Aronberg & Aronberg Regus
Oct. 10, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 76
 

Candidates Sought for Bar Offices by Oct. 11

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee and is seeking candidates for Bar offices. Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, 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, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 10, 2013 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 Sophia Lee, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

International Business CLE Oct. 10

Experts on import and export compliance, international business law, marketing, finance and customs, will address current issues for companies and entrepreneurs involved in or seeking to become involved in international business at the Thursday, Oct. 10 CLE presented by the International Business Initiative Committee. Our speakers will focus on practical issues and problems. The seminar, a Global Philly 2013 event, will highlight the latest developments in a topic of interest to many US companies.

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 10th floor Board Room at the 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 for lunch.

Harmony in the Workplace Oct. 11

Lawyers are expected to be experts in many areas and often expected to be self-confident and assertive by nature. Neither of these traits naturally leads to skill in managing cooperative and pleasant interpersonal relationships with co-workers. The Friday, Oct. 11 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section will highlight the importance of honing such skills and will offer attendees the opportunity to share relevant examples for participants to analyze and problem-solve.

Michael P. Freidman, Ed.D. will be the speaker for the program, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the 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 $12.00 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

PNC Achievement Award Nominations Sought by Oct. 14

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 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 Monday, Oct. 14.

Speaking of Civility Oct. 15

Former Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will lead a discussion on civility at a special meeting of the Family Law Section on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Following the discussion there will be a wine and cheese reception and reading of "Keeping it Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup & the Porsche and Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer" by Margaret Klaw, a former section chair.

The program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Registration is $10 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

A Day on Health Law CLE Oct. 16

In this time of dramatic change and health care reform that impacts every health care provider and every consumer of health care, it is more important than ever to keep informed, not only of the developments that are now in play but those significant changes that will be coming down the road. Six important topics were selected from PBI's 19th Annual Health Law Institute and will be taught be health lawyers who are leaders in their field. With lunch included, it's a fast-paced day that is packed with information you need to know about.

Stay apprised of the current issues on a variety of health law topics taught by health lawyers who are leaders in their field in this Wednesday, Oct. 16 CLE program. Learn about the False Claims Act recent cases and hear the unique perspectives of the panelists about the strengths and weaknesses of the decisions. Discuss ways for health care lawyers to avoid legal malpractice and wrongful use of civil proceedings claims. Discover the key aspects of the compliance efforts necessary for Business Associates now that they are directly regulated under HIPAA. Explore the link between compliance and medical malpractice and the trend to frame malpractice issues as violations of the False Claims Act. Understand how Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments offer a unique chance to realign providers and payers to reward quality and efficiency. Examine the implications of fair market value and commercial reasonableness for fraud and abuse compliance in a variety of types of health care transactions. Click here to register.

Craft Beer in Philadelphia Oct. 16 at Yards

The Young Lawyers Division and the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy are pleased to present "Craft Beer in Philadelphia - from the Cradle of American Libation to the East Coast's Craft Beer Mecca" on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Join us as we take a look at how Philadelphia developed into one of the nation's preeminent beer cities, the city's part in the American craft beer explosion, and the future of craft beer in the city. Our distinguished panelists include Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack); Tom Kehoe, Founder, Brewmaster and President of Yards Brewing Company; Trevor Prichett, Yards Chief Operating Officer; Adam Ritter, Owner, The Sidecar Bar & Grille and Kraftwork; Kristy Littman, Attorney and Co-Founder of PhillyTapFinder.com; and panel moderator Matthew Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP.

Registration is $20 for Bar Association members and $15 for YLD members and includes beer from Yards and pizza and baked goods from Kermit's Bake Shoppe. Spots are limited, register today! Click here to register.

How Super Lawyers Use ADR Oct. 17

Hear from attorneys at the top of the Super Lawyers list and get practical tips and techniques using Alternative Dispute Resolution at a Thursday, Oct. 17 CLE program presented by the ADR Committee.

Panelists include former Chancellor Robert C. Heim, Daniel F. Ryan III, Carol Nelson Shepherd and Bernard W. Smalley. This CLE program will highlight ways in which these Super Lawyers have dealt with unusual or particularly difficult issues to achieve the best results for their clients.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The CLE program will be followed by round-table discussions with mediators and attorneys. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credit. 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.

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 for lunch. Click here to register for lunch.

18th Annual Bankruptcy Institute Oct. 17

The 18th Annual Bankruptcy Institute will feature bankruptcy judges, representatives of the U.S. Trustee's Office, along with Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Trustees, consumer, commercial and creditor attorneys on Thursday, Oct. 17. Click here to register.

Get updated on the Top Consumer or Top Commercial bankruptcy cases of the year and then experience a diverse range of topics on the hottest and most current issues arising in bankruptcy, including recent rule changes, mortgage modification programs and what’s hot with oil and gas leases. Again this year, we will have a full BASIC TRACK for newcomers to consumer bankruptcy. There will also be workshops of interest to sophisticated debtor and creditor consumer counsel as well as Chapter 11 practitioners. A reception sponsored by the EDPA Bankruptcy Conference will follow.

HBA Legal Education Fund Scholarship Dinner Oct. 17

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will honor Joe Dominguez of Exelon at its Legal Education Fund Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St. The evening will feature a keynote address by Anthony Romero, the National Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Legal Education Scholarship Dinner raises money for scholarships for deserving Hispanic law students enrolled in law schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley.

Dominguez is the Senior Vice President for Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric companies. He also serves on several Boards of Directors, such as the Corporate Advisory Boards for APM (Associacion de Puertorriqueños en Marcha) and Congreso de Latinos Unidos. He has a mechanical engineering degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law.

Romero is the first Latino and openly gay man to serve as national executive director of the nation's premier defender of liberty and individual freedom. He has led the ACLU in many unique legal challenges. They include lawsuits against patents held by a private company on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer; Arizona's anti-immigrant law; and the Defense of Marriage Act. Visit hbapa.com to buy tickets for the HBA of PA Legal Education Scholarship Dinner.

Recent Changes in State, City Tax Law CLE Oct. 18

Expert practitioners will provide an in-depth discussion and explanation of the latest developments in tax regulations, legislation and planning strategies in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia at this Wednesday, Oct. 18 CLE program. Pennsylvania typically amends its tax laws once a year, as part of the budget process during June with respect to each upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. Click here to register

SSA Area Director to Speak Oct. 18

Area Director James Riley III and management from all of the Area 1 SSA District offices will be the guest speakers at the Friday, Oct. 18 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The meeting 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service CLE Oct. 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Young Lawyers Division will present the Board Observer CLE Program "The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service" on Monday, Oct. 21.

This CLE program address the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws, and will feature a panel of executive directors and current nonprofit board members. Our faculty will provide attorneys interested in serving on a nonprofit board an introduction to the role of the board of directors and the laws governing nonprofits, as well as focus on practical applications and how fiduciary duties come into play in the course of an individual's membership on a nonprofit board.

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.

Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.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 for lunch.

Chancellor's Forum on Human Rights Oct. 22

The Oct. 22 Chancellor's Forum "Putting Power Behind the Prose: Using International Human Rights Law to Influence American Jurisprudence and Policy" will cover how international human rights law works, in theory and practice.

Specifically, it will look at the development of human rights treaties, with an overview of the major treaties that the United States has ratified, their implementing mechanisms, and how lawyers have used those mechanisms in their own advocacy as a tool to influence policy and action at all levels of government. The panel will instruct the audience as to techniques used to domestically implement international human rights norms with a particular focus on recent Bar Association resolutions adopting principles of international human rights treaties on discrimination against women and homelessness.

Speakers for the program are Eric Tars, director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Sarah Paoletti, director of the Transnational Legal Clinic of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law; and Beth Lyon, director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic of the Villanova University School of Law.

One substantive CLE credit will be available for this program which begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A reception featuring international wines will follow the event. Register online for this event at pbi.org.

Dinner Honoring Ken Shear on His Retirement Oct. 24

Please join us for a dinner celebration honoring Kenneth Shear on his retirement as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

A cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 5:30 p.m. A three-course dinner with open bar begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $135 per person. Discounted valet parking is available for $26. The Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Cancellations are non-refundable after Oct. 21. Click here to register.

The Host Committee of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellors includes Arlin M. Adams, Harold Cramer, Thomas N. O'Neill Jr., Leon Katz, Jerome E. Bogutz, Joseph H. Foster, Donald C. Marino, David H. Marion, Bennett G. Picker, Seymour Kurland, Peter Hearn, Robert C. Heim, Deborah R. Willig, Andre L. Dennis, Lawrence J. Beaser, Abraham C. Reich, Francis P. Devine III, Clifford E. Haines, Mark A. Aronchick, Edward F. Chacker, Doreen S. Davis, Carl S. Primavera, Allan H. Gordon, Audrey C. Talley, Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua, Andrew A. Chirls, Alan M. Feldman, Jane Leslie Dalton, A. Michael Pratt, Sayde J. Ladov, Scott F. Cooper, Rudolph Garcia, John E. Savoth, Kathleen D. Wilkinson, William P. Fedullo and Albert S. Dandridge III.

The retirement dinner is sponsored by USI Affinity, ALM, Thomson Reuters and Precise.

For questions, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

International LL.M. Reception Oct. 29

The International Law Committee requests the pleasure of your company at a reception in honor of the International LL.M. students in Philadelphia and the presentation of the International Law Committee Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch Streets.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Please click here to register by Monday, Oct. 21.

Understanding Risks of BYOD Policies Oct. 31

Odia Kagan will present "Understanding the Risks of BYOD Policies" at a Thursday, Oct. 31 CLE program presented by the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee.

According to a recent study, 73 percent of people panic when they realize that they have misplaced their phone; 21 percent even felt desperate or sick under such circumstances. With smartphones becoming a staple of our daily existence and the convenience and ease of carrying and using just one device, many have started using their personal mobile devices for work related tasks. This phenomenon, often referred to as "Bring Your Own Device" or "BYOD," raises a variety of legal issues both for the user and for the corporation.

We will explore some of these issues, including: the employee's expectation of privacy, adequately securing the corporate information on the device, e-discovery and specific compliance issues for regulated organizations.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credits. 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 is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Replansky Award Nominations Due Nov. 1

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2012 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.
The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is Friday, Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Rachel E. Branson, Esquire, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market Street, Suite 3600, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or emailed to rbranson@schnader.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Rachel E. Branson at (215) 751-2438.

Tort Talk's Cummins to Speak Nov. 6

Daniel E. Cummins, creator and writer of "Tort Talk" will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

"Tort Talk" is a legal blog designed to provide updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law. "Tort Talk" has been selected and honored by both the ABA Law Journal and LexisNexis as one of the Top Insurance Law Blogs, as well as, one of the Top Tort Law Blogs in the entire United States. Cummins also serves as a contributing columnist with the Pennsylvania Law Weekly and other publications, in addition to practicing as an insurance defense litigator.

The meeting 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 to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 7 at Estia

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez and Philly Land Bank Alliance will receive the Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award at the Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Reception on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Estia, 1405 Locust St. Tickets are $45 for section members and $60 for non-members. Click here to register by Nov. 4. The Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Reception is sponsored by Surety Title Company, LLC.

CLE on Jewish Supreme Court Justices Oct. 30

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present "A Supreme CLE - A Historical Look at Roles of Jewish United States Supreme Court Justices and How They Shaped the Court" on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A boxed lunch is included with advanced registration. The CLE and lunch are free for Brandeis Law Society members in good standing. Admission for non-members is $36.

Click here to register or send checks payable to Louis D. Brandeis Law Society to Mitchell H. Klevan, Mitchell H. Klevan, LLC, 1515 Market St., Suite 1360, Philadelphia, 19102.

Join the New Committee on Insurance Practice

The Philadelphia Bar Association has created a new Committee on Insurance Practice for attorneys involved in insurance practice on all sides, such as subrogation, bad faith litigation, and other aspects the practice. The committee was formed with the intention of being as widely inclusive as possible and to partner with other sections and committees of the Association on events and initiatives where appropriate.

"A lot of law firms will be very interested in this, and more attorneys will want to be members of the Philadelphia Bar Association because of this Committee," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

The Committee on Insurance Practice is chaired by Sean P. O'Donnell of Cozen O'Connor. For more information about the committee or to join, contact O'Donnell at sodonnell@cozen.com.

Volunteers Sought for New Education Law Committee

The Association's new Education Law Committee provides a forum to examine important initiatives affecting education, recent developments in the law and the Bar's role in this area. Our Association has not had an Education Law Committee in many years, and there is no more important time than now to examine the critical issues of access to education, development of our youth, and the intersection of the law at all levels - including pre-K to 12th grade, as well as colleges and universities.

The Committee will also study the expansion of youth courts in Philadelphia and the Bar's role in assisting that effort. City Council has accepted a series of recommendations for setting up youth courts in schools that work in tandem with the juvenile justice system.

Additionally, the Committee will facilitate the Bar's award-winning Advancing Civic Education Program, or ACE, which over the past five years has placed more than 150 volunteer lawyers and judges into 14 public high schools and three elementary schools to provide supplemental civics education, including the fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution.

The Committee also meets and collaborates with public officials and agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, leveraging the strengths of their offices to help with the Committee's efforts to engage the education bar, and discusses ideas for potential trainings/programs/panels and topics to energize Philadelphia's education attorneys.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of our new Education Law Committee, please contact Committee Co-Chair Joshua Richards of Saul Ewing LLP at jrichards@saul.com, or Co-Chair Mary Gay Scanlon of Ballard Spahr LLP at scanlonm@ballardspahr.com.

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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.

National Pro Bono Celebration Calendar

• The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE training program "Saving Seniors' Homes: Philadelphia's Fresh Start on Property Tax Delinquencies and its Impact on Reverse Mortgages and Low-Income Senior Citizens
" (1.5 CLE credits in exchange for handling one case: 1 substantive; .5 ethics CLEs) on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. at Saul Ewing LLP, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 16 with Susanna Ratner at sratner@seniorlawcenter.org.

• Board Observer Program: The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. Attendees will receive 
training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members as well as people interested in serving on a nonprofit board. RSVP and register online to purchase lunch at philadelphiabar.org. Information about CLE credit to be provided.

• VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at PECO/Exelon, 2301 Market St. Register with VIP at 215-523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

• Support Center for Child Advocates 
will present "Law and Ethics: Hot Topics in Child Advocacy" (1.5 Ethics CLE credits)
 on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Cherry St. Register with jschatz@advokid.org.

• HIAS Pennsylvania will present the CLE training program "Asylum Law and Related Relief" (3 Substantive CLE Credits) on Friday, Oct., 25 from 12:15-3:30 p.m. at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market St. 
For more information, contact 215-832-0900. Register online at phillyvip.org.

• Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser will be held Friday, Oct., 25, where area law firms and corporations
 are asked to participate in a jeans day fundraiser benefitting nonprofit legal services providers funded by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. 
To participate, contact Kathy Ochroch at 215-569-5711 or ochroch@blankrome.com or Mary Gay Scanlon at 215-864-8912 or scanlonm@ballardspahr.com.

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" CLE program
 (5 Substantive/1 Ethics CLE credits) on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724 or at pbi.org. For more information about public interest law centers and pro bono referral programs that use volunteer attorneys and paralegals in the delivery of legal services in Philadelphia, visit the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide and the Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations posted on the website of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Scheduled

ACLU of Pennsylvania will hold its 2013 Annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Sponsor Reception at 5:30 p.m.), at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Streets. A reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner. The featured speaker will be James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, and attorney for Edie Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Coard, WURD 900AM radio host, attorney and community activist, will serve as the master of ceremonies. At the event, the Civil Liberty Pioneer Award will be presented to Paul Messing and Civil Libertarian Awards will be presented to Issak Wolfe and the Voter ID Clients. For more information, please email twalsh@aclupa.org or call (215) 592-1513, ext. 124.

Community Legal Services will hold its 4th Annual Justice for All 5K race/walk on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8:30 a.m., at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. In addition to individual, legal, and open team competitions, the Justice For All 5K features a Law School Challenge in which teams from area law schools compete against one another. Advance online registration closes at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Day-of registration will be available starting at 7:15 a.m. on race day. For information about registration fees or to register online, visit clsphila.org/justiceforall5k. Contact Caitlin Brown at cbrown@clsphila.orgfor more information.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its 7th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Union League in Philadelphia. Honorees are: Sharon Browning, Esq., JUST Listening; and Joel Austin, founder and CEO of Daddy UniverseCity. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or purchase an ad to honor one of the awardees in the program/ad booklet, visit phillymediators.org.

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Social Justice Gala, The Power of Partnerships, celebrating the work of pro bono partnerships and honor partners who have contributed outstanding service to Law Center clients. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. and will feature the presentation of the Thaddeus Stevens Partnership Award to DLA Piper, and the Thaddeus Stevens Champion Award to Thomas B. Schmidt III, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP. Tickets are $125 ($85 Student Discount for tickets). For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets online, visit pilcop.org/2013-social-justice-gala.

PNC Perspectives: Roth IRAs are Powerful Tools

In this month's interview, we sat down with Jennifer Messa, J.D., senior wealth planner with PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss how the Roth IRA can be used across generations. Click here to read the entire article.
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