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 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 15, No. 60

Chief Justice Castille to Receive
Philadelphia Bar's Highest Honor
at Bench-Bar Oct. 17 at Borgata

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's highest honor, the Bar Medal, at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J...READ MORE

Chief Justice Castille to Receive Bar Medal at Bench-Bar

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's highest honor, the Bar Medal, at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Bar Medal is given at the discretion of the Chancellor and only when it is felt that someone has contributed to the justice system and/or the community in a manner that is sustained, extraordinary and worthy of emulation.

Chief Justice Castille has a long history of supporting and promoting public service. He is the honorary chair of the Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition, a statewide coalition of leaders from the Philadelphia, Allegheny County, Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations; representatives of the public interest community; and other key stakeholders who work to address the growing crisis in unmet civil legal services needs of low-income Pennsylvanians.

Additionally, Chief Justice Castille served in the U.S. Marine Corps as first lieutenant, rifle platoon commander, in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for bravery, two Purple Heart Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Presidential Unit & Naval Unit Citations and Combat Action Ribbon.

He was an assistant and deputy district attorney in Philadelphia from 1971 to 1985 and served as district attorney from 1986 to 1991. He served as a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1994 to 2007 and was sworn in as chief justice in 2008.

The Bar Medal will be presented at the Opening Luncheon of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Registration for the Opening Luncheon and the rest of the two-day conference, which features 8.5 CLE credits, is available at Association members who register before Sept. 19 can save $70.

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.

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, LawCash, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LexisNexis, Robson Forensic, Bellia Print & Design, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, FindLaw, MCS E-Document Service, MediaSmack, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law, Workers' Compensation Section and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Bench-Bar Scholarships Available by Lottery

Scholarships to the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 17-18 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., are available by lottery to Philadelphia Bar Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 17 at Borgata as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced on Sept. 16 via email. You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Contract Drafting Landmines Aug. 25

The law of contracts is riddled with traps for the unwary. You could avoid all of them by reading just about every contract case that has been decided in the country in the past 10 years. Don't have time? Don't worry - Tim Murray already did and he and a panel of experienced transactional lawyers will teach you how to navigate around these traps to draft contracts that will be given effect every time by using the exact language required by statute and outlined in case law.

"Contract Drafting Landmines" will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Retirement Planning for Attorneys Aug. 26

Whether you are retiring from a solo practice or a large firm or just preparing for an unanticipated absence, it is never too early to develop a succession plan. PBI's "Retirement Planning for Attorneys" is a comprehensive seminar that will discuss the steps you need to take to wind down your law practice, organize your interests and analyze your retirement goals.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Guide to Understanding Franchise Law Aug. 27

Regardless of the label used for the transaction, if the agreement has all the elements of a franchise then it will be treated as such. Learn what it means to become a franchise, how the business is regulated, the various disclosure laws which apply and various other hot-button issues unique to the franchise relationship on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Time Mastery for Lawyers Aug. 27

Time gets away from everyone - especially lawyers juggling multiple deadlines and client demands. In fact, one of the most common causes for malpractice claims against lawyers is failure to meet deadlines. Getting control of your time and managing it, is one of the surest ways to maintain control over your agenda and meet the many deadlines to be faced - both professional and personal - on a daily basis.

Improve your life and your practice and learn how to manage your time, better organize your office, work more efficiently with staff and better serve your clients at PBI's "Time Mastery for Lawyers" on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The 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.

Social Media and Employees CLE Aug. 28

Experience a live demonstration of the latest social media sites, become familiar with the most recent technology, and understand how the sites are used at PBI's "Social Media: Do Employers 'Like' What Their Employees Are Doing Online?" on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Get the tips you need to effectively obtain discovery of social networking sites in litigation, find out how to use litigation hold letters to preserve information, learn how to request access from employees to view personal social networking sites, and understand how to use standard deposition questions, interrogatories and requests for production to obtain postings.

This 4 CLE credit program, including ethics, will be held Thursday, Aug. 28 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Bar Dental, Vision Plans Open Enrollment Extended

With so many Philadelphia Bar members taking advantage of the lower costs and richer benefits of the Philadelphia Bar Dental and Vision Plans, we have extended the Open Enrollment through Aug. 31.

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 $7.00 per month.

Open Enrollment has been extended until Aug. 31.

With USI Affinity and United Concordia you receive industry leading experience and world-class service. Enrollment is easy and there are no waiting periods. United Concordia has more than 100,000 dentists in their network and 6 million members in their plans nationwide.

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

Legal Issues of Blind, Low-Vision Community Sept. 2

Jim Antonacci, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania, will speak about legal issues faced by the blind and low-vision community at the Tuesday, Sept. 2 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.

Nominees for Comisky-DiBona Award Due by Sept. 8

The Justinian Society and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation are seeking nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona. If a nominee is selected, they will be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17, at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is not limited to an area of practice or an advocate for a particular cause. Rather, the purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding member of the bench or bar who, at a minimum, satisfies the following qualifications: acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

A charitable contribution will be made on behalf of the recipient to an organization of the recipient's choice.

Nominations should include the nominee's name, address and a statement of the nominee's qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to the attention of Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr. at The Chiacchio Firm, 2005 Market St., Suite 840, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or may be emailed to Nominations must be received no later than Monday, Sept. 8.

New Standard Discovery Requests Program Sept. 10

The Rules and Procedure Committee and Compulsory Arbitration Committee will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to present the final version of the new standard discovery requests in Philadelphia arbitration cases.

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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Small Business Committee Networking Event Sept. 10

Please join the Small Business Committee along with the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for an evening of networking, food and drinks on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

With 22,000 members, PICPA is Pennsylvania's premiere professional organization for CPAs. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St. and includes complimentary light appetizers. A cash bar will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend however registration is required. Please contact Kelli Comegys at 267-675-6257 or to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Barristers' Installation Ceremony Sept. 10

U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee will preside over The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc.'s 64th Annual Installation Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts. The program is co-sponsored by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP.

The Installation Ceremony will introduce the following Executive Board members for the 2014-2015 term: Monique Myatt Galloway, president; Shabrei M. Parker, president-elect; Kevin Harden Jr., vice president of administration; Nathaniel L. Koonce II, vice president of finance; Roy D. Prather III, treasurer; Marcel S. Pratt, recording secretary; Rachel M. Keene, corresponding secretary; Joel Clymer, elected member; Saleemah Jones, elected member; V. Amanda Witts, appointed member; Ade B. Galloway, appointed member; and Amber Racine, immediate-past president.

The Installation Ceremony will also welcome the following new and returning Advisory Board members: George R. Burrell, Universal Companies; Hon. Renee Cardwell-Hughes (ret.), American Red Cross; Valerie I. Harrison, Lincoln University; Ronald J. Harper, The Law Firm of Harper & Paul; Naomi K. McLaurin, Philadelphia Bar Association; Kevin V. Mincey, Mincey & Fitzpatrick LLC; Scott W. Reid, Cozen O'Connor; Hon. Karen Y. Simmons, Philadelphia Municipal Court; Leigh M. Skipper, Federal Community Defender Office; Bernard W. Smalley Sr., The Tucker Law Group; Denise J. Smyler, Ahmad, Zaffarese & Smyler, LLC; Joel C. Trotter, GlaxoSmithKline; Twanda Turner-Hawkins, Allstate Insurance; and Rhonda Hill Wilson, The Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C.

Attendance is complimentary, but an RSVP is required for admittance by Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. RSVP to

Brehons to Honor Judge Heffley at Sept. 15 Luncheon

The Brehon Law Society will host a luncheon in honor of U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley on Monday, Sept. 15. Judge Heffley was sworn in as a U.S. magistrate judge in April 2014.

The luncheon will be held at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St. at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Click here to purchase tickets.

Education Law Center to Honor Fedullo Sept. 17

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo will be honored by the Education Law Center at its annual celebration of education champions on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Giants of Business Bar with Jacobs-Meadway Sept. 18

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section will hold a "Giants of the Philadelphia Business Bar" program on Thursday, Sept. 18 featuring Roberta Jacobs-Meadway of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. Helen Richardson, senior counsel, Canon Solutions America/Canon U.S.A.,Inc., will serve as moderator.

Jacobs-Meadway is best known as one of the senior members of the trademark bar in Pennsylvania. She testified before Congress in connection with the Trademark Law revision act in 1988 and served as an advisor to the House subcommittee responsible for the legislation. She has been involved in a number of seminal decisions in the Third Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and elsewhere; and she has devoted a substantial part of her career to counseling clients on the protection of their intellectual property, licensing and avoiding litigation. In this connection, she has been active in mediation programs and in promoting the use of accelerated case resolution in the Trademark Office.

The series allows the Business Law Section to recognize legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond. The series presents a unique opportunity for new and experienced lawyers to network and gain insight into the path to a satisfying and successful professional career.

The event will be held at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be no charge for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend this event. Registration is required by Monday, Sept. 15. Click here to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoning Appeals

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Ellen Ceisler and Nina Wright Padilla will be the featured speakers at the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee's program "Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoning Appeals to the Common Pleas Court But Were Afraid to Ask" on Monday, Sept. 22.

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.

VIP Free Training on Divorce Practice Sept. 26

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is sponsoring a free CLE training program for attorneys on divorce practice in Philadelphia on Friday, Sept. 26 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600.

Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two free substantive CLE credits.

Training will be conducted by Megan Watson, Berner Klaw & Watson LLP; James Rocco III, Rocco Law Offices, LLC; and Michael Viola, Philadelphia VIP. Lunch will be provided. To register, please visit Please note space is limited for this program. If you have any questions or concerns contact Maggie Stohler at (215) 523-9567 or

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Seeks Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its two annual awards - the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Pro Bono Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 26.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award, originally established by the Apothaker family in honor of Louis D. Apothaker, recognizes a public interest attorney who is dedicating his or her life to promoting equal access to justice for all by working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 stipend is presented in recognition of excellence in providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

The Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need. Guidelines and nomination forms for both awards can be found at

9th Annual Child Advocates Classic Sept. 29

The 9th Annual Child Advocates Classic is set for Monday, Sept. 29. Bring clients and colleagues and try your luck (and skill) at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania.

Not a golfer? You are in luck! Tennis has been added to this year's event. Enjoy spending time with friends and engaging in some friendly competition on Huntingdon Valley's beautiful courts. In addition to adding tennis, the format of the golf tournament is being changed to a scramble.

All proceeds from this event will support Child Advocates Project for Medically Needy Children. Click here for more information.

YLD Law Star Game Oct. 1 Benefits Bar Foundation

Tickets are on sale now for The YLD Law Star Game with The Legal Intelligencer featuring Firm Counsel vs. In-House Counsel on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Campbell's Field, home the of the Camden Riversharks. Click here to purchase tickets.

Attendees can watch a great softball game between law firm counsel and in-house counsel at the home of the Camden Riversharks. There’s not a bad seat in the ballpark, with amazing views of the Philadelphia skyline, Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River.

Between innings, kids can compete in Tug of War, Running the Bases with Riversharks mascots Hammerhead and Finley, dodge ball toss and potato sack races. Friends, families and kids of all ages can take part in the speed pitch, carousel and Kid Zone including a moon bounce, rock-climbing wall, inflatable Skee-Ball, and inflatable sports challenge (football toss, soccer kick and basketball shot). At the beginning of each sponsored inning a lucky spectator will be selected to win a great prize. Souvenirs will be launched to fans with Riversharks Sling shot toss. Fans and team members can also compete in a Home Run Derby.

For fans 21 and over, admission is $15 and includes a choice of a jumbo hot dog, chicken fingers, or hamburger and includes chips, a soda, and one beer. An optional food/drink voucher for those under age 21 is available for $8 and includes a choice of a jumbo hot dog, chicken fingers, or hamburger and includes chips and a soda. For attendees under 21, admission is free but no food voucher is included. Concessions will be open to purchase additional items during the game.

Bus transportation to and from Campbell's Field is also available for $5, with pickups at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on 12th Street between Filbert and Market streets, next to the Marriott. Buses will return to Philadelphia immediately following the fireworks at the end of the game. Reservations are required for bus transportation. Click here for bus reservations.

The In-House Counsel team, managed by Dechert LLP, includes players from AmeriHealth Caritas, DC Consulting, Johnson Matthey, Inc., AMTRAK, Open Systems Technologies, Inc., Penske, Inc., PHH Mortgage Corporation, QlikTech, Inc., SAP America, Inc., Sunoco, Inc., Teleflex, The Graham Company and Title Resource Group, Inc.

The Law Firm team, managed by The Center for Forensic Economic Studies, includes players from Blank Rome LLP; Cozen O'Connor; Fox Rothschild LLP; German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.; Martin LLC; McCarter & English LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Post & Schell, P.C.; Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; and White and Williams LLP.

The gates at Campbell's Field open at 5 p.m. with full access to all ballpark activities. The Home Run Derby begins at 5:30 p.m. and the seven-inning Law Star Game begins at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the final out. Click here to purchase tickets.

Pro Bono Road Show/Interactive Fair Oct. 2

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer a Pro Bono Road Show and Interactive Fair introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 2.

This event is geared especially toward solo practitioners and members of small/mid-size firms and corporate counsel. Public interest legal services agencies will present two minute highlights about their work and how to get involved. This will be followed by an open forum where attendees can learn more about the agencies of their choice.

The program will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A light breakfast is included. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Click here to register. The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and Association of Corporate Counsel Delaware Valley Chapter (DELVACCA).

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline Oct. 3

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission. Entries must be received by Friday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m.

This Competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2013-14 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study also are eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions.

The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this Competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

The chair of the Competition is Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500. The essay will be published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to the Annual Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Essays must be submitted in electronic form via email to unless submission of a hard copy is requested and approved. Requests for submission of a hard copy should be made by emailing or by calling (215) 238-6367. Click here to download the competition rules.

Delaware Chief Justice Strine to Speak Oct. 9

Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., the 8th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will present "Regular (Judicial) Order As Equity: The Enduring Value Of The Distinct Judicial Role" as the inaugural speaker in the Harold E. Kohn Lecture series on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Chief Justice Strine is among the nation's preeminent jurists, widely recognized as a leading authority on matters of corporate law as well as larger questions of governance in complex environments.

The program begins at 4 p.m. at Duane Morris LLP Moot Court Room, Klein Hall, 1719 N. Broad St. Click here for more information'.

Bar Association Elections Material Deadline is Oct. 10

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee. Chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, it consists of Edward F. Beitz, Butler Buchanan III, Lawrence S. Felzer, Regina M. Foley, Rachel E. Kopp, Sophia Lee, Aneesh A. Mehta, Ourania Papademetriou, Amber M. Racine, James A. Rocco III, Gina Furia Rubel, Louis S. Rulli and Eric H. Weitz. Chancellor William P. Fedullo, Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III, Vice Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano and Secretary Jacqueline G. Segal serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary by Oct. 10, 2014 (at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 9, 2014 Annual Meeting) nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration at for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Jacqueline G. Segal, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

Brennan Distinguished Jurist Nominees Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Dec. 9.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or to All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Deadline for PNC Achievement Nominations is Oct. 14

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 PNC Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via email at or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o PNC Achievement Award Committee, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Two Events Benefit Komen Philadelphia

Fall is full of fun for young professionals, thanks to Susan G. Komen Philadelphia and two fabulous opportunities to network, have fun and support the fight against breast cancer.

First, relax, refine your tastes and realize how easy it is to give back at "Two Tastes in One," an evening at Bank & Bourbon at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. on Monday, Sept. 15. A $10 donation supports the cause.

Then, get set for the "exotic, electric and totally reinvented" Young Professionals Party of the Pink Thai Ball - a unique opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 18 to immerse your souls in a rich and curious Thai culture, help Komen Philadelphia save lives, and party like you love to party!

For more information, visit or call 215-238-8900.

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

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

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 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 Musuem

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: Real Estate Cycles, Trends Explained

In this month's interview, we sat down with Philadelphia Investment Director for PNC Wealth Management®, David F. Huting, CFA, to discuss what may be contributing to this recent uptick in real estate investment trusts. Click here to read the entire article.

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.

Monday, Aug. 25
Contract Drafting Landmines
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Tales (PEG)
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Being Tech Savvy is the New Rule (Video)
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Retirement Planning for Attorneys
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

iPad for Legal Professionals
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - The Success Formula - A Risk Management Approach to Avoid Personal and Professional Impairment (Video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27
Time Mastery for Lawyers
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Understanding Franchise Law: An Introductory Primer for Attorneys
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - An Old, Dead Poet's Take on Justice, Mercy & Getting Mine: A Lawyer's Life and The Merchant of Venice (Video)
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28
Social Media: Do Employers “Like” What Their Employees Are Doing Online?
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Linkedout and MisTweeted: Ethical Uses of Social Networking in Marketing Your Law Practice
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Being Tech Savvy is Now the Rule
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Ethical Dilemmas in the Age of Social Media
1 ethics CLE credit
3 to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - The Success Formula - A Risk Management Approach to Avoid Personal and Professional Impairment
1 ethics CLE credit
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29
Recent Developments in Assessment Law in Pennsylvania (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Social Security Disability: The Basics (Video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 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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