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March 26, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 25
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Renew Bar Membership By March 31, Avoid Late Fee

Members have until March 31 to renew their Philadelphia Bar Association membership and avoid a $15 late fee.
Advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership include:

• Potential Referral Sources. Network with attorneys in more than 50 practice areas at hundreds of annual events that fit any schedule. Attend daily Section or Committee breakfast or lunch programs, panel presentations, evening receptions and special events and meet other lawyers who can help open the door to business development opportunities.

• A "Voice" in Strengthening Your Profession. Help enhance your area of practice by participating in meetings with government and administrative agency officials, key court personnel and elected officials to discuss proposed changes in the law or rules of practice. Work side-by-side with judges on critical issues to improve the administration of justice.

• Leadership Opportunities. Join the leadership ranks of our Section executive committees, chair one of more than 100 standing Committees, lead a community service project or charitable event, or run for elected office as a line officer.

• Byline Opportunities. Enhance your marketing plan by having your articles or commentary published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine or the Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, reaching 13,000 lawyers each month.

• Community Service Opportunities. Whether you are interested in giving your time, talent or treasure, there are many ways for you to serve our community. From supporting charitable organizations to leading volunteer events, there are a plethora of opportunities for you to take advantage of.

Additional benefits include: Insurance brokerage services through USI Affinity®; discounts on hundreds of Association events, and CLE courses offered through PBI; award-winning print and digital publications; a legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, Harrisburg and Washington; professional guidance on ethics issues; fee dispute services; access to the Office of Diversity, which serves as a resource for local affinity bar associations, law firms, corporate law departments and law schools; Bar Classifieds and Lawyer Profiles; list serve access; discounted tickets to cultural institutions; and much more.

We remain committed to supporting public interest organizations through our charitable arm, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Your annual dues statement suggests an additional contribution to be made to the Foundation.

Our reputation and emphasis on professional and community service for 213 years is based on our commitment to excellence. It is through this Association that we uphold the time-honored tradition and proud reputation of the "Philadelphia Lawyer." Renew your membership by March 31 and save $15. Contact Member Services Manager Andrea Morris, at 215-238-6313 for more information. 

O'Connor Award Nomination Deadline March 30

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 30. Click here for the nomination form.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

Please send nominations to the attention of: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by email to

Interactions Between Women Lawyers, Media March 31

Interactions between lawyers and the media are becoming far more frequent. When those interactions involve either women lawyers or women subjects, there are often differences of which lawyers need to be aware.

Panelists at a March 31 program will explore both the unique angles that women lawyers should bring to their interactions with the media and potential bias observed when the topic of a news or legal story is a woman. This program will help you learn how you should present your cases and your issues to the media.

Panelists are Gina Passarella, senior staff reporter and special projects editor for The Legal Intelligencer; Gina F. Rubel, CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., one of the nation's leading legal marketing, web design, public relations and social media agencies; and Nikki Johnson-Huston, a tax attorney and owner of The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC.

The program is sponsored by the Women in the Profession Committee, Bar-News Media Committee and Law Practice Management Committee. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 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.

Protecting Your Charity in Charitable Giving

If you are a lawyer who advises charities, it is essential that you have a thorough knowledge of the rules and requirements both charities and donors face in charitable giving. Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Tuesday, March 31 for a nonprofit series CLE "Protecting Your Charity in Charitable Giving."

Speakers include Karl E. Emerson, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Jaime Howard, president, Jaime L. Howard, LLC; Martha W. Jordan, Duquesne University School of Law; Donald W. Kramer, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Elizabeth E. Krisher, CPA, CGFM, Maher Duessel; Jack R. Owen, Rhodes & Owen, LLC; Jennifer L. Rawson, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; and Lisa A. Riiter CPA, CFE, Maher Duessel.

This 4 hour ethics credit program, will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 12 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Shestack Justice Fellowship Deadline is March 31

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is pleased to announce that it is seeking applicants for the 2015-2017 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship.

The Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship is a two-year litigation-focused fellowship that will be selected on a bi-annual basis by the Lawyers' Committee in consultation with the Shestack Justice Advisory Committee. Shestack was an extraordinary lawyer and a driving force in advancing the cause of civil and human rights. One of his greatest legacies was his central role in the founding of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1963.

Law school graduates who have passed the bar and have two to three years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships are eligible. The chosen Fellow will have demonstrated a passion and commitment to civil rights issues and public service and have shown promise of becoming an exceptional litigator. Fellows are paid at the same salary of Lawyers' Committee attorneys with the same number of years of experience.

Click here to apply. Applications must include resume, law school transcript, two-page letter of intent, two letters of recommendation and a writing sample. Applications are due on Tuesday, March 31. The successful applicant will be announced June. The Shestack Fellow will begin working at the Lawyers' Committee in fall 2015.

Becoming a Successful Mediator April 1

Justice Jane Greenspan (Ret.) and former trial lawyer Judith Meyer will share their views on what is involved in becoming and being a successful mediator at the Wednesday, April 1 meeting of the ADR Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

Immediately following the program, attendees will be invited to stay for coffee and dessert for an informal discussion with the panel.

JPT/Settlement Conference Discussion April 1

The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss JPT/settlement conferences and what happens if one side is not prepared at its Wednesday, April 1 meeting.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 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.

Drafting, Enforcing Fee Agreements April 1

Determine what to remove, and what to keep, from your standard form fee agreement at a Wednesday, April 1 CLE program examines the nuts and bolts of what ought to be included in your boilerplate document.

Speakers for the program are Matthew Bilker, Kathryn H. Crary, Steven M. Richman, Lee A. Schwartz and Marc R. Steinberg. The program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Legal, Regulatory Developments for Investment Companies

Amy Lancellotta, managing director of the Independent Directors Council, will discuss "Hot Topics: Legal and Regulatory Developments for Investment Companies" at the Thursday, April 2 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

For the 17 years before assuming this position, Lancellotta was a member of the Investment Company Institute's Law Department, serving most recently as Senior Counsel. Prior to joining ICI, she was in private practice focusing on issues relating to investment companies and variable insurance products.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

Resume Writing Workshop April 2

Louise Polis and Amy L. Weiss will be the featured speakers when the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee presents a resume writing workshop on Thursday, April 2.

Polis is a resume writer and career transition strategist with Career Pro Resume Center, Inc. Weiss is director of Private Sector & Government Employment Career Strategies Office at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers April 6

Sharon Geller, who teaches "Improv for Lawyers" at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, will present "Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers" at a Monday, April 6 CLE program.

After spending 10 years in the corporate world, Geller began her career as a comedic actress and started using her improv skills to teach people how to listen better, how to think outside of the box and how to support their team players. Attendees will also learn how to appear confident and trustworthy; how to interpret non-verbal body language; and how to tell when someone is lying.

The program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

CLE Ethics Fun With Sean Carter April 7

Sean Carter, founder of Lawpsided Seminars, a company devoted to solid legal continuing education with a healthy dose of laughter, will present his CLE "Ethics Fun" on Tuesday, April 7.

Two sessions and four ethics CLE credits are available for this program. In the morning session, hear about the worst ethics violations of the year in the legal profession. Learn the "winners" of this year's awards for: Best Support Accomplice in Illegal Activity, Best Over-Animated Courtroom Outburst, Best Original Excuse; and so much more. Recap instances of egregious unethical behavior and learn how you can avoid the most common ethical violations

In the afternoon, examine if your legal marketing efforts can put you in jeopardy and explore the topic of lawyer jokes, whether they have any basis in fact and what they say about our adherence to the rules of professional conduct.

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

"Judgment in Berlin" Author April 7

Join the Brandeis Law Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association for a fascinating one-on-one interview with Judge Herbert Stern, author of "Judgment in Berlin" on Tuesday, April 7.

Judge Stern will recount his experiences as the U.S. judge for Berlin for the 1979 trial dealing with the hijacking by two East Germans of a plane to West Berlin, and the attempt by the U.S. Department of State to control the trial, eliminate judicial independence and deny the two defendants a jury trial. Hear how the politics of the time so significantly influenced proceedings that could have resulted in the diminution of the judiciary's authority but for the courage of one judge.

The program begins at 6 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. There is no charge to attend, however registration in advance is required. Click here to register.

HAP 25th Anniversary Benefit April 9

Join Homeless Advocacy Project at it's 25th Anniversary Benefit on Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th St.

Admission includes complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds from the Annual Benefits go to support Homeless Advocacy Project. Click here for ticket information.

The Homeless Advocacy Project exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia. With a legal staff of eight and a corps of 350 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students, HAP engages in direct outreach to homeless individuals in need of legal services.

For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leonora Cravotta at 215-523-9588 or

Civil Practice as Judges See It April 15

Join judges from Philadelphia and the suburban counties and get trial tips and some "dos and don'ts" of litigation practice from the judges who hear civil cases at a Wednesday, April 15 CLE program.

Find out what judges like and dislike and where you might want to change your style or strategy to be more effective for your next trial.

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.

How Does Design Influence Profitability, Viability

Join Marty Festenstein, principal and Legal Practice Group co-leader at NELSON, at the Philadelphia Bar Association's "X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series" with Carol Huff on Wednesday, April 22 for "How Does Design Influence Profitability and Viability for the Legal Workplace of the Future?"

The discussion will detail the business factors that need to be identified to create a more flexible legal workplace for both today and the future.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Martha Hampton Award Luncheon April 24

Former Gov. Ed Rendell will be the keynote speaker at the Workers' Compensation Section Martha Hampton Award Luncheon on Friday, April 24. Lisa D. Eldridge will be the Hampton Award recipient.

Eldridge is an associate at Martin Law and has practiced Pennsylvania workers' compensation law since 1988. She began her career as a liability associate with a defense firm and handled a wide range of cases in the practice fields of medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability. Over the last 20 years, she has represented employers, insurance companies and injured workers in all aspects of workers' compensation litigation. Eldridge graduated cum laude from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in Business Law and Real Estate. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

The inaugural Friend of the Philadelphia Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Section Award to Judge Brian G. Eader, who is being honored for his commitment to alternative dispute resolution for the Philadelphia workers' compensation community, engaging personality and generosity of spirit.

Additionally, there will be a special proclamation by Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco to recognize the contribution of University of the Arts graduate Shaina Anderson to the Arts in the Court program. This program was established to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act through art.

Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, Plaza Ballroom. Tickets are $55 for section members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Commerce Court Reception April 28

The Business Litigation Committee will host its annual reception for Commerce Court judges on Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $85 for members and $95 for non-members and include open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Registration is required by Friday, April 24. Click here to register.

SeniorLaw Center Gala May 14

SeniorLAW Center will honor six remarkable individuals over 60 years of age at our 2015 Gala on Thursday, May 14 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

Join Senior Law Center in recognizing the extraordinary contributions of seniors in our community by nominating a remarkable older Pennsylvanian for this award. Self-nominations will be accepted. Online submissions greatly preferred. If necessary, submissions by email or first class mail will be accepted to or to Karen C. Buck, Esq., Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center, 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1501, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 27.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities and details.

36th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17 in Fairmount Park

The Philadelphia Bar Association's 36th Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates has a new wrinkle this year - a one-mile dash.

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park (4231 Avenue of the Republic) on Sunday, May 17. The one-mile dash begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, to register, or to volunteer, visit

Public Interest Trainings, Events

Women Against Abuse Fundraiser March 26

Women Against Abuse will hold its annual fundraiser, Dish It Up, on Thursday, March 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at WHYY, 150 N. 6th St. This night of food, fun and fashion will feature amazing dishes from premier female restaurateurs, as well as purple-themed desserts from the most talented pastry chefs in the city. Tickets cost $110 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Temple SPIN Online Auction Launch Party March 27

Temple Student Public Interest Network will host its Online Auction Launch Party on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Klein Hall, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1719 N. Broad St. All Philadelphia area attorneys are welcome! Immediately following the tailgate-theme launch party is the Deans' Cup, an annual charity basketball game between Temple Law and Villanova Law designed to raise funds for the public interest organizations of both law schools - SPIN and the Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program at Villanova Law. Deans' Cup tipoff is at 7 p.m. at McGonigle Hall, 1800 N. Broad St. Temple SPIN members have worked since 1992 to help fund summer internship opportunities for Temple students at public interest and government organizations. SPIN's annual auction is its largest fundraiser and in 2015, for the second year in a row, is all online. Bidding is open Friday, March 27 to Monday, April 6. The auction website will be accessible via link at

Face to Face Annual Auction Aprul 11

Face to Face will hold its annual auction at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy in Wyncote, Pa., on Saturday, April 11. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and bidding begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Visit to learn more about this event which raises funds for Face to Face's comprehensive human services programs.

Golden Door Awards April 20

HIAS Pennsylvania will present its 2015 Golden Door Awards: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, celebrating the Pulitzer-Prize Winning author of "Enrique's Journey" on Monday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (VIP party from 5 to 6 p.m.), at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. This event will honor Hawa Salih, Darfuri human rights advocate; Puentes De Salud, refugee health providers led by Drs. Steven Larson, Matthew O'Brien and Jack Ludmir; and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP, pro bono providers of legal representation to unaccompanied minors. The event will also feature cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $150. More information is available at

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case April 22

The Support Center for Child Advocates will present a training workshop "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," on Wednesday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) provides legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case handler and assigned one child or sibling group. The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings. All volunteers must attend this full-day training program, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse. Our training manual How to Handle A Child Abuse Case, with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules, is provided to attendees. This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases. Register online at

Child Advocates Annual Benefit April 22

Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction will be Wednesday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., (Distinguished Advocates presentation at 4:30 p.m.), at the Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building. This event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and will recognize nine Distinguished Advocates who are making a difference in the lives of children. Kenneth C. Frazier will receive the 2015 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his commitment to the health and well-being of youth and his advocacy for access to justice through pro bono representation. The 2015 Distinguished Advocates are Alfred R. Fuscaldo, Gibbons P.C.; Jason T. LaRocco, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C.; Daniel J. Luccaro, Cozen O'Connor; George D. Mosee, District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia; Charles Persing, Bederson, LLP; Lara Thane & Rae-Lynne Tuzzo, Adoptive Parents; Megan E. Watson, Berner Klaw & Watson, LLP; and the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award: Lawrence J. Beaser, Blank Rome, LLP. Individual tickets are $125. For more information visit

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

• Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.

• New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).

• Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.

• 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pa., 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pa., 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the membership card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won’t just observe art. You’ll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.

Please Touch Musuem

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: Stronger U.S. Economy Expected

In this month's interview, we sat down with PNC Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman, who forecasts that U.S. economic growth this year will be the best since 2003. Click here to read the entire article.
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