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April 1, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 29

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O'Connor Award Nominations Due April 1

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1.

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.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, at All materials must be submitted electronically via email. Click here to download the nomination form.

Tax Rates, Changes at April 1 Family Law Section Meeting

Megan Gilberg
 and Henry B. Guberman
 will discuss new tax rates and recent tax changes at the Monday, April 1 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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. Click here to register.

What's New at EEOC April 2

Mary Tiernan
, training and outreach coordinator and program analyst with the 
Philadelphia District Office of EEOC, will discuss what's new at the EEOC at the Tuesday, April 2 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Equal Pay Act and Gender Discrimination April 2

Join the Women's Rights Committee and the Labor & Employment Law Committee in discussing the policies and litigation surrounding the Equal Pay Act and gender discrimination on Tuesday, April 2.

Panelists Wanda Flowers, Tracey E. Diamond and Christine Burke will engage us on topics such as the negotiating employment contracts, pursuing remedies for violations of the Equal Pay Act and litigating claims for gender discrimination involving unequal pay.

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. Click here to register.

Internet Law Update CLE April 3

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the 6-substantive CLE credit program "Internet Law Update" on Wednesday, April 3.

Get the practical information you crave on the impact of the Web on business and intellectual property law. This annual course will keep you up-to-date with a review of hot topics in Internet law including social media, cloud computing, and new patent legislation. Click here to register.

Lights, Camera, Evidence CLE April 4

Consummate litigators will present real-life evidentiary problems in a series of short videos at PBI's "Lights, Camera, Evidence!" on Thursday, April 4. Cameos by winning trial attorneys will help maximize your own courtroom tactics. Polish your style by watching the action. Click here to register.

Net Investment Income Tax CLE April 4

Beginning in 2013, upper-income individuals will be subject to a new 3.8 percent tax on "net investment income" imposed by Section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code. This tax also will apply to the undistributed income of trusts and estates. PBI's April 4 presentation "New Tax on Investment Income Under Code Section 1411: What You Need to Know" will explain how the 3.8 percent tax is designed to work. Click here for more information.

Workers' Comp and Affordable Care Act CLE April 5

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Workers' Compensation and the Affordable Care Act" on Friday, April 5.

This lunchtime course will discuss the various provision of the Affordable Care Act and seek to determine any impact the law will have on the practice of workers' compensation. What impact will the ACA have for employers? Will the ACA effect medical payments and costs? Is nationalization of workers' compensation a possibility?

Lunch and registration begin 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.

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.

Dead Man's Rule CLE April 5

The Dead Man's Rule is designed to protect the estate of a deceased person from fraudulent claims made by an individual who had engaged in transactions with the decedent. When it applies, the Rule controls the competency to testify about anything occurring prior to the death of the decedent. It is crucial that attorneys practicing in civil litigation are familiar with this complicated rule and how it works. Learn more about the Dead Man's Rule at a Friday, April 5 CLE. Click here to register.

Effective In-House Marketing Strategies April 9

Please join us for an informal give-and-take conversation with in-house counsel, Timothy Hunter, who will share his view on successful business development strategies from the perspective of in-house counsel at a Tuesday April 9 program sponsored by the Solo & Small Firm & Mid-Size Law Firm Management Committees.

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. Click here to register.

IP Committee Networking Event April 10

The Intellectual Property Committee will hold a networking event open to all law students interested in a career in intellectual property law and attorneys that currently practice intellectual property law on Wednesday, April 10.

The event will provide an opportunity to area law students to network with intellectual property practitioners and obtain advice and guidance in choosing intellectual property law as a career path. By attending this event and meeting with these students, you will be providing a service that will be greatly valued. The event will be held Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, 1515 Market St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Click here to register.

Suing Insurance Companies CLE April 10

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Taking on the Big Guns - Winning and Bringing Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies" on Wednesday, April 10. Hear from Ricardo Echeverria, one of the country's leading attorneys in the areas of insurance bad faith, liability insurance, property insurance, and claims against healthcare providers. Click here to register.

Israel's Irit Kohn to Speak April 10

Irit Kohn, president of the International Association of Jewish Jurists, will discuss the trajectory of Israeli society, including the political landscape, matters of religion and state, human rights issues and the peace process on Wednesday, April 10.

Kohn, former director of international affairs for Israel's Ministry of Justice. She has represented Israel in the International Criminal Court and the Council of Europe on all matters related to extradition and mutual legal assistance. Kohn was the lead defense attorney for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Belgium and helped procure freedom for Gilad Shalit. She has lectured throughout the United States and is a veteran of the 1967 war.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. Tickets are $15 and includes a buffet lunch. RSVP by April 8 to

Leaders in Government, Academia, Private Practice April 10

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program on Wednesday, April 10 at Ballard Spahr LLP, as we hear from a panel of legal leaders in government, academia and private practice who will share their personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A.

Panelists are Richard Negrin, Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination, City of Philadelphia; Emilie R. Ninan, Managing Partner, Wilmington Office, Ballard Spahr LLP and President, North American South Asian Bar Association; and Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis, Adjunct Professor, Villanova University School of Law and retired judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Afterward, please join us for a light reception with our panel members, sponsored by our event host, Ballard Spahr LLP. The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. RSVP required. Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, April 4. To RSVP, click HERE.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

Joe Conklin to Speak at April 11 Workers' Comp Event

Please join the Workers' Compensation Section at our inaugural Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 11, as we proudly present the 2013 award to Marc S. Jacobs, of counsel at Galfand Berger, LLP. Marc is being recognized for his tireless advocacy on behalf of clients, mentorship to associates, contributions as a CLE presenter and lecturer, and his generous, compassionate spirit.

Our guest speaker, Joe Conklin, has been a constant in Philadelphia radio for more than 20 years. He is known for his spot-on impressions of President Obama and Cole Hamels, among others. He has skewered some of the country's top politicians, pro athletes, sports executives and film stars.

The event will be held at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Click here to purchase tickets by Tuesday, April 9.

Center City District CEO Levy to Speak April 12

Paul R. Levy, president and CEO of the Center City District, will be the featured speaker at the YLD 20/20 program on Friday, April 12.

The 2010 census revealed that for the first time in 60 years, Philadelphia added population. What will it take for the city to enjoy a similar turn-around in job growth? Philadelphia is very strong in health and education, but how do we recapture a larger share of regional office space, retain start-ups, small and minority business enterprises in the city as they expand and take on employees? Better public services or a more competitive tax environment - do we need to choose?

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 12:30 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

How to Make More With Your Small Law Firm April 12-13

Join attorney RJon Robins at the "How To Make More Money With Your Small Law Firm" tour sponsored by LexisNexis when he visits Philadelphia on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Click here to register.

Register now for two intensive hands-on days full of practical, proven, real-world-tested strategies you can implement immediately to make more money with your solo or small law firm. Robins is former small law firm management advisor for The Florida Bar and founder of Click here to register.

How to Litigate a School Bullying Case April 12

Few lawyers earn their living defending bullied children, but any one of us may be called upon to do this. Perhaps a colleague's child, or our own, is a target. The situation can be heart-wrenching. As a lawyer, you can do something.

"How to Litigate a School Bullying Case," designed by the Public Interest Section, will enable you hone your lawyering skills to advocate for children who have been bullied. This 3 CLE credit program will be held Friday, April 12. Click here to register.

Regulation FD - Staying Out of Trouble! April 12

Whether you are new to IR or a seasoned veteran, Regulation FD, reporting and governance issues loom large in your job. Bring your questions, share your insights, and join our expert panel on Friday, April 12 in a discussion of the latest on Regulation FD. Learn best practices and gain tips, so you and your company stay out of trouble and comply with the law.

The program, presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute and co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, begins at 7:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 8 a.m. There is no charge to attend this event but registration is required and you must be a Philadelphia Bar Association member to register. Click here to register.

Natalie Choate on Estate Planning April 16

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute welcomes nationally acclaimed estate planning speaker Natalie B. Choate as she presents an intensive course designed for professionals experienced in general estate planning and who wish to add to their expertise with in-depth knowledge of how to integrate retirement benefits into clients' estate plans.

Estate practitioners must understand the many complexities of available choices to beneficiaries and administrative fiduciaries, and Choate explains these choices with practical, easily understandable precision. Click here to register for this Tuesday, April 16 event.

Support Center Annual Benefit April 10

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction on Wednesday, April 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building.

Mark Solomon will be presented with the Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his dedication to providing high quality education for children in the foster care system and his unwavering support of youth at risk. Distinguished Advocate honorees include Michael E. Adler, Andrea R. Broad, Bruce Lev, Lawrence H. Pockers, Carrie B. Rosen, Michael & Bill Rouse, Heather A. Steinmiller and Nancy Anne Walker. Click here for more information.

Homeless Advocacy Project Annual Benefit April 11

The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual Benefit on Thursday, April 11 at Sofitel Hotel, 120 S. 17th St. The event will feature live music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Click here for more information.

SeniorLAW Center to Honor Shear at April 17 Gala

SeniorLAW Center will hold its 35th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, April 17 at the historic Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

his event will honor SeniorLAW Center's 2013 Partner of the Year, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and honor the inaugural inductees into the SeniorLAW Center Hall of Fame, including founders and leaders Kenneth Shear, executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Richard N. Weiner, founding board chair; Stephen A. Feldman, of Feldman and Feldman; Paul Carlin, now executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association; and Marlene Kline and Shari J. Odenheimer of Blank Rome LLP.

The event will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and honors from 7 to 9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Girard Academic Music Program Jazz Ensemble. To reserve tickets or for more information visit or call 215-701-3208.

20th Century Associates, 21st Century Legal Environment

The Monday, April 22 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program "20th Century Associates in a 21st Century Legal Environment" will feature law school deans and young lawyers with a discussion on expectations and trends for young lawyers.

Panelists include Temple University Beasley School of Law Dean JoAnne A. Epps, Villanova University School of Law Dean John Y. Gotanda, YLD Chair Aneesh A. Mehta and young lawyers Earthen E. Johnson and Andrew P. Reeve.

Topics include The Future of Legal Education: Law School Duration and Clinical Work Required; First Year Associate Programs: Expectations and Successes; Recent Trends for New Lawyers: the Job Market, Availability of Internships with the Courts and Public Interest Community; and How Associates Can Use the Bar Association to Develop Leadership Skills.

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. Click here to register.

Bar Academy Presents The Magic Flute April 24

Join us at a special evening on Wednesday, April 24 in partnership with Opera Philadelphia for a visually stunning production of Mozart's iconic opera The Magic Flute. This production by Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus captures the sense of wonder and play in Mozart's music as well as the whimsy and wisdom experienced in the opera's journey for self-knowledge, truth and love.

Bar members will begin their magical operatic evening with the VIP treatment, including early entry to the Academy, as well as access to a VIP coat check and pre-Opera access to private rest rooms. Attendees will learn about the production from a representative of the Opera's leadership team at an exclusive pre-performance VIP Champagne Reception in the beautiful Academy Ballroom, just a few steps away from a special block of premium Balcony Circle seats.

A VIP Champagne Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets. Tickets are $92 per person (discount on regular ticket price, no handling fee and complimentary VIP Champagne Reception). Limit one guest per Association member. To purchase tickets click here. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29. Cancellations cannot be accepted after March 29.

Can't attend on April 24? Philadelphia Bar Association members can also save 10 percent on the April 19 and 26 performances of The Magic Flute**! Call 215-893-1018 and mention "PHILABAR" to receive your discount, or visit and use the promo code "PHILABAR."

Commerce Court Reception April 30

The Business Litigation Section will host its Annual Commerce Court Reception on Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Registration is required by Friday, April 26 and includes a reception with an open bar and
heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Due May 8

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2013 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal 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. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2012-13 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.
The chair of the competition is Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.

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

Submit entries to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, call 215-238-6367 or email

YLD Comedy Night with Adam Ferrara May 9 at Helium

The Young Lawyers Division will present an "Evening of Comedy That Cares" on Thursday, May 9 at Helium Comedy Club with comedian Adam Ferrara, star of hit TV shows including "Top Gear" and "Rescue Me." The private event will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and is open exclusively to Bar members and their colleagues and friends.

Ferrara is an acclaimed comedian, who starred on the Emmy-nominated hit FX show "Rescue Me" and appeared opposite Kevin James in the theatrical feature "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." A regular comedian on various hit talk shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The View and Rachael Ray," Ferrara has been dubbed "hilarious" by "Entertainment Weekly" and is a two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards.

The event includes open bar and a buffet dinner. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Helium Comedy Club is located at 2031 Sansom St. The early-bird deadline to purchase tickets is April 25. The last day to purchase tickets is May 7. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after May 7. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sponsors include Leadership Gift – Volpe and Koenig, P.C.; and Blank Rome LLP; Partnership Gift – Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo; Friendship Gift - Scarab Consulting; Chimicles & Tikellis LLP; and Martin LLC. Fellowship Gift – Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; and Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

34th Annual Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 19

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the 34th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 19 along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

This is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in Philadelphia. The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Many different competition divisions are available, including open run, individual run, Bar Association, legal team, corporate team, male and female and age groups. Law firms and companies may enter 5K Run teams. For an application contact Michael Berkowitz at or 215-567-2010 (ext 132). Deadline for team registration is May 11.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each age group and the overall male and female winners. A $300 prize will be awarded to any Philadelphia Bar Association runner who can defeat 13-time defending champion Neill W. Clark. The prize is sponsored by Neill's friends at Philadelphia Runner. All participants who complete the Run or Walk will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are encouraged to join in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids’ Dash, a 200-yard non competitive dash.

Online registration is available at For more information, visit

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

NJ Attorney Online Registration Center Open

The Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center is now open, and attorneys are encouraged to register and pay any required fees by April 26, 2013. An electronic notice about the online system has been sent to each attorney who previously registered online. In addition, a User ID and temporary password has been mailed to each attorney who has never used the online system to facilitate a transition to the online process.

To complete your registration and pay online, go to, click on "Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center" and follow the on-screen directions.

Pursuant to Rules 1:20-1(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-1(e), and1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are annually required to pay an assessment and file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director with approval of the Supreme Court. The New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection ("Fund") collects the assessment; the money collected supports the Fund, the disciplinary process, the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Board on Continuing Legal Education (BCLE). If you did not receive your log-in information or if you have questions concerning registration and billing, please contact the Fund at (609) 292-8079 or

In addition to the annual registration requirement, attorneys maintaining a plenary or limited license to practice law in New Jersey must participate in a program of continuing legal education (CLE) in accordance with Rule 1:42. Beginning with the 2013 attorney registration, a noncompliance fee of $50 will be assessed against attorneys who report that they did not complete the required courses by the deadline for course completion. An additional $50 (for a total of $100) will be assessed against attorneys who fail to complete their CLE courses within the grace period given pursuant to BCLE Reg. 402:1 and against attorneys who fail to report regarding compliance at all.

The Court approved amendments to the CLE regulations, including those related to alternative verifiable learning formats and reciprocity. In addition, certain fees were changed. Please review the Board on Continuing Legal Education's by clicking here. If you have questions concerning CLE, please contact staff to the BCLE at or 609-633- 9733.

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will present the 2013 La Justicia Award to Teresa M. Rodriguez on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C., 1835 Market St., Suite 2700. Please RSVP by April 12 to Rachel Gallegos at (215) 686-4292 or

• Rutgers Association for Public Interest Law will hold its annual Evening Auction Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m., in the faculty lounge at Rutgers School of Law – Camden This event is open to all. The auction features dinner (or in one case, drum lessons) with various professors, tickets to a variety of cultural and sporting events, gift certificates to restaurants and entertainment on both sides of the river and more! For more information call Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at 856-225-6406.

• Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 3rd Annual Casino Night Friday, April 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St. This event will feature more authentic casino games, bigger prizes, and more special chances to win throughout the night, all with a great view of the city. Each ticket includes $2000 in gaming chips, open bar, food, great prizes, and music. Tickets may be purchased at All questions can be directed to Ben at

• Juvenile Law Center will hold its Spring Celebration in New York on Tuesday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Times Square Tower. This event will feature guest speaker, Walter E. Dellinger, honoree Honorable Judith S. Kaye, and emcee Juan Williams. RSVP requested by April 5. Registration is available online at or call (215) 625-0551.

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present its Volunteers Training Workshop, "How To Handle A Child Abuse Case," on Thursday, April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. This is a full-day, 6-CLE credit course, 1 of which may be applied towards ethics CLE credit. Register at For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz at or 267-546-9228.

• Scenic Philadelphia is hosting a get together for friends and supporters on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the American Sardine Bar in South Philadelphia at 18th and Federal streets, a convenient walk from Center City and a four-block walk from the Broad Street Line (Ellsworth stop). A $20 donation includes light fare & beer generously donated by American Sardine Bar and Kenzinger. There will also be door prizes and drink specials for the Scenic supporters! We have a lot of information to share about our recent activities. For tickets contact Jim Mullen at or call 215-731-1775.

• A free pro bono webinar training program on U.S. citizenship procedures will be offered on Thursday, April 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. One and a half hours of free CLE credit will be provided to attorneys who participate in the training program and volunteer to help clients apply for citizenship during National Pro Bono Citizenship Day. National Pro Bono Citizenship Day is sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers' Association in partnership with many community groups and institutions across the United State. In the Pennsylvania region, Philadelphia AILA has scheduled a weekend of events from April 20 and 21 at various locations in Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties. Advanced registration for the CLE webinar training program and to volunteer is required. To register for the webinar and to volunteer on Citizenship Day, visit or contact Sarina Issenberg at or call 215-832-0900. Log-in information for the webinar will be sent to registrants via e-mail.

• Face to Face will hold its 2013 Annual Auction, "Celebrating the Hospitality of Face to Face," on Saturday, April 13 at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, Wyncote. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an auction. All the proceeds will support the programs provided by Face to Face, which benefit the residents of the Germantown community. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. To learn more about attending, sponsoring or donating to this event contact Susan O'Hagan Marley, director of development at Face to Face at (215)849-0179 or

• HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Golden Door Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. This year's event is themed "For the Children," the answer given by most immigrants when asked why they came to the United States. At this event, HIAS will honor Albert Boscov and Lenin Agudo, District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Resa Rudney, and the Dr. Zam Lam Thang Family. Musical guests Art Myron, the High School of Creative and Performing Arts Jazz Quintet and the Refugee Youth Violin Ensemble will be featured at the event. Individual tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online at If you have any questions or comments, please contact Marisa Falcon, development and communications coordinator at or 215-832-0940.

• Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will present a free CLE training program "Deed Transfers: Drafting Basics," on Friday, April 26 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, One Logan Square, Suite 2000, Philadelphia. Steven Rothberg, president, General Land Division, First American Title Insurance Company, is the instructor. The training is intended for deed-drafting novices and will cover the basic types of deeds and drafting essentials, with an emphasis on the drafting needs of VIP's low-income clients. By obtaining record ownership of their properties, low-income Philadelphians are eligible for payment plans for delinquent real estate taxes and mortgage modifications and can qualify for city-run home repair programs. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 1 free CLE credit if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Please register online at

PNC Perspectives: The ABCs of CLATs

In this month's interview, we sat down with own with Martyn S. Babitz, national director of estate planning with Hawthorn – PNC Family Wealth®, who assists clients in building long-term wealth plans that frequently include charitable giving strategies. We discussed one planning tool that provides several benefits to both donor and charitable organization, but is frequently overlooked: the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. Click here to read the interview

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, April 1
PLI - Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law 2013
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2
PLI - Pension Plan Investments 2013: Current Perspectives
5.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesady, April 3
Internet Law Update 2013
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ethical Issues in a Litigation Practice Update (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Doctor/Lawyers End the Debate on Tort Reform (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 4
Lights, Camera, Evidence
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5
Making Sense of Medicare
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Dead Man’s Rule
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - "Can a Single Masterpiece Sustain a Lawyer's Lifetime?" and Other Questions that Cross a Lawyers Mind (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 8
Controlling Speech in 2013: Money, Politics & Power
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 8-Tuesday, April 9
PLI - 18th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9
Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation 2013
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

What Pennsylvania Attorneys Need to Know about New Jersey Criminal Practice (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10
Internet Legal Research
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Taking on the Big Guns - Bringing and Winning Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PLI - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2013
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 11
UCC/Article 9 Amendments
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12
How to Litigate a School Bullying Case
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Solving Drivers Licensing Problems
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - After the Engagement Letter: When Legal & Business Ethics Collide (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 15
0 Document This! Creating, Managing & Negotiating Documents Electronically
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - A Self-Regulating Profession (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.
PLI - Private Placements and Other Financing Alternatives 2013
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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