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Oct. 10, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 42
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2016

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2016 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Footer and Associates, LLC
  • McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.

2016 Elections Forums

Come join your colleagues and meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors as well as the Young Lawyers Division's Executive Committee. In a series of forums, you will hear why they are running and what value-add they would bring as leaders to the Association.

Candidates will be appearing before individual Sections, Committees, Divisions and affinity bars on selected dates at the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Election Forum for general membership will be held on Nov. 15 in the 11th Floor Conference Center at 12 p.m.

For all Forum dates and a full 2016 Elections calendar, click here.

Volunteers Needed: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12

More than 700 applicants have filed to have their records sealed or expunged. 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.

Deadline Nov. 1: Nominations Sought for the PNC Achievement Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 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: PNC Achievement Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or to dpetit@philabar.org.

The criteria for the award are:

  1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);
  2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;
  3. 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.);
  4. The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and
  5. It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Business Law Section Giants of the Business Bar: Stephen J. Harmelin and Joseph H. Jacovini Nov. 3

Join the Business Law Section for Giants of the Business Bar at Bank and Bourbon in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Deadline Nov. 4: Nominations Sought for both the Dandridge Diversity Award and the Replansky Memorial Award—Deadline November 4, 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for both the Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award and the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

Nominations for each award are accepted from any member of the Business Law Section. Members who wish to make a nomination for either award should complete and return the applicable nomination form by 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 to: E. David Chanin, Kleinbard LLC, One Liberty Place, 46th Floor, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103; or dchanin@kleinbard.com. Each award will be presented at the Business Law Section's Annual Reception in early 2017.

Nomination packages can be downloaded below:

  • Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award
  • Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award
  • PBF

    Philadelphia Bar Foundation Access to Justice Benefit Nov. 5

    Your generous support of The Access to Justice Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Independence Seaport Museum at 7 p.m., with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., will help those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination to have access to the full range of legal services…READ MORE

    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 - M&A Market and Economy Updates and Insights Oct. 13

    Hosted by the Mergers & Acquisitions and the Venture Capital & Private Equity Law Committees

    This CLE course, presented by investment bankers, will examine the current state of the M&A market as well as the overall economy. Additionally, the presenters will provide insights on trends and predictions for the remainder of the year and beyond…READ MORE

    CLE - Fee Reviews and Utilization Reviews Oct. 14

    Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

    A Utilization Review (UR) is complex and time sensitive, used primarily by the insurance company, to determine whether a medical treatment is reasonable and necessary. However, it may also be used by the injured worker or a medical provider, to obtain a preliminary determination (pre-approval) regarding whether a certain type of treatment should be covered…READ MORE

    CLE - Representing Grandparents in Domestic Relations and Dependency Cases: Issues to Consider and Practice Tips Oct. 18

    Hosted by the Family Law Section

    There are many important issues to consider for attorneys who wish to represent grandparents in domestic relations and dependency matters…READ MORE

    CLE - Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Navigating Ethical Issues Oct. 24

    Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is pleased to announce this annual training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day, part of National Pro Bono Week 2016.

    Join us and learn how to navigate the ethics of pro bono service and the impact it has on low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs…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: Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee

    The Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee welcomes ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Jamie C. Ray-Leonetti or Mary Vilter, co-chairs, Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities 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

    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

    Securities Regulation Committee Meeting Oct. 20

    Please join the Securities Regulation Committee at Ballard Spahr LLP on Oct. 20 as they discuss recent securities law developments and committee plans for the coming months. The Committee appreciates your interest and hopes to see you at the meeting. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the new committee co-chairs if you have questions or would like more information regarding the committee, Richard A. Levan at 610-660-7781 or Peter Jaslow at 215-864-8737. Ballard Spahr LLP is located at 1735 Market St., Suite 5100, Philadelphia.

    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.

    WIP Meet 'N Greet Oct. 25

    The Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association would like to invite you to a Meet 'N Greet on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Pyramid Club. Members of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Profession of the National Bar Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the PICPA, and Women Judges' Initiative of the First Judicial District will also be in attendance. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    The Pyramid Club is located at 1735 Market St. For more information and to regsiter, click here.

    Business Law Section Giants of the Business Bar: Stephen J. Harmelin and Joseph H. Jacovini Nov. 3

    Join the Business Law Section for Giants of the Business Bar at Bank and Bourbon in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

    This event is part of a series of programs in which the Business Law Section recognizes legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and provides an opportunity for both young and experienced lawyers to learn from the giants.

    Stephen J. Harmelin is a Dilworth Paxson partner with more than 50 years of experience in corporate law, securities, and financial transactions who also represents various governmental and non-profit entities. As an esteemed member of the legal profession he lectures on law firm management, corporate, and other business financial transactions. Click here to view Mr. Harmelin's full bio.

    Joseph H. Jacovini regularly represents clients in complex and sophisticated corporate matters and commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and commercial agreements in a career spanning more than 50 years. A Dilworth Paxson partner and highly-respected attorney, Mr. Jacovini represents publicly held, private, and family-owned corporations and businesses in matters of governance, control transactions, and agreements. He also represents government entities and individuals in litigation matters. Click here to view Mr. Jacovini's full bio.

    Bank and Bourbon is located in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. To register, click here.

    Philadelphia Bar Foundation Access to Justice Benefit Nov. 5

    Your generous support of The Access to Justice Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Independence Seaport Museum at 7 p.m., with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., will help those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination to have access to the full range of legal services. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation needs your contribution to provide grants and technical assistance to the dozens of legal aid nonprofit organizations depending on these resources.

    Join the Foundation to commemorate the important work of community leaders: Sozi Pedro Tulante, Philadelphia City Solicitor, will recognize Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (1898-1989), legendary civil rights leader, as the inaugural Trailblazer for Justice.

    Pedro A. Ramos, president/CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation, will present the Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award to Lawrence J. Beaser, partner, Blank Rome LLP.

    The Benefit co-chairs will celebrate the accomplishments of Marsha I. Cohen, executive director, Homeless Advocacy Project and Peter ("Tad") H. LeVan, Jr., LeVan Law Group LLC, as they receive the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and Pro Bono Award, respectively.

    Stay tuned as the Foundation continues to promote its silent auction until the event! Bid on items such as exotic international trips, luxurious hotel getaways and personal styling sessions! Come and enjoy international gourmet food and exotic beverages from Catering By Design. Dance to The Big House Band, featuring top performers from the hit show "The Voice."

    Register online for tickets, sponsorship and auction item donations by clicking here or call/email Baruch Kintisch, director of marketing and development at 215-238-6334,bkintisch@philabarfoundation.org.

    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

    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.

    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 - M&A Market and Economy Updates and Insights Oct. 13

    Hosted by the Mergers & Acquisitions and the Venture Capital & Private Equity Law Committees

    This CLE course, presented by investment bankers, will examine the current state of the M&A market as well as the overall economy. Additionally, the presenters will provide insights on trends and predictions for the remainder of the year and beyond.

    Panelists will highlight the following:

    • Current state of M&A Market
    • Current state of economy
    • Insights on future trends in the M&A market and economy
    • Guidance on future market and economy patterns
    Attorneys attending will receive practical guidance to better advise their clients.

    M&A Market and Economy Updates and Insights
    1 SUB
    12:30 p.m. Resgistration begins at 12 p.m.

    CLE - Fee Reviews and Utilization Reviews Oct. 14

    Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

    A Utilization Review (UR) is complex and time sensitive, used primarily by the insurance company, to determine whether a medical treatment is reasonable and necessary. However, it may also be used by the injured worker or a medical provider, to obtain a preliminary determination (pre-approval) regarding whether a certain type of treatment should be covered.

    Medical Fee Review is the procedure in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation to review the amount and/or timeliness of the payment of a work-related medical expense. Most practitioners are familiar with the repricing aspect of a claim wherein the medical provider may bill their usual & customary charges, but is paid less. However, when a medical provider disputes the amount or timeless of payment, the medical fee review application process is still a mystery to many.

    In this CLE program, expert panelists will dispel some of the mystery and address common issues with medical fee review and the utilization review process.

    Receive an overview regarding:

    • Basics of Utilization Review Requests
      • Request filing and processing
      • Scope of UR determinations
      • Filing to Review the UR determination
    • Petitions for Review of Utilization Review
      Determinations before WCJs
      • Who can file
      • Burden of proof
    • Practice tips and pitfalls
      • Prospective URs filed on behalf of claimants
      • Relying on doctors to participate
      • URs in the context of claim petitions

    These reviews have become an increasingly important component of workers' compensation cases in Pennsylvania. Join your colleagues for another informative CLE program offering practical guidance on the basics of fee and utilization reviews.

    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.

    CLE - Representing Grandparents in Domestic Relations and Dependency Cases: Issues to Consider and Practice Tips Oct. 18

    Hosted by the Family Law Section

    There are many important issues to consider for attorneys who wish to represent grandparents in domestic relations and dependency matters.

    This CLE program will examine the following issues:

    • Standing
    • Proper procedure for court filings
    • Options to consider when becoming involved in custody and dependency cases
    • Ethical considerations when representing grandparents

    Expert family law attorneys will review relevant cases and statutory law, along with offering valuable practice tips.

    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 at 11:30 a.m.

    CLE - Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Navigating Ethical Issues Oct. 24

    Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is pleased to announce this annual training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day, part of National Pro Bono Week 2016.

    Join us and learn how to navigate the ethics of pro bono service and the impact it has on low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs.

    ALL attorneys volunteering to take a case receive the CLE credits FREE of charge. Attorneys attending the full course will earn 2.5 Ethics credits for this training.

    VIP tries to refer a case to the volunteer within two weeks of the training session. To preserve your credits, an attorney must take a case within six months of the training session.:

    Attorneys will be expected to handle one case to completion for this course. If the client withdraws or if it is determined that the case is not meritorious, another case will be referred to the attorney. A signed representation agreement must be received in the VIP office for the CLE agreement to be considered fulfilled.

    The Philadelphia Bar Association will submit the credits to the CLE board. However, if an attorney does not take a VIP case within six months, the attorney will be billed the $40 fee for the CLE credits taken at this training program.

    Philadelphia VIP

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

    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 Office Depot, 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.

    Office Depot

    Optimize your Philadelphia Bar Association membership by taking advantage of the Office Depot Partner Program! Through the Partner Program you now save 10 percent off the web price on more than 30,000 office supplies. Helping you save while working better in your office, home, school, or car.

    3 Ways Philadelphia Bar Association Members Benefit:

    • FREE SHIPPING: On orders over $50 (and under 50 pounds)
    • EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS: 10% off the web price
    • CONVENIENT SHOPPING: Online and in-store shopping options

    Easy to order, easy to save! Click here to:

    • Setup a Discount Account
    • Shop Online
    • Shop in the Store

    Need Assistance?

    • New accounts contact 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
    • Existing accounts contact Office Depot customer Service at 1-888-263-3423.

    P.S. Office Depot’s idea center provides a new way to explore, learn and shop.

    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


    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/.

    CLS 50th Anniversary Party Nov. 3

    Community Legal Service's 50th Anniversary Party, celebrating 50 years of justice will be held at Top of the Tower, Three Logan Square, 51st Floor, 1717 Arch St. Ticket and sponsorship information at: clsphila.org/event/cls-50-justice-through-decades.

    VIP Family Law Practice Group Nov. 9

    Philadelphia VIP will provide a Family Law Practice Group at Philadelphia VIP, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400, on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m., for volunteers handling family law cases and volunteers interested in handling such cases to collaborate, ask questions, and learn from other volunteers. The group will be led by VIP Staff Attorney, Michael Viola and members of VIP’s Family Law Advisory Council. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Additional light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Register here.

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