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Oct. 21, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 80
 

Judicial Ratings Announced, Poll Results Released

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson has 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. 5 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 existing 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.

"We invite people to learn about these candidate ratings by visiting our website at philadelphiabar.org," Wilkinson said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls.

Wilkinson said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find a thorough, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

"In all, we conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, many hours of hearings, involved a great cross section of the Bar and lay people, all to the benefit of the Philadelphia voters. The Commission collects, evaluates and summarizes all of the information a voter could need," said Commission Chair Teresa Ficken Sachs.

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 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 philadelphiabar.org.

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

Jacqueline F. Allen - Recommended
Genece E. Brinkley - Recommended
Ramy I. Djerassi - Recommended
Lori A. Dumas - Recommended
Holly J. Ford - Recommended
Joel Steven Johnson - Recommended
Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson - Recommended
Rayford A. Means - Recommended
Jeffrey P. Minehart - Recommended
Joseph D. O'Keefe - Recommended
Paula A. Patrick - Recommended
Doris A. Pechkurow - Recommended
Allan L. Tereshko - Recommended
Nina Wright-Padilla - Recommended

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

Teresa Carr Deni - Recommended
Wendy L. Pew - Recommended

The following judges were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

Jacquelyn M. Frazier-Lyde - Not Recommended
Joseph J. O'Neill - Not Recommended

The Commission also announced its ratings of the following candidates who have been found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Giovanni Campbell - Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle - Recommended
Joe Fernandes - Recommended
Timika Lane - Recommended
Daniel McCaffery - Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe - Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell Jr. - Recommended

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

Stephen Miller-Miller - Not Recommended
Sierra Thomas Street - Not Recommended

The Commission announced its rating of the following candidates who have been found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Martin Coleman - Recommended
Fran Shields - Recommended

The Commission found the following candidate "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Henry Lewandowski - Not Recommended

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.

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.

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.

Legal, Regulatory Developments for Investment Companies

Mark Dowdell, Assistant Regional Director, Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations, Philadelphia Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss hot topics in legal regulatory developments for investment companies at the Thursday, Oct. 24 meeting of the Investment Companies 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 $8.50 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.

Negotiating Compensation and Gender Equity Oct. 28

Roberta D. Liebenberg, Chair of the ABA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Gender Equity will discuss negotiating compensation and gender equity at the Monday, Oct. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

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.

Avoiding Disaster at a Residential Real Estate Closing Oct. 29

The Real Property Section will present the CLE program "Avoiding Disaster at a Residential Real Estate Closing" on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

At this program, you'll learn how to avoid potential problems; get to settlement with everything you need; and walk away with the confidence to handle any residential settlement. Registration and lunch for this 4 substantive CLE credit program, to be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets, begins at 11:30 a.m. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

Pollak, Hamilton Award Nominations Sought

The Public Interest Section created the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award to honor the memory of Judge Pollak, a distinguished jurist who cared deeply about public service and access to justice and who gave time and effort to supporting the public interest legal community through his work with the Bar Association. The award does not come with any monetary amount, but rather serves as recognition of both the legacy of leadership Judge Pollak left behind and of the service of the awardee.

This award will be given annually to a judge who embodies Judge Pollak's commitment to public service. Nominations may be self-nominations, made by members of the judiciary, or made by members of the public interest community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 1. The award committee will look for a jurist who, in efforts to increase access to justice or in dedication to the public interest legal community has demonstrated a single achievement (excluding any decision in any matter before the jurist); sustained commitment; or efforts which inspire others.

Judges of any level, whether active or retired will be considered. The committee will make efforts to, whenever possible, alternate between federal and state judges each year.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or emailed to dpetit@philabar.org.

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 1.

Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose. In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Dawn Petit c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or emailed to dpetit@philabar.org.

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.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder CLE Nov. 4

The Family Law Section will present the CLE program "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: How to Recognize and Understand PTSD and Best Practices for Litigation when your Client/Witness Suffers from PTSD" on Monday, Nov. 4.

This CLE will provide attendees with an in introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including who it affects, what are the symptoms, how is it diagnosed and treated. We will discuss the medical and psychological causes and effects of PTSD, how trauma may cause PTSD, and the symptoms we most often see. We will explore how PTSD may impair a person's ability to recollect events, put events in a chronological timeline, and testify in a court proceeding. We will address techniques and best practices for presenting a client/witness with PTSD. Attendees will be asked to participate in a discussion of how a client or witness with PTSD should be handled and how this may impact litigation strategy.

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 begin 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 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Tax Section, PICPA Networking Event Nov. 6

Please join the Tax Section and the PICPA for a networking event on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the PICPA Education Center located at 1801 Market St., 24th Floor. Tom Weisler of Weisler Imports, LLC will be doing a New World/Old World wine tasting while we mix and mingle. Please RSVP to Kristin McKenna at kmckenna@stradley.com.

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.

Craft Show: A VIP Experience Nov. 7

Join the Bar Academy for an exclusive evening at the 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show on Thursday, Nov. 7. The event begins with a private wine-and-cheese reception featuring Eric Rymshaw, RA, of Fury Design Inc., a Philadelphia-based residential interior design and architectural firm. Their portfolio includes projects in the Philadelphia region as well as work in New York City, Amagansett, Long Island, Aspen, and London. They have a reputation for creating warm, modern interiors and for encouraging their clients to collect both handmade crafts and fine art as an integral part of their homes.

Following the reception, attendees will have full access to the Craft Show. This year's Craft Show features 195 juried artists - 41 of whom are exhibiting for the first time - whose work includes exquisite examples of clay, metal, wood, fiber, glass, jewelry and wearable art. Attendees will also receive a general admission ticket to return to the show on any of the public days through Nov. 10.

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception and private lecture by Eric Rymshaw. From 7 to 9 p.m., you'll be able to walk the show and meet the artists.

Tickets are $45 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 4. Cancellations must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 5 to receive a full refund. Click HERE to purchase tickets. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment. Registrants must check in at the Lobby Information Desk outside the entrance to Hall F at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F, 12th and Arch streets.

SeniorLAW Center Wine Tasting Nov. 13

The SeniorLAW Center will hold "Wines of the Mediterranean Wine Tasting Party" on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Blank Rome LLP, Marvin Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square (18th and Cherry Streets) from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Wine School of Philadelphia will lead us in a tasting of fine premium Mediterranean wines. Tickets are $55 each or two for $99. The event benefits SeniorLAW Center and the thousands of elders
assisted each year! For tickets visit SeniorLAWcenter.org or call 215-701-3203.

Celebrate PMC's 25th Anniversary Nov. 18

Come join Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts as it celebrates its 25th anniversary on Monday, Nov. 18 with keynote speaker Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and honoring Judge Arlin M. Adams.

Justice O'Connor will speak about judicial independence and help honor the extraordinary accomplishments of Judge Adams by presenting him with the Judicial Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to a distinguished legal and judicial career, Judge Adams is a powerful spokesman for the need for judicial independence.

PMC will also recognize the invaluable contributions of former Superior Court Judges Phyllis W. Beck and Edmund B. Spaeth Jr. to the fair courts movement. They are respected jurists and well-known champions of efforts to promote fair and impartial courts in Pennsylvania.

Event Chairs are Robert C. Heim of Dechert, LLP, Dean JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University Beasley School of Law and David L. Cohen from Comcast. With a host committee including more than 130 members of the Pennsylvania legal and civic communities, this promises to be an exciting event.

Honorary Chairs are Gov. Tom Corbett, former Govs. Ed Rendell, Tom Ridge, Dick Thornburgh and Mark Schweiker, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 P p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. There will be a cocktail and heavy hors d'oeuvres reception followed by a program. For more information about the event, please contact PMC's Lynn Marks or Suzanne Almeida at 215/569-1150 or info@pmconline.org. For information about PMC, please visit pmconline.org.

To register online, please visit pmconline.givezooks.com.

Judges Needed for Quaker Classic Mock Trial Event

Judges are needed for the 11th annual Quaker Classic Tournament on Nov. 9-10, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Mock Trial organization.

The tournament is one of the nation's most widely recognized mock trial competitions and will be held on Penn's campus. Elite college teams from across the country will compete in this tournament, and Penn Mock Trial is searching for attorneys and law students to volunteer as either Presiding Judges (those who rule on the law objectively) and Scoring Judges (those who assign points based on competitors' performances) for one or more rounds during the tournament.

Each round will proceed like a real trial; two teams, one prosecution and one defense, will each present an opening statement, direct and cross examinations, and a closing argument. Trials are limited to three hours. Both individual and team awards are given based on performance during the tournament.
Please note that breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided on both days, courtesy of Penn Mock Trial.

No previous Mock Trial experience is necessary. During each Judges' Meeting, there will be a short orientation to review the rules for the tournament. There is no limit to how many rounds you may judge, nor is there any specific order to the rounds in which you may participate. Receiving feedback and commentary from experienced law professionals as yourself allows Mock Trial competitors an invaluable opportunity to learn from your knowledge of the law, the Rules of Evidence, and courtroom demeanor. The reviews you provide will prove both formative and invaluable in each competitor's future in Mock Trial, and we hope it will prove rewarding for you as well.

Each member of Penn Mock Trial hopes that you may find time in your schedule to lend us your experience in the legal field throughout this weekend in November. Please contact either Drisana Hughes, the Tournament Director of this year's Quaker Classic, at quakerclassic@pennmocktrial.com if you would like to participate. Please specify which rounds you will be able to attend, and which type of judge (either Presiding or Scoring) you prefer to be.

Fedullo to Outline Agenda at Dec. 10 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, of counsel to Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo LLP, will outline his plans for 2014 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Sayde J. Ladov, a partner at Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C. and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the PNC Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Also at the event, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award will be presented to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro.

The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors. There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, Gaetan J. Alfano; Secretary, Jacqueline G. Segal; Assistant Secretary, Judge A. Michael Snyder (ret.); Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne IV; and Assistant Treasurer, Mary F. Platt. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Lawrence Felzer, Lauren McKenna, Jeremy A. Menkowitz, Peter Newman and Erin Siciliano.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Balloting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 10 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 26.

There are eight candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Katie L. Bailey, Vincent N. Barbera, Grant Berger, Melanie S. Carter, Leo M. Mulvihill Jr., Melinda M. Previtera. Brandon R. Sher and Keely James Stewart.

Negrin, Diaz at Nov. 8 Leadership Institute

Richard Negrin, deputy mayor and city managing director and Romulo L. Diaz Jr., vice president and general counsel of PECO, will be the featured speakers at the Friday, Nov. 8 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program.

The program, co-Sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

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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.

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.

Estate Planning and Florida Law CLE Oct. 24

"What Every Estate Planning Attorney Needs to Know About Florida Law" is a CLE program that is a must for every lawyer who handles estate planning and/or estate administration! This Oct. 24 program includes the latest trends, the newest case law, legislation, and procedural rules. This 4 substantive CLE credit program will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 12 to 4:45 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
20th Annual Auto Law Update
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Buying & Selling a Business
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Assisting a Colleague in Distress (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23
Banking and Consumer Financial Services Law Update 2013
6 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24
What Every Estate Planning Attorney Needs to Know About Florida Law
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Fee Practices, Pointers & Traps of Fee Agreements (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 25
Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 28
Pretrial Practice Series: Session 2 - Discovery Strategy
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Shanin Spector: Lessons Learned from the Goretzka Case(video)
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 28 - Tuesday, Oct. 29
PLI - Outsourcing 2013
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Avoiding Disaster at a Residential Real Estate Closing
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PLI - Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliances & Ethics Forum 2013
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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