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Dec. 12, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 52
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Fedullo Elected Vice Chancellor;
5 Gain Board of Governors Seats

Rochelle M. Fedullo photo

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and current Philadelphia Bar Association Parliamentarian, will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Association in 2017…READ MORE

Nominations Extended
Until Dec. 15:
LGBT Rights Committee's 2017 Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. Traditionally, the award has gone to a LGBT non-lawyer or a non-LGBT lawyer (to not overlap with GALLOP's annual Michael Greenberg Award, which is awarded annually to a LGBT lawyer)…READ MORE

Update Your Listing for
2017 Legal Directory

It's time to update your listing for the 2017 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Legal Directory is Monday, Dec. 19. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently e-mailed to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory.

Please follow the link that was sent to you to update your listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database. Any attorney who was not listed in last year's directory should create a listing at

If you did not receive the email containing a personal URL that will allow you to access and update your listing, or have any other questions, contact email or call 215-557-2453. To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at or 215-557-2359.

The print directory will be available in late April 2017. To purchase the directory, contact Tracey Footes at 215-557-2346 or

NOTICE: Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 20

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on December 20, 2016, at 12:00 noon, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect the Section's officers and members of the Section's Executive Committee, and to adopt amended and restated by-laws for the Section…READ MORE

Section & Committee End-of-Year Celebrations

  • Annual Affinity Bar Holiday Party Dec. 12
  • State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception and Award Presentation Dec. 13
  • Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting and Reception Dec. 14
  • Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception & Awards Ceremony Dec. 15

  • Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

    The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

    CLE - Conducting Business With China: Navigating Law & Culture Dec. 14

    This CLE programs will examine the realities of conducting business with the Chinese, seeing the similarities but more importantly the differences in the Chinese mindset regarding determining suitable business partners. Panelists will discuss the Chinese legal system and the potential traps for the unwary when considering that "once in a lifetime" deal…READ MORE

    CLE - Commercial Litigation and Law Firm Funding Survey, Updates, and Recent Developments Dec. 15

    Co-presented with Summit Legal Resources, LLC, Nationwide Litigation Funding, Inc., and Connolly Gallagher, LLP

    The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud introduce this timely new CLE program delivers a detailed survey of the rapidly growing market of litigation funding and law firm financing by third-parties. This type of innovative financing is being utilized by boutique practices to large, national firms for cases that include contract breaches, business torts, intellectual property infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, shareholder and consumer claims, and class actions and mass torts. Attorneys representing business clients and corporate counsel need to know how non-recourse funding works, and how it can be used to finance meritorious claims, manage firm, corporate and legal department budgets, and reduce the risk of loss…READ MORE

    FREE CLE - Cybersecurity: How to Keep the Sky From Falling Dec. 16

    This is the third FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing. This 2-hour CLE will examine the growing cybersecurity threats to firms' and its clients' data and how to thwart them. Gain a better understanding of how to mitigate cybersecurity risk and maximize the value of yours and your clients' data…READ MORE

    Full course calendar here.

    Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

    The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

    The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

    For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.

    Upcoming Events:


    Public Interest Organization Events

    Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive Delivery Dec. 17

    Support Center for Child Advocates will host its Annual Toy Drive Delivery Day on Saturday, Dec. 17. Location TBD. Contact Moira Mulroney at or at 267-546-9208 to register. Participants must complete a background check.

    Sparer Symposium Jan. 13

    The 36th Annual Sparer Symposium will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Friday, Jan. 13. The Sparer Symposium commemorates the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer, professor of law and social policy and brings together legal academics and practitioners, delving deeply into important issues of the times. The title of this year's symposium is "A Country Divided: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Future of American Democracy." Panels will focus on voting rights, criminal justice reform, national security, and campaign finance. Beth Donovan, senior Washington editor for NPR News, will deliver the keynote address. For additional information and to RSVP, please click here.

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