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Nov. 1, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 80

Meet Candidates Seeking Bar
Office at Forums on Nov. 14, 15

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend two Election Forums to hear from candidates seeking offices in the Association's 2012 Annual Election. The forums will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 (featuring Vice Chancellor and officer candidates) and Thursday, Nov. 15 (featuring Board of Governors candidates). Both programs begin at 12 p.m...READ MORE

Candidates Election Forums Nov. 14, 15

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend two Election Forums to hear from candidates seeking offices in the Association's 2012 Annual Election. The forums will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 (featuring Vice Chancellor and officer candidates) and Thursday, Nov. 15 (featuring Board of Governors candidates). Both programs begin at 12 p.m.

The forums will be moderated by Elections Committee Chair and Immediate-Past Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance; or, bring a brown-bag lunch. RSVP is required. Candidates for Bar office are:

• Vice Chancellor: Albert S. Dandridge III and Joseph A. Prim Jr. (elect one)
• Secretary: Sophia Lee
• Treasurer: Wesley R. Payne IV
• Assistant Secretary: Jacqueline G. Segal
• Assistant Treasurer: Mary F. Platt and Judge Michael Snyder (ret.) (elect one)
• Board of Governors: Natalie Klyashtorny, Rachel E. Kopp, Emily B. Marks, John J. O'Malley, Brad V. Shuttleworth and Dawn M. Tancredi (elect five)

All candidates for contested offices have been invited to speak at the forums.

Click here to register for the Nov. 14 forum for Vice Chancellor and officer candidates. Click here to register for the Nov. 15 forum for Board of Governors candidates.

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Offices to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks by incoming Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. The event will also feature the presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, and the PNC Achievement Award to Richard C. Glazer, the first elected chair of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Click here to purchase tickets to the Annual Meeting Luncheon.

YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee

Nine candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 election.

The candidates are Philip D. Amoa, T. Justin Chapman, Andrew J. Kornblau, Jim Nixon, Matthew Olesh, Shabrei Parker, Jennifer Russell, Matthew T. Stone and Robert Zimmerman. Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Doctors/Lawyers Explore Debate Over Tort Reform Nov. 1

Learn the truth about our health care system, the prevalence of malpractice,
and the merits or flaws of tort reform at the Thursday, Nov. 1 CLE program "Doctors/Lawyers Explore the Debate Over Tort Reform."

Who is in the best position to know where each side has it right and where each side has it wrong? The answer - members of the medical and legal communities with professional training and experience in both fields. Attend this CLE and learn the truth about our health care system, the prevalence of malpractice, and the merits or flaws of tort reform. This program is presented by the Young Lawyers Division.

This 4 substantive CLE credit program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A reception follows the program where attendees and can continue the dialogue and network with panelists. Click here to register.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

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. 2 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 Graham R. Laub, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2102; or emailed to

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Graham R. Laub at (215) 575-7277.

Workers' Comp Appeals CLE Nov. 2

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Appeals to the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board" on Friday, Nov. 2.

Speakers for the program are Alfonso Frioni Jr., chair, Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, Pittsburgh; and Sandra D. Crawford, commissioner, Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, Philadelphia. The course will address appeals to the Workers' 
Compensation Appeal Board from a decision of a Workers' Compensation judge, with specific focus on supersedeas procedures, the standard of review, briefs, oral argument, and the applicable sections of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act and Special Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure.

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 $8.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Clothing, Volunteers Needed for Harvest for Homeless Nov. 3

The Young Lawyers Division is collecting clothes for its annual Harvest for the Homeless program on Saturday, Nov. 3. All clothes and non-perishable items are greatly appreciated for donation.

Specifically, the YLD is looking for donations of any clothes for men, women and children including sweat shirts, t-shirts, pants, shorts, thermal underwear, underwear (new please), socks, coats, gloves, scarves, hats, sweat suits, sweaters, etc. The shelters also appreciate blankets and towels.

We are also looking for toiletries, large or small, including soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, hand lotion, combs, brushes, etc.

Some of the shelters will take canned and non-perishable food items and we will take them if we get them; however, our focus is on clothes, bedding and toiletries.

These items can be dropped off at the donations sites below by or before Thursday, Nov. 1, or brought directly to the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP on Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m.

All of those who are willing and have volunteered to sort should be at the loading dock at Ballard Spahr by 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. Please stay as long as you can but know that any time you spend is appreciated so please just come and stay as long as you can. The more volunteers we have, the quicker we will be sending the deliveries on their way (all are welcome). The loading dock is located on 19th and Commerce streets between JFK Boulevard and Market Street. The entrance is just past JFK on the left-hand side. Come down the ramp and proceed right. Ballard is the first dock on the left-hand side.

For those commuting or walking, someone will meet you in the lobby of the Mellon Bank Center Building at 1735 Market St. at 8:25 a.m. and direct you to loading dock. Volunteers will open up the donation bags and sort the items, placing them at the appropriate station sites for subsequent bagging.

Once the sorting has begun, deliveries can start. Deliveries will be made to homeless shelters requesting specific items (some are for men only, others are for women and children only and some are for men, women and children). The shelters are all within the city limits. We will provide the names of the shelters with directions a few days before the event. We will also have print outs with directions on the day of the event.

Donations can be dropped off prior to the Nov. 3 sorting event at the following locations:

• Martin Banks, 1818 Market St., 35th Floor. Contact Maria Harris at

• Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, 2005 Market St., Suite 2600. Contact Kristin M. McKenna at

• Mensing Law, LLC, 1616 Walnut St. #710. Contact Stephanie J. Mensing at

• Jared Jacobson Law, LLC, 1760 Market Street #600. Contact Jared A. Jacobson

• Berger & Montague, P.C., 1622 Locust St. Contact Shauna Itri at

• KML Law Group, P.C., BNY Independence Center, 701 Market St., Suite 5000. Contact Jill Jenkins at

• Margolis Edelstein, The Curtis Center, 170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 400E. Contact Jennifer Coatsworth at

• German, Gallagher & Murtagh, 200 S. Broad St. Contact Jacqueline Campbell or Janice Patel at

• Weber Gallagher, 2000 Market St., Suite 1300. Contact Matthew Laver at

Fox Rothschild, Roper to Be Honored at Hamilton Gala

Fox Rothschild LLP and Mary Catherine Roper, senior staff attorney at ACLU of Pennsylvania, will receive two awards presented by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at the 34th Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit, on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Barnes on the Parkway.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award honors outstanding law firm pro bono efforts, and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award is presented to an attorney in the nonprofit legal community whose work advances the cause of equal access to justice.

Fox Rothschild attorneys have helped the financial stability of disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia through their pro bono work on bankruptcy, small business and family law cases. The Pro Bono Award will be accepted by Abraham C. Reich, co-chair of the firm and past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Mary Catherine Roper has become, as one of the nomination letters stated, "a lynchpin in the efforts to bring justice through law to Philadelphia and surrounding areas." At the ACLU she runs much of the legal docket for the organization, focusing primarily on students' rights, free speech, freedom of association, prisoners' rights and police misconduct.

The presentation of these honors will take place at a private reception prior to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala on Nov. 3 at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The Bar Foundation provides financial and material support to a network of 35 public interest legal organizations that deliver civil legal services to those struggling with discrimination, abuse and poverty. For information on donating to the Bar Foundation and attending the Gala, go to You may also contact Lizabeth Macoretta, Director of Development at 215-238-6334 or

Workers' Comp Section Day of Service Nov. 4

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its inaugural Day of Service on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Ronald McDonald House, 3925 Chestnut St.

We need approximately 15 volunteers who will cook breakfast for families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while a child in their family is undergoing treatment at one of the area's hospitals. We will serve approximately 40-50 people breakfast.

We will arrive at the house at around 8 a.m. and will be finished by 11:30 a.m. The volunteers are responsible for bringing the food that they will prepare; the Ronald McDonald House provides the pots, pans, utensils and appliances necessary. Please RSVP to Judge Michael Snyder at

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders Nov. 5

Tolsun N. Waddle will discuss "Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: Common Errors and Other Issues Presented" at the Monday, Nov. 5 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Developments Under the Affordable Care Act Nov. 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Developments Under the Affordable Care Act in the Wake of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius" on Monday, Nov. 5.

Check in and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

Andrew Hamilton Award Nominees Sought

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 5.

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. 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.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or emailed to

Volunteer Attorneys Needed on Election Day

The Philadelphia Bar Association passionately supports clean and fair elections. Please volunteer as Field Volunteer or Exit Poll Volunteer to help Southeastern Pennsylvania voters during this pivotal election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Field Volunteers work in teams of two to three members and are assigned to cover specific geographical areas. The team monitors polling place activity, answers voters' questions, helps settle minor disputes and directs more complicated problems to the proper law enforcement authorities. Volunteers are especially needed to cover polls in Philadelphia's four suburban counties.

Exit Poll Volunteers are stationed at Philadelphia polling places to get a true picture of who has a photo ID (and would have been able to show one if required in order to vote) and how many voters truly need it going forward. Accurate information is critical if the Voter ID law is in effect for future elections.

For more information, or to register to volunteer, visit the Committee of Seventy's website at or contact Luke McKinstry at or 215-557-3600, ext. 112 or Molly Morrill at or 215-557-3600, ext. 107.

Understanding Federal Sentencing CLE Nov. 6

Earn 3 substantive CLE credits at the Tuesday, Nov. 6 program "Understanding Federal Sentencing: The Guidelines and Beyond."

Explore how the federal sentencing guidelines are structured as you review a brief history of the guidelines and examine how they are applied to common scenarios such as: drug cases, child pornography, bank robbery cases and fraud. Also discussing how departure and variance issues work, our expert faculty will deliver a highly practical seminar that incorporates real life scenarios to help you better understand federal sentencing.

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 for more information.

Financial Responsibility for Nonprofit Boards Nov. 7

Laura Otten, Ph.D., director of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University's School of Business, will be the featured speaker at the YLD Live, Lunch and Learn program "Financial Responsibility for Non-Profit Boards" on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The responsibility of financial oversight extends beyond the finance committee of the board to every board member. Yet too few board members either know this or take this responsibility on fully, frequently preferring to leave it to others. The downside to this is becoming tomorrow's headline, something a board is supposed to prevent. There are key financial roles that nonprofit boards must assume and during this presentation, these roles, from setting financial policies to monitoring the money to allocation of costs, will be identified and explained.

The program is presented in conjunction with the Board Observation Program and 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Become Certified Arbitrator at Nov. 7 Seminar

Become certified as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas at PBI's Compulsory Arbitration Seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

This course is for any attorney practicing in Philadelphia who is interested in becoming certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas compulsory arbitration program. When you leave this seminar, you will be better prepared to go to your first (or your next) arbitration. Our panelists are all dynamic speakers, they know the process and they impart their knowledge in a clear, concise and engaging manner.

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

Public Interest Section Seeks Law Student Nominees

The Public Interest Section is accepting nominations for its 2012 Law Student Awards. The Law Student Award recognizes one graduating (third or fourth year) student with a demonstrated commitment to public service from each of the six Philadelphia area law schools: Drexel, Penn, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova and Widener (Delaware).

To nominate a student for this award, please download and complete the Nomination Form from the Public Interest Section website. The nominations deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. For questions, contact Maureen Olives, Chair, Law School Outreach Committee, at or 215-204-3705.

ICC Procedural and Jurisdictional Challenges Nov. 8

The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present the CLE program "Procedural and Jurisdictional Challenges" on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The morning panel, "Judges' Insights: A Comparison of Criminal Procedure in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the U.S., will be moderated by Prof. James A. Shellenberger and features speakers ICC First Vice President Judge Monageng, U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler and Karen L. Corrie, Litigation Fellow at the Open Society Justice Initiative.

The afternoon panel, "The Role of the ICC in the Global Legal Order: Making the Rome Statute's Vision of Global Justice a Reality" will be moderated by Prof. Margaret M. deGuzman with speakers Rod Rastan, Legal Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC and Matthew Heaphy, Deputy Convener American NGO Coalition for the ICC.

Both programs will be held at Temple's Shusterman Hall, 1834 N. Park Mall. Two CLE credits are available for each panel. For registration and information please visit

Sponsors of the Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law are the Philadelphia Bar Association International Law Committee, Temple University Beasley School of Law and United Nations Association ofo Greater Philadelphia. Promotional partners for this event are American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights & Section of International Law; Philadelphia Bar Association; and The Global Philadelphia Association.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Luncheon Nov. 8

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., 33rd floor.

Anne Bovaird Nevins, senior vice president of market development with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the program. The Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award will be presented to Cheryl L. Gaston.

Tickets are $45 for section members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by Tuesday, Nov. 6 by clicking here.

Wisdom in Relationships with Muslims Nov. 8

Simon Hough and Kevin Herron of Davis Langdon will discuss "Wisdom in Relationships with Muslims in International Business from Global Construction Leader" at the Thursday, Nov. 8 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting 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 $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Academy at Craft Show Nov. 8

Join the Bar Academy for an exclusive evening at the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The event begins with a private wine-and-cheese reception featuring Elisabeth Agro, Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who will present "The Fine Art of Craft: Developing a Connoisseur's Eye," an illustrated lecture with insight for both budding and seasoned collectors who wish to develop a more discerning eye for craft. Agro will also discuss acquiring the work of emerging artists as a way to enhance your collection. Plus, enter to win a drawing for a restaurant gift certificate! Following the reception, attendees will have full access to the Craft Show.

This year's Craft Show features 195 juried artists whose work includes exquisite examples of clay, metal, wood, fiber, glass, jewelry and wearable art. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the lecture at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, HALL F, at 12th and Arch Streets.

Admission is $45 for Association members and guests. Limit one guest per Association member. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 5. Cancellations must be received by Tuesday, November 6 to receive a full refund. Click here to purchase tickets. Attendance is limited; register early to avoid disappointment. Registrants must check in at the Will Call desk outside the entrance to Hall F.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Handling the Dog Bite Case Nov. 8

PBI's experienced faculty of judges, attorneys, veterinarians, dog trainers and humane officers will share their insights on how to bring and defend dog bite claims and how to better understand the behavior of "man’s best friend" at a Thursday, Nov. 8 CLE program.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

What to Know About NJ Criminal Practice Nov. 9

If you are primarily a Pennsylvania practitioner, PBI's "What Pennsylvania Attorneys Need to
Know about New Jersey Criminal Practice" will give you the insight you need to start handling criminal defense work in New Jersey. Focus will be on the differences in court structure, procedure, timing of cases moving through the system, and more. Compare Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-specific practice with New Jersey criminal practice.

The program will be held Friday, Nov. 9 with registration beginning at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

19th Annual Estate Law Institute Nov. 14-15

Learn the "hot-button" issues affecting estate and trust practitioners at the 19th Annual Estate Law Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 15.

Stimulate your practice with legislative and case law updates, basic programs, advanced sessions plus the opportunity to network with your learned colleagues. Click here for more information.

18th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute Nov. 14-15

The 18th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute, Pennsylvania's premier education event for in-house counsel, corporate counsel, government attorneys, CPAs, generalists, specialists and everyone who advises businesses, will be held Nov. 14-15.

Choose from cutting-edge topics in corporate governance, employment law, social media, international law, mergers & acquisitions, crisis management, securities, IP, technology, dispute resolution - and much more! Click here for more information and to register.

Public Interest Law Day, Reception Nov. 28

The Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28. The program, "Keeping Up in Turbulent Times: Public Interest Practice in 2012," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets.

This full day CLE program will offer 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits and will present a wide array of hot topics in public interest law for public interest attorneys, pro bono practitioners, judges and private practice attorneys who are interested in learning more about public interest law and cutting edge issues affecting the pro bono legal community.

The opening panel presentation will address how a hypothetical family continues to struggle in the recession and how changes in the law and policy have affected them in areas such as employment, education and immigration. Following the opening session, attendees will be able to attend two of the following six breakout sessions: "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records;" "Multi-Forum Advocacy: Coordinating Advocacy In and Out of the Courtroom;" "Working With Traumatized Clients;" "Identity Issues;" "How Changes in Public Benefits Programs Will Affect Your Clients;" and "Family Law for the Non-Family Law Practitioner." The program will conclude with a closing plenary panel presentation "Remedies for Bias in the Court System." This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Register online at

The Public Interest Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception follows the CLE programs at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The Awards Ceremony will include the presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished service in public interest law as well as the selection of the Higginbotham Fellowship and presentation of the 2012 Law Student Awards.

Tickets for the reception are $45 for public interest section and government attorney members and law students, $60 for other Bar Association members and $75 for non-members. Law firms and individuals are also asked to consider sponsoring the evening and contribute to the Higginbotham Summer Fellowships at the $1,000, $500, and $250 levels. For more information about sponsoring the event, please contact Tracey McCloskey at To register for the Awards Ceremony and Reception, 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

Legality of Drone Strikes Presentation Nov. 5

The American Jewish Committee and the Brandeis Law Society will present "The Legality of Drone Strikes & Interrogation Tactics in the War on Terrorism" with Professor Amos Guiora, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah on Monday, Nov. 5.

Prof. Guiora teaches Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Persepctive on Counter-terrorism and Religion and Terrorism. He has extensively published in the U.S. and Europe on national security issues.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., 10th floor. The cost is $33 for members of the AJC, Blank Rome employees and Brandeis Law Society members and $51 for general admission. A buffet lunch is included. Please RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 1. Click here for more information.

Barristers' Election Results Watch Party Nov. 6

The Philadelphia Barristers' Association is hosting an Election Results Watch Party. After voting and volunteering, join the Barristers' Association On Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Tavern on Broad, 200 S. Broad St. from 6 to 10 p.m. to watch the results live. Admission is $10 and includes food and drinks specials. For additional information, contact The Barristers Association at

Women in IP Networking Reception Nov. 7

Enjoy a great evening of networking with fellow women IP attorneys and professionals on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. at Eckert Seamans Cherrin & Mellott, LLC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 22nd Floor. See old friends, make new connections and discuss topics of interest to Women in Intellectual Property while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. Sponsors are Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Exponent - Marta Villaraga; and Citrin Cooperman - Colleen S. Vallan. The event is free to attend however, registration is required by Nov. 5. Space is limited. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Click here to register.

Barristers Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 17

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its 28th Annual Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Barristers members distribute turkey baskets at the Cozen Police Athletic League, at 732 N. 17th St. (17th and Brown), on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving baskets contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and more. Last year, more than 400 families in the Philadelphia area received the baskets.

To meet this year's goal of 500 families, the Barristers' Association would greatly appreciate new supporters, with a suggested donation of $40. Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted.

Encourage friends, co-workers, colleagues and family members to support Philadelphia families in need. The Barristers can provide a template email to forward to your contacts. Please make donations, made payable to the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia by Nov. 9 to help cover the cost of the drive.

Donations can be made online via the Barristers' website or can be mailed to
2012 Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive, c/o Scott W. Reid, Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the baskets during the Thanksgiving Drive. If you would like to help distribute baskets or help in any other way, please Amber Racine at (215) 255-4433 or at Lastly, if you think your firm or organization would be open to making a corporate donation, please contact Amber so that a formal request can be forwarded.

Lawyers' Club Reception Rescheduled for Nov. 19

The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia Reception for the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court, originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29 at The Union League of Philadelphia, has been rescheduled. Please save the new date, Monday, Nov. 19 at the Union League of Philadelphia, on your calendars.

Symposium on Aging in Place Nov. 19

Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and Casa Farnese will present the Farnese Symposium "Case Studies of the Legal and Ethical Challenges of Aging in Place" on Monday, Nov. 19.

This is a conference for legislators, policy makers and practitioners who provide services to the elderly. The symposium will be held at Drexel's Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut streets. Two substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available. Visit for more information.

PNC Perspectives: Putting Delaware Advantage to Work

In this month’s interview, we sat down with Heather Flanagan, senior wealth planner for PNC Delaware Trust Company, who advises attorneys and clients all over the country on how to use the business-friendly and trust-friendly Delaware laws to their advantage. We discussed how various Delaware Trusts could help resolve complex financial planning situations.Click here to read the interview.

FJD Seeks Applicants for 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. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judicial fellows work in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court. 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 and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit

Public Interest Programs Planned

The SeniorLAW Center will hold an Italian Wine Tasting Party on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Comisky Conference Center at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. The Wine School of Philadelphia will lead a two-hour tasting of Italian premium wines. Proceeds from the wine tasting will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need, including grandparents raising grandchildren, victims of elder abuse and exploitation, and elders facing eviction and homelessness. Learn about and taste new wines and have a great time while supporting a great cause. Visit for more information.

• The 20th Annual Turkey Trot to benefit Face to Face Germantown will be held Thursday, Nov. 22 on Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is a sanctioned 5-mile run, 1-mile walk to benefit Face to Face, a soup kitchen and human services organization, serving people in need since 1980. For more information and to register, visit

• The Education Law Center (ELC) will host a special event on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. At this event, ELC will honor Len Rieser and welcome Rhonda Brownstein as the new executive director. ELC will also honor public education champions Mary Gay Scanlon, Harold Jordan, The Arc of Pennsylvania, the Bridges Collaborative and the School Discipline Advocacy Services (Penn and Temple Law Students) There will be food, drink and a silent auction. Tickets are $150. To purchase tickets, visit or contact Christine Gaffney at

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