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June 1, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 40
 |  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

Kevin V. Mincey
Master of Ceremonies
Kevin V. Mincey, Partner
Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC

Deadline to register is June 1.

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.

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.

Transitioning into Medicare: Helping Your Clients Go from Employer or Personal Insurance to Medicare Coverage June 2

There are many concerns and issues for you and your clients to consider when you become eligible for Medicare health insurance coverage. To advise someone making the transition, you need to understand when to, how to, what to do, the options to consider, the timelines and the landmines to avoid.

This new course will focus on going from personal or employer coverage to Medicare coverage. In addition, you'll learn about access to care, benefits and costs. Topics include:

  • What is Medicare?
  • What are the eligibility criteria?
  • How and when to enroll
  • Current parts of the Medicare system

This 4 CLE credit program will be held in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 2 at the PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 12 to 4:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register click here.

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 June 4-6

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

Webinar: Adequately and Fairly Funding Pennsylvania Schools June 8

Gov. Thomas Wolf has proposed $500 million in new funding starting this July for public schools and $3.8 billion in local property tax reductions for schools next year. To pay for these programs, he has proposed a shale extraction tax and increases in the personal income and sales taxes. He has also proposed expanding the coverage of the sales tax to include the cost of services – including legal and accounting services.

The PBA Education Law Section and PBI will deliver a timely seminar that will focus on the issues most relevant to your practice:

  • The background on current school funding problems
  • Wolf administration proposals for funding schools
  • Revenue options for funding public schools
  • Issues concerning how the state should raise revenues to pay for these programs, including proposed changes in funding charter schools

The program will provide information about the components of a good funding formula and look at the work of the Basic Education Funding Commission and the state-wide Campaign for Fair Education Funding.

This 2 CLE credit webinar will be held on Monday, June 8, 12 to 2 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register click here.

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.

Homeless Advocacy Project to Host Young Friends HAPpy Hour June 23

On Tuesday, June 23 the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) will host a Young Friends HAPpy Hour from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Misconduct Tavern. This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about HAP's mission to provide free legal services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia and how to become a HAP legal volunteer. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while networking with other young local attorneys and professionals.

Misconduct Tavern is located at 1511 Locust St. Please RSVP by June 22 to Leonora Cravotta at or (215) 523-9588. 

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, Friedman LLP, RIMKUS, Widener Law, Bellia Print & Design 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: 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.

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.

June 18
Pennsylvania's Power of Attorney-What You Need to Know-Six Months After Enactment
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Effective Decision Making for Lawyers
5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

June 19
Revisiting Irving Younger’s 10 Commandments (PEG)
5 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

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

2015 Federal Bench Bar Conference
4 substantive/0 ethics
8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:15 a.m.

June 22
Clarence Darrow: Crimes Causes and the Courtroom
2 substantive/1* ethics
12 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

June 23
Communicating with Colleagues and Clients
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

PLI - Audit Committees & Financial Reporting 2015: Recent Developments & Current Issues
5 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 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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