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Jan. 23, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, 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 100 sections and committees, 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 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.

Learn About Tech Needed to Start Law Practice Jan. 24

Join attorney and legal technologist Barron Henley for the Friday, Jan. 24 CLE program "The Technology You Need to Start a Law Practice or to Overhaul the One You Have." Henley is a founding member and one of the managing partners of Affinity Consulting Group LLC which has provided legal technology consulting to more than 500 law firms nationwide. The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Penn Law Symposium on Educational Equality Jan. 24

The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Journal of Constitutional Law will present its Volume 16 Symposium, "Educational Equality and the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century," at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Friday, Jan. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Journal invites lawyers, scholars, JCL alumni, students (both graduate and undergraduate), and other interested parties to attend.

The Symposium will consist of four panels and will include breakfast, lunch with the panelists, and a reception following the event. This program has been approved for 6.0 substantive law CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment of $60 (or $30 for public interest attorneys) cash or check payable to "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania." If you are not attending the entire program the fee for CLE credit is $15 per credit hour. A further $25 donation to support scholarship is appreciated upon signing in.

For more information and a detailed agenda, please visit

President Judge Woods-Skipper at Jan. 28 Program

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will discuss her career path and developments in the First Judicial District at the Tuesday, 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 $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.

Prisoner Reentry Network Launch Jan. 29

Join Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy I. Djerassi, the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to the launch of the Prisoner Reentry Network on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market St., 11th Floor.

A complimentary breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Ann Schwartzman by phone at 215‐564‐6005 ext. 117 or by email at For more information, visit

State of Zoning Board of Adjustment Jan. 29

Learn about the state of the Zoning Board of Adjustment from current members of that board at the Wednesday, Jan. 29 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee.

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.

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 30

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold its annual Public Interest/Public Service Career (PIPS) Fair Reception, on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St.

This cocktail reception will be held the evening before the Philadelphia Area Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair and offers a great opportunity for area public interest students to meet Philadelphia's phenomenal public interest community. Prospective public interest and public service employers are all welcome to attend! You can meet and inspire our area's public interest students with the great work that you do, and you can even do a little recruiting for future interns and pro bono volunteers.

Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Many thanks to our gracious host, Dechert LLP. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees. If you have any questions, please email Tory Messina at

Criminal Justice Section Reception Jan. 30

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 220 S. 17th St.

The Justice Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland (Ret.). The Henry Czajowski Award will be given to Common Pleas Courtroom Operations Michael Spaziano, Chief, and Administrative Officers Michelle Arlene, Robert Busillo, Janette Coladonato, Gino Giacomucci and Michael Lanzalotti.

The event includes open bar and and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $55 for members, $45 for public interest and government attorney members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register by Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Dementia and Executive Functioning Jan. 30

Kenneth Carroll, PhD. will lead a discussion on dementia and executive functioning at the Thursday, Jan. 30 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee.

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.

Evaluating, Financing International Business Ventures Jan. 31

Deborah Nowak, vice president of international business development at National Penn Bank, will be discuss "Evaluating & Financing International Business Ventures" at a Friday, Jan. 31 CLE program presented by the International Business Initiative Committee.

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 Committee Room South 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Hot Topics in Capital Cases CLE Jan. 31

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will hold the CLE program "Hot Topics in Capital Cases - Part I" on Friday, Jan. 31 from 12 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

You'll gain judicial insight, receive updates and pick up strategy tips from the lawyers who successfully handle these cases. Click here to register.

Dividing Employment-Based Marital Assets

Join the Family Law Section on Monday, Feb. 3 to discuss dividing employment-based marital assets with Mitchell E. Benson.

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.

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominations Due Feb. 5

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Previous recipients of the diversity award include Justice Sotomayor, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, the Liacouras Committee, former Chancellor Andre L. Dennis and Nolan Atkinson.

The award shall be granted to an attorney, jurist, law firm, law department, legal services organization or law school in Philadelphia, or an individual or entity that has made a substantial impact upon the Philadelphia legal community. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous contribution, or a single outstanding contribution, to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession in furtherance of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles.

Nominations of individuals should be based upon their personal contributions to diversity, and nominations of entities should be based upon programmatic activity.

Nominations are due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 and can be sent to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955, faxed to (215) 238-1159 or emailed to Nominations will be reviewed by the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee, and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter.Nomination materials can be downloaded by visiting

Privacy in the Age of Terror and Twitter Feb. 10

Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA monitoring of emails and cell phones; world leaders alleging U.S. eavesdropping on their communications; terrorism spreading round the world while our government balances interests of privacy with security, diplomacy with the need to know when and how our country and its citizens could be at risk…

How do we define the line between what we want our government to do to protect Americans at home and abroad and where we believe privacy rights must prevail?

Join our esteemed panel of journalists and attorneys on Monday, Feb. 10 as they examine the latest developments in the contest between protecting liberty and core American values and achieving the highest level of national security possible. Do you think Snowden is a traitor or a patriot? Are you willing to sacrifice some liberties to assure your safety? Is our government doing the right thing? Do we need more transparency or more secrecy as the US looks to protect its citizens and its interests?

Examine these issues and weigh in with your questions and comments at this timely and always lively PBI public policy seminar. Click here to register.

Small Business Committee Planning Meeting Feb. 10

Do you represent small businesses in the areas of transactional law, litigation, real estate, intellectual property - or any other disciplines? Do you hope in the future to represent small businesses in these areas? Come and share your insights and questions with your fellow Philadelphia Bar Association colleagues at the Monday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Small Business Committee.

It is time to plan for 2014 and the work of the Small Business Committee. Our collaboration with other committees of the Business Law Section will continue to be explored and since law students are the future of our profession, we will continue to consider how to get them more involved with the committee. Please join us to hear about these ideas and share your own thoughts about what the Small Business Committee can do for you!

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at Duane Morris LLO, United Plaza, 12th floor, 30 S. 17th St. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Duane Morris.There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Please contact Anne Marie Dahan at or 215-979-1936 to register.

APABAPA Lunar Banquet Feb. 28

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold the 2014 Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg at

Bar Foundation Seeks Director of Development

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia legal community, is currently seeking a Director of Development. The Bar Foundation, which promotes equal access to justice by providing grants and technical assistance to a network of legal services organizations in Philadelphia is about to embark on its 50th year and plans to celebrate throughout 2014 through 50 events, and has a goal to raise $5 million dollars. Click here for the Job Title/Description and application instructions.

Racial Inequalities in Public Schools March 1

The 3rd Annual LEARN Conference "Achievement Gap or the Education Debt? Combating Racial Inequalities in Our Public Schools" will focus on the reasons behind varying educational outcomes for students of different races and discuss possible solutions to the problem. The goal of this year's LEARN conference is to directly engage the issue mobilizing most school reform movements, the disparity of educational outcomes between white students and racial minorities, and bluntly discuss the causes of this phenomenon and debate the efficacy of different policies aimed at combating this injustice.

The morning panels will discuss different pedagogical methods for improving student outcomes in schools serving mostly minority students, and the afternoon panels will examine the structural causes of these inequalities and the political fight surrounding the issue of racial inequality in our education system. The program will be Saturday, March 1 at University of Pennsylvania Law School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to register.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 5. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you are an Association member and plan to bring a guest. If you are not a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the fee is $325. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or

Public Interest Programs Scheduled

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the free CLE program "Representing Clients in SSI/SSDI Cases" on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This course is open to current and prospective volunteers and attendees are eligible to receive 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for volunteering with HAP. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m and the course begins promptly at 9 a.m. Please RSVP to Michele Levy, HAP Managing Attorney, at or 215-523-9585.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the free CLE program "Accessing SSI Benefits for Your Clients: Providing Representation in HAP's SOAR Project," on n Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Spahr, LLP, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Earn 3 substantive CLE credits while learning how to represent homeless men and women in HAP's celebrated expedited SSI disability benefits application project. This course is open without charge to current and prospective volunteers. Please RSVP to Michele Levy, HAP Managing Attorney, at or 215-523-9585 by Jan. 31.

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

PNC Perspectives: Portability May Force Changes

In this month's interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss the portability provision of the American Tax Relief Act. Click here to read the entire article.
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