Aug. 29, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 61

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers, law firm managing partners, and diversity thought-leaders from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

During the opening plenary, a panel of local and non-local chief legal officers and law firm managing partners will discuss the importance of collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; benchmarks to measure success; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

Four concurrent breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: the roles white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta, GA ; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia, PA; John L. Latham, partner, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA; Sophia Lee, chief counsel-litigation, Sunoco, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; James G. Liepold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals, Washington, D.C.; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta, GA; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York, NY; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Mark S. Stewart, chair, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc., Parsippany, N.J.; Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Charles Phillip Wells, partner, Williams Mullen, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston, TX; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago, IL.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or

Early-Bird Savings for Bench-Bar at Harrah's

Enjoy early-bird savings when you register for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16!

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

Registration for members is $349 if booked by Sept. 16. For non-members, registration is $399. Members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys can attend for $199. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.

For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 15 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members. Click here to register.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include The Legal Intelligencer, Iron Mountain and JAMS.

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Chancellor Expresses Bar Association Opposition to Immigration Bills Pending in State Legislature

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has expressed the Association's opposition to a package of immigration bills pending before the House State Government Committee.

The Chancellor detailed the Association's position in written testimony sent to members of the Committee in advance of hearings on the bills scheduled for Aug. 30 and 31.

"According to State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, Pennsylvania has been invaded by millions of illegal aliens who are stealing our jobs and victimizing our citizens. In response, he has proposed a package of more than a dozen bills that would do far more harm than good, by trampling our rights, reducing public safety and impairing our economic recovery," Garcia said.

"The bills would inconvenience and impair the rights of many people who are citizens or lawful residents, based solely on how they look or sound. That is a very inefficient, costly and discriminatory approach," the Chancellor stated in his testimony.

"It would be especially sad to see Pennsylvania impair our individual liberties over this issue. Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our nation. We declared our independence here in 1776, and our Constitution was written here in 1787."

Garcia cited House Bill 738 as an example of the problem. The bill compels law enforcement officers who stop anyone "who is or should reasonably be suspected of being unlawfully present in the United States" to demand production of a government issued identification card.

"Such racial profiling will affect many more citizens than undocumented aliens," Garcia said. "This is not the path we should choose for Pennsylvania."

House Bill 856 is just as troubling, Garcia said, because it would require employers to screen applicants with an inaccurate E-verify system. In a 2007 study conducted by Westat for the Department of Homeland Security, researchers found that E-verify incorrectly cleared illegal workers 54% of the time and erroneously categorized 10% of naturalized citizens as ineligible.

Thus, E-verify would expose employers to costly civil litigation and criminal investigations. To avoid such a fate, some employers will not take a chance on anyone with an accent and others will simply relocate elsewhere, he added.

"At a time when we are trying to recover from the recession, we can ill afford to drive businesses, jobs and talented people away," Garcia said.

House Bills 41 and 738 would also require all adult applicants for federal, state or local public benefits to produce photo identification. "Studies show that poor citizens are far less likely than others to have such identification. When people facing sudden hardship need help the most, these bills would place barriers in their path," the Chancellor said.

"The only reasonable solution is comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, not this patchwork of intrusive, discriminatory and economically harmful laws," Garcia said.

The complete testimony can be downloaded here.

Mechanics' Liens CLE Aug. 30

The Construction Law Committee of the Real Property Section will present the CLE program "Primer on Mechanics' Liens and Bond Claims" on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Panelists are Walter S. Zimolong, Dawnn E. Briddell and Christopher L. Soriano. Mechanics liens and bond claims are among the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of an unpaid contractor, subcontractor or supplier. However, a claimant's ability to use these powerful tools can easily be lost if strict attention is not paid to the statutes governing such claims. This course will provide an overview of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Law, including how a lien can be lost and the nuances in Pennsylvania and Federal Bond Laws.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 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 for this program. Click here to register.

McHugh on Act 17 Sept. 7

Gerald A. McHugh Jr. will discuss the de facto abolition of joint and several liability in Pennsylvania at the Wednesday, Sept. 7 meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

This is the meeting you must attend if you do civil litigation on any level. You will hear about the events leading up to the passing of Act 17 and its effects on your practice from one of our nation's preeminent civil trial attorneys, Gerald A. McHugh, Jr.

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

Business Continuity Workshop Sept. 8

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and the Philadelphia Bar Association will present a free business continuity workshop on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Topics to be discussed include continuity of operations planning, corporate emergency access system, evacuation plans and staying informed when disaster strikes. Additional information will be presented by the Philadelphia Police Department's Preparedness and Homeland Security Unit and the Center City District.

The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Click here to register by Friday, Sept. 2.

Meet the Diverse Media Sept. 8

The Bar-News Media Committee and the Diversity in the Profession Committee will present "Meet the Diverse Media" on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Panelists include Diego Castellanos of 6ABC; Hank Grezlak of The Legal Intelligencer; Lily Sun, Epoch Times Philadelphia; Arturo Varela of Al Dia; and Irv Randolph, managing editor, Philadelphia Tribune. The moderator is Gina Furia Rubel. The panelists will share their experiences and challenges reporting on law-related issues while providing attendees with insights on how to become a better resource to the news media. The event will also include a discussion of local news coverage of diversity issues and the intersection of the practice of law.

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

View from Workers' Comp Bench CLE Sept. 9

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "A View from the Workers' Compensation Bench" with Judges Susan E. Kelley, Francine T. Lincicome and Tood B. Seelig on Friday, Sept. 9.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Click here to register for CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Nominations Sought for Thurgood Marshall Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party.

The Award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The Award should be for longtime service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor. Click here for additional information.

This year's Thurgood Marshall Award Committee is co-chaired by Kevin Mincey and Matthew Perks. Nominations and/or questions should be sent to either or

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.

All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2011.

Recommendations Sought for the Cesare Beccaria Award

Recommendations are now being accepted for the Cesare Beccaria Award, which is conferred annually to one who exemplified the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria. The Beccaria award recognizes a member the Philadelphia Bar Association who has had distinguished achievement in the field of education in education in criminal justice, including legal and/or general education activities in the field. The Justinian Society participates in the award and its presentation.

Please send recommendation to either or

WIP Newsletter Kickoff Cocktail Party Sept. 15

Come celebrate the new Women in the Profession Committee newsletter and honor the first contributors with drinks and hors d'oeuvres on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Reed Smith LLP, 2500 One Liberty Place, 23rd Floor Lounge.

There is no cost to attend this event but space is limited and registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 6. No walk-ins will be permitted. Click here to register. The event is open to all.

The event is sponsored by A & A Court Reporting and VideoConferencing, Independent Custom Realty LLP and Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio.

WIP Co-Hosting Meet and Greet Sept. 22

The Women in the Profession Committee is co-hosting a meet and greet on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is co-hosted by National Association of Women Business Owners - Greater Philadelphia Chapter for Women Entrepreneurs, Life Style Committee of the PICPA and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.

The event will feature light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and 50 percent off all-day menu. To register, please call 215-567-6510. The cost is $20 per person and credit card payment is preferred. Attendance is limited to the first 50 of each group to respond. Dress code for the club is business casual.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Robinson to Speak Sept. 27

Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor on MSNBC, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. Herron, considered to be an architect of the First Judicial District's Commerce Case Management Program, will receive the Association's 2011 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.

Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture, contributes to the PostPartisan blog, and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In a three-decade career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper's Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005.

In 2009, Robinson received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture." Robinson is the author of "Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America" (2010), "Last Dance in Havana" (2004) and "Coal to Cream: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race" (1999).

Tickets are $55 for Association members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register for the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

YLD Photography Contest Entries Due Sept. 30

The YLD welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Summer in the City," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive a $200 and $100 gift certificate, respectively, to Ruth's Chris Steak House as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the atmosphere of a city during the Summer/early Fall months. The picture can be taken here in Philadelphia or in any other city.

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Matthew Laver at in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 30.

Advising a Charitably Minded Client CLE Oct. 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting & CLE "Advising a Charitably Minded Client" on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Panelists include Michelle J. Hong, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.; Lynn Ierardi, J.D., director of Gift Planning, University of Pennsylvania and consultant - Gift Planning Advisor, LLC; and Donald W. Kramer, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.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.

Tom Morr on Transpacific Nonstop Sept. 16

Tom Morr, president of Select Greater Philadelphia, will discuss Transpacific Nonstop, a project aiming to bring nonstop flights between Philadelphia and East Asia at the Friday, Sept. 16 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting is timely because a routes conference at which airlines and city and airport representatives discuss and work to establish new routes will be held in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 4.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Judge Rendell to Address PBA Sept. 14

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will address the annual dinner of the Civil Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts.

The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30, and dinner will begin at 6:30. The cost is $50 for Section members and $70 for non-members. For more information or to register online, click here. Because space for this event is limited, early registration is recommended. Please email any questions to Sean Sullivan, vice chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section.

PDLG 10th Anniversary Luncheon Sept. 21

The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group will hold its 10th anniversary luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. in the Crystal Tea Room at the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East.

Roderick A. Palmore, executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance and risk management officer of General Mills, Inc., will deliver keynote remarks. He is author of "A Call to Action - Diversity in the Legal Profession" and is chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

For sponsorship and registration information, please visit

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

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The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

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

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

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

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

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

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

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

• Much, much more!

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

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly of Fox Rothschild LLP, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present an advanced child advocates CLE training on Thursday, Sept. 15 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A morning session on “How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Medial Needs,” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and offer three substantive CLE credits. An afternoon session on “How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Behavioral Health Needs” will be held from 1 to 4:15 p.m. and provide three substantive CLE credits. Register online at

• Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono CLE training program “Homeownership/Quiet Title,” on Friday, Sept. 16 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Two substantive CLE credits will be provided to participants in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or email

• Philadelphia VIP will present its quarterly 30th Anniversary Speaker Series Program, “Promoting Community Economic Development,” on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 12 to 1:15 p.m., at Philadelphia VIP, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400. The event will feature a keynote address by Dede Meyers, vice president and community affairs officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Register online for this free event at This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Public Interest Section.

• The 26h Mary Philbrook Awards Reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn St., Camden. This year, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Harold B. Garwin, founder and president/executive director of the Community Health Law Project. Individual tickets are $50. For more information, contact Terry McCuen at or visit

• HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Luncheon Meeting, on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Allen Keller, a human rights advocate and head of the NY/Bellevue Center for the Treatment of Victims of Torture. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $20 for public interest practitioners. To register, please contact Loy Omphommasack at 215.832.0905 or via email at

• The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 20th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 25. The 5K event begins at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins at 10 a.m. To register, please contact Linda Peyton at

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its 6th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 3 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. For sponsorship and foursome information, please contact Muhammida ElMuhajir at or 267-546-9211.

• The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its 4th Annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards Dinner and Cocktail Reception on Thursday, Oct. 6, honoring Jerome Balter whose work has advanced environmental justice and made improvements in the public health of impoverished urban communities. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets. For more information or to register, please visit

• Community Legal Services will hold its Second Annual Justice for All 5K on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register online please visit

Paul Lisnek on Negotiation Aug. 29

Paul Lisnek, one of the most sought after and respected trial consultants and lecturers, teaches you the components of effective negotiation, how to control the process, and – most importantly – how to guide the interaction. Lisnek digs underneath the process, explores the dynamics of the process, and tackles the strategic issues. This 4 substantive CLE credit program will be held Monday, Aug. 29 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Monday, Aug. 29
Negotiation: Reaching Agreement on Your Terms
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 30
Primer on Mechanics' Liens and Bond Claims
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31
e-Discovery in Employment Litigation
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri-Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously
1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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

Ethics Potpourri - Lawyer Marketing and Advertising Ethics Reviews
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Social Meida for Lawyers: Darned if You Do, Darned if You Don't?
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - How to be a Lawyer 102
1 ethics CLE credit
3 to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Law Firm Responsibilities and Recovery
1 ethics CLE credit
4:30 to 5:30 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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