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10.6.14 | Vol. 15, No. 71
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Choose from 23 Programs,
Earn Up to 8.5 CLE Credits
at Bench-Bar at Borgata

Twenty-three seminars and 8.5 CLE credits will be available at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, being held at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Oct. 17-18. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Online registration for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Tuesday, Oct. 14...READ MORE

23 Seminars, Up to 8.5 CLEs at Bench-Bar at Borgata

Twenty-three seminars and 8.5 CLE credits will be available at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, being held at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Oct. 17-18. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Online registration for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Tuesday, Oct. 14. Click here to register.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's highest honor, the Bar Medal, at the Bench-Bar's Opening Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 17. The Bar Medal is given at the discretion of the Chancellor and only when it is felt that someone has contributed to the justice system and/or the community in a manner that is sustained, extraordinary and worthy of emulation.

Attendees will be able join us for "An Intimate Evening With Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals" and hear such classic hits as "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "People Got to Be Free," "A Beautiful Morning" and more! Doors open at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 for the concert and concert admission is free to all Bench-Bar registrants.

Full conference registration rates are $449 for members and $299 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Registration for non-members is $599. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, LawCash, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LexisNexis, Robson Forensic, Simon Public Relations, Bellia Print & Design, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, FindLaw, MCS E-Document Service, MediaSmack, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law, Workers' Compensation Section and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Click here to register.

Sponsor Spotlight: Insurance Adjustment Bureau

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Borgata in Atlantic City on Friday, Oct. 17 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!

The Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc. (IAB) is one of the Delaware Valley's largest and most successful privately held firms of public adjusters - advocates for residential, commercial and industrial property owners with losses due to fire, water, storm and other types of damage. Celebrating a milestone 50th anniversary, IAB Public Adjusters continues to serve attorneys and their clients across the country - and proudly supports the Philadelphia Bar Association. IAB is a well-respected and accomplished firm, recognized for its professionalism and for maintaining its edge in an evolving insurance environment. The experts at IAB are committed to keeping pace with the countless changes in insurance policies; case law; Insurance Department rules and regulations; state laws and statutes; and the latest trends in construction and other related costs. The IAB team includes specialized experts who are well-versed in all areas of property loss, including construction, business and personal property, inventories, loss of income claims, accounting, and, of course, insurance. Five decades working for you and your clients - not the insurance companies - has given IAB the experience and expertise to help you protect your client’s interests while managing the complex process of the insurance claim. IAB's mission today, as it was 50 years ago, is to ensure that correct decisions are made throughout the claim process to help maximize your clients' recovery. Call IAB Before Bad Gets Worse!™ at 610-667-1617 or 800-441-7109 or visit

Sponsor Spotlight: Simon PR

A front-page story in The Philadelphia Inquirer, a feature in Trial magazine, a regularly published electronic newsletter with strong graphics and smart copy – Simon PR can build your reputation and your business by putting your firm in the media and in front of referral sources.

We specialize in law firm referral marketing. We position attorneys as thought leaders. We educate about issues of public importance. We leverage individual personal stories of attorneys, leadership positions and philanthropic work. In short, we know how to put a public face on the firm and deliver outcomes that matter.

Simon PR is regarded as a driving force in helping organizations achieve business success. Its rare combination of personal integrity, dedication and tenacity make us a model of public relations consulting excellence. We have the talent, depth of experience and resources to develop exceptional, accountable, results-oriented public relations programs. The agency’s long-time clients are a testament to its success. So are its deep and valued relationships with opinion leaders and members of the media. For more information, please visit Simon PR.

Comparing Real Estate Appraisals Oct. 6

Real estate appraiser Bun Hawkins will discuss what to look for when comparing real estate appraisals and the most effective points to demonstrate valuation strengths and weaknesses for cross-examination purposes at the Monday, Oct. 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12.00 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Phila. Civil Forfeiture Lawsuit Program Oct. 6

Philadelphia's Civil Forfeiture program is in the headlines for stripping homeowners of their property rights even though they are not convicted or even accused of a crime. On Monday, Oct. 6, the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, the Toll Public Interest Center and the American Constitution Society will present "Philadelphia's Class Action Civil Forfeiture Lawsuit."

This program will discuss Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia, a recently filed federal class action challenging the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s Civil Forfeiture program. Panelists will discuss the preparation that went into this class action complaint, the investigative reporting that preceded its filing, and the strategic development of legal theories and claims adopted in this litigation. Panelists are Darpena Speth, Institute for Justice; Prof. David Rudovsky, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Isaiah Thompson,; and Scott Kelly, ACLU of Philadelphia. The moderators are Prof. Louis Rulli and Cathy Carr.

The program will be held from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. at University of Pennsylvania Law School, Silverman Hall, Room 240A, 3501 Sansom St. Click here for more information.

Estate Planning for Digital Assets and Accounts Oct. 7

What happens to your digital assets when you're no longer around to manage them? Email accounts, digital purchases, bank accounts, social networking profiles and photo sharing are seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives. Bank, PayPal, eBay, bitcoin accounts and the like are all linked to our financial profile. Digital music libraries and photo albums may not translate to a dollar amount, but certainly are valuable, nonetheless.

Though often overlooked, having your digital assets documented and organized is a vital part of estate planning. The Tuesday, Oct. 7 "Estate Planning for Digital Assets and Accounts" quarterly meeting/CLE of the Probate and Trust Law Section will explore these issues.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. A total of 2 substantive CLE credits and 2 CPA credits are available. Click here to register.

NJ Family Law Practice CLE Oct. 8

Receive insightful tips concerning substantive and procedural issues in divorce cases at the Wednesday, Oct. 8 CLE program "What PA Lawyers Need to Know About NJ Family Law Practice."

Ensure that you will be prepared to handle child support and custody. Be able to recognize and be ready to present and handle division of property. Hear practical discussions, including a judicial perspective.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Realty Transfer Tax Update CLE Oct. 8

The Tax Section will present a hypothetical transaction and show different ways to structure the deal at the Wednesday, Oct. 8 CLE program "Realty Transfer Tax Update."

The 3 substantive CLE credit program will be held from 12 to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Delaware Chief Justice Strine to Speak Oct. 9

Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., the 8th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will present "Regular (Judicial) Order As Equity: The Enduring Value Of The Distinct Judicial Role" as the inaugural speaker in the Harold E. Kohn Lecture series on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Chief Justice Strine is among the nation's preeminent jurists, widely recognized as a leading authority on matters of corporate law as well as larger questions of governance in complex environments.

The program begins at 4 p.m. at Duane Morris LLP Moot Court Room, Klein Hall, 1719 N. Broad St. Click here for more information.

Reception for International LL.M. Students Oct. 9

The International Law Committee will hold a reception in honor of the International LL.M. students in Philadelphia and the presentation of the International Law Committee Awards on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Click here to register.

A Day on Health Law Oct. 9

Six important topics have been selected for PBI's 20th Annual Health Law Institute and will be taught by health lawyers who are leaders in their field on Thursday, Oct. 9. It's a fast-paced day that is packed with information you need and want to know. The day starts with an update on the False Claims Act. This 6 hour substantive credit program, including ethics, will be held Thursday, Oct. 9 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Women in the Profession Meet and Greet Oct. 9

All members of the Women in the Profession Committee are invited to a meet and greet at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St. on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Commission on Women in the Profession of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the PICPA, and National Association of Women Business Owners are also invited. The event features complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Advance registration is required by Oct. 8 so please contact Regina Foley at to register.

Education Summit Oct. 9 with School Chief Hite

While Philadelphia continues to grow and flourish, public education funding remains one of our most significant weaknesses. On Thursday, Oct. 9, join Chancellor William P. Fedullo and Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite for the Philadelphia Bar Association's first-ever Education Summit.

Local leaders and stakeholders will share their thoughts and ideas regarding our city's public education crisis. All attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussion on how to best create a path forward. The Education Summit also will be an opportunity for Support Our Schools Campaign participants to reflect on their experiences.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Intersection of Workers' Comp, Immigration CLE Oct. 10

A Workers' Compensation Section CLE will hit on the always controversial topic of immigration law and how it comes into play with workers' compensation law in Pennsylvania on Friday, Oct. 10. The panel includes a former workers' compensation judge, a claimant's attorney and an immigration attorney from Philadelphia.

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. and the CLE begins at 12:30 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.

Law, Policy After Midterm Elections Oct. 10

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for it's Public Policy Series program "Law and Policy After the Midterm Elections" on Friday, Oct. 10.

Panelists include Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call; Ron Christie, president, Christie Strategies, Washington, D.C.; Karen Finney, MSNBC political analyst; Benjamin L. Ginsberg, Jones Day, Washington, D.C.; and Patrick J. Murphy, Fox Rothschild LLP.

The program will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Bar Election Nomination Deadline is Oct. 10

The deadline for Philadelphia Bar Association members interested in running for Bar office is Friday, Oct. 10. Offices for which candidates are being solicited this year are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer (each office carries a one-year term); 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 Friday, Oct. 10, 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.

Please RSVP to Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration, at or call (215) 238-6325.

2014 Philadelphia Bar Association Election Calendar

The following is a schedule of important dates for the upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association elections.

• Friday, Oct. 10 - Candidate Nomination Deadline

• Tuesday, Oct. 21 - 12 p.m., Election Procedures Committee & Elections Committee Meeting (Drawing of lots to determine ballot position, and review Campaign Rules and Procedures with candidates)

• Monday, Nov. 3 - 5 p.m., Deadline to withdrawal from Election

• Monday, Nov. 3 - 12 p.m. Elections Committee Meeting (Meeting with Vice Chancellor, officer candidates to discuss Forum Rules & Guidelines)

• Monday, Nov. 17 - 12 p.m., ELECTION FORUM #1 - Vice Chancellor & Officers

• Thursday, Nov. 20 - 12 p.m., ELECTION FORUM #2 - Board Members

• Thursday, Nov. 20 - Ballots Mailed

• Thursday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m., Deadline for Receipt of Mail Ballots

• Tuesday, Dec. 9 - 8:30 a.m., ELECTION - Polls Open

• Tuesday, Dec. 9 - 6 p.m., ELECTION - Polls Close

Health Care Valuation Fundamentals Oct. 10

Fred Lara of HealthCare Appraisers, Inc. will discuss health care valuation fundamentals and common pitfalls at the Friday, Oct. 10 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Business Continuity Workshop Oct. 14

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and the Philadelphia Bar Association will present a free business continuity workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St.

Topics to be discussed include continuity of operations planning, corporate emergency access system, evacuation plans and staying informed when disaster strikes. Additional presentations will be made by representatives from the Philadelphia Police Department Preparedness and Homeland Security Unit, Center City District Crime Prevention Services and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Registration is required by Oct. 7. Click here to register.

Brennan Distinguished Jurist Nominees 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. 9.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Deadline for PNC Achievement Nominations is Oct. 14

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 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 Tuesday, Oct. 14.

How to Make the Most Of Mandatory Settlement Conferences

U.S. Magistrate Judges Timothy R. Rice and David R. Strawbridge, along with Yvonne B. Montgomery, will discuss how to make the most of mandatory settlement conferences at the Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The program begins at 12:30 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 to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Outreach to Foreign Bar Associations Oct. 15

The International Law Committee will discuss its continued outreach with foreign bar associations at its Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Please RSVP to Beverly Lowe at

National Pro Bono Week Oct. 19-25

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will held during October in honor of the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration. National Pro Bono Week is a coordinated national effort to be held Oct. 19-25 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

The Pro Bono Celebration in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of interactive "Road Shows" presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee at all local law firms and corporations and a Pro Bono Road Show & Interactive Fair that will be held on Oct. 2. This Road Show is geared toward solo practitioners, members of the small/mid-sized firms, corporate counsel and law students, but is open to all members of the Bar Association.

Following the Road Shows, a series of continuing legal education training programs and special events will be offered in October throughout Philadelphia to recognize the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provide an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. Visit for the calendar of pro bono events scheduled in Philadelphia during October.

Philly VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 21

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, invites members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend its signature training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day, on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The event will be hosted by Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. and will feature lively and interactive ethics training. Prior to the training, VIP will host a networking breakfast with judges of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania and featuring keynote speaker President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and training begins at 9 a.m.

All attorneys are welcome to attend, whether you are new to Philadelphia VIP, new to pro bono, or an experienced pro bono practitioner looking to take another case. Attendees will receive information and training on how to use their legal skills to assist those most in need in our community. Click here to register.

Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Representation Oct. 21

Expert tax practitioners will use realistic scenarios to show how tax lawyers and CPAs can identify and defuse potential ethical bombshells when the IRS comes calling at the Tuesday, Oct. 21 CLE program "Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Representation."

Panelists will evaluate attorney-client and tax practitioner privilege; as well as, explore conflicts of interest. They will identify special ethical issues in representations with international tax implications. Finally, the panelists will uncover the impact of the latest revisions to the Circular 230 regulations and the IRS loss in the Loving case.

The CLE program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Hispanic Bar Scholarship Dinner Oct. 23

The 25th Annual Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund Scholarship Dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

The organization is dedicated to the professional and educational advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession and awards scholarships each year to qualified law students throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. Visit for ticket information.

APABAPA Annual Banquet Oct. 24

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William Marutani Fellowship on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St.

Dinner will be catered by Sang Kee Noodle House, and the keynote speaker will be Sandra Leung, general counsel and corporate secretary of Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Marutani Fellowship is awarded to law students committed to social justice and who are pursuing summer opportunities in the government or public interest sector. Tickets can be purchased at

Justinians to Honor Justice Stevens Oct. 28

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale F. Stevens and Cristina G. Cavalieri, JD, BSN at a Tuesday, Oct. 28 luncheon at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. at 12 p.m.

Justice Stevens will receive The Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award and Cavalieri will be presented with The Judge Lisa A. Richette Outstanding Woman in the Law Award. Click here to purchase tickets.

Working Together in Multigenerational Office Oct. 29

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, invite seasoned and junior attorneys to come together on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and engage in conversation about how we can better work together in today's multigenerational workplace.

How it works: Senior and junior lawyer attendees will be divided into small groups which will circulate to discuss focused topics at small round tables. Each discussion will be facilitated by a senior and junior attorney pair. Topics will include: Expectations From the Top Down and the Ground Up, Teaching and Learning Styles, and Bridging the Communication Gap.

As part of the BLS/YLD Speed Mentoring Series, the goal of this 180 Program is to spark mutually beneficial dialogue between senior and junior lawyers and encourage networking between the generations. This program embraces the concept of "Reciprocal Mentoring:" senior attorneys will learn from junior lawyers how they can better lead; junior lawyers will learn from senior attorneys how they can better serve, and all attendees will leave having formed new relationships and gained fresh perspectives.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Registration for this event is required and will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The event will be limited to the first 60 people to register. Click here to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute Oct. 30

The 19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute on Thursday, Oct. 30 features bankruptcy and other judges, representatives of the U.S. Trustee's Office, Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Trustees, and other consumer, commercial and creditor attorneys. Get updated on the top consumer or top commercial bankruptcy cases of the year and then experience a diverse range of topics on the hottest issues arising in bankruptcy.

Each year this program receives rave reviews for its wide array of topics for both consumer and commercial practitioners. There is a full basic track for newcomers to consumer bankruptcy plus lots of topics of interest to sophisticated debtor and creditor consumer counsel, as well as a track of Chapter 11 commercial sessions.

The CLE program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Replansky Award Nominations Due Oct. 31

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2014 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.
The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is Friday, Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Anne M. Aaronson, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102; or emailed to
More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Anne Aaronson at (215) 575-7110.
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Ciao Philadelphia Celebrates Italian Americans in Oct.

Ciao Philadelphia, a month-long series of more than 30 open-to-the-public events, will highlight the contributions of Italian Americans to the Greater Philadelphia region and, indeed, the world during October.

Daily events throughout October will include concerts, film screenings, architectural tours, demonstrations, exhibits, performances and lectures, to name a few.

From opera to jazz, radio to race cars, from the Columbus Day parade to the lectures on Leonardo DaVinci, Ciao Philadelphia truly has something to offer everyone, partnering with the most prominent cultural institutions of the region and each component of the Italian American community.

This inaugural year of Ciao Philadelphia is made possible through the generous support of partners including Aqua America; Independence Blue Cross; Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; PECO; Fedegari Technologies, Inc.; American Airlines; Pennoni and Dilworth Paxson LLP.

Event venues, hosts and partners include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Drexel University, the Philadelphia Opera, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, 1492 Society, PiPhilly, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Hospitality, Federal Reserve of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, EFASCE, Sons of Italy, Sons and Daughters of Italy and Global Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a promotional partner for this celebration.

A complete listing of events is available at You can follow Ciao Philadelphia on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Deadline for Judicial Commission Candidates is Dec. 5

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2015 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

All candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission must submit to a new review if they choose to run in the 2015 primary election. Under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

Kenneth Murphy, Esquire
2014 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of New Jersey, seated in Newark. A bankruptcy judge is appointed to a 14-year term pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §152.

To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:

(a) Be a member in good standing of the Bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a member in good standing of every other Bar of which they are members.

(b) (1) Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; (2) possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; (3) possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; (4) indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and (5) be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.

(c) Not be related by blood or marriage to (1) a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; (2) a member of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit; or (3) a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in 28 U.S.C. § 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

(d) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The Judicial Council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law.

The selection process will be confidential and competitive. The annual salary for this position will be $183,172. Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment. The name of the person selected will also be submitted to the Director of the Administrative Office, who shall request background reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically by Oct. 22, 2014. Applications must be submitted only by the potential nominee personally. To apply, go to for more information or call the Circuit Executive's Office at 215-597-0718.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner Oct. 8

The ACLU-PA will hold its 2014 Bill of Rights Dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Wednesday, Oct, 8 at 6 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by Edward Snowden's attorney, Ben Wizner, who also serves as ACLU's Director of the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. The master of ceremonies will be civil rights activist and radio personality Michael Coard. ACLU-PA's 2014 Civil Libertarian Awards will be presented to The Whitewood clients; the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin and Schiller; the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold and Porter; and the Neshaminy High newspaper editorial staff. ACLU-PA's 2014 Volunteer Service Awards will be presented to Edward M. Posner and Lawrence S. Felzer. For online ticketing, tribute ads, and sponsorships, visit

CLS 5th Annual 5K Oct. 12 at Memorial Hall

Community Legal Services’s 5th Annual Justice For All 5K will be held Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m., at Memorial Hall in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia. The race features an individual competition, a team competition, and a law school challenge. Walkers and people with strollers and pets are welcome to participate. For more information or to register online visit or contact Caitlin Brown at

AIDS Law Project Halloween Gala Oct. 30

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present BOO! at bahdeebahdu, a Halloween-themed gala on Thursday, Oct. 30, featuring food and fantastic drinks. The gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at bahdeebahdu, a lighting, design, art and furniture studio located at 1522 N. American St. Tickets are $100 per person, $50 for nonprofit professionals/young lawyers. For more information or to buy tickets visit

Women's RIghts After Hobby Lobby, McCullen Oct. 30

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law will present the symposium "Women's Rights and the Supreme Court: After Hobby Lobby and McCullen on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick will give the keynote address. The symposium will be held from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 140 in the Kline School of Law, 3320 Market St. Three CLE credits will be available. Click here to register.

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392 or For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327 or

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now in its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association has been a constant supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interested in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

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

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

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

• Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.

• New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).

• Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.

• 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

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

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

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

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

Abington Art Center

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

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

Please Touch Musuem

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: Inflation Trends Garnering More Attention

In this month's interview, we sat down with Investment Advisor Bruce Self, CFA, at PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss some of the current trends regarding inflation in the United States. Click here to read the entire article.

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, Oct. 6
Trials: Tips, Tactics & Tales (PEG) (Video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Probate and Trust Law Section Qurarterly Meeting - We are Living (and Dying) in a Digital World: Estate Planning for Digital Assets and Accounts
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Clarence Darrow: Crimes Causes and the Courtroom (Video)
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Realty Transfer Tax Update
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know About New Jersey Family Law Practice
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
A Day on Health Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
PLI - Pocket MBA Fall 2014: Finance for Lawyers
11.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10
Law and Policy After the Midterm Election (Part of PBI's Public Policy Series)
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

PLI - Pocket MBA Fall 2014: Finance for Lawyers
11.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13
2014’s Best Law Firm Technology, Software & Tools! Everything You Need to Overhaul Your Firm or Start a New One
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 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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