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Nov. 23, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 65
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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 on Tuesday, Dec. 8…READ MORE

Rescheduled: Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm Dec. 1

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 Tuesday, Dec. 1 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.

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.

Rescheduled: Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm Dec. 1

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 Tuesday, Dec. 1 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.

HIAS PA to Screen "Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus" Dec. 1

HIAS Pennsylvania (HIAS PA) is scheduled to screen a documentary film titled "Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus" at the Jewish Community Services Building, Room 200, on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about the refugee experience through the film, and enjoy a discussion after the film with former refugees and HIAS PA refugee resettlement staff. A $10 donation is suggested.

The Jewish Community Services Building is located at 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia. TO RSVP, click here.

Law Firm Lab: Growing Your Client Base Through Internet Marketing Dec. 2

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a complimentary Law Firm Laboratory lunch program sponsored by FindLaw in the Philadelphia Bar Association's 10th Floor Board Room on Wednesday, Dec. 2 to learn how and why to invest in online marketing.

Has your law firm updated its marketing plan in the last decade? Are you taking advantage of effective online strategies to bolster your marketing plan? Chris Fahrun is a senior client development consultant for FindLaw. A part of Thomson Reuters Legal, FindLaw focuses on connecting small law firms to prospective clients by providing a range of marketing solutions that work.

Presented by the Law Practice Management Committee, Law Firm Laboratories are a free program series and ongoing incubator of innovative ideas, strategies and concepts for starting and nurturing new law firms and helping existing law firms of all types serve the changing needs of tomorrow's clients.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. For more information and to register, click here.

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.

Basics of Privacy and Security Dec. 3

Discover the basics of online privacy and security laws inside and outside of the United States and how they can impact your clients. Analyze the structure beneath privacy laws and what drives changes to these regulations. Discover how privacy laws are applied and how the measures protecting sensitive data are in a class of their own.

This two substantive credit program will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9-11 a.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Women's Law Project Annual Party Dec. 4

The Women’s Law Project is scheduled to host its annual party from at the Marketplace Design Center on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. This event will celebrate Carol Tracy’s 25th anniversary with the Women’s Law Project and will feature a delicious dinner by Bistro St. Tropez and a wine and beer open bar. The party is also child-friendly, with face painting and balloons.

The Marketplace Design Center is located at 2400 Market St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register, click here.

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.

Affinity Bar Holiday Party Dec. 7

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, South Asian Bar Association, Asian Pacific Bar Association of Pennsylvania, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, National Bar Association Women Lawyers' Division, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic National Bar Association and US Legal Support for the annual affinity bar holiday party at Cuba Libre on Monday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a gently used coat for a coat drive to benefit the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. All coats and sizes will be accepted.

For more information or to register, click here.

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 award will be presented to Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper, President Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

The 2015 PNC Achievement Award honors a member who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice. The 2015 award will be presented to two members, A. Harold Datz, of counsel at Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer, & Kupersmith, P.C., and David Richman, of counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

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. 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.

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 and Reception 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 Award to Anita Santos-Singh, executive director, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and the Hon. Louis H. Pollak Award to Hon. Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 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.

Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Support Center for Child Advocates Toy Drive Dec. 19

The Support Center for Child Advocates is set to hold its Annual Toy Drive Delivery Day where pre-screened volunteers will deliver donated toys and gifts to needy children and youth throughout Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 19.

There are many ways to participate in the Child Advocates Holiday Toy Drive: coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work; among friends and family; at your child’s school; or at your church, synagogue or mosque; buy gifts for Child Advocates children (birth to 21-years-old); volunteer at the Toy Drive headquarters (location to be determined) to help sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day; or help deliver toys on Dec. 19 (background criminal check required). For more information about volunteering, please click here or contact Cate Galbally at cgalbally@advokid.org or 267-546-9216.

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. 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

Dec. 1
The Emerging Retiree - Strategies for Maximizing Social Security Benefits & Retirement Plans
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 pm; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Current Issues in Nursing Home Litigation
5 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 1-2
PLI - 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute
11.5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 2
Litigating the Insurance Bad Faith Claim
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

CLE Ethics Fun with Sean Carter
0 substantive/6 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 3
Deal Documents in Litigation
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Basics of Privacy and Security (Video)
2 substantive/0 ethics
2-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 1:30 p.m.

Exam and Enforcement Trends for PE Managers
Philadelphia Bar Association
1 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-1:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

Dec. 3-4
PLI - 48th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute
11 substantive/ 1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 4
CSI at PBI
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Successfully Taking a New Product to Market - Financing, Legal Issues, Branding and Sales
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 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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