Nov. 3, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 79
 

Savoth to Outline Plans at Dec. 6 Annual Meeting

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor John E. Savoth, of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The event will also feature The Fidelity Award Presented By PNC Wealth Management. Click here to purchase tickets.

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 18, and must be received at the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Candidates for office are: William P. Fedullo, Vice Chancellor; Sophia Lee, Secretary; Joseph A. Prim Jr., Treasurer; Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Assistant Treasurer; Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, Rainy Papademetriou, James A. Rocco, III, Eric H. Weitz and Kay Kyungsun Yu, Board of Governors (elect five).

Bar Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has announced the final results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 8 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

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

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

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, one-third of whom are non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at philadelphiabar.org.

The complete list of judicial ratings is available at philadelphiabar.org.

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

Joan A. Brown - Recommended
Denis P. Cohen - Recommended
Rose Marie Defino-Nastasi - Recommended
Thomas Dempsey - Recommended
Kevin M. Dougherty - Recommended
Gary S. Glazer - Recommended
Elizabeth Jackson - Recommended
Margaret T. Murphy - Recommended
Arnold L. New - Recommended
George W. Overton - Recommended
Paul P. Panepinto - Recommended
Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro - Recommended
Lisa M. Rau - Recommended
Gregory E. Smith - Recommended
Albert John Snite, Jr. - Recommended
Earl W. Trent, Jr. - Recommended
Chris R. Wogan - Recommended

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

James Murray Lynn - Not Recommended
Robert J. Rebstock - Not Recommended

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

Thomas F. Gehret - Recommended
Nazario Jimenez, Jr. – Recommended
William A. Meehan, Jr. - Recommended
Bradley K. Moss - Recommended
Harvey W. Robbins - Recommended
David C. Shuter - Recommended
Karen Y. Simmons - Recommended

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

James M. DeLeon - Not Recommended

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

Diana Anhalt - Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle - Recommended
Charles Ehrlich - Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta - Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine - Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson - Recommended
Sean Kennedy - Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott - Recommended
Maria McLaughlin - Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols - Recommended
Thomas M. Nocella – Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. - Recommended
Edward C. Wright - Recommended

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

Jim Divergilis - Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante - Not Recommended

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

Joyce Eubanks - Recommended
Marvin L. Williams - Recommended

To find your polling place, get answers to your questions about voting or to report problems at polling places, call the non-partisan Committee of Seventy's Election Protection Hotline - 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

LGBT Rights Committee Seeks Ingram Award Nominees

The LGBT Rights Committee is accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. Written nominations are due on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. and should be emailed to lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org. Your nomination statement should be no longer than one page and should detail why you believe your nominee should receive the award.

Cheryl A. Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), including a term as its treasurer. Cheryl successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a website, endorsing of bar candidates, and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community. She reached out to both the American and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations to be inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and encouraged the Philadelphia Bar Association to endorse a number of pro-LGBT resolutions.

Cheryl was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice Award, which recognized the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all. Traditionally, the award has gone to a LGBT non-lawyer or a non-LGBT attorney (to not overlap with GALLOP's annual Michael Greenberg Award, which is awarded annually to a LGBT attorney).

Undocumented Workers CLE Nov. 4

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Undocumented Workers in the PA Workers' Compensation System: Policy, Practice, and Precedents on Friday, Nov. 4.

The course will provide an overview of the workers' compensation law as it currently applies to undocumented workers; the federal and state requirements for employers who hire foreign workers; the policies behind the case law as well as for lawmakers considering legislation affecting undocumented workers and employers; the evidentiary problems encountered in litigation involving undocumented workers and how best for both sides to meet their respective burdens of proof; and considerations for the practitioner representing undocumented workers.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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 $200 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years.
Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Law Student Award Nominations Due Nov. 4

The Public Interest Section is accepting nominations for the 2011 Law Student Awards. The Law Student Award recognizes one graduating (third or fourth year) student with a demonstrated commitment to public service from each of the six Philadelphia area law schools: Drexel, Penn, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova and Widener (Delaware).

To nominate a student for this award, please complete the Nomination Form attached to this email. The nominations deadline is Friday, Nov. 4. For questions, contact Maureen Olives, Chair, Law School Outreach Committee, at molives@temple.edu or 215-204-3705.

Same-Sex Marriage CLE Nov. 7

The Family Law Section will present the CLE program "Crossing Borders/Shifting Rights: Same-Sex Marriages, Civil Unions & the Legal Challenges for Pennsylvania Couples" on Monday, Nov. 7.

In June, New York became the sixth and largest state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pennsylvania is now bordered by three states that offer either marriages or civil unions to same-sex couples and Pennsylvania residents are crossing state lines to get hitched. How will this affect couples when they return to Pennsylvania? What are the differences between marriages and civil unions, especially as it relates to dissolving them? This CLE will explore the latest in legal developments and the pros and cons for couples who are crossing state lines so you may advise your clients accordingly. Panelists are Richard B. Bost and Tiffany L. Palmer.

Lunch, registration and the annual election of Section officers begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.0 Substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch}.

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers, law firm managing partners, and diversity thought-leaders from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia. Click here to register.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

During the opening plenary, a panel of local and non-local chief legal officers and law firm managing partners will discuss the importance of collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; benchmarks to measure success; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

Four concurrent breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: the roles white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP; Mark A. Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H.J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP; John L. Latham, partner, Alston & Bird LLP; James G. Leipold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.; Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc.; LeRoy Watkins, partner, Jackson Lewis LLP; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton; Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org. Click here to register.

YLD Networking Happy Hour Nov. 9

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a networking happy hour on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Con Murphy's An Irish Pub, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Enjoy appetizers and drink specials, the first 50 people will receive a complimentary drink ticket. At this event we will also select - by lottery - the ballot positions for those running for the YLD Executive Committee. Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support, the event sponsor, will also hold a raffle for two Flyers tickets.

Moving Between Private Practice and Public Service

The Public Interest Section is presenting this career panel discussion with attorneys that have moved from government and legal services to private practice and vice versa on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Confirmed panelists include Philadelphia City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith; Geoffrey Bruen of Ballard Spahr LLP; Mary Catherine Roper, ACLU of Pennsylvania; and Amara Chaudhry, Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The program will be moderated by Rashida West of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. If you are considering making a career change within the legal profession, this discussion should be very helpful. The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1011 Market St. Visit philadelphiabar.org to register.

Persuasion and Influence in Conflict Resolution Nov. 10

David M. Frees III will present "Applied Neuroscience - Becoming More Persuasive and Influential in Conflict Resolution" at the Thursday, Nov. 10 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Frees will discuss seven negotiation skills and secrets no mediator, judge or lawyer can ignore; three language patterns you must avoid at all costs for a successful mediation; how to keep relationships intact; the neuroscience of ADR; and Unlocking the hidden profits of your mediation practice.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Role of Lawyers in the Media Nov. 10

Four local journalists will discuss "The Role of Lawyers in the Media: The Editors' Perspective" at the Thursday, Nov. 10 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

Panelists include Craig Ey, editor, Philadelphia Business Journal; Hank Grezlak, editor-in-chief, The Legal Intelligencer; Karen Araiza, managing editor, NBC10; and Larry Platt, editor, Philadelphia Daily News. The moderator is Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel.

Panelists will share their experiences and challenges reporting on law-related issues and provide insight as to how attorneys can become better resources to the news media. The program will also include discussion of local news coverage of legal issues and the intersection with the practice of law.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for the program.

Judge Gantman on Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Susan Gantman will discuss the nuts and bolts of appellate practice will be the guest speaker at the Friday, Nov. 11 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for the program.

Section 363 Sales in Bankruptcy CLE Nov. 16

The Private Equity Committee and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee will present the CLE program "Section 363 Sales in Bankruptcy - Trends and Opportunities from a Practitioner's Perspective" on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The featured speaker is William J. Burnett. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begins at 12 p.m. 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.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Higginbotham Fellowship Deadline is Nov. 16

The Public Interest Section will award one Higginbotham Fellowship to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a public interest organization during the summer of 2012. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Public Interest Section's 20th Anniversary Dinner, Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m., at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

Any public interest organization interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via email at mzebe@philabar.org no later than Wednesday, Nov. 16. To be eligible, the organization must have received a grant from Philadelphia Bar Foundation in December 2010 ({link: http://www.philabarfoundation.org/page/Grantees|included in list of 2010 Bar Foundation grantees); at least one member of organization’s staff must be a paid member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Public Interest Section; and the organization must not have received the stipend in the past four years.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 17

Temple University economics Prof. Dr. William C. Dunkelberg will be the keynote speaker at the Real Property Section’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Community Design Collarborative will be presented with the section’s Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room on the 9th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Please register by Monday, Nov. 14. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Hamilton Benefit Nov. 19

More than 400 lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Saturday, Nov. 19 for the Philadelphia Bar Foundations 33rd Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit. This event, the year's leading social and charitable event for Philadelphia's legal community, supports the Bar Foundation's mission of promoting equal access to justice for the less fortunate. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

Wendy Beetlestone, president of the Bar Foundation and partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, said of the event, "This is the Bar Foundation's most important fundraiser in support of the grants we make to the legal services organizations that serve the most vulnerable members of our community. Those who attend are showing their passion for justice and for the law. The theme this year is 'The Art of Giving,' but at this amazing event we will be performing the arts of eating, dancing and celebrating our legal community as well."

By virtue of being held at Americas oldest art school and museum, art is playing a role in many aspects of the event. A competition held to provide artwork that would illustrate the theme of the event was won by local artist Jenny Lynn with her elegant black-and-white photograph. There will be a live and silent auction as part of the festivities to which acclaimed muralist Meg Saligman will be donating a piece and which will feature prizes including getaways to a Spanish villa and a condominium in Mexico and club box seats for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of Philadelphia's legal community. Every year, the funds raised through the Andrew Hamilton Benefit are used to support more than 30 nonprofit legal services organizations in Philadelphia. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

Issues Intersecting State, Federal Multi-Filed Cases Nov. 21

U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo C. Robreno and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will discuss issues intersecting federal and state court practice in multi-filed cases at a Monday, Nov. 21 joint meeting of the Federal Courts Committee and Rules and Procedure Committee.

Our presenters will discuss both the practical and substantive issues which arise in cases pending simultaneously in both state and federal venues. They bring a great deal of experience and insight on this topic.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begins at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Ugandan Jewish Leader to Speak Nov. 8

Aaron Kintu Moses, of the inspiring Jewish community leaders of Uganda, will discuss the legal hurdles that he has had to overcome in championing joint Abayudaya-Kulanu education and sustainable development projects at an event co-sponsored by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia and the Brandeis Law Society (and hosted by Marathon Grill) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 1818 Market St., 7th floor.

Kintu Moses is an outstanding leader of the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda. He has been director of education since 2003, and has also served as the community's acting spiritual leader. Kulanu ("All of Us" in Hebrew), founded in 1994, is a nonprofit organization which supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world, many of which have been disconnected from the worldwide Jewish community.

Kintu Moses will present a dynamic multi-media program updating audiences on the Kulanu-supported Abayudaya primary and high schools, which educate and feed 700 Jewish, Muslim and Christian children studying together in peace. He will also report on the child nutrition project; public health education and women's empowerment programs; on-going classroom, library, dorm and other school construction; as well as the village micro-finance, crafts, music CD, coffee, and eco-tourism self-help projects.

Kintu Moses will discuss how the Abayudaya and Kulanu are taking a leadership role in increasing literacy and nutrition, and in bringing diverse religious communities together.

Register by Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the discounted rate of $36 per person. After Nov. 1, admission is $40 per person. A cash bar will be available.

For further information, or to RSVP, please contact Tina Velez at velez@blankrome.com or 215-569-5500 ext. 4032.

Chester County Seeks Input on E-Filing

The Chester County Court of Common Pleas is contemplating instituting e-Filing for all documents, other than Family Court documents, filed with the prothonotary.

We would like to hear from lawyers, including family law practitioners, and members of their staffs about their experiences with e-Filing in other jurisdictions. We want to hear about problems which have been encountered as well as features of other eFiling systems that have proved to be particularly helpful.

A meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in Courtroom #2 of the Chester County Justice Center. All members of the bar and support staff are welcome to attend.

Please note, there will not be any discussion of any proposed e-Filing system for the Chester County Court system. This meeting is our opportunity to hear from you before we complete development of an e-Filing system for Chester County.

If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to submit comments, written comments should be sent to DCIS/GIS Department, C/O Glenn Angstadt, 313 W. Market St., Suite 5302, P.O. Box 2748, West Chester, PA 19380-0991.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

Attorneys on the go can access The Legal Directory 2011 on handheld devices. With thousands of listings at your fingertips, simply click a phone number or email; your handheld will dial or generate an email template. Visit mobile.thelegaldirectory.org to sign on.

The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• Nationalities Services Center will hold Global Tastes, a fundraiser celebrating Philadelphia’s diverse communities through food and NSC’s 90-year history of providing services to immigrants and refugees, on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., at WHYY, Independence Mall West, 150 N. 6th St., Philadelphia. This fundraising event will feature food samplings from an array of local international restaurants. For ticket information, visit nscphila.org.

• Philadelphia VIP and HIAS Pennsylvania will present a free CLE training on Asylum on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided), at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This program will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S. Each attendee who participates and accepts a VIP/HIAS pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn three substantive CLE credits. Register online at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a free CLE training on mortgage foreclosure on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Comcast Cable, One Comcast Center, 45th Floor, Rooms J/K/L. Volunteers will receive a total of 3 free substantive CLE credits in exchange for either: representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions without a continuing client. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or at 215-523-9550.

• The Legal Clinic for the Disabled's 1st Annual Casino Night Fundraiser will be held Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. Play authentic casino games (poker, blackjack, roulette, craps) staffed by professional dealers. Tickets are $40 or $75 for two, or $20 with student ID. Tickets are $10 more at the door. Ticket includes playing chips, raffle, music, drinks, and food from some of Philly's best restaurants. Each ticket holder receives $200 in chips. More chips available for purchase at the event. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes such as: dinner and an overnight stay for two at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, a Burberry watch, Philadelphia Opera tickets, restaurant packages, and more. For tickets, contact Ben at 215-587-3439 or bbeckcoon@lcdphila.org.

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