Oct. 24, 2005
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 6, No. 48

Judicial Commission Releases Recommendations

Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls has announced the results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court in the Nov. 8 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

In addition, the Judicial Commission also released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Parente Consulting. The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the retention judges. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings. The complete poll results are available from the Bar Association.

The 29-member Judicial Commission includes lawyers and non-lawyers as well as the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, the Chief Public Defender, the City Solicitor, the Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor of the Bar Association and representatives of diverse interests within the community. Nearly half of the Commission members are African-American, Latino or Asian-American.

Each of the currently rated candidates was voted upon by the Commission. Those found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability and training, trial experience, character, integrity, judicial temperament and mental and physical ability and community involvement. The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found Recommended for retention on the Court of Common Pleas:
Hon. Willis W. Berry, Jr.
Hon. Gwendolyn N. Bright
Hon. Matthew D. Carrafiello
Hon. Amanda Cooperman
Hon. Idee C. Fox
Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes
Hon. Marlene F. Lachman
Hon. Patricia A. McInerney
Hon. Lillian Harris Ransom
Hon. Esther R. Sylvester
Hon. John Milton Younge

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found Recommended for retention to Municipal Court:
Hon. Linda F. Anderson
Hon. James M. DeLeon
Hon. Thomas F. Gehret
Hon. William Austin Meehan Jr.
Hon. Harvey W. Robbins
Hon. Alan K. Silberstein

The following judge was found Not Recommended for retention to Municipal Court:
Hon. Jimmie Moore

The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found Recommended for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
Hon. Glenn B. Bronson
Ann M. Butchart
Hon. Charles J. Cunningham
Joyce Webb Eubanks
Marilyn Heffley
Hon. Susan I. Schulman
Leon W. Tucker

The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found Not Recommended for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
Hon. Walter J. Olszewski
Hon. Frank Palumbo
Lisette Shirdan-Harris

The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found Recommended for election to the Municipal Court:
Hon. Nazario Jimenez
Hon. Bradley K. Moss
Karen Simmons
David C. Shuter

For a complete guide to the Judicial Elections visit philadelphiabar.org.

Support Urged for Justices Newman, Nigro

Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls is asking Bar members to take note of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's recommendation that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Sandra Schultz Newman and Russell M. Nigro be retained on the high court. Both Justice Newman and Justice Nigro are standing for retention in the Nov. 8 general election. Chirls also cited the recent endorsement of Justice Newman and Justice Nigro by The Philadelphia Inquirer in the editorial "Able justices deserve second terms."

"While the Philadelphia Bar Association doesn't rate state court judges or state court judicial candidates, the rating of the Pennsylvania Bar Association is very important," Chirls said. "Likewise, the points that the Inquirer makes in its editorial reiterate the strong argument for retention of these two fine jurists. They deserve our support."

Inquirer Columnist Trudy Rubin To Speak Nov. 2

The Public Interest Section and the Civil Rights Committee are sponsoring a Chancellor's Forum with Philadelphia Inquirer "Worldview" columnist Trudy Rubin (left) on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Rubin's book, Willful Blindness, The Bush Administration and Iraq, describes how the Bush administration got the U.S. into Iraq and the prospects for getting out. This book, a collection of Rubin's columns from 2002 to 2004, draws on her extensive experience in the Middle East, including four lengthy trips to Iraq and her close contacts with Iraqi officials, clerics and ordinary people.

The event begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Additional Nominations for Bar Offices Accepted

Notice is hereby given that the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting additional nominations for candidates for Bar offices to be elected by the membership at the Association's Annual Meeting and Election on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005.

The deadline for filing these additional nominations is Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at 5 p.m.

Nominations must be in writing and may take the form of a letter to the Secretary, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Letters must state the office the individual is seeking and must include the names and signatures of at least twenty-five (25) members of the Association who are entitled to vote, except for the nomination of Vice Chancellor, which shall be signed by a least one hundred (100) members who are entitled to vote. Offices to be filled are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, as well as five (5) positions on the Board of Governors for a term of three years.

Candidates are also asked to provide a photograph and statement of no more than 150 words, demonstrating their qualifications to serve as a member of the Board of Governors. Photos and statements will be published in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at 5 p.m.

Women to Discuss Leadership Roles Oct. 25

Four women who have risen to leadership positions within their firms will share their stories and offer advice on how other women lawyers can rise to leadership positions in their firms at the Tuesday, Oct. 25 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The panelists for the program include Lynn Axelroth of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; Jane Foster of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Madeline Sherry of Hecker Brown Sherry and Johnson LLP; and Barbara Sicalides of Pepper Hamilton LLP. The program will be moderated by Maria Feeley.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register for this program.

Committee to Discuss Crimes Against Elders

Detective Rosemary DiLacqua, a 20-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, will discuss "Scams and Frauds: Crimes Against Elders" at the Thursday, Oct. 27 meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register for this program.

Health Department Official to Address Committee

Carol Rogers of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will discuss "Decent Health Care for All in Philadelphia: Local Leadership and Action" at the Friday, Oct. 28 meeting of the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those who make reservations in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

Immigration Issues in Civil Litigation

The Public Interest Section will present the CLE program Immigration Issues in Civil Litigation on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The program, offering three substantive CLE credits, will include an overview of immigration law; the trial attorney's viewpoint of all the potential pitfalls that arise in representing non-citizens, their estates, and their business entities; problems encountered by immigrants and non-English speaking litigants in Workers' Compensation cases, particularly with respect to settlements and mediations; an update on foreign language interpreters; fraudulent conveyances in real estate transactions involving immigrants; and a question and answer session.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Lunch is included. Click here for more information.

Nomination Deadline for Andrew Hamilton Award is Oct. 28

Andrew Hamilton

The Public Interest Section is looking for nominees for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 28.

Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or, be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose. In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. In particular, members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nomination are encouraged and should include the individiual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim at Dechert, 4000 Bell Atlantic Tower, 1717 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Asian Bar Banquet Oct. 28

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will welcome Amardeep Singh, legal director and co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, as the keynote speaker at its annual banquet on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St. in Chinatown. The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that defends civil rights and civil liberties in the United States, educates the broader community about Sikhs and diversity, promotes local community empowerment, and fosters civic engagement amongst Sikh Americans.

The annual banquet is the mechanism by which the AABADV raises funds for its Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship. Offered to first-year law students at Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law, the Fellowship provides a stipend for an Asian-American law student to enable him or her to take a summer internship position with federal, state or municipal government offices/agencies (including the judiciary) or nonprofit/public interest organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Tickets for the event are $90, a portion of which will fund the Fellowship and is tax deductible. The event begins at 6 p.m. for social hour and the dinner is expected to begin at 7 p.m. The menu for the evening features a multiple-course feast. For ticket information, contact Suzanne Young at (215) 981-3754.

Practical Views on Experts From Judges' Perspective

U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein will present practical advice on selecting and presenting experts and on issues concerning expert discovery and reports on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The seminar, sponsored by the Federal Courts Committee and the Business Litigation Committee, will be moderated by Roberta D. Liebenberg. The seminar will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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 and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call 800-932-4637. Please note that you may attend the meeting without making any payment, but you will not receive the CLE credit. Please RSVP to Marisa Kossakowski at mkossakowski@philabar.org. This price includes lunch.

How to Survive Your Initial Years of Practice

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and the Association's Membership Committee will present a panel discussion, "How to Survive Your Initial Years of Practice," on Friday, Nov. 11 at noon at Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center.

Topics for discussion will include acquiring the skills needed to succeed in your early years of practice; building professional relationships with co-workers and supervisors; navigating office politics; balancing work-life responsibilities; and related issues affecting younger lawyers.

A diverse panel of young practitioners from different areas of practice and firm and office sizes will participate. The event will be moderated by Molly Peckman (above left), special counsel and director of professional development at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and co-chair of the Association's Women in the Profession Committee. Bring your questions for this highly interactive discussion.

A complimentary lunch will be served, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, please send name, e-mail address and phone number of attendee(s) to Marisa Kossakowski at mkossakowski@philabar.org.

Your Help Needed to Stop Legal Services Tax

Dear Colleague:

We have been advised that during the special legislative session on property tax reform in Harrisburg, a proposal to place a sales tax on legal services could come to a vote. If this proposal is adopted, professional services fees would be subject to that tax.

We need your help now.

It is important that you contact your state legislator and register your opposition. To find a list of legislators with contact information go to http://www.legis.state.pa.us.

Here are some talking points to assist you:

- A sales tax on legal services is a tax on the basic, constitutional right of citizens to have access to justice and the courts.

- A sales tax on legal services will impact consumers and small businesses. Sales taxes are a regressive form of taxation and tend to impact lower and middle classes who can't afford the additional expenses. Many small businesses can't afford the additional burden that a sales tax would impose. Such a burden will discourage economic growth in the Commonwealth.

- Administering a legal services tax will impinge upon the attorney-client relationship. A sales tax on legal services will mean that lawyers will have to create sales tax accounts within the Department of Revenue. The Department would then have to review the accounts periodically to assure that all sales tax moneys are collected. To perform its oversight function, the Department may be forced to review billings and other documentation that will detail a client's case or subject matter. An audit like this would violate the lawyer/client privilege, which has rightfully been defended throughout history.

These are three sound, basic arguments against the sales tax on professional legal services.

I urge you to promptly contact your state legislators by e-mail, phone or traditional mail and advance these arguments against this proposed tax.

Don't delay. Help us win this battle.

Yours truly,
Andrew A. Chirls

Higginbotham Fellowship Deadline is Nov. 18


The Public Interest Section is accepting applications from DLSC public interest centers for the Higginbotham Fellowship. This stipend, in the amount of $4,000, will subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a DLSC public interest law center during the summer of 2006. Any DLSC public interest law center interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via e-mail at mzebe@philabar.org by no later than Nov. 18. The recipient of the stipend will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Public Interest Reception scheduled on Dec. 1.

This stipend is intended to support the work of a summer law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of our community. This stipend is also intended to subsidize a DLSC law center that would not otherwise be in a position to support the costs of employing a summer law clerk. The Higginbotham Fellowship is not available to public interest law centers that have previously received the stipend.

Nov. 12 Hamilton Ball has Las Vegas Theme

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation has announced that the theme for this year's Andrew Hamilton Ball is "Viva Las Vegas."

The Ball will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $375 for patrons, $325 for subscribers and $225 for members of the Young Lawyers Division. Tickets for the event are available online by clicking here.

Frederick Strober of Saul Ewing LLP and Carol Nelson Shepherd of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock are the chairs for this year's event.

The Andrew Hamilton Ball is the premiere social event of the year for the Philadelphia legal community. Funds raised go directly to the Foundation's annual grantmaking. Last year, the Foundation awarded $400,000 to 28 local legal services providers. The Foundation also raises money through its annual Golf Classic and Access to Justice membership drive, as well as through contributions from law firms, individuals and corporations.

Kenny Gamble to Receive Good Deed Award

Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble (left) will receive the Real Property Section's Good Deed Award at the Section's Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Walt D'Alesio, vice chairman of NorthMarq Capital, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets for the event are $35. Click here to purchase tickets online for this event.

Gamble is a two-time Grammy winner and his efforts have resulted in more than 170 platinum and gold albums and songs. Gamble turned to songwriting and producing with fellow musician Leon Huff, with whom he worked for three decades. Gamble and Huff are known as the originators of the Philly Soul Sound, one of the most popular and influential music developments of the 1970s. Their hits include "Expressway to Your Heart," "Only the Strong Survive," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Back Stabbers," "Love Train" and "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now."

In the 1970s, Gamble began to purchase rundown houses, beginning with his own childhood home, to improve conditions in blighted areas. By the early 1990s, he had purchased more than 100 abandoned homes, and he and his wife moved from the affluent suburbs back into the inner-city neighborhood in South Philadelphia where he had grown up to help rebuild the community.

Gamble founded a nonprofit community development corporation, Universal Community Homes, to provide low- and moderate-income families in Philadelphia with newly built or refurbished homes at affordable prices. The community revitalization programs Gamble has launched and nurtured have created hundreds of jobs and more than 120 homes have been constructed or renovated, along with more than 70,000 square feet of commercial space that has been developed to support local needs.

Dessert Party for LGBT Civil Rights Nov. 5

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights is having a dessert and wine party on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 7th St., from 8 to 10 p.m. The reception will feature tastings of desserts from renowned Philadelphia patisseries and restaurants.

Contribution levels are Attendee $50, Sponsor $100, Patron $250, Benefactor $500 and are tax-deductible as allowed under sec. 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Purchase advance tickets online at www.center4civilrights.org or call Alicia Marie Williamson at 215-731-1447, ext.13. The Center advocates equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Pennsylvania through direct legal services, education, and policy reform.

Nominees Sought for Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2005 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed informational statement setting forth your reasons for recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

Nominations should be sent to Stephanie Krzywanski, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

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

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

3. 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 in not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

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

5. It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with the court operations or any other public service activity.

SeniorLaw Center Training Offered Oct. 27

Last year there were 11,000 reports of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation among the elderly in Pennsylvania. Women in their mid-70s were the most frequent victims. In contrast to younger domestic violence victims, seniors are likely to be abused by their children or grandchildren, who may also be their caregivers.

"Representing Elder Victims of Physical Abuse and Exploitation" will explore the special needs of seniors and the ways attorneys can meet those needs while fulfilling the requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct. This course is designed to familiarize volunteer attorneys with the practical and legal issues inherent in elder abuse cases; prepare you to represent SeniorLAW clients in obtaining Protection from Abuse orders; and address common forms of financial exploitation that arise in domestic and elder abuse cases.

The course will be held Thursday, Oct. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the offices of Saul Ewing LL, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St., 38th floor. The course is free and each attendee will agree to handle at least one SeniorLAW Center client on a pro bono basis. CLE credit approval is pending. Registration is required. Contact Nancy Cobb at (215) 988-1244 or ncobb@seniorlawcenter.org to RSVP.

Visit the New Philadelphiabar.org Photo Gallery

You can now view photos from Bar Association events on the Bar's new Web site, philadelphiabar.org.

The gallery will be updated after each event. Photos are available online now from the Young Lawyers Division ZooBoolee on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Philadelphia Zoo. Click here to visit the photo gallery.

SeniorLAW Center Wine-Tasting Party Nov. 15

The SeniorLAW Center will host a Fall French Wine Tasting Party with Keith Brand of the Wine School of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

This two-hour wine-tasting will feature premium French wines and is being held at the PNC Bank Center, 1600 Market St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $50 each or 2 tickets for $90. Proceeds from the event will support the SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens. For tickets or more information, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or e-mail

Meet Ethnic and Foreign Media Nov. 9

The Public Interest Section and the Bar-News Media Committee will host a free Chancellor's Forum, "Meet the Ethnic and Foreign Language Media" on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Bar headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center.

Panelists will include Hernan Guaracao, publisher of Al Dia; Darek Barcikowski, publisher of White Eagle (Polish) newspaper; Paul Kotrotsios, publisher of the Hellenic News of America; and Jorge Quintana, anchor for WFMZ-TV 69. Top representatives from the Portuguese and Ukrainian press also have been invited. Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls will be the moderator for this program.

The forum is a continuation of the Association's effort to bring immigrant communities and the legal system closer together to reduce cultural and other barriers between people and the justice system. The program will focus on how to reach and communicate with the ethnic and non-English language media. While the event helps attorneys in the public interest sector let the ethnic and foreign-language media know about the legal and other services that they offer, all interested members of the Bar are invited to attend.

The Association held a similar forum on March 2, and 120 lawyers and legal advocates attended. Representatives attended from Korean, Chinese, Russian and Spanish publications.

Chirls said the program will also serve as the first meeting of the new Committee on Law Practice for New Americans. The committee will educate members of the Bar and the public about access to justice for immigrant groups and people who use languages other than English.

The committee will assist the Bar Association in taking positions on immigration law and the many other legal issues that affect the ability of immigrant groups and non-English speaking populations to have effective use of the legal system and other parts of our governmental system. The committee will also educate lawyers about how to serve clients and prospective clients who are not citizens or who do not speak English. The education will relate not only to immigration law, but to how immigration status affects other legal issues that the individuals face. The committee will work through the Association with courts and other agencies to improve access to justice for immigrant and non-English speaking populations.

"This has been a great year to launch all of our outreach to immigrant and non-English speaking communities and we've had much success with several new programs. This committee will help to keep that momentum going," Chirls said.

The Chancellor has appointed Robert C. Seiger III, who heads the litigation practice at White and Williams LLP, and Matthew D. Baxter, a sole practitioner and former chair of the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, to co-chair the new committee.

Group Forming to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is supporting the efforts of attorneys with a connection to juvenile diabetes to network and develop a program for supporting the important research efforts currently being undertaken by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

If you are interested in participating in this effort, please e-mail Elliott R. Feldman at efeldman@cozen.com. A meeting then will be scheduled to discuss and develop appropriate activities under the auspices of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Wanted: Tales From the Front Lines

Wanted: Short vignettes of Philadelphia lawyers and law practice; overheard conversations; observations; comments on interesting encounters; or unusual anecdotes similar to those found in The New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. Example: overheard conversation between two associates about the bad wardrobe choices at a large Philadelphia law firm on dress-down days. All stories are subject to review and approval by the magazine's Editorial Board. Send your anecdotes to Managing Editor, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107-2911 or e-mail to tplmag@philabar.org.

Learn About Boundary Law in Pa. Oct. 27

Good fences make good neighbors, except when the fence is on the wrong side of the property line. Boundary disputes involving driveways, roads, common walls, plantings, and streams are all too common for the real estate and general practitioner. Despite the frequency of these emotionally charged cases, there are few good sources to which lawyers can turn for guidance. PBI's Boundary Law in Pennsylvania is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in boundary law, our accomplished faculty will highlight the important statures and cases. From exploring the law of party walls and adverse possession to understanding riparian rights, this 4 substantive credit nuts-and-bolts seminar will provide an invaluable resource. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

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

Tuesday, Oct. 25
The New Bankruptcy Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Immigration Issues in Civil Litigation
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Criminal Justice Section - Hollywood vs. Real Life
1 substantive CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Fundamentals of Preparing the Fiduciary and Decedent's Final Income Tax Returns
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Realty Transfer tax Update
2 substanttive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27
Annual Auto Law Update
3 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Boundary Law in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

My First Federal Trial
2 substantive CLE credits
4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28
8th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dying with Dignity - The Legal and Ethical Myths and Realities of End of Life Care
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 31
Movie Magic - How the Masters Try Cases
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Compulsory Arbitration
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience, at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.