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Dec. 18, 2014 | Vol. 15, No. 92
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Legal Directory Updates
for 2015 Due by Dec. 19

It's time to update your listing for the 2015 Legal Directory. The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2015 Legal Directory is Dec. 19. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings recently were sent to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory...READ MORE

Legal Directory Updates Due by Dec. 19

It's time to update your listing for the 2015 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2015 Legal Directory is Dec. 19. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings recently were sent 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 John Crodian at or 215-557-2333.

To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at or 215-557-2456.
The print directory will be available in May. To purchase the directory, contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2453 or

Bankruptcy Committee CLE Dec. 18

The Bankruptcy Committee will present the CLE program "Adventures In Avoidance Actions: What You Need to Know to Navigate Preference and Fraudulent Transfer Litigation" on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy practitioners will benefit from this overview of avoidance actions in bankruptcy. Expert practitioners will discuss the fundamentals of avoidance actions in bankruptcy, recent cases within the Third Circuit related to indirect transfers, the ordinary course of business defense, as well as the Uniform Law Commission's recent proposed amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. In addition, faculty will highlight the unique aspects of avoidance actions arising when there has been a Ponzi scheme. Finally, the practical aspects of these cases, including negotiating resolutions will be addressed.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12.50 for nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Criminal Law Update CLE Dec. 18

Increase your ability to effectively handle criminal litigation. Get current on case law, statutes, rule changes and receive an annual federal and state law update at the Criminal Law Update CLE on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Four total CLE credits are available, 1 of which may be applied toward ethics. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The CLE program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

Criminal Justice Section Reception Dec. 18

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Section will present the Thurgood Marshall Award posthumously to Prof. Edward D. Ohlbaum. The Henry Czajowski Award will be presented to Court Reporter, Digital Recording and Interpreter Administration, Janet C. Fasy, Deputy Court Administrator.

Admission is $50 for public interest and government attorney members, law student members, public defenders and members of the First Judicial District's Court Interpreters Office. Admission is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Admission for judges is complimentary. Admission includes beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, carving station and music. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

State Civil Litigation Section Reception Dec. 18

The State Civil Litigation Section will honor U.S. District Court Judge Gerald A. McHugh at its Annual Reception on Thursday, Dec. 18 at Estia, 1405 Locust St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration is $40 for members and $60 for non-members and includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres and buffet. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception is sponsored by Love Court Reporting, Inc.

Save the Date - Business Law Annual Reception Jan. 13

The Business Law Section Annual Reception will be Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Estia, 1405 Locust St.

The Section will present the Dennis H. Replansky Award at the event, along with the Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. The award honors recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The Dandridge Diversity Award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity; and promotes full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

The Section will also recognize the Committee Chair of the Year and the Committee of the Year. Visit for additional details about the event as they become available.

Barristers' MLK Breakfast Jan. 19 at Convention Center

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognizes leading attorneys, organizations and judges in the Philadelphia legal community for their significant contributions to the legal profession and the community at large through their tireless work, dedication and public service.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast attracts nearly 600 judges, lawyers, elected officials and law students from the Philadelphia community. The breakfast and honors will be Monday, Jan. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom, 1101 Arch St. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

At the breakfast, The Barristers' will present the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will receive the Woman of Distinction Award. Wesley R. Payne IV, treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the Hon. William F. Hall Award, and Michael Lee will receive the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Join the Barristers' and the 2015 honorees in their celebration of Dr. King's commitment to social justice, education and civil rights. To sponsor the Breakfast, purchase individual tickets, or for more information, 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: Small Business Owners Plan Raises

In this month's interview, we sat down with Salvatore J. Patti, senior vice president, who heads up PNC Commercial Banking in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, to discuss some of the interesting findings from PNC's semi-annual business owner survey.Click here to read the entire article.
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