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Oct. 13, 2014 | Vol. 15, No. 73
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Registration Closes Oct. 14
for Bench-Bar at Borgata;
Earn Up to 8.5 CLE Credits

Online registration for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference ends Tuesday, Oct. 14. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Twenty-three seminars and 8.5 CLE credits will be available at the conference, being held at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Oct. 17-18...READ MORE

Register Now! Bench-Bar Registration Closes Oct. 14

Twenty-three seminars and 8.5 CLE credits will be available at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, being held at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Oct. 17-18. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. Online registration for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Tuesday, Oct. 14. Click here to register.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's highest honor, the Bar Medal, at the Bench-Bar's Opening Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 17. The Bar Medal is given at the discretion of the Chancellor and only when it is felt that someone has contributed to the justice system and/or the community in a manner that is sustained, extraordinary and worthy of emulation.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference opens with an all-star plenary panel discussing the ethics of covering a moving media target. Jodi Arias, George Zimmerman, Donald Sterling, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the South Korea ferry disaster are just a few of the moving media targets with which we are all familiar. While news media and law are separate areas of business, the court of law and court of public opinion overlap in theory and in practice.

Attendees will be able join us for "An Intimate Evening With Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals" and hear such classic hits as "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "People Got to Be Free," "A Beautiful Morning" and more! Doors open at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 for the concert and concert admission is free to all Bench-Bar registrants.

Full conference registration rates are $449 for members and $299 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Registration for non-members is $599. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, LawCash, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LexisNexis, Robson Forensic, Simon Public Relations, Bellia Print & Design, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, FindLaw, MCS E-Document Service, MediaSmack, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law, Workers' Compensation Section and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or

Click here to register.

Sponsor Spotlight: LexisNexis Legal & Professional

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Borgata in Atlantic City on Friday, Oct. 17 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!

LexisNexis® Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Explore the new Lexis Advance® for yourself – You're going to LOVE what we've done with it. Sleek, sophisticated new design. Plus, enhanced navigation and integration features that other research platforms can’t touch. The new Lexis Advance® service was built for ease, speed and efficiency. It also delivers some of our most significant and user-requested enhancements, including: New Look - streamlined for faster access to your favorite tools and content; Added Power – time saving upfront filtering convenient Shephard's® report preview and much more; and Remarkable Mobile Access – get the Lexis Advance experience anywhere – on any device. And that's only the beginning. Schedule an in-firm demonstration today with Mary Ann Fasanella by calling 215-510-2167 or email

Brennan Distinguished Jurist Nominees Sought

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

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

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

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

Deadline for PNC Achievement Nominations is Oct. 14

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

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

The criteria for the award are:

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

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

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

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

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

Business Continuity Workshop Oct. 14

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and the Philadelphia Bar Association will present a free business continuity workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St.

Topics to be discussed include continuity of operations planning, corporate emergency access system, evacuation plans and staying informed when disaster strikes. Additional presentations will be made by representatives from the Philadelphia Police Department Preparedness and Homeland Security Unit, Center City District Crime Prevention Services and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Registration is required by Oct. 7. Click here to register.

How to Make the Most Of Mandatory Settlement Conferences

U.S. Magistrate Judges Timothy R. Rice and David R. Strawbridge, along with Yvonne B. Montgomery, will discuss how to make the most of mandatory settlement conferences at the Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The program begins at 12:30 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 to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Outreach to Foreign Bar Associations Oct. 15

The International Law Committee will discuss its continued outreach with foreign bar associations at its Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Please RSVP to Beverly Lowe at

18th Annual Family Law Update Oct. 15

The 18th Annual Family Law Update is a program featuring the latest trends, the newest case law, legislation and procedural rules. Knowing the most recent developments can make all the difference in litigation strategy and settlement negotiations.

This 3 substantive CLE credit program, including ethics, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

National Pro Bono Week Oct. 19-25

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will held during October 19 to 25 in honor of the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

The Pro Bono Celebration in Philadelphia presents a series of continuing legal education training programs and special events throughout Philadelphia to recognize the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provide an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. Click here for the calendar of pro bono events scheduled in Philadelphia during October.

Philly VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 21

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, invites members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend its signature training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day, on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The event will be hosted by Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. and will feature lively and interactive ethics training. Prior to the training, VIP will host a networking breakfast with judges of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania and featuring keynote speaker President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and training begins at 9 a.m.

All attorneys are welcome to attend, whether you are new to Philadelphia VIP, new to pro bono, or an experienced pro bono practitioner looking to take another case. Attendees will receive information and training on how to use their legal skills to assist those most in need in our community. Click here to register.

Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Representation Oct. 21

Expert tax practitioners will use realistic scenarios to show how tax lawyers and CPAs can identify and defuse potential ethical bombshells when the IRS comes calling at the Tuesday, Oct. 21 CLE program "Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Representation."

Panelists will evaluate attorney-client and tax practitioner privilege; as well as, explore conflicts of interest. They will identify special ethical issues in representations with international tax implications. Finally, the panelists will uncover the impact of the latest revisions to the Circular 230 regulations and the IRS loss in the Loving case.

The CLE program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Preparing LLC Documents Oct. 21

At PBI's "Preparing LLC Documents," get unbeatable guidance for forming and organizing one of the most popular business structures. The program will cover single member LLC model forms, general partnership model forms, limited partnership model forms, corporate model forms, class of members and family LLC forms.

The CLE program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Barristers' Know Your Rights Town Hall Event Oct. 21

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. is hosting a "Know Your Rights" Community Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Bright Hope Baptist Church, William H. Gray III Annex and Youth Center, 1601 N. 12th St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Come take part in a candid, enlightening discussion with local community leaders about what to do if stopped or questioned by the police and how to best exercise one's constitutional rights. This Town Hall is about citizens and local legal professionals working together for the betterment of the community.

The esteemed panel, which will be moderated by Cherri Gregg of CBS/KYW, includes: Kelvyn Anderson, executive director, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission; Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, Philadelphia Police Department; Kevin Mincey, founding partner, Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC; Reggie Shuford, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union, Pennsylvania; and Deborah Watson-Stokes, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Gentrification of City Neighborhoods Oct. 22

Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Brian Abernathy, executive director, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Jeffrey Allegretti of Innova will discuss development challenges facing city neighborhoods at the Wednesday, Oct. 22 meeting of the City Policy Committee.

The program 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 non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Palliative Care and Hospice Discussion Oct. 23

Dr. Brenda Buzydlowski will discuss palliative care and hospice at the Thursday, Oct. 23 meting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee.

Dr. Buzydlowski started the pursuit of her life-long goal of becoming a physician in 2005. After spending 20 years in and around the pharmaceutical industry, she decided to go to medical school. Dr. Buzydlowski graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 and recently finished residency in Internal Medicine. She is currently a fellow in palliative care and hospice at PCOM. Palliative care became her passion during her third year of medical school. Dr. Buzydlowski has a particular interest in working in the ICU setting to bring palliative care to families and patients faced with difficult decisions.

The 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 non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Hispanic Bar Scholarship Dinner Oct. 23

The 25th Annual Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund Scholarship Dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

The organization is dedicated to the professional and educational advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession and awards scholarships each year to qualified law students throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. Visit for ticket information.

APABAPA Annual Banquet Oct. 24

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William Marutani Fellowship on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St.

Dinner will be catered by Sang Kee Noodle House, and the keynote speaker will be Sandra Leung, general counsel and corporate secretary of Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Marutani Fellowship is awarded to law students committed to social justice and who are pursuing summer opportunities in the government or public interest sector. Tickets can be purchased at

Justinians to Honor Justice Stevens Oct. 28

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale F. Stevens and Cristina G. Cavalieri, JD, BSN at a Tuesday, Oct. 28 luncheon at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. at 12 p.m.

Justice Stevens will receive The Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award and Cavalieri will be presented with The Judge Lisa A. Richette Outstanding Woman in the Law Award. Click here to purchase tickets.

Law Firm Laboratory Oct. 23: People to Meet Before You Start

You think you're ready to start your own law firm, but you're not sure who to ask for advice about what to do first. The next program in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Law Firm Laboratory series on Thursday, Oct. 23 will feature a panel of attorneys and professionals with the experience to help you get out on your own.

Some of the special topics that the panelists will cover include banking, marketing, real estate and technology. Learn from the seasoned pros about law as a business and what it takes to start your own firm. Panelists include Lisa Kennedy, SBA Finance Group, PNC Bank, NA; Daniel J. Siegel, principal of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC and president of Integrated Technology Services, LLC; Carol Huff of Huff Equities; Kimberly Alford Rice, principal of KLA Marketing Associates; and Kristine L. Calalang, principal in The Law Office of Kristine L. Calalang.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

Created in 2014 by Chancellor William P. Fedullo, the Law Firm Laboratory is a free program series and ongoing incubator of innovative ideas, strategies and concepts for starting and nurturing new law firms and helping existing law firms of all types serve the changing needs of tomorrow's clients.

Working Together in Multigenerational Office Oct. 29

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, invite seasoned and junior attorneys to come together on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and engage in conversation about how we can better work together in today's multigenerational workplace.

How it works: Senior and junior lawyer attendees will be divided into small groups which will circulate to discuss focused topics at small round tables. Each discussion will be facilitated by a senior and junior attorney pair. Topics will include: Expectations From the Top Down and the Ground Up, Teaching and Learning Styles, and Bridging the Communication Gap.

As part of the BLS/YLD Speed Mentoring Series, the goal of this 180 Program is to spark mutually beneficial dialogue between senior and junior lawyers and encourage networking between the generations. This program embraces the concept of "Reciprocal Mentoring:" senior attorneys will learn from junior lawyers how they can better lead; junior lawyers will learn from senior attorneys how they can better serve, and all attendees will leave having formed new relationships and gained fresh perspectives.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Registration for this event is required and will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The event will be limited to the first 60 people to register. Click here to register. Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute Oct. 30

The 19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute on Thursday, Oct. 30 features bankruptcy and other judges, representatives of the U.S. Trustee's Office, Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Trustees, and other consumer, commercial and creditor attorneys. Get updated on the top consumer or top commercial bankruptcy cases of the year and then experience a diverse range of topics on the hottest issues arising in bankruptcy.

Each year this program receives rave reviews for its wide array of topics for both consumer and commercial practitioners. There is a full basic track for newcomers to consumer bankruptcy plus lots of topics of interest to sophisticated debtor and creditor consumer counsel, as well as a track of Chapter 11 commercial sessions.

The CLE program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Replansky Award Nominations Due Oct. 31

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2014 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, Oct. 31 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 Anne M. Aaronson, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102; or emailed to
More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Anne Aaronson at (215) 575-7110.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting, Reception Nov. 6

The Real Property Section Annual Meeting and Reception will be Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 1901 JFK Blvd.

The Section will honor The Middleton Partnership, recipient of the 2014 Good Deed Award, which will be accepted by Project H.O.M.E. The Middleton Partnership's generous donors are providing transformational leadership that leverages public and private funders working together to end homelessness in Philadelphia. Stuart Ebby, recipient of the 2014 Harris Ominsky Award, will be recognized for his pre-eminence as a Philadelphia real estate lawyer.

The event is sponsored by Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller. Sponsorships are welcome! Contact Tracey McClosley at the Philadelphia Bar Association at or Judy Berkman at

Registration ends Nov. 3. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and public interest and government attorney members, $40 for Section members, $55 for non-members and $25 for law student members. Click here to register.

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association Bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the September 22, 2014 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the Annual Meeting to take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at noon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Amendments to Section 208 of the Bylaws, as follows:

Section 208. The Board.
A. The members of the Board entitled to vote, shall be
1. the Officers, all of whom shall serve for a term co-extensive with their respective terms of office;
2. the immediate past Chancellor;
3. the immediate past Chair of the Board;
4. a representative of each Section designated by the Section and then serving as a member of the highest executive body of the Section who shall serve for a term of one year (provided that no such representative shall serve for more than three consecutive one-year terms); the Chair of each Section shall notify the Chair of the Board on or before December 31 of each year of the identity of the person designated by the Section to serve as a member of the Board during the following calendar year as a representative of the Section;
5. 15 persons elected by the Members as provided in Section 300(A)(1)(c), consisting of three classes of five Members each, who shall serve for a term of three years, one class being elected each year;
6. threesix persons appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Section 208(C), each of whom shall serve for a term of three years, onetwo personpeople being appointed each year; and (a) In order to transition the 208(A)(6) appointments from three members with three year terms to six members with three year terms, the 2015 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2015, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2017, the 2016 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2016, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2018, and the 2017 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2017, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2019. As of January 15, and each year thereafter, the Chancellor shall appoint two members to a three year term as defined by 208(A)(6); 7. the Chair and Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division; and
8. a Dean of one of the accredited area law schools identified on a list established by the Board of Governors, which Dean shall be designated by the Deans of such law schools, in a manner approved by the Board of Governors, to represent the Deans at any number of meetings.
B. The Chancellor immediately prior to the immediate past Chancellor , the President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Editor of The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, the Association’s delegates to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, the Association's Zone Governor to the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Board of Governors, and the Presidents of the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, the Greater Philadelphia Legal Marketing Association and the Philadelphia Legal Secretary's Association shall be entitled to be present and to be heard at all meetings of the Board as ex officio non-voting members of the Board.
C. On or before January 15 of each year, the Chancellor, upon consideration of the recommendations from the Committee on Diversity in the Profession with respect to such appointments, shall appoint twoa Members who is aare members of a racial minority, the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community or other diverse individuals as a members of the Board, pursuant to Section 208(A)(6). D. The Chancellor may also appoint a Member as Counsel to serve at the Chancellor's pleasure as an ex officio non-voting member of the Board.
E. No member of the Board may designate another person to represent such member at a meeting of, or to cast any vote in the deliberations of, the Board.

Committee of Seventy Needs Election Volunteers

The Committee of Seventy's Election Program is a vital part of our fight for clean and well-run elections. Volunteers spend Election Day visiting polls and providing support for voters and polling place officials, helping resolve issues reported to the 1-855-SEVENTY Hotline for Elections and Voting. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers over the years, the program has become one of the largest and most sophisticated in the country.

Field Teams work in groups of two or three to monitor polls in a specific ward, checking for inappropriate behavior and answering voters' questions. They report incidents and ongoing problems back to the Committee of Seventy.

Roving Teams also work in groups of two or three but are assigned specific districts (each includes five to 10 wards). They respond to incidents and problems reported to Seventy by field teams or others calling the 1-855-SEVENTY hotline. We encourage returning volunteers (especially those with cars!) to consider serving on a roving team.

Hotline volunteers work in Seventy's office on Election Day, answering calls from voters, poll officials and Seventy Volunteers. Hotline volunteers staff the 1-855-SEVENTY Hotline for Elections and Voting and help voters find their polling places, give basic assistance with Election Day rules, direct problems to the correct authorities and document problems that will be responded to by field and roving teams.

Registration for the Nov. 4 Election Program is now open. Click here to get involved.

Ciao Philadelphia Celebrates Italian Americans in Oct.

Ciao Philadelphia, a month-long series of more than 30 open-to-the-public events, will highlight the contributions of Italian Americans to the Greater Philadelphia region and, indeed, the world during October.

Daily events throughout October will include concerts, film screenings, architectural tours, demonstrations, exhibits, performances and lectures, to name a few.

From opera to jazz, radio to race cars, from the Columbus Day parade to the lectures on Leonardo DaVinci, Ciao Philadelphia truly has something to offer everyone, partnering with the most prominent cultural institutions of the region and each component of the Italian American community.

This inaugural year of Ciao Philadelphia is made possible through the generous support of partners including Aqua America; Independence Blue Cross; Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; PECO; Fedegari Technologies, Inc.; American Airlines; Pennoni and Dilworth Paxson LLP.

Event venues, hosts and partners include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Drexel University, the Philadelphia Opera, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, 1492 Society, PiPhilly, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Hospitality, Federal Reserve of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, EFASCE, Sons of Italy, Sons and Daughters of Italy and Global Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a promotional partner for this celebration.

A complete listing of events is available at You can follow Ciao Philadelphia on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Deadline for Judicial Commission Candidates is Dec. 5

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2015 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

All candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission must submit to a new review if they choose to run in the 2015 primary election. Under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

Kenneth Murphy, Esquire
2014 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy

Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of New Jersey, seated in Newark. A bankruptcy judge is appointed to a 14-year term pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §152.

To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:

(a) Be a member in good standing of the Bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a member in good standing of every other Bar of which they are members.

(b) (1) Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; (2) possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; (3) possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; (4) indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and (5) be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.

(c) Not be related by blood or marriage to (1) a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; (2) a member of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit; or (3) a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in 28 U.S.C. § 458, at the time of the initial appointment.

(d) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The Judicial Council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law.

The selection process will be confidential and competitive. The annual salary for this position will be $183,172. Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment. The name of the person selected will also be submitted to the Director of the Administrative Office, who shall request background reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically by Oct. 22, 2014. Applications must be submitted only by the potential nominee personally. To apply, go to for more information or call the Circuit Executive's Office at 215-597-0718.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

PILCOP Civil Rights Anniversary Program Oct. 14

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its annual event that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The event will feature a cocktail party with live music from The Enon Tabernacle Fresh Anointing Choir, locally sourced food provided by Birchtree Catering and the presentation of PILCOP's annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards to this year's honorees - William H. Ewing, Pennsylvania State Conference of NAACP Branches and Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. The event is sold out.

Good Shepherd Annual Dinner, Awards Oct. 15

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 8th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Union League of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. This year's honorees include Homer Floyd, former executive director of the PA Human Relations Commission; Seth Rozin, playwright and founder/producing artistic director of InterAct Theatre Company; and Michael Viola, family law staff attorney, Philadelphia VIP and partner, Shainberg & Viola, PC.
For more information (including event sponsorship and advertising options), or to purchase tickets, go to

AIDS Law Project Halloween Gala Oct. 30

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present BOO! at bahdeebahdu, a Halloween-themed gala on Thursday, Oct. 30, featuring food and fantastic drinks. The gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at bahdeebahdu, a lighting, design, art and furniture studio located at 1522 N. American St. Tickets are $100 per person, $50 for nonprofit professionals/young lawyers. For more information or to buy tickets visit

Women's Rights After Hobby Lobby, McCullen Oct. 30

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law will present the symposium "Women's Rights and the Supreme Court: After Hobby Lobby and McCullen on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick will give the keynote address. The symposium will be held from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 140 in the Kline School of Law, 3320 Market St. Three CLE credits will be available. Click here to register.

Representing Homeless Vets CLE Nov. 6

Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a CLE training on representing homeless veterans before the Veterans Administration on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. This 3-hour substantive CLE training program is open to current and prospective HAP legal volunteers. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact HAP's Michael Taub at VA accreditation is required prior to the CLE.

Advanced Divorce Training CLE Nov. 7

Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono CLE training "Advanced Divorce Training: Equitable Distribution" on Friday, Nov. 7 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for taking a VIP case within six months. To register, visit

Penn Sparer Symposium Nov. 14

The 34th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium “Law 2.0: Progress and Challenges for Justice in the Digital Age” will be held Friday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Law, 3501 Sansom St. The keynote speaker is Mark O’Brien, co-founder and executive director of Pro Bono Net. Panels will include the following topics - The Role of Social Media and Online Activism in Social and Political Movements; Technology and Access to Legal Services; Technology, Sustainable Development, and the Law; To Regulate or Not to Regulate: Should Net Neutrality Be Required by Law?; and Criminal Law and Technology: Solutions and Potential Problems. This event is free and open to all. Online registration for the 2014 Sparer Symposium and information about CLE credits for the program is available by clicking here.

LCD Fall Celebration Nov. 14

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction Friday, Nov. 14 at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, 220 S. 17th St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, whiskey tasting, dinner stations from across the globe, silent/live auction and live music. For tickets and information, please visit

Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392 or For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327 or

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now in its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association has been a constant supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interested in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

• Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.

• New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).

• Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.

• 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pa., 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pa., 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the membership card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won’t just observe art. You’ll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.

Please Touch Musuem

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Bar Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: Inflation Trends Garnering More Attention

In this month's interview, we sat down with Investment Advisor Bruce Self, CFA, at PNC Wealth Management®, to discuss some of the current trends regarding inflation in the United States. Click here to read the entire article.

Upcoming CLE

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

Monday, Oct. 13
2014’s Best Law Firm Technology, Software & Tools! Everything You Need to Overhaul Your Firm or Start a New One
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Election Law 101
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Succession Planning for Family and Closely Held Businesses
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
18th Annual Family Law Update
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Lifelong Impact of a Criminal Record (Video)
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

PLI - Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16
Travel Law (Video)
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Practice Before the DVA
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Oct. 17
PLI - Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17
The Medicaid Application Process
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20
Medicare and Medicaid Issues in the Litigation and Settlement of Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Claims: Are Governmental Benefits Stifling the Settlement Process?
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20 – Tuesday, Oct. 21
PLI - Employment Law Institute
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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