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Jan. 16, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 5

President Judge Woods-Skipper
to Meet with Women in Profession
Committee at Jan. 28 Program

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will discuss her career path and developments in the First Judicial District at the Tuesday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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.

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.

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.

Learn About Tech Needed to Start Law Practice Jan. 24

Join attorney and legal technologist Barron Henley for the Friday, Jan. 24 CLE program "The Technology You Need to Start a Law Practice or to Overhaul the One You Have." Henley is a founding member and one of the managing partners of Affinity Consulting Group LLC which has provided legal technology consulting to more than 500 law firms nationwide. The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Prisoner Reentry Network Launch Jan. 29

Join Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy I. Djerassi, the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to the launch of the Prisoner Reentry Network on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market St., 11th Floor.

A complimentary breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Ann Schwartzman by phone at 215‐564‐6005 ext. 117 or by email at For more information, visit

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.

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 30

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold its annual Public Interest/Public Service Career (PIPS) Fair Reception, on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St.

This cocktail reception will be held the evening before the Philadelphia Area Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair and offers a great opportunity for area public interest students to meet Philadelphia's phenomenal public interest community. Prospective public interest and public service employers are all welcome to attend! You can meet and inspire our area's public interest students with the great work that you do, and you can even do a little recruiting for future interns and pro bono volunteers.

Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Many thanks to our gracious host, Dechert LLP. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees. If you have any questions, please email Tory Messina at

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.

Dementia and Executive Functioning Jan. 30

Kenneth Carroll, PhD. will lead a discussion on dementia and executive functioning at the Thursday, Jan. 30 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship 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.

Evaluating, Financing International Business Ventures Jan. 31

Deborah Nowak, vice president of international business development at National Penn Bank, will be discuss "Evaluating & Financing International Business Ventures" at a Friday, Jan. 31 CLE program presented by the International Business Initiative Committee.

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. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

APABAPA Lunar Banquet Feb. 28

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold the 2014 Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg at

Renew Bar Association Membership Today

Members have until March 31 to renew their Bar Association memberships and avoid a $15 late fee. Click here to renew your membership.

With your Philadelphia Bar Association membership:

• You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 100 sections and committees, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

• Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

• You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 25 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

• Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our Web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day. You'll also have access to online classified ads and social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

• You'll benefit from our comprehensive membership insurance package, including professional liability, health, term life insurance, and disability insurance plans. You'll also be able to take advantage of online legal research and discounted rates on court reporting services, health clubs and rental cars.

• Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site attorney as well as a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers in City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

Click here to renew your membership.

Bar Foundation Seeks Director of Development

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia legal community, is currently seeking a Director of Development. The Bar Foundation, which promotes equal access to justice by providing grants and technical assistance to a network of legal services organizations in Philadelphia is about to embark on its 50th year and plans to celebrate throughout 2014 through 50 events, and has a goal to raise $5 million dollars. Click here for the Job Title/Description and application instructions.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 5. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you are an Association member and plan to bring a guest. If you are not a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the fee is $325. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or

Volunteer for Advanced Legal Planning Clinic Jan. 20

Blank Rome LLP invites you to participate in its 2014 Martin Luther King Advanced Planning Legal Clinic on Monday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 11th floor of Blank Rome's Philadelphia offices at One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St.

Volunteers will partner with the SeniorLAW Center to help senior citizens prepare and execute Advance Planning documents, including a Will, Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Financial Power of Attorney. You will simply fill out the forms - located on laptops in the conference rooms - provided by the SeniorLAW Center. There is absolutely NO follow-up required, and no obligation once you leave the clinic. Paralegals are welcome and encouraged to participate.

No experience is required to participate. Blank Rome has training materials and link to an instructional video to be reviewed before the clinic available by clicking here. In addition, the SeniorLAW Center will provide a "refresher" training from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on the day of the clinic, and will be there to answer any questions. Volunteers will also be paired in teams to work with clients, and we have a large number of attorneys who have participated in similar clinics before.

The need for your help is overwhelming. One in five Pennsylvanians is a senior, and Philadelphia has the largest percentage of seniors of any major city in the country. Most shockingly, one in five of our seniors in Philadelphia lives in poverty. This is a great way to help our seniors with only a brief commitment of time. If you are able to attend, please respond to Jeff Rosenthal at

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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