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Jan. 25, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 5
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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Chancellor's Forum: Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality Jan. 27

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a Chancellor's Forum titled "Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality" on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m…READ MORE

Announcement of Judicial Vacancies

Gov. Tom Wolf is now accepting applications for open interim positions of Judge of the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Please see the announcement here.

New Member Benefits Including Avis®/Budget® Car Rental, Lenovo, Office Depot, UPS

Visit Member Benefits for full details…READ MORE

Renew Your Membership Today

"Your membership dues are the lifeblood of our Association, and we ask that you renew your membership. Over the course of the next year, the Association will roll out additional programs to increase the value of your membership dollars without increasing your dues."

Gaetan J. Alfano
2016 Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Renew today and take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer. Renew by April 1 and save $15.

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Chancellor's Forum: Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality Jan. 27

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a Chancellor's Forum titled "Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality" on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. The event is co-presented by The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Rights and Delivery of Legal Services Committees and Criminal Justice and Public Interest Sections.

Attorneys from various areas of criminal justice will discuss and solicit input on criminal justice reform from members of the legal, civil rights, government and public interest communities concerning the efficient and fair use of conviction and non-conviction data in the American justice system. In Pennsylvania, criminal charges, including charges that do not result in convictions, are publicly available.

Panelists will discuss pending legislation, efforts by the legal community to address unlawful criminal history discrimination, and the need to maintain an individual’s criminal history while allowing them to move forward as productive members of the community-at-large.

Attendees are invited to a wine and cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum.

Pre-registration is required. This event is free for members of the Association and $15 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

The 2016 Irvin Stander Award: Application Deadline Jan. 29

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia judge who was well-known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning laws. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on workers' compensation at Temple University's law school, now the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The Irvin Stander Award recognizes an outstanding graduating law student who has demonstrated legal acumen or scholarship in the areas of administrative or workers' compensation law. The award committee is seeking an individual who has a demonstrated passion for administrative or workers' compensation law shown through related employment, internship, publications or other activities. The recipient of this prestigious award will receive a $2,500 prize to defray the cost of the annual bar examination, as well as a plaque commemorating this honor.

For more information regarding the requirements and application for this award, please click here.

Landlord-Tenant Training Jan. 29

Philadelphia VIP is scheduled to present a landlord-tenant training for volunteer attorneys who are interested in providing pro bono representation for a tenant in a Municipal Court eviction case at Dechert LLP on Friday, Jan. 29 from 12:30-2:45 p.m. Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney at Community Legal Services, and Ethan Fogel and Kate Ericsson of Dechert LLP will be leading the training.

Lunch will be provided. Dechert LLP is located at the Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception Feb. 4

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium (GPALS) will host the Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception at Pepper Hamilton LLP on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to meet employers, public interest attorneys, and other law students in an informal setting where complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. All law students in the greater Philadelphia area are welcome to attend.

Pepper Hamilton LLP is located at 3000 Two Logan Square, Philadelphia. Preregistration is required by Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. To register, please click here.

Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic Feb. 11

Philadelphia VIP is scheduled to host a nonprofit legal assessment clinic to provide free legal advice to Philadelphia area nonprofits at the Regional Foundation Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Practitioners working in nonprofit law will be available to train and assist volunteer attorneys.

The Regional Foundation Free Library of Philadelphia is located at 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia. To register, please visit

Cheryl Ingram Award Reception Feb. 11

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its Cheryl Ingram Award Reception at Field House on Thursday, Feb. 11
at 5:30 p.m. The Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center. Registration includes includes one drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres.

Field House is located at 1150 Filbert St. To RSVP by Feb. 8 please click here.

Tickets will not be distributed for this event

Good Shepherd Mediation Open Houses Feb. 17 and Feb. 22

The Good Shepherd Mediation Program is scheduled to host free open houses on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. Each open house will detail the services offered to the community by the Good Shepherd Mediation Program and describe the benefits of mediation, conflict coaching and restorative practices.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program is located at 5356 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. To register, visit

HIAS Pennsylvania "Refugee Kids" Documentary Screening Feb. 23

HIAS Pennsylvania will present "Refugee Kids," a documentary about the inspirational story of refugee children’s experience in a refugee school in New York City, at Congregation Rodeph Shalomon on Tuesday, Feb. 23. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the film’s screening from 6:30-8 p.m. After the film, director Renée Silverman will be available to answer questions. Information will also be provided regarding HIAS PA’s after-school programs available for refugees in Philadelphia.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is located at 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. This event is free to the public, refreshments will be provided. To register, visit

Philadelphia VIP hosts training "Defending Consumer Debt Collection Suit in Philadelphia" Feb. 26

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Defending Consumer Debt Collection Suits in Philadelphia" at Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 12-2:15 p.m. Joanna Darcus and Kerry Smith, staff attorneys at Community Legal Services, will lead the training.

Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C. is located at One Liberty Place, 52nd Floor, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit

Justice in Action 2016 Awards Luncheon Feb. 26

The Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host its Justice in Action 2016 Awards Luncheon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year's honorees are Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, and Michael P. Williams, community activist and civil rights attorney.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia. Individual luncheon tickets are $75, while other types of registration vary in price. To register, visit

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 Including Avis®/Budget® Car Rental, Lenovo, Office Depot, UPS

Visit Member Benefits for full details

Renting from Avis®/Budget® Car Rental, members receive a minimum 5 percent discount off the lowest available discountable time and mileage retail rate when using the Association’s discount code as part of the booking. These discounts are applicable in the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and Hawaii, at participating locations. A maximum 20 percent discount is available for Europe and selected international destinations.

Shopping with Lenovo, members save up to 30 percent off the web price (and free shipping) on the entire product line of Lenovo, including laptops, tablets, desktops accessories and more.

Purchasing office supplies and equipment from Office Depot, members save at least 10 percent off the web price on a wide variety of high-quality office supplies, including paper, organizational products, calendars and planners, ink/toner, computer accessories, furniture and more.

Shipping with UPS, members can take advantage of no minimum shipping requirements and receive discounts with a new or existing UPS account. Members receive special discounts on a broad portfolio of shipping services including up to 36 percent off Next Day Air and Saver (letter).

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 You A U.S.-Only Investor?

With more than 5,000 publicly traded companies listed on major U.S. exchanges, investors would seem to have plenty of choices without venturing abroad. However, investors who avoid the international sector may be missing out on much needed diversification in their portfolios. In this month’s interview, I sat down with John Ward, investment advisor with PNC Wealth Management® in Philadelphia, to discuss the importance of keeping a healthy balance between domestic and foreign investing…READ MORE.

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

Effective Feb. 1, 2016, the Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, will offer CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

Feb. 1
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 1): Lead Yourself - Lead Your Clients
3 SUB - Video
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 4
Defining Fiduciary Excellence: The Department of Labor and ERISA - The Changing Landscape of Investment Fiduciary Responsibility
12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 5
The New Science Behind Sentencing: What You Need to Know about Pennsylvania's New Sentencing Legislation
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 9
For Sale! - Understanding 204 Pa. Code Rule 1.17
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 11
Making Your Voice Heard: Advocacy and Lobbying 101
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 12
Tips and Practice Tools from the WC Bench including a 2016 WCAIS Update
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 16
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 2): Lead Your Firm - Lead Your Community
3 SUB - Video
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 17
INSIDE-OUT: In-House Counsel Expectations of Outside Counsel on Environmental Matters
12 to 1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 23
Considering ODR in the Dispute Resolution Archetype and Its Impact on Lawyers and Ethical Considerations
12 to 2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 24
Outlook for 2016: Private Equity M&A
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 25
Antitrust Pharmaceutical Patent Settlement Litigation
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 2
Smart Phone & Social Media Evidence in Fam Law Litigation
9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 3
2016 March Probate Qtly - Probate Meets Real Estate
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 4
Non-Recourse Funding in Commercial Litigation
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 20
Bridge the Gap
12-4:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

For questions regarding Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, contact Tara D. Phoenix, Director of Continuing Legal Education, at 215-238-6349 or

The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to offer this new education benefit. At the same time, the Association acknowledges its mutually beneficial longstanding relationship with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and thanks PBI’s leadership and staff, including Executive Director Richard McCoy, for their partnership throughout the past 12 years.

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