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Nov. 20, 2014 | Vol. 15, No. 84
 |  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. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

The Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award will be presented to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. 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. 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).

The Annual Meeting Luncheon is sponsored by Love Court Reporting.

Navigating Lawyer Rating Sites Nov. 20

Harper J. Dimmerman and Laura Powers 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.

Dimmerman is principal in Harper J. Dimmerman Attorney at Law. Powers is chief marketing officer at Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.

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.

Clio Webinar on Mobile Practice Management Nov. 20

Clio will present a free webinar for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association on mobile practice management on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m.

Learn more about best practices for securing your mobile device and what legal activities are best suited for mobile practice. There will also be a review of apps that lawyers are using today.

This event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association however registration is required. Click here to register.

Civil Gideon Housing Discussion Nov. 20

The Real Property Section will host a discussion on Civil Gideon housing issues, which will include the need for legal assistance for unrepresented parties in Municipal Court and updates on the mortgage foreclosure diversion program at its Thursday, Nov. 20 meeting.

Speakers include Wendy E. Bookler, SeniorLAW Center; Sherrie J. Cohen, Tenant Union Representative Network; Ethan D. Fogel, Dechert LLP; Kelly Gastley, Philadelphia VIP; George Gould, Community Legal Services; and Margaret E. Robinson, Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

The program follows the Section's Annual Meeting and election of officers. Click here to review the nominations for the election.

The program 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. Click here to register.

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. Jim Riley III, area director, will also speak.

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.

False Claims Act Update Nov. 21

The number of False Claims Act (FCA) cases, especially cases filed by whistleblowers, continues to rise. Whistleblowers and the Department of Justice are aggressively expanding the reach of the FCA, including in cases involving alleged kickbacks, Stark violations and even violations of the "60-day repayment rule."

David M. Laigaie, a lawyer with many years of experience handling FCA cases, will detail the most notable recent FCA cases, will highlight recent enforcement trends and new theories of potential FCA liability that your health care clients should be aware of and need to protect against at the Friday, Nov. 21 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Effective Legal Negotiation Skills Nov. 21

Join nationally known negotiations expert Professor Charles B. Craver at PBI's "Effective Legal Negotiation Skills" on Friday, Nov. 21. Every lawyer negotiates but few have formal training in this important area.

This course will give you the skills you can use immediately to enhance your negotiation talents. This 6-credit program, including ethics, will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30.m. and lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

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.

Judge Krause on Nomination Process Nov. 24

Judge Cheryl Krause of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will discuss the nomination and confirmation process and her first impressions of her new position at the Monday, Nov. 24 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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.

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.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers Nov. 25

An attorney in distress as a result of drugs, alcohol, gambling or depression may fall into the trap of professional misconduct, malpractice, loss of relationships, harm to his or her health and sometimes a premature death.

Laurie Besden, deputy director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, will provide the Women in the Profession Committee with an overview of the organization's services and provide guidance on how to spot and help attorneys who may be in distress - before it's too late.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

Annual Evidence Refresher with Jules Epstein Nov. 25

Professor Jules Epstein will review the latest cases on the law of evidence in Pennsylvania and in some instances, national and federal decisions at his annual evidence refresher at the Tuesday, Nov. 25 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

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.

Nov. 26 Chancellor's Forum: Champions of Negotiation

Professional boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world, creating superstars such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes. But, who really understands what happens behind-the-scenes, negotiating contracts and compensation, licensing for match footage, and how a match will be promoted on television?

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 26 as we welcome retired world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, his boxing career attorney Judge Jack Panella, and Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, a retired boxer and daughter of Joe Frazier, as they discuss their careers and experiences negotiating contracts and the many provisions of a match.

Judge Jack Anthony Panella was elected statewide to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 2003, and sworn into office as an appellate judge on January 9, 2004. From 1982 to 1991, Judge Panella maintained his law practice as a sole practitioner; his clients included Larry Holmes and the late Al Loquasto, a former professional race car driver champion.

Larry Holmes, known as "The Easton Assassin," was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1978 to 1985, with a professional record of 69 wins, six losses and 44 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, 2008, and is second only to Joe Louis for the longest title run in heavyweight history.

Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde was elected Municipal Court Judge in 2007. She earned her BA in Justice from American University and JD from Villanova University School of Law. On the second floor of Joe Frazier's Gym, for approximately 17 years, she practiced law and served as in-house counsel for Smokin' Joe Frazier Inc. Judge Frazier-Lyde also is a professional and amateur Sports Hall of Famer. She is a former five-time champion boxer who began boxing at age 37. She has won world championships in three different weight classes, with nine knockouts. Judge Frazier-Lyde and her father, former world heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier, are the first father and daughter world champions in world boxing history.

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

President Judge on Mental Health Court Dec. 2

President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas will discuss the First Judicial District's Mental Health Court Program at the Tuesday, Dec. 2 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting will held at 9 a.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Holiday Reception Dec. 3 at Cescaphe

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St.

Admission is $50 for section members and $80 for non-members. Admission is complimentary for judges. The reception includes top-shelf open bar, extensive hors d'oeuvres, a delectable buffet and valet parking. Attendees are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Click here to register by Monday, Dec. 1. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event

Probate & Trust Law Annual Reception Dec. 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting and Reception will be Thursday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts.

Admission is complimentary to members of the Probate and Trust Law Section. The reception includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by Tuesday, Dec. 2. Tickets will not be distributed for this event

Thank you to our sponsors BDO USA, LLP; Pennsylvania Trust Company; Senior Care of Pennsylvania; and Sotheby's.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner Dec. 4 at Westin

The Family Law Section will present the the Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille at its Annual Dinner and Award Presentation on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The event will be held at The Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $75 for section members and First Judicial District employees and $85 for non-members. Admission is complimentary for judges. Registration includes a drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. A cash bar will be available.

Reserved tables of 10 are available upon request to Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. Advance registration is required by Monday, Dec. 1. Click here to register. To receive a full refund, cancellations are required by Monday, Dec. 1. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

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.

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

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.

Public Interest Section Awards, Reception Dec. 10

The Public Interest Section will present the Andrew Hamilton Award and Hon. Louis H. Pollak Award at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marriott Philadelphia, 1201 Market St., in the Independence Ballroom.

The Awards Ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will also include the Morris M. Shuster Fellowship awards, the selection of the Higginbotham Fellowship, and the presentation of the 2014 Law Student Awards. The reception will immediately follow the award ceremony and includes a two-hour open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Joint Happy Hour Dec. 11 at Black Sheep

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, Brehon Law Society and Justinian Society will hold a joint happy hour Thursday, Dec. 11 at Black Sheep, 247 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Socialize, network and enjoy food and drink specials.

Tax Section Annual Meeting Dec. 11

Tax Section Annual CLE Meeting and Dinner will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue Of The Arts.

Expert practitioners will provide an update on state developments involving E-Commerce and the treatment of digital goods and services, including software, cloud computing, web-based services, web hosting and electronic data processing from 3 to 5 p.m. Click here to register for CLE credit.

A reception will be held from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening speaker is J. Andrew Crompton, chief of staff and counsel to President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. Click here to register for dinner, which does not include CLE credit.

YLD Holiday Party Dec. 16 at Four Seasons

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive will be Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Four Seasons Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square.

The Craig M. Perry Service Award will be presented to Kimberly Takacs of ACE Group. The F. Sean Peretta Service Award will be presented to Stephany Gordon of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. The Vision Award will be presented to The Legal Intelligencer.

Attendees are asked to help support Project HOME and Cradles to Crayons and bring an unwrapped toy or gift or make a monetary donation. The event is sponsored by Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support.

Admission is $45 for YLD members, $55 for Bar Association members, $75 for non-members, $35 for YLD public interest or government attorney members and $25 for law student members. Admission includes open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, burger and lobster roll sliders and Italian Market pasta station. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Full refunds require 24 hour cancellation notice. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to register by Friday, Dec. 12.
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State Civil Litigation Section Reception Dec. 18

The State Civil Litigation Section will honor U.S. District Court Judge Gerald A. McHugh at its Annual Reception on Thursday, Dec. 18 at Estia, 1405 Locust St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration is $40 for members and $60 for non-members and includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres and buffet. Click here to register. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception is sponsored by Love Court Reporting, Inc.

Criminal Justice Section Reception Dec. 18

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Section will present the Thurgood Marshall Award posthumously to Prof. Edward D. Ohlbaum. The Henry Czajowski Award will be presented to The Court Reporter and Interpreter Administration
of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Janet C. Fasy, Deputy Court Administrator.

Admission is $50 for public interest and government attorney members, law student members, public defenders and members of the First Judicial District's Court Interpreters Office. Admission is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Admission for judges is complimentary. Admission includes beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, carving station and music. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to register by Monday, Dec. 15.

District of N.J. Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of New Jersey, seated in Camden. A bankruptcy judge is appointed to a 14-year term pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 152.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:

(a) Be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a member in good standing of every other bar of which they are members.

(b) (1) Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; (2) possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; (3) possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; (4) indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and (5) be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.

(c) Not be related by blood or marriage to (1) a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; (2) a member of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit; or (3) a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in 28 U.S.C. § 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

(d) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The Judicial Council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law. The selection process will be confidential and competitive. The annual salary for this position is currently $183,172. Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment. The name of the person selected will also be submitted to the Director of the Administrative Office, who shall request background reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications will be accepted.

Applications must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Applications must be submitted only by the potential nominee personally. To apply, go to www.ca3.uscourts.gov for more information or call the Circuit Executive's Office at 215-597-0718.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

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

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

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

• Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.

• New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).

• Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.

• 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

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

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

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

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

Abington Art Center

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

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

Please Touch Musuem

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

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

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

PNC Perspectives: Caregivers' Financial Health

In this month's interview, we sat down with Joanne Shallcross, senior wealth planner at PNC Wealth Management®, who holds both a J.D. and a master's degree in nursing, to discuss how a little planning can go a long way in helping caregivers protect their financial health. Click here to read the entire article.
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