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June 17, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 51

Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Golf-Tennis Classic June 24;
Tennis Players are Needed

Register today for the 25th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, June 24 at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa. Click here to register. Join your friends and colleagues at the golf and tennis event for Philadelphia's legal community and help support legal services for those in need. All registrations include the cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, surf and turf dinner and silent auction. For more information call 215-238-6337.

Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits June 17

Evan Polin, president of The Training Resource Group, will present "Cost-Effective Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits" at a Monday, June 17 YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program.

This program will focus on what every board member needs to understand about how to better utilize social media in an effective manner to further the goals of the nonprofit organization. Join us to learn the special issues facing nonprofit board members, as well as the best ways to improve board performance and productivity. Particular emphasis will be on how to effectively integrate and utilize social media to advance the organization's goals.

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.

Piercing the Corporate Veil CLE June 18

Piercing the Corporate Veil is a powerful tool that can be employed by plaintiffs' attorneys to reach a deep pocket and impose liability or collect a judgment. While it is not a new doctrine, recent substantive and procedural developments make it critical for plaintiffs' attorneys to know how to utilize it and for defendants' attorneys to know how to eliminate it. For several years, PBI's program on Piercing the Corporate Veil has gotten excellent reviews for its substantive discussion of the issues and practical advice. Click here for more information or to register for this Tuesday, June 18 program.

How to Prepare PA Inheritance Tax Return June 18

PBI's June 18 CLE program "How to Prepare the PA Inheritance Tax Return" features a practical "walkthrough" of sample filled-in returns. After starting off with a refresher on Pennsylvania inheritance tax law, you’ll walk through a series of examples of inheritance tax returns, from the simple estate to the more complex one. The experienced faculty will guide you through these sample estates highlighting the commonly mishandled items and other issues that can be particularly troublesome. Click here to register.

Diminishing Language Barriers in Proceedings June 18

Beth Shapiro and Tsiwen Law will offer insight and recommendations to diminish language barriers in judicial and administrative proceedings for limited English proficient individuals at the Tuesday, June 18 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

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.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 19

Join fellow Bar Association members and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 19 when the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park 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 Law Center. Click here to purchase tickets.

Conversation with Judge New June 19

Join Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge (Civil Division) Arnold L. New for a conversation on Wednesday, June 19. Hear his experiences and insights on civil and criminal litigation generally, and his own personal preferences and peeves on the bench. Get his insight on how to properly prepare for a trial, the best approach to dealing with difficult adversaries; and discussing Pro Bono opportunities for lawyers as part of your practice. Click here to register.

Basics of Litigation Involving State, Local Government

Join plaintiff counsel, attorneys for municipal law departments and counsel for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office on Thursday, June 20 as they explain the ins and outs of handling suits against governmental entities at the CLE program "The Basics of Litigation Involving State and Local Government."

Learn about unique aspects of suing government and quasi-governmental agencies; map out the litigation path; and discuss specific types of cases. Click here for more information.

Women in Profession Roundtable Discussion June 20

Please join the Women in the Profession Committee on Thursday, June 20 for a roundtable discussion centered around Sheryl Sandberg's recent book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. Sandberg examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

LGBT Committee Summer Associate Reception June 20

The LGBT Rights Committee will hold its Annual Summer Associate Reception on Thursday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Ballard Sphar LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. There is no cost to attend however registration is required. Please RSVP to Barrett Marshall at

Giants of the Business Bar with Carl Schneider June 20

The Business Law Section will hold its inaugural "Giants of the Philadelphia Business Bar" program on Thursday, June 20 with Carl W. Schneider, former Chair of the Wolf Block Corporate Department and noted author and lecturer on corporate and securities laws, including Pennsylvania Corporate Practice and Forms, as our featured guest, and Albert S. Dandridge III, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as our moderator.

The event is the first in a series of programs in which the Business Law Section will recognize legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond. The series presents a unique opportunity for new and experienced lawyers to network and gain insight into the path to a satisfying and successful professional career.

The event will be held at Pepper Hamilton LLP from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There will be no charge for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend this event. Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you can make it. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Regional Chief Judge Bede to Speak June 21

Regional Chief Judge Jasper J. Bede will be the guest speaker at the Friday, June 21 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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

Civil Practice in Court of Common Pleas CLE

PBI's Monday, June 24 CLE program "Civil Practice and Procedure in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas" gives you the opportunity to hear directly from the experienced faculty panel, including eight judges and key court personnel. Learn about and explore common pitfalls, the unwritten rules of civil practice, and "what's new" in the Philadelphia civil court system. Click here to register.

Local Perspectives from the Registers of Wills

Ever wonder why probate fees vary from county to county? Wondering when to obtain a file number for inheritance tax purposes even if an estate does not need to be opened? Get your chance to ask representatives from three local Register of Wills offices these questions and more at PBI's face-to-face gathering on Tuesday, June 25. Click here to register.

Judge Fox on Arbitration Appeals June 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox will discuss her role with regard to appeals from arbitrations at the Tuesday, June 25 meeting of the Compulsory Arbitration 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 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.

Trends, Issues with Physician Buy-Ins June 25

Daniel M. Bernick, partner at The Health Care Group, Inc. and Health Care Law Associates, will discuss trends and current issues with physician buy-ins at the Tuesday, June 25 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee. Areas of discussion will include both business and legal issues.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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.

Stand Your Ground CLE June 25

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "The New State of Self-Defense:
Stand Your Ground, Castle Doctrine and Related Evidentiary Issues" on Tuesday, June 25.

Speakers for the program are Widener University Law Professor Jules Epstein, Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and Joshu Harris of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. States around the country have changed or are in the process of changing their laws regarding self-defense. Here in Pennsylvania there have been important and significant changes made to our statutes recently that will likely affect many assault and murder trials. This program will educate attendees (defense, prosecution and the judiciary) on these specific changes, as well as trends around the country.

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.

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

How Technology Can Get You Into Trouble June 26

From losing your laptop or smartphone to the status posted on your Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin accounts, PBI's Wednesday, June 26 CLE program "How Technology Can Get You Into Trouble" will highlight myriad ways in which technology can get you, your employees, and your clients into trouble. Click here to register.

Senior Lawyers Committee Happy Hour June 26

The Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee Spring Happy Hour will be Wednesday, June 26 at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 1 S. Broad St. in the William Penn Room beginning at 5 p.m.

This event is complimentary for all committee members, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Electronic Filing in Criminal Division CLE June 27

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania has implemented its Criminal Electronic Filing System for Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court of Philadelphia. Effective May 6, 2013, court filings for criminal matters may be filed electronically. In order to electronically file, you must be a registered user of the Criminal Electronic Filing System (CEFS).

PBI's Thursday, June 27 program will provide an in-depth instruction on the use of the CEFS. The CEFS was designed to allow the filing of legal documents in criminal matters via the internet from anywhere and at any time using a personal computer. The system also provides attorneys and litigants with online access to all documents electronically filed in their cases. Click here for more information.

Effective Legal Negotiation Skills CLE June 27

Nationally recognized negotiation expert Professor Charles B. Craver will present the CLE program "Effective Legal Negotiation Skills" on Thursday, June 27.

This full day program is designed to help you identify the techniques you see and use every day, while providing you with the tools you need to respond and bargain effectively. Time will be given for you to practice the skills in an intimate classroom setting. Click here to register.

Women Bar Leaders: Serving Our Profession June 27

Join us for our next Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome women leaders of several affinity bar associations who will discuss their roles and reflections on the historic number of women currently serving overlapping terms as leaders of minority, ethnic and other bar associations locally, regionally and beyond. Click here to register.

The speakers are Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society; Rachel E. Branson, president, Barrristers' Association of Philadelphia; Rachel Gallegos, president, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania; and Annette Ferrara, chancellor, The Justinian Society of Philadelphia.

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. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

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.

Mortgage Foreclosure Defense CLE June 28

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, will present a seminar providing updates on the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program as well as one hour of ethics CLE. This training is most appropriate for attorneys that work in mortgage foreclosure defense or have completed Philadelphia VIP’s Mortgage Foreclosure Negotiation or Litigation trainings. In the first half hour, we will discuss updates and changes to the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion program, including new federal modification options.

The program will held Friday, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Fox Rothshild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th floor.

After this brief refresher, we will move into an hour ethics discussion. This will include an interactive poverty simulation, as well as a discussion on the ethics of advising low-income clients on how best to handle their mortgage foreclosure matter. We will address the difficult question of guiding clients who want to remain in their homes despite serious affordability or safety concerns as well as other challenging situations.

Attorneys receive 1 free Ethics CLE credit and .5 substantive CLE credit if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Click here to register or call Susan at 215-523-9569. Space is limited.

This seminar will be taught by Bob Lukens, Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services and Consultant to the Office of Housing and Community Development, Stefanie Seldin, Managing Attorney at VIP, and Susan Wysor Nguema, Homeownership Advocate at VIP.

Asset Seizure Discussion July 1

Joan Esmonde, Chief Assistant District Attorney for Child Support Enforcement, will discuss asset seizure pursuant to state and federal financial institution data match rules at the Monday, July 1 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of two full-time United States Magistrate Judges for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. The appointee may be required to preside at court sessions to be held at Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and Lancaster.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and will include: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of the United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:
(1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years;

(2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;

(3) Be less than 70 years old; and

(4) Not be related to a judge of the district court.

A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court in confidence, at least ten, but not more than 15 persons whom it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment, following an FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, or disability. The current annual salary of the position is $160,080. The term of office is 8 years.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in this court may be obtained from the District Court website at or by contacting the Clerk of the District Court at (267) 299-7089. Applications must be submitted only by potential
nominees personally and must be received no later than close of business on June 27, 2013.

Submit completed applications to: Michael E. Kunz, Clerk of Court, 2609 U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, ATTN: Human Resources Department Magistrate Judge Application.

All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the district court.

The panel's deliberations will remain confidential.

Petrese B. Tucker, Chief Judge

Join DirectWomen Board Institute Jan. 22-24

DirectWomen, a program whose primary objective is to increase the number of women serving on the boards of U.S. corporations, will hold its sixth annual DirectWomen Board Institute Jan. 22-24, 2014 in New York City.

DirectWomen is looking for candidates to be referred for the Class of 2014. The two-day program includes discussion about key issues facing current and future directors. The sessions are led by experts from the board room, academia and legal practice and provide networking opportunities with alumnae, search firm consultants and award-winning women directors.

Past Institute members include general counsel of major companies with significant board experience, as well as corporate lawyers, litigators and academics with significant board and corporate governance experience. For a list of Institute alumnae, please visit

To refer candidates, submit the names and contact information to A representative of DirectWomen will contact the potential nominee with more information about the application process. It may also be helpful to the candidate if the recommender would call the potential nominee to let her know about the recommendation, encourage her to apply, and tell her that she will receive information about the application process from DirectWomen. All application materials must be received by June 30, 2013.

More information about DirectWomen, as well as a link to the online applications for the 2014 Board Institute, can be found at For more information, please contact Sarah Gevlin at (518) 929-4077 or

Public Interest Programs Planned

• Join the Legal Clinic for the Disabled for a First Person Arts StorySlam on Thursday, June 20 to benefit free legal services for low income persons with physical disabilities in Philadelphia. This fundraiser goes directly to help someone protect themselves from violence and homelessness or gain access to much-needed services. What’s a StorySlam? A StorySlam is more than a storytelling competition. It's an invitation to share five minutes of your life in a room full of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Come and lend an ear, or share an experience. The theme for LawSlam is GUILTY. So bring your best story, and support this great cause. The event will be held at Field House, 1150 Filbert St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door (cash only). Click here to purchase tickets.

Friends of Farmworkers will celebrate, honor and thank FOF General Counsel Arthur Read and outgoing Board members Dan Sipe, Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Kenneth I. Trujillo and Louis S. Rulli for their outstanding service to the organization. The event, an evening of cocktails and antojitos mexicanos, will take place on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tequilas, 1602 Locust St. For more information, call 215-733-0878.

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.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 22 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; iDiscovery Solutions; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; Frankly Legal; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; Love Court Reporting; M. Burr Keim Company; Pain Management & MRI; Robson Forensic, Inc.; State Civil Litigation Section; US Claims Inc; and Wilkie Lexus. 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

PNC Perspectives: Small Business Owners to Delay Hiring

PNC's recent survey of small and mid-sized business owners shows a slight improvement in business expectations and optimism compared to last fall, but still more cautious than in the spring of 2012. In this month's interview, we sat down with Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. who serves as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for the company. We discussed the key findings from the survey, and their potential impact on the U.S. economy. Click here to read the interview

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

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.

*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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