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May 7, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 36
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Career Center Now Open

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 Use the coupon code Philabar20 at checkout for a 20 percent discount on your next single job posting for the initial 60 days the Career Center is live.

Judge Lewis to Speak, Honor for Carr at June 9 Quarterly

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Judge Lewis, counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner.

Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services (CLS), will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event. Carr served as a staff attorney at CLS for 11 years before becoming director in 1995, specializing in public benefits case litigation, including access to welfare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits.

The O'Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

The June 9 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Selected Issues in Art Law CLE May 8

PBI's "Selected Issues in Art Law" on Friday, May 8 will cover copyright and trademark issues in art law, tort law issues, contracts and auction law, representing the artist in today's world, criminal law issues, and museum law.

This 3 CLE credit program, including ethics, will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

How Super Lawyers Use ADR in Their Practice May 12

Sometimes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be of great benefit to clients. Sometimes it isn't. Sometimes mediation is the best way to go. Sometimes it is better to just go to arbitration - or perhaps just to trial.

Attendees will hear practical tips and techniques from Super Lawyers Matthew A. Casey of Ross Feller Casey LLP and former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich of Fox Rothschild LLP at a Tuesday, May 12 CLE program. 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 Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses May 13

Get an overview of the legal issues and guidance in evaluating data protection and cybersecurity matters at the Intellectual Property Committee CLE program "Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses" on Wednesday, May 13.

This course also will provide an overview of the existing laws that are relevant with respect to cybersecurity matters, and mechanisms for dealing with cybersecurity breaches.

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 Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in Social Media

The Workers' Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "The Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in a Social Media Environment" on Wednesday, May 13.

Speakers Ryan G. Gatto and Justin S. Moriconi will discuss how courts and state bars are addressing the legal ethics issues arising from attorneys' use of social networking sites, law firm websites and blogs to promote their services. The panelists will discuss how to stay on the right side of the ethics line when marketing legal services. Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube and Twitter have joined blogs and firm websites as viable arenas for marketing.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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.

The program will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register. A Happy Hour follows at Finn McCool's, 118 S. 12th St. from 4 to 7 p.m. Registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers and drink specials. Please not you do not need to attend the CLE program to attend the Happy Hour.

M & A Earn-Out Litigation CLE May 14

Earn-outs have become ever more important gap fillers for bridging disagreement over the price of an acquisition. However, as the Delaware courts have stated, an earn-out essentially merely defers today's dispute over price to future litigation over the price.

The Business Litigation Committee CLE program "M & A Earn-Out Litigation" will provide the seasoned practitioner with an understanding of the applicable law and the claims and defenses routinely asserted.

The program will be held Thursday, May 14 in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit as well as 1 CPE. Participants wishing to receive the CLE/CPE 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 is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

SeniorLAW Center Gala May 14

SeniorLAW Center will honor six remarkable individuals over 60 years of age at our 2015 Gala on Thursday, May 14 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. This year's honorees are:

• Shelly Beaser, teacher, professor and lifelong advocate for kids and public education.
• Hon. Phyllis Beck, lawyer, judge, law professor, dean and philanthropist.
• Tobey Gordon Dichter, founder, leader and advocate for digital literacy for older adults.
• David Fair, LGBT and AIDS advocate, activist, groundbreaker and nonprofit leader.
• Lovett Hines, jazz musician, founder, leader and teacher of music education for youth.
• Juanita Ramos, community advocate, voting and housing rights activist for the poor.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and details, click here.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit

Giants of Business Bar with Justin Klein May 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section will hold a "Giants of the Philadelphia Business Bar" program on Thursday, May 14 featuring Justin P. Klein of Ballard Spahr LLP. Marcel S. Pratt of Ballard Spahr will serve as moderator.

Klein is best known for his long and prolific career as a respected counselor in the areas of securities and corporate governance. He advises publicly and privately held companies on diverse securities matters in addition to offering his invaluable counsel in a variety of philanthropic endeavors.

He has been in private practice for more than 30 years. Prior to entering private practice, he served for nine years as a staff member at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., in a variety of positions, including as Assistant Director in the Division of Corporation Finance.

He has been an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association for more than 30 years. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the Bar Association. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Business Section. He was also Chair of the Committee on Securities Regulation. Klein received the Dennis Replansky Memorial Award in 2008.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend; however registration is required by May 11. Click here to register.

Thank you to the Business Law Section annual sponsors McGladrey; Thomson Reuters; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Ballard Spahr LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; and Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.

Mastering Medical Records May 15

Medicine has entered the digital age with electronic medical records and e-prescriptions. When you need to understand and use medical records in a case, not only must you go through the machinations to retrieve those records in view of HIPAA and other invasion of privacy mandates, but you must also translate their contents - a daunting task hampered by jargon, abbreviations, unfamiliar word usage and various digital formats.

Professor Sam Hodge returns to PBI's classroom on Friday, May 15 to guide you through case clarifying, as he shares valuable litigation tips for understanding and using medical records.

Five substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available for this program, which will be held from 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Barristers' Scholarship, Awards Gala May 16

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will honor the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lillian H. Ransom at its Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, May 16.

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will be presented with the Cecil B. Moore Award and Judge Ransom will receive the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award. Prince Atlee Thomas will receive the J. Austin Norris Award.

The black-tie gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor. Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information, contact Shabrei Parker at

36th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17 in Fairmount Park

Registration is open for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 36th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 17. The event benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates.

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park (4231 Avenue of the Republic). A new event, a one-mile dash, has been added to this year's event. The one-mile dash begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The one-mile dash is limited to 250 runners and no race-day situation is available. Registration is $35 to participate in either the one-mile dash or the 5K Run/Walk. To participate in both the one-mile dash and the 5K Run/Walk, registration is $45.

Law firms and companies may enter 5K Run teams. A legal team comprises a minimum of three members and maximum of five members. The team may consist of male, female or both male and female runners, of any age group, all of whom must be full-time or part-time employees of your firm. An individual registration form must be completed and signed for each team member and returned along with a completed team application and a contribution check of $400 for each team entered. For an application contact Michael Berkowitz at or 215-567-2010 (ext 132). The deadline for team registration is May 8.

The morning features face painting and other treats for kids. Children ages 5-10 can enter the free Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash, a 200-yard non-competitive dash. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present.

At least 100 volunteers to help with various tasks on race day. Children age 6 and older, who can follow instructions, are welcome. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt.

For more information, to register, or to volunteer, visit

Help Spread Word About Recommended Candidates

Street team volunteers are needed to help the Philadelphia Bar Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges better inform voters about the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention's ratings of the judicial candidates for the May 19 primary election.

Volunteers will be stationed at highly trafficked locations throughout Philadelphia to hand out flyers listing the "Highly Recommended," "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates. These volunteers will be stationed on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19 during the morning commute, lunch time and the evening commute. Each volunteer will receive a shirt and a hat to wear, representing the Philadelphia Bar Association.

To serve as a volunteer, contact Charlie Klitsch, the Philadelphia Bar Association's director of public and legal services, at 215-238-6326 or

Please be sure to include the following information: name, email address, cell phone number, the day(s) and time(s) you are available, your preferred location(s) and your shirt size. Refer below for a complete list of locations. Locations include:

• Olney Transportation Center, Broad Street and Olney Avenue
• Wissahickon Transportation Center, Ridge Avenue below Main Street
• 30th Street Train Station
• University City Train Station
• Jefferson Train Station
• East Falls Train Station
• Fox Chase Train Station
• Ivy Ridge Train Station
• Overbrook Train Station
• Torresdale Train Station
• Germantown & Chelten Avenues
• Broad Street & Erie Avenue
• Broad Street & Girard Avenue
• 52nd & Market Streets
• 36th & Chestnut Streets
• Piazza at Schmidt's
• 10th & Race Streets
• 9th Street & Washington Avenue
• Broad Street & Snyder Avenue
• Broad & Walnut Streets
• 6th & Walnut Streets
• 16th & Chestnut Streets
• Dilworth Plaza
• Juniper & Market Streets
• 8th & Market Streets
• 40th & Walnut Streets

Effective Online Marketing Strategies May 20

Join a discussion practical approaches to creating an online marketing strategy for smaller law firms at the Wednesday, May 20 Law Firm Laboratory program. Learn the reasons why a strong online marketing plan is essential to your practice, and how to measure the effectiveness of your online marketing.

Speakers for the program are Jennifer Boyd and Chris Fahrun, senior client development consultants for FindLaw. A part of Thomson Reuters Legal, FindLaw focuses on connecting small law firms to prospective clients by providing a range of marketing solutions that work.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Committee and co-sponsored by the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee.

Social Security Retirement CLE May 20

PBI's "Understanding Social Security Retirement" CLE program on Wednesday, May 20 will dispel the myths and focus on the practical realities of Social Security benefits. Attendees will receive a practical overview, tips for planning and advice for handling all kinds of complicated questions and situations.

The program will be presented by John S. Whitelaw of Community Legal Services. He has more than 25 years of experience in representing clients before the Social Security Administration. He has represented hundreds of individuals in administrative hearings, federal district court and the Court of Appeals.

The program will be held from 12 to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Pathway to a More Inclusive Bench CLE May 20

Fairness and impartiality are the hallmarks of a truly equitable system of justice. Such a system both inspires and depends upon public trust and confidence in the justice system.

One significant method of improving the perception of impartiality in our justice system is to elect judges who represent the racial, ethnic and gender composition of the people they serve. However, this requires the willingness of attorneys of color and women attorneys to seek election to the judiciary and an understanding of the complicated process of running for the bench.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper and Court of Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline F. Allen will discuss the logistics of Pennsylvania elections and the process involved in running for election for a judicial position at a Wednesday, May 20 CLE program. Additional speakers for the program include former Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and attorneys Lisette M. McCormick and Rhonda Hill Wilson.

The 1.5 substantive CLE credit program will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Employment Litigation in Federal Court May 20

Employment cases continue to make up a substantial portion of the civil caseload in the Eastern District. At the Wednesday, May 20 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee, a longtime federal judge and two experienced employment lawyers will discuss recent trends and cutting edge issues in employment litigation in federal court.

Speakers are U.S. District Court Judge Berle M. Schiller; Alice W. Ballard, Law Office of Alice W. Ballard, P.C.; and Joe H. Tucker Jr., Tucker Law Group, LLC.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Eminent Domain CLE May 21

Get an overview on important and relevant Pennsylvania court decisions on the state's eminent domain (condemnation) law at a Thursday, May 21 CLE program presented by the Eminent Domain and Appraisals 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 Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Fair Housing Training for Real Estate Professionals May 27

Learn about fair housing laws and gain insights into trends at "Fair Housing: It's the Law!" on Wednesday, May 27 at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Conference Center.

The program will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 200 S. Broad St., Suite 700. Tuition is $49 per person. Please register at For more information, contact Katie McCabe at the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PA at 215-625-0700 x14 or

Estate Planning for Younger Couples May 28

Many young families put off estate planning. However, it is never too early to begin this process. Everyone should have a proper, professionally prepared estate plan.

At PBI's "Estate Planning for Younger Couples" on Thursday, May 28, learn about advising clients on naming the executors or trustees; naming a guardian for young children; providing instructions for distribution of assets; and much more.

This 3 CLE credit program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline May 29

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2015 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions.

The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered) and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others. The chair of the competition is Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, and have the essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Philadelphia Bar Association event, where the award will be presented.

Entries must be submitted in electronic form via email to unless submission of a hard copy is requested and approved. Requests for submission of a hard copy should be made by emailing or by calling (215) 238-6360. Visit to download the contest rules.

Transitioning into Medicare June 2

PBI's new course "Transitioning into Medicare" will focus on going from personal or employer health insurance to Medicare coverage.

Learn about access to care, benefits and costs in this 4 substantive CLE credit program on Tuesday, June 2. The program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Higher Education Conference June 3

PBI's Wednesday, June 3 Higher Education Conference faculty will fill you in on the latest laws, policies, best practices and emerging issues affecting universities and colleges and their students, faculty and staff.

Join members of the Department of Education, representatives from area institutions of higher education, attorneys who specialize in counseling colleges and universities and others with expertise in this growing and ever-changing field. Click here to see the faculty members.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Philly Idol Talent Show Tickets on Sale Now

Join your colleagues and friends for an unforgettable night at Philly Idol on Thursday, June 4 at famed music venue, World Café Live, with performances by some of your favorite lawyers as they sing, dance, perform magic and do impressions all for your vote while raising money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

The night's entertainment includes the house band "Class Action" and performances by singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and impressionists. Click here for the full entertainment lineup.

The event is presented by the Young Lawyers Division along with The Legal Intelligencer and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at World Cafe Live - Downstairs Live, 3025 Walnut St. Ticket prices include savory hors d'oeuvres, Italian buffet and open bar. Standard package includes select beer and wines only. Premium package includes premium bar, beer and wine. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.

Celebrity Champion sponsor for Philly Idol is Martin Law. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at

Bar Foundation Golf/Tennis Classic June 15

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 27th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic moves to Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli on Monday, June 15.

Waynesborough is a par-71 design, featuring four challenging and picturesque par 3s. The level of excitement remains at an unsurpassed high from the first tee to the last putt on the 18th green. Waynesborough's beautiful, two-story tennis pavilion, unveiled in May of 2007, is surrounded by 10 meticulously maintained Har-Tru® courts (six with lighting for evening play) and two recently resurfaced hard courts (one with a backboard).

Golf registration is $475 per person, $350 for judges and YLD members. Registration for tennis is $200. Registration also includes the cocktail reception and dinner. Click here for sponsorship and registration information.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 19

U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak, the lead prosecutor in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted to date for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks, will be the keynote speaker at the Federal Courts Committee Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 19.

Judge Novak will discuss the investigation and trial. The 4 CLE credit conference will be held at he Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference is a half-day educational event that is attended by federal court practitioners and judges. Attendees will spend the morning hearing panel presentations by both judges and practitioners on topics of current interest in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Presentations include "Effective Advocacy before Federal Magistrate," with U.S. District Court Judges David R. Strawbridge, and Timothy R. Rice; U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley; and attorneys Stephen G. Console, Console Law Offices; Caren Litvin, Law Offices of Caren Litvin; and Gino Benedetti, general counsel at SEPTA.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Thomas L. Ambro and Cheryl Ann Krause will be among the panelists for "Federal Appellate Advocacy - Best Practices." Additional panelists include Robert Zauzmer, assistant U.S. attorney, Appellate Chief, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Brett G. Sweitzer, chief of appeals, Federal Community Defender Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Nancy Winkelman, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

"The Fun Parts of a Trial - Opening, Cross-Examination and Closing" will feature U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond; Dennis R. Suplee, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich, Fox Rothschild LLP; and Carolyn P. Short, Reed Smith LLP.

Panelists for "Federal Sentencing Trends 10 Years After United States v. Booker and Sentencing Advocacy" are U.S. District Court Judges Cynthia M. Rufe and Mitchell S. Goldberg; along with Lou Lappen, first assistant United States Attorney; Leigh Skipper, chief Federal Defender; and Marc S. Raspanti, Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP.

Federal Courts Committee Vice Chairs Leslie A. Mariotti and Michael A. Morse of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP are the course planners. Visit for more information about the Federal Bench-Bar Conference.

LFMC Public Service Awards Nominations Due May 28

Nominations are being accepted for Philadelphia Bar Association’s Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Awards to be presented to two associates at Philadelphia law firms who have been practicing law for five years or less. The awards will be presented at the Third Annual City-Wide Summer Associate Reception on Tuesday, June 23.

The awards will honor young lawyers who have made a difference in Philadelphia through extraordinary pro bono representation or public service to individuals or entities that address the challenges faced by communities of need in the City of Philadelphia. These Public Service Awards are made in support of Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III’s commitment to expand the role and direct involvement of members of the Philadelphia Bar Association in public service and making a difference in the lives of people in our community. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, May 28.

Nominations must be made in writing and no longer than two typed pages. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey via email at or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o LFMC Pro Bono Excellence Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Significant accomplishments in pro bono representation of a client or clients;

• Significant service and leadership for an organization whose mission is to address the challenges of communities of need in Philadelphia;

• Significant service and leadership in establishing a new organization designed to address the challenges of a community of need in Philadelphia; and

• Excellent and exemplary non-legal leadership of a charitable organization in Philadelphia.

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar at Borgata

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City.

Attracting hundreds of lawyers and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary. Twenty-three seminars and a minimum of 8 CLE credits will be available.

Registration is available at Sponsors for the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USI Affinity,Love Court Reporting, Inc, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, Bellia Print & Design, RIMKUS, BPU Investments and The Legal Intelligencer.

Public Interest Trainings, Events

CeaseFirePA 15th Anniversary Event May 7

CeaseFirePA will celebrate its 15th anniversary Thursday, May 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Comcast Center, 1700 JFK Boulevard, 43rd Floor. Gov. Edward G. Rendell will receive the inaugural Keystone Award for Courage, recognizing his longstanding work, at every level, as an advocate toward reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth. The event is Co-Chaired by David L. and Rhonda Cohen and Lynne and Harold Honickman. Space is limited. Please visit for event details and/or email regarding tickets sales and sponsorship opportunities.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project Annual Celebration May 12

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project's Annual Celebration will be Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University of the Arts, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St. The celebration begins with a cocktail party and silent auction. The program, "Seeking Truth: Stories from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project," will be hosted by Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of Tell Me A Story. Also featured will be the presentation of the Hero of Justice Award to Charles and Barbara Haldeman; the Maureen Rowley Award to Ellen Greenlee, Defender Emeritus, Defender Association of Philadelphia; and the Edward D. Ohlbaum Volunteer Award to Joshua Snyder, Boni & Zack LLC. For more information and to register, go to

VIP Divorce Practice Training May 15

Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on divorce practice on Friday, May 15 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Philadelphia Family Court, 1501 Arch St., 15th Floor. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, visit

Mazzoni Center Annual Celebration, Fundraiser May 15

Mazzoni Center will hold its annual celebration and fundraiser, Elixir: the Cure for the Common Gala, on Friday, May 15 from 6:00 to 11 p.m., on the Mill House Deck at Philadelphia's historic Water Works 640 Waterworks Drive. This year's event marks the 35th anniversary of the nonprofit healthcare, legal and social service provider, whose mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals they serve. At the event Mazzoni will honor Franny Price, organizer of the city's annual Pride parade and festival, and a longtime community activist and advocate. Also being honored is Michael Tambon, a dynamic and outspoken advocate for people living with HIV. Guests will enjoy live music and dancing, DJ entertainment, delicious food and open bar, a silent auction and beautiful riverside views. All proceeds from the event benefit Mazzoni Centers continuum of care and services for the LGBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are available at

VIP Summer Pro Bono Program June 12

Philadelphia VIP will present the 20th Annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 10th Floor. This event is limited to law students only. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. To register, visit

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 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 Bar 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: Concentrated Investment Portfolios

Some investors, particularly company executives who are compensated in part with shares, can end up with very large positions in one stock. Such concentrated exposure to one company may represent more risk than a person may be comfortable assuming. In this month's interview, we sat down with Paul Gordon, senior investment advisor with PNC Wealth Management® in Philadelphia, to talk about a few strategies that investors can employ to help reduce that risk. Click here to read the entire article.

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