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Nov. 6, 2014 | Vol. 15, No. 80
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
 

Dandridge to Outline Agenda at Dec. 9 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III, a partner with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, will outline his plans for 2015 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Mark A. Aronchick, a shareholder in Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the PNC Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Also at the event, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award will be presented. The Bar Association will also honor the winner of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 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 Thursday, Nov. 20, and must be received at the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Candidates for office are: Deborah R. Gross, Vice Chancellor; Jacqueline G. Segal, Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Treasurer; Judge A. Michael Snyder (ret.), Assistant Secretary; Mary F. Platt, Assistant Treasurer; Maureen Farrell, Steve Harvey, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Ira S. Lefton, Kevin Mincey, Jeffrey N. Rosenthal and Julia Swain, Board of Governors (elect five).


Board of Governors Election Forum Nov. 17

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend an Election Forum on Monday, Nov. 17 to hear from Board of Governors candidates seeking offices in the Association's 2014 Annual Election. Click here to register.

The forum will be moderated by Elections Committee Chair and Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judge Pollak, Hamilton Award Nominations Sought

The Public Interest Section is accepting nominations for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award and the Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Nov. 14.

The Pollak Award was created to honor the memory of Judge Pollak, a distinguished jurist who cared deeply about public service and access to justice and who gave time and effort to supporting the public interest legal community through his work with the Bar Association. The award does not come with any monetary amount, but rather serves as recognition of both the legacy of leadership Judge Pollak left behind and of the service of the awardee. This award will be given annually to a judge who embodies Judge Pollak's commitment to public service. Nominations may be self-nominations, made by members of the judiciary, or made by members of the public interest community.

The Pollak Award committee will look for a jurist who, in efforts to increase access to justice or in dedication to the public interest legal community, has demonstrated a single achievement (excluding any decision in any matter before the jurist); sustained commitment or efforts which inspire others.

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

Nominations are encouraged and should be sent either by mail or email to Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org.

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

Nominations are encouraged and should be sent either by mail or email to Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org.

Proposed Standard Discovery Discussion Nov. 7

The Rules & Procedure Committee and Compulsory Arbitration Committee will discuss re-approval of the proposed standard discovery for arbitration cases at a Friday, Nov. 7 meeting.

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 nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

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.

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.

How Much is Your Space Worth Nov. 12

How do you know the true value of your office space? In the "How Much is Your Space Worth?" program of the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series on Wednesday, Nov. 12, real estate experts Carol Huff and Joe Pasquarella will discuss the valuation of leases, and spaces ranging from the small home workplace to the large skyscraper. They will also discuss how owners and landlords can affect lease values, as well as how values can change based on the cycles of the economy.

Carol Huff, principal at Real Estate Investment Strategies, has spent more than 35 years in the commercial real estate business representing tenants. During this time, she has also saved her clients tens of millions of dollars in lease-related billings and prevented major problems from surfacing in the future once a lease is signed.

Joe Pasquarella is the senior managing director of Integra Realty Resources in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley. He has been actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting since 1973, and has extensive experience valuing regional malls, central business district office buildings, warehouses, hotels and parking garages.

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.

Business Lawyers' Institute Nov. 12-13

Offering more than 30 workshops as well as exposure to the state's top business law professionals, the 20th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute on Nov. 12-13 provides the information needed today to advise business clients tomorrow.

Topics include corporate governance, employment law, social media, international law, mergers & acquisitions, securities, IP, technology, dispute resolution. A total of 12 CLE credits will be available at the program, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. both days at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

HBAPA 2nd Annual Judicial Panel Nov. 13

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA) will feature a discussion by distinguished state and federal Latino jurists at its 2nd Annual Judicial Panel on Thursday, Nov. 13. The event will take place at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St.

The HBAPA Legal Education Fund and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) are sponsoring the event. The theme of the evening is: "Diversity & the Judiciary - Success Stories from the Latino Community" and panelists are Judge Julio M. Fuentes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA; Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA; and Judge Giovanni O. Campbell, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division

Kindly RSVP by Monday, Nov. 10 to event chair Theresa L. Concepcion at tconcepcion@hinshawlaw.com.

Investigative Roles of OFCCP Nov. 14

Edward Rogers and Haile Hirpe of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), will present an overview on the investigative roles and responsibilities of the OFCCP at the Friday, Nov. 14 meeting of the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee.

OFCCP enforces affirmative action and equal employment opportunity contractual requirements for entities that do business with the federal government.

Breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m. at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C., United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please RSVP to Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

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.

Forensic Collection of Social Media Nov. 19

Greg Cancilla, director of forensics, RVM Enterprises, Inc., will provide an overview of digital computer forensics with an emphasis on social media, mobile devices, cloud storage and web-based email in light of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model at the Wednesday, Nov. 19 meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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.

Navigating Lawyer Rating Sites Nov. 20

Harper J. Dimmerman will present "Navigating Avvo and Other Online Lawyer Rating Sites" at the Thursday, Nov. 20 meeting of the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee.

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. The program is sponsored by LawPay.

SSA Officials to Meet with Committee Nov. 21

Brian O'Donnell, acting deputy regional chief counsel of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Victor Pane, supervisory attorney from SSA Region III, Office of General Counsel, will be the guest speakers at the Friday, Nov. 21 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Barristers' Turkey Drive Nov. 22

The Barristers' Association is gearing up for its Annual Turkey Drive, where Thanksgiving dinner packages are provided to hundreds of families. This year's Turkey Drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at Cozen PAL Center, 732 N. 17th St. To donate to the Turkey Drive, please visit phillybarristers.com. To volunteer, email Amber Racine at amracine@raynesmccarty.com.

Recent Trends in Israeli Law Nov. 25

Dean Ron Harris of the Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law will discuss recent trends in Israeli common and civil law at a breakfast program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Dean Harris, a professor of law, earned an LL.B., B.A. and M.A. in history from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He joined the TAU Law School in 1993 and served as its Vice Dean from 2006-2008.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A continental breakfast will be provided. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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.

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.

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

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.

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