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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 91
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Chancellor's Reception Jan. 3
at Hyatt at The Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Kathleen D. Wilkinson, 86th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.
 

Financial Responsibility for Nonprofit Boards Dec. 6

Laura Otten, Ph.D., director of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University's School of Business, will be the featured speaker at the YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program "Financial Responsibility for Non-Profit Boards" on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The responsibility of financial oversight extends beyond the finance committee of the board to every board member. Yet too few board members either know this or take this responsibility on fully, frequently preferring to leave it to others. The downside to this is becoming tomorrow's headline, something a board is supposed to prevent. There are key financial roles that nonprofit boards must assume and during this presentation, these roles, from setting financial policies to monitoring the money to allocation of costs, will be identified and explained.

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.

The program is presented in conjunction with the Board Observation Program 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

YLD Holiday Party & Toy Drive Dec. 6

The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party and Toy Drive will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch St. Help support People's Emergency Center and the Support Center for Child Advocates and bring an unwrapped toy or gift!

If your firm would like to assist in our effort to collect holiday gifts for those less fortunate in our community, or if you would like more information about the holiday drive, please contact Chris Sharp at sharp@blankrome.com or Alison Gross at alison@altmangross.com.

Tickets are $45 for YLD members and include open bar, buffet stations and dessert. Tickets are $55 for Association members, $75 for non-members, $35 for YLD members working at a public interest agency or government and $25 for law student members. Ticket prices will increase by $10 for people paying at the door. The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party is sponsored by Special Counsel.

Death and Taxes CLE Dec. 6

Every estate in the Commonwealth may be subject to Pennsylvania inheritance tax. It is essential, then, for an estate practitioner to have a basic understanding of what property is included - and exempted or deducted - from the gross estate when filing an inheritance tax return.

PBI's "Death and Taxes" CLE on Thursday, Dec. 6 will walk you through the preparation of a Pennsylvania inheritance tax return, compared and contrasted with the federal estate tax return. Our faculty will review income tax returns for decedents and estates and offer practical tips for maximizing tax planning and deferring taxation. You will learn to spot opportunities during an estate administration, including post-mortem tax planning possibilities that can save your client money. This is a great program for beginning estate practitioners or for those attorneys that could use a "refresher" course. Click here to register.

State Civil to Honor Ken Shear at Dec. 11 Reception

Philadelphia Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear will be honored at the Tuesday, Dec. 11 Annual Reception of the State Civil Litigation Section at Estia, 1405 Locust St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for Section members, $25 for law student members (only 10 available) and $60 for non-members. Tickets include open bar, hors d'oeuvres and buffet stations. Please note there will be a $10 admission increase for walk-ins at the door. Click here to register by Thursday, Dec. 6.

Insurance Program Committee CLE Dec. 11

The Insurance Program Committee will present a CLE on Tuesday, Dec. 11 to address trends in the area of litigation against lawyers, ethical dilemmas, best practices and professional responsibility.

In addition it will look at specific risks and provide examples of the mistakes which have given rise to the large numbers of claims in Philadelphia. It will also provide practical instruction on how to avoid these costly mistakes, along with addressing the impact on your policy premium cost.
Attendance at this program will qualify for the 5 percent discount on your base malpractice premium as a Philadelphia Bar Association member participating in the Suisse Re program.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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 and $25 for non-members. Click here to register.

Deposing the Artful Dodger CLE Dec. 11

Robert Musante will present the CLE "Deposing the Artful Dodger" on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Join one of the country's leading teachers of cross-examination skills for a fun and supremely practical program.

Embrace the challenge of examining the testimony of former President Bill Clinton, the world-class, wily witness who "appears" via video clips from his three intensely entertaining and high-stakes sessions of Q&A. Click here to register.

Minority Bar Association Holiday Party Dec. 11

A joint minority bar association holiday party will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Sole Food at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature drink specials and appetizers. Sponsoring organizations are the Philadelphia Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, South Asian Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, NBA Women Lawyers Division, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia.

Key Principles of Bankruptcy Law Dec. 11

A panel of distinguished bankruptcy lawyers will highlight key principles of bankruptcy law that affect non-bankruptcy litigation strategy and tactics at the Tuesday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 22nd Floor. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. RSVP to Gina Lauer at (215) 851-8460 or glauer@eckertseamans.com.

Your First Support Case CLE Dec. 12

The PBI CLE seminar "Your First Support Case" on Wednesday, Dec. 12 will take you from A to Z on handling both spousal and child support cases.

Through explanations and examples, you will learn from a comprehensive agenda about the law; definition of income for support purposes; determination of basic child support and spousal support obligations/deviations; high income cases; and procedure and local practice. Click here for more information.

Choosing the Right Form of Business Entity Dec. 12

Katayun I. Jaffari will discuss choosing the right form of business entity at the Wednesday, Dec. 12 meeting of the Small Business Committee.

She will review the advantages and disadvantages or various legal entity forms as well as discuss the considerations that are most important when choosing the form to create for a new business.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Ballard Spahr LLP. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Please contact Julie Ward at wardj@ballardspahr.com or 215-864-8569 to register.

Doing Business in Germany Dec. 13

The International Business Initiative Committee will discuss doing business in Germany at its Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting.

Speakers include Ralf Wiedemann, honorary German consul in Philadelphia ; Ralf Weiser of Aerzin USA Corp., a U.S. subsidiary of a German company doing business in this area; and Rob Gilfillan, President of Cenero, Inc., a videoconferencing company.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

2012 Criminal Law Update Dec. 13

Come for PBI's half-day seminar "Criminal Law Update 2012" and get current on case law, statutes, and rules changes, and increase your ability to effectively handle criminal litigation. Get a comprehensive course book that summarizes case law across a wide range of topics. Our annual presentation will also bring you up-to-date on the growing number of "specialty courts" in various counties in your region of the state. Click here for more information.

OEO's Dowd-Burton to Speak Dec. 13

Angela Dowd-Burton, executive director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, will discuss economic opportunity plans and how you can best prepare your clients to maximize their opportunity to work with the city administration, City Council and its quasi-public agencies at the Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee.

Other panel members include Janira Barroso, OEO Special Projects Director, and Duane Bumb, First Deputy Director of the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department. 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 $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Meet City's Chief Integrity Officer Dec. 14

Joan Markman, Philadelphia's first chief integrity officer, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, Dec. 14 meeting of the City Policy Committee.

Appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in January 2008, Markman's mission is to promote honesty, integrity and transparency in city contracting, disposition or use of city property and provision of city services. Joan is the creator of the city's website, IntegrityWorks.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Dec. 14

To thrive in today's competitive environment, companies need to comply with applicable laws and regulations as well as appreciate and adhere to ethical business practices. This seminar illustrates what does and does not work in an effectively designed compliance program.

Offering tools on how to determine the risks to be addressed, how to establish a compliance program to reduce these risks and how to build and promote sound policies, PBI's "Corporate Compliance and Ethics" CLE seminar on Friday, Dec. 14 provides an in-depth discussion on what to include as you develop an effective ethics and compliance program. From developing a code of conduct to implementing policies and procedures to training and conducting internal investigations, you will discover how to execute and implement a successful corporate compliance program. Click here to register.

Current Issues Facing Private Equity Funds Dec. 17

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present the CLE program "Current Issues Facing Private Equity Funds that are Registered Investment Advisors" on Monday, Dec. 17.

The course will be a panel discussion on current issues facing registered private equity funds, including issues relating to preparing and responding to an SEC audit, valuations of fund assets and conflict of interests.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8.50 for members and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Business Section Annual Meeting, Election Dec. 18

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby gives notice that its annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.. 18 in the 10th Floor Board Room of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St.. At the meeting, members of the Section will vote on officers and elected members of the Executive Committee.

The current Vice Chair of the Section, Barbara Sicalides, will automatically become the 2013 Chair of the Section, as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws. The following have been nominated for the officer positions set forth beside their names.

Michael D. Ecker - Vice-Chair
Graham R. Laub - Treasurer
Rachel E. Branson - Secretary

The following have been nominated to serve as elected members of the Executive Committee for 2013:

E. David Chanin
Phyllis Horn Epstein
Sarah B. Gelb
Katayun I. Jaffari

All members of the Section are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Graham R. Laub, Secretary, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market Street, Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102, glaub@dilworthlaw.com.

Legal Issues for Restaurants, Customers Dec. 18

If you like to eat out then you will not want to miss PBI's "Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers" on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Gain insights for your restaurant and hospitality-industry clients and become a more informed restaurant consumer. Click here for more information.

Anatomy for Lawyers - Back and Knee CLE Dec. 19

Award winning presenter Sam Hodge returns to PBI's classrooms to explore back and knee injuries, by far the largest category of personal injury and workers' comp claims on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Prepare to be entertained: Sam uses video clips, animation, analogies, humor, and everyday language to break down the mechanisms of the body and explain how injury can occur. He makes practical, case-clarifying sense of complicated injuries, terms and conditions. He provides the essential tools that you need to properly evaluate and articulate your case to make it persuasive. Click here to register.

Casarez to Receive Ingram Award at Dec. 19 Reception

The LGBT Rights, Civil Rights and Immigration Law Committees will hold their Annual Holiday Party of Wednesday, Dec. 19 where Gloria Casarez will be presented with the Cheryl Ingram Award.

Casarez is director of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. The party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this complimentary event, but registration is required by Friday, Dec. 14. Click here to register.

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.

VIP Training on Divorce Practice Dec. 7

Philadelphia VIP is sponsoring a free CLE training program for attorneys on divorce practice in Philadelphia on Friday, Dec. 7 from 12 to 2:15p.m. at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Lunch will be provided.

Click here to register. Space is limited for this program. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two free substantive CLE credits.

PNC Perspectives: Turn Assets Into Retirement Income

In this month’s interview, we talked with Jim Sandidge, senior analyst of retirement products with PNC, who understands some of the keys to a successful retirement. One of the most important aspects of retirement is income planning. You need to make sure that you maintain a steady and comfortable income stream that is designed to last throughout your retirement years. Click here to read the interview.

FJD Seeks Applicants for 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. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judicial fellows work in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court. 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 and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

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

Public Interest Events, Programs Scheduled

HIAS Pennsylvania is sponsoring the play "De Novo" at the Walnut Street Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. The play which re-enacts the asylum trial of a young Central American who flees his home because of gang threats. For more information, visit hiaspa.org/events/de-novo.

• Support Center for Child Advocates is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Holiday Toy Drive. Volunteers may participating in a variety of ways, including coordinating a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child's school, or at your church or synagogue; purchasing gifts for SCCA children; sponsoring a needy family or teen on a larger scale; picking up toys at various Center Citry and suburban locations; helping to sort and bag toys in preparation for delivery; and delivering toys on Saturday, Dec. 22 (delivery begins at 8 a.m.). For more information and to sign up to volunteer visit advokid.org. You may also call 267-546-9211 or email toydrive@advokid.org with any questions.

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