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Vol. 15, No. 43

Law Firm Laboratory June 4:
Making Private Practice Leap

Interested in learning what it's like to start your own firm? On Wednesday, June 4 in the second session of the Law Firm Laboratory series, a diverse cross-section of panelists will discuss why they decided to go into a private practice and how they got started...READ MORE

Law Firm Laboratory June 4: Making Private Practice Leap

Interested in learning what it's like to start your own firm? On Wednesday, June 4 in the second session of the Law Firm Laboratory series, a diverse cross-section of panelists will discuss why they decided to go into a private practice and how they got started.

With topics ranging from how they got their first clients to what marketing strategies they have used, this informative and insightful program is one you won't want to miss. Panelists include Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey Law LLC; Kevin V. Mincey, Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC; Lee A. Schwartz, Lee A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law; and Rhonda HIll Wilson, Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C.

Created in 2014 by Chancellor William P. Fedullo, the Law Firm Laboratory is a free program series and ongoing incubator of innovative ideas, strategies and concepts for starting and nurturing new law firms and helping existing law firms of all types serve the changing needs of tomorrow's clients.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available to those who register in advance for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Family Law Section Spring Reception Tonight

The Family Law Section will welcome the newest members of the Family Court Bench and celebrate other dedicated court personnel at its annual Spring Reception on Thursday, May 29.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Lounge at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St. Walk-in registration is available. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $45 for court personnel and $65 for non-Section members. The Family Law Section Annual Spring reception is sponsored by FindLaw.

Meet Superior Court Prothonotary May 30

Meet Joseph D. Seletyn, the new prothonotary of Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and hear what is happening at Superior Court at the Friday, May 30 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Justinians Annual Meeting June 2 at Union League

The Justinian Society and The Justinian Foundation Annual Meeting, Election and Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held Monday, June 2 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

John Gattuso, senior vice president of Liberty Property Trust, will be honored at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets by credit card, please visit and on the left side click under 6-02-2014. For more information, please call 215-545-0706
or email

Cross-Examination in Family Law June 2

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein and attorney Larry Bendesky will present "The Art of Cross-Examination: What Every Family Law Lawyer Needs to Know" at the Monday, June 2 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Business Insurance CLE June 2 at PBI

Running a business is a significant investment for many of your clients and unexpected events have the potential to cause catastrophic financial losses if your client is not adequately protected. Assist your clients in selecting the best commercial insurance coverage to meet their needs and manage their risks at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Business Insurance CLE on Monday, June 2.

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

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting June 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE "Protecting Your Nest Egg: Using Domestic and Foreign Asset Protection Trusts to Safeguard Assets" will be held Tuesday, June 3 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

"Asset protection" has become part of the common lexicon of asset management, financial planning and estate planning. Increasingly, clients are seeking strategies to help them preserve and protect the wealth they have accumulated in the face of risk. As a result, more and more individuals are creating asset protection trusts, both domestically and abroad, in order to shield a grantor-beneficiary's assets from the reach of creditors. This course will help advisors better understand the frequently asked questions of when to use, where to situs, and how to administer an asset protection trust to safeguard an individual's assets.

Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

David Rosenblum Memorial Service June 3

A memorial service for David M. Rosenblum, legal director for the Mazzoni Center, will be held Tuesday, June 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. Rosenblum passed away May 2. He was 47.

Immigration, Customs Enforcement Detainers CLE June 3

Learn about the history and impact of the new executive order on the enforcement of ICE detainers in Philadelphia at a Tuesday, June 3 CLE program presented by the Immigration Law Committee, Civil Rights Committee, Public Interest Section and Delivery of Legal Services Committee.

Panelists include Erika Almiron, executive director, Juntos; Caitlin Barry, Villanova University School of Law; K. Naroen Chhin, 1Love Movement; and Molly Tack-Hooper, ACLU of Pennsylvania. The moderator is Immigration Law Committee Chair Wendy Castor Hess.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. and the CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. The program has been approved for a total of 1.5 Substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

The program will be held 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Housing for Persons with Disabilities June 3

Nakea M. Fuller, Business Manager/Acting 504 Accessibility Coordinator for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, will discuss Housing for Persons with Disabilities at the Tuesday, June 3 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

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

Apple Tech Academy Series Begins June 4

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bar Academy for the new Apple Tech Academy Series. This five-part series will be hosted weekly to help members learn and better understand technology that can be of use to them whether it's in the courtroom or their law practice. The series is exclusively for Philadelphia Bar Association members and space is limited, so interested attendees are encouraged to register early.

The programs will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Apple Store, 1607 Walnut St. The series includes: June 4 - Introduction and setting up your iPad; June 11 - Creating and editing documents; June 18 - Reviewing and annotating existing documents; June 25 - Presentation software in the courtroom; and July 2 - Case management and case research.

In lieu of a registration fee for this educational series, attendees are encouraged to contribute $15 for all five sessions (members only), which will be donated to Chancellor William P. Fedullo's Support Our Schools Campaign. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like. Click here to register.

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.

Legal Careers in Academia June 5

While a law degree can be utilized in a variety of settings, many newly minted lawyers opt for a career in academia. Hear about the exciting opportunities and choices a career in academia offers at the Thursday, June 5 meeting of the Women's Rights Committee.

Speakers include Monica Taylor, vice president of development and alumni relations, University of Delaware; Vanessa Lawrence, associate professor in the Legal Studies Department, Temple University; and LeaNora J. Ruffin, assistant dean of career development, Widener University School of Law.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin, 2000 Market St., Suite 2300. There is no cost to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

Fair Credit Reporting Act CLE June 6

Learn about the laws and procedures pertaining to the Fair Credit Reporting Act at a Friday, June 6 CLE program. Discover how to handle a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case from client intake through the dispute process, filing the complaint, conducting FCRA discovery, to trial or settlement.

Sample forms are included in the course book. This interactive seminar will include discussions and tips by experienced faculty who have represented both consumers and creditors. Lunch and registration for this 3 substantive CLE credit program begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia Project June 6

Join the Real Property Section Executive Committee on Friday, June 6 to 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as they work with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia on a project at 3801 Fairmount Ave. Volunteers will be installing downspout planters on the block. Downspout planters capture stormwater from a home's gutter. Planters reduce the possibility of water entering a home or overflowing the sewer system while adding beauty to the home. Please RSVP to Steve Rothberg at For more information, visit

Chief Judge McKee to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 9

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.), a longtime jurist on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and now a distinguished neutral with Dispute Resolution Institute, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event.

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.

Judge McKee was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994, and became chief judge on May 4, 2010. The former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

The June Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Click here to purchase tickets.

Real Property Section Seeks Ominsky Award Nominees

The Real Property Section is seeking nominations for the 2014 Harris Ominsky Award. The Award will be presented at the Section's Spring Social at Chima at 1901 JFK Blvd. on Wednesday, June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The Section will make a donation in the recipient's honor to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation or directly to a Bar Foundation grantee organization selected by the recipient. The Harris Ominsky Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of real estate law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the real estate law community in Philadelphia; a reputation for mentoring young lawyers; significant participation in and/or contributions to legal services or public interest organizations in Philadelphia, including pro bono work; recognition in the legal community for honesty, integrity and professionalism; and membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Real Property Section, unless the candidate is retired.

The Section's Good Deed Award was renamed the Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award in 2010, It has been presented to deserving real estate attorneys and organizations. This year, the Section is splitting the award into two separate recognitions. The Harris Ominsky Award will be presented to a pre-eminent real estate attorney who practices, or has practiced, law in Philadelphia. Later in the year, another person or an organization will be presented with the Good Deed Award.

Ominsky joined Blank Rome in 1964 and became a partner in 1969, where he co-chaired the real estate department for many years until he retired in 2004. He was a prolific writer about real estate, a teacher, and an expert on real estate acquisitions, financing, and construction. He was also well known for his ability to explain real estate legalese clearly, and with humor. The deadline for the nominations is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

Nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications should be sent to Harris Ominsky Award, c/o Judy F. Berkman, Regional Housing Legal Services, 2 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038; or emailed to

More information about the Harris Ominsky Award or the nomination process for the Award may be obtained by contacting Judy Berkman at (215) 572-7300 (ext.111) or at

Tickets to the Real Property Section Annual Spring Social are $35 for YLD members, public interest and government attorney members; $40 for section members; $55 for non-members; and $25 for law student members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Recent Developments in Assessment Law June 10

Learn the ins and outs of real estate tax assessment practice at PBI's "Recent Developments in Assessment Law in Pennsylvania" CLE program on Tuesday, June 10.

Examine the new amendments and challenges to the Consolidated County Assessment Law; learn how the most recent exemption cases have been decided - what has been granted and what has been denied; find out how storage sheds and improvements to manufactured homes are being taxed; be updated on how the courts are determining expert witness credibility of appraisers; and get the inside scoop on which Pennsylvania counties will soon be undergoing countywide reassessments.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Insurance Coverage and Conflicts CLE June 10

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Insurance Coverage and Conflicts: Duties of Insurer, Insured and Counsel in the Tripartite Relationship" on Tuesday, June 10.

The program will explore the myriad practical and ethical conflicts and quandaries presented when a liability insurer agrees to provide a defense to its insured but at the same time informs its insured through a reservation of rights letter that there may be no coverage under the policy. Courts have provided little practical guidance to parties in the tripartite insurer-defense counsel-insured relationship as to how to handle their often conflicting duties. The panel will review the state of the law and focus on how best to handle complex issues as well as provide practical guidance on how to handle conflicting duties in the tripartite insurer defense counsel-insured relationship.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch is included. Click here to register.

2014 Technology Institute June 11

Revolutionize your practice at PBI's new Tech Institute on Wednesday, June 11. From the way we research to the way we communicate, technology is reshaping society at large. Make sure your practice keeps pace and takes advantage of the newest technologies.

Embrace your inner technophile. Cyber junkie or technophobe, PBI's nationally renowned faculty can help you explore the issues critical to your performance as an attorney. From confidentiality to storytelling, information scouting to intellectual property protection, the Technology Institute will be an asset for you.
The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

YLD Diversity Reception June 11 at Chima

The YLD's Annual Diversity Reception will be Wednesday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 1901 JFK Blvd. U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II will be the keynote speaker

Each year, the YLD awards five scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds. The goal of the YLD Diversity Scholarship is to identify and support future leaders in the profession from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate both a desire and commitment to practicing law in the Philadelphia area.

The event is co-hosted by The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and South Asian Bar Association and Sponsored by Love Court Reporting, Inc. Admission is free to Philadelphia Bar Association members. Admission for non-members is $15. Click here to register.

Tax Section CLE on Partner Guarantees June 12

New Treasury Regulations were proposed late in 2013 and early in 2014 addressing partnership liabilities, disguised sales and basis adjustments. These regulations change how partnership debt is allocated to partners, including significantly changing the treatment of guarantees, changing the disguised sales rules and providing new rules regarding basis adjustments involving contributions of built-in loss property.

These rules, if adopted, could have a substantial effect on many operating partnerships, especially in the real estate industry. Expert tax practitioners will provide insight into the government's concerns regarding the existing regulations that led to the proposed regulations at a Tax Section CLE program on Thursday, June 12.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 12

The Workers' Compensation Section annual Spring Party will be held Thursday, June 12 at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature the presentation of the Irvin Stander Memorial Prize to a graduating area law student. Registration is required by Friday, May 30 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open-air deck. Tickets are $45 for Section members and $55 for non-members. There will be additional $10 cost for walk-ins. Click here to register.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 13

A State of the Courts presentation and Keynote Remarks by Witold "Vic" Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, are among the highlights of the Federal Courts Committee's Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 13.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference is a half-day educational event that is attended by federal court practitioners and judges. Attendees will spend the morning hearing panel presentations by both judges and practitioners on topics of current interest in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The conference will begin with opening remarks by Danielle Banks, chair of the Federal Courts Committee, followed by an introduction of the program by Bruce P. Merenstein, course planner and vice chair of the Federal Courts Committee. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. To register for the Federal-Bench Bar Conference, visit

The first panel discussion, "Expert Witnesses in Federal Court: What Works and What Doesn't," features U.S. District Court Judges Mitchell S. Goldberg, Cynthia M. Rufe and Juan R. Sanchez and moderator Nina M. Gussack.

On the next panel, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis and attorneys Catherine M. Recker, Robert A. Zauzmer and moderator David Rudovsky will discuss "The Use of Social Media to Investigate, Prosecute, and Defend Criminal Charges."

Following a short break, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Eric L. Frank and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will present a report on the State of the Courts.

The last panel discussion, "Ethical Issues During Depositions: Hypothetical Scenarios," features U.S. District Court Judges Paul S. Diamond and Gerald A. McHugh Jr., along with former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich and moderator Dennis R. Suplee.

The program concludes with Walczak's Keynote Remarks. He will address why it is important that federal courts be receptive to litigation brought on behalf of "unpopular" people and causes. Click here to register for the Federal Bench-Bar Conference.

Evidence for Trial Lawyers June 13

Irving Younger's classic CLE presentation "Evidence for Trial Lawyers" is reborn in video form and offered with live commentary and a shared passion and real-world practicality by Professor Steve Easton on Friday, June 13.

This program focuses on fundamental concepts faced in every trial. It also shines a light into some overlooked nooks and crannies that can help introduce the proof needed to shield clients from improper material opponents will try to admit. This 6 substantive CLE credit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 16

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is excited to host the 26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, June 16 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Sponsorship opportunities, foursomes and individual tickets for golf or tennis are now available. The Bar Foundation is pleased to offer special rates for judges and Young Lawyers Division members, as well as dinner-only tickets.

Golf will take place on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. The Philadelphia Cricket Club also features grass and clay tennis courts. Please note that Wissahickon is a walking course, and carts will only be available for those over the age of 65 or with a medical note. Carts are available on Militia Hill. Individual golfers and foursomes will be assigned to Wissahickon by lottery if necessary.

Register today and help the Philadelphia Bar Foundation celebrate 50 years of promoting access to justice. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Alexander McDowell at 215-238-6334 or

Trying a Case in State Court CLE June 16

PBI's June 16 CLE program, "Trying a Case in State Court" covers initial court filings, the discovery process, settlement negotiation, the pre-trial process, voir dire and jury selection, trial, and post-trial issues in one day. Seasoned practitioners will teach essential pre-trial and trial procedures in this basic- to intermediate-level program.

This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Lifelong Impact of a Criminal Record June 17

Identify how a person's criminal record impacts them at a Tuesday, June 17 CLE program. Can the consequences outlast the ex-offender's completion of their sentence? Will employers face new threats of liability for rejecting job applicants based on their criminal record? Does a criminal record last forever?

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

Congregation Kol Ami to Honor Chancellor June 24

Congregation Kol Ami will honor Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo on Tuesday, June 24 at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. following a day of golf and tennis.

Registration for golf begins at 10 a.m. and tennis starts at 2:30 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:15 p.m. and the dinner and awards begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit or call 215-635-3110.

LGBT Summer Intern Reception June 26

Join the LGBT Rights Committee in welcoming up-and-coming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community on Thursday, June 26.

Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals, as well as begin to build their peer professional community. This event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 48th Floor. There is no cost to attend however registration is required by June 19. Please RSVP to Claire L. Volpe at

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

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

Full conference early-bird registration rates are $379 for members and $229 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Registration for non-members is $529. Early bird registration is available until Friday, Sept. 19. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. After Sept. 19, registration rates increase by $70.

Special Borgata hotel room rates are available for Conference attendees. A rate of $189 (plus tax) for a king room is available Friday, Oct. 17 and a limited number of king rooms are available at $109 (plus tax) Thursday, Oct. 16 and $249 (plus tax) for Saturday, Oct. 18. You must be a registered attendee of the Conference to receive this group rate. Once you are registered for the Conference, you will receive instructions on how to reserve your room.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Projects and Programming Advisor to the Chancellor, is chair of the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, JAMS The Resolution Experts, Robson Forensic, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, MCS E-Document Service, Pain Management & MRI, Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Authors Seek Input on Cultural Issues in Business

The authors of a new American Bar Association-sponsored book need your help on the challenges lawyers face in a world that is growing smaller with the increasing interaction of various cultures.

Former Philadelphia Inquirer staffers Tom Belden and Terri Morrison, a leading authority on cultural issues in doing business around the world, need help with research for their latest version of the book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The book is scheduled for publication in early 2015.

More information about Morrison and the other versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands" can
be found at The authors are looking for as many lawyers and other legal professionals with experience in this area to complete the questionnaire. A standard questionnaire is the starting point for the research and can be found by clicking here.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

Upcoming Public Interest Programs, Trainings

• The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St every Thursday, beginning May 29. These free programs, which run through July, provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. To download a schedule of the programs, visit the Public Interest Section web page by clicking here.

• Philadelphia VIP will host its 19th Annual Summer Pro Bono Program, an event geared toward law school students at the inception of their careers to introduce them not only to the mission of Philadelphia VIP, but to poverty at large and the critical legal needs of many Philadelphians. The program will be held at Thursday, June 5 at Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 10th floor, Wanamaker Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, visit

• Mazzoni Center will host its 13th Annual Trans-Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Thursday, June 12 through Saturday, June 14. This free conference will offer three full days of workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people, communities and allies, including a free legal clinic on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information is available at

• The Juvenile Law Center will hold its Spring Celebration Wednesday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. This event will feature legendary songwriter and performer Tom Paxton and will also honor Cathy Weiss, executive director of Stoneleigh Foundation, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Click here for registration information.

National Constitution Center Programs of Interest

All of the following programs will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. For tickets and information, call 215-409-6700 or visit

Wednesday, June 4, 1:30 p.m. - The History of the Second Amendment
Attorney Alan Gura, NYU's Michael Waldman, and UCLA's Adam Winkler sit down with Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion about the Second Amendment—from the time of our Founding Fathers through present day - drawing from Waldman's new book "The Second Amendment: A Biography."

Monday, June 16, 12 p.m. - The Meaning of the Fourth Amendment in a Digital Age
Just weeks before the Supreme Court's decisions on United States v. Wurie and California v. Riley, Jeffrey Rosen will convene a panel, including Stanford Law School Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, a lead attorney in one of the cases.

Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. - David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. the Supreme Court
Two of the nation's most prominent lawyers, David Boies and Theodore Olson, relive their five-year journey to marriage equality in California, from Proposition 8's adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land.

Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. - The Roberts Court: Redrawing the Ground Rules of American Government
From Citizens United to the Affordable Care Act to gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Leading constitutional lawyer and scholar Laurence Tribe (who taught Roberts at Harvard) joins the National Constitution Center for what he describes as a "deeper understanding of the substance of the Court's work and how it is transforming our nation."

Friday, June 27, 12 p.m. - Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence
Political philosopher Danielle Allen of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies discusses her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. In just 1,337 words, the Declaration changed the course of the modern world, but it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s feature exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello, Allen will tackle the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson's understanding of equality.

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum

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

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

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

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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

PNC Perspectives: Emerging Markets, Global Implications

In this month's interview, we sat down with Sean Flynn, CFA, CFP® and Investment Advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to explore the roots of the emerging market woes, and discuss their financial market implications for the U.S. and global markets. Click here to read the entire article.

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