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Dec. 7, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 67
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Tomorrow: 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

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&hellips;READ MORE

Section, Committee and Affinity Bar Year-End Celebrations:


Upcoming Events:


 

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.

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 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.

Cuba Libre is located at 10 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia. 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.

Managing Liens & Subrogation in Auto Litigation Dec. 9

Learn how to negotiate the best settlement for your auto-accident client. Learn how to find the information you need, how to identify all liens and lienholders, know when and when not to communicate with lienholders, know what your client’s rights are and understand when attorney’s fees are covered and how they are determined. Additionally you will learn about the different types of subrogation liens.

This three substantive credit; one ethics program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Ethics in International Business Dec. 9

International business ethics attempts to deal with questions of what to do in situations where ethical morals come into conflict as a result of the differing cultural and legal practices. Corporate governance, bribery, corruption, working conditions and targeted marketing are all issues that require organizations to establish an ethical standpoint from which they can work. As the process of globalization has increased its pace and depth, the problem and need for international business ethics has only intensified.

This four ethics program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 12-4:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or 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.

Criminal Justice Section Reception & Awards Ceremony Dec. 16

The Criminal Section cordially invites you to its annual reception and awards ceremony in the Atrium of the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. At the ceremony, the section will present Thurgood Marshall Award to Len Sosnov and the Henry Czajowski Award to the Office of Judicial Records Court Clerks. Registration includes beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres and music.

The Crystal Tea Room is located in the Wanamaker Building, 9th Floor, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. For more information and to register by Dec. 11, 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.

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 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.

Early-Bird Table Discount Ends Dec. 23: Barristers' 2016 MLK Breakfast Jan. 18

To honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his important contributions to society, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will recognize attorneys and judges who have made significant contributions to the Greater Philadelphia region at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Monday, Jan 18 at 8 a.m.

The 2016 awards include the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award, which will be presented to Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden; the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which will be presented to Amber Racine, Raynes McCarty; the Honorable William F. Hall Award, which will be presented to Hon. Lori A. Dumas, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas - Family Division; and the Outstanding Organization Award, which will be presented to the Federal Community Defender Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. Tickets may be purchased online 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: Are Master Limited Partnerships Right for You?

Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have been receiving a lot of attention recently as an attractive investment vehicle for certain investors. In this month’s interview, I sat down with John Song, senior investment advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to learn more about what MLPs are and why some investors might consider adding this asset class to their portfolios…READ MORE.

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.

Dec. 7
Software as a Service Agreements
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Sophisticated Issues for Family Lawyers
4 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-4:45 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Annual Disclosure Documents 2015
11.5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Dec. 8
Drafting a Last Minute Estate Plan for the Sick or Dying Client
3 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Winning Your Case with a Better Memory
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Pennsylvania's Proposed Medical Cannabis Act
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

PLI - Annual Disclosure Documents 2015
11.5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 9
Civil Practice in Magisterial District Courts
3 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Understanding the Basics of Health Law
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Managing Liens and Subrogation in Auto Litigation
3 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Ethics in International Business
0 substantive/4 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 10
2015 Public Interest Law Day
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 10-11
19th Annual Real Estate Institute 2015
Pennsylvania Convention Center
10 substantive/2 ethics
8:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 7:45 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 14
How to Appeal a Commercial Case in the PA Courts
3 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Valuing Antiques and Collectibles
3 substantive/1* ethics
12-4:15 pm; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Elections and Disclaimers in Estates
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

PLI - Nuts & Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 15
Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Fire At-Will in Pennsylvania (Video)
3 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-3:45 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

PLI - Nuts & Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Changes to the Montgomery County Civil Local Rules
1.5 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-2:00 p.m.; check-in at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 16
Criminal Law Update 2015
3 substantive/1 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Selecting and Influencing Your Jury (PEG)
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Banking Law Institute 2015
6.5 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 17
Ethics Potpourri - Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age?
0 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

The Pre-Foreclosure Process
2 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The Family Lawyer's Discovery Tool Kit
2 substantive/1* ethics
1:15-4:30 p.m.; check-in at 12:45 p.m.
Lunch is included.

Ethics Potpourri- The Jail Cell that Comes with Illegal Recordings: PA Wiretap Act
0 substantive/1 ethics
10-11:00 a.m.; check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Law Marketing and Ethics 2015 Update: Balancing Smart Business Development, Adhering to the Rules
0 substantive/1 ethics
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; check-in at 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- The Ethics of Pro Bono: Doing Good the Right Way
0 substantive/1 ethics
1:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 1 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Frequently Asked Questions: Ethics and Social Media
0 substantive/1 ethics
3-4 p.m.; check-in at 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Solutions for the Lawyer in Distress
0 substantive/1 ethics
4:30-5:30 p.m.; check-in at 4 p.m.

Dec. 18
Collecting & Enforcing Judgments
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Success with Summary Judgment Motions: How to Win Before Trial
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Internet Legal Research (Video)
2 substantive/1* ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.

*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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