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Oct. 30, 2014 | Vol. 15, No. 78
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
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Andrew Hamilton Benefit Gala
Nov. 8 at Constitution Center

Join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 8 for a memorable evening commemorating the Foundation's 50th Anniversary! The milestone will be celebrated at the annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit Gala, at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall...READ MORE
 

Andrew Hamilton Benefit Gala Nov. 8

Join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 8 for a memorable evening commemorating the Foundation's 50th Anniversary! The milestone will be celebrated at the annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit Gala, at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall.

The Louis H. Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award to will be presented to former Chancellor Robert C. Heim by Kenneth C. Frazier, chair and CEO of Merck & Co. In addition, George D. Gould will receive the 2014 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC will be honored with the 2014 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award.

A record number of lawyers and supporters are expected to join the celebration of 50 years of impact and justice for all. Click here to purchase tickets.

Cloud Computing CLE Oct. 30

Cloud is a vague term. What is "cloud"? What does it mean? Who provides it? Who secures it? How do you get some "quality cloud" and how do you advise your clients which cloud will protect their intellectual property, or can't be used because eDiscovery won't work with it? Does the third party doctrine matter with the cloud?

The Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee panel from the local commercial companies who sell, manage, and provide cloud-based systems and services will address all your questions, as well as attorneys for those companies, will explain the issues, problems, and advantages, as well as the legal bases for everything on Thursday, Oct. 30. The CLE will cover the material and ethical foundations for usage and provision of Cloud systems, services and security.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 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 nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute Oct. 30

The 19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute on Thursday, Oct. 30 features bankruptcy and other judges, representatives of the U.S. Trustee's Office, Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Trustees, and other consumer, commercial and creditor attorneys. Get updated on the top consumer or top commercial bankruptcy cases of the year and then experience a diverse range of topics on the hottest issues arising in bankruptcy.

Each year this program receives rave reviews for its wide array of topics for both consumer and commercial practitioners. There is a full basic track for newcomers to consumer bankruptcy plus lots of topics of interest to sophisticated debtor and creditor consumer counsel, as well as a track of Chapter 11 commercial sessions.

The CLE program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Money Market Fund Reform CLE Oct. 31

The Investment Companies Committee will present the CLE program "Money Market Fund Reform: What You Need to Know" on Friday, Oct. 31.

Featured speaker Joan Ohlbaum Swirsky of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young will explain how the added obligations of the new money market fund rule amendments, adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will affect operations of fund boards, including information about liquidity fees, redemption gates and floating net asset values. The presentation will describe commentary in the adopting release, which is of interest to all registered funds, not only money market funds. In addition, the presentation will discuss the regulatory and market context of the reforms.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

The program 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 nonmembers. Click here to register.

Replansky Award Nominations Due Oct. 31

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2014 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, Oct. 31 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 Anne M. Aaronson, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102; or emailed to aaaronson@dilworthlaw.com.
More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Anne Aaronson at (215) 575-7110.

Co-Parenting Counseling, Intervention Nov. 3

Join the Family Law Section for an insider's look at co-parenting counseling, anger management classes and batterers' intervention programs on Monday, Nov. 3.

Speakers include Judge Doris A. Pechkurow, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Talia Eisenstein, Psy.D., Center for Psychological Services in Ardmore and director of the Children of Divorce Parent Education Program in Montgomery County; and Tony Lapp, co-director of Menergy in Philadelphia.

The program 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 nonmembers. Click here to register.

Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "2014 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update" will feature discussions of significant developments in the securities laws, as well as changes in the business and legal environment on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The program is cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association Securities Regulations Committees. Attendees will hear from regulators and practitioners regarding hot topics and trends and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act will be explored.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Former DA Abraham, Author at Nov. 5 Event

Archer Mayor, author, Vermont death investigator and police detective, will team up with former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham to compare notes on real and fictitious crime, rural vs. urban crime on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Come hear how they handled hundreds of cases and stories - with professionalism, humor and even some moxie. The free program begins at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine St and includes free refreshments and TastyKakes.

Political Risk in Overseas Business Nov. 5

Frank Plantan Jr., co-director of the International Relations Program at The University of Pennsylvania, will address risk issues businesses must be aware of in dealing with and traveling to foreign countries. This includes precautions to take, current high-risk countries, situations that pose the greatest risk and strategies to deal with risk at the Wednesday, Nov. 5 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room 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.

Elder Law Update Nov. 6

Earn 3 substantive CLE credits at PBI's "Elder Law Update" on Thursday, Nov. 6 where you'll be able to catch up on the year's highlights and learn the significant developments.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Linda Hill on Leadership on Nov. 6

Linda Hill, a Harvard Business School leadership scholar, is well versed in the challenges faced by 21st century leaders. Hill was named as one of Thinkers50 top 10 management thinkers in the world and has produced award-winning leadership seminars.

Hill will join the Arts + Business Council on Thursday, Nov. 6 to discuss the research revealed in her new book, Collective Genius, which explains that for truly innovative organizations, leaders create the context for their team to innovate rather than simply pursuing a vision of their own making.

Hill will outline alternative leadership styles and explain how to create an environment in which others are both willing and able to innovate from 8 to 10 a.m. at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway. Tickets are $35 and VIP tickets, which include a copy of Hill's book, preferred seating and access to a pre-event meet and greet with the author, are $75. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum on Climate Change Nov. 6

We hear about climate change and its effects every day in the news, but how many of us really understand the science behind the news?

Join us as we welcome Richard B. Alley, Ph. D., of Pennsylvania State University, who will discuss the science of climate change, how it occurs, what causes it, and what can be done to stop it at a Thursday, Nov. 6 Chancellor's Forum.

Dr. Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, and has ranged from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth's climate and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean, flooding our coasts. With more than 240 scientific publications, Dr. Alley has served on many advisory panels. He participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries Earth: The Operators' Manual, and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of the science to everyone.

After Dr. Alley's presentation, Robert B. McKinstry Jr. will provide some brief comments on what is being done from a technical and legal perspective to combat climate change.

McKinstry is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr LLP, where he heads the firm's Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. He was counsel of record for the group of amici climate scientists supporting the petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, the 2007 Supreme Court decision that held that the EPA has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

This program is free and open to the public and 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 nonmembers. Click here to register.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting, Reception Nov. 6

The Real Property Section Annual Meeting and Reception will be Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 1901 JFK Blvd.

The Section will honor The Middleton Partnership, recipient of the 2014 Good Deed Award, which will be accepted by Project H.O.M.E. The Middleton Partnership's generous donors are providing transformational leadership that leverages public and private funders working together to end homelessness in Philadelphia. Stuart Ebby, recipient of the 2014 Harris Ominsky Award, will be recognized for his pre-eminence as a Philadelphia real estate lawyer.

The event is sponsored by Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and Ballard Spahr LLP. Sponsorships are welcome! Contact Tracey McClosley at the Philadelphia Bar Association at tmccloskey@philabar.org or Judy Berkman at judy.berkman@rhls.org.

Registration ends Nov. 3. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and public interest and government attorney members, $40 for Section members, $55 for non-members and $25 for law student members. Click here to register.

ABA FSLC Fall CLE Meeting Nov. 6-7

The American Bar Association TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee returns to Philadelphia Nov. 6-7 for its Fall Fidelity CLE Meeting.

The 2014 FSLC Fall Meeting will focus on the FSLC's latest publication, "Commercial Crime Insurance Coverage," an update of the FSLC's 2006 book "Commercial Crime Policy, Second Edition." The program includes a combination of distinguished speakers addressing the most important substantive areas of commercial and mercantile crime protection policies, as well as several master class panels intended to broaden the examination of crime claims to include perspectives from policyholders, insurance professionals, and consultants.

Click here for more information.

Termination and Workers' Comp Benefits CLE Nov. 7

An analysis of the complicated issues involved when a workers' compensation claimant is fired for cause. Is termination of employment for cause a bar to the receipt of benefits? Is an award of wage loss benefits dependent upon the timing of the termination for cause? What types of employee behavior constitute "bad faith"? Is the current case law consistent with the most recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court reasoning? These issues will be explored through an interactive presentation at a Nov. 7 CLE program.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 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 nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Chancellor's Forum Nov. 10: Inside Drexel's Largest Gift

The Monday, Nov. 10 Chancellor's Forum will focus on discussing the future course for the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy. Both Kline and Dean Dennis will discuss the challenges in law school education and the unique path that the Kline School of Law is charting, with an emphasis on the place of Drexel University's Kline School of Law in the Philadelphia legal community and its relationship with the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Kline is a founding partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter, P.C., practicing in the area of catastrophic personal injury and mass tort litigation. Kline is a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers." Kline, who has a litany of professional accolades, has been selected as Pennsylvania's No. 1 lawyer for 11 consecutive years (2004-2014) by the independent, peer-review rating service Super Lawyers. Kline became a national spokesperson for the victims of Jerry Sandusky, and was interviewed on local and national television. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University. The law school at Drexel University is now named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, which has as a component, the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Roger Dennis is the Founding Dean of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. He was formerly the Provost at Rutgers University-Camden as well as the Dean at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law. He clerked for Judge Richard McLaren of the U.S. District Court in Chicago before working in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and practicing at Skadden, Arps in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where he was selected for the Order of the Coif. Dean Dennis has held an elected seat in the American Law Institute since 1991 and has served in leadership positions on numerous committees of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.

There is no cost to attend this program, which 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 nonmembers. Click here to register.

Attachment Theory in Custody Cases CLE Nov. 11

Become more familiar with the term "attachment" and explore what it is and why it is important to understand, especially in making decisions for children in the first three years of life at a Tuesday, Nov. 11 CLE program.

Discover the surprisingly interesting and complex nuisances of attachment and how it may well be the new emerging issue in family and custody law.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Due Nov. 14

As a result of the generous philanthropy of Morris M. Shuster, The Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program provides educational loan repayment assistance in the form of forgivable loans to selected qualifying attorneys employed full-time by Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantee organizations.

Practicing legal services attorneys who have been employed at a nonprofit for a minimum of three years may be eligible for up to $2,500; those who have been in practice for a minimum of five years may be eligible for up to $5,000. The guidelines as well as the 2014 Application and Eligibility Verification Form are available by clicking here.

Applications with accompanying documentation must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessica Hilburn-Holmes, 215-238-6347 or jhilburnholmes@philabar.org.

Board of Governors Candidates Forum Nov. 17

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend an Election Forum to hear from candidates seeking offices in the Association's 2014 Annual Election. The forum will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, featuring Board of Governors candidates.

There are seven candidates seeking five seats on the Board of Governors. The candidates are Maureen Farrell, Steve Harvey, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Ira S. Lefton, Kevin Mincey, Jeffrey N. Rosenthal and Julia Swain.

The forum will be moderated by Elections Committee Chair and Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson. There is no cost to attend this program, which 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 nonmembers. Click here to register.

Bar to Elect Officers, Board Members Dec. 9

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

According to Article IV, Section 406, Paragraph B, "The election shall be by (1) secret mailed ballot and (2) paper ballot or voting machine. In addition, members may vote electronically over the Internet to the extent permitted by law pursuant to procedures established by the Board to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote and the integrity of the voting process. Voting machines, if available, shall be preferred for in-person voting, unless there is an election at which there is no contest. The position of the nominee on the ballot shall be determined by lot. The drawing of lots shall be conducted by the Judge of Elections not less than 25 days before the Annual Meeting in the presence of the nominees and/or their representatives. The form of the ballot shall be prescribed by the Board. A ballot shall be sent by the Association by mail to every Association member eligible to vote at least two weeks prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting. A mailed ballot shall not be counted unless it has been received at the office of the Association no later than 10 a.m. three business days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and in such manner as to preserve the confidentiality of the member's vote. The Judge of Elections shall count the mailed ballots after the polls have been closed."

Ballots will be mailed Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 and are due by Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Candidates for the 2014 Election are:

Vice Chancellor - Deborah R. Gross
Secretary - Jacqueline C. Segal
Treasurer - Wesley R. Payne IV
Assistant Secretary - Judge A. Michael Snyder (ret.)
Assistant Treasurer - Mary F. Platt

Board of Governors (elect five):

Maureen Farrell
Steve Harvey
Kathleen Kirkpatrick
Ira S. Lefton
Kevin Mincey
Jeffrey N. Rosenthal
Julia Swain

YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee

Ten candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 9 election.

The candidates are Ryan Briskin, Mario D’Adamo III, Caitlin M. Donnelly, Melanie J. Foreman, Dana Gittleman, Lindsay H. Schoonmaker, Ashley K. Shea, Franklin R. Strokoff, Thomas J. Szymanski and Anna B. Will. Executive Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Ballots will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 20 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association Bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the September 22, 2014 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the Annual Meeting to take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at noon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Amendments to Section 208 of the Bylaws, as follows:

Section 208. The Board.
A. The members of the Board entitled to vote, shall be
1. the Officers, all of whom shall serve for a term co-extensive with their respective terms of office;
2. the immediate past Chancellor;
3. the immediate past Chair of the Board;
4. a representative of each Section designated by the Section and then serving as a member of the highest executive body of the Section who shall serve for a term of one year (provided that no such representative shall serve for more than three consecutive one-year terms); the Chair of each Section shall notify the Chair of the Board on or before December 31 of each year of the identity of the person designated by the Section to serve as a member of the Board during the following calendar year as a representative of the Section;
5. 15 persons elected by the Members as provided in Section 300(A)(1)(c), consisting of three classes of five Members each, who shall serve for a term of three years, one class being elected each year;
6. threesix persons appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Section 208(C), each of whom shall serve for a term of three years, onetwo personpeople being appointed each year; and
(a) In order to transition the 208(A)(6) appointments from three members with three year terms to six members with three year terms, the 2015 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2015, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2017, the 2016 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2016, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2018, and the 2017 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2017, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2019. As of January 15, and each year thereafter, the Chancellor shall appoint two members to a three year term as defined by 208(A)(6);
7. the Chair and Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division; and
8. a Dean of one of the accredited area law schools identified on a list established by the Board of Governors, which Dean shall be designated by the Deans of such law schools, in a manner approved by the Board of Governors, to represent the Deans at any number of meetings.
B. The Chancellor immediately prior to the immediate past Chancellor , the President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Editor of The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, the Association's delegates to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, the Association's Zone Governor to the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Board of Governors, and the Presidents of the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, the Greater Philadelphia Legal Marketing Association and the Philadelphia Legal Secretary's Association shall be entitled to be present and to be heard at all meetings of the Board as ex officio non-voting members of the Board.
C. On or before January 15 of each year, the Chancellor, upon consideration of the recommendations from the Committee on Diversity in the Profession with respect to such appointments, shall appoint twoa Members who is aare members of a racial minority, the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community or other diverse individuals as a members of the Board, pursuant to Section 208(A)(6).
D. The Chancellor may also appoint a Member as Counsel to serve at the Chancellor's pleasure as an ex officio non-voting member of the Board.
E. No member of the Board may designate another person to represent such member at a meeting of, or to cast any vote in the deliberations of, the Board.
Please note not all of the changes were highlighted in last week's Bar Reporter Online.

Deadline for Judicial Commission Candidates is Dec. 5

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2015 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

All candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission must submit to a new review if they choose to run in the 2015 primary election. Under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

Kenneth Murphy, Esquire
2014 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

AIDS Law Project Halloween Gala Oct. 30

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present BOO! at bahdeebahdu, a Halloween-themed gala on Thursday, Oct. 30, featuring food and fantastic drinks. The gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at bahdeebahdu, a lighting, design, art and furniture studio located at 1522 N. American St. Tickets are $100 per person, $50 for nonprofit professionals/young lawyers. For more information or to buy tickets visit aidslawpa.org.

Women's Rights After Hobby Lobby, McCullen Oct. 30

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law will present the symposium "Women's Rights and the Supreme Court: After Hobby Lobby and McCullen on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick will give the keynote address. The symposium will be held from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 140 in the Kline School of Law, 3320 Market St. Three CLE credits will be available. Click here to register.

Representing Homeless Vets CLE Nov. 6

Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a CLE training on representing homeless veterans before the Veterans Administration on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. This 3-hour substantive CLE training program is open to current and prospective HAP legal volunteers. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact HAP's Michael Taub at mtaub@haplegal.org. VA accreditation is required prior to the CLE.

Advanced Divorce Training CLE Nov. 7

Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono CLE training "Advanced Divorce Training: Equitable Distribution" on Friday, Nov. 7 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for taking a VIP case within six months. To register, visit phillyvip.org.

Penn Sparer Symposium Nov. 14

The 34th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium “Law 2.0: Progress and Challenges for Justice in the Digital Age” will be held Friday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Law, 3501 Sansom St. The keynote speaker is Mark O’Brien, co-founder and executive director of Pro Bono Net. Panels will include the following topics - The Role of Social Media and Online Activism in Social and Political Movements; Technology and Access to Legal Services; Technology, Sustainable Development, and the Law; To Regulate or Not to Regulate: Should Net Neutrality Be Required by Law?; and Criminal Law and Technology: Solutions and Potential Problems. This event is free and open to all. Online registration for the 2014 Sparer Symposium and information about CLE credits for the program is available by clicking here.

LCD Fall Celebration Nov. 14

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction Friday, Nov. 14 at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, 220 S. 17th St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, whiskey tasting, dinner stations from across the globe, silent/live auction and live music. For tickets and information, please visit lcdphila.org.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392 or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327 or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now in its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association has been a constant supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interested in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

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 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 Musuem

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 Bar 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: Inflation Trends Garnering More Attention

In this month's interview, we sat down with Investment Advisor Bruce Self, CFA, at PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss some of the current trends regarding inflation in the United States. Click here to read the entire article.
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