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Dec. 21, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 71
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of all the officers, leaders and professional staff of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I extend to you my best wishes for the holiday season…Read the full message of season's greetings here.

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.

Upcoming Events:

Member Perks:


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.

Premarital Agreements Dec. 22

When consulted by clients contemplating marriage or co-habitation, you have an obligation to describe what a premarital agreement can accomplish and what the law provides in the absence of such an agreement.

Get up to speed on the law of premarital agreements. Review the essentials with PBI’s experienced faculty, get tips on advising and working with your clients, learn drafting techniques to make sure your agreement is enforceable and discuss estate planning issues.

Receive a free copy of the PBI Press book titled "Premarital Agreements in Pennsylvania" with your tuition.

This four substantive credit program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

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, which will be presented to Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden; the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which will be presented to Amber Racine, Raynes McCarty; the Honorable William F. Hall Award, which will be presented to Hon. Lori A. Dumas, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas - Family Division; and the Outstanding Organization Award, which will 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.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 19

The Business Law Section cordially invites you to its annual reception at Estia on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

At the reception the Section will present the 2016 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to G. Daniel O'Donnell, Dechert LLP; the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award to Mark S. Stewart, Ballard Spahr LLP; the Committee Chair of the Year award to Terry Reilly and Michael Pellegrino, co-chairs, Invest Companies Committee; and the Committee of the Year Award to the Venture Capital and Private Equity Law Committee. The reception is sponsored by Thomson Reuters, McGladrey, Ballard Spahr LLP, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C., Duane Morris LLP and Wells Fargo.

All attendees are encouraged to bring paperback books for donation to support the Section's Boots on the Ground Community Initiative, "Books Through Bars," which is an organization dedicated to the education of incarcerated individuals.

Estia is located at 1405 Locust St., Philadelphia. Registration includes light dinner and cocktails. For more information and to register, click 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: Right Choices for Transitioning an Art Collection

Ownership of art, antiques and collectibles presents unique challenges when creating an overall financial and estate plan. Although many art collectors choose to pass on artwork upon their death, other options may be more aligned with their legacy goals. In this month’s interview, I sat down with Mary-Noelle Rasi, senior wealth planner with PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss some of the ways collectors may transition their artwork…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. 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.

Dec. 28
Lincoln and His Leadership (Video)
2 substantive/1* ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

The New Qualified Mortgage Rules and How They Change the Entire Residential Closing Process (Video)
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Dec. 29
Trial Evidence (Video)
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

Dec. 30
Building Your Practice/Retaining Your Clients (Video)
0 substantive/6 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included.

*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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