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August 17, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 50
 |  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.

Traumatic Brain Injury: The Medical and Legal Aspects of Brain Injury Litigation Aug. 21

Few medical issues have captured the attention of the public like traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It is a “signature injury” of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and a well-documented concern for those playing professional football. More people are being diagnosed with concussion and post-concussion syndrome on a routine basis. With a focus on the rapidly evolving changes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of TBI survivors, this program will provide you with valuable tools and insights to help you more effectively represent your clients.

This 5 substantive, 1 ethics program will be held on Friday, Aug. 21 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 8:25 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.

Sixty-Fifth Barristers’ Association Installation Sept. 9

Join the The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia for its annual Installation of Officers Ceremony on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the incoming executive and advisory boards will be sworn in alongside Shabrei M. Parker, Barristers’ incoming president and associate at Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a networking reception.

The ceremony and reception will be held at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Guests are required to RSVP via email to Phillybarristers@gmail.com.

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.

"Vatican Splendors" VIP Guided Tour by Emily Urban, Ph.D. Sept. 29

Experience the culture of the Vatican without the hassle of traveling. Just days after Pope Francis's visit, join the Philadelphia Bar Academy on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute to explore "Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art," an exhibit that features nearly 200 objects representing the breadth of Western history since the fall of Rome. Attendees will view works of art by some of history's most celebrated artists and explore an extraordinary collection of historical and religious objects that have never been seen before by the general public.

The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia. Attendees should plan to arrive at 5:45 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, click here.

Save the Date: 26th HBAPA-LEF Scholarship Dinner Oct. 8

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund will be holding its annual Scholarship Dinner on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s honoree is Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, executive director of the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A keynote address will be given by Alba E. Martinez, principal of the Retail Investor Group at The Vanguard Group.

The dinner will be held at the National Society of Colonial Dames, 1630 Latimer St., Philadelphia. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.hbapa.net or call Lorena E. Ahumada at (215) 496-7227.

Early-Bird Registration for Bench-Bar at Borgata Closes Sept. 18

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City. Early-bird registration closes on Sept. 18.

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.

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: What Your Estate and Trust Plans Say About Your Legacy

Well-structured estate and trust plans can help to create a family legacy. To make sure an individual’s intentions are properly carried out, conversations about family beliefs, values and relationships should be at the forefront of the estate and trust planning process. 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. 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.

Aug. 18
Instant Access: Making Great & Lasting First Impressions (am)
Influence: The Art and Science of Changing Minds (pm)
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Research Law and Compliance Forum
5 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 19
12th Annual Animal Law Conference
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 20
Hot Topics in Capital Cases - Part II
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age? (Video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
10-11 a.m.; check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Aug. 21
Traumatic Brain Injury
5 substantive/1 ethics
8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 24
(A)Microsoft Excel for Lawyers and Staff (B)A Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat and PDF Files
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 25
Fourth Annual Supreme Court Roundup
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

What You Need to Know About Student Loans
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 26
The Basics of UM/UIM and Limited Tort
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Who’s on First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania (Video)
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Aug.27
Ethics Potpourri-Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age?
0 substantive/1 ethics
8:30-9:30 a.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Trials of the Century
5 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri-PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Update
0 substantive/1 ethics
10-11 a.m.; check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri-Law Marketing and Ethics 2015 Update: Balancing Smart Business Development, Adhering to the Rules
0 substantive/1 ethics
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; check-in at 11 a.m.

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

Ethics Potpourri-Frequently Asked Questions: Ethics and Social Media
0 substantive/1 ethics
3-4 p.m.; check-in at 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri-Solutions for the Lawyer in Distress
0 substantive/1 ethics
4:30-5:30 p.m.; check-in at 4 p.m.

Aug. 28
A Day on Personal Injury
5.5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug 31.
Medicare Set Asides/Structured Settlements (Video)
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

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


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