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Feb. 3, 2014
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Vol. 15, No. 10

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of its members for admission to the Bar of the U.S. 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 if 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

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

Workers' Comp CLE Feb. 7

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Fun and Games - Give Me Comp" on Friday, Feb. 7.

This lively lunchtime CLE will examine the evolving Workers' Compensation workplace environment considering workplace incentives, fitness, fun and employment. When is it compensable?

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch through the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration 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. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Justinians to Honor Fedullo Feb. 24

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will host a luncheon in honor of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo on Monday, Feb. 24 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 12 p.m. Tickets are $65 for Justinian members and $75 for non-members. For additional information, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or email To purchase tickets by credit card, please visit

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

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.

Probate & Trust Law Quarterly CLE March 4

The Probate & Trust Law Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Association present will present "Financial Powers of Attorney: What You and Your Clients Don't Know (or at least Don't Do) Can Hurt You Both" at the Section's March 4 Quarterly Meeting and CLE.

Many clients (and even attorneys) are under the mistaken notion that the power of attorney document is "just a form." Unsuspecting drafters of financial power of attorney documents do not adequately communicate to their clients that the powers granted under such documents are extensive and comprehensive. Inexperienced agents acting under financial power of attorney documents may not appreciate the importance of maintaining accurate records and keeping the principal's assets separate.

Understand the common pitfalls in this pervasive, yet not well understood, area of the law to better serve your clients and to protect them - and you - from avoidable mishaps. Click here for more information.

School Superintendent Hite is March 11 Speaker

Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker at the Association’s Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, March 11.

Dr. Hite's remarks go along with Chancellor William P. Fedullo's focus on public education this year. Fedullo has created an Education Task Force to begin finding more ways that the legal community can help public education in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The Chancellor also has plans for a number of programs so Association members can learn about what is needed for a quality education for students.

Also at the event, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made substantial contributions to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will be honored at the event. She will be presented with a gold box, a 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."

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $65 for Philadelphia Bar Association members and $75 for non-members. Purchase tickets at by Thursday, March 6. Cancellations must be received by March 6 to receive a full refund.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has announced the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seated in Philadelphia. A bankruptcy judge is appointed to a 14-year term pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §152. Current annual salary for this position is $183,172.

Applicants must be members in good standing of the bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a member in good standing of every other bar of which they are members. Applicants should have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The Judicial Council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law.

Applicants also should possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and, be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.

Additionally, applicants should not be related by blood or marriage to a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; a member of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit; or a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in 28 U.S.C. § 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

Qualified candidates shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment. The name of the person selected will also be submitted to the Director of the Administrative Office, who shall request background reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically by 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Applications must be submitted only by the potential nominee personally. To apply, go to for more information or call the Circuit Executive’s Office at 215-597-0718.

Brandeis Law Society Happy Hour Feb. 6

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is hosting a happy hour and new member meet-and-greet this Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St. The evening will offer a wonderful opportunity to network with members and learn more about the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Food will be offered and admission is free. Cash bar is provided.

76ers Tickets Discounted for Bar Members

Philadelphia Bar Association members can purchase discounted tickets to see the Philadelphia 76ers tangle with their NBA opponents at the Wells Fargo Center.

Members can visit for tickets. Purchases are available from one to nine tickets. For groups of 10 tickets or more, contact Danielle Balliet at 215-952-7351 or

There are no service fees for mailing tickets, will call, or print at home. Most games are available by using the promo code.

AJC Learned Hand Award Dinner Feb. 5

AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ 2014 Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 honoring Albert Momjian, retired partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

Momjian is a nationally renowned family lawyer, regarded as the dean of the Pennsylvania family law bar. After practicing law for more than 50 years, he retired as a partner from Schnader, where he was chair of the Family Law Department. A major force in both the development and advancement of family law in Pennsylvania, he co-chaired the Committee to Consolidate Pennsylvania Family Laws and served as a consultant to the Pennsylvania House and Senate Judiciary Committees during passage of the 1980 Divorce Code.

For dinner information, contact Marcia Bronstein at or Stefanie Tapper at or call 215.665.2300. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Rittenhouse Hotel.

NJ Attorney Online Registration Center Available

The Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center is now available for licensed New Jersey attorneys for the 2014 registration/payment cycle through the Judiciary's web-based application at Pursuant to Rules 1:20-l(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-l(e), and 1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are required annually to file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director of the Courts with approval of the Supreme Court and to pay an assessment in an amount determined by the Supreme Court.

The 2014 deadline for registration and payment is March 28, 2014. Attorneys are encouraged to register online and pay any required fees electronically. To assist with the registration process, an electronic notice about the web-based application has been emailed to each attorney who previously registered online. For attorneys who are not currently enrolled in the electronic registration system, a User ID and temporary password will be mailed to each such attorney's billing address to facilitate a transition to use of the online process. For concerns related to your user ID and password, registration and billing, please contact 855-533-FUND (3863) (select option 2) or

In addition to the annual registration requirement, attorneys maintaining a plenary or limited license to practice law in New Jersey must certify to the completion of their continuing legal education (CLE) requirements in accordance with Rule 1:42. A noncompliance fee of $50 will be assessed against attorneys who report that they failed to complete the requisite CLE credits by the deadline for course completion. An additional $50 (for a total of$100) will be assessed against attorneys who fail to complete their required CLE credits within the grace period provided by BCLE Reg. 402:1 and against attorneys who fail to report regarding CLE compliance at all.

Beginning in 2014, attorneys who are noncompliant with the mandatory CLE requirement are subject to being declared administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey. A declaration of administrative ineligibility will include noncompliant attorneys who are to report compliance in 2014 (Group 1) and also those from either Group 1 or Group 2 who remain noncompliant from any prior compliance period. To be removed from the CLE ineligible list and restored to active status, the noncompliant attorney must satisfy all outstanding CLE credit requirements and pay any required fees. The CLE credit requirement will stack; i.e., the attorney must make up CLE credits for all compliance periods that the attorney is noncompliant.

Information on Continuing Legal Education requirements is available at For concerns related to CLE, please contact 609-
633-9733 or

Public Interest Programs Scheduled

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.

• "Kids for Cash," a new critically acclaimed documentary film featuring Juvenile Law Center leaders Marsha Levick and Bob Schwartz will premiere in theaters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area on Friday, Feb. 7. The film chronicles the infamous Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" case. "Kids for Cash" is produced and directed by Robert May, who also produced the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War." The film will run in theaters across the country throughout February and March. Visit the film's website at to find a theater near you. Find out more about the "kids-for-cash" scandal and Juvenile Law Center's involvement at

• During the week of Feb. 17-21, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its Sixth Annual Public Interest Week, which celebrates the public interest work of students, alumni, and community partners and will feature student-organized presentations on topics ranging from environmental justice to indigent defense. On Friday, Feb. 21, Public Interest Week will culminate with the presentation of the 33rd Annual Sparer Symposium: Gender and Social Inequality: Why Women's Rights Still Matter, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature keynote speaker Marcia Greenberger, L'70, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. Symposium panel topics include "Recognizing Problems and Sharing Solutions: Sexism in our Communities;" "Domestic Violence and its Effects on the Family;" "Women in Immigration;" and "Trafficking Women: Legal Responses to a Global Problem." All events and program will be held at Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom St. The Sparer Symposium will offer 6 CLE Credits (2 Ethics credits). The Sparer Symposium and other program presentations offered during Public Interest Law Week at Penn Law are free and open to all. To register for the Sparer Symposium, and for more information on the cost for CLE credits, click here. For more information about other programs offered during Public Interest Law Week visit the Penn Law Calendar 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

PNC Perspectives: Sustained Recovery Expected in '14

In this month's interview, we sat down with Bill Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Asset Management Group, to discuss economic expansion and potential implications for investors in the coming year. Click here to read the entire article.

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.

Monday, Feb. 3
Update on Recent Changes to Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Tax Law (video)
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 3-Tuesday, Feb. 4
PLI - 8th Annual Patent Law Institute
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tuesday, Feb. 4
Dealing with Financial Institutions in Estates, Trusts and with POAs
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Contempt of Court: Race and the Law
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5
From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6 - Friday, Feb. 7
PLI - 16th Annual Real Estate Tax Forum
9.5 substantive CLE credits
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7
Civil Litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 10
Who is Watching You? Privacy in the Age of Terror & Twitter
Part of PBI’s Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

PLI - Wage & Hour Litigation & Compliance 2014
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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