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April 18, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 34
Temple University Beasley School of Law Dean JoAnne A. Epps (from left), Villanova University School of Law Dean John Y. Gotanda and YLD Chair Aneesh A. Mehta are among the speakers at the April 22 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program.

20th Century Associates,
21st Century Legal Environment
at April 22 Leadership Event

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...READ MORE

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.

Search and Seizure CLE April 18

From digital seizures to cell phone and GPS tracking, you will discover how digital technologies are impinging on one's Fourth Amendment rights at PBI's "The Law of Arrest - Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania" on Thursday, April 18.

Learn about recent developments in Fourth Amendment law including arrests and searches; the prosecution's perspective on the Fourth Amendment; litigation of suppression issues; the judicial perspective on the Fourth Amendment; litigation approaches and strategies; digital seizures; and emerging technologies. Click here to register.

What's New at Bureau of Disability Determinations April 19

Cathy DiLeonardo, director, Bureau of Disability Determinations will discuss what's new at BDD at the Friday, April 19 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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

Compulsory Arbitration Seminar CLE April 19

PBI's "Compulsory Arbitration Seminar" on Friday, April 19 is for any attorney practicing in Philadelphia who is interested in becoming certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas compulsory arbitration program. When you leave this seminar, you will be better prepared to go to your first (or your next) arbitration. Our panelists are all dynamic speakers, they know the process and they impart their knowledge in a clear, concise and engaging manner. Click here for more information.

Join YLD for Tree Planting April 20

Join members of the Young Lawyers Division for a TreeVitalize tree planting in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood on Saturday, April 20. We will meet at 10 a.m. that day at 22nd and Bainbridge Streets. With the help of the YLD and the Bar Association's Green Ribbon Committee, we have planted about 300 trees in this neighborhood of the city. This is a great opportunity to give back in a way that benefits the environment, while also meeting fellow YLD attorneys and members of the community. Please contact Matt Olesh at to RSVP for the planting.

Education Law Task Force to Meet April 23

Please join Chancellor Kathleen Wilkinson and Task Force Chair Josh Richards for an in-person organizational meeting for the newly created Education Law Task Force. Chancellor Wilkinson has committed to reinvigorating the Bar Association's role in education law and its relationship with attorneys practicing in both K-12 and Higher Education law. The Task Force hopes to engage attorneys and organize programs that will provide real value to attorneys practicing in this diverse and varied area of the law, whether in private practice or in the public interest. The meeting will take place at the offices of Saul Ewing LLP, 1500 Market St., Centre Square West, 38th Floor, at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Sandwiches and soft drinks provide by Saul Ewing LLP. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18 to

Sentencing in PA State Courts CLE April 23

The Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines changed definitions in December and affected gravity scores for a number of offenses. Learn about the changes and what you can do to lessen a sentence or seek an alternative program and avoid incarceration at the Tuesday, April 23 CLE "Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts." Also learn about other impending amendments to the sentencing guidelines. Click here to register.

Lien Priority in Pennsylvania CLE April 23

In today's tight economy with creditors asserting their lien positions more than ever, PBI's "Who's on First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania" is a must-attend course for everyone who deals with real estate issues. Beyond the obvious mortgages and judgments, learn about the many state and federal tax liens and the variety of other liens that can encumber real property. You'll examine the law and practical procedures for handling real estate liens, title defects, and extensions, divestitures, resurrections and cures. Click here for more information about this Tuesday, April 23 CLE program.

Widener Dean Ammons to Address Women Brehons April 29

The Women in the Brehons will Linda L. Ammons, dean of Widener University Law School on Monday, April 29 at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 24th floor from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Dean Ammons will discuss the changing landscape and what driving, innovating, and developing business now means. She offers her perspective as the first woman and the first African American woman to lead Widener Law School. Please contact Maureen Farrell at or 215.241.1263 or Siobhan Lyons at to RSVP for the event. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Thanks to our sponsor for providing lunch, A & A Court Reporting, a female owned and operated business.

Lawyer's Coach, WIP Shoe Drive April 30

Phyllis Sisenwine, the Lawyer's Coach, will be the speaker for a high-energy, motivational program "How to Get All the Business You Want in Record Time" at the Tuesday, April 30 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Sisenwine works with lawyers to focus on client development and creating strategies to increase performance and profitability. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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.

The meeting will also feature the Annual Women in the Profession Shoe Drive. Time to clean out your closets and donate your new or gently used professional shoes to Dress for Success Philadelphia! For more information about the Shoe Drive, contact Stacy N. Lilly at

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.

Delaware County Civil Practice Seminar May 1

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles B. Burr II will present "A View From Behind the Bench - Delaware County, PA Civil Practice Seminar" at the Wednesday, May 1 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

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

Private Tour of Great and Mighty Things May 1

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an exclusive Law Week event as we enjoy a private curated tour of the new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, "Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection" on Wednesday, May 1. Bonovitz, Chairman Emeritus of Duane Morris LLP, will personally guide a tour of the exhibition, along with Ann Percy, the museum's curator of drawings. The tour will be followed by a special wine-and-cheese reception with Bonovitz at Stephen Starr's Granite Hill restaurant.

The collection, a promised gift to the Museum of more than 200 works by self-taught artists, reveals the power of self-taught artistic talent, the drive of the human spirit to create, and the wonders of highly original inner worlds.

Discover the visual strength and original beauty of these works by 27 untrained American artists, each with a moving personal story, many from disadvantaged, rural backgrounds far removed from the mainstream art world.

Attendees will meet at the Admissions Desk located in the West Foyer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, at 5:30 p.m. The tour starts promptly at 5:45 p.m.

Admission is $35 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 23. Cancellations must be received by Tuesday, April 23 to receive a full refund. Click here to purchase tickets. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Assisted Reproductive Technology CLE May 2

Learn about the burgeoning fertility industry and the future of assisted reproductive technology at the Thursday, May 2 CLE "Assisted Reproductive Technology." Discuss the legal and ethical issues surrounding assisted reproductive technology, such as the rights of children born from frozen embryos, the disposition of frozen embryos in a divorce and whether sperm donors could have child support obligations. Explore the ways individuals can protect themselves against legal conflicts which may arise as a result of assisted reproductive technology, including sperm and egg donor contracts and surrogacy contracts. Discuss the potential for immigration issues, such as international surrogacy and citizenship issues of the child. Click here to register.

Internet Marketing for Lawyers CLE May 3

With the explosion of the Internet and social media, more and more lawyers are engaging in internet marketing or campaigns. The problem is that a lot of law firm websites are not compliant with state ethics rules. Hear from two lawyers who specialize in search engine optimization and the ethics of legal Internet marketing at the Friday, May 3 CLE program "Internet Marketing for Lawyers - Don't Leave Ethics Behind!" We will tell you what tactics work for professional services like lawyers, and what internet marketing companies won’t tell you! Click here for more information.

10 Years of Interbranch Commission CLE May 7

The Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness is a unique intergovernmental group whose mission is to implement the goals in the Final Report of the Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System.

The May 7 CLE program "PA Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness: 10 Years of Addressing Inequities & Securing Fairness & Equal Justice in PA's Courts" will address inequities within our Pennsylvania justice system and familiarize practitioners with the different policies and procedures the Commission is using to tackle these inequities.

Panelists include Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Interbranch Commission Executive Director Lisette M. McCormick, Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; and Women's Rights Committee Chair Maria Feeley.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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.

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 for lunch.

17th Annual Insurance Institute May 8

Earn 6 CLE credits at PBI's 17th Annual Insurance Institute on Wednesday, May 8 for a comprehensive, cutting- edge event, complete with information that insurance practitioners need to know. Join your colleagues for an opportunity to network and explore the latest in insurance law; hear what your colleagues have to say; and explore hot issues. 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

PA Innocence Project Anniversary Event May 8

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will celebrate its 4th anniversary on Wednesday, May 8 at the National Constitution Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The Project will be honoring those who provide a voice for individuals convicted of crimes they did not commit. Awardees include Denise Foderaro Quattrone, a rare combination of activist and philanthropist as well as a proud Philadelphian, and staff attorney Charlotte Whitmore, whose role in the Project's first four years as a clinical supervisor and co-counsel on several pending cases has been invaluable.

Entertainment will be provided by two strikingly different but equally melodious voices of innocents, the renowned Philadelphia Girls Choir and exoneree William Michael Dillon. Dillon spent 27 years in the Florida prison system before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2008. He will be performing selections from his CD “Black Robes and Lawyers,” composed during his captivity. For more information and to register, go to

YLD Comedy Night with Myq Kaplan 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 Myq Kaplan, a finalist in "Last Comic Standing" in 2010. The early-bird deadline to purchase tickets is April 25.

Kaplan has appeared on the "Tonight Show," the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Comedy Central Presents," and "Conan," among others. His CD, "Vegan Mind Meld," was one of iTunes' 10 best-selling comedy albums in 2010.

"The Comedians" magazine calls him "a comedy machine, in the best possible way. The way that some machines vend soda or prevent other machines from killing future revolutionaries - that's how Myq Kaplan does comedy: relentlessly, methodically, unblinkingly."

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 - Blank Rome LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Volpe and Koenig, P.C.. Partnership Gift - Cozen O'Connor; Fox Rothschild LLP; and Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo. Friendship Gift - Chimicles & Tikellis LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.; Martin LLC; Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; Scarab Consulting; and White and Williams LLP. Fellowship Gift - Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C.; Law Offices of Bernard M. Gross; Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Commonwealth Court Historical Society CLE May 14

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society is pleased to present the CLE program "Harm Caused by Access to Court Records – An Attorney's Ethical Obligations" on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m.

A reception with PaCCHS members and Commonwealth Court judges and staff will follow at Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Widener Building, 9th Floor, 1339 Chestnut St.

Speakers include Hon. Dan Pellegrini, President Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; Kristen W. Brown, Prothonotary, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; and Samuel C. Stretton.

To register, send your payment (payable to Commonwealth Court Historical Society), to the Society's Treasurer, Vincent Mancini, Esq., 414 East Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063 by May 7. The cost is $40 for PaCCHS members and $60 for non-members. Space is limited - please register early.

For more information, please visit

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

Bench-Bar Returning to Revel Oct. 4-5

Revel, the Atlantic City casino resort that hosted the Philadelphia Bar Association's wildly successful and popular 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, will host this year's conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Julia Swain, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, are co-chairs of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Bench-Bar Committee vice chairs are John Encarnacion, an associate at White and Williams LLP; Scott W. Reid, a partner with Cozen O'Connor; and Mindee J. Reuben, a partner with Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher LLC.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 21 CLE seminars that will be offered. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.

Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; M. Burr Keim Company; Robson Forensic, Inc.; US Claims Inc.; AppearByPhone; Love Court Reporting; and The MCS Group. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Barristers' Association Soiree May 17

Each year, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia hosts an evening of appreciation to celebrate up-and-coming law students, practicing attorneys and jurists who embody professionalism, and dedication to the profession and the community. The awards presented include the J. Austin Norris Award, which will be given to Rhonda Hill-Wilson, the Cecil B. Moore Award, presented to the Philadelphia NAACP and The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award presented to the U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner. This year’s Soiree will take place on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel. Click here for more information.

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

The 2013 Legal Directory has more than 17,000 attorney and 1,600 law firm listings. It is conveniently indexed so you can effortlessly find what you’re looking for in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks County areas. Each listing is complete with name, full address, phone, fax and email and cab be accessed via print, computer, tablet or mobile device. The 2013 Legal Directory also includes corporate counsel listings, judges index, federal, Pennsylvania and county government listings, and much more. To order, call 800-722-7670 x2453 or 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 to Rachel Gallegos at (215) 686-4292 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
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