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August 3, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 48
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
 

Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

Summer-Long School Supply Drive

As part of Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III's Boots on the Ground Community Initiative, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is continuing the school supply drive launched at the June 9 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Donations will benefit Turning Points for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families in raising safe, healthy, educated and strong children.

Members are encouraged to donate new school supplies at donation drop-off points at the following firms up until Aug. 13:

  • Fox Rothschild LLP - 2000 Market St., 20th Floor
  • Margolis Edelstein - The Curtis Center, 170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 400E
  • Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC - Two Penn Center, 1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1525
  • Rawle & Henderson, LLP - The Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut St., 16th Floor

Supplies Needed:

  • Books
  • Brain Games
  • Calculators
  • Construction Paper
  • Highlighters
  • Lunch Boxes/Bags
  • Marble Notebooks
  • Markers
  • Math Activities
  • Pens in Blue/Black and Red Ink
  • Planners or Agendas
  • Protractors
  • Sharpened Pencils, Erasers and Rulers
  • Small Ruler and Pencil Cases

The summer-long school supply drive will culminate at the YLD happy hour at Tavern on Broad, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia on Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Perspectives from Local Registers of Wills Aug. 4

Ever wonder when to obtain a file number for inheritance tax purposes, even if an estate does not need to be opened? Or, whether you should file your petition in the Register of Wills office or with the Orphans' Court? Get your chance to ask representatives from various local Register of Wills offices these questions and more at PBI's face-to-face gathering.

This 3 CLE credit program will be held in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 1-4:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Public Speaking for Lawyers, Featuring John Savoth Aug. 6

The art of public speaking is a critical component of a practicing attorney's professional life and very different from courtroom advocacy. This program will help you develop skills to present a coherent, concise message in meetings with potential clients, in public hearings and more.

Savoth, formerly Of Counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, served as the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2012. His trial practice focused on personal injury cases involving construction accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, dram shop (bars and taverns) liquor liability and the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Aside from lecturing on trial practice and the rules of professional conduct, Savoth has developed his public speaking skills over the last 25 years as an attorney and as Chancellor, where he was called upon to speak to various sized groups on many different topics and issues relevant to the role of the practicing attorney.

This 3 CLE credit program will be held in Philadelphia, on Friday, Aug. 6 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 12-3:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

YLD Happy Hour Benefiting Summer-Long School Supply Drive Aug. 13

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will host its monthly happy hour in partnership with Community Legal Services on Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. It will serve as the culmination of the Philadelphia Bar Association's summer-long school supply drive benefiting Turning Points for Children.

The happy hour will be held at Tavern on Broad, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The first 60 people to arrive will receive one free drink ticket and all attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers as well as a 50 percent discount on all mixed drinks, beer and wine. The happy hour is sponsored by ELITE Litigation Solutions.

All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation. Registration is not required.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day Sept. 16

Strap on your construction boots or sneakers, and join the Real Property Section in helping Habitat for Humanity build a home in Philadelphia on Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will be the fifth year that the Real Property Section has hosted a build day to help construct a home for someone in need.

The location of the site will be announced a few weeks ahead of the build day. All abilities are welcome and Habitat will supply tools and safety gear. For more information and to reserve a spot, please email Alex Barth at abarth@cohenseglias.com.

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 attorneys 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, Veritext, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, State Civil Litigation Section, Family Law Section, Friedman LLP, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, RIMKUS, Widener University Delaware Law School, Bellia Print & Design, The Legal Intelligencer and Sb1 Federal Credit Union® .

Save the Date: 63rd Red Mass and St. Thomas More Award Dinner Oct. 20

The St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia invites you to save the date for its annual Red Mass and St. Thomas More Award Dinner to be held on Oct. 20 at 5:15 p.m. This year's recipient of the award is Hon. Gerald Austin (Jerry) McHugh, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The mass will be given at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Dinner and presentation of the award will immediately follow at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, please contact Suzanne K. Mintzer at 215-568-5116 or smintzer@naulty.com.

Final Program Aug. 6: Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section Law School Outreach Committee will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St. The final program will be held on Friday, Aug. 6.

The 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. To download a schedule of the programs, please click here.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center Now Open

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.

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 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 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: Low Inflation: Good or Bad?

Today's headlines herald low inflation. That sounds like good news to most people, yet there are rumblings about the prolonged period of low inflation being not so good. In this month's interview, I sat down with PNC Senior Economist Gus Faucher who sheds some light on low inflation and what it means for U.S. consumers and the economy. To read the entire article, click here.

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.

Aug. 3
Tales from the Shareholder Wars
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

ADA Workshop 2015: Getting Up to Speed with Reasonable Accommodation
2 substantive/1* ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - ERISA 2015: The Evolving World
12.5 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 4
Law of Arrest Search and Seizure (Video)
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Local Perspectives from the Registers of Wills
3 substantive/0 ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - ERISA 2015: The Evolving World
12.5 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 5
A Day on Real Estate - East
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug.6
Public Speaking for Lawyers
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Winning Numbers: Accounting & Finance for Lawyers (PEG)
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Ethics in Banking and Financial Services 2015
0 substantive/2.5 ethics
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 7
Tech Skills Series: Privacy and Security of the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology: Legal Implications for Your Client
1 substantive/1* ethics
12-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.
Lunch is included.

Ethics Potpourri- The Ethics of Pro Bono: Doing Good the Right Way (Video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
10:30-11:30 a.m.; check-in at 10 a.m.

Irrevocable Trusts: The Right Ingredients
3 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-3:45 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 10
Corporate Compliance & Ethics: A Legal Requirement & Business Imperative
3 substantive/1* ethics
11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check-in at 10:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 11
Ethics Potpourri- Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age? (Video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
1:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 1 p.m.

How Not to Think Like a Lawyer:
Seven Steps to Becoming an Extraordinary Trial Lawyer
5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 12
The New PA Law on Entity Transactions--In Effect
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 13
The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet (Video)
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

SORNA Update
3 substantive/0 ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.

POA Update
2 substantive/0 ethics
9-11:15 a.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 14
Advanced Issues in Civil Practice and Procedure in Pennsylvania Courts
3 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association
Medical Marijuana and Workers' Compensation
1 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-1:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

Aug. 17
Special Needs Trusts
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- The Ethics of Pro Bono: Doing Good the Right Way (Video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
1:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 1 p.m.

Using Social Media in Your Law Practice
2 substantive/1* ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.
Lunch is included.

*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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