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May 19, 2014
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Vol. 15, No. 40
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker will discuss the state of the court at the June 13 Federal Bench-Bar Conference.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference
June 13 at Rittenhouse Hotel

A state of the courts presentation and keynote remarks by Witold "Vic" Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, are among the highlights of the Federal Courts Committee’s Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 13...READ MORE

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 13

A state of the courts presentation and keynote remarks by Witold "Vic" Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, are among the highlights of the Federal Courts Committee’s Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 13.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference is a half-day educational event that is always eagerly anticipated 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.

The conference will begin with opening remarks by Danielle Banks, chair of the Federal Courts Committee, followed by an introduction of the program by Bruce P. Merenstein, course planner and vice chair of the Federal Courts Committee. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. To register for the Federal-Bench Bar Conference, visit

The first panel discussion, "Expert Witnesses in Federal Court: What Works and What Doesn't,” features U.S. District Court Judges Cynthia M. Rufe, Juan R. Sanchez and Mitchell S. Goldberg and moderator Nina M. Gussack.

U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis and attorneys Catherine M. Recker, Robert A. Zauzmer and moderator David Rudovsky will discuss "The Use of Social Media to Investigate, Prosecute, and Defend Criminal Charges."

Following a short break, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Eric L. Frank and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will present a report on the state of the courts.

The last panel discussion, "Ethical Issues During Depositions: Hypothetical Scenarios," features U.S. District Court Judges Paul S. Diamond and Gerald A. McHugh Jr., along with former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich and moderator Dennis R. Suplee.

The program concludes with Walczak's keynote remarks. He will address why it is important that federal courts be receptive to litigation brought on behalf of unpopular people and causes. Click here to register for the Federal Bench-Bar Conference.

Federal Courts Committee on Prosecutorial Discretion May 21

The Federal Courts Committee will present the discussion "Prosecutorial Discretion Under The Obama Department Of Justice: Thirty Years After The War On Drugs Was Launched, What Does The "Smart On Crime Initiative" Really Mean?" on Wednesday, May 21.

Speakers include U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, Chief Federal Defender Leigh Skipper and Jeffrey M. Lindy, a partner in Lindy & Tauber, P.C.

The program begins at 12:30 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Jewish Law Day Celebration May 21

John Q. Barrett, professor of law at St. John's University in New York, will speak on "Justice Jackson, Nuremberg, and the Universality of the Hebrew Bible" at the 32nd Annual Jewish Law Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 21.

The program, sponsored by the Committee of Judges and Lawyers, The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, is a free program open to the entire community. The event will be held at the Jewish Community Services Building, at 2100 Arch St. beginning at 5 p.m.

This event is funded entirely through voluntary contributions. A reception will follow the program. Complimentary valet parking is provided. Dietary laws are strictly observed. To register, or to make a voluntary contribution to Jewish Law Day, please visit

SeniorLAW Center Gala Honors Older Vets May 21

SeniorLAW Center will hold its 2014 Gala honoring older veterans on Wednesday, May 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Patrick Murphy, former congressman, Iraq war veteran and MSNBC host. At the event, the SeniorLAW Center Champion of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Leon Bass and the 2014 SeniorLAW Center Partner of the Year Award will be presented to Cozen O'Connor. Joseph B. Silverstein and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging also will be recognized at the event as the 2014 SeniorLAW Center Hall of Fame Inductees. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call 215-701-3203.

Preparing for Mediation CLE May 22

Louis Fryman and Judge Richard B. Klein (ret.) will discuss "Preparing for Mediation: The Mediation Submission" at a Thursday, May 22 CLE program presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution 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. and CLE begins at 12:30 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Ethics in Guardianship Decision-Making May 22

Michele Mathes, past director of education at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, will discuss the role of ethics in decision-making in guardianships at the Thursday, May 22 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship 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.

Civil Gideon Essay Contest Honors Ken Shear

In honor of the retirement of Kenneth Shear, who served as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association for 37 years, the "Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund" has been established by the Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to honor Shear's contributions to the Philadelphia legal community. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 23.

To raise an endowment to support the Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund, Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Bar Foundation President Deborah Gross are donating seed money to begin the funding of the Essay Competition and the Scholarship Fund in order to award at least one scholarship in 2014. The announcement of the scholarship was made by Wilkinson and Gross at the December Board of Governors meeting.

Full and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the academic year at one of the following six institutions are eligible to enter: Drexel University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Candidates must submit a law review quality submission on Civil Gideon.

The winning author will receive a cash award of $1,500 and serve as an intern, within six months of receiving the award, for 40 hours, on a pro bono basis, to assist the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with its endeavors through the Philadelphia Civil Gideon Task Force, the state-wide Access to Civil Justice Coalition and/or future statewide Access to Civil Justice Commission, or will serve on another pro bono project of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation, such as service to the Public School System of Philadelphia.

The essay must be no longer than 10 pages or 2,500 words, whichever is shorter. The 2,500-word limitation refers to the text of the submission; footnotes may be a maximum of 1,000 words (in addition to the 2,500 word maximum for text). Endnotes are not permitted.

The essay must be in seminar paper or law journal article format only; submissions in the form of a memorandum, brief, judicial opinion or other type of legal document are not acceptable. The essay may not be previously published or currently accepted for publication in any publication other than in connection with this competition. For a complete list of rules please visit Please direct additional questions to Merril Zebe, Public Interest Coordinator for the Delivery of Legal Services Committee at Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. by email on Friday, May 23. Please send submission to Cecelia Driscoll at All contributions to the Fund should be in the name of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with an indication in the memo field that the donation is for the purposes of the "Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund." Please mail your check to Jessica Hilburn-Holmes, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Women in the Profession Speed Networking May 27

Please join the Women in the Profession Committee for speed networking at the Tuesday, May 27 monthly meeting. Ring in summer with an informal gathering focused on getting to know one another. Implement what was learned at the April meeting about power Networking or bring your own networking techniques to the table.

The "speed networking" will include attendees spending five-minute intervals with each other in which they will describe their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee. This meeting will provide the perfect opportunity for those who are short on time to network with other Committee members.

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.

PA Mandatory Sentencing CLE May 27

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Alleyne v. U.S.: What All Criminal Practitioners Need to Know about the State of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in Pennsylvania" on Tuesday, May 27.

Speakers for the program are Widener University School of Law Professors Jules Epstein and Leonard Sosnov. 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. and CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

12th Annual Nonprofit Institute May 28

Douglas B. Bauer, executive director of The Clark Foundation and Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania will discuss the current state of philanthropy and where it's headed at the 12th Annual Nonprofit Institute on Wednesday, May 28.

This 6 CLE credit program 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 4:45 p.m. Click here for more information.

Mastering Mediation through Technology May 28

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa Rau and Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.) will be among the panelists for the Wednesday, May 28 Medical Legal Committee program "Mastering Mediation through Technology."

The program 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Family Law Section Spring Reception May 29

The Family Law Section will welcome the newest members of the Family Court Bench and celebrate other dedicated court personnel at its annual Spring Reception on Thursday, May 29.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Lounge at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St. Registration is required by May 23 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $45 for court personnel and $65 for non-Section members. The Family Law Section Annual Spring reception is sponsored by FindLaw.

Justinians Annual Meeting June 2 at Union League

The Justinian Society and The Justinian Foundation Annual Meeting, Election and Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held Monday, June 2 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

John Gattuso, senior vice president of Liberty Property Trust, will be honored at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets by credit card, please visit and on the left side click under 6-02-2014. For more information, please call 215-545-0706
or email

Probate and Trust Law Quarterly Meeting June 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE "Protecting Your Nest Egg: Using Domestic and Foreign Asset Protection Trusts to Safeguard Assets" will be held Tuesday, June 3 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

"Asset protection" has become part of the common lexicon of asset management, financial planning and estate planning. Increasingly, clients are seeking strategies to help them preserve and protect the wealth they have accumulated in the face of risk. As a result, more and more individuals are creating asset protection trusts, both domestically and abroad, in order to shield a grantor-beneficiary's assets from the reach of creditors. This course will help advisors better understand the frequently asked questions of when to use, where to situs, and how to administer an asset protection trust to safeguard an individual's assets.

Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

David Rosenblum Memorial Service June 3

A memorial service for David M. Rosenblum, legal director for the Mazzoni Center, will be held Tuesday, June 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. Rosenblum passed away May 2. He was 47.

Legal Careers in Academia June 5

While a law degree can be utilized in a variety of settings, many newly minted lawyers opt for a career in academia. Hear about the exciting opportunities and choices a career in academia offers at the Thursday, June 5 meeting of the Women's Rights Committee.

Speakers include Monica Taylor, vice president of development and alumni relations, University of Delaware; Vanessa Lawrence, associate professor in the Legal Studies Department, Temple University; and LeaNora J. Ruffin, assistant dean of career development, Widener University School of Law.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin, 2000 Market St., Suite 2300. There is no cost to attend however registration is required. Click here to register.

Chief Judge McKee to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 9

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.), a longtime jurist on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and now a distinguished neutral with Dispute Resolution Institute, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event.

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.

Judge McKee was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994, and became chief judge on May 4, 2010. The former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton.

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. The June Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Click here to purchase tickets.

Recent Developments in Assessment Law June 10

Learn the ins and outs of real estate tax assessment practice at PBI's "Recent Developments in Assessment Law in Pennsylvania" CLE program on Tuesday, June 10.

Examine the new amendments and challenges to the Consolidated County Assessment Law; learn how the most recent exemption cases have been decided - what has been granted and what has been denied; find out how storage sheds and improvements to manufactured homes are being taxed; be updated on how the courts are determining expert witness credibility of appraisers; and get the inside scoop on which Pennsylvania counties will soon be undergoing countywide reassessments.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Insurance Coverage and Conflicts CLE June 10

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Insurance Coverage and Conflicts: Duties of Insurer, Insured and Counsel in the Tripartite Relationship" on Tuesday, June 10.

The program will explore the myriad practical and ethical conflicts and quandaries presented when a liability insurer agrees to provide a defense to its insured but at the same time informs its insured through a reservation of rights letter that there may be no coverage under the policy. Courts have provided little practical guidance to parties in the tripartite insurer-defense counsel-insured relationship as to how to handle their often conflicting duties. The panel will review the state of the law and focus on how best to handle complex issues as well as provide practical guidance on how to handle conflicting duties in the tripartite insurer defense counsel-insured relationship.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch is included. Click here to register.

2014 Technology Institute June 11

From the way we research to the way we communicate, technology is reshaping society and the law. Make sure your practice keeps pace ethically and securely at PBI's "2014 Technology Institute" on Wednesday, June 11.

Explore the issues critical to your performance, from confidentiality to storytelling, information scouting to intellectual property protection. 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.

Tax Section CLE on Partner Guarantees June 12

New Treasury Regulations were proposed late in 2013 and early in 2014 addressing partnership liabilities, disguised sales and basis adjustments. These regulations change how partnership debt is allocated to partners, including significantly changing the treatment of guarantees, changing the disguised sales rules and providing new rules regarding basis adjustments involving contributions of built-in loss property.

These rules, if adopted, could have a substantial effect on many operating partnerships, especially in the real estate industry. Expert tax practitioners will provide insight into the government's concerns regarding the existing regulations that led to the proposed regulations at a Tax Section CLE program on Thursday, June 12.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 12

The Workers' Compensation Section annual Spring Party will be held Thursday, June 12 at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature the presentation of the Irvin Stander Memorial Prize to a graduating area law student. Registration is required by Friday, May 30 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open-air deck. Tickets are $45 for Section members and $55 for non-members. There will be additional $10 cost for walk-ins. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 16

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is excited to host the 26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, June 16 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Sponsorship opportunities, foursomes and individual tickets for golf or tennis are now available. The Bar Foundation is pleased to offer special rates for judges and Young Lawyers Division members, as well as dinner-only tickets.

Golf will take place on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. The Philadelphia Cricket Club also features grass and clay tennis courts. Please note that Wissahickon is a walking course, and carts will only be available for those over the age of 65 or with a medical note. Carts are available on Militia Hill. Individual golfers and foursomes will be assigned to Wissahickon by lottery if necessary.

Register today and help the Philadelphia Bar Foundation celebrate 50 years of promoting access to justice! Click here to register. For more information, please contact Alexander McDowell at 215-238-6334 or

Congregation Kol Ami to Honor Chancellor June 24

Congregation Kol Ami will honor Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo on Tuesday, June 24 at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. following a day of golf and tennis.

Registration for golf begins at 10 a.m. and tennis starts at 2:30 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:15 p.m. and the dinner and awards begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit or call 215-635-3110.

LGBT Summer Intern Reception June 26

Join the LGBT Rights Committee in welcoming up-and-coming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community on Thursday, June 26.

Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals, as well as begin to build their peer professional community. This event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 48th Floor. There is no cost to attend however registration is required by June 19. Please RSVP to Claire L. Volpe at

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Registration is available at

Full conference early-bird registration rates are $379 for members and $229 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Early bird registration is available until Friday, Sept. 19. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. After Sept. 19, registration rates increase by $70.

Special Borgata hotel room rates are available for our Conference attendees. A rate of $189 (plus tax) for a king room is available Friday, Oct. 17 and a limited number of king rooms are available at $109 (plus tax) Thursday, Oct. 16 and $249 (plus tax) for Saturday, Oct. 18. You must be a registered attendee of the Conference to receive this group rate. Once you are registered for the Conference, you will receive instructions on how to reserve your room.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Projects and Programming Advisor to the Chancellor, is chair of the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Robson Forensic, Family Law Section, Pain Management & MRI, Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support and MCS E-Document Service. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Upon Further Review Seeks Article Submissions

Upon Further Review is the Philadelphia Bar Association's online legal news publication. The purpose of Upon Further Review is to provide relevant, timely, and substantive legal news and analysis from the members of the Bar, for the members of the Bar. Each month, Upon Further Review showcases articles on relevant topics and provides news and analysis that covers all aspects of the law, from trends to trials, from case analysis to opinion pieces.

You are invited to submit articles for consideration. Original materials, previously unpublished, are required and can be submitted on a rolling basis. Upon Further Review is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

For more information or to submit article ideas, please contact Amy J. Seefeld, Senior Staff Counsel, Public and Legal Services, 215-238-6369 or

Authors Seek Input on Cultural Issues in Business

The authors of a new American Bar Association-sponsored book need your help on the challenges lawyers face in a world that is growing smaller with the increasing interaction of various cultures.

Former Philadelphia Inquirer staffers Tom Belden and Terri Morrison, a leading authority on cultural issues in doing business around the world, need help with research for the book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The book is scheduled for publication in early 2015. Morrison has published many versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands." The books make fascinating reading as they detail how the cultural differences of more than 60 countries worldwide require different etiquette and protocol to succeed in international business settings. The books have sold more than 300,000 copies.

More information about Morrison and the other versions of "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands" can
be found at The authors are looking for as many lawyers and other legal professionals with experience in this area to complete the questionnaire. A standard questionnaire is the starting point for the research and can be found at by clicking here.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

Upcoming Public Interest Programs, Trainings

• Community Legal Services' 25th Annual Breakfast of Champions, a gift from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, will be held Wednesday, May 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Broad and Locust Streets. This year's event will honor community leader and philanthropist Alan M. Feldman, with the 2014 Champion of Justice Award and will recognize the following individuals who will receive the 2014 Equal Justice Award: Dennisse Bones (Community Legal Services, Inc.), James A. Francis, Esq. (Francis & Mailman PC), and Marilyn Heffley, Esq. (Reed Smith LLP). The keynote speaker will be U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. This stewardship event is by invitation only and recognizes donors to Community Legal Services' annual Bar Campaign. To make a gift to the Bar Campaign or for more event information, please contact Lisa Verges at or 215-981-3743.

• The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St every Thursday, beginning May 29. These free programs, which run through July, provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. To download a schedule of the programs, visit the Public Interest Section web page by clicking here.

• Philadelphia VIP will host its 19th Annual Summer Pro Bono Program, an event geared toward law school students at the inception of their careers to introduce them not only to the mission of Philadelphia VIP, but to poverty at large and the critical legal needs of many Philadelphians. The program will be held at Thursday, June 5 at Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 10th floor, Wanamaker Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, visit

• Mazzoni Center will host its 13th Annual Trans-Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Thursday, June 12 through Saturday, June 14. This free conference will offer three full days of workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people, communities and allies, including a free legal clinic on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information is available at

National Constitution Center Programs of Interest

All of the following programs will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. For tickets and information, call 215-409-6700 or visit

Wednesday, June 4, 1:30 p.m. - The History of the Second Amendment
Attorney Alan Gura, NYU's Michael Waldman, and UCLA's Adam Winkler sit down with Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion about the Second Amendment—from the time of our Founding Fathers through present day - drawing from Waldman's new book "The Second Amendment: A Biography."

Monday, June 16, 12 p.m. - The Meaning of the Fourth Amendment in a Digital Age
Just weeks before the Supreme Court's decisions on United States v. Wurie and California v. Riley, Jeffrey Rosen will convene a panel, including Stanford Law School Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, a lead attorney in one of the cases.

Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. - David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. the Supreme Court
Two of the nation's most prominent lawyers, David Boies and Theodore Olson, relive their five-year journey to marriage equality in California, from Proposition 8's adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land.

Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. - The Roberts Court: Redrawing the Ground Rules of American Government
From Citizens United to the Affordable Care Act to gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Leading constitutional lawyer and scholar Laurence Tribe (who taught Roberts at Harvard) joins the National Constitution Center for what he describes as a "deeper understanding of the substance of the Court's work and how it is transforming our nation."

Friday, June 27, 12 p.m. - Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence
Political philosopher Danielle Allen of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies discusses her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. In just 1,337 words, the Declaration changed the course of the modern world, but it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s feature exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello, Allen will tackle the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson's understanding of equality.

Discounted Tickets for 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.

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: Emerging Markets, Global Implications

In this month's interview, we sat down with Sean Flynn, CFA, CFP® and Investment Advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to explore the roots of the emerging market woes, and discuss their financial market implications for the U.S. and global markets. Click here to read the entire article.

Workers' Comp Practice & Procedure May 22

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Practice & Procedure 2014 will bring practitioners you up to date on recent developments and will focus on today's most important issues. This 4 CLE credit program will be held Thursday, May 22 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 12:25 to 4:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m. and a light lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

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.

Monday, May 19
Bridge the Gap 2014
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

A Day on Health Law (Video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20
Representing LGBT Clients in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21
Driving Under the Influence: Skills that Win Cases (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 22
Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2014
4 substantive CLE credits
12:25 to 4:45 p.m.

Critical Ethics Issues in Workers’ Compensation Practice (Video)
1 ethics CLE credit
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28
12th Annual Nonprofit Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 29
Winning at Trial
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 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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