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Oct. 26, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 60
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Campaign for Qualified Judges Fundraiser Oct. 27


The Campaign for Qualified Judges is holding a fundraising reception at Bank & Bourbon on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The purpose of this event is to help defray campaign costs for those judges who have been recommended for retention…READ MORE

Philadelphia Bar Association Celebrates Pro Bono Week Oct. 25-31


Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in the following pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will be held during the month of October 2015 to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of Oct. 25-31 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services. Click here to download a calendar of events scheduled in Philadelphia, here to download the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide for Philadelphia and here to download the Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations.

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Philadelphia Bar Association Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results


Albert S. Dandridge III, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, announced on Oct. 8 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.

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. 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.

She 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.

Hot Topics Regarding Section 1031 Exchanges Oct. 27

Hear issues which arise in connection with exchanges by partnerships or LLCs including structures for permitting certain partners to "cash out" or "go their separate ways," when to consider "swap and drop," "drop and swap," "purchaser installment notes;" and other techniques for combining exchanges with partnership separation.

This two substantive credit workshop will be held at PBI Conference Center is located in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. For more information or to register, click here.

Campaign for Qualified Judges Fundraiser Oct. 27


The Campaign for Qualified Judges is holding a fundraising reception at Bank & Bourbon on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The purpose of this event is to help defray campaign costs for those judges who have been recommended for retention by the Philadelphia Bar Association, and who have signed a pledge with the Philadelphia Bar Association agreeing not to directly or indirectly solicit contributions from attorneys for their retention campaign.

Therefore, it is imperative for each Philadelphia lawyer and law firm to support these retention judges. Each law firm is asked to contribute a minimum of $1,000 for this effort. For a $1,000 contribution, each firm (or individual) will receive five tickets for this event plus recognition at the event. Individual tickets will be $250 per person.

All checks should be made payable to "Campaign for Qualified Judges" and forwarded to Campaign for Qualified Judges, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107. You can also pay at the door. Each of the recommended retention judges will be invited to attend the reception.

Bank & Bourbon is located in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia.

Mastering Medical Records in the 21st Century Oct. 28


Medicine has entered the digital age with electronic medical records and e-prescriptions. Nevertheless, every time a client visits a health care provider, a record is made-a history of complaints, the physician's observations and prescribed treatment. Each record is unique, handwritten in a doctor's shorthand with abbreviations and codes with no uniformity among offices.

This four substantive credit program will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information, or to register click here.

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case CLE Workshop Oct. 28


The Center for Excellence in Advocacy of the Support Center for Child Advocates will host a volunteer-training CLE workshop titled "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" at PBI Conference Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program will give step-by-step instructions on the standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases.

This 4.5 substantive and two integrated ethics credit workshop will certify registrants to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County.

PBI Conference Center is located in the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Market and Juniper streets. For more information or to register, click here.

Law Firm Laboratory: Bringing in More Business for You and Your Firm Oct. 28

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a Law Firm Laboratory titled "Bringing in More Business for You and Your Firm" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor Board Room, on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. Chuck and Evan Polin, father and son training team at The Training Resource Group, will discuss the reasons why it is important for attorneys to learn how to develop and bring in more business. Learn how to develop business, and the consequences that can occur if you are not successful in building your own book of business. All attendees will receive a free copy of
"Selling Professional Services The Sandler Way;
Nobody Ever Told Me I'd Have to Sell!" by Chuck and Evan Polin.

Presented by the Law Practice Management Committee, Law Firm Laboratories are a free program series and ongoing incubator of innovative ideas, strategies and concepts for starting and nurturing new law firms and helping existing law firms of all types serve the changing needs of tomorrow's clients.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 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 $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.

Last Day for Tickets Oct. 26: 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 Theatre, 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.

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.

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, at 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, 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 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.

Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Proceedings Nov. 4

HIAS Pennsylvania invites you to join us for an introductory training on representing unaccompanied children at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Topics to be covered include removal proceedings (Immigration Court), special immigrant juvenile status (and related procedures in family court), asylum and other forms of relief commonly pursued by children and practice issues including working with children and victims of trauma and representation of both minor and caregiver.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St. For more information and to RSVP, please email Elizabeth Yaeger at eyaeger@hiaspa.org.

Chancellor's Forum: Hot Issues Facing Global Companies Nov. 5


In partnership with Global Philly, the Philadelphia Bar Association's International Law Committee will host a panel discussion titled "Hot Issues Facing Global Companies" at Pepper Hamilton LLP on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4-5:30 p.m.

The panel will feature three senior leaders from international companies doing business in the United States, Michael J. Carrato, vice president, legal and compliance, Alstom Transportation Inc.; William J. Hamel, senior vice president and general counsel, Arkema; and Chris E. Kaltenbach, general counsel, Lesaffre International Corporation. Each of the panelists will offer their perspectives on the hottest legal issues facing multinational companies, and provide insights on cultural and practical challenges of cross border legal work. A cocktail reception will follow.

Pepper Hamilton LLP is located at 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. For more information and reservations, click here.

Appellate Courts Committee Meeting Featuring Steven J. Wulko Nov. 5

The Appellate Courts Committee invites you to its meeting featuring Steven J. Wulko, deputy director, Office of Judicial Records, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor Board Room, on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m.

The Office of Judicial Records oversees all matters relating to the filing of appeals and assembly of appellate records. Wulko will discuss common issues encountered by his office with respect to appeals and will answer questions about ways to avoid problems. Discussion will also include assembly of the certified record and ways to deal with exhibits and other items missing from that record.

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.

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

Chancellor's Forum: Holly Petraeus Nov. 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a Chancellor's Forum with Hollister (Holly) K. Petraeus, senior federal executive at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m.

Petraeus leads the Office of Servicemember Affairs and she will discuss the financial challenges that Servicemembers and their families face, and the issues they experience when dealing with businesses and scammers who target them. She will share some of the issues she hears from her travels to military installations and the actions underway to protect the finances of the Servicemembers and their families.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 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 $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. To register, click here.

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 ans 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.

Corporate Pro Bono Day Nov. 12

Philadelphia VIP is set to host Corporate Pro Bono Day, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. This pro bono training program and small business clinic is limited to corporate counsel.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is located at 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. Register with VIP by calling (215) 523-9550 or at www.phillyvip.org.

Real Property Section Reception & Awards Ceremony Nov. 12


Please join the Real Property Section at its reception ∓ 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. Fidelity National Title is sponsoring this event.

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.

2015 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 17

Hear significant developments in the securities laws, as well as changes in the business and legal environment.

This program is cosponsored by the Securities Regulations Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

This four substantive and one ethics credit program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Beccaria Award Reception Nov. 17

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section cordially invite you to a reception presenting the annual Beccaria Award, in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. This year's award recognizes Troy H. Wilson for his contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. Light fare and refreshments will follow the presentation.

The Mayor's Reception Room is located in room 202 of Philadelphia City Hall. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

LCD Fall Celebration & Silent Auction Nov. 19

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) is scheduled to host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. The event gives special recognition to Dr. Murray Grossman, M.D., Ed.D for his work in the disability community and will honor James A. Rocco III and Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis, P.C. for their pro bono support of LCD’s programs. The celebration will feature a live and silent auction, music, libations, a scotch tasting and catering by Stephen Starr.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is located at 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. To purchase tickets or for more information, 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, global director of legal talent at Dechert LLP, 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.

Annual HIAS PA Refugee Thanksgiving Nov. 22

HIAS Pennsylvania is set to celebrate Thanksgiving with newly arrived refugee families at its annual Refugee Thanksgiving, at the Old Pine Community Center, on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 2-5 p.m. Come welcome some of Philadelphia’s newcomers as they first experience this uniquely American tradition. Share food, music and dance from around the world. Volunteers, prepared foods or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

The Old Pine Community Center is located at 401 Lombard St., Philadelphia. Space is limited. To RSVP, offer a donation or volunteer, please contact Sarah Kaeppel at skaeppel@hiaspa.org or (215) 832-0923.

Face to Face Turkey Trot Nov. 26

The annual Face to Face Turkey Trot is scheduled to take place at Fairmount Park, Chestnut Hill, on Thursday, Nov. 26. Registration for the five-mile run and one-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. The run features a five-mile USATF-certified course, chip timing and Dri Fit shirt for all registrants.

All proceeds benefit Face to Face, a human services organization that provides free meals, nurse-managed healthcare, legal and social services, computer training and children’s after school and summer programming to the impoverished Germantown community. Visit www.facetofacegermantown.org for more information or register here.

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: What’s Missing from Your Wealth Plan?


How do you know if your wealth strategy is working as hard as it can for you? In this month’s interview, I sat down with Bill Whitmore, CFP®, vice president and senior wealth planner at PNC Wealth Management, to discuss the importance of creating a comprehensive plan – one that covers the many inter-related aspects of a person’s financial life click here.

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. 26
Plane, Train and Bus Accident Litigation
6 substantive/0 ethics

9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch is included.

Fundamentals of Pennsylvania Business Corporation Practice 5 substantive/1 ethics

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Lunch is included.

Selected Issues in Art Law (Video)
3 substantive/1* ethics

12 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch is included.

Winning Numbers (Video)
5 substantive/1* ethics

9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch is included.

Oct. 27
How to Handle a Workers' Comp Mediation
3 substantive/1* ethics

9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Hot Topics Regarding Section 1031 Exchanges
2 substantive/0 ethics

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; check-in at 11:45 a.m.

Lunch is included.

Coordinating Clients’ Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives & Wills & Trusts So That They Work Together
3 substantive/0 ethics

9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 28
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
4.5 substantive/2* ethics

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch is included.

The Second Season: Issues for Divorce Over Fifty
5 substantive/1* ethics

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Lunch is included.

PLI - Health Care and Life Sciences Law 2015
6 substantive/0 ethics

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch is included.

Oct. 29
20th Annual Bankruptcy Institute
5 substantive/1 ethics

9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch is included.

The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service
Phildelphia Bar Association 1.5 substantive/0 ethics

12-1:30 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 30
Mastering Medical Records in the 21st Century
5 substantive/1 ethics

8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Lunch is included.

22nd Annual Auto Law Update
3 substantive/1* ethics

12:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 11:45 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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