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Jan. 9, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 3

Judge Wecht to Discuss Superior Court Work Jan. 17

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge David N. Wecht will discuss his work on the Superior Court and answer questions from committee members at the Friday, Jan. 17 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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 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.

Cheryl Ingram Awards Reception Jan. 14

The LGBT Rights, Civil Rights and Immigration Law Committees will hold its Cheryl Ingram Awards Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

The Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dabney Miller, Associate Director of the Women's Law Project. Tickets include one drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by Jan. 9. Full refunds require 24 hours notice. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Barristers to Honor Dandridge at Jan. 20 MLK Breakfast

Tickets are now available for you to join the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. on Monday, Jan. 20 for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. As a part of its annual programming, and in memory of Dr. King, the Barristers promotes professional excellence by honoring local attorneys and jurists who have made important, long lasting contributions to the Philadelphia community. The Barristers' 2014 honorees, like those who have come before them, are dynamic change agents and represent the very best of Dr. King's dream.

The program will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., where the group will salute 2014 honorees for a job well done. The Hon. William F. Hall Award will be presented to Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community will be presented to The Lomax Companies. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award will be given to Charles M. Gibbs. The Woman of Distinction Award will be presented to Carol Horne Penn.

Immediately following the breakfast, the Barristers will host its second annual Young Orator's Program at the Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School, located at 1420-22 Chestnut St. There, Barristers and local law students will teach high school students effective ways to advocate for themselves, their families, and ultimately, their communities through persuasive and informational speech in hopes of inspiring these students toward becoming the next generation of Philadelphia lawyers.

Direct all questions regarding the Barristers' Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast to or Monique Myatt Galloway, Barristers' President-Elect and Breakfast Co-Chair at Direct all questions regarding the Barristers' Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project to Sekou Campbell, Young Orators Program Chair at For more information on the event or the Barristers' Association, visit

Business Law Section to Honor Meyers, John Jan. 21

The Business Law Section will present its the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Howard L. Meyers and the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award to Leslie E. John at its Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Estia, 1405 Locust St.

Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Meyers, a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, through his years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

John, a partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, will receive the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. The award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity; and promotes full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. John's advocacy for women and diverse lawyers demonstrates her outstanding commitment to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

The 2013 Chair of the Year is Jeffrey L. Vagle, chair of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefitted from the many programs offered by the Committee.

The 2013 Committee of the Year is the Small Business Committee, chaired by Katayun I. Jaffari. The Committee has put on fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the Bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The Annual Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register. The event is sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP; Huron Legal; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Pepper Hamilton LLP.

State of Zoning Board of Adjustment Jan. 29

Learn about the state of the Zoning Board of Adjustment from current members of that board at the Wednesday, Jan. 29 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee.

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 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Criminal Justice Section Reception Jan. 30

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 220 S. 17th St.

The Justice Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland (Ret.). The Henry Czajowski Award will be given to Common Pleas Courtroom Operations Michael Spaziano, Chief, and Administrative Officers Michelle Arlene, Robert Busillo, Janette Coladonato, Gino Giacomucci and Michael Lanzalotti.

The event includes open bar and and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $55 for members, $45 for public interest and government attorney members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register by Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Privacy in the Age of Terror and Twitter Feb. 10

Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA monitoring of emails and cell phones; world leaders alleging U.S. eavesdropping on their communications; terrorism spreading round the world while our government balances interests of privacy with security, diplomacy with the need to know when and how our country and its citizens could be at risk…

How do we define the line between what we want our government to do to protect Americans at home and abroad and where we believe privacy rights must prevail?

Join our esteemed panel of journalists and attorneys on Monday, Feb. 10 as they examine the latest developments in the contest between protecting liberty and core American values and achieving the highest level of national security possible. Do you think Snowden is a traitor or a patriot? Are you willing to sacrifice some liberties to assure your safety? Is our government doing the right thing? Do we need more transparency or more secrecy as the US looks to protect its citizens and its interests?

Examine these issues and weigh in with your questions and comments at this timely and always lively PBI public policy seminar. Click here to register.

Join Committee on Insurance Practice

Does your practice involve insurance-related issues? If the answer is "yes," you should be a member of the Committee on Insurance Practice.

This is a newly formed committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association dedicated to the issues that litigators on both sides of the aisle who deal with insurance practices face. Best of all, membership in the Committee is free to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Subcommittees will include: GL policies, D & O and E & O, first party/property, subrogation, insurance compliance/regulation, emerging Issues (i.e. cyber insurance), programming committee.

To be added to the listserv for the committee, contact Dawn Petit at

2014 Legal Directory Update Deadline is Jan. 13

The deadline for any updates or changes to the print version of the 2014 Legal Directory has been extended to Monday, Jan. 13. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings in The Legal Directory were sent to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory in October.

Please verify your listing by following the instructions, even if your listing has not changed. Firm administrators must verify each attorney's individual listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database.

If you did not receive an email with instructions for updating your listing, please contact Veronica Altimari at 215-557-2333 or To advertise in the directory, please contact Donald Chalphin at or 215-557-2456.

The Legal Directory includes alphabetical listings of attorneys and law firms in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks counties. Listings are indexed by city/county as well as by area of concentration. The Legal Directory also includes corporate counsel, judicial and federal, state and county government listings.

The print directory will be available in April. Please contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2453 or for more information.

Judges Needed for Ben Franklin Mock Trial Tournament

The University of Pennsylvania is proud to host the annual Benjamin Franklin Invitational Mock Trial tournament. Only the elite high school programs of the state of Pennsylvania will be competing on our campus, judged by practicing attorneys as well as Penn Law School students. The tournament will be run just like a collegiate tournament, comprised of four trials, split between the two days. The tournament will take place on Jan. 18-19. Volunteer judges can register here by completing this survey. For additional information and/or inquiries, please contact our BFI Tournament Director, Renata O'Donnell, at

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

PNC Perspectives: Portability May Force Changes

In this month's interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss the portability provision of the American Tax Relief Act. Click here to read the entire article.
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