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Jan. 15, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 4
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Renew Your Philadelphia Bar Membership Today

As a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association - the oldest association of lawyers in the United States - you'll connect with colleagues and members of the judiciary, grow your practice and thrive in your profession. Click here to renew your membership.

Here are some of the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership:

• Potential Referral Sources. Network with attorneys in more than 50 practice areas at hundreds of annual events that fit any schedule. Attend daily Section or Committee breakfast or lunch programs, panel presentations, evening receptions and special events and meet other lawyers who can help open the door to business development opportunities.

• A "Voice" in Strengthening Your Profession. Help enhance your area of practice by participating in meetings with government and administrative agency officials, key court personnel and elected officials to discuss proposed changes in the law or rules of practice. Work side-by-side with judges on critical issues to improve the administration of justice.

• Leadership Opportunities. Join the leadership ranks of our Section executive committees, chair one of more than 100 standing Committees, lead a community service project or charitable event, or run for elected office as a line officer.

• Byline Opportunities. Enhance your marketing plan by having your articles or commentary published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine or the Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, reaching 13,000 lawyers each month.

• Community Service Opportunities. Whether you are interested in giving your time, talent or treasure, there are many ways for you to serve our community. From supporting charitable organizations to leading volunteer events, there are a plethora of opportunities for you to take advantage of.

Additional benefits include: Insurance brokerage services through USI Affinity®; discounts on hundreds of Association events, and CLE courses offered through PBI; award-winning print and digital publications; a legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, Harrisburg and Washington; professional guidance on ethics issues; fee dispute services; access to the Office of Diversity, which serves as a resource for local affinity bar associations, law firms, corporate law departments and law schools; Bar Classifieds and Lawyer Profiles; list serve access; discounted tickets to cultural institutions; and much more.

We remain committed to supporting public interest organizations through our charitable arm, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Your annual dues statement suggests an additional contribution to be made to the Foundation.

Our reputation and emphasis on professional and community service for 212 years is based on our commitment to excellence. It is through this Association and our commitment to community service that we uphold the time-honored tradition and proud reputation of the "Philadelphia Lawyer." Please call Andrea Morris, our member services manager, at 215-238-6313 if you have any questions about your membership. Click here to renew your membership.

Verify Your Legal Directory Listing by Jan. 15

The deadline for updating your listing in The Legal Directory has been extended to Jan. 15. After that time, no changes to the print directory will be made, although you can always update your listing in the online version.

In order to verify your listing, visit For the next two weeks, the site will not have any registration requirement, so that you can verify your listing or add it if you are not listed. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings have previously been sent to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory.

Please follow the link that was sent to you to update your listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database.

Any attorney who was not listed in last year's directory should create a listing at If you did not receive the email containing a personal URL that will allow you to access and update your listing, or have any other questions, contact John Crodian at or 215-557-2333.

To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at or 215-557-2359.
The print directory will be available in May. To purchase the directory, contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2453 or

Lobbying Disclosure in Pennsylvania Jan. 15

Lobbying is that specialized form of advocacy in which lobbyists hired by interest groups, associations and corporations advocate for legislation, regulations or action by governmental entities that will benefit their clients. In order to prevent inappropriate activity, regulations governing the relationships among lobbyists, the governmental entities that they lobby and the clients they represent have been enacted. PBI's Jan. 15 program "Lobbying Disclosure in Pennsylvania" will review those regulations and discuss the practical application and ramifications of them in Pennsylvania today.

This seminar is essential for anyone dealing with the state government (or counseling those who do) in the new legislative session. Attendees will hear from an expert faculty panel - both the regulatory side and private sector. The 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit simulcast program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp E-Filing CLE Jan. 16

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for a discussion of the workers' compensation electronic filing system on Friday, Jan. 16. The program will include an explanation of the functions currently available, including the ability to access appeal information and file appeals with the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, including the ability to access claim information and documents online and file petitions with the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication. Faculty will provide tips by "WCAIS" tab to help attorneys and their staff with the filing process.

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 and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12.00 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Barristers' MLK Breakfast Jan. 19 at Convention Center

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognizes leading attorneys, organizations and judges in the Philadelphia legal community for their significant contributions to the legal profession and the community at large through their tireless work, dedication and public service.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast attracts nearly 600 judges, lawyers, elected officials and law students from the Philadelphia community. The breakfast and honors will be Monday, Jan. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom, 1101 Arch St. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

At the breakfast, The Barristers' will present the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will receive the Woman of Distinction Award. Wesley R. Payne IV, treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the Hon. William F. Hall Award, and Michael Lee will receive the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Join the Barristers' and the 2015 honorees in their celebration of Dr. King's commitment to social justice, education and civil rights. To sponsor the Breakfast, purchase individual tickets, or for more information, visit

Cheryl Ingram Awards Reception Jan. 20

The LGBT Rights, Civil Rights and Immigration Law Committees will host the Cheryl Ingram Awards Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 20, where D. Bruce Hanes, Register of Wills, Montgomery County, will be honored.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St. Admission is $20 for law student members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, $30 for members of the LGBT Rights, Civil Rights or Immigration Law Committees and $40 for non-members. Admission includes one drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by Jan. 14. Full refunds require 24 hours notice. Tickets will not be distributed for this event

MDL Update with Federal Judges Jan. 21

U.S. District Court Judges Eduardo C. Robreno, Cynthia M. Rufe and Lawrence F. Stengel will discuss the status of their multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases and recent developments in MDL practice at the Wednesday, Jan. 21 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Latest Trends in Mortgage Litigation Jan. 22

Learn the latest trends in mortgage litigation and learn from an outstanding faculty of top lawyers from the plaintiff and defense sides, in-house counsel, and federal, state and bankruptcy judges on Thursday, Jan. 22.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Click here to register. A total of 6 CLE credits are available, 1 of which may be applied toward ethics.

SEC Investigations and Enforcement Jan. 23

Receive step-by-step instruction on defending a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation at a Friday, Jan. 23 CLE program.

The 3 credit program will be held from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Click here to register.

Free Mortgage Foreclosure CLE Training Jan. 23

Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on mortgage foreclosure on Friday, Jan. 23 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at White & Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 3800.

Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, visit

Sadie Alexander Conference Jan. 24

The University of Pennsylvania Black Law Students Association will hosting the 27th Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Commemorative Conference "The Voting Rights Act: 50 Years Later" on Saturday, Jan. 24.

True to Alexander's legacy and mission, this year's conference will feature scintillating debates, informative judicial panels, continuing legal education credit, and, as always, a diverse and exciting forum to discuss the most important issues of social justice. Click here for more information.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions Jan. 27

Get a comprehensive review of due diligence essentials, including important tips to help you cover all of the bases at PBI's "Due Diligence in Business Transactions" on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Learn the goals and legal requirements of due diligence for the review of contracts, financial statements, real estate documents and intellectual property. Find out what to look for during a document review and hear the "hot button" issues confronting counsel.

The program, co-sponsored by the Business Law Section, will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch is included. A total of 4 CLE credits are available, one of which may be applied toward ethics. Click here to register.

Judge Rizzo on Leadership, Transitions Jan. 28

Judge Annette M. Rizzo, who recently retired from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will discuss her role as a leader and how she came to make the various transitions she has made in her career path at the Wednesday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

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 $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Best of Oil, Gas Law Colloquium Jan. 28

A comprehensive review of the hottest oil and gas topics presented at September Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, "Best of the Oil and Gas Law Colloquium" on Wednesday, Jan. 28 provides an update on litigation and governmental regulations, examination of international shale gas developments, a discussion of the regulatory oversight of pipeline infrastructure and more.

The 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit simulcast program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

HBA La Justicia Award Reception Jan. 29

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will honor Michael Lee at the 14th Annual La Justicia Award Reception on Thursday, Jan. 29 at Duffy + Partners, 1650 Market Street, 55th Floor.

Lee, executive director of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equality, is being honored for his work in promoting justice and social change.

Refreshments and light fare will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the award presentation. This event is free, however, RVSP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 26 to Juan M. Baez at

Hot Topics in Capital Cases Jan. 29

At PBI's "Hot Topics in Capital Cases" CLE program on Thursday, Jan. 29, receive updates on recent case law impacting capital cases, pretrial litigation, mitigation investigation, appellate litigation, post-conviction issues and more.

The second part of this program will be held in August. The January program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Effective Nonprofits, Ethical Issues for Board Members

Through a discussion of basic structural issues, a review of corporate governance laws and best practices - and with insight from legal scholars and successful nonprofit directors - look at what makes a successful nonprofit work to serve its mission effectively at a Friday, Jan. 30 CLE program.

Consider the importance of electing a strong board of directors, identifying a visionary executive director and having appropriate legal guidance as the organization outlines its mission, its policies and its structure. Earn an ethics credit and enjoy the first in PBI's three-part nonprofit series.

The program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Click here to register.

Mock Trial Competition Judges, Coaches Needed

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and your help is needed to make this year's competition another success. Each year, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up to host this competition. Each spring, students from approximately 30 to 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.

Join us for an experience that is rewarding for both volunteer judges and students. Volunteers can sign up to judge as many trials as desired and each trial will require a two- to three-hour time commitment.

To view the schedule and sign up to judge, click here. This year's case material can be found at this link.

For more information, contact Kristy Littman at

Volunteer coaches are still needed for a few high schools. If you're willing to help out or if you have any questions about helping, please email Jennifer Santiago at

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

Applicants Sought for FJD 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. Now in its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association has been a constant supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interested in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. 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. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

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 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 Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at 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 Musuem

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 Bar 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 to Expect in 2015

In this month's interview, we sat down with William (Bill) Stone, chief investment strategist with PNC Asset Management Group, who shared some of his insights on what may be in store in the coming year. Click here to read the entire article.
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