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Dec. 14, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 69
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 12

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Gaetan J. Alfano, 89th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Business Law Section's Annual Meeting Dec. 16

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on December 16…READ MORE

Section, Committee and Affinity Bar Year-End Celebrations:

Upcoming Events:


Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 15

The Justinian Society cordially invites you to the annual Justinian Christmas Party at the Ballroom at the Ben on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.

Ballroom at the Ben is located at 834 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. For more information and registration, click here.

Business Law Section's Annual Meeting Dec. 16

Time and Place of Meeting:

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on December 16, 2015, at 12:00 noon, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect Section officers.


Notice is hereby given to all members of the Business Law Section that the following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning January 1, 2016 will be considered: Sarah B. Gelb, Vice Chair, Anne Marie Aaronson, Treasurer, E. David Chanin, Secretary, and Kate Tepper, Communications Officer. The 2015 Vice Chair of the Section, Katayun I. Jaffari, will automatically become the 2016 Chair of the Section, as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws.

Marcel S. Pratt and Brad M. Rostolsky are nominated as candidates for continued service on the Executive Committee of the Section and Brya M. Keilson and Eric S. Siegel are nominated as a candidate for service on the Executive Committee of the Section beginning January 1, 2016.

Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than December 14, 2015 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Sarah B. Gelb, Secretary, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Criminal Justice Section Reception & Awards Ceremony Dec. 16

The Criminal Section cordially invites you to its annual reception and awards ceremony in the Atrium of the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. At the ceremony, the section will present Thurgood Marshall Award to Len Sosnov and the Henry Czajowski Award to the Office of Judicial Records Court Clerks. Registration includes beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres and music.

The Crystal Tea Room is located in the Wanamaker Building, 9th Floor, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia.

Please note that there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door.

The Family Lawyer's Discovery Tool Kit Dec. 17

Glean new insights into discovery; identify ways to effectively use formal and informal discovery tools; and explore the pros, cons and optimal uses for certain discovery methods.

This two substantive credit; one ethics program will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm; check-in begins at 12:45 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

Support Center for Child Advocates Toy Drive Dec. 19

The Support Center for Child Advocates is set to hold its Annual Toy Drive Delivery Day where pre-screened volunteers will deliver donated toys and gifts to needy children and youth throughout Philadelphia on Dec. 19.

There are many ways to participate in the Child Advocates Holiday Toy Drive: coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child’s school, or at your church, synagogue or mosque; buy gifts for Child Advocates children (birth to 21-years-old); volunteer at the Toy Drive headquarters (location to be determined) to help sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day; or help deliver toys on Dec. 19 (background criminal check required). For more information about volunteering, please click here or contact Cate Galbally at or 267-546-9216.

Early-Bird Table Discount Ends Dec. 23: Barristers' 2016 MLK Breakfast Jan. 18

To honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his important contributions to society, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will recognize attorneys and judges who have made significant contributions to the Greater Philadelphia region at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Monday, Jan 18 at 8 a.m.

The 2016 awards include the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award, to be presented to Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden; the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, to be presented to Amber Racine, Raynes McCarty; the Honorable William F. Hall Award, to be presented to Hon. Lori A. Dumas, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas - Family Division; and the Outstanding Organization Award, to be presented to the Federal Community Defender Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at

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 your 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 Museum

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 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: Are Master Limited Partnerships Right for You?

Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have been receiving a lot of attention recently as an attractive investment vehicle for certain investors. In this month’s interview, I sat down with John Song, senior investment advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to learn more about what MLPs are and why some investors might consider adding this asset class to their portfolios…READ MORE.

Upcoming CLE Courses

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.

Dec. 14
How to Appeal a Commercial Case in the PA Courts
3 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Valuing Antiques and Collectibles
3 substantive/1* ethics
12-4:15 pm; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Elections and Disclaimers in Estates
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

PLI - Nuts & Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 15
Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Fire At-Will in Pennsylvania (Video)
3 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-3:45 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

PLI - Nuts & Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Changes to the Montgomery County Civil Local Rules
1.5 substantive/0 ethics
12:30-2:00 p.m.; check-in at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 16
Criminal Law Update 2015
3 substantive/1 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Selecting and Influencing Your Jury (PEG)
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.
Lunch is included.

PLI - Banking Law Institute 2015
6.5 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 17
Ethics Potpourri - Do Lawyers Still Need Wisdom in an Information Age?
0 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

The Pre-Foreclosure Process
2 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The Family Lawyer's Discovery Tool Kit
2 substantive/1* ethics
1:15-4:30 p.m.; check-in at 12:45 p.m.
Lunch is included.

Ethics Potpourri- The Jail Cell that Comes with Illegal Recordings: PA Wiretap Act
0 substantive/1 ethics
10-11:00 a.m.; check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Law Marketing and Ethics 2015 Update: Balancing Smart Business Development, Adhering to the Rules
0 substantive/1 ethics
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; check-in at 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri- The Ethics of Pro Bono: Doing Good the Right Way
0 substantive/1 ethics
1:30-2:30 p.m.; check-in at 1 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Frequently Asked Questions: Ethics and Social Media
0 substantive/1 ethics
3-4 p.m.; check-in at 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri- Solutions for the Lawyer in Distress
0 substantive/1 ethics
4:30-5:30 p.m.; check-in at 4 p.m.

Dec. 18
Collecting & Enforcing Judgments
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Success with Summary Judgment Motions: How to Win Before Trial
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Internet Legal Research (Video)
2 substantive/1* ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 21
Steve Stark: (A) Legal Writing and Persuasion in the Smart Phone Age (B) Surprisingly Useful Things Legal Writers Can Learn from Fiction/Poetry
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 22
Premarital Agreements (Video)
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law: Six Years and Still Evolving (Video(
2 substantive/1* ethics
1-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 12:30 p.m.

*Earn as many as four 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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