Sept. 22, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 67
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Robinson
to Speak at Sept. 27 Quarterly;
Bar to Honor Judge Herron

Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor on MSNBC and "Meet the Press," will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. Herron will receive the Association's 2011 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the event...READ MORE
 

Pulitzer Prize Winner Robinson to Speak Sept. 27

Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor on MSNBC and "Meet the Press," will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. Herron, considered to be an architect of the First Judicial District's Commerce Case Management Program, will receive the Association's 2011 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.

Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture, contributes to the PostPartisan blog, and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In a three-decade career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper's Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005.

In 2009, Robinson received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture." Robinson is the author of "Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America" (2010), "Last Dance in Havana" (2004) and "Coal to Cream: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race" (1999).

Tickets are $55 for Association members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register for the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Online Registration Deadline for Bench-Bar is Oct. 12

Online registration for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Wednesday, Oct. 12. This year’s conference will be held Friday and Saturday Oct. 14 and 15 at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Click here to register.

Fifteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to 7.5 hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees. Registration is available at philabenchbar.org.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity (Diamond Level); The Legal Intelligencer (Platinum Level); Iron Mountain (Silver Level); and Jams (Silver Level). Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Conference Co-Chair Jeff Gross at jgrossuz@aol.com or 215-512-1500.

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With this shortcut, you'll have one-touch access to a regularly updated schedule of events for this year's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, plus registration and hotel links! And don't forget to join the conversation at this year's big event on Twitter at #BenchBar11. We look forward to seeing you at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City on Oct. 14 and 15!

Scholarships Available for Bench-Bar Conference

Scholarships to the 2011 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City are available by lottery to 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 Sept. 30. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 14 at Harrah's as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced by 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 via email.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

If you enter the lottery please DO NOT register for the conference or make a hotel reservation. If your name is not selected for one of the scholarships you will still be able to register for the conference and receive the early-bird discount and we will be able to guarantee you a hotel reservation.

Leveling the Playing Field with Blogs Sept. 22

Legal blogs have gained popularity among law firms over the past few years. Blogs allow law firms to communicate ideas, changes in the law and practical updates to clients almost instantly. And unlike more traditional methods of communication, blogs don't require big law firm budgets to make a big impact.

Writing or contributing to a legal blog is a chance for you to share not only your expertise but also your passion for the law with the world. Even better, it's an opportunity to have an ongoing conversation with your colleagues and potential clients about your practice and possibly, your firm.

Kelly Phillips Erb will discuss out how legal blogs can help level the playing field for solo to mid-size firms at the Thursday, Sept. 22 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

WIP Co-Hosting Meet and Greet Sept. 22

The Women in the Profession Committee is co-hosting a meet and greet on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is co-hosted by National Association of Women Business Owners - Greater Philadelphia Chapter for Women Entrepreneurs; Life Style Committee of the PICPA; and Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.

The event will feature a cash bar with credit card preferred. To register, please call 215-567-6510. Attendance is limited. Dress code for the club is business casual.

Value of Care Management in Elder Law Sept. 22

Lou Horvath, executive director of Intervention Services, will discuss the value of care management in elder law planning at the Thursday, Sept. 22 meeting of the Edler Law & Guadianship Committee meeting.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Philadelphia Local Taxes CLE Sept. 23

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Philadelphia Local Taxes" on Friday, Sept. 23. f your clients do business in Philadelphia, you must understand the intricacies of local business tax practice – or risk making costly mistakes. This one-day seminar offers you a practical guide to the array of taxes imposed on your clients plus a wealth of valuable tips and strategies for making sure they don’t get into tax trouble.

Every important kind of tax will be covered – wage and net profit, business privilege, transfer tax, real estate taxes, use and occupancy and more. Faculty members representing private businesses will be paired with those from the City of Philadelphia in point-counterpoint discussions, presenting both perspectives on the really important issues.

Keith J. Richardson, revenue commissioner of the Philadelphia Revenue Department, will be the special guest luncheon speaker. Lunch is included with your tuition. Plus, you’ll explore some of the tough ethical issues that can trip you up if you’re not careful when handling cases involving Philadelphia local taxes.

The program will be held 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. Click here to register.

Nuts and Bolts of Running for Bar Association Office Sept. 26

With the deadline for Nominations for the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors Election coming fast upon us (Oct. 7), now is the time to come learn what it takes to run for an elected position, either on the Board or as an officer.

We invite you to spend an hour hearing from current Board Members, Officers and the Association Staff about the election process.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited this year are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer (each office carries a one-year term); and five seats on the Board of Governors (each Board seat carries a three-year term). Those currently holding these positions are eligible to run in this election year.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary, on or before Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, 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 of the Association who are entitled to vote. All members of the Association must have paid their dues in 2011.

Please RSVP to Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration, at sknight@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6325. The 2011 Election Calendar appears below.

2011 Bar Association Election Calendar

Oct. 7 - Candidate nomination deadline.

Oct. 19 - Election Procedures Committee & Elections Committee Meeting, 12 p.m.. Drawing of lots to determine ballot position, and review of Campaign Rules & Procedures with candidates.

Nov. 15 - Election Forum #1 with candidates for Vice Chancellor and officers.

Nov. 17 - Election Forum #2 with candidates for Board of Governors.

Nov. 18 - Ballots mailed to regular, voting members of the Association at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Annual Meeting, on or before Nov. 23, 2011.

Dec. 1 - 10 a.m. deadline for receipt of mail ballots.

Dec. 6 - Polls open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

EEOC Attorneys to Address HR Committee Sept. 30

EEOC trial attorneys Natasha Abel and Jennifer Hope will be the guest speakers at the Friday, Sept. 30 meeting of the Human Resources Committee on Friday, Sept. 30.

They will discuss EEOC's systemic initiatives; EEOC's efforts to achieve equal pay; a review of recent developments, including the area of criminal history and credit history background checks and an overview of EEOC's litigation program, including recent trials, settlements and filings.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Cohen Seglias, United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please join us at 8:15 a.m. for continental breakfast; our one-hour presentation and discussion will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please RSVP to: Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

YLD Photography Contest Entries Due Sept. 30

The YLD welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Summer in the City," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive a $200 and $100 gift certificate, respectively, to Ruth's Chris Steak House as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the atmosphere of a city during the Summer/early Fall months. The picture can be taken here in Philadelphia or in any other city.

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Matthew Laver at mlaver@wglaw.com in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 30.

Advising a Charitably Minded Client CLE Oct. 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting & CLE "Advising a Charitably Minded Client" on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Panelists include Michelle J. Hong, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.; Lynn Ierardi, J.D., director of Gift Planning, University of Pennsylvania and consultant - Gift Planning Advisor, LLC; and Donald W. Kramer, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Interbranch Commission Discussion Oct. 4

Lisette M. McCormick, executive director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethic Fairness and Lynn A. Marks, executive director, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; will discuss the commission's work addressing inequities and securing fairness and equal justice in Pennsylvania's court system at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Women's Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

F. Lee Bailey on Trial Techniques Oct. 11

Legendary attorney F. Lee Bailey will present a CLE seminar on trial techniques on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Click here to register.

This one-hour presentation at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building will highlight the methods, techniques and risks of real-time cross-examinations, as well as offer a meaningful and useful path to those who realize that maturing to the standing of a feared cross-examiner is, at the end of the day, well worth the considerable time and effort required. History has shown that no combination of wit, charm and imagination can consistently produce expert cross-examinations, unless the practitioner also has the fundamental methods and techniques that Bailey introduces.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. 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 $40. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend for a fee of $15. If you wish to register for the CLE in advance please visit pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637 or send in this registration form. Please make CLE tuition checks payable to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Public Bidding CLE Sept. 28

The Construction Law Committee will present the CLE program "Public Bidding and Bid Protests - A Primer on Pennsylvania Law" on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

This CLE will highlight the following issues, among others: summary of public bidding; award of contracts; rejection of bids and waiver of bid defects; bid mistakes and bid withdrawals; did disputes and protests; types of challenges; and procedure and remedies.

The program has been approved for 1.5 hours of substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.

Registration 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.

Women in the Profession Summit on Negotiation Oct. 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will present its 4th Annual Summit on Thursday, Oct. 27 with a panel discussion on the art of negotiation. Click here to register.

This summit will address effective negotiation styles, practical tips and best practices for effective negotiations, as well as, how personality and gender affect negotiation behavior. Panelists will introduce techniques to better evaluate your negotiation style and performance. Panelists include Catherine C. Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Jamie Sheller of Sheller, P.C. and Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP. The program is moderated by Judge Diane M. Welsh of JAMS.

At the conclusion of the CLE, there will be a cocktail reception sponsored by the Temple Law Alumni Association and optional "speed networking event" in which attendees will spend five-minute intervals describing their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee.

The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and register at no cost. Click here to register for the program without CLE credit.

National Pro Bono Week Oct. 10-28

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section invites members of the Philadelphia legal community to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment events, legal clinics for low-income clients and continuing legal education programs from Oct. 10-28 in honor of National Pro Bono Week. The celebration is part of the American Bar Association's coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

Click here for a calendar of events in Philadelphia. The celebration recognizes the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provides an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. For more information, contact Sara Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP, at swoods@phillyvip.org.

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers, law firm managing partners, and diversity thought-leaders from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

During the opening plenary, a panel of local and non-local chief legal officers and law firm managing partners will discuss the importance of collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; benchmarks to measure success; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

Four concurrent breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: the roles white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta, GA ; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia, PA; John L. Latham, partner, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA; Sophia Lee, chief counsel-litigation, Sunoco, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; James G. Leipold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals, Washington, D.C.; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta, GA; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York, NY; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Mark S. Stewart, chair, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc., Parsippany, N.J.; Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Charles Phillip Wells, partner, Williams Mullen, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston, TX; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago, IL.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org.

Notice to the Bar Regarding Magistrate Judge Appointment

The current term of the office of United States Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore wells at Philadelphia, Pa., is due to expire June 2, 2012. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

The duties of a magistrate judge include the following: conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:
Michael E. Kunz
Clerk of Court
2609 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Human Resources Department, Magistrate Judge Reappointment

Comments must be received by Oct. 31.

Justice Scalia to Address Duquesne Law School Sept. 24

Dean Ken Gormley and Duquesne University School of Law cordially invite all members of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations to attend a keynote address by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Duquesne Law School’s founding.

Justice Scalia's historic address will take place at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the Duquesne Campus on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. There is no charge for members of the Bar Association or their guests.

Justice Scalia’s keynote speech, commemorating the Law School’s Centennial, will be followed by a brief tribute to Justice Scalia on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his own appointment to the Supreme Court. To register for this historic event in the life of the legal profession and the organized bar in Western Pennsylvania, kindly register by clicking on myduquesne.duq.edu/LawCenScalia.

Nominations Sought for FJD Roll of Honor

Recognizing the crucial role that members of bar play in performing pro bono work in both the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court, the First Judicial District will honor attorneys in private practice who have performed pro bono services in the First Judicial District during 2011 at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 27.

In addition to honoring attorneys who have performed exceptional pro bono service, the First Judicial District will recognize all attorneys who have performed pro bono service before the First Judicial District with its 2011 Roll of Honor. To be eligible for the Roll of Honor, an attorney must be in private practice and must have provided pro bono services to a client or client group in a case pending before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania during the period of Jan. 1, 2011 to Oct. 1, 2011.

Please nominate yourself or any other attorney who meets the criteria listed on the nomination form. The deadline for Roll of Honor submissions is Friday, Sept. 30. Nominations should be submitted to Victoria Johnson at victoria.johnson@courts.phila.gov, by facsimile to 215-686-3748, or mail to Room 336 City Hall,Philadelphia, Pa, 19107. Click here for a nomination form.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

Attorneys on the go can access The Legal Directory 2011 on handheld devices. With thousands of listings at your fingertips, simply click a phone number or email; your handheld will dial or generate an email template. Visit mobile.thelegaldirectory.org to sign on.

The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly of Fox Rothschild LLP, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Luncheon Meeting, on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Allen Keller, a human rights advocate and head of the NY/Bellevue Center for the Treatment of Victims of Torture. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $20 for public interest practitioners. To register, please contact Loy Omphommasack at 215.832.0905 or via email at loy@hiaspa.org.

• The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 20th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 25. The 5K event begins at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins at 10 a.m. To register, please contact Linda Peyton at LPeyton@lcdphila.org.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its 6th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 3 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. For sponsorship and foursome information, please contact Muhammida ElMuhajir at melmuhajir@advokid.org or 267-546-9211.

• The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its 4th Annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards Dinner and Cocktail Reception on Thursday, Oct. 6, honoring Jerome Balter whose work has advanced environmental justice and made improvements in the public health of impoverished urban communities. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets. For more information or to register, please visit pilcop.org.

• Community Legal Services will hold its Second Annual Justice for All 5K on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register online please visit clsphila.org/JusticeForAll5K.

• SeniorLAW Center is hosting an Old and New World Grapes Wine Tasting Party conducted by Phil Hinerman, Esq. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. This two-hour wine tasting will feature a comparative wine tasting of new and old world grapes and is being held at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. Tickets are $55 each or two tickets for $99. Proceeds will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need. For tickets or more information, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or email lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

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