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Sept. 26, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 40
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2016

Thank you to all the attendees and generous sponsors who made the 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference the best yet!

Website is Live: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12

Visit GetExpunged.org for full details on volunteering and registering for the clinic.

Having a criminal record expunged or sealed can dramatically improve a person's life by allowing him or her to pursue permanent employment or housing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. Effective Nov. 12, 2016, Pennsylvania will allow individuals who have served their sentence and have remained free of arrest or prosecution for 10 years to petition the court to have their records of conviction for misdemeanors of the second and third degree be sealed from public view.

On Nov. 12, 2016, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in partnership with Community Legal Services and key members of the criminal, legal, and judicial communities, will conduct a pro bono criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. The clinic will take place at six locations throughout Philadelphia from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Organizers will be seeking volunteer attorneys and law students to assist with processing petitions at the clinic and to handle follow-up hearings for contested petitions. Details on registering to volunteer to follow.

Registration for Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records training now open. CLE program is FREE for expungement clinic volunteers. Dates are Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact John Coyle or Meghan Claiborne at phillygetexpunged@gmail.com.

Pa. Supreme Court Encourages Appointments of Public to Panels, Commissions and Independent Agencies

As part of its desire for wider public participation in the judicial system, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is undertaking a new initiative making it easier for people to
express interest in being appointed by the Supreme Court to advisory panels, commissions, and
independent agencies with the judiciary. For more information from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, click here.

Philadelphia Celebrates the 2016 National Pro Bono Week! Oct. 23-29

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will held during the month of October to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 23-29 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

National Pro Bono Week will kick off with a series of interactive Pro Bono "Road Shows" introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia. The Road Shows will be held at law firms and corporations located in Center City Philadelphia from Sept. 26-Oct. 14. To schedule a Road Show, please contact Jodi Schatz at jschartz@SCCALaw.org.

Click here to view the 2016 Calendar of Pro Bono Events that will celebrate pro bono contributions throughout Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.

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Registration Open: YLD "Striking Injustice" for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Oct. 6

Get excited for the Young Lawyers Division's annual fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! This year's fundraiser "Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides" will feature a bowling tournament along with other activities at the ultimate Philly hang-out, North Bowl in Northern Liberties, on Oct. 6.

Create your own team! Individuals can create a team of 6-8 and compete in the tournament. Team participation includes registration with open bar, including craft beers, and dinner buffet. Register here.

Do you want to sponsor a team? A lane? Or see your firm or company name in lights? For a full list of sponsorships and benefits, click here. Thank you to the sponsors to date:

  • Team Sponsors: Anapol Weiss; Blank Rome LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C.; White and Williams LLP
  • Additional Sponsors: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; KML Law Group; McCarter & English, LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; Reed Smith LLP; Robson Forensic, Inc.; and Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC

Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt

It has come to our attention that some members of several state bar associations including Florida, Georgia, Nevada and California received a fraudulent email indicating that a complaint has been made against their firm. This email is not coming from the bar association and is an attempt to phish members.

The email includes directions to click on a link, which purports to be a copy of the complaint. Bar members in the impacted states are being advised by their bar associations not to click on the link, as it appears to be an attempt to put "ransomware" on the affected computer.

The state bar associations impacted have sent warnings to their audiences, but this scam may continue to spread. The Philadelphia Bar Association encourages its members to remain vigilant regarding suspicious emails that could potentially be fraudulent, including those with links or attachments.



Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement Sept. 27

Hosted by the Fee Disputes Committee and Young Lawyers Division

Through an entertaining reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients, as well as, how to address those issues which often arise when representation ends or the client hires a new attorney…READ MORE

CLE - Leading Mindfully Sept. 28

Business Law Section Mindfulness Series

Join us for the third program in the Business Law Section Mindfulness series. Building on the Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Decision-Making CLE programs, this program explores the fundamental qualities of mindful leadership and how those qualities relate to legal practice and the various leadership roles lawyers hold…READ MORE

CLE - The Work of ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law Considerations Sept. 28

Hosted by the LGBT Rights Committee

This CLE program will begin with an introduction from Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of Reproductive Medical Associates. Dr. Gutmann will give a survey of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) methods and options available to prospective parents (donor insemination, co-maternity, IVF, surrogacy) and touch upon the medical complexities and expenses inherent in each…READ MORE

CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Oct. 5

Become certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas!

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules…READ MORE

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations…READ MORE

Join a Philadelphia Bar Association Committee: Appellate Courts Committee

The Appellate Courts Committee welcomes ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen or Bruce P. Merenstein, co-chairs, Appellate Courts Committee, with any questions.

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.

Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members: Next CLE Sept. 28

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life…READ MORE

Upcoming Events:


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Legislative Action Center: Support HB 1336 and SB 44, the Merit Selection Bills

Please support House Bill 1336 and Senate Bill 44, which would introduce merit selection of appellate court judges in Pennsylvania.

Dear Colleagues:

For more than 50 years, the Philadelphia Bar Association has campaigned for merit selection of appellate court judges in Pennsylvania. The issue is so important to the Association that merit selection is written into our bylaws…READ MORE

International Law Committee to Co-Host Korean Ambassador Oct. 5

The International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pepper Hamilton LLP and the Institute for Corean-AmericanStudies request the pleasure of your company at a lunch conference at Pepper Hamilton on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 12 p.m. They will be welcoming Ambassador Chong Wook Chung, ICAS Fellow, of Korea and a team of his delegation (Goh Kun, Joon-Kyung Kim, Shin Un, and Jaechun Kim). Ambassador Chung will discuss "A Changing Security Architecture in the Northeast Asia and the US-Korea Alliance in the Next US Administration."

Pepper Hamilton is located at 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 to Krista McCalla. For the flier, click here.

LatinoJustice: Pro Bono Legal and Grassroots Volunteers Needed for Voter Protection

Oct. 22 (Early Voting) and Nov. 8 (Election Day)

Latino Justice's Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Voter Protection Initiative, affiliated with the National Election Protection Coalition, is recruiting bilingual Spanish-speaking legal volunteers. For more information, click here.

Nominations for Justinian and Brandeis Lifetime Achievement Award Due Nov. 9

The Justinian Society and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation are seeking nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona, which, if a nominee is selected, will be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Dec. 7, 2016 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, Philadelphia.

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 e-mailed to chiacchio@thclaw.com. Nominations must be received no later than Nov. 9, 2016.

Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members: Next CLE Sept. 28

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life.

Rule 1.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct provides that "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client." Inherent in being a competent attorney is the skill of a lawyer to be mindful and centered. The Business Law Section Mindfulness at the Bar Program will provide members an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of practicing law mindfully.

Mindfulness for lawyers promotes more effective, sustainable work relationships that can positively impact the justice system. Traditional legal training focuses on overcoming external challenges. Mindfulness is an awareness of life in the present moment creating the opportunity to pause, breathe and connect with oneself in order to moderate reactions and respond thoughtfully to clients and colleagues. For the same reasons, practicing mindfulness in law enhances the capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in interpersonal interactions. Mindfulness can be another tool to enable better focus on and enjoyment of work.

Here is a look at some of the forthcoming programs in the series:

  • Introduction to the Mindful Practice of Law:
    The pressures of legal practice are significant, and lawyers need tools to deal with the pressures they face in order to perform optimally and enjoy their professional and personal lives fully. You will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness, as well as some concrete ideas to help you begin to integrate a stress-reducing mindset into your everyday work life.
  • Mindful Decision Making:
    Learn the definitions of mindful decision-making and how it leads to ethical decision-making. Learn how to make decisions more easily, naturally, peacefully and successfully by giving up stressful decision-making attitudes.
  • Leading Mindfully:
    Learn the definition of mindful leadership, the power to inspire others to follow by leading consciously and unselfishly. Explore the ingredients to mindful leadership including courage, charisma, enthusiasm and non-judgmental awareness.
  • Mindfulness in Practice:
    Practice mindfulness in small groups dealing with various scenarios such as a client meeting, a negotiation, a pro bono representation, even a session between a partner and an associate regarding feedback.

The Business Law Section will also provide members with a resource page on the Philadelphia Bar Association website for more information and new ideas. The Section looks forward to seeing you at the programs. The next Philadelphia Bar Association CLE in the series titled "Leading Mindfully" will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28. For more information and to register, click here.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Kathy I. Jaffari, chair, Business Law Section, at jaffarik@ballardspahr.com.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement Sept. 27

Hosted by the Fee Disputes Committee and Young Lawyers Division

Through an entertaining reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients, as well as, how to address those issues which often arise when representation ends or the client hires a new attorney.

Expert practitioner answer the following questions:

  • Is a written fee agreement required?
  • May an attorney charge a nonrefundable retainer?
  • Can an attorney hold a file for nonpayment of a fee when the client obtains new counsel?

Join your colleagues for an engaging and informative CLE program.

Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement
1 ETH
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

CLE - Leading Mindfully Sept. 28

Business Law Section Mindfulness Series

Join us for the third program in the Business Law Section Mindfulness series. Building on the Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Decision-Making CLE programs, this program explores the fundamental qualities of mindful leadership and how those qualities relate to legal practice and the various leadership roles lawyers hold.

The program will highlight the seven ingredients of mindful leadership and their application. The discussion will provide a framework for becoming a successful leader by being physically balanced, emotionally connected and mentally focused and ethical. Guided by a faculty with backgrounds in leadership and mindfulness and their application in law and business, this interactive program will include exercises you can utilize and practice to incorporate mindfulness into your professional roles that enable you to become more effective leaders.

In this program, faculty will examine:

  • How the application of the ideals of mindfulness work in the reality of a lawyer's day-to-day practice
  • How one can overcome leadership challenges in a competitive environment or with adversarial relationships using the techniques discussed

Allow mindfulness to be an everyday tool to enable you to be a better leader in your firm, company or other leadership positions.

Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsors:

Ballard Spahr LLP

Dechert LLP

Dilworth Paxson

Duane Morris

Reed Smith LLP

Wells Fargo

Leading Mindfully
1 SUB
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

CLE - The Work of ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law Considerations Sept. 28

Hosted by the LGBT Rights Committee

This CLE program will begin with an introduction from Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of Reproductive Medical Associates. Dr. Gutmann will give a survey of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) methods and options available to prospective parents (donor insemination, co-maternity, IVF, surrogacy) and touch upon the medical complexities and expenses inherent in each.

Tiffany L. Palmer, Esq. will then address ART methods and ways attorneys can proactively secure legal parental rights for their client. She will provide an overview of well-settled law in the U.S. for LGBT parentage, as well as a glimpse of recent legislative developments, such as the 2015 case In re. Baby S., in which the Pennsylvania Superior Court recognized surrogacy contracts as valid and enforceable. The program will define vocabulary used in ART lawyering, such as: intended parent, legal parent, donor, gestational surrogate and marital presumption. Choice of law concerns will also be addressed; as well as, the processes by which an intended parent becomes a legal parent.

The program will offer best practices for preventing future litigation for parental rights, including pre-conception/pre-implantation legal work (intended parents agreements, known donor contracts, gestational carrier agreements) as well as post-conception/post-birth legal work (pre-birth parentage orders or second-parent/stepparent adoptions).

The Work of ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law Considerations
2 SUB
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Oct. 5

Become certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas!

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules. Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal from the decision and obtain a new trial.

Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Receive explanations and examples regarding the following:

  • Definition of the Arbitration program and introduction to the process
  • General roles, responsibilities and E-Filing
  • Substantive/Service Issues
    • Stipulation issues
    • Limited tort vs. Full tort status in motor vehicle personal injury cases
    • § 1722 "paid or payable" argument
    • Act 6 reduction
    • Moorhead
    • Introduction Police Reports
    • Application of the Fair Share Act
    • Cases involving the Plan
    • Special evidentiary issues
  • Ethical Concerns during the arbitration process
  • AND OBTAIN CERTIFICATION TO BECOME AN ARBITRATOR

Hosted by the Compulsory Arbitration Committee of the State Civil Litigation Section and presented with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program.

Attend a practical and entertaining presentation to learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.

Be the Judge, Be the Jury…Become an Arbitrator!
2 SUB/1 ETH
2 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses



The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

Sept. 27
Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement
1 ETH
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Sept. 28
Leading Mindfully
1 SUB
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Sept. 28
The Work of ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law Considerations
2 SUB
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 30
Discovery in a Digital World - Modern Investigative Techniques: Cybersecurity through Computer Forensics
2 SUB
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 30
VIDEO ENCORE: Deposition Skills Litigators Need to Know
2 SUB/1 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 5
Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
2 SUB/1 ETH
2 p.m. - Lunch and registration begin at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 6
Navigating Language Access In Legal Procedure
2 SUB/1 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 10
October 2016 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Dawn of a New Era: Pennsylvania's 2016 Orphans' Court Rules
2 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Oct. 13
M&A Market and Economy Updates and Insights
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Oct. 14
Fee Reviews and Utilization Reviews - An Overview of What You Need to Know
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Oct. 18
Representing Grandparents in Domestic Relations and Dependency Cases: Issues to Consider and Practice Tips
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 24
Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Navigating the Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Service
2.5 ETH
8:30 a.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Oct. 26
Philadelphia's Sweetened Beverage Tax
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Oct. 27
Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Board Service
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Nov. 1
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Nov. 2
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 12 p.m.

Nov. 2
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
6 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 4
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
12 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 10
2016 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update
4 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 17
Ethics and Incorporating New Technologies in Your Law Practice Digital Marketing
1 SUB/2 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

For questions regarding Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, contact Director of Continuing Legal Education Tara D. Phoenix at 215-238-6349 or tphoenix@philabar.org.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

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.

New Member Benefits from Lenovo, the Philadelphia Business Journal, BLO/OUT™ Blow Dry Bar and More

The Philadelphia Bar Association offers its members a wide variety of discounts and other special pricing from loacal and national vendors. Find discounts and special pricing on retail items, travel, entertainment and more. Visit Member Benefits for full details.

New Deals From Lenovo

Summer's almost over but Lenovo savings continue!

Now is the time to upgrade your PC with Lenovo's legendary PCs at great summer-end discounts. If for either home or home office use, Lenovo designs and engineers legendary technologies, with top performance! As a Philadelphia Bar Association member, take advantage of INSTANT SAVINGS up to 24% off now through September 30th.

Shop now, with these exclusive offers:

  • Up to 24% off Select Lenovo Laptops
  • Up to 15% off Select ThinkCentre Desktops
  • Up to 15% off Select ThinkPad Laptops
  • Up to 7% off Select Lenovo Tablets

Visit: www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar

Call: 1-800-426-7235, ext. 7040 (M-F: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST, Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST)

Philadelphia Business Journal

Special members-only subscription to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The discounted price for Philadelphia Bar Association members is $85 for a one-year print and digital subscription. That's a savings of $30! Two- and three-year subscriptions are also available at a discounted rate.

Added Bonus: Your subscription will include a copy of the 2016 and 2017 Book of Lists.

To receive this offer please visit: www.pbj.com/Jason85.

Questions? Contact Jason Garrison at (215) 238-5126 or jgarrison@bizjournals.com.

PBJ

PNC Perspectives: Making Sense of Lower Oil Prices

Since reaching a high point in June 2014, oil prices have been steadily falling. However, the slide in such an important commodity is not the crisis it may seem…READ MORE

Public Interest Organization Events


The Susan O. Montgomery Lecture 2016: The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right Sept. 21

Join the American Philosophical Society as Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School, speaks on her new book titled "The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right" in Benjamin Franklin Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30.

The American Philosophical Society is located at 427 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

11th Child Advocates Golf Classic Sept. 26

Support Center for Child Advocates will host its 11th Child Advocates Golf Classic at Philadelphia Cricket Club on Monday, Sept. 26. All proceeds from the event support the SCCA's Project for Medically Needy Children.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club is located at 6025 W. Valley Green Road, Flourtown, Pa. Register here.

Education Law Center's Benefit Sept. 29

The Education Law Center will host its Annual Celebration at the Crystal Tea Room on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The event co-chairs are Elizabeth and Richard Zack and Amy Ginensky and Andrew Rogoff. This year's event will honor outstanding champions in the fight to ensure access to quality public education for every student, including Pepper Hamilton LLP, for the firm's commitment to Pennsylvania’s public school students and years of engagement with ELC; Signe Wilkinson, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist best known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com; and Dr. Monique W. Morris, author, professor and social justice scholar, co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute and author of "Push-Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools."" The ELC's Pro Bono Award will be presented to Paul Saint-Antoine and Chanda Miller, attorneys at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, who have dedicated countless pro bono hours to help clients facing illegal school barriers to education.

The Crystal Tea Room is located in The Wanamaker Building at 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. You can purchase a ticket here: donatenow.networkforgood.org/elc2016. For nonprofit rates, please contact Spencer Malloy at smalloy@elc-pa.org or 215-238-6970 ext. 312.

VIP Guardianship Training Sept. 30

Philadelphia VIP will present a training program for volunteer attorneys on Guardianship at Ballard Spahr LLP on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m.

Ballard Spahr LLP is located at 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Register at www.phillyvip.org.

Public Interest Law Center's Annual Fundraiser Oct. 6

Public Interest Law Center's Annual Fundraiser will be at Fringe Arts on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. with the awards program starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. This year's fundraiser will celebrate the core conviction of democracy: "Of the People, by the People, for the People." Honorees include Nicholas E. Chimicles, partner, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP; Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Soil Generation, a grassroots coalition of community gardeners and farmers in Philadelphia.

Fringe Arts is located at 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Valet parking will be available. Tickets, sponsorships, and more information at: www.pubintlaw.org/2016event/.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program’s 10th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Awards Ceremony Oct. 19

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 10th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is located at 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia. Information regarding honorees, event sponsorship/advertising, registration, and tickets at www.phillymediators.org/workshops-events/shepherds-of-peace-dinner.

Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Celebration Oct. 20

Rutgers University-Camden will host the 31st Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Celebration in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Women's Law Caucus, The Rutgers Law-Camden Alunni Association, and the Camden County Bar Association. The event will honor Michael Taub, a Homeless Advocacy Project staff attorney who trains pro bono lawyers all over the country to advocate for homeless veterans. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $20 for students, law graduates from the Classes of '15 and '16 and staff. Contact Rutgers Law School Associate Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest Jill Friedman at jill.friedman@rutgers.edu. For more information, visit law.rutgers.edu/mary-philbrook-public-interest-awards.

Friends of Farmworkers Fall 2016 Fundraiser Oct. 25

The Friends of Farmworkers Fall 2016 Fundraiser will be held at Tequilas Restaurant on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.. Information regarding this year’s honorees and event sponsorship at: www.friendsfw.org/support-our-work/fall-2016-fundraiser/.

PMC Inaugural Fall Benefit Oct. 26

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts's Inaugural Fall Benefit at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Michael Smerconish will be the keynote speaker. The event will feature cool jazz and hot judicial topics. Sponsorship opportunities include: Champion, Reformer, Organizer, Advocate, and Campaigner levels. Single tickets are $150. More ticket information here.

LCD 2016 Fall Celebration Oct. 27

Legal Clinic for the Disabled's (LCD) 2016 Fall Celebration will be at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The Fall Celebration is an annual fundraiser to help LCD continue the work they do by providing free legal representation to low-income people with physical disabilities in the Philadelphia region to help them overcome legal obstacles that would otherwise affect their independence, health or quality of life. There will be a silent auction with mobile bidding, and cocktails and food by Jimmy Duffy Catering. LCD will honor Frank M. McClellan, professor of law emeritus, Temple University; Duane Morris LLP; and Jeffrey S. Lichtman, Esq. for their commitment to the disabled community in Philadelphia and LCD.

PAFA is located at 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. RSVP at: www.lcdphila.org/.

AIDS Law Project Annual Halloween Party Oct. 28

AIDS Law Project's Annual Halloween Party "3rd Annual Boo! at bahdeebahdu: Celebrities Edition" will be at bahdeebahdu on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The two-part event features a catered dinner with fine wine and live performances, followed by a dance party. Costumes are encouraged.

Bahdeebahdu is located at 1522 N. American St., Philadelphia. Ticket prices: Dinner+Dance Party $200, Dance Party $100. For more information or to buy tickets/sponsorships, visit www.aidslawpa.org/boo-2016/.

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