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Oct. 1, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 41
 |  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:

  • Law Offices of John Mirabella
  • Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Smith & Horwitz

Register for #BenchBar18! Oct. 12-13

Have a laugh at the Friday plenary!

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

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Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: BPU Investments

At BPU Investment Management, Inc. (BPU) we work side by side with all our clients, establishing a bond built on communication, education and trust. Our offerings cover a wide range of wealth management services including asset management and comprehensive financial planning, retirement plan consulting, and institutional brokerage services. We are proud to enjoy long-lasting client relationships with private individuals, corporate leaders and business owners.

BPU is a member of FINRA/SIPC and an SEC registered investment advisor. The firm was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with branch offices in Greensburg and Uniontown.

For more information, click here.

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: ABC Bail Bonds

ABC Bail Bonds, Inc., America's Bail Company®, is the region’s largest provider of bail bond services. Founded in 1995, they provide bail bonds in the City of Philadelphia, the suburban counties as well as the entire state of New Jersey. They can help even if your clients do not have the necessary 10 percent to get out of jail. ABC Bail Bonds, Inc. is located at 49 N. 13th St., Philadelphia and has more than 40 agents to serve you and your clients. Call 24/7/365 at (877) FAST-BAIL® or (215) ABC-BAIL.

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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.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Business Law Section's Spotlight on In-House Counsel: The Evolution of the Role of In-House Counsel and Use of External Counsel
(1 SUB)
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Held at the Pyramid Club, Mellon Bank Center, 52nd Floor, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide a unique perspective on the evolving role of in-house counsel as they are tasked with innovating, controlling costs, efficiently partnering with outside counsel, and managing risk. In this program, the moderator and panelists will examine numerous topics to offer perspective and guidance on how today's legal landscape is creating a new business model for in-house legal practice. Learn how general counsel can gain the confidence and respect of clients as trusted business advisors while adjusting to the demands of the new legal landscape.


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 Today0 Nominations for PNC Wealth Management Award

Deadline Oct. 170 Brennan Award

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 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, 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 p.m.

Developments In Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness
(1 SUB/0.5 ETH)

This engaging and practical program, with attorney and nationally recognized expert, Heather Jarvis, will provide concrete advice on navigating the increasingly complex universe of federal student loan repayment, forgiveness options, regulations and possible ethical implications.


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.

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

The Public Interest Law Center will hold its 2018 Annual Celebration, "Voting is Our Superpower," on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. at Fringe Arts. The event will feature the Law Center's Thaddeus Stevens Awards, this year honoring Arnold & Porter, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Law Center's 18 Pennsylvania Redistricting Lawsuit petitioners. For more information about the annual celebration, including ticket and sponsorship inquiries…READ MORE

LCD Fall Celebration OCt. 18

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its annual Fall Celebration and Auction at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature an awards ceremony honoring Thomas J. Duffy, Esquire; Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Katie Samson, spokesperson for the Katie Samson Foundation. The event will also feature live and silent auctions, and catering by Duffy's…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.

Mary Philbrook Interest Award Celebration Oct. 25

Rutgers Law School invites you to the 33rd Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award Celebration, honoring Susan L. Burke, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center &40;Formal program first, to be followed by a reception). In June 2015, the National Law Journal named Susan L. Burke one of the top 75 female attorneys in the nation. Burke is an experienced litigator with 28 years of experience in federal class and complex litigation, who specializes in bringing federal class action or mass tort lawsuits to reform broken systems or fix societal problems. Her work on a series of lawsuits seeking to reform the military's deficiencies in prosecuting rape and sexual assault was profiled in the Academy-award nominated documentary "The Invisible War." Tickets $35…READ MORE.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host its Judicial Independence Benefit at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (Ret.) will be the event's keynote speaker. Judge Lewis, who formerly sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, is a renowned advocate for equal access to justice and has recently authored articles on judicial independence and integrity. During the event, PMC will also present the Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. Award to David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer of Comcast Corporation, for his steadfast support of initiatives promoting fair courts and civic education. It will be a night of cocktails, courts and conversation in celebration of PMC's mission and its 30th anniversary…READ MORE

Regional Housing Legal Services will celebrate its 45th Anniversary with a luncheon at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penns Landing on Friday, Oct. 26. This event will commemorate the organization's accomplishments in creating and preserving affordable housing and honor housing advocates and community leaders during the luncheon for their body of work and commitment to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable…READ MORE


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