. Broad St.).

LegalLine Free Legal Advice Hotline: Wednesday, April 29

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal advice to residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties who call the LegalLine hotline from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.

Lawyer for a Day: Thursday, April 30

Volunteer attorneys from the Philadelphia Bar Association will accompany Philadelphia high school students into the city's courtrooms to witness live court proceedings at City Hall and the Criminal Justice Center as part of Lawyer for a Day.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, where students will gather to embark on their courtroom tours at 9 a.m. The event concludes with a 12 p.m. luncheon back at Bar Association headquarters, where Philadelphia Court of Common Please President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will be the guest speaker during the luncheon. Winning posters from the Association's Law Week Poster Contest, open to area elementary schools, will be on display. Winning students receive gift certificates.

Naturalization Ceremony: Friday, May 1

A dramatic Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new U.S. citizens will be held on Friday, May 1 at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets, at 10:30 a.m. Remarks will be provided by Philadelphia Bar Association Vice Chancellor Deborah R. Gross. At this event, the winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest - named after former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker of the law firm of Gay Chacker & Mittin, PC - will read aloud his or her essay on rights and responsibilities under the law. The winning Philadelphia high school junior or senior will be awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.

"Goldilocks," "The Big Bad Wolf" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" Mock Trials: Friday, May 1

Volunteer judges from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and attorneys dressed as fairytale characters from "Goldilocks," "The Big Bad Wolf" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" gather on Friday, May 1 at City Hall Room 653 at 9:15 a.m. to use facts from the fairytales to act out mock criminal trials for approximately 350 elementary school children. Volunteers will fan out in City Hall courtrooms to act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial, the students act as the jury and determine whether the characters are guilty of a crime.

Lien Priority in Pennsylvania CLE April 27

If you handle transactions affecting real property, you know how important it is to understand liens and their priorities. PBI's "Lien Priority in Pennsylvania" emphasizes the practical issues affecting liens. In today's tight economy with creditors asserting their lien positions more than ever, this is a "must-attend" course for everyone who handles real estate issues. This 3 credit CLE program will be held Monday, April 27 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Municipal Court Committee Seeks Program Topics

The Municipal Court Committee will hold an open forum for committee members to propose topics for future programs on Tuesday, April 28.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. at 1339 Chestnut St., 10th Floor.

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.

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.

Importance of Fair Funding to City Schools April 29

Join the Young Lawyers Division for a special Law Week 20/20 program about the issue of funding for Philadelphia's public schools on Wednesday, April 29.

Panelists will discuss the importance of a fair funding formula and the efforts being undertaken to provide sufficient funding for the city's public schools on both the state and local level. Panelists are Deborah Gordon Klehr, interim executive director, Education Law Center; Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Hughes; and Dr. Lori Shorr, chief education officer to Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

The program will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. 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.

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.

Evidence for Criminal Lawyers May 1

Join Professor Bruce Antkowiak as he discusses evidentiary rules, truth and client confidentiality at the Friday, May 1 CLE program "Evidence for Criminal Lawyers."

This 2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

May 1 Twitter Chat Wraps Up Law Week

To wrap up Law Week, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, will host a Twitter Chat to spotlight legal aid work in Philadelphia and beyond. The virtual conversation will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, May 1.

During this time, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Twitter account (@PhBarFoundation) will tweet various questions about the benefits and results of legal aid services. A number of local and national legal aid organizations have agreed to be a part of this necessary conversation to help get #LegalAidHelps trending nationally.

All are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #LegalAidHelps to answer questions, share experiences and post other content.

Volunteers Needed for May 2 Life Planning Clinic

The Barristers' Association, in partnership with the SeniorLAW Center, is holding its inaugural Life Planning Clinic on Saturday, May 2. Attorneys will prepare wills, health care and financial directives for senior citizens.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Philadelphia Community Center, 1016 N. 41st St. Attorney and notary volunteers are still needed, especially notaries. A free training session is being held on Wednesday, April 22 at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Two Liberty Place, 22nd Floor, from 6 to 8 p.m. To volunteer and attend the training session, please contact phillybarristers@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Anatomy of a Prenuptial Agreement May 4

Get hot tips in drafting, representing clients, and enforcement issues when the Family Law Section presents "The Anatomy of a Prenuptial Agreement" on Monday, May 4.

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.

YLD Criminal Defense Series Begins May 6

Are you a young lawyer looking to start taking court appointments? Interested in practicing criminal defense when you graduate?

Members of the YLD who are criminal practitioners in Philadelphia are presenting a multipart training program with members of the Philadelphia judiciary who sit in criminal court. On Wednesday, May 6, learn tips and strategies for negotiation, diversion programs, pre-trial motions, trial, interviewing techniques and more.

The first section will cover issues in the lawyer-client relationship, procedural issues in criminal litigation in Philadelphia county, understanding the process of arrest and prosecution, and things you can do to help your client at each step.

Presenters will be Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich; Brian M. Collins, Krasner and Long; and Leo M. Mulvihill, Mulvihill LLC. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program; however registration is required. 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.

How Super Lawyers Use ADR in Their Practice May 12

Sometimes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be of great benefit to clients. Sometimes it isn't. Sometimes mediation is the best way to go. Sometimes it is better to just go to arbitration - or perhaps just to trial.

Attendees will hear practical tips and techniques from Super Lawyers Matthew A. Casey of Ross Feller Casey LLP and former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich of Fox Rothschild LLP at a Tuesday, May 12 CLE program. 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 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.

Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses May 13

Get an overview of the legal issues and guidance in evaluating data protection and cybersecurity matters at the Intellectual Property Committee CLE program "Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses" on Wednesday, May 13.

This course also will provide an overview of the existing laws that are relevant with respect to cybersecurity matters, and mechanisms for dealing with cybersecurity breaches.

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 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.

Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in Social Media

The Workers' Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "The Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in a Social Media Environment" on Wednesday, May 13.

Speakers Ryan G. Gatto and Justin S. Moriconi will discuss how courts and state bars are addressing the legal ethics issues arising from attorneys' use of social networking sites, law firm websites and blogs to promote their services. The panelists will discuss how to stay on the right side of the ethics line when marketing legal services. Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube and Twitter have joined blogs and firm websites as viable arenas for marketing.

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.

The program will be held from 3 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. A Happy Hour follows at Finn McCool's, 118 S. 12th St. from 4 to 7 p.m. Registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers and drink specials.

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.

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.

Effective Online Marketing Strategies May 20

Join a discussion practical approaches to creating an online marketing strategy for smaller law firms at the Wednesday, May 20 Law Firm Laboratory program. Learn the reasons why a strong online marketing plan is essential to your practice, and how to measure the effectiveness of your online marketing.

Speakers for the program are Jennifer Boyd and Chris Fahrun, senior client development consultants for FindLaw. A part of Thomson Reuters Legal, FindLaw focuses on connecting small law firms to prospective clients by providing a range of marketing solutions that work.

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. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Committee and co-sponsored by the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee.

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.

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.

Creativity and the Legal Service Landscape April 28

Learn how creativity is changing the legal service landscape at the Tuesday, April 28 program "The Happiness Factor - How Innovative Client Service is Reshaping the Future of Law."

Panelists for the program, presented by Fox Rothschild LLP, include Deborah Epstein Henry, co-author of "Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients and Happy Lawyers;" Victoria Silbey, senior vice president - legal and chief legal officer, SunGard Systems Inc.; Mark Silow, firmwide managing partner, Fox Rothschild LLP; and John Gotanda, dean and professor of law, Villanova University School of Law. The program will be moderated by Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Attendees will receive a complimentary lunch and autographed copy of "Finding Bliss." The program will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

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. Twenty-three seminars and a minimum of 8 CLE credits will be available.

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

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.

Upcoming CLE Courses

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.

Tuesday, April 28
21st Annual Employment Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
10 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28-Wednesday, April 29
9th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute
11 substantive/2 ethics
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 30
Unemployment Compensation
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Shakespeare and the Law Book Club
2 substantive CLE credits
4 to 6 p.m.

16th Annual Legal Issues In An Age of Aging
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, May 1
Medicare Set Asides/Structured Settlements
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Evidence for Criminal Attorneys
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

PLI - Higher Education Law 2015: Current Issues & Recent Developments
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, May 4
Entertainment Law in the 21st Century: Effective Representation in an Ever-Changing Industry (Video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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


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