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Sept. 16, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 69

Gormley on Watergate at
Bench-Bar & Annual Conference
Opening Luncheon; Register Now

Ken Gormley, dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, 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. Click here to register.

Gormley on Watergate at Bench-Bar Opening Luncheon

Ken Gormley, dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, 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. Click here to register.

The two-day 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: USClaims

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!

Founded in 1996, USClaims is the longest continuously operating pre-settlement funding company in the U.S. It currently has $30 million dollars in active funding and more than 3,000 clients. USClaims offers cash advances to assist plaintiffs with life necessities by purchasing a portion of the anticipated proceeds of their claim. USClaims’ interest in case proceeds is paid only if a case is successfully resolved. USClaims has been voted the #1 Law Firm Funding Company and among the Best Litigation Funding Companies by the National Law Journal “Best of 2013” survey. USClaims is also ranked among the “Best of 2012” by The Legal Intelligencer and New Jersey Law Journal for litigation funding. USClaims provides no-risk financial support for personal injury victims pursuing catastrophic injury cases involving negligence, defective products, drug injury, insurer misconduct, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse, and other cases. USClaims works closely with personal injury attorneys during the pendency of each case. A member of the Active American Legal Finance Association (ALFA), USClaims offers Client Award Protection, ensuring that client costs never exceed the value of a settlement. For more information or to apply for litigation funding support, go to or call 1-877-USClaim.

Updates in Civil Rights Law CLE Sept. 17

Brian M. Puricelli will address recent civil rights updates, specifically in connection with First Amendment free speech issues, and Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues at a Tuesday, Sept. 17 CLE program presented by the Civil Rights Committee.

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 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

PAP Pro Bono Award Nominations Due Sept. 17

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) has extended its deadline to Tuesday, Sept. 17 for submitting nominations for PAP's 2013 Pro Bono Award.

The 2013 PAP Pro Bono Award is designed to acknowledge the dedication and motivation of a paralegal who has volunteered his or her time to enhance the delivery of quality, pro bono, legal services to the less fortunate population of Philadelphia. Eligibility requirements (nominee does not need to be a member of PAP; cannot be an employee of a public interest legal organization) and further details about the award are outlined in the attached flyer, which is also available on the PAP web site. The winning paralegal will be honored by a $1,000 donation to a pro bono organization of his or her choice selected from the list on the attached nomination form. The award will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 8 during PAP's 4th Quarterly Luncheon at the Radisson-Warwick Hotel. Nominations should be submitted via email by no later than Wednesday, Sept. 18 to PAP's office at

Conversation with a Mediator CLE Sept. 18

John Francis Gough will present "A Conversation with a Mediator" addressing three principal aspects of mediation at a Wednesday, Sept. 18 CLE program presented by the Small Business Committee.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend at no charge.

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

Judge Pro Tem Training Session Sept. 18

The Business Litigation Committee and Pennsylvania Bar Institute in association with the Philadelphia Commerce Program will present a judge pro tem training session on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The program will bring together current Judges Pro Tem in the Commerce Case Management Program, and those who seek appointment as Judges Pro Tem in an effort to clarify the court's expectations; discuss ways to improve the process; and participate in training exercises for running a successful mediation, facilitated by a nationally-recognized expert who conducts mediation training for the New York courts.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the program, which begins at 2 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Successful Rainmaking Habits Sept. 18

The next Women in the Profession Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 where Kimberly Alford Rice will discuss "The Top Habits of Highly Successful Rainmakers: What You Must Do."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund.Click here to register.

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 event is being sponsored by A & A Court Reporting.

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.

What the Media Wants from Law Firms, Attorneys Sept. 19

Bar-News Media Committee and Legal Marketing Association to learn what members of the legal media want from law firms and their attorneys at a Thursday, Sept. 19 program.

Hear from reporters Dan Packel (Law360), Michael Ricciardi (The Legal Intelligencer), Jeff Blumenthal (Philadelphia Business Journal) and Chris Mondics (The Philadelphia Inquirer) so you can amplify your PR efforts. Ask questions and learn "best practices" for pitching and story idea submission. The program will be moderated by Gina Furia Rubel, chair of the Bar-News Media Committee.

The program begins at 12:20 in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Advance registration is required. Register by 12 p.m. on Sept. 18 by clicking here. Enter the discount code: PBA-SEPT13 to receive the $10 rate.

Constitution Center Programs on Law This Fall

Join Professor Thomas Healy as he discusses the fascinating evolution of iconic Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes from free-speech antagonist to First Amendment advocate on Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. Based on newly discovered letters, Healy's new book “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind - and Changed the History of Free Speech in America" reveals the behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to shift Holmes' perspective - which ultimately altered the course of American jurisprudence and constitutional interpretation. This program includes a book sale and signing. Advance reservations are recommended; call 215.409.6700 or order online by by clicking here.

• In conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, David M. Rubenstein discusses the relationship between the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, telling the story of how one landmark document led to the next in the context of the evolving story of America's battle for freedom. David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group. From 1977 to 1981, he was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Carter administration; from 1975 to 1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. Click here for tickets for this Wednesday, Oct. 30 program at the National Constitution Center.

• Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, distinguished presidential historian and bestselling author Robert Dallek provides a striking portrait of the iconic president and his inner circle of advisers - their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles. In "Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House," Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration - including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam - made an indelible impact on American history. Join in this fascinating discussion about a leader whose resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a fascinating perspective on presidential power. Click here for tickets for this Wednesday, Nov. 6 event at the Constitution Center. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a promotional partner of the National Constitution Center.

Family Fun Day Sponsored by YLD Sept. 21

Join us for Family Fun Day sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse on Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park.

Enjoy pizza, fruit, cookies, soft drinks and face painting with your families and colleagues at the 6.5-acre playground that features a giant wooden slide and more than 50 pieces of playground equipment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 16,000-square-foot playhouse, designed for children age 5 and younger, gives them a chance to drive a train, cook in the kitchen, ride tricycles and much more! The park and pavilion are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children under 10 will be admitted free. Click here to register. The event is sponsored by Messa & Associates, P.C.

Insurance Practice Planning Meeting Sept. 23

The Committee on Insurance Practice will discuss future plans and programs at its Monday, Sept. 23 meeting. The committee will also discuss available committee positions.

he 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 nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Municipal Court Diversion Programs CLE Sept. 24

If you represent clients arrested for misdemeanors, you need to know about special diversionary programs where your clients can get specialized attention and a better outcome than just the typical conviction and jail. Accelerated Misdemeanor Program, Small Amount of Marijuana and Project Dawn Court (help for women caught in a cycle of drugs and prostitution) are so important for our clients as potential avenues out of trouble. We have a duty to understand as much as we can about how these courts work and their eligibility requirements.

Join Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha H. Neifeld along with Sarah K. Allen, Derek Riker and Lesha Sanders to teach you what you need to know to help those clients. 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.

Bar Academy Inside the Print Center Sept. 25

Philadelphia Bar Association Academy presents "Inside The Print Center: Fall Exhibitions Tour with the Curator" on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Located in an historic Center City carriage house, The Print Center is a nonprofit art gallery that exhibits contemporary photography and printmaking. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a behind-the-scenes tour with the curator as we experience two new fall exhibitions on view in the galleries: Katie Grinnan: Three Headed Lady and Ephemeral Sprawl.

Tickets are $15 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 20. Cancellations must be received by Sept. 20 to receive a full refund. Click HERE for reservations. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

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. For more information or to register, contact David Trevaskis at (800) 932-0311, Ext. 2236 or

Federal Habeas Corpus CLE Sept. 26

Federal habeas corpus litigation is the most complex, difficult, and murky area of post-conviction criminal procedure. In this Thursday, Sept. 26 CLE program, a panel of experienced prosecutors, defense attorneys and federal judges guide you through the confusing and often treacherous waters comprising habeas corpus law in the federal courts. Our esteemed faculty will conduct a mock hearing that will provide students with a vivid example of habeas practice in action. This case study will present students with some of the most frequent issues encountered and provide a practical demonstration of how these challenges can be addressed by practitioners. Click here to register.

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.

Historic Preservation and Sustainability CLE Sept. 27

The Pennsylvania Constitution establishes the people's right to both the protection of the natural environment and the preservation of historic resources. In this Friday, Sept. 27 CLE program, we will explore recent laws and regulations encouraging sustainable development, and discover how green building requirements merge with historic preservation laws to share common ground. Attorneys, architects, and planners will discuss best practices in green building and historic preservation, and we will also learn about the broad impact of Philadelphia's unprecedented Green Streets Project, currently underway. Click here to register.

Brennan, PNC Achievement Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Dec. 10.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or to 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.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 PNC Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via email at or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o PNC Achievement Award Committee, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Conversation with School Superintendent Hite Sept. 30

Join us on Monday, Sept. 30 for a conversation with Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, sponsored by the City Policy Committee and Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.

Dr. Hite will provide them an overview of the status of the district. He was named superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia on June 29, 2012. His professional experience includes serving at every level - teacher, principal, central office administrator and superintendent. Prior to joining the District, Dr. Hite was Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, the state's second-largest school district and one of the 25 largest districts nationwide. He also served as the school system's deputy superintendent and interim superintendent. Dr. Hite led major efforts resulting in increased student achievement and significant improvements in teaching, learning and school status.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Lunch is available for $15, or brown bag. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Ethics, Duties of Serving on Board of Directors Oct. 2

The YLD will present the Live, Lunch and Learn CLE Program "The Professional Ethics and Duties of a Lawyer Serving on a Board of Directors" on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

This CLE seminar focuses on what every attorney who acts as a board member/director or an attorney for a nonprofit board needs to understand about his or her professional and ethical responsibilities. Specifically, the program will address a lawyer's professional duties and the potential conflicts that may arise when lawyers serve on boards of nonprofit organizations, including, understanding the fiduciary duties imposed upon nonprofit directors and whether the dual member/attorney role may compromise the lawyer's independence of professional judgment. Speaker Michael L. Temin will also review ethics opinions involving lawyers serving on boards of nonprofit organizations.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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.

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, Regina M. Foley, 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.

Dinner Honoring Ken Shear on His Retirement Oct. 24

Please join us for a dinner celebration honoring Kenneth Shear on his retirement as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

A cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 5:30 p.m. A three-course dinner with open bar begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $135 per person. Discounted valet parking is available for $26. The Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Cancellations are non-refundable after Oct. 21. Click here to register.

The Host Committee of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellors includes Arlin M. Adams, Harold Cramer, Thomas N. O'Neill Jr., Leon Katz, Jerome E. Bogutz, Joseph H. Foster, Donald C. Marino, David H. Marion, Bennett G. Picker, Seymour Kurland, Peter Hearn, Robert C. Heim, Deborah R. Willig, Andre L. Dennis, Lawrence J. Beaser, Abraham C. Reich, Francis P. Devine III, Clifford E. Haines, Mark A. Aronchick, Edward F. Chacker, Doreen S. Davis, Carl S. Primavera, Allan H. Gordon, Audrey C. Talley, Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua, Andrew A. Chirls, Alan M. Feldman, Jane Leslie Dalton, A. Michael Pratt, Sayde J. Ladov, Scott F. Cooper, Rudolph Garcia, John E. Savoth, Kathleen D. Wilkinson, William P. Fedullo and Albert S. Dandridge III.

The retirement dinner is sponsored by USI Affinity, ALM, Thomson Reuters and Precise.

For questions, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

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

Magic Gardens Fundraiser Gala Sept. 21

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens Presents "Magic Beyond the Gardens" annual fundraiser gala on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 1020 South St.

Enjoy an unforgettable Mediterranean themed evening of food, art, and entertainment, all while raising money for a great cause. Magic Beyond the Gardens, our fifth annual fundraiser, is an excellent way to support public arts programming AND have a night on the town!

Funds raised from Magic Beyond The Gardens support PMG's core educational programs, such as hands-on family activities, school outreach workshops, professional art exhibitions, and concert series. The gala further embodies PMG's spirit of civic and cultural engagement by showcasing a diverse array of artistic talent for our most formal (but fun!) annual event. Click here for more information.

APABA-PA Annual Banquet Sept. 27

You are cordially invited to attend the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania's 2013 Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William Marutani Fellowship on Friday, Sept. 27 at Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St.

The keynote speaker is California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and Nydia Han of 6ABC will be mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $120 each and include a banquet catered by Sang Kee. Click here to register.

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

FJD Seeks Pro Bono Award Nominees

The First Judicial District will again host its annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and Roll of Honor during National Pro Bono Week. The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Law Library.

The FJD is now accepting nominations for the Pro Bono Roll of Honor. To be eligible for the Roll of Honor, an attorney must be in private practice and must have provided pro bono services to a client or client group in a case pending before the FJD Municipal Court or Court of Common Pleas between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 27, 2013.

Agencies are encouraged to nominate their volunteers. Click here for nomination materials. Nominations are due by Sept. 27 to Victoria Johnson at, by fax to 215-686-3748, or via mail to Room 336 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa, 19107

National Pro Bono Celebration Calendar

Philadelphia public interest agencies will explain their pro bono programs to interested law firms and corporations during the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. To schedule a road show, e-mail Jodi Schatz at {mailto: To schedule a Road Show, e-mail Jodi Schatz at

The following is a list of Philadelphia events for the 2013 National Pro Bono celebration:

• The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE training program “Saving Seniors’ Homes: Philadelphia's Fresh Start on Property Tax Delinquencies and its Impact on Reverse Mortgages and Low-Income Senior Citizens
” (1.5 CLE credits in exchange for handling one case: 1 substantive; .5 ethics CLEs) on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. at Saul Ewing LLP, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 16 with Susanna Ratner at

• Board Observer Program: The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. Attendees will receive
training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members as well as people interested in serving on a nonprofit board. RSVP and register online to purchase lunch at Register for CLE credits at

• VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at PECO/Exelon, 2301 Market St. Register with VIP at 215-523-9550 or

• Support Center for Child Advocates 
will present "Law & Ethics: Hot Topics in Child Advocacy" (1.5 Ethics CLE credits)
 on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Cherry St. Register with This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.

• HIAS Pennsylvania will present the CLE training program "Asylum Law and Related Relief" (3 Substantive CLE Credits) on Friday, Oct., 25 from 12:15-3:30 p.m. at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market St. 
For more information, contact 215-832-0900.

• Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser will be held Friday, Oct., 25, where area law firms and corporations
 are asked to participate in a jeans day fundraiser benefitting nonprofit legal services providers funded by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. 
To participate, contact Kathy Ochroch at 215-569-5711 or or Mary Gay Scanlon at 215-864-8912 or

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" CLE program
 (5 Substantive/1 Ethics CLE credits) on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724 or at For more information about public interest law centers and pro bono referral programs that use volunteer attorneys and paralegals in the delivery of legal services in Philadelphia, visit the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide and the Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations posted on the website of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.

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.

• The Mary Philbrook Public Interest Awards Reception will be held from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at Rutgers School of Law-Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The 2013 Mary Philbrook honoree is retired NJ Supreme Court Associate Justice Virginia Long, now of Fox Rothschild LLP. Former Assistant Dean Eve Biskind Klothen will also be honored for her lifetime commitment to public service. Proceeds of the event support public interest lawyering at Rutgers, through the Pro Bono Program, clinics and summer stipends. To buy tickets and place ads in the Philbrook program, or for more information on the event, go to

ACLU of Pennsylvania will hold its 2013 Annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Sponsor Reception at 5:30 p.m.), at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Streets. A reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner. The featured speaker will be James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, and attorney for Edie Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Coard, WURD 900AM radio host, attorney and community activist, will serve as the master of ceremonies. At the event, the Civil Liberty Pioneer Award will be presented to Paul Messing and Civil Libertarian Awards will be presented to Issak Wolfe and the Voter ID Clients. For more information, please email or call (215) 592-1513, ext. 124.

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.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its 7th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Union League in Philadelphia. Honorees are: Sharon Browning, Esq., JUST Listening; and Joel Austin, founder and CEO of Daddy UniverseCity. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or purchase an ad to honor one of the awardees in the program/ad booklet, visit

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Social Justice Gala, The Power of Partnerships, celebrating the work of pro bono partnerships and honor partners who have contributed outstanding service to Law Center clients. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. and will feature the presentation of the Thaddeus Stevens Partnership Award to DLA Piper, and the Thaddeus Stevens Champion Award to Thomas B. Schmidt III, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP. Tickets are $125 ($85 Student Discount for tickets). For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets online, visit

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PNC Perspectives: Adjusting Approach Toward Bonds

In this month's interview, we sat down with E. William Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management® and PNC Institutional Investments®, to discuss how investors might want to adjust their approach toward bonds given this changing environment.

Dealing with the Problem Employee Sept. 24

Problem employees can be very costly to businesses. Perhaps your job is to advise employers on how to deal with employees who are problems in the workplace. Or maybe you represent a "problem" employee. In this basic level course, you will learn about legal issues you need to understand to advise your clients. Both lawyers who represent employees and those who represent employers are on our faculty. You will get tips about what the legal boundaries are when advising businesses on establishing sound hiring practices and policies. You will also hear about the most common, recurring workplace problems and learn techniques for dealing with those problems while the employee is still employed. And, finally, when all else fails, you will get practical tips and advice for counseling your business clients about how to terminate a problem employee to reduce the risk of later litigation. This 4 substantive CLE credit program will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.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, Sept. 16
The Changing Face of U.S. Patent Law (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Presenting to a Zoning Hearing Board in the Burbs (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Negotiating and Drafting the Best Terms for Office and Retail Leases in 2013 (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
The Google-Powered Law Office: Low Cost Google Tech Tools & Cloud Apps (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20
Practice Before the DVA
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 23
The Second Season: Issues for Divorce Over Fifty (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 3:45 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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