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Sept. 24, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 40
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

From now through Oct. 1, NEW MEMBERS save 50 percent on membership. Join today!

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2018 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Dashevsky, Horwitz, Kuhn, Novello & Shorr, P.C.
  • Krakower & Mason
  • Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC

Register TODAY: 'Striking Injustice' Sept. 26

We're back at North Bowl for the annual YLD fundraiser benefitting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! This year's bowling fundraiser includes a sponsored tournament, open bowling, shoe rental, top-shelf open bar and dinner buffet…READ MORE


Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: LawPay

LawPay was developed specifically to provide a sophisticated payment solution for legal professionals. The LawPay platform contractually protects your client funds correctly separating earned and unearned fees and by restricting the ability of any third-party from debiting monies from a trust or IOLTA account. LawPay is a proud member benefit of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is trusted by more than 50,000 lawyers, and is the only payment solution offered through the ABA Advantage program. For more information, click here.

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: Cornerstone Discovery


Cornerstone Discovery, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the proud Signature Sponsor of the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Winner of The Legal Intelligencer's 2018 best end-to-end e-Discovery firm award, Cornerstone Discovery offers comprehensive criminal & civil litigation support and consulting services in the areas of digital forensics, e-Discovery, litigation and trial support. As innovative leaders in the field, Cornerstone Discovery creates and continually develops their own web-based e-Discovery and trial support software solutions, Junto and Docfolio. Speak to their team of certified technical experts and experienced trial technicians to help revolutionize your case in and out of the courtroom. Visit cornerstonediscovery.com.


#BenchBar18's Back Oct. 12-13

Martini Madness Happy Hour on Friday!

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at Borgata in Atlantic City.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference remains the premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary, including the opportunity to earn CLE and CJE credits through unique course offerings…READ MORE


National Pro Bono Celebration Oct. 21-Oct. 27

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a wide range of pro bono recruitment, recognition, and training events in October 2018 to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 21-27, 2018, to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services…READ MORE

Deadline Oct. 10 Nominations for PNC Wealth Management and Brennan Awards

Do you know someone who has made a significant accomplishment in improving the administration of justice, or a jurist who adheres to the highest standards of judicial service in the Philadelphia area?

Nominations are being sought for the PNC Wealth Management and Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Awards. Both awards will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting on Dec. 5. The nomination submission deadline for the PNC Wealth Management Award is Oct. 1 and the nomination submission deadline for the Brennan Award is Oct. 17…READ MORE

2018 Bar Association Election: Petitions Due Oct. 15

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee which is chaired by Past Chancellor Deborah R. Gross and consists of Benjamin R. Barnett, Meghan E. Claiborne, Rochelle M. Fedullo, Susan M. Lin, Hon. Tina Maria Rago, Mary F. Platt, Hon. Tina Maria Rago, Anita Santos-Singh, Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), Michael T. van der Veen and Dominique B.E. Ward. As Secretary, Marc J. Zucker serves as a non-voting member.

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, on or before October 15 for the December 5, 2018 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 sknight@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Marc J. Zucker, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018.

Boots on the Ground: McKinley School PBIS Program Nov. 15

In continuation of Chancellor Dandridge's Boots on the Ground community service initiative, the Business Law Section is sponsoring William McKinley Elementary School's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The Section will provide year-long programming for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at the McKinley School in North Philadelphia, which will involve field trips to The National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement as well as a monthly mentoring speaker series…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members: Amendments to Bylaws

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the August 30, 2018 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the luncheon meeting to take place at the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

For all amendments and relevant documentation, click here.

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed an Executive Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Philadelphia Bar Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

See Job Description Here: Executive Director


Experienced Mass Tort Attorneys Needed for LRIS Referrals

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has expanded its Product Liability panels in order to better meet the needs of clients requiring assistance with injuries resulting from the use of Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc.

If you have significant experience litigating any of these matters, we invite you to join LRIS. Attorneys wishing to receive referrals for claims involving Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc must represent, or have represented, at least 12 plaintiffs in civil actions involving the same product brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and must have completed a minimum of five hours of CLE in trial tactics, products liability or class actions within the past three years.

For more information on LRIS, please click here.  You may also contact Charles J. Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.

Due Sept. 28: Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

Senators Toomey and Casey have announced that they are accepting applications to fill judicial vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A Judicial Nominating Committee has been formed, co-chaired by John Soroko, Chair Emeritus and Partner at Duane Morris, LLP and Robert Ross, Founding Partner at Ross Feller Casey, LLP…READ MORE

Due Oct. 5: Applicants Sought for Delaware Bankruptcy Court Judicial Vacancies

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has announced the application process for two bankruptcy judgeships in the District of Delaware. Applications must be submitted electronically by noon on October 5, 2018. For more information…READ MORE

MontCo Appointment of Conflict Counsel on Criminal Cases

Notice is hereby given that commencing Sept. 4, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County has instituted a new application process to be considered for inclusion on the Conflict Appointment List. All attorneys, including those on such list, must complete the new application process to be considered…READ MORE

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. You can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people in need across Philadelphia and our region by donating today.


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - is a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as an accredited Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) provider, offering CLE and CJE courses to lawyers, judges and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region.

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
12 - 2 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore Training Session
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

If you currently serve as a Commerce Court JPT or wish to become one, this is a "can't miss" video-encore program!

This video-encore CLE program is directed to those experienced attorneys who are already serving as judges pro tempore (JPT) in the Commerce Court Case Management Program (Commerce Court), as well as future JPT attorneys. Attendees will hear an overview of the JPT process in Commerce Court and how it differs from other JPT programs. The program will highlight new procedural developments, new roles for Commerce Court JPTs and offer best practices in preparing and conducting a settlement conference or mediation.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Employment Policy Issues That Solo and Small Firms Must Know!
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This program will explore employment policy issues that can have a significant impact on firms, but often times, solo and small firms are unfamiliar with the policies in question. Whether for your firm or the representation of a client, solo and small firm practitioners must prepare for and understand these common employment issues that may become complex.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Advancing Civics Education
(1 SUB/0.5 ETH)

Hosted by the Advancing Civics Education (ACE) Committee

This video-encore program examines the major trial tasks of preparing witnesses and evidence for presentation in a professional manner, as well as adhering to the individual judge's practices and procedures in a federal trial. The panelists will address how to prepare a witness for testimony, how to deal with common evidentiary issues and how to make an opening and closing statement. Attendees will also receive guidance regarding what a judge does not want to hear or see from attorneys.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: New First Judicial District Evidence Retention Protocol
(1 SUB)

Missed the live presentation? Attend this video-encore highlighting these new FJD protocols!

New First Judicial District evidence retention protocols are scheduled to begin on Sept. 4 in the Waivers, Majors and Homicide Programs. This is an important rule of trial evidence preservation for all who practice in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas criminal courts. This video-encore program will provide the nuts and bolts of how to properly preserve all trial evidence exhibits and what procedures should be followed after any conviction to ensure that the exhibits are actually included as part of the record. Panelists will provide training and guidance on these new rules.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
12 - 2 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: After Tax Reform, How Should I Structure My Business?
(2 SUB)

The reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate to 21percent has business owners seriously considering whether they should operate their businesses as "C corporations". However, that tax rate is far from the only relevant consideration. Multiple provisions in the 2017 tax act have changed the way we think about business structuring. In this video-encore CLE, panelists will examine these and other factors that business owners should consider as they structure their businesses.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

"Substantial, Sustained and Sincere:" The Expansion of Third-Party Custody Standing - Will It Work and How?
(2 SUB)

On May 4, 2018, Governor Wolf signed Act 21 of 2018 into law, amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania statutes as it relates to "providing for standing for any form of physical custody or legal custody, for standing for partial physical custody and supervised physical custody and for consideration of criminal conviction." This CLE program will explore the expansion of third-party custody standing and how it will work.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Election Hacking, Ballot Security: Protecting Our Vote
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

As more breaches of election security are made public and doubts arise about the integrity of this November's election, it is time to consider what has been done and what can be done to protect the integrity of our votes. This timely CLE program will examine what is government doing to prevent future hacks, issues that may arise in the prosecution and defense of election law violators, and what changes can be made to guarantee our right to fair and honest elections.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

October 2018 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Will Contests: What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
(2 SUB)

Will contests are a staple of litigation before the Orphans' Court and Register of Wills. This 2018 October Probate Section Quarterly Meeting CLE addresses will contests from the moment a prospective client walks through your door to the eve of trial.


Full course calendar here.

The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice - Public Interest Organization Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new pro bono volunteerism initiative "The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice" provides opportunities for Association members and beyond to help people in need by providing limited legal representation, education, advice and advocacy. This one-stop-shop allows the city's legal-aid nonprofit organizations to know who is interested in assisting by giving volunteers the opportunity to add their name to a list for these groups to access if they need additional support for a particular cause.

For a list of volunteer and pro bono organizations and opportunities, click here.

3rd Annual CLS Justice Rising Advocates Celebration Sept. 25

Please join the Justice Rising Advocates of Community Legal Services for a free, fun celebration marking three years of engaging young Philadelphians in the fight for justice on Tuesday, Sept. 25! JRA educates the legal community about CLS's mission and furthers our work throughout the year. Meet active Justice Rising Advocates, plus volunteers and staff from CLS, while overlooking Rittenhouse Square from the offices of our generous host firm, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and there will be a brief program at 6 p.m. This is a free event, with an opportunity to donate to CLS if you wish…READ MORE

ELC Annual Celebration Sept. 26

The Education Law Center will host its Annual Celebration to honor the outstanding champions of public education at the Crystal Team Room, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ELC will salute deserving 2018 honorees, including GlaxoSmithKline; Kevin Bethel; The Attic Youth Center; and pro bono counsel Amy Ufberg, Marissa Tribuiani and Michelle Nguyen from Dechert LLP…READ MORE

Philly VIP 'Brushstrokes for Justice' Sept. 27

Philadelphia VIP is hosting its annual fundraising event, "Brushstrokes for Justice," at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' Historic Landmark Building on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event will bring together VIP's loyal donors, volunteers, and guests interested in learning more about VIP's mission of expanding access to justice. Brushstrokes for Justice will feature live art-making, tours of the PAFA Art Gallery, and drinks and delicious hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

APAPA-PA Annual Lunar Banquet Oct. 5

Please join APABA-PA at its Annual Lunar Banquet at the Sheraton University City on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.! This year, the banquet will feature Hon. Gurbir Grewal and Kay Kyungsun Yu, APABA-PA's Attorney of the Year, in addition to our Marutani Fellows. Early bird registration ends Sept. 21…READ MORE

AIDS Law Project 30th Anniversary Cocktail Party Oct. 11

The AIDS Law Project invites you to its 30th Anniversary cocktail party at Asian Arts Initiative on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6-9 p.m…READ MORE

The Inaugural Daniel Veloric Lecture: The Legacy of Menachem Begin Israel's Future Challenges and Opportunities Oct. 16

The AJC of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey invites you to "The Legacy of Menachem Begin Israel's Future Challenges and Opportunities" at The Pyramid Club on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. The keynote will be Ambassador Dani Dayan, concul general of Israel in New York…READ MORE

Annual HBALEF Scholarship Dinner Oct. 17

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund invites you to its Annual Scholarship Dinner at the Down Town Club on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The HBALEF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the professional and educational advancement of Latinos in the legal profession, awards scholarships each year to qualified law students throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley…READ MORE

HIAS PA Annual Meeting Oct. 17

HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Meeting, "Defending Freedom's Flame," at the Jewish Community Service Building on Wednesday, Oct. 17. This event will honor the volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of refugees and immigrants: Andy Rogoff and Anthony Vale and their team at Pepper Hamilton LLP, for their pro bono work assisting individuals applying for asylum; and Theresa Knee, Leslie Weiler and Margaret Henley, for their devoted weekly service to supporting HIAS PA clients and staff. This event is free…READ MORE

Good Shepherd Dinner and Awards Ceremony Oct. 17

The Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 12th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Sofitel Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. This event will honor Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian, the co-directors of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project; Malcolm Byrd, president and CEO of NewCORE; David Trevaskis, Project PEACE; and Philip S. Cottone, local mediator, arbitrator and former board member…READ MORE

'CIAO Philadelphia!' Oct. 21

The AJC of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is delighted to partner again on a program with the Consul of Italy in Philadelphia during the month long celebration of CIAO Philadelphia. Meet at Famous 4th Street Deli, 4th and Bainbridge (9 a.m. for breakfast- pay on your own). The tour concludes at the Italian Market. $10; Limited space; advanced registration required; Please RSVP by Oct 16 to philadelphia@ajc.org or 215-665-2300.


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