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Dec. 10, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 51
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Lauren McKenna Elected
Vice Chancellor;
5 Gain Board of Governors Seats


Lauren P. McKenna, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, was the chair of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition in 2018 and a Chancellor’s Appointment to the Board of Governors in 2017 after serving as a member from 2014-2016, and serving as its chair in 2016. McKenna will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Association in 2019 after running unopposed in the Association's 2018 Annual Election, which culminated at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2018.

McKenna will serve as Vice Chancellor in 2019, Chancellor-Elect in 2020 and Chancellor in 2021.

The following candidates for Association offices ran unopposed and will begin serving in their positions on Jan. 1: Jennifer S. Coatsworth, Secretary; Marc J. Zucker, Treasurer; Ira S. Lefton, Assistant Secretary; and Matthew S. Olesh, Assistant Treasurer.

The following five candidates were elected and will begin serving their three-year terms on the Association's Board of Governors on Jan. 1:

  • James F. Berardinelli
  • Diane Penneys Edelman
  • Dino Privitera
  • Riley Ross III
  • P. Douglas Sisk

Seven candidates ran unopposed and were also elected to three-year terms to the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee and will begin serving their terms on Jan. 1. They are:

  • Raphael F. Castro
  • P. Michael Jones
  • Andrew A. Napier
  • Courtney M. O'Brien
  • Michael J. Rugnetta
  • Melissa Ruth
  • Jordan Strokovsky

Greet Incoming Chancellor at Jan. 7 Reception

Chancellors Reception

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a reception in honor of Rochelle M. Fedullo, 92nd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Monday, Jan. 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Bellevue Hotel, Broad and Walnut streets.

This is the event where members of the city's legal community patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor, and each other, good luck in the year ahead.

Year-End Celebrations
Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation Dec. 11

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to its Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation at Maggiano's Little Italy on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The Section will present the Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award to Barry M. Kassel, Esq. of Support Center for Child Advocates. Registration includes a drink ticket, appetizers and a family-style dinner…READ MORE

Tax Section Annual Dinner Dec. 11

Please join Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section members and colleagues for cocktails and then dinner, annual meeting and election to round out the evening after the CLE at the Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown on Tuesday, Dec. 11…READ MORE

Criminal Justice Section Reception and Awards Presentations Dec. 12

The Criminal Justice Section cordially invites you to its Annual Reception and Awards Presentation at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School Of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Section will present The Thurgood Marshall Award (posthumously) to Stuart H. Schuman, Esq. and the Henry Czajkowski Award to Philadelphia Veterans Court. Enjoy the company of colleagues and friends over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception and Award Presentation Dec. 18

The State Civil Litigation Section cordially invites you to its annual reception and award presentation at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Section will present the Honorable Alex Bonavitacola Award to Stanley Thompson. Register by Dec. 13…READ MORE

Save the Date: Business Law Annual Reception Jan. 16

Please save the date for the Business Law Section Annual Reception at the Pyramid Club on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Formal invitation to follow!

2019 Business Law Executive Committee Slate, Annual Meeting Dec. 13

Ahead of its annual meeting at Dechert LLP on Dec. 13, the Business Law Section announces its slate of Executive Committee members for 2019.

  • Chair - Marcel Pratt
  • Vice Chair - Mike Zanan
  • Secretary - Ernie Holtzheimer
  • Treasurer - Ernie Holtzheimer
  • Communications Chair - Evan Miller
  • At-Large - Geneva Brown, Joseph Hamill, Odia Kagan, Sohana Barot Sethi, Cheri Johnson, Adam Coleman
  • Past-Chair - Eric Siegel

Conflicts of Interests - Current Cases, Hot Topics, Best Practices and Tips for Obtaining Informed Consents
(2 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

This interactive program will explore common issues that arise around conflicts of interest in the practice of law. Using hypothetical scenarios as a launching point, panelists will provide an overview of the relevant Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Responsibility as they are applied. Panelists will refer to recent developments in the case law, guidance opinions and other resources. The discussion will conclude with a review of the consequences for failure to identify and address conflicts of interest.

VIDEO ENCORE: Friday, Dec. 14, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Friday, Dec. 28, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Deadline Jan. 11: LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is now accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award, which is awarded annually to any individual who has made substantive contributions to the LGBT community in Philadelphia. Cheryl A. Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), including a term as its treasurer. Cheryl successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a website, endorsing of bar candidates and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community.

Please email your nominations to Christa Levko by Jan. 11, 2019. Nominations should include a short (less than a page) explanation as to why you feel this person is deserving of the Award. Also, if you wish to be on the Nominating Committee, please let Christa know.

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.

Jenkins Law Library Relocates Dec. 17

After more than 34 years at 833 Chestnut, Jenkins is moving to a new location. As of Monday, December 17 our new address will be Ten Penn Center, 1801 Market St., 9th Floor…READ MORE


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.

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, Dec. 10, 2018
12 - 2 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Impact of Technology on the Practice of Law
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

There has been great emphasis placed on technology and the law these days. The role of technology and its integration into the legal profession can change the way lawyers work, how they deliver legal services, how they argue in court, the business models of legal entities and ways to provide better or more access to law and justice. This video-encore program will examine how technology is impacting the practice of law and address policy and trends that will affect firms of all sizes everywhere.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
3 - 5 p.m.

2018 Tax Section Annual Meeting & CLE - State and Local Tax Impacts of the Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act
(2 SUB)

Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tax Section
Held at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 North Juniper Street, Salon 2 - Grand Ballroom

This advanced program is designed to provide tax lawyers with insight into the reactions of state and local taxing authorities to the myriad corporate and personal income tax changes made by the 2017 Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act (FTCJ), with a particular emphasis on Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Trends in other states will also be discussed. Topics include state and local reactions, whether through a change in law or through other forms of promulgated guidance, to certain provisions of the TCJA.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Mapping the Road to Retirement: A Short Course for Lawyers on the Retirement Years
(1 SUB/0.5 ETH)
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Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee

If you choose to retire, either partially or entirely, there are planning opportunities and issues that need to be faced by those entering ages customarily associated with retirement. In this program, panelists will address issues including retirement plan rules, Social Security and Medicare choices, estate planning documents and whether to change your Pennsylvania law licensing status to inactive or retired. Panelists will also highlight concerns over deciding where to live in later years and what kind of retirement you can reasonably afford.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

The Trifecta of Documents: Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and Living Will - Understanding All Three Documents and Avoiding Pitfalls
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

Hosted by the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee

This practical 2-hour program examines a basic trifecta of estate planning documents, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and Living Will. Panelists will address issues practitioners must consider when drafting a Power of Attorney to avoid problems for their clients and their clients' families down the road. Attendees will gain insights on how to craft effective POAs as well as tips for advocacy. Panelists will also offer guidance on living wills and health care directives, including exploring the difference between a living will and power of attorney and what documents may work best together. The program will highlight changes in the law and considerations when discussing the delicate issue of the need for these documents with clients.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
12:30 - 2:45 p.m.

The Gift of the Magi: How to File Immigration Appeals, Especially in Federal Court
(2 SUB)

Hosted by the Immigration Law Committee

As the Trump Administration continues to "Build the Invisible Wall" by denying immigration cases across the board, it is extremely important learn how to structure and file an appeal-and where to file, competently lodge appeals, and capably compose appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).


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.

HBAPA Holiday Party Dec. 12

You are cordially invited to the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania's Holiday Party on Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP…READ MORE

Public Interest Alums Network Gathering Dec. 18

The Public Interest Alums Network will be sponsoring an informal gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Sofitel Hotel lounge from 5-7 p.m. PIAN is a group of retired, semi-retired and transitioning career public interest attorneys who meet periodically to discuss transitions and volunteer opportunities and to interact. Folks (including those still working full-time) are welcome to join us. For more information on PIAN or to RSVP (and please do), you can email Janet Stotland or Lynn Marks.


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