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May 26, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 39
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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

Deadline to register is May 28.

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.

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.

13th Annual Nonprofit Institute May 27

The 13th Annual Nonprofit Institute kicks off on Wednesday, May 27 with the opening plenary "NONPROFITX." Three nonprofit leaders - Anne Marie Ambrose, senior director, Casey Family Programs, Washington, D.C.; Maria Pajil Battle, president, Amerihealth Caritas Partnership, Philadelphia; and Maud Lyon, president, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, will discuss the state of the nonprofit union, including serving vulnerable populations, inspired leadership and issues in the cultural community.

Six CLE credits are available including 1 ethics credit for the program, which will be held 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Nominations for LFMC Public Service Awards Due May 28

Nominations are being accepted for the 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 Associates 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.

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.

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

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. Many young people don't think they need an estate plan. They think they are too young or don't have enough assets. Yet, the consequences are often more serious for young people who die without an estate plan in place.

Learn about naming executors or trustees, naming a guardian for young children, providing instructions for distribution of assets, using trusts to hold retirement assets, reviewing insurance needs and beneficiary designations, planning for a disability, handling debt, providing for college education, including Section 529 Plans, and more.

This 3 CLE credit program will be held in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, May 28 at the PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m; check-in begins at 8:30 am. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Jewish Law Day, May 28

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 invite all to the 33rd Annual Jewish Law Day, on Thursday, May 28. The program begins at 5:00 p.m. and is free to all who attend. The program includes one free hour of PA CLE credit. The guest speaker is Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Supreme Court Correspondent for The topic of Ms. Lithwick's address is "Does Religion Matter to the Justices?" In addition, Judge Susan Peikes Gantman, President Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, will be honored.

Following the ceremony, a complimentary reception follows. Dietary laws are strictly observed.

Complimentary valet parking is also provided.

The event is held at the Jewish Federation Building at 2100 Arch St. Advance registration is required through

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.

Securities Regulation Committee Meeting June 2

Please join the committee on Tuesday, June 2 as Peter Jaslow of Ballard Spahr LLP explains the newly adopted Reg A+ rules. We will also plan for upcoming events, including our joint program in November with the New Jersey Bar Association's Securities Committee.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. A light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Donna Kearse at or 215-575-7076.

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.

Mazzoni Center's Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

From June 4 to 6, the Mazzoni Center will hold the 2015 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The mission of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is to educate and empower transgender individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. The theme of the 2015 Conference is “Cultural Competency/Cultural Humility.”

Each year the conference offers three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. This year’s schedule includes more than 200 workshops, activities and social events spanning a broad range of topics that include: health care, safety, education, employment, housing, legal issues and social support.

Separate workshop tracks are offered for professionals in the medical, mental health, legal and social service fields to educate providers and expand the availability of quality, culturally competent care and services for transgender individuals. For more information and to register online, please visit

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.

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 attorneys 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, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, State Civil Litigation Section, Bellia Print & Design, Friedman LLP, RIMKUS, Widener Law and The Legal Intelligencer.

Public Interest Trainings, Events

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

Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section Law School Outreach Committee will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St. on the following dates: May 28, June 4 and 25, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, and August 6.

The free programs 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, please click here.

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 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 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.

Upcoming CLE Courses

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.

Wednesday, May 27
13th Annual Nonprofit Institute
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Estate Planning for Younger Couples
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 28
Legal Writing in the 21st Century
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, May 29
From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 29
PLI - Global Capital Markets & the US Securities Laws
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 1
The Strategic Negotiator (Video)
6 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 2
Transitioning into Medicare
4 substantive/0 ethics
12 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

June 2
Jun. 2015 Probate & Trust Law Qtly - Portability: Throwing a Wrench into Traditional Estate Planning
2 substantive/0 ethics
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

June 3
Higher Education Conference
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

PLI - Hot Topics in Advertising Law 2015
7.5 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The Ins and Outs of Rule 1.15 and its Recent Amendments
Philadelphia Bar Association
1 substantive/0 ethics
9 to 10 a.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 4-5
The Art of the Deposition
10 substantive/2 ethics
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 8
ERISA Update
3 substantive/1* ethics
12 to 4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

June 8-9
PLI - 16th Annual Institute on Privacy & Data Security Law
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 9
Dead Man's Rule
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Practice before the PA Human Relations Commission
4 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

June 10
General Practitioners' Update 2015
5 substantive/1 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

Hot Topics in Patent Law
2 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

PLI - International Arbitration 2015
6.5 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 15
Winning at Trial (Video)
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 16
Equal Justice Under the Law: The Magna Carta After 800 Years
4 substantive/0 ethics
12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

June 16
Direct File Juvenile Cases – Your Minor Client Has Been Charged as an Adult – What Now?
Philadelphia Bar Association 1 substantive/0 ethics
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; check-in at 12 p.m.

The Intersection of Legal and Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases (Video)
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 17
Civil Practice and Procedure in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.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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