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Aug. 6, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 59

ABC's Ann Compton is Plenary Speaker at Bench-Bar

This year's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference will offer an insider's view of the 2012 presidential election, as we welcome ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton as our Opening Plenary speaker. Additionally, at our Saturday breakfast, we'll hear from The Philadelphia Inquirer's national political columnist Dick Polman, offering his own special brand of election insights.

The 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, featuring 21 CLE seminars, will be held 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. A total of 6 CLE credits are available. Enjoy special early-bird savings on the full conference when you register by Sept. 14.

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, First Judicial District, Love Court Reporting, Robson Forensic, JAMS, US Claims Inc., LexisNexis, Round Table Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, Special Counsel, Applied Discovery, LawCash, O'Neill Consulting Corporation, Lien Negotiation Counsel, Iron Mountain, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, FTI Consulting, JustLegalInc., Kroll Ontrack Inc. and The Legal Intelligencer. Special acknowledgement -State Civil Litigation Section, Family Law Section, Real Property Section and Workers' Compensation Section. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or via email at Learn more at

Donate Scholarship for Bench-Bar Conference

Scholarships to the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being sought so Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys can attend the Oct. 5-6 event at Revel in Atlantic City.

Created in 2006, the scholarship program has provided approximately 30 scholarships per year. Benefactors will be recognized in the on-site program and in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter. You can send your firm's check payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. If you have any questions, please contact Regina Foley, chair, 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Scholarship Committee, at (215) 255-4438, or Maria Feeley, chair, 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, at (215) 981-4129.

The Philadelphia Bar Association would like to thank the following law firms for providing scholarships to public interest and government service lawyers for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference:

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Duffy + Partners; Kovler & Rush, P.C.; Messa and Associates, P.C.; Real Property Section and State Civil Litigation Section.

Board Approves Resolution Regarding Women, City Contracts

A resolution supporting and commending Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City Council on examining the level of women participation on executive boards in companies that contract with the City of Philadelphia has been unanimously approved by the Board of Governors.

The measure, introduced at the Board's July 26 meeting, supports and commends the Mayor and the City Council's Committee on Commerce and Economic Development in holding hearings and in examining the level of women participation on executive boards in companies that contract with the City of Philadelphia to ensure that all companies that receive city contracts take a pro-active role in producing boards that are more reflective of the population demographics of the city and reflect the growing number of women in the workplace.

The resolution also states that the Philadelphia Bar Association, through the Chancellor, the Women in the Profession Committee and other committees and sections continue to study and work on how women can achieve board positions and obtain leadership roles on boards doing business with the City of Philadelphia. It also authorizes the Chancellor to publicize, distribute and communicate the content of this resolution to the Mayor and Council of the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Bar Association members, other bar associations, the general public, the media, and whomsoever they deem suitable to receive the information. Click here to read the entire resolution.

Learn Benefits of Green Energy Aug. 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Committee encourages representatives from all Philadelphia firms to sign up for a free event promoting green power and the EPA's green energy challenge, which is being hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Clean Air Council.

Come to the Academy of Natural Sciences on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to find out the benefits of purchasing green energy and how you and your firm can help Philadelphia become the greenest city in America. Meet EPA Green Power Partners and providers of green energy to discuss the importance of clean energy investments. A reception with refreshments starts at 6 p.m. RSVP to Thurman Brendlinger at or 216-567-4004, ext. 104 by Aug. 7.

Civil Litigation CLE, Phillies Game Aug. 30

Enjoy a Phillies game and get CLE credit beforehand at PBI's "Civil Litigation Update and Practice Tips with a Baseball Theme" on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The CLE begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Tour Group Meeting Room at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies game against the New York Mets begins at 1:05 p.m. Registration closes Monday, Aug. 6. Click here to register.

International Issues in Copyrights Aug. 8

Stanley Cohen will discuss international copyrights and international issues in copyrights at the Wednesday, Aug. 8 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of 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 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Understanding Common Work Injuries Aug. 8

Practicing physicians review sources of pain, insights on medical histories and viable treatment options within the workers' compensation system at the CLE program "A Guide To Understanding Common Work Injuries in the Spine, Shoulders and Upper Extremities" on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

This 4 substantive CLE program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Privacy in the Workplace CLE Aug. 8

Learn what you need to know about privacy rights in private sector employment at PBI's "Private Eyes Are Watching You: Privacy in the Workplace" on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

This 3 substantive CLE credit program begins at 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Recovering Digital Evidence CLE Aug. 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "What Every Attorney Should Know About Recovering Digital Evidence" on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Walking you through the basics of electronically stored information and how it applies to cell phones, this brand-new seminar demonstrates just what types of information can, and cannot, be retrieved using forensic technology. The presenters will also analyze current and pending litigation to ascertain the benefits and pitfalls of utilizing forensics in your case.

This 3 substantive CLE credit program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Search Engine Optimization Aug. 14

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will present "What is Search Engine Optimization and Why Should I Care?" on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Candace Roberts, president of Quantum Think, will be the guest speaker. 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.

Sports Lawyer Ethics CLE, Soccer Game Sept. 20

Watch the Philadelphia Union take on DC United after the Thursday, Sept. 20 CLE program "Ethics for the Sports Lawyer" at PPL Park in Chester.

The CLE begins at 4 p.m. and is followed by a dinner buffet on the party deck. The game begins at 8 p.m. Registration closes Aug. 17. Click here for more information.

Writing for Lawyers CLE Aug. 17

Gain insights into what judges and senior attorneys really want to see in your legal writing at PBI's "Writing for Lawyers" on Friday, Aug. 17. Learn the tricks and techniques of legal writing that law school never taught you. Click here for more information.

Construction Defect Litigation Aug. 21

Construction defect claims represent one of the fastest growing areas of litigation. Claims related to faulty workmanship and structural defects resulting in water infiltration, mold and other consequential damages pose a tremendous liability to developers, design professional contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, their respective insurers, and anyone else involved in a construction project.

The faculty at PBI's "Construction Defect Litigation: Claims and Coverage" will provide step-by-step advice on construction defect litigation - how builders risk, professional liability and other policies respond to claims on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Click here for more information.

Settlements and Cooperation Aug. 22

William D. Kennedy will discuss "Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Personal Injury Settlements: A Time for Cooperation Between Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys” at the Wednesday, Aug. 22 meeting of the Medical Legal 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register for lunch.

How Juries View Tractor Trailer Accidents Aug. 22

Presented in a mock trial format under Pennsylvania's new joint and several theory of liability, PBI's "How Juries View Tractor Trailer Accidents after Joint and Several," complete with judge and jury, allows you to discover what jurors really think about the case as you watch a behind the scenes jury deliberation.

You will have the opportunity to see what motivates jurors to award, or not award, damages and which facts are considered most important to their decision. The program will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center. Click here for more information.

YLD Photo Contest Entries Due Aug. 24

The Young Lawyers Division welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Standing Out from the Crowd," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive great gift certificates as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the people, buildings, sites or anything else that make Philadelphia unique. Creative interpretations of this year's theme are encouraged!

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Kaitlin Picco at in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 24.

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

WIP Newsletter Deadline is Sept. 4

The Sept. 4 deadline for contributions to the Beacon, the newsletter for the Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is approaching. You are invited to contribute to the Beacon by providing any of the following:

• Substantive articles with in-depth interest to members should be sent to the attention of Jane Dalton at or Jessica Mackner at

• Book reviews on topics of general interest to membership. Fiction or non-fiction reviews are both welcome. Book reviews should be sent to the attention of Christa Frank at

• Any professional news regarding yourself or another committee member should be forwarded to Jennifer Weed at or Phyllis Epstein at

Please let us know of any news or events happening (past or future) in your practice area or with other professional women’s organizations that are of general interest. News announcements should be forwarded to the attention of Christine Soares at

Thurgood Marshall Nominations Due by Sept. 14

Nominations are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party.

The award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The award should be for longtime service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

This year's Awards Committee is co-chaired by James Funt and Kevin Mincey. Nominations and/or questions should be sent to either or

All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

In addition, you may make recommendations for the Cesare Beccaria Award, presented annually to one who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria. The Beccaria Award recognizes a member of the Philadelphia Bar who has had distinguished achievement in the field of education in criminal justice, including legal and/or general education activities in the field. The Justinian Society participates in the award and its presentation. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

PNC Perspectives: Effectiveness of Fiscal Austerity

In this month’s PNC Perspectives, we delve into the topic of fiscal austerity which has become a frequently used term to describe steps that governments are taking to combat economic woes. In this interview with Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments, we take a look at various measures enacted by various countries and what the short-term outlook is for economic stability in the United States. Click here to read the interview.

FJD Seeks Applicants for 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. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judicial fellows work in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court. 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 and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University 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 Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

Homestead Exemption Deadline Extended

Did you know that you could save money on your real estate taxes? Upon passage of legislation, the City of Philadelphia will be offering a Homestead Exemption for all homeowners in Philadelphia.

A Homestead Exemption means that if you own your home, you can qualify for a reduction of your home's reassessment, and therefore reduce your tax bill. There are no age or income restrictions and all homeowners in the city are encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply. For more information, call 215-686-9200.

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.

Public Interest Programs Planned

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will host its Summer Movie Party Friday, Aug. 17 at William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This year's selection is "Sudden Fear," a 1952 film noir starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Doors open at 6 p.m.; movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Food and drink is included in ticket price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Pre-paid reservations are recommended. Buy tickets at or call 215-587-9377.

• Community Legal Services will hold its third annual Justice for All 5K at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Sunday, Oct. 14. Click here for more information.

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 2012.)

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

• 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.

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. Philadelphia Bar Association members can save 25 percent by using promo code 4729643 at checkout. To order visit or call 215-557-2453.

A Day on Real Estate Aug. 7

Geared for experienced real estate attorneys, "A Day on Real Estate" features 6 one-hour sessions on a variety of topics taught by seasoned professionals. Each hour is packed full of practice tips and the latest legal information. This 6 CLE hour (5 substantive/1 ethics) program will be a held Tuesday, Aug. 7 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Monday, Aug. 6
MBA Concepts for Lawyers 2012 (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

13th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday – Tuesday, Aug. 6-7
PLI - ERISA: The Evolving World 2012
13 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tuesday, Aug. 7
A Day on Real Estate - East
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Disciplinary Diversion for Lawyers and Judges (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A Day on Real Estate – East
Community College of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Workers' Compensation Medical Lecture Series: A Guide To Understanding Common Work Injuries in the Spine, Shoulders, Knees and Upper Extremities
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Private Eyes are Watching You: Privacy in the Workplace
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 9
Cell Phone Forensics: What Every Attorney Should Know About Recovering Digital Evidence
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Fundamentals of Civil Practice & Procedure
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10
Handling the Sex Offense Case
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Social Media for Lawyers: Darned If You Do, Darned If You Don't? (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 2 p.m.

Judgment Collection Strategies: The Legal and Successful Collection of Debt (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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

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