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Nov. 2, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 61
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Vote Nov. 3: 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…READ MORE

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.…READ MORE

 

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.

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 informaton 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.

What Will You Do With Your Practice? Succession Planning for Lawyers Nov. 10

Whether your practice is litigation based or transactional or you work in a large firm or solo, you will discover the importance of developing a succession plan. Learn the steps you need to take to wind down your practice, how to turn your transition "wishes" into reality and the ethical concerns every attorney should consider prior to transition.

This two substantive and one ethic credit program will be held in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or 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 and awards ceremony at Chima on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The Real Property Section will be honoring Deborah McColloch, director of the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, with its Good Deed Award; and Michael Sklaroff, partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, with its Harris Ominsky Award. 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 for the presentation of 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.

Barristers' Annual Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 21

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia &40;Barristers') is proud to sponsor its 31st Thanksgiving Drive on Nov. 21. Each year, members of the Barristers' personally identify local families in need of support. They also contact area churches for the names of families that need support during Thanksgiving. Once the families are notified, Barristers' members distribute "turkey baskets" at the Cozen Police Athletic League, located at 732 N. 17th St. (17th and Brown streets). The Thanksgiving "baskets" will contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert and more.

For questions about donating or volunteering on Nov. 21, please email Amber M. Racine at amracine@raynesmccarty.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.

Judges Needed by Nov. 30:Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

The Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association ƚMABLSA) invites you to participate in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (TMMTC) as a competition judge. The MABLSA regional competition will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 through Saturday, Feb. 7, 2016. The top three teams of the competition will advance to the national competition, which will be held March 10-13, 2016 in Baltimore, Md. The TMMTC is one of the largest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the country, and typically draws between 100 and 150 teams.

If you are interested, please sign up via MABLSA's Judge’s Form by Nov. 30. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Deirdre Laws, regional mock trial director, at mablsa.mocktrial@nblsa.org.

Raven Society Jabberwocky Jam (Winter Gala) Dec. 5

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia's Raven Society (Young Friends) at its Raven Society Jabberwocky Jam in the Skyline Room and Terrace of the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. It will be an extravagant evening of Mad Hatter fun and fundraising for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The gala will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's mind-bending classic "Alice In Wonderland" in black-tie style or whimsical Alice attire. $100 for Raven Society members and $125 for non-Raven Society members. Ticket includes dancing, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and open bar.

Please visit freelibrary.org/ball for more information and to purchase tickets. For questions please contact Josephine Lewis at LewisJ@freelibrary.org.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

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.

Nov. 2
Section 1983 Litigation: Civil Rights and Attorney's Fees Under Section 1988
3 substantive/1* ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

Taking and Defending Depositions
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 4-5
21st Annual Business Lawyers Institute (2015)
11 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 5
Philadelphia Bar Association
Will Drafting 101: The Basics and Common Scrivener Mistakes
0 substantive/1 ethics
12:30-1:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

Nov. 6
PLI - Think Like an Attorney and Talk Like a Geek 2015
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts (Video)
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 9
LGBT Issues in Foster Care and Homeless/Out-of-Home Youth: Understanding challenges and finding solutions
3 substantive/1 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Online Agreements (Video)
2 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10
Elder Law Update
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

What Will You Do with Your Practice? Succession Planning for Lawyers
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 11
Advanced Storytelling & Persuasion Skills for Lawyers (PEG)
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:00 a.m.
Lunch is included

Pregnancy Discrimination (Video)
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

*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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