Jan. 23, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 7

Renew Bar Association Membership Today

Members have until March 31 to renew their Bar Association memberships and avoid a $15 late fee. Click here to renew your membership.

With your Philadelphia Bar Association membership:

• You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and two divisions, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

• Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

• You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 25 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

• Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our philadelphiabar.org Web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day. You'll also have access to online classified ads and social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

• You'll benefit from our comprehensive membership insurance package, including professional liability, health, term life insurance, and disability insurance plans. You'll also be able to take advantage of online legal research and discounted rates on court reporting services, health clubs and rental cars.

• Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site attorney as well as a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

Click here to renew your membership.

Eminent Domain Procedures, Practices Jan. 24

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge Allan L. Tereshko will present updates and dialogue on eminent domain procedures and practices at the Tuesday, Jan. 24 meeting of the Eminent Domain and Appraisals Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association offices, 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.

Judge Carrafiello on Guardianship Issues Jan. 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello and Suzanne N. Pritchard will address guardianship issues at the Wednesday, Jan. 25 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association offices, 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.

Introduction to VA Pensions Jan. 26

Dionysius Pappas will present "An Introduction to VA Pensions and the Aid and Attendance Benefit" at the Thursday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee Meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 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.

Probate/Homeownership CLE Jan. 27

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training CLE program on probate/homeownership on Friday, Jan. 27 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600.

The seminar will delve into the probate process and an alternative to probate (namely, the § 3546 Petition filed in Orphans' Court) as avenues to transfer legal title of homes into VIP clients' names. It will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a family property, including how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients.

The seminar will be taught by Kevin Gilboy, partner at Teeters Harvey Gilboy & Kaier LLP and former chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as Kelly Gastley, supervising attorney at VIP.

Attorneys receive two free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space.

Make 2012 Best Year Ever Jan. 31

Phyllis Sisenwine, the Lawyer's Coach, will present a program on how to make 2012 your best year ever at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Sisenwine works with lawyers to focus on client development and creating strategies to increase performance and profitability. Clients learn her proven methods to help them increase revenue and billable hours while providing time for personal growth. Her expertise in coaching lawyers has earned her an international reputation as "The Lawyer's Coach."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association offices, 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.

Bar Academy at "Scottsboro Boys" Jan. 31

Straight from Broadway, join the Bar Academy for a special Philadelphia Theatre Company performance of "The Scottsboro Boys", followed by a post-performance meet-the-artists discussion featuring a Q & A with the cast on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

From the legendary songwriting team of Kander and Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago," "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), "The Scottsboro Boys" is a stirring musical that explores the infamous 1930s "Scottsboro Case" in which a group of African-American men are falsely accused of a terrible crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American civil rights movement. "Scottsboro Boys" is the definition of inspired American musical theater with a gorgeous and melodic score.

The Bar Academy has a very limited number of tickets at the price listed below that are expected to sell out for this performance at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. (Broad and Lombard streets). The curtain goes up at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $43 for Association members and guests (normally $51). All fees waived.
To take advantage of the group rate go to ticketing.theatrealliance.org and click on Jan. 31 in the calendar, then the Select Seats tab. Click your seats on the theatre map and at checkout enter promo code "philabar" or call the box office at 215-985-0420.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Increasing Access to Justice From the Bench Feb. 6

The Public Interest Section will present "Increasing Access to Justice from the Bench" on Monday, Feb. 6.

Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo who will discuss her role in creating the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project; U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice who will address how he helped to develop the Federal Re-Entry Program; and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Abram Frank Reynolds who will discuss his role in creating the Juvenile Treatment Court program. The panel will be moderated by Joseph A. Sullivan, special counsel and director of pro bono programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

The program beings at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. This program is free to all members of the Association, but pre-registration is required. Please register online at philadelphiabar.org. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Task Force and the Criminal Justice Section.

Business Law Section to Honor Beaser Feb. 6

The Business Law Section's Annual Reception will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel where former Association Chancellor Lawrence J. Beaser will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

The Section established the award in recognition of 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 Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The section will also recognize Katayun I. Jaffari as Committee Chair of the Year and the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee as Committee of the Year at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Business Law Section and $60 for non-members. Tickets are $70 for those who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

Submissions Sought for Business Law Insider

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is developing its next edition of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider. The next deadline for submissions is March 31. You are invited to contribute to the Insider by providing any of the following items:

Business Law Happenings: Articles of in depth interest to members of the Section in relevant areas of practice. Business Law Happening articles should be sent to the attention of Editor Renee F. Bergmann at rbergmann@beckermeisel.com.

Business Briefs: Any professional news regarding yourself or another Section member.

Book Reviews: Book Reviews on topics of general interest to membership. Fiction or non-fiction reviews are both welcome.

Business Law Alert: Timely articles on matters of professional interest representing changes in the law or developments in your practice affecting lawyers and clients. Estimated length of one or two paragraphs. These articles should be sent to the attention of Editor Renee F. Bergmann at rbergmann@beckermeisel.com.

Committee Reports: Committee chairs should take this opportunity to inform the membership of their present and future projects

All other inquiries, contributions, personal notices, and Business Law Alerts should be sent to the attention of Phyllis Epstein at phyllis@eselaw.com.

The editors of The Philadelphia Business Law Insider reserve the right to accept or reject any submission and to edit any submission to ensure its suitability for publication, its adherence to the Insider's mission, and its furtherance of the purpose of the Business Law Section. The Insider is designed to serve the Section by publicizing opportunities and events that may be of interest to the Section membership; providing information to its membership on topics that may be of general interest; reaching a wider audience and increase the visibility of the Section; informing the Section membership of its projects and goals; and sharing information with the Section membership regarding accomplishments of members and public figures.

Veterans Pension, Compensation Law CLE Jan. 26

The Veterans Law Clinic at Widener University Law School will hold a CLE on basic veterans pension and compensation law on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Wilmington campus.

Three CLE credits have been approved for Pennsylvania and Delaware and can be used to maintain Veterans Administration accreditation. The course will include an overview of the VA claim process and basic principles of veterans law, appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as well as Equal Access to Justice Awards.

There is no cost for this training, but RSVP is required and all participants are encouraged to volunteer with the clinic and agree to represent one veteran in a compensation matter. Please contact swsaidel@widener.mail.edu to RSVP or for additional information.

Women in the Profession Newsletter Issue No. 2

Click here to view the second issue of the Women in the Profession Newsletter with contributions from Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart, Dean Linda Ammons, Bobbie Liebenberg, Jennifer Weed, Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Sheryl Axelrod, Stacy Lilly, Carol Carty, and Susan Satkowski.

Have comments, suggestions or a submission for the Newsletter? Please contact Editor Maureen Farrell at maureen@maureenfarrellesq.com.

Thanks to our sponsors Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar; Evaporcool LLC; A and A Court Reporting; and Philadelphia Runner. Please find great coupons for A and A and Philadelphia Runner inside.

Staying in the Game: PNC's 2012 Outlook

What do you make of the current markets? Do you have an investment strategy in place for 2012? Are you confident about near-term economic growth? What about the state of the U.S. recovery? If these topics are of interest to you, then read this interview with E. William Stone, CFA®, CMT, senior vice president and chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management and Institutional Investments, to learn about PNC's 2012 outlook.

This interview takes a look back at what transpired in 2011, discusses the projected recovery, evaluates some current risks, and offers investors recommendations going into 2012. Click here to read the interview.

Penn LALSA Annual Conference Jan. 28

The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Latin American Law Students Association Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 with keynote remarks from Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

For more information, please visit pennlalsa.org.

Judges Needed for Transactional LawMeet

The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University is once again hosting the Annual Transactional LawMeet. The Meet is a unique law school competition that gives students interested in transactional law a taste of real practice. This year 52 schools from around the country will be participating.

The highpoint of the Meet is the interaction between the students and experts from practice. Last year some 50 lawyers from the Philadelphia business law bar served as judges at the LawMeet. We need your help again. We are looking for judges to join us on either Thursday or Friday, March 29 and 30.

If you are willing to participate and help teach the next generation of transactional lawyers, please email Professor Karl Okamoto at ko54@drexel.edu.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Introduction to Fastcase
Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 9, 9 a.m.
Monday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8,10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

Boolean (Keyword) Search for Lawyers
Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, May 28, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct 29, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m.

Fastcase for Paralegals
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1,1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Upcoming CLE

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
The Strategic Negotiator
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch included

Flowing into the Future: Evolving Water Issues (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Medical School for Lawyers: into the Anatomy Lab
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLI - Securities Products of Insurance Companies
5.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26
Estate Planning and Administration with Firearms
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Social Media for Lawyers: Darned If You Do, Darned If You Don't? (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27
Managing Impressions - The Lawyer’s Guide to Powerful Presentations
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Violence Against Animals/Violence Against Humans - Examining the Link
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m., lunch included

PLI - Recent Developments in Distressed Debt, Restructurings & Workouts 2012
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch included

Monday, Jan. 30 – Tuesday, Jan. 31
PLI - Broadband & Cable Industry Law 2012
9.5 substantive CLE credits
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch included; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
PLI - Hedge Fund Registration & Compliance 2012
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 5 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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