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Sept. 12, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 68

Register Early and Save for Bench-Bar; Gormley to Speak

Association members who register before Sept. 13 can save $80 at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 4 at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. Click here to register. Ken Gormley, dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, will discuss the 40th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre” that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon during the Opening Luncheon.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 22 CLE seminars that will be offered. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.

In addition, we are pleased to offer a special REVEL hotel room group rate to our Bench-Bar attendees. A rate of $179 plus tax is available Friday, Oct. 4 and a limited number of rooms are available at $149 plus tax for Thursday, Oct. 3. You must be a registered attendee of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in order to reserve a room at the group rate. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive instructions on how to make your room reservation.

Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; iDiscovery Solutions; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; Frankly Legal; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; LexisNexis; Love Court Reporting; M. Burr Keim Company; Robson Forensic, Inc.; State Civil Litigation Section; US Claims Inc; and Wilkie Lexus. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Sponsor Spotlight: JAMS The Resolution Experts

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Revel in Atlantic City on Friday, Oct. 4 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Come down early to meet our valued sponsors who have made this year's conference possible! Also, we invite you to visit each of our sponsors throughout the conference to get your "Passport" stamped to enter a raffle to win the new iPad!

JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With its prestigious panel of neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial. JAMS handles an average of more than 12,000 cases per year in hearing locations throughout the world. For more information, please visit

Justice Todd, Judges Smith, Shapiro at Sept. 12 Mock Trial

Join Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge D. Brooks Smith and U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma Shapiro at a Thursday, Sept. 12 CLE program where they will hear a mock argument and discuss First Amendment issues.

Lawyers who will argue a case involving first amendment rights are Robert L. Byer and Sean R. Sullivan. This program will use a mock appellate argument as a means of discussing the issues that can arise when public high schools attempt to regulate off-campus conduct by students. These issues are the subject of debate and adjudications have resulted in divergent views among various trial and appellate courts. The mock argument will be followed by a general discussion of the issues by the participants. The program is sponsored by the new Education Law Committee, Appellate Courts Committee and Federal Courts Committee and will be moderated by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.

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. Click here to register.

Tax Section CLE Sept. 12

Practice before the IRS includes a wide range of activities, including the rendering of written federal tax advice. Tax practitioners increasingly find themselves worrying about becoming subject to civil penalties imposed by the IRS, as well as the possibility of being subject to criminal violations for interactions with their clients. The updated Circular 230 sets out the standards for attorneys, certified public accountants and others who prepare tax returns or provide tax advice to clients for compensation. This seminar discusses the recent developments, Office of Professional Responsibility enforcement, as it relates to the IRS return preparer penalty program, and the alleged "enhanced" enforcement. Click here to register for this Thursday, Sept. 12 Tax Section CLE program.

International Arbitration Sept. 12

Bruce Marks and Peter Ashford will discuss practical common problems and pitfalls of international arbitration at the Thursday, Sept. 12 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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.

WIP School Supply Drive Happy Hour Sept. 12

The Women in the Profession Public Service Task Force will host its annual Pencils and Pinot school supply drive and happy hour on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St.

Donations of school supplies will go directly to the Friends of Chester Arthur elementary school to help make sure the students and the school are ready for the new school year. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and in exchange for your donation, you will get complimentary appetizers and drink specials.

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email Monica Platt at

Updates in Civil Rights Law CLE Sept. 17

Brian M. Puricelli will address recent civil rights updates, specifically in connection with First Amendment free speech issues, and Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues at a Tuesday, Sept. 17 CLE program presented by the Civil Rights Committee.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive 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. 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 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Conversation with a Mediator CLE Sept. 18

John Francis Gough will present "A Conversation with a Mediator" addressing three principal aspects of mediation at a Wednesday, Sept. 18 CLE program presented by the Small Business Committee.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive 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 at no charge.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

PAP Pro Bono Award Nominations Due Sept. 17

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) has extended its deadline to Tuesday, Sept. 17 for submitting nominations for PAP's 2013 Pro Bono Award.

The 2013 PAP Pro Bono Award is designed to acknowledge the dedication and motivation of a paralegal who has volunteered his or her time to enhance the delivery of quality, pro bono, legal services to the less fortunate population of Philadelphia. Eligibility requirements (nominee does not need to be a member of PAP; cannot be an employee of a public interest legal organization) and further details about the award are outlined in the attached flyer, which is also available on the PAP web site. The winning paralegal will be honored by a $1,000 donation to a pro bono organization of his or her choice selected from the list on the attached nomination form. The award will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 8 during PAP's 4th Quarterly Luncheon at the Radisson-Warwick Hotel. Nominations should be submitted via email by no later than Wednesday, Sept. 18 to PAP's office at

Judge Pro Tem Training Session Sept. 18

The Business Litigation Committee and Pennsylvania Bar Institute in association with the Philadelphia Commerce Program will present a judge pro tem training session on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The program will bring together current Judges Pro Tem in the Commerce Case Management Program, and those who seek appointment as Judges Pro Tem in an effort to clarify the court's expectations; discuss ways to improve the process; and participate in training exercises for running a successful mediation, facilitated by a nationally-recognized expert who conducts mediation training for the New York courts.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the program, which begins at 2 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Successful Rainmaking Habits Sept. 18

The next Women in the Profession Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 where Kimberly Alford Rice will discuss "The Top Habits of Highly Successful Rainmakers: What You Must Do."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund.Click here to register.

Presenting Your Personal Brand Sept. 19

The Solo and Small Firm Committee, the Brehon Law Society and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present "Presenting Your Personal Brand After the Death of the Elevator Speech," at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 23rd Floor, on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The speakers are Gina Furia Rubel, past chancellor of The Justinian Society and president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, and former sports broadcaster, academic All American, and member of the Villanova 1985 basketball championship team, Mark Plansky. This event is being sponsored by A & A Court Reporting.

This is a great opportunity to learn various ways to communicate your personal and corporate brands both online and offline - from strategic use of social media to in-person networking. Cocktails and light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program but RSVP is required and space is limited. Please contact Siobhan Lyons at, Maureen Farrell at, or John Sullivan at to register for the program.

What the Media Wants from Law Firms, Attorneys Sept. 19

Bar-News Media Committee and Legal Marketing Association to learn what members of the legal media want from law firms and their attorneys at a Thursday, Sept. 19 program.

Hear from reporters Dan Packel (Law360), Michael Ricciardi (The Legal Intelligencer), Jeff Blumenthal (Philadelphia Business Journal) and Chris Mondics (The Philadelphia Inquirer) so you can amplify your PR efforts. Ask questions and learn "best practices" for pitching and story idea submission. The program will be moderated by Gina Furia Rubel, chair of the Bar-News Media Committee.

The program begins at 12:20 in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Advance registration is required. Register by 12 p.m. on Sept. 18 by clicking here. Enter the discount code: PBA-SEPT13 to receive the $10 rate.

Family Fun Day Sponsored by YLD Sept. 21

Join us for Family Fun Day sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse on Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park.

Enjoy pizza, fruit, cookies, soft drinks and face painting with your families and colleagues at the 6.5-acre playground that features a giant wooden slide and more than 50 pieces of playground equipment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 16,000-square-foot playhouse, designed for children age 5 and younger, gives them a chance to drive a train, cook in the kitchen, ride tricycles and much more! The park and pavilion are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children under 10 will be admitted free. Click here to register. The event is sponsored by Messa & Associates, P.C.

Insurance Practice Planning Meeting Sept. 23

The Committee on Insurance Practice will discuss future plans and programs at its Monday, Sept. 23 meeting. The committee will also discuss available committee positions.

he meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Academy Inside the Print Center Sept. 25

Philadelphia Bar Association Academy presents "Inside The Print Center: Fall Exhibitions Tour with the Curator" on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Located in an historic Center City carriage house, The Print Center is a nonprofit art gallery that exhibits contemporary photography and printmaking. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a behind-the-scenes tour with the curator as we experience two new fall exhibitions on view in the galleries: Katie Grinnan: Three Headed Lady and Ephemeral Sprawl.

Tickets are $15 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 20. Cancellations must be received by Sept. 20 to receive a full refund. Click HERE for reservations. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

ACE Committee Annual Meeting, CLE Sept. 26

The Advancing Civics Education Committee (ACE) will hold its annual meeting and CLE program on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program will include instruction, role play, a refresher for returning volunteers and orientation for new volunteers.

ACE is a partnership with public schools in Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education - in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution - to ninth-grade public school students. An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. ACE brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our commonwealth and our rapidly changing world. For more information or to register, contact David Trevaskis at (800) 932-0311, Ext. 2236 or

Legal Advice Live! Volunteers Needed

Volunteer attorneys are needed for the Young Lawyers Division's upcoming Legal Advice Live! events throughout the city. The dates and locations are as follows:

• Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Monday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m.
• Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m.
• Donatucci Branch of the Free Library, 1935 Shunk St., Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m.
• Murphy Recreation Center, 300 W. Shunk St., Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
• Lucien E. Blackwell Branch of the Free Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Mark Vogelbacker (, Charece Collins ( and Stephanie Mensing ( are soliciting volunteer attorneys. Contact them to volunteer.

At Legal Advice Live, attorneys provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

Conversation with School Superintendent Hite Sept. 30

Join us on Monday, Sept. 30 for a conversation with Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, sponsored by the City Policy Committee and Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.

Dr. Hite will provide them an overview of the status of the district. He was named superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia on June 29, 2012. His professional experience includes serving at every level - teacher, principal, central office administrator and superintendent. Prior to joining the District, Dr. Hite was Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, the state's second-largest school district and one of the 25 largest districts nationwide. He also served as the school system's deputy superintendent and interim superintendent. Dr. Hite led major efforts resulting in increased student achievement and significant improvements in teaching, learning and school status.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Lunch is available for $15, or brown bag. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Ethics, Duties of Serving on Board of Directors Oct. 2

The YLD will present the Live, Lunch and Learn CLE Program "The Professional Ethics and Duties of a Lawyer Serving on a Board of Directors" on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

This CLE seminar focuses on what every attorney who acts as a board member/director or an attorney for a nonprofit board needs to understand about his or her professional and ethical responsibilities. Specifically, the program will address a lawyer's professional duties and the potential conflicts that may arise when lawyers serve on boards of nonprofit organizations, including, understanding the fiduciary duties imposed upon nonprofit directors and whether the dual member/attorney role may compromise the lawyer's independence of professional judgment. Speaker Michael L. Temin will also review ethics opinions involving lawyers serving on boards of nonprofit organizations.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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. 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.

Bar Association Elections Committee Formed

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee. Chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth, it consists of Jennifer S. Coatsworth, John Encarnacion, Regina M. Foley, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Henri Marcial, Aneesh A. Mehta, Ourania Papademetriou, Scott W. Reid, James A. Rocco III, Eric H. Weitz and Marc J. Zucker. Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III and Secretary Sophia Lee serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, 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, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 10, 2013 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 Sophia Lee, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Dinner Honoring Ken Shear on His Retirement Oct. 24

Please join us for a dinner celebration honoring Kenneth Shear on his retirement as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

A cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 5:30 p.m. A three-course dinner with open bar begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $135 per person. Discounted valet parking is available for $26. The Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Cancellations are non-refundable after Oct. 21. Click here to register.

The Host Committee of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellors includes Arlin M. Adams, Harold Cramer, Thomas N. O'Neill Jr., Leon Katz, Jerome E. Bogutz, Joseph H. Foster, Donald C. Marino, David H. Marion, Bennett G. Picker, Seymour Kurland, Peter Hearn, Robert C. Heim, Deborah R. Willig, Andre L. Dennis, Lawrence J. Beaser, Abraham C. Reich, Francis P. Devine III, Clifford E. Haines, Mark A. Aronchick, Edward F. Chacker, Doreen S. Davis, Carl S. Primavera, Allan H. Gordon, Audrey C. Talley, Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua, Andrew A. Chirls, Alan M. Feldman, Jane Leslie Dalton, A. Michael Pratt, Sayde J. Ladov, Scott F. Cooper, Rudolph Garcia, John E. Savoth, Kathleen D. Wilkinson, William P. Fedullo and Albert S. Dandridge III.

The retirement dinner is sponsored by USI Affinity, ALM, Thomson Reuters and Precise.

For questions, please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Board Observer Program Seeks Young Lawyers

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has developed the Board Observation Program, an initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their future careers.

Through the program, a young lawyer will be paired with a Philadelphia nonprofit service organization so as to observe that organization's board activities during the one-year program. If you are a young lawyer interested in becoming a Board Observer or if you are a nonprofit organization and would like to express an interest in having an Observer next year, click here.

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 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 can be found at

Join the New Committee on Insurance Practice

The Philadelphia Bar Association has created a new Committee on Insurance Practice for attorneys involved in insurance practice on all sides, such as subrogation, bad faith litigation, and other aspects the practice. The committee was formed with the intention of being as widely inclusive as possible and to partner with other sections and committees of the Association on events and initiatives where appropriate.

"A lot of law firms will be very interested in this, and more attorneys will want to be members of the Philadelphia Bar Association because of this Committee," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

The Committee on Insurance Practice is chaired by Sean P. O'Donnell of Cozen O'Connor. For more information about the committee or to join, contact O'Donnell at

Volunteers Sought for New Education Law Committee

The Association's new Education Law Committee provides a forum to examine important initiatives affecting education, recent developments in the law and the Bar's role in this area. Our Association has not had an Education Law Committee in many years, and there is no more important time than now to examine the critical issues of access to education, development of our youth, and the intersection of the law at all levels - including pre-K to 12th grade, as well as colleges and universities.

The Committee will also study the expansion of youth courts in Philadelphia and the Bar's role in assisting that effort. City Council has accepted a series of recommendations for setting up youth courts in schools that work in tandem with the juvenile justice system.

Additionally, the Committee will facilitate the Bar's award-winning Advancing Civic Education Program, or ACE, which over the past five years has placed more than 150 volunteer lawyers and judges into 14 public high schools and three elementary schools to provide supplemental civics education, including the fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution.

The Committee also meets and collaborates with public officials and agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, leveraging the strengths of their offices to help with the Committee's efforts to engage the education bar, and discusses ideas for potential trainings/programs/panels and topics to energize Philadelphia's education attorneys.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of our new Education Law Committee, please contact Committee Co-Chair Joshua Richards of Saul Ewing LLP at, or Co-Chair Mary Gay Scanlon of Ballard Spahr LLP at

L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry at Sept. 19 Leadership Program

Jill Eikenberry, one of the stars of the long-running television series "L.A. Law" will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 19 Chancellor’s Leadership Institute program.

Eikenberry played lawyer Ann Kelsey and earned four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She played opposite her husband Michael Tucker in the series. She co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC titled "Destined to Live," which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. She battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives.

Join us for a candid conversation with Eikenberry about playing a woman lawyer on network television in a groundbreaking role, being married to a lawyer on television, and life as a breast cancer survivor as well as an activist for breast cancer research and early detection.

The program begins at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets and is followed by a wine and cheese reception. Admission is $25 for Bar Association members and $35 for non-members. Click here to register. This Chancellor's Leadership Institute program is sponsored by Kaplan Leaman Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support and The Dispute Resolution Institute.

FJD Seeks Pro Bono Award Nominees

The First Judicial District will again host its annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and Roll of Honor during National Pro Bono Week. The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Law Library.

The FJD is now accepting nominations for the Pro Bono Roll of Honor. To be eligible for the Roll of Honor, an attorney must be in private practice and must have provided pro bono services to a client or client group in a case pending before the FJD Municipal Court or Court of Common Pleas between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 27, 2013.

Agencies are encouraged to nominate their volunteers. Click here for nomination materials. Nominations are due by Sept. 27 to Victoria Johnson at, by fax to 215-686-3748, or via mail to Room 336 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa, 19107

Public Interest Trainings, Events Scheduled

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present a Fabulous Party Bus Trip to the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets are $175 per person and include admission to the Miss America pageant, round-trip transportation from Philadelphia to Atlantic City and food and drinks on the bus. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 215-587-9377.

HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Meeting, Pursuing Justice, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St. Join us as we reflect on the past year’s achievements and recognize outstanding volunteers, advocates and new Americans who have helped us along the way. We also install new officers to our Board as the launch for our 2014 fiscal year. Tickets cost $35 each ($25 nonprofit employee rate). Dietary restrictions will be observed. For more information or to purchase tickets click here. RSVP requested by Sep. 10.

The Education Law Center will hold its Annual Event on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. Morris Dees, renowned civil rights attorney and founder and chief trial Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the featured speaker. Tickets may be purchased online at

Nationalities Service Center will present its Global Tastes Annual Event, a celebration of Philadelphia’s diverse communities through food on Thursday, Sept. 26 The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Horticultural Center, Fairmount Park, North Horticultural Drive. At the event, Romulo L. Diaz Jr., vice president and general counsel of PECO will be honored. Tickets are available at More information is also available at

Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on Homeownership - Mortgage Foreclosure on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at PECO/Exelon, 2301 Market St. For further information, and to register, click here.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its annual Fall Celebration and Silent Auction on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Westin Philadelphia to support LCD’s efforts at providing free legal services to low-income individuals with disabilities and who are deaf and hard of hearing. LCD’s services enable their clients to live safe, healthy, and independent lives in their community. Come for a night of fun, great auction items, food, drinks and music by 61 North! For more information or to make a donation, please contact Linda Peyton at

• Reserve your foursome now for the 8th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 30 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Bring clients and colleagues and try your luck (and skill) at one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania. A day on the greens provides your organization with a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities and to register. For questions, contact or 267-546-9216.

• The Mary Philbrook Public Interest Awards Reception will be held from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at Rutgers School of Law-Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The 2013 Mary Philbrook honoree is retired NJ Supreme Court Associate Justice Virginia Long, now of Fox Rothschild LLP. Former Assistant Dean Eve Biskind Klothen will also be honored for her lifetime commitment to public service. Proceeds of the event support public interest lawyering at Rutgers, through the Pro Bono Program, clinics and summer stipends. To buy tickets and place ads in the Philbrook program, or for more information on the event, go to

ACLU of Pennsylvania will hold its 2013 Annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Sponsor Reception at 5:30 p.m.), at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Streets. A reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner. The featured speaker will be James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, and attorney for Edie Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Coard, WURD 900AM radio host, attorney and community activist, will serve as the master of ceremonies. At the event, the Civil Liberty Pioneer Award will be presented to Paul Messing and Civil Libertarian Awards will be presented to Issak Wolfe and the Voter ID Clients. For more information, please email or call (215) 592-1513, ext. 124.

Community Legal Services will hold its 4th Annual Justice for All 5K race/walk on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8:30 a.m., at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. In addition to individual, legal, and open team competitions, the Justice For All 5K features a Law School Challenge in which teams from area law schools compete against one another. Advance online registration closes at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Day-of registration will be available starting at 7:15 a.m. on race day. For information about registration fees or to register online, visit Contact Caitlin Brown at cbrown@clsphila.orgfor more information.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its 7th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Union League in Philadelphia. Honorees are: Sharon Browning, Esq., JUST Listening; and Joel Austin, founder and CEO of Daddy UniverseCity. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or purchase an ad to honor one of the awardees in the program/ad booklet, visit

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Social Justice Gala, The Power of Partnerships, celebrating the work of pro bono partnerships and honor partners who have contributed outstanding service to Law Center clients. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. and will feature the presentation of the Thaddeus Stevens Partnership Award to DLA Piper, and the Thaddeus Stevens Champion Award to Thomas B. Schmidt III, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP. Tickets are $125 ($85 Student Discount for tickets). For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets online, visit

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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: Adjusting Approach Toward Bonds

In this month's interview, we sat down with E. William Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management® and PNC Institutional Investments®, to discuss how investors might want to adjust their approach toward bonds given this changing environment.

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