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Nov. 16, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 63
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Tomorrow: Election Forum Nov. 17

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend an Election Forum to hear from candidates seeking offices on the Board of Governors in the Association's 2015 Annual Election…READ MORE

Tomorrow: Beccaria Award Reception Nov. 17

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

The Mayor's Reception Room is located in room 202 of Philadelphia City Hall. Registration has closed. For more information, click here.

Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm Nov. 20

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for the latest in the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate program series titled "The Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm" in the Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

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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.

Tomorrow: Election Forum Nov. 17

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend an Election Forum to hear from candidates seeking offices on the Board of Governors in the Association's 2015 Annual Election. The forum will be held in the Philadelphia Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m.

The forum will be moderated by Elections Committee Chair and Immediate-Past Chancellor William P. Fedullo.

Candidates for Bar office are:

Vice Chancellor:

  • Mary F. Platt
  • Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.)

Secretary:

  • Jacqueline G. Segal

Treasurer:

  • Regina M. Foley

Assistant Secretary:

  • Jennifer S. Coatsworth

Assistant Treasurer:

  • Natalie Klyashtorny

Board:

  • Edward F. Beitz
  • Maureen Farrell
  • James Funt
  • Wendy Castor Hess
  • Adam M. Taylor

All candidates for contested offices have been invited to speak at the forum. 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. 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 Committee 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.

Urgent Action: Global Perspectives on the Dutch Climate Change Litigation Nov. 17

You are invited to attend a seminar titled "Urgent Action: Global Perspectives on the Dutch Climate Change Litigation" at the University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. The session will be moderated by Cary Coglianese, the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Might the courts hold the answer to climate change? In this seminar, Roger Cox, the lead lawyer in the landmark Dutch case will discuss the strategy he successfully pursued. His opening remarks will be followed by commentary by leading legal authorities Lucas Bergkamp and Veerle Heyvaert.

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy is located in the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 S. 34th St., 4th floor, Philadelphia. For more information, 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.

Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm Nov. 20

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for the latest in the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate program series titled "The Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm" in the Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. Technology is continuously evolving and changing the practice of law. Traditionally, law firms are slower to update their technological platforms, but with an insurgence of new tools and applications, they need to adapt and take advantage of these advances.

The panelists will illuminate the pitfalls of technological evolution and measures to take to ensure client safety and security in a wireless environment. They will share current trends, anticipated client demands and how it all fits into lease and real estate issues.

There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

Wage & Hour Symposium Nov. 20

Learn about the new proposed regulations from the Department of Labor and how these regulations will change how employees are classified as exempt or non-exempt status. Take the guesswork out of the wage and hour laws. This is a unique opportunity to hear from prominent wage and hour attorneys who will bring you up-to-date on the latest developments, tactics and strategies. You will learn the facts you need to know to help your clients make important decisions.

This five substantive, one ethics credit program will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Barristers' Annual Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 21

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia (Barristers') is proud to sponsor its 31st Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, 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 tech 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 (MABLSA) 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.

Probate and Trust Law Annual Meeting and Reception Dec. 2

The Probate and Trust Law Section cordially invites you to its annual meeting and reception at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Registration is $35 and includes an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. This event is cosponsored by the Pennsylvania Trust Company and Sotheby's.

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia is located at 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia. For more information and to register by Nov. 25, click here.

Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

State Civil Litigation Annual Reception and Award Presentation Honoring Peter Divon Dec. 2

The State Civil Litigation Section cordially invites you to its annual reception and award presentation at Estia on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. At the ceremony, the State Civil Litigation Section will present the Hon. Alex Bonavitacola Award to Peter Divon, director, Dispute Resolution Center and Discovery Court. Registration includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres and buffet. The event is sponsored by Veritext Legal Solutions.

Estia is located at 1405 Locust St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register by Nov. 30, click here.

Please note that there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

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.

Annual Meeting Luncheon Dec. 8

Chancellor-Elect Gaetan J. Alfano, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will outline his plans for 2016 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 8. at 12 p.m.

The Philadelphia Bar Association will be presenting two awards at the Annual Meeting Luncheon.

The 2015 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.

The 2015 PNC Achievement Award honors a member who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Hyatt at The Bellevue is located at 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information on the Annual Meeting Luncheon and to register, click here.

Workers' Compensation Annual Holiday Reception Dec. 9

The Workers' Compensation Section cordially invites you to its annual holiday reception at Cescaphe Ballroom on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Registration includes a top shelf open bar, extensive hors d'oeuvres, delectable buffet and valet parking. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots®.

Cescaphe Ballroom is located at 923 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia. To register by Dec. 7, click here.

Please note that there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Public Interest Law Day CLE and Annual Awards Ceremony Dec. 10

Join the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee for the Public Interest Law Day with CLE at the PBI Conference Center on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. The day will focus on current issues in the practice and advocacy of public interest law. Discover what public interest attorneys need to know about the changing rules in public interest law. This CLE program is eligible for four substantive and two ethics credits.

Afterwards, join the Public Interest Section for its annual awards ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City at 5:30 p.m. The Public Interest Section will be presenting the Andrew Hamilton and Hon. Louis H. Pollak Awards, along with the Morris M. Shuster Fellowship awards, the selection of the Higginbotham Fellowship and the presentation of the 2015 Law Student Awards. Registration includes two-hour open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

PBI Conference Center is located in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City is located at 237 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

For more information on Public Interest Day and to register, click here.

To register for the Public Interest Sections's annual awards ceremony, click here by Dec. 7.

Please note that there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door for the awards ceremony. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Please note that separate registration is required for Public Interest Day and the Public Interest Section's annual awards ceremony.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Award Reception Dec. 15

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to its annual dinner and award presentation at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. At the event, Hon. Robert J. Matthews, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, will be honored with the Herbert R. Weiman SR. & JR. Award.

Registration includes one drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. A cash bar will be available. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is located at 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia. For more information and to register by Dec. 9, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

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

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

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

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

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit mycase.com for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

  • Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.
  • New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).
  • Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.
  • 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pa. 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pa. 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present your Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at philadelphiabar.org in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the Membership Card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won't just observe art. You'll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.

Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: What’s Missing from Your Wealth Plan?

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

Upcoming CLE Courses

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Nov. 16
We Differ as Rational Friends: A Debate between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

PLI - Patent Litigation 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 17
Advanced Concepts in the Defense of Licensed Medical Practitioners
3 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

2015 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update
4 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

PLI - Patent Litigation 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 17 - 18
22nd Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
10 substantive/2 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 7:45 a.m.

Nov. 18
Top Ten Mistakes Philadelphia Businesses Make
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Buying and Selling Homes in Condominiums and Planned Communities
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 19
The Essentials of Copyright Law
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Start-Up & I.P. Issues for Tech Companies (Video)
2 substantive/0 ethics
9-11:15 a.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 20
Environmental Enforcement Actions
2 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Wage & Hour Law Symposium
5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Election Law, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying Disclosure
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 23
School Law
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Finding the Trial Story (Video)
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 24
Beyond iPad Basics! Achieving Ultimate Mobility in Your Practice (Video)
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

*Earn as many as four credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at pbi.org/help/about-distance-education. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.


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