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August 24, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 51
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships to the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 16-17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, are available by lottery to Philadelphia Bar Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 16 at Borgata as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit, meetings coordinator for the Philadelphia Bar Association, at by 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. If you enter the lottery, please DO NOT register for the conference or make a hotel reservation. If your name is not selected for one of the scholarships, you will be able to register and receive the early-bird discount until Sept. 18.

The winners will be announced on Sept. 17 via email.

Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

Trials of the Century III Aug. 27

In this CLE program, learn proven persuasion methods through studies on what motivates people to take action. Attendees will also hear from Nobel Prize winners on understanding how humans are persuaded to make decisions.

Develop and improve your persuasion techniques. For example, watch attorneys persuade judges, juries and Supreme Court justices and discover how to get into the psyche of decision makers.

This 5 substantive, 1 ethics program will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Business in Palestine and Jordan Aug. 28

The International Business Initiative, a subcommittee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s International Law Committee, will host a talk by Mohammad Abu Ayyash, former mayor of Beit Ommar, a Palestinian city in Israel on Aug. 28 at 12 p.m.

In addition to speaking about his business and keys to success, Ayyash also will discuss the challenges of doing business in Palestine and Jordan, including the challenges associated with an area of high unemployment.

The purpose of this talk is to share the other side of business in Israel from the Palestinian perspective. The International Business Initiative heard from Israeli businesses on July 1, live from Tel Aviv. This presentation will be live from Palestine.

The talk will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Committee Room South, 1101 Market St. Registration is free and lunch is $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, click here.

Teaching Anglo/American Law Abroad in the Russian Federation Sept. 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association and Pepper Hamilton LLP will host “Teaching Anglo/American Law Abroad in the Russian Federation for the Center for International Legal Studies” on Sept. 8 from 12-1:30 p.m.

Karen Porter, permanent visiting professor of law at the Pericles Law Center in Moscow and adjunct professor of law (foreign LL.M. program) at Widener University Delaware Law School, will present. She will discuss her experiences teaching Russian attorneys in Moscow, Podolsk City and Murom, Russian Federation, for the past five years.

The presentation will be held at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP no later than 12 p.m. on Sept. 3 to Barbara Mayer at

Sixty-Fifth Barristers’ Association Installation Sept. 9

Join the The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia for its annual Installation of Officers Ceremony on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the incoming executive and advisory boards will be sworn in alongside Shabrei M. Parker, Barristers’ incoming president and associate at Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a networking reception.

The ceremony and reception will be held at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Guests are required to RSVP via email to

EducationWorks Presents First Social Justice Award Sept. 10

EducationWorks is pleased to bring Edgar Cahn to Philadelphia to be presented with its first Social Justice Award at the National Constitution Center on Sept. 10. Zane David Memeger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will present Cahn with the award.

Cahn is a former speechwriter for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and high level U.S. Department of Justice officials. A founder of Antioch Law School, he wrote the famous Yale Law Journal article that jump-started the movement for free legal services for indigent American citizens and has arguably been the nation's most successful public interest lawyer in the past half century.

Memeger's leadership has resulted in innovative and inspirational legal work in the eastern part of Pennsylvania in the areas of prisoner reentry, crime prevention and violence reduction. His work has been recognized by multiple awards and by his appointment to the U.S. Attorney Advisory Council by Attorney General Eric Holder. He maintains that position under new Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

EducationWorks hopes the event will inspire a new generation of social activists to increase opportunity and freedom, reduce discrimination and exclusion and promote a more just America.

For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day Sept. 16

Strap on your construction boots or sneakers, and join the Real Property Section in helping Habitat for Humanity build a home in Philadelphia on Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will be the fifth year that the Real Property Section has hosted a build day to help construct a home for someone in need.

The location of the site will be announced a few weeks ahead of the build day. All abilities are welcome and Habitat will supply tools and safety gear. For more information and to reserve a spot, please email Alex Barth at

Villanova Law Review Celebrates 60th Anniversary Sept. 18

The 2015 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, at Villanova University School of Law on Sept. 18, celebrates the Villanova Law Review’s 60th anniversary and honors the scholarship published throughout the journal’s history.

Since its founding in 1956, the journal has published articles and essays by leading legal scholars, regarding issues at the foundation of law and justice and at the cutting edge of current legal problems. Members of the Villanova Law faculty will present essays, along with three additional works, to be published in the sixtieth volume in 2016. These 11 essays reflect on the importance of one or more articles published in the Villanova Law Review.

The symposium will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101), Villanova University School of Law, 299 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, PA. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4 substantive CLE credits.

For more information or to register, click here.

"Vatican Splendors" VIP Guided Tour by Emily Urban, Ph.D. Sept. 29

Experience the culture of the Vatican without the hassle of traveling. Just days after Pope Francis's visit, join the Philadelphia Bar Academy on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute to explore "Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art," an exhibit that features nearly 200 objects representing the breadth of Western history since the fall of Rome. Attendees will view works of art by some of history's most celebrated artists and explore an extraordinary collection of historical and religious objects that have never been seen before by the general public.

The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia. Attendees should plan to arrive at 5:45 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, click here.

Save the Date: 26th HBAPA-LEF Scholarship Dinner Oct. 8

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund will be holding its annual Scholarship Dinner on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The 2015 honoree is Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, executive director of the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A keynote address will be given by Alba E. Martinez, principal of the Retail Investor Group at The Vanguard Group.

The dinner will be held at the National Society of Colonial Dames, 1630 Latimer St, Philadelphia. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit or call Lorena E. Ahumada at (215) 496-7227.

Early-Bird Registration for Bench-Bar at Borgata Closes Sept. 18

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City. Early-bird registration closes on Sept. 18.

Attracting hundreds of attorneys and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary. Twenty-three seminars and a minimum of 8 CLE credits will be available.

Registration is available at Sponsors for the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USI Affinity, Veritext, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, State Civil Litigation Section, Family Law Section, Friedman LLP, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, RIMKUS, Widener University Delaware Law School, Bellia Print & Design, The Legal Intelligencer and Sb1 Federal Credit Union® .

Save the Date: 63rd Red Mass and St. Thomas More Award Dinner Oct. 20

The St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia invites you to save the date for its annual Red Mass and St. Thomas More Award Dinner to be held on Oct. 20 at 5:15 p.m. This year's recipient of the award is Hon. Gerald Austin (Jerry) McHugh, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The mass will be given at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Dinner and presentation of the award will immediately follow at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, please contact Suzanne K. Mintzer at 215-568-5116 or

Philadelphia Bar Career Center Now Open

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

  • Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.
  • New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).
  • Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.
  • 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA, 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA, 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present your Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the Membership Card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won't just observe art. You'll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA.

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.

PNC Perspectives: What Your Estate and Trust Plans Say About Your Legacy

Well-structured estate and trust plans can help to create a family legacy. To make sure an individual’s intentions are properly carried out, conversations about family beliefs, values and relationships should be at the forefront of the estate and trust planning process. To read the entire article, click here.

Upcoming CLE Courses

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.

Aug. 24
(A)Microsoft Excel for Lawyers and Staff (B)A Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat and PDF Files
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 25
Fourth Annual Supreme Court Roundup
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

What You Need to Know About Student Loans
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 26
The Basics of UM/UIM and Limited Tort
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Who’s on First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania (Video)
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 27
Ethics Potpourri-Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age?
0 substantive/1 ethics
8:30-9:30 a.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Trials of the Century
5 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri-PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Update
0 substantive/1 ethics
10-11 a.m.; check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri-Law Marketing and Ethics 2015 Update: Balancing Smart Business Development, Adhering to the Rules
0 substantive/1 ethics
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; check-in at 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri-The Ethics of Pro Bono: Doing Good the Right Way
0 substantive/1 ethics
1:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 1 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri-Frequently Asked Questions: Ethics and Social Media
0 substantive/1 ethics
3-4 p.m.; check-in at 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri-Solutions for the Lawyer in Distress
0 substantive/1 ethics
4:30-5:30 p.m.; check-in at 4 p.m.

Aug. 28
A Day on Personal Injury
5.5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Aug. 31
Medicare Set Asides/Structured Settlements (Video)
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 1
PLI - Nuts & Bolts of Electronic Discovery 2015
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 2
From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond (video)
5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Sept. 3
An Attorney’s Guide to Going Paperless (video)
5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Sept. 9
Law and Religion
Part of PBI’s Public Policy Series
2 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Hotels 2015: Law and Practice
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Sept. 10
Current Issues in Executive Compensation
2 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 11:45 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age? (video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; check-in at 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 11
Ethics Potpourri- Solutions for the Lawyer in Distress (video)
0 substantive/1 ethics
10:30-11:30 a.m.; check-in at 10 a.m.

New Initiatives In Raising Capital After the JOBS Act
1 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-1:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.
Lunch is included.

*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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