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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 63

Scholarships Available for Bench-Bar at Revel

Scholarships to the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, October 4-5 at REVEL Resort in Atlantic City, are available by lottery to Association Members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 4 at Revel as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced on Sept. 10 via email.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Gormley on Watergate at Bench-Bar; Register Early and Save

Duquesne University School of Law Dean Ken Gormley will discuss the 40th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre” that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon during the Opening Luncheon at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 4 at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. Association members who register before Sept. 13 can save $80! 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; LexisNexis; Love Court Reporting; M. Burr Keim Company; Robson Forensic, Inc.; State Civil Litigation Section; US Claims Inc; and Wilkie Lexus. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Sponsor Spotlight: iDiscovery Solutions

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Revel in Atlantic City on Friday, Oct. 4 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Come down early to meet our valued sponsors who have made this year's conference possible! Also, we invite you to visit each of our sponsors throughout the conference to get your "Passport" stamped to enter a raffle to win the new iPad!

iDiscovery Solutions (iDS) is an award-winning, global, legal technology expert services firm. Founded in Washington, D.C., in 2008 by industry veterans with more than 50 years of litigation and consulting experience combined, we provide consulting, data analytics, processing and hosting of electronically stored information, and expert services in the areas of electronic discovery, digital forensics, and enterprise applications. We also provide subject matter experts that testify as to how technology works generally, and specifically, within the context of litigation, investigations, and government inquiries. We work side-by-side with a client's in-house and outside counsel, IT department, and legal team to collect and analyze data, develop proactive process improvements, and create cutting-edge strategies for both legal and corporate clients. iDS embraces the complex challenges that our competitors avoid to deliver value to our clients with our corporate goals in mind. In short, we solve problems that others cannot. We strive to give our clients unsurpassed access to extraordinary information that exceeds their expectations. Maximizing efficiency, economy, and effectiveness requires more than a server and a software license. It requires true expertise. iDS has that expertise.

Advanced Storytelling and Presentation Skills Aug. 26

The best lawyers agree: without skilled delivery, the soundest arguments fail. In this entertaining and compelling program on Monday, Aug. 26, David Mann focuses on the goal of persuading juries and engaging witnesses by presenting complex materials with the ease of conversation. Using past masters as examples, learn how to use vocal inflection and body language to tell the story between the words. Click here to register.

Drafting ADR Clauses CLE Aug. 29

Alternative dispute resolution is becoming more prevalent these days. It offers the promise of a quicker resolution at lower cost. But it cannot realize that promise unless the drafter of ADR clauses understands when different types of ADR processes - or some combination of them - will and won't work to fit the client's needs and goals. A mistake can come back to bite you months or even years later. In the Thursday, Aug. 29 lunchtime CLE "Drafting ADR Clauses: Make a Mistake Today, Have a Disaster Tomorrow," experienced practitioners will focus on the causes and consequences of defective arbitration clauses, and provide a framework for how best to draft ADR clauses that work. You will never again just copy the last ADR clause someone in your office did and call it good enough.

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.

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

10th Annual Animal Law Conference Aug. 29

Celebrate 10 years of animal law and get updates on any changes in the law and hear keynote remarks from Bruce A. Wagman at PBI's 10th Annual Animal Law Conference on Thursday, Aug. 29. Click here to register.

Fundamentals of Insurance Law Aug. 30

At PBI's Fundamentals of Insurance Law on Friday, Aug. 30, you'll discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act; receive and overview of basic insurance concepts; and obtain an understanding of coverage and claims. Click here to register.

Litigation Technology Workshop Aug. 30

At PBI's Litigation Technology Workshop on Friday, Aug. 30, discover how legal technology can be used to create a digital exhibit notebook; find out what technology you need to develop your own trial presentations; gather a practical list of technology tips and tricks; and grasp the extent to which you can use your iPad as a litigator. Click here to register.

Business Continuity Workshop Sept. 6

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and the Philadelphia Police Department Homeland Security Unit will present a business continuity workshop on Friday, Sept. 6.

Topics include developing a business continuity plan; signing up for Philadelphia's Corporate Emergency Access System; learning about the city's evacuation routes; staying informed before, during and after an emergency; and identifying and reporting suspicious activity.

Registration and a free continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Space is limited. Reserve your place by Aug. 29 by clicking here.

Resolving Fee Disputes Sept. 9

Have you ever had a fee dispute with a client? We have, and we know how upsetting and disruptive it can be. Find out how the Fee Dispute Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association may be able to help resolve your dispute at a Monday, Sept. 9 program sponsored by the Family Law Section and Solo and Small Firm Committee.

The Fee Disputes Committee resolves disagreements about fees between clients and attorneys, out of court and free of charge. The Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program offers two methods to help clients and attorneys resolve their disagreements. Those two methods are mediation and binding arbitration.

Hear from Committee Co-Chairs Arthur N. Brandolph, John Encarnacion and Linda F. Rosen as to how the Committee can serve both you and your clients and get you back to the practice of law. 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.

LGBT Employment, Labor Law Developments CLE Sept. 10

The LGBT Rights Committee will present the CLE program "Working OUT: Developments in the Employment, Labor and Benefits Law for LGBT Individuals in Pennsylvania" on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

This program will discuss and analyze significant employment, labor and benefit trends in Pennsylvania in recent years related to the LGBT community. Specific attention will be given to cases applying Title VII to questions of gender identity; local protections available to Philadelphia employees under the recently passed Fair Practices Ordinance; claims raised in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania regarding employee benefits under ERISA; and Pennsylvania HB 300, which would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression."

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.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.

Changing Parameters of Diversity Sept. 10

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present the Chancellor's Forum "The Changing Parameters of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession" on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The featured speaker is Sandra S. Yamate, CEO, The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. She will be joined by Sophia Lee, chief litigation counsel at Sunoco and co-chair of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and Philadelphia Bar Association Corporate In-House Counsel Committee and secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Wesley R. Payne IV, partner, White and Williams LLP and co-chair of Philadelphia Diversity Law Group as well as treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association and president of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel; and Brennan J. Torregrossa, in-house counsel, Glaxo SmithKline and co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Corporate In-House Counsel Committee. The program will be moderated by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Established in 2009, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) is one of the newer organizations establish-ed to devote its energies and focus its efforts at creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. With its motto, "Real change. Now," IILP has been asking hard questions and undertaking research and programming aimed at finding answers to those questions. Yamate will provide an overview of IILP's work, explaining how it supplements and supports the diversity leadership offered by groups like the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, and minority and women's bar associations, highlighting some of its research findings, and sharing insights into the most recent and cutting edge diversity and inclusion developments that IILP has been observing within the legal profession.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Registration is free at

Green Ribbon Committee Roundtable Sept. 10

The Green Ribbon Committee will hold its annual roundtable over breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor.

Andrew Stober, chief of staff for the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, will speak briefly and answer questions regarding the new Bike Share program. The rest of the meeting will be dedicated to exchanging ideas and sustainability tips.

If interested in attending, please send an e-mail to

First Amendment Issues, High School Conduct CLE Sept. 12

First Amendment issues and competing considerations in public schools' regulating off-campus conduct of high school students will be the focus of a Thursday, Sept. 12 CLE program sponsored by the Education Law Committee, Appellate Courts Committee and Federal Courts Committee.

Panelists include Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge D. Brooks Smith; U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro; Robert L. Byer and Sean R. Sullivan. The program will be moderated by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

This program will use a mock appellate argument as a means of discussing the issues that can arise when public high schools attempt to regulate off-campus conduct by students. These issues are the subject of debate and adjudications have resulted in divergent views among various trial and appellate courts. The mock argument will be followed by a general discussion of the issues by the participants.

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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.

Registration and lunch 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.

Tax Section CLE Sept. 12

Practice before the IRS includes a wide range of activities, including the rendering of written federal tax advice. Tax practitioners increasingly find themselves worrying about becoming subject to civil penalties imposed by the IRS, as well as the possibility of being subject to criminal violations for interactions with their clients. The updated Circular 230 sets out the standards for attorneys, certified public accountants and others who prepare tax returns or provide tax advice to clients for compensation. This seminar discusses the recent developments, Office of Professional Responsibility enforcement, as it relates to the IRS return preparer penalty program, and the alleged "enhanced" enforcement. Click here to register for this Thursday, Sept. 12 Tax Section CLE program.

L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry at Sept. 19 Leadership Program

Jill Eikenberry, one of the stars of the long-running television series "L.A. Law" will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 19 Chancellor’s Leadership Institute program.

Eikenberry played lawyer Ann Kelsey and earned four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She played opposite her husband Michael Tucker in the series.

She co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC titled "Destined to Live," which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. She battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives.

Join us for a candid conversation with Eikenberry about playing a woman lawyer on network television in a groundbreaking role, being married to a lawyer on television, and life as a breast cancer survivor as well as an activist for breast cancer research and early detection.

The program begins at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets and is followed by a wine and cheese reception. Admission is $25 for Bar Association members and $35 for non-members. Click here to register. This Chancellor's Leadership Institute program is sponsored by Kaplan Leaman Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support and The Dispute Resolution Institute.

Presenting Your Personal Brand Sept. 19

The Solo and Small Firm Committee, the Brehon Law Society and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present "Presenting Your Personal Brand After the Death of the Elevator Speech," at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 23rd Floor, on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The speakers are Gina Furia Rubel, past chancellor of The Justinian Society and president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, and former sports broadcaster, academic All American, and member of the Villanova 1985 basketball championship team, Mark Plansky.

This is a great opportunity to learn various ways to communicate your personal and corporate brands both online and offline - from strategic use of social media to in-person networking. Cocktails and light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program but RSVP is required and space is limited. Please contact Siobhan Lyons at, Maureen Farrell at, or John Sullivan at to register for the program.

ACE Committee Annual Meeting, CLE Sept. 26

The Advancing Civics Education Committee (ACE) will hold its annual meeting and CLE program on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program will include instruction, role play, a refresher for returning volunteers and orientation for new volunteers.

ACE is a partnership with public schools in Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education - in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution - to ninth-grade public school students. An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. ACE brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our commonwealth and our rapidly changing world. Click here for more information.

Dershowitz at Constitution Center Oct. 28

One of America's most prominent legal minds, Alan Dershowitz joins the National Constitution Center on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his new autobiography and his remarkable journey: from early academic struggles growing up in Brooklyn, to joining the Harvard faculty at age 28, to his involvement in the famous trials of O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson, and Patty Hearst. In "Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law," Dershowitz also reveals the evolution of his thinking on censorship and the First Amendment, civil rights, and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Don’t miss this sure-to-be compelling conversation! The Philadelphia Bar Association is a promotional partner for this event.

Advance reservations are recommended. Call 215.409.6700 or visit for more information.

Board Observer Program Seeks Young Lawyers

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has developed the Board Observation Program, an initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their future careers.

Through the program, a young lawyer will be paired with a Philadelphia nonprofit service organization so as to observe that organization's board activities during the one-year program. If you are a young lawyer interested in becoming a Board Observer or if you are a nonprofit organization and would like to express an interest in having an Observer next year, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Seeks Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its two annual awards – The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Pro Bono Award.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award, originally established by the Apothaker family in honor of Louis D. Apothaker, recognizes a public interest attorney who is dedicating his or her life to promoting equal access to justice for all by working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 stipend is presented in recognition of excellence in providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

The Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found at

Join the New Committee on Insurance Practice

The Philadelphia Bar Association has created a new Committee on Insurance Practice for attorneys involved in insurance practice on all sides, such as subrogation, bad faith litigation, and other aspects the practice. The committee was formed with the intention of being as widely inclusive as possible and to partner with other sections and committees of the Association on events and initiatives where appropriate.

"A lot of law firms will be very interested in this, and more attorneys will want to be members of the Philadelphia Bar Association because of this Committee," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

The Committee on Insurance Practice is chaired by Sean P. O'Donnell of Cozen O'Connor. For more information about the committee or to join, contact O'Donnell at

Volunteers Sought for New Education Law Committee

The Association's new Education Law Committee provides a forum to examine important initiatives affecting education, recent developments in the law and the Bar's role in this area. Our Association has not had an Education Law Committee in many years, and there is no more important time than now to examine the critical issues of access to education, development of our youth, and the intersection of the law at all levels - including pre-K to 12th grade, as well as colleges and universities.

The Committee will also study the expansion of youth courts in Philadelphia and the Bar's role in assisting that effort. City Council has accepted a series of recommendations for setting up youth courts in schools that work in tandem with the juvenile justice system.

Additionally, the Committee will facilitate the Bar's award-winning Advancing Civic Education Program, or ACE, which over the past five years has placed more than 150 volunteer lawyers and judges into 14 public high schools and three elementary schools to provide supplemental civics education, including the fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution.

The Committee also meets and collaborates with public officials and agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, leveraging the strengths of their offices to help with the Committee's efforts to engage the education bar, and discusses ideas for potential trainings/programs/panels and topics to energize Philadelphia's education attorneys.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of our new Education Law Committee, please contact Committee Co-Chair Joshua Richards of Saul Ewing LLP at, or Co-Chair Mary Gay Scanlon of Ballard Spahr LLP at

Bar Association Elections Committee Formed

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee. Chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth, it consists of Jennifer S. Coatsworth, John Encarnacion, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Henri Marcial, Aneesh A. Mehta, Ourania Papademetriou, Scott W. Reid, James A. Rocco III, Eric H. Weitz and Marc J. Zucker. Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III and Secretary Sophia Lee serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the secretary, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 10, 2013 annual meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration at for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Sophia Lee, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Legal Advice Live! Volunteers Needed

Volunteer attorneys are needed for the Young Lawyers Division's upcoming Legal Advice Live! events throughout the city. The dates and locations are as follows:

• Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Monday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m.
• Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m.
• Donatucci Branch of the Free Library, 1935 Shunk St., Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m.
• Murphy Recreation Center, 300 W. Shunk St., Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
• Lucien E. Blackwell Branch of the Free Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Mark Vogelbacker (, Charece Collins ( and Stephanie Mensing ( are soliciting volunteer attorneys. Contact them to volunteer.

At Legal Advice Live, attorneys provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Scheduled

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present a Fabulous Party Bus Trip to the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets are $175 per person and include admission to the Miss America pageant, round-trip transportation from Philadelphia to Atlantic City and food and drinks on the bus. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 215-587-9377.

HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Meeting, Pursuing Justice, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St. Join us as we reflect on the past year’s achievements and recognize outstanding volunteers, advocates and new Americans who have helped us along the way. We also install new officers to our Board as the launch for our 2014 fiscal year. Tickets cost $35 each ($25 nonprofit employee rate). Dietary restrictions will be observed. For more information or to purchase tickets click here. RSVP requested by Sep. 10.

The Education Law Center will hold its Annual Event on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. Morris Dees, renowned civil rights attorney and founder and chief trial Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the featured speaker. Tickets may be purchased online at

Nationalities Service Center will present its Global Tastes Annual Event, a celebration of Philadelphia’s diverse communities through food on Thursday, Sept. 26 The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Horticultural Center, Fairmount Park, North Horticultural Drive. At the event, Romulo L. Diaz Jr., vice president and general counsel of PECO will be honored. Tickets are available at More information is also available at Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on Homeownership - Mortgage Foreclosure on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at PECO/Exelon, 2301 Market St. For further information, and to register, click here.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its annual Fall Celebration and Silent Auction on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Westin Philadelphia to support LCD’s efforts at providing free legal services to low-income individuals with disabilities and who are deaf and hard of hearing. LCD’s services enable their clients to live safe, healthy, and independent lives in their community. Come for a night of fun, great auction items, food, drinks and music by 61 North! For more information or to make a donation, please contact Linda Peyton at

• Reserve your foursome now for the 8th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 30 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Bring clients and colleagues and try your luck (and skill) at one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania. A day on the greens provides your organization with a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities and to register. For questions, contact or 267-546-9216.

Community Legal Services will hold its 4th Annual Justice for All 5K race/walk on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8:30 a.m., at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. In addition to individual, legal, and open team competitions, the Justice For All 5K features a Law School Challenge in which teams from area law schools compete against one another. Advance online registration closes at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Day-of registration will be available starting at 7:15 a.m. on race day. For information about registration fees or to register online, visit Contact Caitlin Brown at cbrown@clsphila.orgfor more information.

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

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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

PNC Perspectives: Retirement Planning a Priority

The impact of market turmoil on retirement assets over the past several years coupled with the demographic reality that more of the population is moving toward retirement and living longer have caused income and cash flow strategies to rise to the top of many individuals' retirement planning priority lists. In this month's interview, we sat down with Risa Stolker, CFP®, senior wealth planner at PNC Wealth Management, to discuss the changes she believes are occurring in retirement income planning since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.Click here to read the interview.

Irrevocable Trusts: Drafting with the Right Ingredients

In the past, irrevocable trusts were seen primarily as a means of transferring the wealth of high net worth clients to their loved ones. But in recent years, many practitioners have found ways to make them useful in the estates of middle-class clients. They are now used to protect estates from being lost due to the effects of living longer, having diminished capacity, sky-rocketing long-term care costs, potential lawsuits, scams, undue influence, and other dangers. In this new course you will learn what irrevocable trusts are, examine case studies for examples of when and how to use them, review the relevant tax provisions, and receive guidance for drafting them. This 3 CLE hour (substantive) program will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. at at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in and lunch begin at 12 p.m. 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. 26
Technethics (video)
3 ethics CLE credits
10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Advanced Storytelling and Presentation Skills
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Irrevocable Trusts: Drafting with the Right Ingredients
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Lights, Camera, Evidence!
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Assisting a Colleague in Distress (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 28
Document This! Creating, Managing & Negotiating Documents Electronically (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Understanding the Basics of the ADA
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Fire At-Will in Pennsylvania (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 29
10th Annual Animal Law Conference
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 30
Fundamentals of Insurance Law
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Litigation Technology Workshop
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Over-Zealous Advocate (video)
1 ethics CLE credit
2 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 9
Structuring & Crafting Commercial Loan Documents (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
Fundamentals of Estate Administration
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Working OUT: Developments in the Employment, Labor and Benefits Law for LGBT Individuals in Pennsylvania
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12
Beyond Circular 230 - Tax Practitioners & Their Clients at Risk For Penalties, Prosecutions & Forfeitures
1 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Hidden Cases: Third Party Claims in Workplace Injuries (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13
The Family Lawyer’s Discovery Toolkit (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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