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Jan. 31, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 9

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.

UPS General Counsel McClure is March 11 Speaker

Teri Plummer McClure, senior vice president of legal, compliance, audit & public affairs and general counsel and corporate secretary at UPS, will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Monday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Bar Association will also present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the program. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors 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. Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

In her role at UPS, McClure oversees all ethics and compliance, audit and legal initiatives in more than 220 countries and territories where the company does business, and advises and supports the UPS Board of Directors. McClure also leads UPS worldwide public affairs and government relations efforts advocating increased global trade, stronger business competitiveness, and improved economic growth worldwide, among many other public policies.

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominations Due Feb. 8

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Association's March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

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, 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 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 and should be sent to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA. Nomination materials can be downloaded by visiting

Job Announcement: Executive Director, Phila. Bar Assoc.

The Philadelphia Bar Association announces a national search for a successor to its long-serving executive director, who will retire at the end of 2013. Founded in 1802, the Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. It is devoted to serving the interests of its 13,000 members and to improving access to justice for the Philadelphia. The executive director manages the affairs of the Association and supports the Association's Chancellor and Board of Governors.

Significant responsibilities include:

• Supervising a staff of 25;

• Preparing and overseeing a budget of $4.5 million;

• Helping to establish and manage Association programs and policies;

• Working with Bar leaders to create distinctive services and strategic initiatives to enhance the value and importance of Bar Association membership;

• Developing new sources of non-dues income;

• Interacting with a diverse membership and community;

• Helping the Association fulfill its commitment to support and expand legal services for the needy.

Qualifications include:

• Excellent leadership, management and communication skills;

• Demonstrates management responsibility with a nonprofit or professional services organization, preferably with a connection to the legal profession;

• Bachelor's degree required. A law degree or advanced degree in another relevant field would be useful but is not a prerequisite;

• High personal integrity, sound judgment and a strong work ethic are essential, together with energy, imagination and a passion for the opportunity to lead the Association through the 21st century;

An attractive compensation package will be offered, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Click here for a complete job description.

Interested applicants should email a statement of interest and résumé to: Alan M. Feldman, Esq., Chair, Executive Director Search Committee, c/o Use the following subject line in your email message: Applicant for Philadelphia Bar Executive Director: [Applicant Name].

Applications should be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews.

The Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Confidential Informants CLE Jan. 31

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Thursday, Jan. 31 CLE program "Confidential Informants" is designed to educate attorneys on an area of the law that can be vitally important to a narcotics case - dealing with a confidential informant and all that it entails.

Get practical information on how to recognize a confidential informant's involvement in criminal cases, and what information a practicing attorney should expect to receive in discovery from the Commonwealth when dealing with a confidential informant case. Additionally, this program is designed to provide attorneys with practical, nuts and bolts information on how to decipher discovery, how to request additional discovery on said informants, as well as how to conduct a formal motion to disclose a confidential informant. A case law update will also allow attorneys to stay current on the law as it relates to confidential informants. Click here for more information.

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.

Hot Topics in Workers' Comp CLE Feb. 1

Commonwealth Court Senior Judge Rochelle S. Friedman will discuss the AMA's guide to the evaluation of permanent impairment at a Friday, Feb. 1 CLE presented by the Workers' Compensation Section.

Workers' Compensation Judge Todd B. Seelig and Samuel H. Pond will also be speaking at the program. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 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 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.

Appellate Custody Case Discussion Feb. 4

The Family Law Section will host a discussion highlighting the reported appellate custody cases over the past 18 months at its Monday, Feb. 4 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Lawrence W. Abel, Michael E. Bertin, Kristine L. Calalang, Elaine Smith and Mark-Allen Taylor. The program 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.

Beccaria Award Presentation Feb. 5 at City Hall

The Criminal Justice Section and Justinian Society will present the Beccaria Award to Carmen C. Nasuti in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall.

The award is named for Cesare Beccaria, an 18th century Italian Scholar and visionary who was an early proponent of many of the tenets of modern criminal law. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 1 by calling 215-545-0706 or emailing The event is free for Justinian Society members and all members of the Bench and Philadelphia Bar.

Commercial Leases CLE Feb. 7

Watch and listen as counsel for the landlord and tenant work through key provisions of a commercial lease at PBI's "Negotiating and Drafting the Best Terms for Commercial Leases in 2013" on Thursday, Feb. 7.

There's nothing like seeing how the parties position themselves to learn strategies and techniques for getting your client the best deal possible. Throughout the negotiation, our faculty will offer teaching points so that you'll be able to understand the thought processes behind what each side is doing. Visit for more information.

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.

Challenges for ICC's Second Decade Feb. 11

The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present "Challenges for the ICC's Second Decade" 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.

Zoning Hearing Cases in the Suburbs Feb. 12

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Presenting Your Case to
a Zoning Hearing Board in the Burbs" on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

This brand-new seminar will demonstrate what you can do to make sure you don't look like a fool in front of the zoning hearing board. You will learn about the time limitations related to submitting the application, the importance of researching previous decisions related to the property you are working with, using special exceptions and variances and proven strategies as your prepare for the hearing. You will also discover the pitfalls that can derail your case and how to avoid or mitigate the damage they may cause. Click here to register.

Outlook for 2013: Private Equity M&A Feb. 12

Mark D. Luschini and Steven D. Higgins will present "Outlook for 2013: Private Equity M&A" at a Tuesday, Feb. 12 CLE program presented by Private Equity and Venture Capital 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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

Bar Academy Selections from Don Quichotte Feb. 12

Join the Philadelphia Bar Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an evening of wine, light hors d'oeuvres and song featuring a behind-the-scenes discussion with the artistic team and musical selections from the cast of The Academy of Vocal Arts' upcoming production of Massenet's opera "Don Quichotte." Afterward, mingle with the AVA Resident Artists. Click here for more information.

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. is sold out.

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 required. Lunch will be provided by the Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell. To be added to a waiting list to attend this event, please contact Maureen Farrell at

Small Business Committee Planning Meeting Feb. 13

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 on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

It is time to plan for 2013 and the work of the Small Business Committee. We are considering a variety of interesting programs for the year which include a CLE for entity choice questions, a meeting exploring the nature of the attorney/client relationship with small businesses and programs on topics such as M&A and mediation. 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.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Please contact Julie Ward at or 215-864-8569 to register. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Ballard Spahr LLP.

Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Feb. 14

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in a Post-Sandusky World" on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Visit to register.

Psychological Consultative Exams Feb. 15

Daniel Schwarz, Ph.D., will address psychological consultative examinations and IQ testing at the Friday, Feb. 15 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12.00 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Business Liability Insurance Issues CLE Feb. 19

Designed for both business legal advisors and commercial litigators, PBI's "Business Liability Insurance Issues" on Tuesday, Feb. 19 will explore the types of insurance available to cover risks facing businesses, how insurance needs are generally assessed, and marketplace trends.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Visit to register.

SORNA Update CLE Feb. 19

Learn what you need to know about Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act at a Tuesday, Feb. 19 CLE program presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

14th Annual Elder Law Symposium Feb. 20

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present its 14th annual Elder Law Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Designed for estate, elder and general law practitioners, this program offers important practice tips and recent updates in estate and elder law. You choose the topics that interest you - two each hour after the opening plenary session! Click here to register.

Justinians to Honor Chancellor Wilkinson Feb. 20

The Justinian Society will host a luncheon honoring Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

A reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon follows at 12 p.m. Luncheon reservations can be paid by check, payable and mailed to: The Justinian Society of Philadelphia, 1205 Locust St., Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Click here to register. Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 15.

For additional information, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or email

Advanced Storytelling, Presentation Skills Feb. 21

The best lawyers agree: without skilled delivery, the soundest arguments fail. In PBI's entertaining and compelling CLE program "Advanced Storytelling and Presentation Skills" on Thursday, Feb. 21, David Mann focuses on the goal of persuading juries and engaging witnesses by presenting complex material with the ease of conversation. Using past masters as examples, learn how to use vocal inflection and body language to tell the story between the words.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Visit to register.

APABAPA Lunar Banquet Feb. 22 at Ocean Harbor

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association will hold its 2013 Lunar New Year Banquet to celebrate the Year of the Snake on Friday, Feb. 22. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. at dinner will be served at 7 p.m. at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. The dinner will include several courses and will feature a traditional lion dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns. To purchase tickets, please visit Please RSVP by Feb. 15. Contact Diana Lin at for more information.

Presenting Economic Damages in Catastrophic Injury Case

Chad L. Staller of The Center For Forensic Economic Studies will discuss "Presenting Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Injury Case" at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

Staller will discuss discovery and trial issues relating to economic claims in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. The program 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.

ERISA Update CLE Feb. 28

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "ERISA Update" on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The session will include discussions on how to evaluate pension/401(k) issues; examine ERISA litigation; assess the health and welfare environment; explore fiduciary/investment issues; ethics under ERISA; and other hot button issues in employee benefits representation. Click here to register.

Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Feb. 25

Join Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, internationally recognized Internet experts, as they show you how to be a cybersleuth and unearth free information online that will give you the advantage in your next case at PBI's "Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" on Monday, Feb. 25.

As an extra bonus, you will take with you for free the latest book by our presenters - "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" (a $64.95 value). Click here to register.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly CLE March 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section will present the CLE program "Trusts: Drafting Well to Administer Well" on Tuesday, March 5. Get tips from attorneys who draft trusts; hear how corporate fiduciary counsel review trust documents; and discover how drafting choices impact trust administration. Visit for more information.

Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term March 4

Former Gov. Edward G. Rendell will moderate the panel discussion "Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term: Looking Forward" on Monday, March 4.

Panelists for this program, part of PBI's Public Policy Series, include Ron Christie, Penny Lee and U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• 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.

• Community Legal Services will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new CLS North Philadelphia Law Center on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 1410 West Erie Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 24 to Lauren Talarico at or 215-981-3716.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on custody on Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St. The presenters at this program are Julia Swain, Susan Gibson and Michael L. Viola. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Training materials and lunch will be provided. Please register online at

• Mazzoni Center will present its Fourth Annual Open Bar event to raise funds for and awareness about the agency's Legal Services, which is the only program offering free legal services tailored toward low-income LGBT individuals in Pennsylvania. The reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will feature wine, beer, soft drinks, and hearty hors d'oeuvres, along with the presentation of this year's Justice in Action Awards, as well as a special award to Dechert LLP. The cost is $50 for the reception ($20 public interest rate). To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Perry Monastero at or 215-563-0652 x 222.

• The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Toll Public Interest Center will host the 32nd Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium on Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, 3501 Sansom St. The theme of this year's event is "Entering, Living, and Leaving: Debating the Broken Door of Immigration Law." Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served, and a reception will be held following the Symposium. All are welcome.

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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.

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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 who left their fellowships had successfully secured paid positions.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit
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