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.
Platt Voted Vice Chancellor
Mary F. Platt, counsel at Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C., has been elected Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Platt, voted in by Association members in the Dec. 8 election, will serve as Vice Chancellor in 2016, Chancellor-Elect in 2017 and Chancellor in 2018.
The following candidates for Association offices ran unopposed and will begin serving in their positions on Jan. 1: Jacqueline G. Segal, Secretary; Regina M. Foley, Treasurer; Jennifer S. Coatsworth, Assistant Secretary; and Natalie Klyashtorny, Assistant Treasurer.
The following five candidates ran unopposed and will begin serving their three-year terms on the Association's Board of Governors on Jan. 1:
- Edward F. Beitz
- Maureen Farrell
- James Funt
- Wendy Castor Hess
- Adam M. Taylor
Seven candidates were also elected to three-year terms to the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee and will begin serving their terms on Jan. 1. They are:
- Colin Burke
- Lily Dideban
- Lauren Friedberg
- Lindsey R. Harteis
- Matthew P. Rubba
- Sarah O. Schindler
- Michaella Tassinari
Today: 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.
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.
Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 15
The Justinian Society cordially invites you to the annual Justinian Christmas Party at the Ballroom at the Ben on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
Ballroom at the Ben is located at 834 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. For more information and registration, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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