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Oct. 12, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 58
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Registration Closes Oct. 13: 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 16-17

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City. Registration closes Oct. 13…READ MORE

Philadelphia Bar Association Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Albert S. Dandridge III, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today announced the results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 3 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention…READ MORE

Chancellor's Forum: Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands, with Terri Morrison Oct. 26

The Business Law Section and the Diversity in the Profession Committee are co-presenting a Chancellor's forum titled "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Communicating Across Cultures for Lawyers" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center…READ MORE

 

Philadelphia Bar Association Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Albert S. Dandridge III, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today announced the results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 3 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

In addition, the Commission released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Votenet. The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the current judges seeking retention for additional terms. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings.

"Voters are encouraged to learn more about the entire ratings list by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Dandridge said. He added that the Association wants voters to know why the judicial elections are so important and why the Association and Commission invest so much time and energy in thoroughly reviewing and rating these candidates. "This is the one place for voters to find a thorough and comprehensive, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

"The Commission completed more than 80 evaluations of judges seeking retention and candidates for the 15 open seats on the Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair A. Harold Datz. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission. We appreciate all of the hard work of the Commission and its Investigative Division."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission's own 120-member investigative division, one-third of whom are non-lawyer members. Candidates for retention to the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court are eligible to be rated either "Recommended" or "Not Recommended." Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at www.philadelphiabar.org.

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Gwendolyn N. Bright Recommended
  • Glenn B. Bronson Recommended
  • Ann M. Butchart Recommended
  • Matthew D. Carrafiello Recommended
  • Amanda Cooperman Recommended
  • Charles J. Cunningham Recommended
  • Idee C. Fox Recommended
  • Marlene F. Lachman Recommended
  • Patricia McInerney Recommended
  • Walter J. Olszewski Recommended
  • Lillian Harris Ransom Recommended
  • Susan I. Schulman Recommended
  • Lisette Shirdan-Harris Recommended
  • Leon W. Tucker Recommended
  • John Milton Younge Recommended

The following judge was found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Frank Palumbo Not Recommended

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

  • Frank T. Brady Recommended
  • Pat Dugan Recommended
  • Barbara S. Gilbert Recommended
  • Charles Hayden Recommended
  • Gerard A. Kosinski Recommended
  • Marsha H. Neifield Recommended
  • Craig M. Washington Recommended

The following judge was found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

  • Dawn A. Segal Not Recommended

This year, for the first time, the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention introduced a "Highly Recommended" rating of candidates for open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. Candidates found "Highly Recommended" are extraordinary individuals who, in addition to meeting the "Recommended" criteria, are preeminent in the profession, exceptionally skilled in the law, possess a reputation for the utmost integrity and significantly will enhance or have enhanced the quality of the judiciary.

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania:

  • Kevin M. Dougherty Recommended
  • Paul P. Panepinto Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania:

  • Alice B. Dubow Recommended

The following judicial candidates were found "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Abbe Fletman Highly Recommended
  • Chris Mallios Highly Recommended
  • Kai Scott Highly Recommended

The following judicial candidates were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Michael Fanning Recommended
  • Daine Grey, Jr. Recommended
  • Rainy Papademetriou Recommended
  • Mia Roberts Perez Recommended
  • Ken Powell Recommended
  • Stephanie M. Sawyer Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Joffie C. Pittman Recommended

The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Scott DiClaudio Not Recommended
  • Vincent Furlong Not Recommended
  • Tracy B. Roman Not Recommended
  • Lyris Younge Not Recommended

The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Christine Hope Not Recommended
  • Sharon Williams Losier Not Recommended

For more information on the judicial ratings, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Borgata in Atlantic City on Friday, Oct. 16, for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Come down early to meet the valued sponsors who have made this year's conference possible. Also, you are invited to visit each of our sponsors throughout the conference to get your "Passport" stamped to enter a raffle to win a new Apple Watch.

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: Veritext

The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to welcome Veritext Legal Solutions and to "re-welcome" Love Court Reporting, now a Veritext Company, as a Signature Sponsor of its 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City on Oct. 16-17. Love Court Reporting joined the Veritext family earlier this year and, under the Veritext umbrella, now offers a broader suite of services including online scheduling, mobile access to transcripts and remote deposition technology. Veritext’s global scale also means that service is available to you anywhere in the U.S. and the world. Stop by their booth to meet the team, and to sign up for a free trial of Veritext’s newest innovation, LawStudio, an all-in-one workspace where you can organize, search, annotate, report and collaborate. LawStudio brings together tools you need to manage your case.

For more information, visit www.veritext.com.

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: ABC Bail Bonds, Inc.

ABC Bail Bonds, Inc., America's Bail Company®, is the region’s largest provider of bail bond services. Founded in 1995, they provide bail bonds in the City of Philadelphia, the suburban counties as well as the entire state of New Jersey. They can help even if your clients do not have the necessary 10 percent to get out of jail. ABC Bail Bonds, Inc. is located at 49 N. 13th St., Philadelphia and has more than 40 agents to serve you and your clients. Call 24/7/365 at (877) FAST-BAIL® or (215) ABC-BAIL.

Contact Jonathan Yellin at jyellin@abcbail.com or click here for further details about services.


Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: BPU Investment Management, Inc.

BPU Investment Management, Inc. (BPU), founded in 1986, is a member FINRA/SIPC and an SEC-registered investment advisor. The firm has grown over the years to 34 employees and more than $1 billion in assets under advisement. BPU is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., with offices in Greensburg, Pa. and Uniontown, Pa.

BPU’s offerings include the full panoply of wealth management, including asset management and comprehensive financial planning, retirement plan consulting and institutional brokerage services. The firm is focused on long-lasting client relationships with private individuals, corporate leaders, business owners and eleemosynaries. The firm’s professional staff includes: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER℠ practitioners, Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analysts™, chartered financial analysts and attorneys.

Says chair and CEO Paul Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, "Each client relationship is centered on professionalism and a deeply personal approach. This balance of 'professional and personal' demonstrates our dedication to our clients as people and our inherent understanding of the profound importance of financial health on their lives and the lives of their families. At the relationship core is the realization that each person and private/nonprofit organization is unique and, therefore, so are your financial positions, life situations and goals for the future."

For more information, click here.


Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: JAMS

JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With its prestigious panel of neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial. Currently, JAMS has 26 resolution centers, including centers in Philadelphia, Toronto and London and nearly 300 full-time neutrals, which consists of retired judges and attorneys with proven track records.

For more information, click here.

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: Robson Forensic

Robson Forensic is a national leader in expert witness consulting, providing technical expertise across many fields within engineering, architecture and science, as well as an expansive range of specialty disciplines. We provide investigations, reports and testimony where technical and scientific answers are needed to resolve civil and criminal litigation as well as insurance claims.

For more information, click here.

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: LawCash

LawCash® is the nation’s premier pre-settlement funding company. Since its inception over 15 years ago, LawCash has remained the leader and continues to be a pioneer in the field. Offering pre-settlement, post-settlement and surgical funding options, our ideology is to provide the most honorable and responsible service at the least amount of cost to our clientele. LawCash remains a pillar of strength to the plaintiff community and those in need. Through the use of our services, LawCash has been able to help thousands of attorneys in the nation with those of their clients who are in need of assistance. Concurrently, we have enabled attorneys to attain the best possible settlements for their clients. It is our goal at LawCash to be your exclusive choice when it comes to funding for your clients, and we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to create a situation that is both comfortable and beneficial for your firm. Should you need anything at all for your clients, please contact us at 1-800-LAWCASH (529-2274) or www.LawCash.com®.

Deadline Oct. 13: Nominations Sought for Brennan Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration; implementation of pioneering case management techniques; assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice; publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work; or the like.

Nominations for the award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107; or to dpetit@philabar.org. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Deadline Oct. 13: Nominations Sought for the PNC Achievement Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 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: Brennan 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, Oct. 13.

Juvenile Law Center 40th Anniversary Dinner Oct. 13

The Juvenile Law Center will hold its 40th Anniversary Dinner, celebrating the Juvenile Law Center's accomplishments over the past 40 years and the retirement of Bob Schwartz as executive director, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Hyatt at The Bellevue, at 6 p.m. The program will feature Juan Williams, political analyst, as emcee. The evening's guest speaker will be Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker and senior analyst for CNN. A special performance will be provided by Gloria Reuben, actress, jazz singer and social activist. The dinner will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Hyatt at The Bellevue is located at 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to register, please visit www.jlc.org/support/events.

2015 HIAS Pennsylvania Annual Meeting Oct. 14

HIAS Pennsylvania will host its 2015 annual meeting "REUNION" on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Jewish Community Services Building, Lindy Board Room, 2nd Floor, from 12-1:30 p.m. This luncheon will celebrate past and present partners, former clients, staff and all friends of HIAS Pennsylvania. The keynote address will be delivered by León Rodríguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Jewish Community Services Building is located at 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia. Tickets cost $40 each ($30 for nonprofits). Kosher rules will be observed. Register online at www.hiaspa.org/AM2015.

Climate Change and National Security Oct. 14

You are invited to attend a complimentary lunch and discussion titled "Climate Change and National Security: People, not Polar Bears" with Rear Adm. David W. Titley (ret.), Ph.D, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Klein K2B, at 12 p.m. Rear Adm. Titley is a professor of practice in meteorology and founding director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at the Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology.

The lunch and discussion are sponsored by the the Temple University Beasley School of Law Institute for International Law and Public Policy, and cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Businesses for a Healthy Climate, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Temple Environmental Law Society, Penn Future, Penn Environment, the Clean Air Council and A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change.

Temple University Beasley School of Law is located at 1719 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. RSVP is encouraged at info@calltothebar.org or (215) 392-6781.

ACLU-PA 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner Oct. 15

The ACLU-PA will hold its 2015 Bill of Rights dinner on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the National Museum of American Jewish History, at 6 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by Charles M. Blow, visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will also feature the ACLU-PA annual awards.

The National Museum of American Jewish History is located at 101 S. Independence Mall E., 5th & Market streets, Philadelphia. Purchase tickets online at www.aclupa.org/takeaction/events/2015-bill-rights-dinner.

Habeas Corpus Oct. 16

Federal habeas corpus litigation is the most complex, difficult and murky area of post-conviction criminal procedure. In this course, a panel of experienced prosecutors, defense attorneys and federal judges guide you through the confusing and often treacherous waters comprising habeas corpus law in the federal courts.

The course will feature a mock hearing that will provide students with a vivid example of habeas practice in action. This case study will present students with some of the most frequent issues encountered and provide a practical demonstration of how these challenges can be addressed by practitioners.

This three substantive and one ethics credit program will be held in on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Registration Closes Oct. 13: 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 16-17

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at Borgata in Atlantic City. Registration closes Oct. 13.

Attracting hundreds of attorneys and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary. Twenty-three seminars and up to 8.5 CLE credits will be available.

Registration is available at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org. Sponsors for the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USI Affinity, Veritext, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, State Civil Litigation Section, ABC Bail Bonds, CourtCall, Family Law Section, Friedman LLP, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, National Forensic Consultants, RIMKUS, Widener University Delaware Law School, Bellia Print & Design, The Legal Intelligencer, Robert Half Legal and Sb1 Federal Credit Union®.

Justinian Society Luncheon Honoring Jim Kenney Oct. 22

The Justinian Society invites you to a luncheon to honor Jim Kenney, recipient of The Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award, at The Union League of Philadelphia, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m.

After graduating from St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Kenney worked his way through La Salle University and became the first in his family to graduate from college. Kenney was elected in 1991 to serve as a Democratic City Councilman-at-Large.

The Union League of Philadelphia is located at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. RSVP is required by Friday, Oct. 16. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

63rd Red Mass and St. Thomas More Award Dinner Oct. 20

The St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia invites you to save the date for its annual Red Mass and St. Thomas More Award Dinner to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:15 p.m. This year's recipient of the award is Hon. Gerald Austin (Jerry) McHugh, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The mass will be given at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Dinner and presentation of the award will immediately follow at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, please contact Suzanne K. Mintzer at 215-568-5116 or smintzer@naulty.com.

"Look Good, Feel Good" Clothing Drive Oct. 21

The State Civil Litigation Section is proud to announce that it is holding a "Look Good, Feel Good" clothing drive at Del Frisco's, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to donate lightly used professional men's clothing items such as two-piece suits, sport coats and slacks.

All donations will go to the ENON Tabernacle Baptist Church and will be distributed to needy and deserving men looking to interview for job opportunities.

The State Civil Litigation Section will provide the first free drink and light hors d'oeuvres for those who donate. Del Frisco's is located at 1426 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. For more information or to register, click here.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program Annual Dinner Oct. 21

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its ninth "Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Awards Ceremony," on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the The Union League of Philadelphia, from 6-9 p.m. This year's event will honor Diane Menio, executive director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly; Milton Cohen, mediator; and Dr. Amy Goldberg and Scott P. Charles, Temple University Hospital’s Cradle to Grave program.

The Union League of Philadelphia is located at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information visit http://www.phillymediators.org/.

ACE Hosts Annual Meeting Brown Bag Lunch and CLE Oct. 22

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Advancing Civics Education Committee (ACE) kicks off its 2015-16 educational outreach with its annual ACE brown bag lunch meeting and CLE training on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 12-3 p.m. During the ACE kickoff event, attendees will participate in activities and programming based on the theme "Practical Methods to Educate Juveniles about Constitutional Rights and Limitations." During the event, attendees will receive two hours of Continuing Legal Education, one hour of ethics and one hour of substantive law, while readying for the new school year.

The one substantive and one ethics credit course will be held at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Light refreshments will be provided. The CLE credits are free courtesy of the Pro Bono Office of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and ACE. RSVP to David Trevaskis at david.trevaskis@pabar.org by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Giants of the Business Bar: Amy Boss Oct. 22

The Business Law Section is recognizing Amy Boss, trustee professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Wells Fargo History Museum, at 5:30 p.m. Hon. Jean K. FitzSimon United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will moderate. Professor Boss is one of the nation's leading commercial law scholars. She is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and was the first professor and second woman to have chaired the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Light refreshments including beer and wine will be served. The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters, McGladrey, Ballard Spahr LLP, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C. and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

The Wells Fargo History Museum is located at 123 S. Broad St. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 20. For more information and to register, click here.

YLD Bootcamp Oct. 23

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) will host "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Friday, Oct. 23, from 12-5 p.m. Topics to be covered will be interview skills, advice from the bench, considerations before starting your own solo practice or small firm and how to succeed in your first year as an attorney and how to gain experience.

The YLD Bootcamp will be followed by a networking happy hour at the Field House.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. and the Field House is located at 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia. The cost of the YLD Bootcamp is $10 and includes lunch, each of the panel presentations and networking opportunities throughout the day. For more information and to register, click here.

Chancellor's Forum: Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands, with Terri Morrison Oct. 26

The Business Law Section and the Diversity in the Profession Committee are co-presenting a Chancellor's forum titled "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Communicating Across Cultures for Lawyers" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Monday, Oct. 26, at 12 p.m. Terri Morrison, co-author of the bestselling book series "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands" will deliver an entertaining and informative presentation on intercultural business and legal practices, protocol and marketing.

Morrison will help you acquire valuable cultural intelligence in global communication styles - from direct speech with Swiss bankers to silence with South Koreans. Understanding international decision-making priorities, negotiating styles and motivating factors can give you a new perspective on attracting and retaining global clients.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program, but registration is required. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

"Hail to the Chiefs" Public Interest Executive Director Celebration Oct. 28

Please join the Public Interest and Criminal Justice Sections in a celebration of the new executive directors of four prominent legal organizations at "Hail to the Chiefs" at Chima on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. This event will honor Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Deborah Freedman, executive director, Community Legal Services; Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director, Education Law Center; and Susan V. Mangold, executive director, Juvenile Law Center. LexisNexis® is the sponsor of this event.

Chima is located at 1901 JFK Blvd. Registration is $35 per person and includes appetizers, carving station and a selection of wine and beer. For more information and to register, click here.

The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service Oct. 29

This CLE program will provide 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.

This 1.5 substantive credits program will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

Bar Academy: "Disgraced" at the Philadelphia Theatre Company Oct. 29

Join the Philadelphia Bar Academy, in partnership with the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and enjoy a performance of the play "Disgraced," winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. "Disgraced" portrays Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, living in New York and competing for a partnership, who is hiding his upbringing from colleagues. His wife, Emily, is seeking recognition in the arts world as a painter whose work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When a pleasant dinner party conversation steers to politics, religion and cultural identity, the evening ignites, shattering polite discourse and revealing disturbing secrets.

Following the performance, attendees will have the chance to meet and speak with the cast. Bar Academy is offering attendees orchestra center seats priced at the discounted rate of $42. Space is limited so purchase tickets today. To purchase tickets, click here.

2015 National Law-Related Education Conference Oct. 29-30

The American Bar Association Division for Public Education will host the 29th National Law-Related Education Conference exploring the theme “The Bill of Rights in the Digital Era” at the National Constitution Center, on Oct. 29-30. As the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights approaches in 2016, this conference will consider how, and if, the digital era of the 21st century reshapes the understanding and teaching of the fundamental guarantees included in the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

This conference is an opportunity for participants to share law-related content, experiences, best practices, teaching strategies and curriculum with colleagues. The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to be a sponsor of this conference.

The National Constitution Center is located at 525 Arch St., Philadelphia. For more information or to register, click here.

Deadline Oct. 30: The Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award

The award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that (i) has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity; and (ii) promotes full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. The award is accompanied by a donation, made on the recipient’s behalf to an entity that embodies the Business Law Section’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The award shall be granted to an attorney, jurist, law firm, law department, legal services organization or law school in Philadelphia, or an individual or entity that has made a substantial impact upon the Philadelphia legal community. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous contribution, or a single outstanding contribution, to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. The Business Law Section’s Diversity Action Plan may be used as a guide. Nominations of individuals should be based upon their personal contributions to diversity, and nominations of entities should be based upon programmatic activity.

Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Business Law Section. Nominations will be reviewed by the Business Law Section’s Diversity Award Committee and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter. The award will be presented at the Business Law Section’s Annual Reception.

Nomination forms are due on Friday, Oct. 30, by 12 p.m. Request forms from and submit them to Sarah B. Gelb, Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104; or by email to sarah.gelb@dechert.com.

Deadline Oct. 30: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the section's 2015 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January 2016. 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, Oct. 30, by 12 p.m. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sarah B. Gelb, Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; or emailed to sarah.gelb@dechert.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Sarah Gelb at (215) 994-2763.

35th Sparer Symposium Nov. 6

The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) will host the 35th Sparer Symposium "Buying Justice: How Big Money Defines Our Rights (and Solutions that Level the Playing Field)" at its Levy Conference Center, on Friday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panel topics will explore the sometimes unseen, but undeniable, impact that moneyed interests have on defining and constraining rights in areas ranging from civil justice to international policies.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School is located at 3501 Sansom St., Philadelphia. CLE credits will be available. Visit the TPIC website for more information.

Philadelphia VIP, HIAS PA and NSC to Present Asylum Training Nov. 6

Philadelphia VIP (VIP), HIAS Pennsylvania (HIAS PA) and Nationalities Service Center (NSC) will present a free CLE training on asylum, at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, on Friday, Nov. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Ayodele Gansallo, senior staff attorney, HIAS PA; and Jonah Eaton, attorney, NSC; will present the training. There will also be a special appearance by Hon. Charles M. Honeyman, chair of the Philadelphia Immigration Court’s Pro Bono Liaison Committee, and Sunil R. Varghese, deputy director of the Newark Asylum Office in Lyndhurst, N.J.

HIAS PA and NSC will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S., including the definition of asylum, qualification criteria and the standards of proof that apply to these forms of relief. The program will also touch on asylum claims based on membership in a particular social group that in many ways offers opportunities to expand the law. The training will equip participants to handle asylum cases pro bono. HIAS PA and NSC will also provide ongoing mentoring to those who are willing to volunteer.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP is located at 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. Attorneys will receive four free substantive CLE credits if they accept a VIP, HIAS PA or NSC case within six months of the training. To register, please visit www.phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form or contact Christina Rodriguez at crodriguez@phillyvip.org.

Business of Law Program Nov. 6

The Large Firm Management Committee will present "Business of Law Program: A Primer for Law Firm Associates" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Friday, Nov. 6, from 2-5 p.m. Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee for its inaugural Business of Law Program, where seasoned industry professionals will provide law firm associates with an afternoon of key information vital to a successful career. From business development to ethics and professionalism best practices, this comprehensive program provides an opportunity for law firm associates to gain a unique perspective on the ins and outs of what it takes to be a well-rounded lawyer.

The program will be followed by a networking happy hour at U-Bahn, sponsored by U.S. Legal Support.

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute is located in the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Market and Juniper streets, and U-Bahn is located at 1320 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. There is no cost to attend, however advanced registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information and to register, click here.

Andrew Hamilton Benefit Bash Nov. 7

Join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (Foundation) for its Andrew Hamilton Benefit Bash at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Join the Foundation for an evening of honoring pro bono and public interest attorneys who are truly #gettingjusticedone. The Urban Guerilla Orchestra is back by popular demand so be prepared to dance, dine and bid the night away.

The Philadelphia Loews Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. If you have any questions, please contact Maya Brown, marketing and development cooordinator for the Foundation, at mbrown@philabar.org or (215) 238-6334.

2015 PDLG Diversity & Inclusion Symposium Nov. 12

The 2015 PDLG Diversity & Inclusion Symposium is being hosted by the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Association and will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will include a morning plenary session led by Jerry Kang, professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles and its first vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and visiting scholar, Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management, will open the afternoon portion followed by breakout sessions on particular areas of interest.

The Union League of Philadelphia is located at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register, click here.

Real Property Section Reception & Awards Ceremony Nov. 12

Please join the Real Property Section at its reception and awards ceremony at Chima on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The Real Property Section will be honoring Deborah McColloch, director of the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, with its Good Deed Award; and Michael Sklaroff, partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, with its Harris Ominsky Award.

Chima is located at 1901 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia. For sponsorship information please contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org or Steve Rothberg at SRothberg@firstam.com. For more information or to register, click here.

Sisters in Success: Leaning in and on Nov. 19

The National Bar Association's Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter, will present "Sisters in Success: Leaning in and on" at host and sponsor, Dechert LLP, on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. Please join Molly Peckman, Dechert’s global director of legal talent, for an interactive training program to learn how to build a professional profile that will make you better known inside and outside of your firm or organization. This session also will focus on what distinguishes you and how you can create an effective individual development plan.

A reception will be held immediately following the program.

Dechert LLP is located at 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor, Philadelphia. Registration is free. To register, please contact Julie Truluck at (215) 994-2216 or at julie.truluck@dechert.com.

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.

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit mycase.com for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

  • Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.
  • New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).
  • Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.
  • 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA, 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA, 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present your Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at philadelphiabar.org in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the Membership Card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won't just observe art. You'll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.

Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: U.S. Farmers Adapt to Challenges to Feed the World

The U.S. agriculture industry is a major driver of the U.S. economy, but only accounts for about one percent of our country's gross domestic product (GDP). To read the entire article, click here.

City Policy Committee Meeting Oct. 21

The City Policy Committee is pleased to facilitate a high-level discussion about the accomplishments of the Nutter administration and the the future of the city at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 12 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Phillip Goldsmith, former managing director, City of Philadelphia, and will feature Everett Gillison, chief of staff and deputy mayor of public safety, City of Philadelphia; Amy Kurland, inspector general, City of Philadelphia; and Richard Negrin, deputy mayor for administration & coordination and managing director, City of Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: Boo! Oct. 29

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is set to host "Boo! at bahdeebahdu," a Halloween-themed masquerade party, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6-9 p.m. This event will feature catered food, drinks and entertainment by The Bearded Ladies.

Bahdeebahdu is located at 1522 N. American St., Philadelphia. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.aidslawpa.org.

Upcoming CLE Courses

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Oct. 12
Transitioning into Medicare
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Ethics Potpourri- The Ethics of Pro Bono: Doing Good the Right Way (Video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
10:30-11:30 a.m.; check-in at 10 a.m.

Oct. 13
The Fear Factor--How Good Lawyers get into Bad Ethical Trouble (Stuart Teicher) (Video)
0 substantive/3 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The Future of Legal Education - The Discussion Continues
0 substantive/2 ethics
12-2 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 14
What PA Attorneys Need To Know About New Jersey Personal Injury Practice
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nuts & Bolts of Medicaid Planning
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

The Changing Landscape: Issues Beyond Marriage for the LBGT
Pennsylvanian 2 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Oct. 15
The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

How to Prepare the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Oct. 16
Habeas Corpus
3 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Developments and Practice Tips (Video)
4 substantive/2 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Oct. 19
Tenth Constitutional Law Conclave
5 substantive/1* ethics
9:00 am to 5:00 pm; check-in at 8:30 am
Lunch is included.

PLI - Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives 2015 6 substantive/0 ethics
9 am. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Oct. 20
Compulsory Arbitration Seminar
2 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 20-21
PLI - Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

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


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