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July 28, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 56
 

Register Now, Save $70 for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014. Association members who register before Sept. 19 can save $70! A total of 8.5 continuing legal education credits will be available at the conference.

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

Full conference early-bird registration rates are $379 for members and $229 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Registration for non-members is $529. Early bird registration is available until Friday, Sept. 19. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. After Sept. 19, registration rates increase by $70.

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

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

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, LawCash, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LexisNexis, Robson Forensic, Bellia Print & Design, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, MCS E-Document Service, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law, Workers' Compensation Section and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Personal Branding in the Workplace July 29

In today's attention-deficit culture, it's not enough to be memorable. It's a good first start, but you need more. You need a personal brand which is your "promise" of high value and consistent quality to your targeted audiences. Building a personal brand reflects the essence of why someone should retain you and what they will receive when they do.

Join Kimberly Alford Rice for "Personal Branding in the Workplace and Beyond" at the Tuesday, July 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Four County Civil Practice CLE July 30

Navigating through the local practices and learning the unwritten rules are difficult, especially the less obvious ones. Prepare yourself for litigating in the neighboring counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties at the Wednesday, July 30 CLE program "Four County Civil Practice."

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Workplace Investigations CLE July 31

Every employer will face the need to investigate one or more of its employees. More and more employers are recognizing what an important tool a workplace investigation can be in discovering problems and preventing their reoccurrence. Get a step-by-step guide to how to conduct a workplace investigation at a Thursday, July 31 CLE program.

Registration for this 3-credit program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Piercing the Corporate Veil July 31

What is "veil piercing" and how can it be used to recover damages? Learn this and more at PBI's "Piercing the Corporate Veil" on Thursday, July 31.

Get the basics including: What factors determine whether the veil will be pierced? How do you set up and operate a business to avoid piercing of the veil? How can an expert assist in evaluating whether the veil should be pierced? How do Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware laws differ? You'll also hear from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware litigators.

The program will be held from 12 to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Cybersecurity Law 101 CLE Aug. 4

Think cybersecurity has nothing to do with you? Think again. Finally, there's a CLE program for novice and tech-savvy attorneys that explains how cybersecurity laws are relevant to you and your clients.

PBI's team of practicing attorneys and industry experts will teach you the risks and legal obligations involved in the collection, storage, and use of sensitive data. Learn how to issue-spot and counsel your clients on legal requirements that span state, federal, and international constitutions, statutes, regulations, and cases.

The Monday, Aug. 4 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.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies Aug. 18

Join your colleagues and friends on Monday, Aug. 18 when the Phillies take on the Seattle Mariners at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.

A portion of every ticket sold for Philadelphia Bar Association Night at the Phillies will benefit SeniorLAW Center. Tickets are only $33 and can only be ordered by online by clicking here. You can also call the Phillies sales office at 215-463-5000 and ask for tickets for Bar Association Night.

Financial Aspects of Divorce Aug. 20

Knowing the statutes, rules and relevant case law that address equitable distribution, alimony, spousal and child support is a great start for the family law practitioner. PBI's "Financial Aspects of Divorce" on Wednesday, Aug. 20 will take you a step beyond, focusing on utilizing the interplay between them to maximize client settlements and successfully advance client’s trial outcomes.

The program will be held from 12 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.

Hot Topics in Capital Cases Part II Aug. 20

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Wednesday, Aug. 20 for Hot Topics in Capital Cases Part II and get four Rule 801 Capital Case credits and receive updates.

Pick up strategy tips from the lawyers who successfully handle these cases and gain judicial insight. The 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.

Nominees for Comisky-DiBona Award Due by Sept. 8

The Justinian Society and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation are seeking nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona, which, if a nominee is selected, will be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17, at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is not limited to an area of practice or an advocate for a particular cause. Rather, the purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding member of the bench or bar who, at a minimum, satisfies the following qualifications: acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

A charitable contribution will be made on behalf of the recipient to an organization of the recipient's choice.

Nominations should include the nominee's name, address and a statement of the nominee's qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to the attention of Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr. at The Chiacchio Firm, 2005 Market St., Suite 840, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or may be emailed to chiacchio@thclaw.com. Nominations must be received no later than Monday, Sept. 8.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Seeks Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its two annual awards - The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Pro Bono Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 26.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award, originally established by the Apothaker family in honor of Louis D. Apothaker, recognizes a public interest attorney who is dedicating his or her life to promoting equal access to justice for all by working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 stipend is presented in recognition of excellence in providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

The Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need. Guidelines and nomination forms for both awards can be found at www.philabarfoundation.org.

YLD Law Star Game Oct. 1 Benefits Bar Foundation

The YLD Law Star Game with The Legal Intelligencer featuring Firm Counsel vs. In-House Counsel will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Campbell's Field, home the of the Camden Riversharks. Join us for a Home Run Derby, Kids Fun Zone and much, much more! The event will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Registration will open soon.

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline is October 3

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2014 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, Oct. 3 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 during the 2013-14 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University 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 also are 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. The essay will be 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 the Annual Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Essays must be submitted in electronic form via email to dpetit@philabar.org unless submission of a hard copy is requested and approved. Requests for submission of a hard copy should be made by emailing dpetit@philabar.org or by calling (215) 238-6367. Click here to download the competition rules.

Love Court Reporting, Inc. Member Benefit

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now offering its members a substantial discount on court reporting services offered though Love Court Reporting, Inc. Available exclusively to Association members, the special discounted pricing and other exclusive benefits provide significant saving over standard rates. The larger your needs, the more you save!

Call Love Court Reporting at 215-568-5599 for discount pricing details, and mention your Philadelphia Bar Association membership. Plus, your first transcript is half off the discounted rate!

Scheduling can be done either by visiting lovecourtreporting.com, emailing schedule@lovecourtreporting.com or calling 215-568-5599.

Love Court Reporting clients receive individualized customer service from the company that was voted "Best of 2013" by The Legal Intelligencer readership for three consecutive years. Available around-the-clock with offices in Center City and the suburbs, Love Court Reporting offers meeting rooms, videography and videoconferencing at a moment's notice.

Love Court Reporting is a full-service company with U.S. and worldwide coverage. Their experienced certified and registered court reporters provide high-quality service including real-time reporting along with a wide range of technical and complex litigation experience. Reporters are strategically located throughout the U.S. This complete coverage allows clients to have a single point of contact for all of their court reporting needs.

Love Court Reporting is the only official provider of discounted court reporting services exclusively for Philadelphia Bar Association members.

Discounts only available to counsel taking the deposition in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

In addition to discount pricing, Love Court Reporting offerers the following benefits to Philadelphia Bar Association members:

  1. NO CHARGE on a Bar member's transcript when the deposition is done in PA or DE and there are three or more copies sold (NJ already gets free copy)
  2. NO CHARGE on condensed transcripts
  3. NO CHARGE on CDs
  4. NO appearance fees within Philadelphia or the five-county area
  5. NO travel fees

Authors Seek Input on Cultural Issues in Business

The authors of a new American Bar Association-sponsored book need your help on the challenges lawyers face in a world that is growing smaller with the increasing interaction of various cultures.

Former Philadelphia Inquirer staffers Tom Belden and Terri Morrison, a leading authority on cultural issues in doing business around the world, need help with research for their latest version of the book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The book is scheduled for publication in early 2015.

More information about Morrison and the other versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands" can
be found at www.kissboworshakehands.com. The authors are looking for as many lawyers and other legal professionals with experience in this area to complete the questionnaire. A standard questionnaire is the starting point for the research and can be found by clicking here.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Upcoming Public Interest Programs, Trainings

• The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. every Thursday, through July. These free programs, which run through July, 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. To download a schedule of the programs, visit the Public Interest Section web page by clicking here.

• The AIDS Law Project will hold its 15th Anniversary Summer Movie Party on Friday, Aug. 15 at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This year's film is "Funny Face" starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The party begins at 6 p.m. and the film screens at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit aidslawpa.org.

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392 or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327 or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

PNC Perspectives: Family Wealth Transfer and Interest Rates

In this month's interview, we sat down with with Martyn Babitz, National Director of Estate Planning for Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth®, to discuss some of the family wealth transfer opportunities offered in both low and high interest rate environments. Click here to read the entire article.

Upcoming CLE

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

Monday, July 28
Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2014 (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Taxes in Real Estate Transactions: What Every Real Lawyers Needs to Know (Video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29
Clarence Darrow: Crimes Causes and the Courtroom
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Nuts & Bolts of Adoption Practice in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30
Maxims Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Four County Civil Practice
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Nonprofit Series: Fundraising in the Internet Era (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 31
Piercing the Corporate Veil
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Workplace Investigations: A Practitioner's View
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1
Communication Essentials (PEG) (Video)
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Questions? Putting the Family Law Question Puzzle Together for the Non Family Law Practitioner
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4
Cybersecurity Law 101
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4 – Tuesday, Aug. 5
PLI - The Evolving World 2014
13.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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


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