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May 3, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 36

Judge Rendell to Deliver Keynote at June 8 Federal Bench-Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will present "Oral Arguments – What the Court Wants to See and Hear" in her keynote remarks at the Friday, June 8 Federal Bench-Bar Conference. Click here to register.

The conference will include six presentations and begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. A total of 3.5 CLE credits are available.

The conference opens with the presentation "Cost Shifting and Cost Reduction - E-Discovery and Beyond" featuring U.S. District Court Judge Joel Slomsky and Steven E. Bizar and Anthony J. Bolognese.

U.S. District Court Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, Ronald H. Levine, Catherine M. Recker and Peter F. Schenck will discuss "Criminal Discovery in the Aftermath of United States v. Ted Stevens." The Stevens case and the Department of Justice report on the "systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence" will be discussed for lessons learned and how the investigations and prosecutions of matters will be affected going forward.

In addition to a brief update of developments in civil law, a panel of judges and practitioners will discuss, among other things, proper preparation for case management conferences, should you really file a motion for summary judgment and how to make sure that newer attorneys get courtroom experience. The speakers for this program are U.S. District Court Judges Gene E.K. Pratter and Eduardo C. Robreno, along with Catherine B. Slavin and Matthew A. Taylor.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich, along with Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz, will present reports on the state of the court.

U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III and J. Dennis Faucher will present "Mortals with Tremendous Responsibilities: A History of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" where they will discuss Judge Bartle's book and the evolution of the court.

A lunch break follows and Judge Rendell's remarks close out the conference. Tuition includes course book, breakfast and lunch. 
Registrations received three or more business days before the presentation qualify for the early registration discount. Click here to register.

Bar Association Annual Report Available Now

The 2011 Annual Report of the Philadelphia Bar Association is now available in digital form. Click here for the Annual Report.

The work of our Association is performed by many dedicated volunteers, including those who serve on our Board of Governors and as leaders or members of our Sections, our Young Lawyers Division and our many Committees. We also benefit from close and cooperative relationships with both the Judiciary and the City of Philadelphia. And, of course, invaluable support is always provided by our exceptional professional staff. This potent combination has led to extraordinary accomplishments, many of which are showcased in this report.

Click here for the Annual Report.

Racial Profiling, 13th Amendment Jurisprudence

The Civil Rights Committee will present "Racial Profiling and 13th Amendment Jurisprudence" with guest speaker William M. Carter Jr., a professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law on Monday, May 7.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Mandatory Reporter Requirements May 7

David Hofstein will discuss mandatory reporter requirements at the Monday, May 7 meeting of the Family Law Section, which will also include a presentation from Build-a-Bridge International.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Getting Past Fear of Networking May 8

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will present "The Agony and the Ecstasy Of Business Development 
and Networking
 - Getting Past the Fear, Discomfort & Difficulty of Finding Clients" on Tuesday, May 8.

The speaker for the program is Sheri Desaretz, founder and president of Looking Forward Coaching, LLC is a business coach/consultant (and former practicing attorney, owning her own firm in Philadelphia and South Jersey for 20 years), who works with professionals, executives, and business owners, as well individuals in career transition.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Accepting Ginsburg Writing Competition Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2012 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

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

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 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 2011-12 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers  University School of Law – Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

All entries should be sent to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, contact Petit at 215-238-6367 or email

View from the Workers' Comp Bench May 11

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "A View from the Workers' Compensation Bench" on Friday, May 11.

When was the last time that you had an easy and convenient way to spend an hour with some of the workers' compensation judges you come before and hear their thoughts on legal practices and on personal likes and dislikes in their courtrooms? This CLE will provide useful tips for practitioners on varied topics such as evidence, witnesses, courtroom procedures, courtroom demeanor, and the elusive "credibility determination." Join Judges Sarah C. Makin, Scott M. Olin and Stephen Harlen for this informative hour.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. If you wish to register in advance please visit

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Montco DA on Identity Theft May 15

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman will discuss identity theft at the Tuesday, May 15 meeting of the Senior Lawyers Committee.

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.

Reception for Commerce Court Judges May 16

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual Commerce Court reception on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Registration is required by Friday, May 11 and includes a wine and beer reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $85 for committee members and $95 for non-members. Members can purchase 10 tickets for $750 and non-members can purchase 10 tickets for $850. Click here to register.

Preserving, Forfeiting Appellate Issues CLE May 16

The Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Federal Practice Committee present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Preserving and Forfeiting Appellate Issues" on Wednesday, May 16.

This panel discussion, led by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Fisher and U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, will discuss both practice tips and pitfalls involved in preserving and protecting the record for appellate review and will highlight issues affecting both civil and criminal practice.

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 1.5 substantive CLE credit. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Register Now for 33rd Annual Bar 5K on May 20

The 33rd annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, May 20 with more than 1,000 runners and walkers expected to participate. The 5K benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates. Click here to register.

The 5K begins at the entry to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (West River Drive), adjacent to Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:30 a.m. The 5K Walk begins at 8:35 p.m.

The registration fee for Bar Association members is $40. General registration for the 5K Walk is $20. Family registration for the Walk is $60. There is no fee to compete in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney 200-Yard Kids Dash for children ages 5 to 10. The 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.

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 6.

Pick up your race packet in advance when you register by May 13. Packets are available on Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom St.

Registered participants can receive 20 percent off Brooks footwear, apparel and accessories at all three Philadelphia Runner stores. Visit for store locations.

Silver bowls will be awarded to the first-place male and female runners in the 5K Run; Philadelphia Runner gift certificates will be awarded to the first-place male and female runners in each age group; and commemorative awards will be given to the first-, second- and third-place finishers, both male and female, in each age group. T-shirts will be given to all participants who finish the Run or the Walk.

Click here to register for the 33rd Annual 5K Run/Walk.

YLD Networking Happy Hour May 22 at Black Sheep

The next Young Lawyers Division Networking Happy Hour will be Tuesday, May 22 at The Black Sheep Irish Pub, 247 S. 17th St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP is not required, however, the first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket. Appetizers and drink specials will also be available. Network with members of the Business Law Section and learn more about the opportunities provided by the different committees within the Section.

Real Property Spring Social May 23

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Social on Wednesday, May 23 with guest of honor Department of Records Commissioner Joan T. Decker and special guests, The Building Industry Association.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St. Tickets are $35 for Section members and $45 for non-members. Registration is required by Friday, May 18. Tickets include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

Sponsors for the Annual Spring Social are Surety Title Company, LLC; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller; and Real Property Capital, Inc.

Transitioning to Academia May 24

The Public Interest Section will present the panel discussion "Everything You Wanted to Know about Transitioning to Academia, But Were Afraid to Ask" on Thursday, May 24.

Panelists include Leonore Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Temple University, Beasley School of Law; Cathy Miller-Wilson, Visiting Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow, Villanova University School of Law; Todd Berger, Managing Attorney, Federal Prisoner Reentry Project, Rutgers School of Law-Camden; and Arlene Finkelstein, Assistant Dean for Public Interest & Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center. The panel will be moderated by Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 6

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Spring Party will be held Wednesday, June 6 at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant , 4120 Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

The unveiling of the third portrait in the Arts in the Courts series, the Finishing Room of the former
Stetson Hat Factory, will be held at the event.

Tickets are $45 for section members and $55 for non-members. Registration is required by Monday, June 4 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open air deck. Click here to register.

Volunteers Sought for Military Assistance Program

The Philadelphia Bar Associations honors military personnel and veterans for their commitment to our nation. The Association's Military Assistance Program (MAP) provides pro bono legal assistance to deployed and mobilized military personnel and their families as well as to veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Attorneys are needed to help service men and women make sure their legal affairs are in order, and to plan for their families in their absence. Legal assistance is needed in a variety of practice areas, including bankruptcy, family law, wills and estates, consumer, employment, housing and tax. For veterans, legal assistance is needed in the areas of veterans’ service related compensation, VA health care and discharge upgrades.

Clients can contact the MAP through a hotline that has been established in the offices of the Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). The hotline number is 215-238-6388. These clients will be matched with volunteer attorneys who have registered with MAP.

To volunteer for this program an attorney must be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania; carry professional liability insurance; and possess a willingness to provide pro bono services on short notice. Membership in LRIS is not required to volunteer for this program.

If you have any questions, please contact Association director of public and legal services Charles Klitsch at 215-238-6326 or Download the Military Assistance Program volunteer form by clicking here.

Dalton to Receive O'Connor Award; Berry to Speak June 26

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jane Leslie Dalton, who has served as Chancellor, chair of the Board of Governors and co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The O'Connor Award is presented to 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.

Dr. Berry is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous books including "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House."

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 8

Please join us at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, Aug. 8 when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m.

Seating will be located in the Terrace Deck (sections 418) at $30 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Click here to purchase tickets and enter the promotion code PBAN. Please place your order by July 9. Tickets are subject to availability! For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-218-5363. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. We hope to see you at the ballpark on Aug. 8!

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Revel in October

Register now for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, featuring more than 20 CLE seminars, at the new beachfront Revel resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 5 and 6.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE 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, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, JAMS, Robson Forensic, Lein Negotiation Counsel, Lexis Nexis, Iron Mountain, O’Neill Consulting Corporation, Special Counsel, Round Table Thompson Reuters Expert Witness Service, The Legal Intelligencer and the First Judicial District. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6342 or via email at Learn more at

An Evening at Victor Café May 17

Enjoy an evening at one of Philadelphia's longtime cultural institutions, Victor Café on Thursday, May 17. At 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner, unique surroundings and great atmosphere while you hear some of the future great voices of opera and Broadway. The event includes a three-course meal, coffee or tea, tax and gratuity. Alcohol not included.

The Victor Café is located at 1303 Dickinson St. Tickets are $52 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 10. Cancellations must be received by Monday, May 14 to receive a full refund.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery

Spend an evening in Florence for a private tour of this unique exhibition from the Uffizi which makes its only East Coast stop at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown on Wednesday, June 20. The exhibition features oil paintings by legendary artists such as Botticelli, Titian, Tintoretto, Parmigianino, Cristofano Allori and their contemporaries, along with two tapestries from the same period. Be one of the very few who will have a chance to see these masterworks outside of Italy. An Italian-style cocktail reception in the Pavilion will be held following the tour.

The tour begins at 6 p.m. at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Transportation is not included, but may be arranged if there is enough interest. Tickets are $60 per person, including Museum admission, guided tour and reception. Limit one guest per Association member. Click here for tickets.

AVA Ticket Deal Available to Bar Members

Bar Association members are invited to take advantage of a buy one, get one free ticket rate to the upcoming Academy of Vocal Arts production of the Italian comedic opera "L'Elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)." While the performances taking place in Center City are completely sold out, there are still seats available at the performances taking place on the Main Line in Haverford; in Warrington, Bucks County; and at the Gordon Theater at Rutgers Camden. Use the promotional code PhilaBarAssoc to receive this discount offer online, by phone, or in person. Click here to purchase tickets online or call 215-735-1685 . For more information on the production, performance dates, and locations, visit

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants. Registrants may be contacted by the hosting organizations about future promotions.

To send program suggestions, please email Tracey McCloskey at

Equality Forum National Legal Panel May 4

Equality Forum 2012, marking its 20th Anniversary, will hold a National Legal Panel on Friday, May 4 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Kirby Auditorium, National Constitution Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee.

Professor William Eskridge Jr., Yale Law School; Professor Katherine Franke, Columbia Law School; Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director, Lambda Legal; and Janson Wu, staff attorney, GLAD, are the panelists. Professor Jennifer Pizer, legal director of the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, is the moderator.

LGBT civil rights are advancing culturally, politically and legally. The panel will examine the status of Prop 8, DOMA and other ground-shattering legal challenges to overturn LGBT discrimination.

There is no charge to attend the National Legal Panel program. For more information, visit

Barristers Awards, Scholarship Dinner May 18

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will host its Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Friday, May 18 at The Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St., beginning at 6 p.m.

This year's Award recipients are: Danielle Banks, of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, winner of the J. Austin Norris Award; Charles Cunningham, of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, winner of the Cecil B. Moore Award; and U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker, winner of The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Award.

Scholarships will also be presented to local law students. For more information please visit or contact Amber Racine at

Gov. Rendell to Moderate Election CLE May 24

Former Gov. Ed Rendell will moderate a panel of attorneys and journalists at the Thursday, May 24 CLE program "Divided We Fall: How Will the Presidential Election Impact Law, Policy and Politics?"

Panelists include political adviser and commentator Ron Christie; political communications strategist Penny Lee; U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan; and radio host and columnist Michael A. Smerconish. This distinguished panel will weigh in with their opinions on what might happen in the 2012 election and tackle the question: can the citizenry of the United States and the politicians in D.C. be reunited with a common goal to affect changes in law and policy that will put the country back on a positive course?

If you are interested in politics, policy, and the future of the United States of America, you won't want to miss out on this dynamic debate about where our country is headed.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here for more information or to register.

Christiana Resistance Symposium May 24

The Historical Society 
of the United States District Court
 for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will present "A Symposium on the Christiana Resistance" on Thursday, May 24.

In 1851, Lancaster County straddled the border between slavery and freedom. Home to many abolitionists, freedmen and those who had fled slavery, it was a critical stop on the Underground Railroad and fertile ground for kidnappers and "slave catchers." In the small crossroads town of Christiana, the violent forces at work were unleashed, resulting in what many see as the first shots of the Civil War. There, on Sept. 11, 1851, a slave owner was killed when four fugitives refused to surrender to a United States marshal who was proceeding under the Fugitive Slave Act to execute an arrest warrant issued by the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The public response was intense and extreme throughout the country. The South saw betrayal and that compromise was impossible while many others blamed the abolitionists. After the fugitives made their way to Canada, a group of 38 local members of the community were indicted for conspiracy to commit treason, a capital offense. The result was one of the trials of the century, held in Independence Hall and presided over by Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier and District Judge John K. Kane.

The symposium begins at 4:30 p.m. at The National Constitution Center, 
525 Arch St. A cocktail hour follows at 6 p.m. To RSVP, contact

NASBA Convention June 28 - 30

NASABA's Annual Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network.

This year's convention will be held June 28-30 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information and to register.

Phila. Hosting Judicial Conference in September

The United Nations Associations of the United States of America Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Philadelphia Bar Association (promotional partner) will present "The Globalization of the Rule of Law" International Judicial Conference on Sept. 10-11 in Philadelphia.

This two-day conference will feature special guests from the International Criminal Court, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court, Interpol, the FBI and international NGOs. The conference will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. Conference details and registration information will be available soon.

Eastern State Penitentiary Discussion Series

Eastern State Penitentiary will present a four-part discussion series that focuses on crime and contemporary correctional issues and features various guest speakers. Each discussion in The Searchlight Series will be open to the public for a fee of $5 and free for members of the historic site.

Monday, May 7, 6 p.m. – Prison Through the Eyes of the Falsely Convicted
An exonerated inmate describes his years spent in prison for a crime he did not commit. Pennsylvania Innocence Project's Marissa Boyers Bluestine joins the discussion to describe her organization's work to prevent wrongful convictions, including working with law enforcement to develop better eyewitness identification procedures and training lawyers how to address issues related to eyewitness evidence in court.

Monday, May 21, 6 p.m. – From Robben Island to Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei:
 Prisons as Tools for Political Repression
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site partners with Lantern Theater Company to present a discussion of prisons as tools in political oppression, and how these themes have been addressed covertly by artists living under repressive regimes. This event is organized in conjunction with LTC's production of "The Island" by South African playwright Athol Fugard, a play based loosely on Nelson Mandela's imprisonment on Robben Island under the apartheid government of South Africa. Aaron Levy of the Slought Foundation joins the discussion to describe the Chinese government's detention of political artist Ai Weiwei in 2011.

Monday, June 4, 6 p.m. – Lynne Abraham and the Case for a Robust, But Fair, Criminal Justice System
Lynne Abraham served as Philadelphia's District Attorney for 18 years. During that time she gained a national reputation as a strong proponent for law enforcement, the courts, and the prison system in their roles keeping communities safe from crime and violence. Says Abraham, "A robust, yet fair, criminal justice system, one that citizens feel is there to protect them and their communities, helps to counter the negative effects of helplessness and vulnerability, and maintains the proper balance in a civilized society."

Monday, June 18, 6 p.m. – The Social Cost of Imprisonment
Marc Mauer discusses the impact of changing drug and "tough on crime" policies on poor and minority communities in the U.S. During this discussion, Mauer will analyze current prospects for reform and their potential for diminishing the cost and scale of incarceration. He will also examine the social impact of the American criminal justice system as well as possible, and hopefully more effective public safety strategies. Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project and author of "Race to Incarcerate." He is frequently invited to testify before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and addresses a broad range of national and international audiences.

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.

Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. A critically acclaimed series of artist installations is free with admission. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children ages 7-12 (not recommended for children under the age of seven). The penitentiary is open every day, year round. April through November, admission includes "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. For more information and schedules, please call (215) 236-3300 or visit

PNC Perspectives: Administering Special Needs Trusts

The needs of a special child or individual are great and the demands on the family to care for them can be overwhelming because the issues facing families are unique and complex. In this month's PNC Perspectives, learn about Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), how to establish one, the unique challenges associated with administering such a trust, and some important considerations to take into account. Click here to read the interview.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

• SeniorLAW Center will hold its annual fundraiser, the SeniorPROM, on Friday, May 4 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. from 6 to 10 p.m. This event will feature a silent auction, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at

• The AIDS Law Project will present "Una Divina Noce" (One Divine Night) featuring the Las Cautivadoras Reinas de la Illusion (Captivating Queens of Illusion) on Saturday, May 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Knoll furniture showroom, 2300 Chestnut St. For details, visit the AIDS Law Project website at

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training on custody law on Friday, May 11. This training will provide an overview of custody law in the Philadelphia courts. The event will be held at Fox Rothchild LLP, 2000 Market St. The CLE training program will be provided in one session, from 12 to 2:15 pm. Volunteers will receive two free CLE credits in exchange for representing one VIP client to the completion of the case. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. To register or for more information, contact Christina Rodriguez at or 215-523-9550.

• The ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia Chapter will hold its Annual Meeting at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St. on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Jose Vargas, a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP needed. Contact or 215-592-1513 x122 for more in information.

• The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the pro bono CLE program “Making A Difference: How To Do Pro Bono Without It Taking Over Your Life (and Practice)” on Monday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center, 10th Floor, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall). Register online at

• The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will host its 3rd Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Power Plant in Old City, 230 N. 2nd St. At this event, the Heroes of Justice Awards will be presented to those who made outstanding contributions to exonerating the wrongfully convicted. Minimal ticket donation of $125 per person is requested ($75 for public interest attorneys). Register online at

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website,, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Komen Race for the Cure May 13

In 21 years of the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure has generated more than $49 million for life-saving breast cancer programs right here in our community...funded approximately 110,000 free mammograms for women in need...and raised approximately $17 million for breast cancer research!

Moreover, this spring the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Community Grants Program infused more than $2 million into our community for 2012-2013 to help stop breast cancer in its tracks!

These achievements in the breast cancer movement are a direct - POWERFUL - result of Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure fundraising! But, there is much more work to be done...more women to reach, and more lives to be saved. The Mother's Day Race on Sunday, May 13 is your opportunity to help educate, provide screening and treatment for women in need, and save lives in our community - while at the same timing becoming part of an incredible morning of honor, remembrance and celebration of our power over breast cancer.

Your participation does make a difference, and your loved ones, your neighbors, your children and grandchildren are counting on you! Sign up, fundraise and/or donate today at

Order Philadelphia County Court Rules Today

Published by The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia County Court Rules provides the most current and comprehensive coverage of newly adopted, amended and rescinded rules in the county along with editor's notes and comments. Rules are provided for Civil and Family, Criminal, Juvenile and Orphans' divisions, an index for each section, court officials and staff directory and forms for each section and a CD-ROM of writable forms.

New for 2012:

• Administrative order No. 01 of 2012, Motions to Vacate or Reduce Bail Forfeitures

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-01, Mass Tort and Asbestos Programs

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-02, Capital Case Counsel Qualification

To order visit or call 215-557-2453.

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