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April 29, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 37

Justice O'Connor to Speak at June 12 Quarterly

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be on hand when the award named in her honor is presented to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus at the June 12 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, a previous recipient of the O’Connor Award, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the event.

"We are thrilled that Justice O’Connor, the first woman to sit on our nation's high court, will be on hand for the 20th anniversary presentation of the award named in her honor," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

The 2013 O'Connor Award recipient, Judge Lazarus, was elected to Superior Court in 2009 and served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1991 to 2009. She also served as legal counsel to the Philadelphia Orphans Court before being voted onto the bench and practiced in the estates department at Ballard Spahr LLP.

The O'Connor 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.

Judge Rendell, recipient of the 2004 Sandra Day O’Connor Award, began her legal career at Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she became the firm’s second woman partner. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1994 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1997.

The Association will also honor the newest members of the Year Clubs, attorneys who have been in practice for 50 years or more.

The June 12 Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Purchase tickets at

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

Criminal Practice in Municipal Court April 30

PBI's "Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court" on Tuesday, April 30 is an absolute must attend program for anyone who ever practices in the Criminal Division of Philadelphia's Municipal Court. Get a step-by-step guide to courtrooms and procedures, and get an update on all of the Philadelphia "Specialty Courts" and programs and get certified to handle court-appointed misdemeanor cases in Philadelphia.

Through this program you will learn something that will benefit both you and your clients and gain an "insider's view" of criminal practice in the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Whether you are a new lawyer, a private criminal defense practitioner who could use a refresher on Municipal Court practice, or an ADA or public defender who regularly appears in Municipal Court, this seminar promises to provide practical tips, and updates. 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.

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.

Chancellor, Senior Lawyers to Meet May 2

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will meet with the Senior Lawyers Committee on Thursday, May 2 to discuss how the committee can best serve the Association and the community.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided but registration is required. 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.

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 Wednesday, May 1.

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 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

PA Bar WIP Annual Conference May 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession 20th Annual Conference "You and the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession: Opportunities and Challenges" will be held Thursday, May 9 at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh.

The luncheon keynote speaker is women's rights and public interest advocate Sandra Fluke, a Pennsylvania native who received national attention last year following her testimony regarding birth control before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Click here for more information.

Lethal Exposures in Workers' Comp Claims CLE

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Lethal Occupational Exposures in Workers' Compensation Claims" on Friday, May 10.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 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.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to purchase for lunch.

Von Seldeneck at Chancellor's Leadership Institute May 13

Join us for our Monday, May 13 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder, Chair and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. Click here to register.

For 35 years, Mrs. von Seldeneck has been a pioneer in the search industry and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates. She will discuss the value that she and her award-winning firm place on high-potential leaders with diverse perspectives and unique views, and share her personal journey and reflections on leadership. An audience Q&A opportunity will follow.

Mrs. von Seldeneck has received many industry and community awards and has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search. She was one of two founders of the Forum of Executive Women more than 30 years ago which today is the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia area. Prior to starting Diversified, Mrs. von Seldeneck served in Washington, D.C. as executive assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.

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.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the 
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 
There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Key to a Winning Brief May 13

David J. Perlman will discuss "Key to a Winning Brief: Start With A Theme" at the Monday, May 13 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

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 $8.50 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.

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

Complex Tort Trial Task Force to Meet May 15

Join Chancellor Kathleen Wilkinson and Task Force Chairs Sean O'Donnell and Joe Rich on Wednesday, May 15 for an in-person organizational meeting for the newly created Complex Tort Trial and Insurance Litigation Task Force (CTTIL).

Chancellor Wilkinson has committed to developing a new Task Force, with the goal of a formal committee or section, to focus on the Bar Association's role in Complex Tort Trial and Insurance Litigation. This newly proposed CTTIL Task Force hopes to engage attorneys and judges to work on issues, programs and CLEs, involving complex property damage, recovery matters and non-personal injury contingency fee based tort cases; products liability, construction, negligence, and other tort areas; and Insurance litigation, coverage matters, including the areas of surplus, reinsurance and fidelity and surety coverage and litigation.

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 $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.

Benefit Corporations CLE May 17

The Small Business Committee will present the CLE program "Benefit Corporations: When the Bottom Line Includes People and the Planet (Not Just Profits)" on Friday, May 17.

The Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation Act recently went into effect providing start-ups and existing businesses with a new choice of entity. Learn what it's all about, and specifically, how it helps those businesses who are interested in achieving a triple bottom line. This luncheon CLE will provide details on this emerging entity and how you can help clients "benefit" from this new business structure. Click here to register.

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.

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 ages 5-10 will love running in the free Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash. The 200-yard non-competitive Kids' Dash begins immediately after the Run/Walk start. All participants will receive a Race give-a-way. Child-friendly activities offered all morning. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present.

Online registration is available at For more information, visit

Donate Sneakers at May 19 5K Run/Walk

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Committee is partnering with Community Recycling ShoeBox Recycling for sneaker donations at this year's 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

All of the proceeds from your sneaker donations will go to the SCCA.

Simply bring any unwanted sneakers to the event on Sunday, May 19 and drop them off in one of the collection boxes. For shoes that can be repurposed, consider putting a note and your email address into one of the shoes to track their trek via ShoeBox Recycling's SoleMate program.

E-mail us at with any questions.

AG Kane to Speak at Nonprofit Institute May 22

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for the 11th Annual Nonprofit Institute in Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 22 as we kick off this year's Institute with a dynamic keynote address by Honorable Kathleen G. Kane, Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Be there for a day of informative and energetic discussion examining the most current issues impacting the nonprofit sector. Click here to register.

Gun Control Debate CLE May 23

Former Mayor and Governor Ed Rendell will be the the moderator for the Thursday, May 23 CLE program "The Gun Control Debate."

Hear from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, representatives of the NRA and the Brady Center, and other advocates for and against gun control legislation! Click here to register.

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar Conference at Revel

Registration is now open for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013. Click here to register.

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.

In addition, we are pleased to offer a special REVEL hotel room group rate to our Bench-Bar attendees. A rate of $179 plus tax is available Friday, Oct. 4 and a limited number of rooms are available at $149 plus tax for Thursday, Oct. 3. You must be a registered attendee of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in order to reserve a room at the group rate. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive instructions on how to make your room reservation.

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

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

Public Interest Events, Seminars Planned

• The Arts & Business Council will hold its 2013 Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Vie, 600 N. Broad St. Among those being honored are Keith Joseph of Ballard Spahr LLP and Maura McKenna of Lexus Nexus, 2013 PVLA Volunteers of the Year; Melissa Blanton of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 2013 Business on Board Volunteer of the Year; and artist Claes Oldenburg, 2013 Anne d'Harnoncourt Award Winner for Artistic Excellence. Tickets and event details are available at

• The Women's Law Project will present the 3rd Annual Myra Bradwell Award and Reception on Friday, May 10 at Independence Visitors' Center, 1 North Mall West, 6th & Market Streets. The 2013 Myra Bradwell Award Recipient is Maria Bello, actor and international women's rights activist and former telephone counselor for WLP. The event will begin with a VIP Reception with Maria Bello at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Award Presentation and Reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 for the VIP Reception and reserved seating for the Award Presentation and Reception, or $100 for the Award Presentation and Reception. Current members of the Myra Bradwell Society are guests of WLP. To purchase tickets visit

• Regional Housing Legal Services will mark its 40th Anniversary with a Thursday, May 16 celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets. The purpose of the event is to thank and recognize everyone who has helped RHLS serve individuals in need. To register to attend this event or to make a donation in honor of RHLS visit Information may also be found at RHLS's website

• Philadelphia VIP will present a free CLE training program on Homeownership/Probate on Friday, May 17 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Reed Smith LLP, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 2500. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Probate and Trust Law Section. Lunch will be provided. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 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 29
Contracts of the Rich and Famous
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Corporate Compliance and Ethics (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 pm to 4:45 pm; check-in at 12:00 pm

iPad for Legal Professionals
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court
4 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30
How to Conduct and Effective Direct and Cross Examination
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - A Self-Regulating Profession (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

The Final HITECH Regs: Dramatic Impact on HIPAA Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Requirements
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 2
Assisted Reproductive Technology (Part of PBI's Public Policy Series)
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 2 – Friday, May 3
PLI - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, May 3
Internet Legal Marketing - Don't Leave Ethics Behind!
1 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, May 6
A Day on Health Law (video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

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