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Sept. 26, 2013
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 14, No. 72

Bench-Bar Registration Ends Oct. 1

A total of 7 CLE credits and 22 seminars are available at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 4 at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The final day to register is Tuesday, Oct. 1. Click here to register.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 22 CLE seminars that will be offered. Seminars are being offered by the Business Litigation Committee, Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, Civil Legal Justice Coalition, Criminal Justice Section, Diversity in the Profession Committee, Family Law Section, Insurance Programs Committee, Professional Responsibility Committee, Public Interest Section, State Civil Litigation Section, Women in the Profession Committee, Workers' Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Division. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub.

Ken Gormley, dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, who will discuss the 40th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre” that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon at the Opening Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4.

The two-day 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. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.

Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; iDiscovery Solutions; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; Esquire Deposition Solutions; Frankly Legal; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; Lexis Nexis; 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: Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe

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!

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Tarasiewicz Named Bar Executive Director

Mark A. Tarasiewicz has been selected by the Board of Governors as the Philadelphia Bar Association's new executive director. He will assume the duties of executive director on Jan. 1, 2014.

Tarasiewicz, 45, succeeds Kenneth Shear who will retire on Dec. 31, 2013, after a 37-year tenure as executive director of the 211-year-old Philadelphia Bar Association.

"The Philadelphia Bar Association has a national reputation for service to the public and the profession, so it was important to select a new executive director to carry on that proud tradition," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson. "Our Board of Governors approved the recommendation of Mark by the Association's Executive Director Search Committee with an eye on the future to help us continue to meet the needs of Philadelphia lawyers and the clients they serve."

Tarasiewicz most recently has served as associate executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In this role, he has directed the Association's internal and external communications. He joined the Philadelphia Bar Association in March 1995 as Senior Public Relations Associate. Tarasiewicz previously served as Managing Editor of the Pennsylvania Law Journal. He also served as Senior Communications Manager for global law firm Dechert LLP.

Tarasiewicz is a past President and Chairman of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Hall of Fame in 2012. He is a three-time recipient of the National Association of Bar Executives Luminary Award, as well as the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Fast Track Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, and is an adjunct professor in the Temple University graduate program in Strategic Communication. He has lectured for the National Association of Bar Executives, American Society of Association Executives, Public Relations Society of America, Penn State University, Villanova University and the University of the Arts.

"I am looking forward to working with our leadership, our members and our talented staff to continue the Philadelphia Bar Association's great work and to prepare the Association for both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead," said Tarasiewicz.

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:

• 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.

Historic Preservation and Sustainability CLE Sept. 27

The Pennsylvania Constitution establishes the people's right to both the protection of the natural environment and the preservation of historic resources. In this Friday, Sept. 27 CLE program, we will explore recent laws and regulations encouraging sustainable development, and discover how green building requirements merge with historic preservation laws to share common ground. Attorneys, architects, and planners will discuss best practices in green building and historic preservation, and we will also learn about the broad impact of Philadelphia's unprecedented Green Streets Project, currently underway. Click here to register.

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.

Health Care Powers of Attorney CLE Oct. 1

The Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE "What Doctors Wish Lawyers Knew About Health Care Powers of Attorney" will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets.

Hear from a practicing lawyer, a critical care physician, and a hospital chaplain; learn when and why health care powers are not honored by physician; discover what clients need in addition to executed documents; and walk away with sample forms and tools for engaging clients in a meaningful discussion about end-of-life care. 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.

Nuts and Bolts of EEOC Process Oct. 2

Spencer H. Lewis Jr., district director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will discuss the nuts and bolts of pursing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, from the initial filing of the charge through to the EEOC's findings at the Wednesday, Oct. 2 meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

Marketing, Client Development Tips Oct. 8

Sheri Desaretz, owner of Looking Forward Coaching, will discuss issues about marketing and client development at the Tuesday, Oct. 8 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

This is a sequel to the presentation Desaretz made last year to the committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association. 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.

Brennan, PNC Achievement Award Nominations 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. 10.

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 Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 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 Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Damages in IP Matters CLE Oct. 9

The Intellectual Property Committee will present the CLE program "Considerations when Calculating Damages in Intellectual Property Matters" on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Given the recent changes in case law, proving damages in intellectual property matters has become more complex. This course will include a discussion of the recent case law relevant to damage analyses.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum - Future of the Legal Profession Oct. 9

Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Law & Reorder, will be the moderator for the Chancellor's Forum "The Future of the Legal Profession: How Will Law Firms, Clients and Law Schools Embrace Change?" on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Co-sponsored by Large Firm Management Committee, Medium Size Management Committee and the Young Lawyers Division, the forum will include discussion on the following questions: How are clients driving shifts in the legal market and a new delivery of legal services? How are law firms responding to the changing demands of clients and the larger marketplace; Are law schools preparing law students to graduate as practice-ready lawyers? What recommendations by the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education should be adopted? How can young attorneys become change agents in the legal profession.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Visit for more information.

International Business CLE Oct. 10

Experts on import and export compliance, international business law, marketing, finance and customs, will address current issues for companies and entrepreneurs involved in or seeking to become involved in international business at the Thursday, Oct. 10 CLE presented by the International Business Initiative Committee. Our speakers will focus on practical issues and problems. The seminar, a Global Philly 2013 event, will highlight the latest developments in a topic of interest to many US companies.

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 10th floor Board Room at the 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.

Speaking of Civility Oct. 15

Former Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will lead a discussion on civility at a special meeting of the Family Law Section on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Following the discussion there will be a wine and cheese reception and reading of "Keeping it Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup & the Porsche and Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer" by Margaret Klaw, a former section chair.

The program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St.Registration is $10 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

A Day on Health Law CLE Oct. 16

In this time of dramatic change and health care reform that impacts every health care provider and every consumer of health care, it is more important than ever to keep informed, not only of the developments that are now in play but those significant changes that will be coming down the road. Six important topics were selected from PBI's 19th Annual Health Law Institute and will be taught be health lawyers who are leaders in their field. With lunch included, it's a fast-paced day that is packed with information you need to know about.

Stay apprised of the current issues on a variety of health law topics taught by health lawyers who are leaders in their field in this Wednesday, Oct. 16 CLE program. Learn about the False Claims Act recent cases and hear the unique perspectives of the panelists about the strengths and weaknesses of the decisions. Discuss ways for health care lawyers to avoid legal malpractice and wrongful use of civil proceedings claims. Discover the key aspects of the compliance efforts necessary for Business Associates now that they are directly regulated under HIPAA. Explore the link between compliance and medical malpractice and the trend to frame malpractice issues as violations of the False Claims Act. Understand how Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments offer a unique chance to realign providers and payers to reward quality and efficiency. Examine the implications of fair market value and commercial reasonableness for fraud and abuse compliance in a variety of types of health care transactions. Click here to register.

Craft Beer in Philadelphia Oct. 16 at Yards

The Young Lawyers Division and the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is pleased to present "Craft Beer in Philadelphia - from the Cradle of American Libation to the East Coast's Craft Beer Mecca" on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Join us as we take a look at how Philadelphia developed into one of the nation's preeminent beer cities, the city's part in the American craft beer explosion, and the future of craft beer in the city. Our distinguished panelists include Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack); Tom Kehoe, Founder, Brewmaster and President of Yards Brewing Company; Trevor Prichett, Yards Chief Operating Officer; Adam Ritter, Owner, The Sidecar Bar & Grille and Kraftwork; Kristy Littman, Attorney and Co-Founder of; and panel moderator Matthew Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP.

Registration is $20 for Bar Association members and $15 for YLD members and includes beer from Yards and pizza and baked goods from Kermit's Bake Shoppe. Spots are limited, register today! Click here to register.

Recent Changes in State, City Tax Law CLE Oct. 18

Expert practitioners will provide an in-depth discussion and explanation of the latest developments in tax regulations, legislation and planning strategies in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia at this Wednesday, Oct. 18 CLE program. Pennsylvania typically amends its tax laws once a year, as part of the budget process during June with respect to each upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. Click here to register

Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service CLE Oct. 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Young Lawyers Division will present the Board Observer CLE Program "The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service" on Monday, Oct. 21.

This CLE program address the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws, and will feature a panel of executive directors and current nonprofit board members. Our faculty will provide attorneys interested in serving on a nonprofit board an introduction to the role of the board of directors and the laws governing nonprofits, as well as focus on practical applications and how fiduciary duties come into play in the course of an individual's membership on a nonprofit board.

The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.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.

Chancellor's Forum on Human Rights Oct. 22

The Oct. 22 Chancellor's Forum "Putting Power Behind the Prose: Using International Human Rights Law to Influence American Jurisprudence and Policy" will cover how international human rights law works, in theory and practice.

Specifically, it will look at the development of human rights treaties, with an overview of the major treaties that the United States has ratified, their implementing mechanisms, and how lawyers have used those mechanisms in their own advocacy as a tool to influence policy and action at all levels of government. The panel will instruct the audience as to techniques used to domestically implement international human rights norms with a particular focus on recent Bar Association resolutions adopting principles of international human rights treaties on discrimination against women and homelessness.

Speakers for the program are Eric Tars, director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Sarah Paoletti, director of the Transnational Legal Clinic of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law; and Beth Lyon, director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic of the Villanova University School of Law.

One substantive CLE credit will be available for this program which begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A reception featuring international wines will follow the event. Register online for this event at

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

Replansky Award Nominations Due Nov. 1

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2012 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.
The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the
Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is Friday, Nov. 1 at 12 p.m.
Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Rachel E. Branson, Esquire, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market Street, Suite 3600, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or emailed to

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Rachel E. Branson at (215) 751-2438.

APABA-PA Annual Banquet Sept. 27

You are cordially invited to attend the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania's 2013 Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William Marutani Fellowship on Friday, Sept. 27 at Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St.

The keynote speaker is California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and Nydia Han of 6ABC will be mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $120 each and include a banquet catered by Sang Kee. Click here to register.

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

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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

National Pro Bono Celebration Calendar

Philadelphia public interest agencies will explain their pro bono programs to interested law firms and corporations during the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. To schedule a Road Show, e-mail Jodi Schatz at

The following is a list of Philadelphia events for the 2013 National Pro Bono celebration:

• The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE training program "Saving Seniors' Homes: Philadelphia's Fresh Start on Property Tax Delinquencies and its Impact on Reverse Mortgages and Low-Income Senior Citizens
" (1.5 CLE credits in exchange for handling one case: 1 substantive; .5 ethics CLEs) on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. at Saul Ewing LLP, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 16 with Susanna Ratner at

• Board Observer Program: The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. Attendees will receive 
training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members as well as people interested in serving on a nonprofit board. RSVP and register online to purchase lunch at Information about CLE credit to be provided.

• VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at PECO/Exelon, 2301 Market St. Register with VIP at 215-523-9550 or

• Support Center for Child Advocates 
will present "Law and Ethics: Hot Topics in Child Advocacy" (1.5 Ethics CLE credits)
 on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Cherry St. Register with

• HIAS Pennsylvania will present the CLE training program "Asylum Law and Related Relief" (3 Substantive CLE Credits) on Friday, Oct., 25 from 12:15-3:30 p.m. at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market St. 
For more information, contact 215-832-0900. Register online at

• Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser will be held Friday, Oct., 25, where area law firms and corporations
 are asked to participate in a jeans day fundraiser benefitting nonprofit legal services providers funded by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. 
To participate, contact Kathy Ochroch at 215-569-5711 or or Mary Gay Scanlon at 215-864-8912 or

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" CLE program
 (5 Substantive/1 Ethics CLE credits) on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724 or at For more information about public interest law centers and pro bono referral programs that use volunteer attorneys and paralegals in the delivery of legal services in Philadelphia, visit the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide and the Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations posted on the website of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Scheduled

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

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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