Feb. 7, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 11

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Renew Bar Association Membership Today

Members have until Thursday, March 31 to renew their Bar Association memberships at 2009 rates and avoid a $15 late fee. Click here to renew your membership.

Here's what you get with your Philadelphia Bar Association membership:

• Access to Fastcase, the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and powerful searching and visualization tools at users' fingertips.

• At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and one division, 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. You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs.

• 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 20 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 website, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief, weekly YLD EZine 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 the Bar Association's presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

• 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 discounted rates on credit cards, 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.

YLD Award Nominations Due by Today

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the upcoming YLD Annual Meeting in early 2011. The deadline for nominations is today (Monday, Feb. 7).

The F. Sean Peretta Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted substantial time to an innovative or non-traditional program that serves the community. Peretta was a private practitioner who died suddenly at age 31 who was a very involved community activist and a mentor to kids in his home neighborhood. He was viewed as a role model for African-American Youth.

The Craig M. Perry Service Award is presented annually to a young lawyer - 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice - who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 7. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or e-mail to

Insurance Law Committee CLE Feb. 9

The Insurance Law Committee will present the CLE program "Business Interruption Claims 101: Measurement and Calculation Methodologies and Claim Preparation Issues Facing Policyholders" on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

The program focuses on four major areas of common disputes in these types of claims, including coverage conditions and payment terms, policy definitions, assumptions and approaches for calculating BI losses, and unique claim facts and circumstances to take into consideration. The program has been approved for 1.5 hours of substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 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.

The speaker is Brandon J. Kivler and the course planner is Heather Fritts. The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

MARBC President to Speak Feb. 10

Val Kogan, president of the Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 10 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee Meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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.

Managing Risks in M&A Transactions Feb. 16

Ivan S. DeVoren will discuss "Managing Environmental Risks in M&A Transactions" at the Wednesday, Feb. 16 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to RSVP.

Jenkins' Giancaterino on Internet Privacy Feb. 16

Dan Giancaterino, education services manager at Jenkins Law Library, will discuss Internet privacy at the Wednesday, Feb. 16 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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 Section Seeks Young Lawyers

The Probate Section has started a new initiative to get younger lawyers - those with 10 years of experience or less - involved in the Section's committee and activities.

A meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 17 is an opportunity for younger members to learn more about the Probate Section's current committees and to let the Section know what kinds of programs and activities you would like to see in the future. Future activities of the Young Lawyers Committee may include seminars, happy hours, pro bono activities and more. Lunch will be provided.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, John F. Kennedy Boulevard (between 16th and 17th streets). Please contact Alison Gross, chair of the Young Lawyers Committee at or call 215-435-8524 to attend.

Register Now for YLD Bootcamp Feb. 18

Law students and new attorneys will receive practical and fundamental knowledge on the intricacies of the legal profession at the second annual "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Feb. 18 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor. The cost is just $10.

Last year's inaugural event welcomed more than 120 attendees and was described as "wonderful," "well-executed" and "interesting." The 2011 version will be even better, with more focused panels, lengthier breaks for concentrated networking, dedicated Q&A sessions, and a revamped concluding social event.
In three streamlined sessions, experienced attorneys will speak on alternate career paths, thriving at a first job in a down economy, and considerations when starting a small firm or solo practice. A final, fourth session will feature a panel of judges offering inside tips.

The program will conclude with a social event featuring a short networking presentation, beverages and appetizers. Click here to register.

Networking Essentials for Women Feb. 22

Kimberly Alford Rice, principal of KLA Marketing Associates, will present "Effective Networking Essentials for Women Lawyers" at the Tuesday, Feb. 22 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Networking is an essential skill for lawyers whether you are just starting your career or looking to expand your book of business. This workshop is targeted for women at different stages of their practice. 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.

Bring Ideas to Municipal Court Committee Meeting

The Municipal Court Committee will hold its introductory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24. Attendees are asked to bring one idea that would educate members of the Bar and the committee while appealing to a variety of practice areas.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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 RSVP.

Volunteers Sought for Mock Trial Competition

The YLD is once again teaming up with Temple University Beasley School of Law to host the 2011 John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and needs volunteers to act as judges and coaches. Each spring, students from approximately 50 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. The top two teams from Philadelphia go on to the state championship where they compete to move onto the national championship.

Being a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience and provides a great service to the students. Only two to three hours of your time is needed. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the event, we encourage you to do so. Just complete the form HERE. Please direct any questions to Kristy Littman at or Joe Guzzardo at

There are also still some schools that do not yet have attorney coaches. Like acting as a judge, volunteering to coach requires a commitment of as little as a few hours a week for the final month leading up to the competition. We need coaches for schools in various neighborhoods, but particularly in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Anyone interested in coaching should contact Joshu Harris at

Please remember, volunteer judges and coaches need not have any litigation experience to make a huge impact in a short time on Philadelphia high school students. Legal training and experience of any kind is an invaluable resource to students as they work to master the basics of persuasive advocacy and legal reasoning. With hundreds of student competitors, the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition's success depends upon the support of the entire legal community. Volunteer today! Click here to view this year's case materials.

Applications Being Accepted for Marutani Fellowship

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, named in honor of Judge Marutani, the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship is offered to Asian Pacific American first-year law students and provides a stipend for the student to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in the greater Philadelphia area.

The attached PDF application form can be filled out online and submitted electronically or can be printed out and mailed to Lynne E. Brown, Deputy Executive Director. Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Applications are due March 4, 2011. Click here for more information and the 2011 application.

Please feel free to contact Lynne Brown at 215-238-6347 or with any questions.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

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 23. 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 website 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 which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you plan to bring a guest. 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 St., 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, April 4, 2011.

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

Women in Profession Committee Seeks Bloggers

The Women in the Profession Committee is looking for volunteers to contribute bi-weekly submissions to the Committee’s blog. From the professional to the personal, if you have something interesting to say then we want to hear from you. Topics can include but are not limited to practical advice in your practice area, tips for success, personal reflections, work/life balance, and entertainment.

Submissions can be short (250 words) and can be published anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs prior to posting. Visit the Women in the Profession Committee blog by clicking here.

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Free Online, Mobile Access With Legal Directory Order

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The huge Legal Directory database is searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also fully interactive: Click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated!

This free mobile feature makes The Legal Directory 2011 the ultimate multi-platform database. All of the information is available to you in a traditional print version as well as handheld and online at One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region for an entire year!

As the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2011 delivers hundreds of new listings, further enhancing the most accurate database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. No other publication gives you all this vital information in one place. The Legal Directory is your one-stop source for:
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees.
• Federal, state and county courts and government agencies.
• An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses.
• Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration.
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel.
• Alternative dispute resolution resources.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires Feb. 28, 2011.

For more information, e-mail or call 443-909-7843.

Advertise in The Legal Directory 2011

There's still time to advertise in The Legal Directory 2011, the only official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Legal Directory contains listings for more than 18,000 attorneys and law firms. Many listings include areas of concentration, fax numbers and other contact information. The Legal Directory Online's listings reflect the most up-to-date information on file.

For information on advertising opportunities, contact David Hoeckel at or call 443-909-7824.

Additional Performances for Bar Night at "Race"

Did you miss the overwhelmingly attended Philadelphia Bar Association night at Philadelphia Theatre Company? The play "Race" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet has been enjoying outstanding reviews and as a result is being extended another week!

PTC is offering Philadelphia Bar Association members a group rate during the extension, so if you missed it the first time, call (215) 985-0420 and say you are interested in tickets for either Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m., or Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. and receive the group rate of just $39. Please mention you saw this e-mail from the Philadelphia Bar Association when you call.

To hear what audiences are saying, click here and click on the youtube link at the bottom.

Notice to Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the Nov. 18, 2010 Board of Governors meetings and were approved for submission to the members at the March Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Addition of Section 217 to the Bylaws, creating a Long-Range Advisory Council, as follows:

Section 217. Long-Range Advisory Council

A. The Long-Range Advisory Council (the "Council") shall consider the long term goals of the Association and make recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board regarding achievement of those goals through means which may take more than a single year. The Council shall have the discretion to meet and to make such recommendations as often as it deems advisable. Such recommendations shall be advisory only, and shall not limit the authority of the Chancellor or the Board, nor shall the Chancellor or the Board be required to conform agenda items, policy or resolutions to the Council's recommendations.

B. The Council shall consist of the following persons, each of whom shall be entitled to vote:

1. The Chancellor;

2. The Chancellor-Elect;

3. The Vice Chancellor;

4. The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; and

5. Nine Members of the Association, who shall be appointed as follows:

(a) Each year, the Chancellor shall appoint three Members to serve on the Council for a term of three years, except as provided in Section 217(B)(5)(e) with respect to the initial appointments.

(b) To be eligible for appointment to the Council, a Member must be well respected and have an established record of service and commitment to the Association, preferably in a high leadership capacity. It is also preferable that appointed Members have no intention to run for any other elected office of the Association.

(c) Appointments to the Council shall be made with due regard for the Association's commitment to diversity.

(d) Members of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment to successive terms.

(e) The first nine appointments to the Council shall be made by the Chancellor, with the consent of the Board, for the following terms: three for three-year terms, three for two-year terms, and three for one-year terms.

C. The Chair of the Council shall be appointed each year by the Chancellor from among the nine appointed members.

D. Any vacancy among the appointed members of the Council shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by appointment of the Chancellor.

Deadline Today for SeniorLAW Center Nominees

SeniorLAW Center, which has been protecting the rights of Pennsylvania's seniors for more than 30 years, is now accepting nominations for three awards to be presented at its annual fundraiser, SeniorPROM (a prom for all ages), on Friday, April 1.

The awards are for Volunteer of the Year, Senior Advocate/Champion of the Year and Partner of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 7. Visit for further details and the nomination form.

Judges to Speak at Barristers' CLE Feb. 22

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will present the CLE program "Jurist to Justice: Six Decades of Achievement (Views from the Bench) on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Speakers include U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II, Philadelphia Municipal Court Supervising Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland and Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons. The moderator is Judge John L. Braxton. Additional panelists may be added.

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Barristers' Association presents this one-hour ethics CLE program designed to educate attorneys on the advancement of diverse attorneys in the legal profession from the perspective of judges from various courts.

The CLE begins at 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A reception will follow. Click here to register and for more information.

New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference Feb. 25-26

The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will hold the inaugural "New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia.

The program provides two days of practical tips and advice that can immediately help you navigate this landscape with greater ease and success through unique CLE, networking and a nationally acclaimed faculty. Conference highlights include more than 8 CLE credits including 1.5 ethics; networking sessions and small group discussions; and tracks that guide you through the issues and information you should be familiar with as you take on this new role.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event. Visit for more information.

Penn Law Group Holding Program on Prisons

The Prisoners' Education & Advocacy Project, a pro bono group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is sponsoring programs on Miranda rights and prison privatization in February will present Professors Alexander Volokh and David Rudovsky debating prison privatization on Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Lunch will be served.

The events are free. An RSVP to would be appreciated.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP will present a program on maintaining family income on Tuesday, Feb. 22, featuring introductory remarks by Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and a keynote address by Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration and Coordination and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. This program is part of a speakers series planned by VIP to commemorate its 30th anniversary of providing access to justice for all Philadelphians. The program will be held at 12 p.m., at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. The program is free and open to all current and prospective volunteer attorneys who are interested in learning more about VIP's priority areas and volunteer opportunities at VIP. To register for the program, contact Christina Ortiz at More information about VIP's speaker series, 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on March 19 and other special events and training programs is available at

• HAP veterans attorney Michael Taub will present a free training for attorneys interested in learning How to Handle Veterans' Benefits Cases. The course will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Saul Ewing LLP, 1500 Market St. The program is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers. The training meets the 3 substantive hour CLE requirement to maintain certification with the Department of Veterans Affairs (and PA CLE). Following the clinic, attendees will be expected to represent a homeless veteran through HAP's Pro Bono Veterans project. o register, RSVP to Cary Moritz at or call 215-523-9587 on or before Feb. 18.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on homeownership/probate on Friday, Feb. 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail

• The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the pro bono seminar "Reaching Out to the Neediest Among Us" on Monday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A networking breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided to all registrants. This program will be available via simulcast at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and will provide five hours of substantive CLE credits and one hour of ethics CLE credit. Sessions include "Wills for Heroes;" "Pro Bono Program in a Box;" "Teen/Youth Courts as an Alternative Juvenile Justice Program;" "Making the Most of Electronic Tools;" "Addressing Mortgage Foreclosure Issues;" and "Older and Wiser." For more information or to register online visit

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on taxes on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dilworth Paxon LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II, an event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The event will be held Wednesday, March 9 at Kokopelli, 1904 Chestnut St. Director of Legal Services Amara Chaudhry will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit or contact Troy Porter at or 215.563.0652, extension 270. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for young lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others.

• The 30th Annual Penn Law School Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 18 in the Levy Conference Center, at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) This year's symposium is "Partnering Against Poverty: Examining Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Interest Lawyering." CLE hours will be available for this event. Please contact Lauren Ikpe at 215-898-0459 or e-mail if you have questions regarding the symposium.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Ninth Annual Spring Celebration & Silent Auction on Friday, March 18. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at the Morris Café, 30 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director, at 215-587-3214 or

Philadelphia VIP will hold its 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event will begin with a patron's reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by cocktails and silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing to the music of The Inferno will follow from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $175, $100 for young lawyers and $75 for public interest or government attorneys. Please visit to purchase tickets online for the Anniversary Gala Celebration and to find out more information about other VIP events, including VIP's Speakers Series, which will highlight VIP's priority areas and volunteer opportunities for current and prospective volunteers. For sponsorship opportunities or more information call 215-523-9568.

The SeniorLAW Center's 2011 SeniorPROM will be held Friday, April 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event includes cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing for all ages! Individual adult tickets are $125. Tickets may be purchased online at For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or e-mail

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold the training program "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," Wednesday, April 6, a full-day, 6-CLE credit course offered through PBI. Register at Join us for this volunteer workshop training and hear experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can make a difference in the lives of child victims. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz, director of Intake and Pro Bono Services, or call 267-546-9228.

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at

Team Ra-Ras Kicks Breast Cancer

All it takes is four minutes to help wipe out the disease that takes one life every 69 seconds! Support the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in raising $100,000 to help fight breast cancer by viewing the inspirational, fun and feel-good, 'Team Ra-Ras Kicks Breast Cancer'video.

For the first one million Youtube views of this video, UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania (UHC) donated 10 cents to the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate. This goal was reached in less that four weeks, and generated $100,000 - supporting the Komen mission to empower people everywhere with education, treatment and support… and help create a world without breast cancer for our children. Now UHC has elevated their generosity as the video sponsor to broaden breast cancer awareness, and potentially earn The Affiliate an additional $100,000. At five million Youtube views, they will donate $50,000 to The Affiliate, and another $50,000 at eight million views.

Together we can mobilize millions to be more aware, live in the hope and make a difference in the cause so near to us all. So please, view it now and pass it on to everyone you can at

Independent Contractor v. Employee CLE Feb. 11

"Independent Contractor v. Employee: Repercussions of Misclassification" reviews the exposure for employers misclassifying employees and how to analyze whether workers are "employees" or "independent contractors" with the goal of avoiding or defending against a governmental audit. This 3 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Friday, Feb. 11 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), 12 to 3:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

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. 7
Simulcast - PLI - Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2011
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Simulcast - PLI - Current Developments in Federal Civil Practice 2011
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fundamentals of Insurance Law
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Current Issues in Medical Malpractice
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Revised Model Stock Purchase Agreement: New Business Trends, New Provisions & Lessons from the Drafters
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, Feb. 10-11
Simulcast - PLI - Investment Management Institute 2011
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11
Simulcast - Independent Contractor v. Employee: Repercussions of Misclassification
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 14
Video - The Complete Legal Negotiator (PEG)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 14-15
Simulcast - PLI - Financial Products Survey
12 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 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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