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June 26, 2014
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 51

Major Trends Affecting Office Workplace July 15

Are the lines between work, play and home getting blurred because of technology? In the "Major Trends Affecting the Office Workplace," program of the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series on Tuesday, July 15, real estate experts Carol Huff and John Gattuso will discuss the Comcast Innovation Technology Center and what changes might be coming to office layouts.

Huff, principal at Huff Equities, has spent more than 35 years in the commercial real estate business. During this time, she has saved her clients tens of millions of dollars in lease-related billings and prevented major problems from surfacing in the future once a lease is signed.

John Gattuso is Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Liberty Property Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts specializing in office and industrial properties. At Liberty, Gattuso is responsible for operations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. His current project roster includes the redevelopment of a significant portion of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard as well as the 59-story, 1,121-foot-high, 1.6-million-square foot Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.

There is no cost to attend this program, which 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

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.

Legal, Technical Perspectives of Recent Topics in Health IT

Local health IT experts and legal practitioners will address the practical implications of complying with health data security and privacy laws at a Friday, June 27 CLE program presented by the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee.

Starting with the fundamentals of what the law is, the panel will focus on a discussion of a practical interpretation and best practices for compliance. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. 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.

Jazz in June Scholarship Lunch June 29

The Foundation of the National Bar Association Women's Lawyers Division Philadelphia Chapter will present the 4th Annual Jazz in June Scholarship Lunch and Silent Auction on Sunday, June 29 at the Hilton, 4200 City Ave. For more information, visit

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.

Finding the Trial Story CLE June 30

Gary Gildin, senior associate dean and Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and Joe Myers, filmmaker and partner in Storyshop, LLC, will present "Finding the Trial Story" to show the importance of telling the right story during your case on Monday, June 30.

The program offers a revealing look at a new protocol for developing the most cogent and persuasive way to present the “story of a case” using the analogous skills of the filmmaker. See how this protocol is applied to the development of the trial story in a hypothetical case. This 6 CLE credit program 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.

Interpreter Services for Deaf Clients July 1

Karen Leslie-Henry, director of continuing education and community outreach, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, will speak about accessing interpreter services and accessing resources in the community for deaf or hard-of-hearing clients at the Tuesday, July 1 meeting of the Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this meeting, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Employers' Obligations Under Affordable Care Act July 8

Are you concerned about how the obligations imposed on employers by health care reform will affect your business? If so, you are not alone. The government delayed portions of the Affordable Care Act, recognizing that employers would be unable to comply. However, delayed requirements will soon come into effect. While there are still questions as to how some of the provisions will be implemented, it is important for employers to begin planning how they will meet their new obligations under the Act.

PBI's "Employers' Obligations Under the Affordable Care Act" will be held Tuesday, July 8 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.

Get Organized and Get Things Done July 9

Nationally known productivity consultant, Irwin Karp, presents invaluable, humorous and easy-to-apply strategies for organizing yourself and your workload at a CLE program on Wednesday, July 9.

Discover how to manage paper, documents and email overload and develop effective systems for processing these items quickly. Identify practical, time-saving techniques and learn to eliminate distractions such as lengthy phone conversations and drop-in visitors. Develop systems for keeping track of information and tasks to better prioritize your workload. Establish clear communication skills with your colleagues, staff and clients and also learn the art of delegating effectively.

Registration 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.

Learning the Art of Negotiation July 16

Improve your negotiation skills as veteran attorneys and judges share tips and pet peeves that will assist you in developing your own effective negotiation strategy at PBI's "Learning the Art of Negotiation:
Practical Skills Training for New Attorneys" on Wednesday, July 16. Covering various areas of legal practice where negotiation skills are necessary, you will learn how to negotiate in an interest-based, non-adversarial manner, how to employ assertiveness, handle difficult attorneys and identify when to settle or simply walk away.

Registration 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.

Nine Principles of Litigation CLE July 18

Michael Tigar brings 40 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts across the country and in foreign lands. Of his career, Justice William J. Brennan has written that his "tireless striving for justice stretches his arms toward perfection." Tigar will make you laugh and he will remind you why you wanted to be a lawyer in the first place when he presents the CLE program "The Nine Principles of Litigation…and Perhaps of Life" on Friday, July 18.

Lawyers who should be taking their cases to trial accept "case management" techniques designed to prevent trials and promote quick settlements. Tigar's compelling and practical ideas about litigation, champion his firm belief that lawyering can be “exciting, heroic and moral.” The program 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.

Public Interest Summer Reception July 22

The Law School Outreach Committee for the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will host
 the Annual Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception on Tuesday, July 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.

Generously hosted and sponsored this year by Pepper Hamilton LLP,
this event celebrates of the work of law students spending their summer in public interest and public service organizations in and around Philadelphia and
provides an opportunity for students to network with each other and with attorneys from public interest organizations and government agencies. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Registration is free and open to all interested law students and public interest/public sector attorneys, but registration is required by Tuesday, July 15 at 3 pm.
Click here to register online. For more information, contact Lisa Hurlbutt at

Philadelphia Bar Dental Plan - Low Cost, Rich Benefit

Another great benefit for Philadelphia Bar Association members: The Philadelphia Bar Dental and Vision Plan, with lower costs and richer benefits. There's still time to enroll!

Offered exclusively through USI Affinity, the Philadelphia Bar Association's endorsed insurance broker, these outstanding dental plans from United Concordia offer many choices to fit your dental needs and budget:

• Generous benefits and annual maximums, up to $2,250, orthodontia coverage or a plan that covers your preventative and basic services.

• Group buying power advantage - save 10 to 15 percent over average individual plans with rates guaranteed through December 2015.

• Optional vision insurance for less than $7 per month. Open enrollment has been extended until June 30.

With USI Affinity and United Concordia you receive industry leading experience and
world class service.

• Easy Enrollment, no waiting periods

• United Concordia has more than 100,000 dentists in its network and 6 million members in its plans nationwide.

Enroll today. For the more information on the Dental Plans available to PA Attorneys call 855-874-0267 or click here.

Enrollment in the new Dental Plans is quick and easy! For additional Medical Benefits available to Pennsylvania Attorneys, visit the Philadelphia Bar Association's online Insurance Exchange by clicking here.

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, LexisNexis, 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 AIDS Law Project will hold its 15th Anniversary Summer Movie Party on Friday, Aug. 15 at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This year's film is "Funny Face" starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The party begins at 6 p.m. and the film screens at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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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