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May 31, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 23
 |  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:

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, P.C.
  • Segal, Berk, Gaines & Liss

Nomination Deadline June 6: David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee's Law Student Advocacy Award honors the memory of David M. Rosenblum…READ MORE


June Quarterly

William G. Bowen to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 22; Judge Dembe to Accept O'Connor Award

William G. Bowen Ph.D., president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Princeton University, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue…READ MORE

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the March 31, 2016 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the June Quarterly meeting to take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2016…READ MORE


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

Exciting New Format for Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sept. 23-24: Register Today

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

Legislative Action Center: Support HB 1336 and SB 44, the Merit Selection Bills

Please support House Bill 1336 and Senate Bill 44, which would introduce merit selection of appellate court judges in Pennsylvania.

Dear Colleagues:

For more than 50 years, the Philadelphia Bar Association has campaigned for merit selection of appellate court judges in Pennsylvania. The issue is so important to the Association that merit selection is written into our bylaws…READ MORE



Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia June 7

Any experienced criminal law attorney knows there are different types of review possible following a conviction…READ MORE

CLE - Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers June 24

Featured Speaker: Past Chancellor John E. Savoth

This course will provide attorneys with the tools to conquer any public speaking engagement…READ MORE

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



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: Environmental and Energy Law Committee

The Environmental and Energy Law Committee is soliciting for ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Charles Eppolito III or Kenneth J. Warren, co-chairs, Environmental and Energy Law Committee, with any questions.

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.

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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Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the March 31, 2016 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the June Quarterly meeting to take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at noon at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Amendments to Bylaws Article IV, as follows:

ARTICLE IV - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 400. Elections Committee; Composition.

  1. There shall be an Elections Committee which shall consist of the Immediate Past Chancellor, who shall serve as Chair, and at least 10 Members, all of whom shall be appointed by the current Chancellor with approval of the Board, reflecting the diversity of the Association. The Secretary shall be an ex officio member of the Elections Committee.

  2. No member of the Elections Committee, other than an ex officio member, may be a candidate for any office of the Association in the year in which such member serves on the Elections Committee.

Section 401. Duties and Procedures of the Elections Committee.

  1. The Elections Committee shall actively seek eligible candidates for the offices and positions to be filled and the Committee shall actively seek and recruit candidates of diverse backgrounds, including those who have been historically underrepresented as officers and members of the Board.

  2. As often as the Committee shall determine, but in any event not less than on three separate days the last of which shall not be less than 60 days prior to the commencement of voting Annual Meeting, the Secretary shall cause a notice to be Published listing the offices to be filled at said Annual Meeting and requesting nominations for such offices.

  3. The Elections Committee shall adopt such rules and procedures as it shall deem appropriate for the conduct of its business to the extent not inconsistent with these Bylaws.

  4. The Elections Committee shall not endorse, evaluate or rank any candidate.

Section 402. Nominating Procedure.

A Member may become a candidate for an office of the Association or for the Board of Governors, by:

  1. Filing with the Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the commencement of voting Annual Meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice-Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote; and,

  2. Submitting a written authorization, in a form to be provided by the Elections Committee, for the Disciplinary Board to release any record of discipline on such person; and,

  3. Submitting such biographical information as the Elections Committee may reasonably request.

Section 403. Election Forums.

  1. No later than 90 days prior to the commencement of voting Annual Meeting, the Elections Committee shall schedule one or more 'Election Forums' to allow each candidate for office to make an oral presentation. The forums shall take place within 60 days of the commencement of voting Annual Meeting, after the period for submission of nominating petitions has closed.

  2. The Elections Committee shall set and publish guidelines and procedures for the forums and for the wide dissemination to the Members of the candidates' qualifications and forum presentations.

  3. The Chair of the Elections Committee or designee will preside over the forum(s), which shall be open to the Members.

Section 404. Final Candidates.

The Secretary shall have Published at least 20 days before the commencement of voting each Annual Meeting a list of the candidates to be voted upon at such meeting in alphabetical order. In addition, the Secretary shall cause a list of the candidates to be Published one time within seven days prior to the commencement of voting Annual Meeting.

Section 405. Removed.

This section has been removed.

Section 406. Voting.

  1. If there is a contest for any office to be filled, reasonable opportunity shall be given for the reception of votes.

  2. The election shall be by

    (1) secret mailed ballot and

    (2) paper ballot or voting machine.

    In addition, Members may vote

    conducted electronically over the Internet to the extent permitted by law pursuant to procedures established by the Board to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote and the integrity of the voting process. Voting machines, if available, shall be preferred for in-person voting, unless there is an election at which there is no contest. The position of the nominee on the ballot shall be determined by lot. The drawing of lots shall be conducted by the Judge of Elections not less than 25 days before the commencement of voting Annual Meeting in the presence of the nominees and/or their representatives. The form of the ballot shall be prescribed by the Board. A ballot shall be sent by the Association by mail to every Association member eligible to vote at least two weeks prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting. A mailed ballot shall not be counted unless it has been received at the office of the Association no later than 10:00 a.m. three business days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and in such manner as to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote. The Judge of Elections shall announce the results of the election after the polls have closed.

  3. If any position to be filled in an election is uncontested after the close of nominations, the name of the candidate shall not appear on the ballot and the Secretary shall cast a unanimous ballot in favor of such nominee.

  4. The polls shall be open for voting on the day of the Annual Meeting at such times and places as shall be determined by the Chancellor in consultation with the Board. Voting shall commence on a date to be determined by the Board of Governors no less than fourteen days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and shall end on the day of the Annual Meeting. When the election results are known, they shall immediately be posted on the Association website.

Section 407. Appointment of Election Officials; Report.

If there is more than one nominee for any office, the Chancellor shall appoint from among the Members, with the consent of the Board, a Judge of Elections and at least two tellers. The Judge of Elections shall have the power to resolve any dispute regarding the validity of any vote cast, and the Judge's decision shall be final and binding on all parties. The report of the Judge and tellers as to the results of the election shall be made to the Chancellor, who shall forthwith cause the names of those elected to be Published.

Section 408. Voting Qualifications.

If a Member is delinquent in the payment of dues, including those of the then current year, such Member shall not be entitled to vote at the Annual Election. A Member who cures such delinquency at any time prior to voting shall be eligible to vote.

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 Kathy I. Jaffari, chair, Business Law Section, at jaffarik@ballardspahr.com.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia June 7

Any experienced criminal law attorney knows there are different types of review possible following a conviction. Pennsylvania state law and federal laws both give a convicted defendant such options. One such method is to file a petition under the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA).

The PCRA allows the person to have the case reconsidered when a direct appeal to the Superior Court has been denied. The Act applies to individuals who believe they were wrongfully convicted or that their sentence is unlawful. A person is eligible to file a PCRA petition if she/he has been convicted of a criminal offense and is on probation or parole, currently serving a prison sentence, or is subject to a death sentence.

To begin the process for post-conviction relief, sufficient information must be provided proving the following occurred in the criminal case:

  • A violation of the Constitution of Pennsylvania or of the United States, or of the laws of the United States, and the violation occurred under circumstances which no reliable verdict could have resulted.
  • There was ineffective assistance of counsel such that no reliable determination of truth could have taken place.
  • A plea of guilty was gotten under circumstances which make it likely that the defendant was induced to falsely make the statement and the defendant is innocent.
  • Government officials wrongly obstructed the defendant's right to appeal where an issue for appeal was present and capable of being appealed.
  • New evidence has come to light which would have changed the outcome of the trial.
  • A sentence was imposed which was greater than the lawful maximum.
  • The criminal court that entered the conviction did not have proper jurisdiction to do so.

This CLE certification program will provide criminal practitioners with the knowledge and guidance necessary to handle a PCRA case.

The program will address the following:

  • Custody
  • Grounds for Seeking Post Conviction Relief
  • A step-by-step approach for investigating and preparing a case for PCRA when appointed or retained after a defendant has filed for relief pro se
  • Previously Litigated Claims and Waiver
  • Time for Filing Petition, Jurisdiction and Procedure
  • Standard of Review on Appeal

Our experienced panel will provide a step-by-step approach to handling a PCRA case with comprehensive materials which include sample pleadings for all stages.

Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia
3 SUB
12:30-3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begins at 12 p.m.

CLE - Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers June 24

Featured Speaker: Past Chancellor John E. Savoth

One of the most important skills for lawyers is the ability to speak in public, whether it be before a forum of hundreds or a conference room with only a handful of people in attendance. It is expected that all attorneys, not only trial lawyers, have the gift of rising from your seat and providing concise and relevant remarks. That occasion may arise in your professional or personal life.

This CLE course will provide attorneys with the tools to conquer any public speaking engagement in any environment, including courtroom arguments and orations, firm presentations, large audience addresses, toasts and eulogies.

Through the use of video examples, featured speaker and former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor, John E. Savoth, will offer guidance on effective methods of delivery. Attorneys will learn practical tips and techniques to prepare them for any public speaking event.

Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers
3 SUB
12-3:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 p.m.

Nomination Deadline June 6: David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee's Law Student Advocacy Award honors the memory of David M. Rosenblum, the late legal director of Mazzoni Center, a tireless lawyer and advocate, and an LGBT organizer while in law school. The David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award is open to law students who have shown a commitment to the LGBT community. Nominees must have been enrolled in good standing in an accredited law school in the Greater Philadelphia Area for at least one semester during the 2015-2016 academic year. All such law students are eligible, regardless of orientation or gender identity.

The following criteria will be considered. Nomination letters should focus on one or several of these criteria:

  • Nominee is significantly dedicated to LGBT legal issues;
  • Nominee's work (in or out of school) has had an impact on the LGBT community;
  • Nominee has shown a commitment to action (e.g., organizing campaigns, groups); or
  • Nominee has shown leadership skills through inspiring collaboration and/or staking out brave positions.

Candidates may be nominated by others or may nominate themselves. Regardless of who nominates the candidate, the nomination submission must be accompanied by at least one endorsement and letter of recommendation written and signed by a person other than the nominee. Nomination letters should be concise and no more than 1,000 words. Nominations should include the candidate's name, school, year, telephone number, email address, and mailing address. Nominations should also include any endorser's name, telephone number, email address, and mailing address.

Nomination documents are to be submitted, via e-mail, to R. Barrett Marshall, Esq., at bmarshall@Mazzonicenter.org and Colin J. Beisel, Esq., at cbeisel@best-lawyers.com.

Nominations should be in PDF format. Nominations are due Monday, June 6, 2016. The award will be presented at the Committee's Summer Associate Event on June 28, 6:30 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia.

Justinian 80th Anniversary, Scholarship Reception & Annual Meeting June 6

The Justinian Foundation and the Justinian Society cordially invite you to support and attend their 80th Anniversary Celebration Annual Meeting/Election and Scholarship Reception at Top of the Tower on Monday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. This year's celebration will honor Philip Rinaldi, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, LLC.

Top of the Tower is located at 1717 Arch St., 51st Floor, Philadelphia. Kindly RSVP by May 27. For more information and the RSVP, click here.

Family Law Section Annual Spring Reception June 8

You are cordially invited to the Family Law Section's Annual Spring Reception at The Westin Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. Please join the Section in welcoming the newest members of the Family Court Bench:

  • Hon. Daine Grey, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Hon. Christopher Mallios, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Hon. Ourania Papademetriou, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Hon. Lyris Young, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Registration includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar.

The Westin Philadelphia is located at 99 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. Registration is required by June 3. For more information and to register, click here.

Brandeis Annual Scholarship Reception June 9

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation invites you to attend its Annual Scholarship Reception at the Society of Colonial Dames on Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. Join them for live music, great food and signature drinks as they honor this year's winners of the Brandeis Law Society Foundation scholarships and awards. The proceeds of this event enable them to continue making these awards to young law students and young lawyers.

The Society of Colonial Dames is located at 1630 Latimer St., Philadelphia. Tickets are available by clicking on the registration link here.

Mazzoni Center: Seventh Annual Legal Clinic at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference June 11

Mazzoni Center will offer a walk-in legal clinic at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. The clinic will provide in-state (Pennsylvania) conference attendees (and, in some circumstances, out-of-state-attendees) an opportunity to meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys and law students who can provide free legal information and brief advice. In prior years, transgender individuals and their families have sought information about a wide range of practice areas, including legal name changes; gender marker corrections; adoption, custody, guardianship, marriage and divorce; advanced planning documents; discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and healthcare; insurance coverage, particularly for transition-related care; in-school harassment, bullying, and discrimination in schools; immigration; and other legal issues.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located at 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. To volunteer, please send an email with your availability and contact information (and any questions) to Malia Roe, legal administrator, Mazzoni Center, at mroe@mazzonicenter.org.

Workers' Compensation Section Annual Spring Party June 16

The Workers' Compensation Section is excited to invite you to its annual Spring Party at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant on Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m. Enjoy craft beers, wines and cocktails; delicious food; and a fun evening of networking at the open-air tiki bar and deck overlooking the Schuylkill River! Registration is required by Tuesday, June 14 and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Manayunk Brewing Company is located at 4120 Main St., Manayunk. For more information and to register, click here.

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.

William G. Bowen to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 22; Judge Dembe to Accept O'Connor Award

William G. Bowen Ph.D., president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Princeton University, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Judge Legrome D. Davis of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District for Pennsylvania will make special remarks to introduce Bowen.

At the Mellon Foundation, Bowen created an in-house research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries and charitable nonprofits. Author and co-author of books including "The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions," Bowen has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Morehouse College and many more. In 2013, he received the 2012 Presidential Medal for the Humanities.

Judge Dembe has served as a mentor and role model to many aspiring woman attorneys. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Brehon Law Society, Conference of Metropolitan Courts, Temple American Inn of Court and the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Additionally she serves as the chairwoman of the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees. Judge Dembe was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1989 after a decade-long career in general practice representing a diverse client base in state and Federal Court on the trial and appellate levels. She was elected to President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2008 and held this position until 2013.

The Sandra Day 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. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-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 22 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Exciting New Format for Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sept. 23-24: Register Today

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. This year's conference begins at a new time on Friday, 10:30 a.m., and will feature new CLE and other fun conference activities.

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 on the new format for 2016 and to register, 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 Orangetheory Fitness, Finn McCool's Ale House, Brü Craft & Wurst, Brooks Brothers, Zipcar, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Verizon, Best Buy, Expedia and More

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Orangetheory Fitness

With Orangetheory Fitness, Philadelphia Bar Association Members can take advantage of affordable group personal training at our very best price. Discover all the benefits of being a member of Orangetheory Fitness! Stop by a studio and our staff members will explain the options so you can choose what's best for you. First time? Drop in for a free session.

About OTF

Base. Push. All out. Fitness, meet science. The idea of Orangetheory is this: a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates "Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption," or EPOC. It's what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.

Corporate rates for Philadelphia Bar Association Members are valid at our Center City, Doylestown-Warrington and Willow Grove locations only. Questions? Contact Rob Ferrall at (215) 543-3833.

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Finn McCool's Ale House

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of special prcing at Finn McCool’s Ale House, conveniently located on the corner at 12th and Sansom streets in the heart of Philadelphia’s Midtown Village. We proudly feature 17 draft beers including Irish standards and local craft brews. While you visit our Ale House ask to see our menu. We offer tasty appetizers like our Finn’s Philly Rolls, burgers and sandwiches, and all your favorite traditional Irish dishes. Our weekly evening events, Quizzo and Karaoke, will bring fun and diversity to your experience.

Philadelphia Bar Association members save 20 percent (excluding Happy Hour) and 10 percent during Thursday Happy Hour.

Show your Philadelphia Bar Association membership card (available in the Member Center*) to receive the discount.

*Members must be logged into the site to access their membership card.

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Brü Craft & Wurst

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of special pricing from Brü Craft & Wurst, an indoor bierhall and wursthaus in the middle of Midtown Village at Chestnut and 13th streets in Philadelphia.

Acthung! Enjoy 39 drafts loaded on tap with a full blitz of domestic and import bottles. Their food is not for the faint of appetite. Come by yourself or bring your friends, so long as they are strong.

Association members save 20 percent off their total check during lunch hours, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Show your Philadelphia Bar Association membership card (available in the Member Center*) to receive the discount.

*Members must be logged into the site to access their membership card.

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HotelStorm

The Philadelphia Bar Association is excited to announce a new partnership with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to its members. HotelStorm negotiates hotel discounts only available to Association members, with discounts up to 55 percent. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations – whether personal or professional – and you'll find savings of 10-55 percent over other online travel agencies.

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

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.

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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.

June 2
CLE - AREA Conference: ETHICS
1.5 ETH
9-10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

June 3
CLE - AREA Conference: Economic Damages in PI & Wrongful Death Litigation
1.5 SUB
8:30-10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

June 4
CLE - AREA Conference: Economic Damages of the Child Plaintiff
1 SUB
9:45-10:45 a.m. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

June 7
Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia
3 SUB
12:30-3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

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

June 9
June 2016 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Planned Charitable Giving: The Dos and Don'ts from the Donor, the Donee and the AG
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

June 10
2016 Federal Bench Bar Conference
3 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.

June 10
COMP BAR NO MORE: Third Party Common Law Suits Against Employers Now Permitted in Latent Occupational Injury Cases
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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 15
Medication Misadventure Cases: 10 Tips for Attorneys
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

June 20
Philadelphia Bar Foundation 28th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic CLE: Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis
1 ETH
Waynesborough 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.

June 21
Pardon My Diversion: An Examination of Philadelphia Diversion Courts
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

June 24
Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers
3 SUB
12-3:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.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

Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Public Interest Section and Law School Outreach Committee will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and July 7, 14, 21 and 28; from 12-1:30 p.m. On June 9 and 16, the programs will be held in the 10th Floor Board Room. These free programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia area. The series kicks off on June 2 with a program titled "Internship Success to Fellowships and Your First Public Interest Job" featuring current public interest fellows and other newer attorneys in the community. On June 9, a panel titled "Lawyering in the Community" is expected to feature attorneys from Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Face to Face Legal Center, Good Shepherd Mediation Program, Legal Clinic for the Disabled and SeniorLAW Center. Further details will be provided.

Philly VIP Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students June 9

On Thursday, June 9, Philadelphia VIP will host its annual Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students at the Municipal Court Training Center on Thursday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This event is limited to law students only. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided.

The Municipal Court Training Center is located 1339 Chestnut St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia. To register, click here.

Mazzoni Center: 15th Philadelphia Trans Health Conference June 9-11

The Trans Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from June 9-11 is the largest conference in the world focused on the lives and well-being of transgender people. Mazzoni Center is expecting that there will be approximately 5,000 attendees across the general attendance track and three professional tracks. The mission of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. PTHC proudly offers a space for trans people and their allies, families and providers to come together to re-envision what health means for trans people. To increase the availability of quality, culturally-competent professional care for transgender communities, PTHC also provides a Professional Development track, with workshops for medical providers, behavioral health professionals and lawyers. There are registration fees for the professional development tracks.

THe Pennsylvania Convention Center is located at 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. For more information about the specific programming and registration, see here.

Peace Begins With You June 10

Good Shepherd Mediation Program (GSMP) will hold its 2016 "Peace Begins with You" event at The Union League of Philadelphia on Friday, June 10 at 8 a.m. This event features a free, continental breakfast to raise money and provide information about the programs and services offered by GSMP. Participants will be asked to consider making a contribution.

The Union League of Philadelphia is located at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Register online at http://www.phillymediators.org/workshops-events/peace-begins-with-you-breakfast.

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