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May 29, 2012
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Mary Frances Berry to Deliver
Higginbotham Lecture June 26;
O'Connor Award for Dalton

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event...READ MORE

Berry to Speak June 26; Dalton to Receive O'Connor Award

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jane Leslie Dalton, who has served as Chancellor, chair of the Board of Governors and co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. 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.

Dr. Berry is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous books including "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House."

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

Leadership Strengths Program May 29

Cynthia Pladziewicz will discuss leadership strengths as well as research on gender and leadership at the Tuesday, May 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Pladziewicz coaches, trains and advises lawyers and other professionals on business development, career and related issues. She is a licensed psychologist, attorney, and professional certified coach.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Appellate Waiver Traps, E-Filing May 30

Dean Phillips, counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Appellate Court Procedure Rules Committee, will discuss waiver traps, E-Filing and other current developments at the Wednesday, May 30 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Keeping Inner-City Schools Open May 31

Two of the attorneys representing the Chester-Upland School District in a lawsuit fighting the state to keep the district open will be the guest spakers at a Young Lawyers Division 20/20 program on Thursday, May 31.

Speakers include Michael Churchill, of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Sonja Kerr of the Disabilities Rights Project at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. They will discuss the Chester-Upland litigation as well as other similar cases regarding issues of access to appropriate education in southeastern Pennsylvania's inner-city school districts.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Comparative Look at Chinese, U.S. Legal Systems May 31

Professor Yang Weidong of the Department of Law, Chinese Academy of Governance in Beijing will present "A Comparative Look at Chinese and U.S. Legal Systems" at the Thursday, May 31 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Professor Yang's recent research has focused on freedom of information, judicial review and administrative dispute resolutions. His presentation will be about 20 minutes followed by questions and discussion.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th & Arch Streets on the 34th floor. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at or 215-981-4616.

Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Workers' Comp CLE June 1

Judge Sandra Craig will present the CLE program "Extraterritorial Jurisdiction," a primer on Section 305.2 of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act that covers workers who are injured outside the territorial limits of Pennsylvania on Friday, June 1.

Judge Craig will discuss the statute, the applicable case law, and practical considerations for trying this type of case before a workers' compensation judge.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 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 is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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New City Zoning Code Overview CLE June 4

The Real Property Section will present the CLE program "Overview of the New Philadelphia Zoning Code - Are YOU Ready For 8/22/12?" on Monday, June 4.

Our faculty, which includes real estate practitioners, members of the Zoning Code Commission, City Council members, and City Planning Commission staff, will explore the new Philadelphia Zoning Code. Our experts will help guide attendees through a whole new language of zoning. With the participation of those charged with the administration of this new ordinance, this course will offer an opportunity to hear and learn first-hand, how the zoning times are "a-changing" in Philadelphia.

Registration and lunch for this 3 substantive CLE credit program begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Estate/Planning Issues for Same-Sex, Unmarried Couples

The Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting & CLE "Estate Planning Issues Facing the Contemporary American Family - Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples" is set for Tuesday, June 5.

The program will be held 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 for more information.

MontCo Civil Court System Program June 6

The State Civil Litigation Section will hold the quarterly meeting "Navigating the New Tides of the Montgomery County Civil Court System" on Wednesday, June 6.

Speakers include Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judges Thomas DiRicci and Carolyn Carluccio, Montgomery County Court Administrator Michael Kehs and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold L. New.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 6

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

The unveiling of the third portrait in the Arts in the Courts series, the Finishing Room of the former
Stetson Hat Factory, will be held at the event.

Tickets are $45 for section members and $55 for non-members. Registration is required by Monday, June 4 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open air deck. Click here to register.

Family Law Section Spring Reception June 7

The Family Law Section's Annual Spring Reception will be held Thursday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets.

Please join us as we welcome the newest members of the Family Court bench and as we say good bye and celebrate the retirement of a number of dedicated court personnel. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $45 for employees of the First Judicial District and $55 for non-section members.

Registration is required by Monday, June 4 and includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register.

Judge Rendell is Lunch Speaker at June 8 Federal Bench-Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will present "Oral Arguments – What the Court Wants to See and Hear" in her keynote remarks at the Friday, June 8 Federal Bench-Bar Conference. Click here to register.

The conference will include six presentations and begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. A total of 3.5 CLE credits are available.

The conference opens with the presentation "Cost Shifting and Cost Reduction - E-Discovery and Beyond" featuring U.S. District Court Judge Joel Slomsky and Steven E. Bizar and Anthony J. Bolognese.

U.S. District Court Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, Ronald H. Levine, Catherine M. Recker and Peter F. Schenck will discuss "Criminal Discovery in the Aftermath of United States v. Ted Stevens." The Stevens case and the Department of Justice report on the "systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence" will be discussed for lessons learned and how the investigations and prosecutions of matters will be affected going forward.

In addition to a brief update of developments in civil law, a panel of judges and practitioners will discuss, among other things, proper preparation for case management conferences, should you really file a motion for summary judgment and how to make sure that newer attorneys get courtroom experience. The speakers for this program are U.S. District Court Judges Gene E.K. Pratter and Eduardo C. Robreno, along with Catherine B. Slavin and Matthew A. Taylor.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich, along with Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz, will present reports on the state of the court.

U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III and J. Dennis Faucher will present "Mortals with Tremendous Responsibilities: A History of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" where they will discuss Judge Bartle's book and the evolution of the court.

A lunch break follows and Judge Rendell's remarks close out the conference. Tuition includes course book, breakfast and lunch. 
Registrations received three or more business days before the presentation qualify for the early registration discount. Click here to register.

Nonprofit Board Dynamics June 8

Join the Young Lawyers Division and Philadelphia Bar Foundation for the Board Observer Live, Lunch and Learn program "Board Dynamics" on Friday, June 8.

Learn more about the finance, marketing, programs and the executive committee of nonprofit boards. Speakers include Beverly Roberts of Dignity Housing, Jennifer Clarke of PILCOP and Mary Kat Meeks-Hank of Face to Face.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Accounting Methods Update CLE June 14

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Accounting Methods Update: 'Repair Regulations' and the Revenue Procedures on Thursday, June 14.

On Dec. 23, 2011, temporary and proposed regulations governing the treatment of expenditures related to tangible property were released, which are generally referred to as the "Repair Regulations.” These regulations have also been supplemented by two revenue procedures. Listen as practitioners helps you better grasp the key guidance regarding accounting method changes relative to the repair regulations.

The program, with 2 substantive CLE credits at 2 CPA credits, begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

YLD Diversity Scholarship Reception June 14

The YLD will host its Seventh Annual Diversity Scholarship Reception on Thursday, June 14 at Estia, 1405 Locust St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Love Court Reporting.

This year's scholarship recipients include Joel Clymer and Nishana Weerasooriya from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law; Geneva Campbell from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Elisa Kim from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and Tran Che at the Villanova University Law School.

Co-hosts of the event are Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Business Law Section and South Asian Bar Association. Admission is complimentary for members of the host organizations and $15 for non-members. Click here to register.

Senior Lawyers Cocktail Party June 14

The Senior Lawyers Committee Spring Cocktail Party will be Thursday, June 14 at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 S. Broad St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy appetizers and a drink ticket towards, wine, beer or cocktails. There is no fee to attend this event however registration is required in advance. We hope you will join us as we honor the new members of the 50-Year Club. Click here to register.

YLD Night at the Phillies July 20

It's YLD night at the Phillies! Come cheer on our favorite team as they take on the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m. Registration includes a ticket behind home plate in sections 419, 420 or 421 and a pre-game party at the all new XFinity Live! from 5 - 7 p.m. which includes a ballpark tailgate with beer and wine. This event is sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support.

Only a limited number of tickets are available and must be purchased by a member of the Association (maximum 3 guests per member). All tickets must be purchased by June 20 and all sales are final. Click here to register.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 8

Join your friends and colleagues at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, Aug. 8 when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m at Bar Association Night at the Phillies.

Seating will be located in the Terrace Deck (sections 418) at $30 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Click here to purchase tickets and enter the promotion code PBAN. Please place your order by July 9. Tickets are subject to availability!

For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-218-5363. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. We hope to see you at the ballpark on Aug. 8!

Register Now for Bench-Bar at Revel in October

Register now for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, featuring more than 20 CLE seminars, at the new beachfront Revel resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 5 and 6.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Sponsors for the 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, First Judicial District, Love Court Reporting, Robson Forensic, JAMS, US Claims Inc., LexisNexis, Round Table Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, Special Counsel, Applied Discovery, LawCash, O’Neill Consulting Corporation, Lien Negotiation Counsel, Iron Mountain, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or via email at Learn more at

Lawyer Profiles to Help Members Promote Practices

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

"Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles" is a new premium advertising opportunity available exclusively to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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.

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.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $150 a month. After that, the member's credit card will be automatically billed on a monthly basis.

Alternatively, members can join for one year at the special rate of $1,495 and save more than 15 percent off the regular price of $1,800. Members may cancel their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles subscription at any time without penalty.

To enroll in Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles visit, or contact Matt Hartman, account manager at ALM, at 215-557-2393, or

Don't delay: to maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 25 at Green Valley CC

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 25 at Green Valley Country Club. We are excited to announce that Wilkie Lexus of Cherry Hill has chosen the Philadelphia Bar Foundation as a participant in the Lexus Champions for Charity golf tournament. Thanks to the generosity of Wilkie Lexus, our auction will feature a spot on the roster for the three-day Lexus Champions for Charity tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any golf enthusiast.

If you are not a golfer, but want to be part of the fun, please join us in the afternoon for a round-robin tennis tournament. The day will be capped off with an open bar surf-and-turf reception and auction on the beautiful lawns of Green Valley Country Club. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is a presenting sponsor of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic.

Why support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation? The mission of the Bar Foundation is to provide equal access to justice for all. As a practical matter, access to justice only exists when education, representation and advocacy combine to allow people to take full advantage of their legal rights. In a position to look at the legal services community as a whole, the Bar Foundation is a key provider of both resources and solutions with the greatest impact on this ambitious goal.

Through the awarding of annual grants, the Bar Foundation provides much needed operational funding for more than 30 public interest law groups. Each grantee has a distinct mission: advocating for the homeless, protecting children in crisis, working with distressed homeowners to prevent foreclosure, protecting elders from abuse, preventing discrimination – the issues are countless. What these distinct groups have in common is the fight for access to justice. The Bar Foundation exists to support this common goal.

The annual Golf Classic raises substantial funds to meet our mission. The money raised at the Golf Classic goes directly into funding our 35 legal service grantees. Please join us in our mission. Click here for more information or to register.

Honors for Judge Shapiro at Jewish Law Day June 4

The Hon. Norma L. Shapiro, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will be honored at the 30th Annual Jewish Law Day on Monday, June 4 at 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St.

Lynn G. Zeitlin and Mitchell H. Klevan are co-chairs of the event which will welcome guest speaker Rabbi Irwin Kula, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Rabbi Kula will speak on "The Jewish Law and Being Good: The Relationship Between Jewish Wisdom and Leading an Ethical Life." Special thanks will also be offered in memory of Jerome Shestack.

The program is approved for one Pennsylvania CLE credit with advance registration required.
Complimentary valet parking is provided and a reception will follow the event with dietary laws observed.
Jewish Law Day is 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.

Jewish Law Day is free of charge and open to the entire community. Funding is provided entirely through voluntary contributions. To register and/or make a voluntary contribution go to

CLS Breakfast of Champions June 6

Community Legal Services' annual Breakfast of Champions will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 the Doubetree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St.

The event launches CLS Bar Campaign and honors individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the cause of justice for all. The event begins with "Java for Justice" at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and the program at 8 a.m., at the Double Tree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St.

At this event, CLS will present the 2012 Champion of Justice Award to Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. CLS will also present 2012 Equal Justice Awards to Deborah Holden, Technical Assistant, CLS Family Advocacy Unit, and Daniel N. Reisman, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register online.

Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery

Spend an evening in Florence for a private tour of this unique exhibition from the Uffizi which makes its only East Coast stop at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown on Wednesday, June 20. The exhibition features oil paintings by legendary artists such as Botticelli, Titian, Tintoretto, Parmigianino, Cristofano Allori and their contemporaries, along with two tapestries from the same period. Be one of the very few who will have a chance to see these masterworks outside of Italy. An Italian-style cocktail reception in the Pavilion will be held following the tour.

The tour begins at 6 p.m. at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Transportation is not included, but may be arranged if there is enough interest. Tickets are $60 per person, including Museum admission, guided tour and reception. Limit one guest per Association member. Click here for tickets.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants. Registrants may be contacted by the hosting organizations about future promotions.

To send program suggestions, please email Tracey McCloskey at

GALLOP to Award $1,000 Law Student Stipend

Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia will honor a distinguished LGBT law student with its inaugural $1,000 GALLOP Summer Stipend. The stipend is designed to help with expenses associated with the expenses associated with the summer after graduating law school, including the increasing costs of bar preparation.

A selection committee comprised of the GALLOP Board of Directors will award the stipend. The applicant must be sitting this summer for the bar in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware. Decisions will be based on financial need, LGBT advocacy and academic performance.

Any interested student is encouraged to apply. All submissions should include the Statement of Interest, resume, and law school transcripts (can be unofficial). These materials should be sent as attachments via email to The deadline is Thursday, June 1 at 5 p.m. The stipend recipient will be announced at GALLOP's monthly Happy Hour on Thursday, June 10 at 6 p.m., at Woodys, 202 S. 13th St.

NASBA Convention June 28 - 30

NASABA's Annual Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network.

This year's convention will be held June 28-30 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information and to register.

Phila. Hosting Judicial Conference in September

The United Nations Associations of the United States of America Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Philadelphia Bar Association (promotional partner) will present "The Globalization of the Rule of Law" International Judicial Conference on Sept. 10-11 in Philadelphia.

This two-day conference will feature special guests from the International Criminal Court, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court, Interpol, the FBI and international NGOs. The conference will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. Conference details and registration information will be available soon.

Eastern State Penitentiary Discussion Series

Eastern State Penitentiary will present a four-part discussion series that focuses on crime and contemporary correctional issues and features various guest speakers. Each discussion in The Searchlight Series will be open to the public for a fee of $5 and free for members of the historic site.

Monday, June 4, 6 p.m. – Lynne Abraham and the Case for a Robust, But Fair, Criminal Justice System
Lynne Abraham served as Philadelphia's District Attorney for 18 years. During that time she gained a national reputation as a strong proponent for law enforcement, the courts, and the prison system in their roles keeping communities safe from crime and violence. Says Abraham, "A robust, yet fair, criminal justice system, one that citizens feel is there to protect them and their communities, helps to counter the negative effects of helplessness and vulnerability, and maintains the proper balance in a civilized society."

Monday, June 18, 6 p.m. – The Social Cost of Imprisonment
Marc Mauer discusses the impact of changing drug and "tough on crime" policies on poor and minority communities in the U.S. During this discussion, Mauer will analyze current prospects for reform and their potential for diminishing the cost and scale of incarceration. He will also examine the social impact of the American criminal justice system as well as possible, and hopefully more effective public safety strategies. Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project and author of "Race to Incarcerate." He is frequently invited to testify before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and addresses a broad range of national and international audiences.

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.

Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. A critically acclaimed series of artist installations is free with admission. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children ages 7-12 (not recommended for children under the age of seven). The penitentiary is open every day, year round. April through November, admission includes "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. For more information and schedules, please call (215) 236-3300 or visit

PNC Perspectives: Administering Special Needs Trusts

The needs of a special child or individual are great and the demands on the family to care for them can be overwhelming because the issues facing families are unique and complex. In this month's PNC Perspectives, learn about Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), how to establish one, the unique challenges associated with administering such a trust, and some important considerations to take into account. Click here to read the interview.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Set

• Philadelphia VIP will host its annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Friday, June 8 geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to educate students about issues of poverty in Philadelphia and to provide an opportunity to address those issues through pro bono work. This year, the event will be held at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Please visit for more details and to download the registration form.

• The ACLU of Pennsylvania will present "Voices of Freedom" on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. Come hear ACLU clients talk about how they have fought for their rights and won. This event is open to everyone - you do not need to be a current ACLU member or a lawyer! Light food and drinks will be served. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For information, call 215-592-1513, x124.

• The Juvenile Law Center Spring Celebration will be held Wednesday, June 13 at Tangerine, 232 Market St. At this event, the Juvenile Law Center will honor Tony Auth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist formerly of The Philadelphia Inquirer and presently the digital artist in residence at WHYY, and thank Dechert LLP for its pro bono assistance. There will also be a performance by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Tickets cost $75 each. Tickets may be purchased online at If you are interested in sponsoring this event or have questions about tickets, please contact Rosie McNamara-Jones, Director of Individual Giving, at (215) 625-0551 or email or visit

• Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training on how to defend a foreclosure case in litigation on Wednesday, July 11. The event will be held at Exelon Business Services Company, LLC, 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia in Energy Hall A. A free continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., during event registration. The CLE training program will be in two sessions, both mandatory, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers will receive four free CLE credits and one ethics credit (a total of five free CLE credits) in exchange for representing one client to the completion of the foreclosure action. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. To register or for more information, contact VIP Staff Attorney Maisha Elonai at or 215-523-9553.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website,, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Order Philadelphia County Court Rules Today

Published by The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia County Court Rules provides the most current and comprehensive coverage of newly adopted, amended and rescinded rules in the county along with editor's notes and comments. Rules are provided for Civil and Family, Criminal, Juvenile and Orphans' divisions, an index for each section, court officials and staff directory and forms for each section and a CD-ROM of writable forms.

New for 2012:

• Administrative order No. 01 of 2012, Motions to Vacate or Reduce Bail Forfeitures

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-01, Mass Tort and Asbestos Programs

• General Court Regulation No. 2012-02, Capital Case Counsel Qualification

To order visit or call 215-557-2453.

Valuing the Small Business in Divorce June 4

Be ready to handle a business evaluation at PBI's "Valuing the Small Business in Divorce." Explore the factors to be considered in making a decision for valuing. Navigate the many concerns and often changing trends in valuing. Avoid the many drawbacks, downsides and difficulties of valuing. This 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held Monday, June 4 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. 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.
Wednesday, May 30
Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms and Attorneys (video)
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 31 – Friday, June 1
PLI - Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2012
9.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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