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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 58
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Scholarships Available
for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Scholarships to the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 17-18 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., are available by lottery to Philadelphia Bar Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.
 

Bench-Bar Scholarships Available by Lottery

Scholarships to the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 17-18 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., are available by lottery to Philadelphia Bar Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 17 at Borgata as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced on Sept. 16 via email. You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. 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, FindLaw, 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.

Bar Association Elections Committee Formed

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee. Chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, it consists of Edward F. Beitz, Butler Buchanan III, Lawrence S. Felzer, Regina M. Foley, Rachel E. Kopp, Sophia Lee, Aneesh A. Mehta, Ourania Papademetriou, Amber M. Racine, James A. Rocco III, Gina Furia Rubel, Louis S. Rulli and Eric H. Weitz. Chancellor William P. Fedullo, Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III, Vice Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano and Secretary Jacqueline G. Segal serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary by Oct. 10, 2014 (at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 9, 2014 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.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration at sknight@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Jacqueline G. Segal, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

YLD Needs Donations for Annual Back to School Supply Drive

The Young Lawyers Division is once again holding its Back to School Supply Drive to obtain donations for students in economically challenged areas of the city.

Through Friday, Aug. 22, the YLD will be collecting backpacks, notebook paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, composition books, rulers, dictionaries, folders, binders, pencil cases and anything else that might be useful at designated donation centers across Philadelphia. All supplies will be distributed to local schools and recreation centers in Philadelphia.

Locations where donations are currently being accepted include (see below to volunteer to be a donation drop off location):

Martin LLC Contact: Maria Bermudez
1818 Market St., 35th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar Contact: Prince Holloway
2000 Market St., 28th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

As part of the drive, the YLD will host a happy hour and will be accepting donations on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St. The happy hour is being co-sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Section and Robson Forensic.

There are a number of ways that you can contribute to this very worthy cause.

• The YLD is looking for additional drop-off locations in different areas of the city. If you agree to host a drop-off location, please arrange to have all donations brought to our central location site at 19th and Market on or before Friday, Aug. 22.

• The YLD needs drivers to deliver supplies to various local schools and recreation centers.

• Spread the word - via email, fax, phone, flyer - whatever you prefer. The YLD is accepting donations from anyone willing to give!

For more information or to register as a donation drop off location please contact Maria Bermudez at mbermudez@ssdisabilityfirm.com, Teresa Rodriguez at trodriguez.esq@gmail.com or Prince Holloway at pholloway@kolsbygordon.com.

Bar Dental, Vision Plans Open Enrollment Extended

With so many Philadelphia Bar members taking advantage of the lower costs and richer benefits of the Philadelphia Bar Dental and Vision Plans, we have extended the Open Enrollment through Aug. 31.

Offered exclusively through USI Affinity, the Philadelphia Bar Association's endorsed insurance broker, these outstanding dental plans from United Concordia offer many choices to fit your dental needs and budget:

• Generous benefits and annual maximums, up to $2,250, orthodontia coverage or a plan that covers your preventative and basic services.

• Group buying power advantage - save 10 to 15 percent over average individual plans with rates guaranteed through December 2015.

• Optional vision insurance for less than $7.00 per month.

Open Enrollment has been extended until Aug. 31.

With USI Affinity and United Concordia you receive industry leading experience and world-class service. Enrollment is easy and there are no waiting periods. United Concordia has more than 100,000 dentists in their network and 6 million members in their plans nationwide.

Enroll today. For the more information on the Dental Plans available to Pennsylvania attorneys call 855-874-0267 or click here.

Distracted Driving CLE Aug. 11

Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities. Fifty-seven people were killed in distracted driving accidents in Pennsylvania in 2012. Texting and driving is the leading cause of accidents and deaths among teenage drivers. But clearly, they are not the only ones engaging in distracted driving.

At PBI's "Distracted Driving: The Criminal, Civil and Social Consequences" CLE on Monday, Aug. 11, you'll learn What constitutes distracted driving; the law and its provisions; and an update on the case law developing around distracted driving.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Dynamic Presentation Skills for Lawyers Aug. 12

The most successful attorneys are those who can communicate their ideas quickly and effectively to a wide variety of audiences. Whether in the boardroom, the conference room, or the courtroom, the best and brightest shine by fully engaging their audiences and moving them to action.

PBI's "Dynamic Presentation Skills for Lawyers" CLE program on Tuesday, Aug. 12 demystifies the speaking process by showing the practical, easy-to implement strategies that will save time, make you look smart, and help you achieve the results you seek.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Tame the Clutter and Digital Chaos Aug. 13

Most lawyers feel they are being over-run with paper, and ironically, the more paper lawyers have, the harder it is to find what they're looking for. Explore ways to reduce paper in your office and minimize the need to keep injecting paper into your workflow. We will explain how the iPad, copiers, desktop scanners and PDFs can all work together to reduce paper, lower operating costs and significantly improve efficiency. Learn how to manage your daily tasks and how technology can help you to improve client communication and achieve your professional goals. Enhance your time management and technology skills to regain control of your law practice and your life. This 6 CLE credit program will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

AIDS Law Project Summer Movie Party Aug. 15

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.

Trials of the Century II Aug. 18

Because most cases settle, 95 percent of the time your deposition or interview IS the trial. Todd Winegar, one of America's highest-rated CLE speakers, uses actual film footage, recreations and verbatim transcripts to bring you the unique educational program"Trials of the Century II" on Monday, Aug. 18.

Learn effective deposition and questioning techniques by watching world-class examples. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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.

Pa. Civil Practice and Procedure CLE Aug. 19

Understand the key elements of Pennsylvania civil practice and receive a refresher on the relevant rules of procedure at this CLE program on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Discuss up-to-the-minute information on rules and courtroom practice, walk through the process of initiating a lawsuit, examine discovery methods, discover how and when to use judicial arbitration and determine the best methods for handling evidence and techniques for preserving issues for appeal.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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.

Relationships with Foreign Bar Associations Aug. 20

Please join the members of the International Law Committee for the second meeting to discuss the administration of the various relationships the Philadelphia Bar Association has with foreign bar associations on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The committee anticipates reports from those ILC members who agreed to serve as liaisons between the ILC and area law schools and those who agreed to serve as liaisons to our foreign bar partners. The committee has and will be communicating individually with people who have volunteered to be liaisons for particular bar associations.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South 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 to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin and Beyond Aug. 21

Bitcoin is what most people think of when they think of cryptocurrency. However, there are many, many kinds of cryptocurrencies: Litecoin, Dogecoin and Darkcoin. The Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee will present a lunchtime CLE program on Thursday, Aug. 21 to explain the basic ins and outs of digital cryptocurrency and the implications and opportunities for lawyers.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

11th Annual Animal Law Conference Aug. 21

Steven M. Wise will present the keynote address "Rattling the Cage: Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals" at the 11th Annual Animal Law Conference on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Attendees will hear an update on case law and legislation impacting animals, animal owners and businesses; know more about the law as it relates to shelters, rescues and other animal welfare organizations; and discover how animal law interfaces with so many areas of practice - from estate planning to civil litigation to criminal, business and more. A total of 10 different sessions are available.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

Helping Global Companies Avoid Money Laundering Aug. 22

Money laundering, integrating the proceeds of crime into the legitimate financial system, has been grabbing headlines over the past year. Attorneys, whether operating in firms or as in-house counsel, are considered to be a class of people who may be "facilitators" of money laundering in the international policy realm.

In addition to risks for companies and corporate counsel, the legal profession is under considerable pressure from both domestic and international sources to implement effective risk-based measures to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. In 1989, the world’s major industrialized nations created an intergovernmental body known as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In 2008, FATF adopted risk-based guidance for the legal profession.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Retirement Planning for Attorneys Aug. 26

Whether you are retiring from a solo practice or a large firm or just preparing for an unanticipated absence, it is never too early to develop a succession plan. PBI's "Retirement Planning for Attorneys" is a comprehensive seminar that will discuss the steps you need to take to wind down your law practice, organize your interests and analyze your retirement goals.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Guide to Understanding Franchise Law Aug. 27

Regardless of the label used for the transaction, if the agreement has all the elements of a franchise then it will be treated as such. Learn what it means to become a franchise, how the business is regulated, the various disclosure laws which apply and various other hot-button issues unique to the franchise relationship on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 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. If a nominee is selected, they 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.

Small Business Committee Networking Event Sept. 10

Please join the Small Business Committee along with the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for an evening of networking, food and drinks on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

With 22,000 members, PICPA is Pennsylvania's premiere professional organization for CPAs. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St. and includes complimentary light appetizers. A cash bar will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend however registration is required. Please contact Kelli Comegys at 267-675-6257 or kcomegys@picpa.org to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Education Law Center to Honor Fedullo Sept. 17

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo will be honored by the Education Law Center at its annual celebration of education champions on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoning Appeals

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Ellen Ceisler and Nina Wright Padilla will be the featured speakers at the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee's program "Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoning Appeals to the Common Pleas Court But Were Afraid to Ask" on Monday, Sept. 22.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

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. Multiple levels of sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Ed Beitz at Beitze@whiteandwilliams.com.

Pro Bono Road Show/Interactive Fair Oct. 2

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer a Pro Bono Road Show and Interactive Fair introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 2.

This event is geared especially toward solo practitioners and members of small/mid-size firms and corporate counsel. Public interest legal services agencies will present two minute highlights about their work and how to get involved. This will be followed by an open forum where attendees can learn more about the agencies of their choice.

The program will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A light breakfast is included. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Click here to register. The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and Association of Corporate Counsel Delaware Valley Chapter (DELVACCA).

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.

Brennan Distinguished Jurist Nominees Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Dec. 9.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or to dpetit@philabar.org. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Deadline for PNC Achievement Nominations is Oct. 14

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 PNC Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via email at dpetit@philabar.org or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o PNC Achievement Award Committee, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Two Events Benefit Komen Philadelphia

Fall is full of fun for young professionals, thanks to Susan G. Komen Philadelphia and two fabulous opportunities to network, have fun and support the fight against breast cancer.

First, relax, refine your tastes and realize how easy it is to give back at "Two Tastes in One," an evening at Bank & Bourbon at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. on Monday, Sept. 15. A $10 donation supports the cause.

Then, get set for the "exotic, electric and totally reinvented" Young Professionals Party of the Pink Thai Ball - a unique opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 18 to immerse your souls in a rich and curious Thai culture, help Komen Philadelphia save lives, and party like you love to party!

For more information, visit KomenPhiladelphia.org or call 215-238-8900.

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

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.

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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, Aug. 11
Distracted Driving
3.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - The Success Formula - A Risk Management Approach to Avoid Personal and Professional Impairment (Video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12
Dynamic Presentation Skills for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Private Eyes are Watching You: Privacy in the Workplace
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Tame the Clutter and Digital Chaos
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14
How to Obtain and Use Digital Evidence
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association March 2014 Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting - Financial Powers of Attorney - What You & Your Clients Don't Know (or at least Don't Do) Can Hurt You Both (Video)
2 substantive CLE credits
1 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15
Anatomy for Lawyers: Back and Knee
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - An Old, Dead Poet's Take on Justice, Mercy & Getting Mine: A Lawyer's Life and The Merchant of Venice (Video)
1 ethics CLE credits
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 18
Trials of the Century II
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What’s on Second? Sophisticated Issues in Lien Divestiture & Priority (Video)
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 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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