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Jan. 10, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 3

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 24

The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Estia, 1405 Locust St. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

John B. Wright II will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Wright is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Triumph Group, Inc and a former chair of the Business Law Section. The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

Association Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will receive the Section's Inaugural Diversity Award. The Health Care Law Committee will be honored as Committee of the Year and E. David Chanin, chair of the Business Litigation Committee, will be honored as Committee Chair of the Year.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a sponsor of the Business Law Section Annual Reception. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $60 for non-Section members and $70 for non-members of the Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

New Year's Message from Immediate-Past Chancellor Savoth

Dear Colleagues,

Your participation in this great organization helped us continue excellence in the profession and service to our community in 2012.

It has been a privilege and an honor to lead such a talented group of individuals, and to watch them do such impressive work for our members, our justice system and the broader community. As I look back at what we have accomplished, nothing would have been possible without them.

Pro bono service and community volunteerism are more than just a professional commitment for Philadelphia lawyers. They define us.

Our legal community is a powerful force for good and a hope for so many who need our help. I hope you will endeavor to give back to others this year, in the true spirit and legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

I extend to you best wishes for a happy and successful new year. May 2013 bring you good health and joy.


John E. Savoth, 2012 Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association

Legislative Issues for 2013 on Jan. 10 Agenda

The Legislative Liaison Committee will discuss upcoming issues in Harrisburg at its Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting.

The meeting 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 non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Real Life Financial Planning CLE Jan. 14

You spend all of your time looking after your clients' interests, your law firm's interests and your billable hours. You mean to sit down with someone and go over your finances and develop a plan that will ensure your financial present and future. But getting that time and organizing all of the paperwork - it is daunting - and before you have time to get any farther another more pressing client emergency crops up.

Stop! You need to take your financial future into your own hands - the sooner the better. PBI's "Real Life Financial Planning" will help you make the correct first steps to securing your financial future. Whether you are a new lawyer just admitted to practice, a partner with 20 years of experience or a senior lawyer counting the months until retirement, this program will help you develop strategies, define priorities and establish a sound financial plan that will serve your needs now and into the future.

This 4 substantive CLE credit program will be held Monday, Jan. 14 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Legislative Update for SSI Jan. 18

The Social Security Disability Benefits Committee will present "Social Security Disability and SSI: A Legislative Update and Look-Ahead for the 113th Congress" on Friday, Jan. 18.

Speakers for the program include Ethel Zelenske, director, NOSSCR Government Affairs Office; Thomas D. Sutton, current 3rd Circuit NOSSCR representative; and Rebecca Vallas of Community Legal Services.

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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Shachoy Law Review Symposium Jan. 18

The Villanova Law Review will hold The Norman J. Shachoy Law Review Symposium "Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law: Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade?" on Friday, Jan. 18 at Villanova University School of Law.

The symposium will feature the leading authorities on the subject of international sales law from across the globe, including the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the Hon. Renaud Sorieul.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of the Shachoy Symposium. Click here to register.

Starting Own Practice vs. Big Firm Life Jan. 29

Please join the Women in the Profession Committee for a Tuesday, Jan. 29 roundtable discussion centered around recent articles recognizing that many women are leaving large law firm life to start their own practices.

In doing so, they gain flexibility in both their personal and professional lives. Is this the only solution? Are firms recognizing or attuned to the obstacles and issues women face in the profession?

This is an opportunity to have a candid discussion of where this issue stands locally and beyond in an informal setting. The committee is planning a later meeting to address more formally and expansively the NAWL report on Women's Initiatives in Law firms.

The meeting 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 non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Separation of Church & State CLE Feb. 1

Examine the history and the future of the concept of separation of church and state in the United States. The program will include a look back to the origins of the concept of the separation of church and state; a discussion on how and to what extent the U.S. differs from the rest of the western world in separating church and state; compare our system to the theocracies before the Constitution’s framing and now. Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed for High School Mock Trial Competition

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and we need your help to make this year another success. The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition. Each spring students from approximately 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

We hope that you will join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will require a two to three hour time commitment.

Please pass this information along to your friends and colleagues. You can direct any questions to Kristy Littman at or Jim Nixon at

Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge. Click here to view this year's case materials.

Women's Rights Committee Meeting Feb. 7

The Women's Rights Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 31st Floor Conference Room.

The committee will discuss the business it will undertake in 2013. This is a brown bag lunch.
There is no charge to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

ICC's First Decade and Beyond Feb. 11

The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present "The International Criminal Court’s First Decade and Beyond" on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Silverman Hall, 3501 Sansom St.

Judge Sang-Hyun Song, president of the International Criminal Court, will offer keynote remarks. A moderated panel discussion with Patricia Viseur Sellers, special adviser to the ICC Prosecutor on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies and Penn Law Prof. William Burke-White will also be held. Click here to register.

Promotional partners for the event are American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights & Section of International Law; International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and The Global Philadelphia Association.

Commonwealth Court Closes Phila. Filing Office

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia filing office in the Widener Building has permanently closed as of Dec. 31, 2012.

The court will no longer accept filings, in person or by mail, at the Philadelphia facility. Effective Jan. 2, all Commonwealth Court filings must made in the Harrisburg filing office. Filing in Harrisburg must be made in person, by mail as provided by general rules, or as otherwise permitted by general rules of court.

Please note this important change and direct questions to filing office staff or to the chief clerk's office at (717) 255-1661.

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

The Veterans Law Clinic at Widener Law School will sponsor the pro bono training program "Pro Bono Representation Before the Department of Veterans Affairs," on Friday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Wilmington, Del., office of McCarter & English. This program will cover all of the basics of veterans' compensation and pension claims and will provide 3 free CLE credits (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) in exchange for handling a volunteer case with the clinic. To register for this clinic, please contact Sue Saidel at (302) 477-2052 or

• Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will present the free CLE training program "Quiet Title: Handling Cases Involving Problems with Title to Real Estate" on Thursday, Jan. 31 ,” from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600, Philadelphia. This training program will be taught by Edward J. Hayes and Robert S. Tintner of Fox Rothschild LLP, and will cover the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. Keeping low-income Philadelphians in their homes is critical to keeping families from becoming homeless and in helping people break the cycle of poverty. It also combats the occurrence of abandoned properties and neighborhood blight. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please register online at

• The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will host the Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Career Fair Reception on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm., at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. The PIPS Fair reception is an opportunity for public interest and government employers to meet law students from all of the area law schools. Please RSVP at {link:| or email Liz Dunn at by Jan. 24.

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

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 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 For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or

Young Brehons Happy Hour Jan. 24

The Brehon Society will host its inaugural Young Brehons happy hour on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the American Pub at Centre Square, 1500 Market St. at 6 p.m.

The Young Brehons division of the Brehon Society is focused on providing networking and legal education opportunities for freshly minted Irish-American attorneys and young legal professionals in the Philadelphia area and surrounding communities. No need to worry if your last name is not Murphy or Clancy - the event is open to all. So save the date and come out to the American Pub on the 24th for what promises to be a great evening.

Women Brehons on Effective Public Speaking Feb. 13

The Women in The Brehons is pleased to announce its Inaugral event "Effective Public Speaking Skills in a Competitive Market" on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 24th floor from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Former Bar Association Chancellor Jane L. Dalton, the 2012 Sandra Day O'Connor Award honoree, and Maria Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, will be giving invaluable advice about public speaking. All skills learned can be applied to any setting, whether speaking in front of a large audience, at a meeting, or in a client meeting.

Please contact Maureen Farrell at or 215.241.1263 or Siobhan Lyons at for further information. Space is limited and RSVP is encouraged. Lunch will be provided.

PNC Perspectives: Remaining on Recovery Path in 2013

In this month's interview, we talked with E. William Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management and PNC Institutional Investments, who keeps a close eye on the many factors that influence the direction of both domestic and international financial markets. We discussed his outlook for the new year. 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
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