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June 12, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 47

Federal Judicial Vacancies
at June 23 Chancellor's Forum

Please join Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, and others as they discuss judicial vacancies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at the next Chancellor's Forum on Monday, June 23...READ MORE

Federal Judicial Vacancies at June 23 Chancellor's Forum

Please join Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, and others as they discuss judicial vacancies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at our next Chancellor's Forum on Monday, June 23.

There is no cost to attend this program, which will be held 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.

Plan to Cut Pa. Judicial Seats 'Unacceptable Attack'

Expressing "deep concern" over proposed legislation that would slash the number of judicial seats on both the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Superior Court of Pennsylvania as well as lieutenant governor positions, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo called the measure – Senate Bill 324 – "an unacceptable attack on Pennsylvanians' access to justice" that would deal a "huge blow" to a court system that already is one of the nation's busiest.

"The wheels of justice cannot turn if you reduce the number of judges who enable justice to be served," Fedullo said. "If enacted, this bill would not only hurt victims of crime and defendants who are waiting for resolution of their cases, it would also significantly delay the issuance of opinions and the process for appeals."

The Chancellor added that the measure would also be "devastating" to businesses that seek resolution of their disputes in Pennsylvania and cause the state to lose legal work to other states.

"Such a move would greatly increase the justices' workloads and slow down the judicial process," Fedullo said. "A smaller court size directly impacts everybody, including the nearly 13 million citizens of Pennsylvania who expect justice to be served in a fair and timely manner."

Washington state legislature recently dismissed a bill designed to reduce the size of the state's Supreme Court. Testimony from the related hearing noted that reducing the size of the Supreme Court would delay justice by increasing the workload of each judge; decrease opportunities for diversity within the court; and make it easier for special interests to stack the court with expensive court races. The effort to reduce the Montana Supreme Court from seven to five members resulted in similar findings.

According to a fiscal note prepared on Senate Bill 245, the reduction would mean "a caseload increase of approximately 40 percent per justice. The time to disposition of Supreme Court cases would increase dramatically and cases may not be resolved timely."

Among other proposals, the resolution seeks to amend the state constitution to reduce the number of Supreme Court justices from seven to five and to reduce the number of Superior Court judges from 15 to 11. Superior Court, an intermediate appellate court, hears criminal and civil appeals from the state trial courts. The Supreme Court is the highest arbiter of cases in the state judicial system, and has administrative authority over the entire court system. Pennsylvania's court system processes more than 3.4 million cases per year.

Fedullo called for public hearings on the proposal "so that the citizens of this Commonwealth and other stakeholders have full opportunity to adequately express their concerns over the potential impact of this alarming bill on their right to due process and the timely administration of justice."

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.

Judge Keogh Portrait Unveiling June 12

The unveiling of a portrait of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge D. Webster Keogh will be Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. in Room 653 at Philadelphia City Hall.

A reception will follow in Conversation Hall (Room 201). Please RSVP to Maureen Wootten at

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 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.

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 Mitchell S. Goldberg, Cynthia M. Rufe and Juan R. Sanchez and moderator Nina M. Gussack.

On the next panel, 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.

Evidence for Trial Lawyers June 13

Irving Younger's classic CLE presentation "Evidence for Trial Lawyers" is reborn in video form and offered with live commentary and a shared passion and real-world practicality by Professor Steve Easton on Friday, June 13.

This program focuses on fundamental concepts faced in every trial. It also shines a light into some overlooked nooks and crannies that can help introduce the proof needed to shield clients from improper material opponents will try to admit. This 6 substantive CLE credit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 16

Registration is still open for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, June 16 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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

Trying a Case in State Court CLE June 16

PBI's June 16 CLE program, "Trying a Case in State Court" covers initial court filings, the discovery process, settlement negotiation, the pre-trial process, voir dire and jury selection, trial, and post-trial issues in one day. Seasoned practitioners will teach essential pre-trial and trial procedures in this basic- to intermediate-level program.

This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held from 9 a.m. 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.

Lifelong Impact of a Criminal Record June 17

Can the consequences outlast the ex-offender's completion of their sentence? Will employers face new threats of liability for rejecting job applicants based on their criminal record? Does a criminal record last forever? Identify how a person's criminal record impacts them at a Tuesday, June 17 CLE program.

This 4 substantive CLE credit 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.

Real Property Section Spring Social June 18

The Real Property Section will present the Harris Ominsky Award at its Spring Social, which will be held at Chima, 1901 JFK Blvd. on Wednesday, June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The Section will make a donation in the recipient's honor to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation or directly to a Bar Foundation grantee organization selected by the recipient. The Harris Ominsky Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of real estate law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the real estate law community in Philadelphia; a reputation for mentoring young lawyers; significant participation in and/or contributions to legal services or public interest organizations in Philadelphia, including pro bono work; recognition in the legal community for honesty, integrity and professionalism; and membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Real Property Section, unless the candidate is retired.

Tickets to the Real Property Section Annual Spring Social are $35 for YLD members, public interest and government attorney members; $40 for section members; $55 for non-members; and $25 for law student members. Click here to purchase tickets.

General Practitioners' Update 2014 June 18

Get a 60-minute rewind of the year's most significant developments in six practice areas at PBI's General Practitioners' Update 2014 on Wednesday, June 18.

Stay competitive with an annual case law and legislative update in the practice areas vital to your work. Analysis, practice tips, projections for the future - get the complete package in estate law, family law, real estate law, professional liability (ethics); civil litigation: trial issues involving uninsured or underinsured motorists with a focus on social media; and how to do 90 minutes of legal work in 60 minutes.

This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

SSA Hearing Office Chief Judges to Speak June 20

Social Security Administration Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judges Anne W. Chain, Frederick Timm and Nicholas Cerulli will be the featured speakers at the Friday, June 20 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The program will be held 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.

How to Review a Custody Evaluation June 23

Probe the issues of parent alienation, addiction, abuse, mental instability, primary custody or a special needs child some or all which may warrant an evaluation at PBI's "How to Review a Custody Evaluation and Prepare for Trial" on Monday, June 23.

Learn the various issues when electing an evaluator and how best to prepare for trial. This 4 substantive CLE credit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Building, Maintaining Confidence June 24

Executive coach and psychotherapist Gail J. Cummings will discuss "Valuing Ourselves: Building and Maintaining Confidence" at the Tuesday, June 24 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

In this interactive presentation, learn the genesis of self doubt; ways to combat self doubt; techniques to build and maintain confidence; and how to make the connection between confidence and valuing ourselves.

The program 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Common Abuses of Powers of Attorney June 24

Power of attorney (POA) is easily abused. Learn how to protect your clients from abuse and fraud at PBI's "Common Abuses of Powers of Attorney & How to Deal with Them" on Tuesday, June 24.

The program will also take a closer look at POA language and review ways to draft for convenience, flexibility and protection. There will be discussion on interpretations, strategies and best practices. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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.

Speed Mentoring Program June 25 at Chima

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, invites young lawyers and law students to engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners and coaches about building a book of business and marketing oneself as a young lawyer at a Wednesday, June 25 speed mentoring program.

Attendees will be divided into small groups which will rotate to discuss focused topics with mentors' seated at individual tables. Developing one's practice is essential to a successful legal career, and starting early can reap significant benefits. Topics will include connecting with clients and referral sources; practical networking pointers and etiquette; work-life insights and advice; and attaining your career goals.

Mentors include Mitchell Bach, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Fenita Moore, Dilworth Paxson LLP; Rachel Branson, SunGard Data Systems Inc.; Robert Graff, The Graff Standard; Sadye Ladov, Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C; Lainee Beigel, Career Esquire Strategy; Eric Schwartz, Jericho Equity Partners; and Eric Weitz, Messa & Associates, P.C.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 1901 JFK Blvd. Registration for this event is required and will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Registration is $10 for law student members; $20 for non-member law students (includes automatic membership to the Association for the remainder of the year, which is a discount off the standard fee); $20 for Philadelphia Bar Association members; and $30 for non-members. The event will be limited to the first 50 people to register. Click here to register.

The Business Law Section would like to thank its Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Writing for Lawyers CLE June 25

Legal writing is a special skill that every paralegal, law student and new lawyer needs to learn because writing that is good - or even superb - in other contexts will often be bad legal writing. Hollis Hurd gives you a crash course on Wednesday, June 25 on the tips and tricks of legal writing. He will give you insights into what judges and senior attorneys want to see.

The CLE 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.

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

Representing Physicians and Dentists June 26

The Thursday, June 26 CLE program "Representing Physicians and Dentists" will explore the current issues facing physicians and dentists in this ever-changing world of healthcare.

Get up to speed on the key legal issues of physicians and dentists including fraud and abuse and Stark issues impacting doctors; medical and dental licensure issues; medical billing, coding and overpayment challenges; and employment law concerns. 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.

Crowdingfunding and Nonprofits June 30

Crowdfunding is one the hottest business and nonprofit organization topics right now, especially with the new Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Join a panel of experts who will discuss what crowdfunding is and whether is it right for your nonprofit organization at a Monday, June 30 Young Lawyers Division Live, Lunch and Learn program.

Panelists Michael Adler, managing partner of the Law Office of Michael E. Adler; Al Migliaccio, CEO and founder of JAMIS Sales Success; and Kevin Provost, founder/CEO of CrowdCampuses and coPhilly; will discuss practical application, importance of technology platform, and some of the legal pitfalls to using crowdfunding.

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.

Love Court Reporting, Inc. Member Benefit

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now offering its members a substantial discount on court reporting services offered though Love Court Reporting, Inc. Available exclusively to Association members, the special discounted pricing and other exclusive benefits provide significant saving over standard rates. The larger your needs, the more you save!

Call Love Court Reporting at 215-568-5599 for discount pricing details, and mention your Philadelphia Bar Association membership. Plus, your first transcript is half off the discounted rate!

Scheduling can be done either by visiting, emailing or calling 215-568-5599.

Love Court Reporting clients receive individualized customer service from the company that was voted "Best of 2013" by The Legal Intelligencer readership for three consecutive years. Available around-the-clock with offices in Center City and the suburbs, Love Court Reporting offers meeting rooms, videography and videoconferencing at a moment's notice.

Love Court Reporting is a full-service company with U.S. and worldwide coverage. Their experienced certified and registered court reporters provide high-quality service including real-time reporting along with a wide range of technical and complex litigation experience. Reporters are strategically located throughout the U.S. This complete coverage allows clients to have a single point of contact for all of their court reporting needs.

Love Court Reporting is the only official provider of discounted court reporting services exclusively for Philadelphia Bar Association members.

Discounts only available to counsel taking the deposition in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

In addition to discount pricing, Love Court Reporting offerers the following benefits to Philadelphia Bar Association members:

  1. NO CHARGE on a Bar member's transcript when the deposition is done in PA or DE and there are three or more copies sold (NJ already gets free copy)
  2. NO CHARGE on condensed transcripts
  3. NO CHARGE on CDs
  4. NO appearance fees within Philadelphia or the five-county area
  5. NO travel fees

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. A total of 8.5 continuing legal education credits will be available at the conference.

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. Registration for non-members is $529. 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 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, JAMS The Resolution Experts, Robson Forensic, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, MCS E-Document Service, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 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 their latest version of the book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The book is scheduled for publication in early 2015.

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 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

• 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, through July. 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.

• The Juvenile Law Center will hold its Spring Celebration Wednesday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. This event will feature legendary songwriter and performer Tom Paxton and will also honor Cathy Weiss, executive director of Stoneleigh Foundation, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Click here for registration information.

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

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: Volatility and Retirement Assets

In this month's interview, we sat down with with Kevin Wilson, senior investment advisor with PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss how to deal with the inevitable volatility as it relates to retirement planning. Click here to read the entire article.

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