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Vol. 14, No. 98

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 7
at Hyatt at The Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of William P. Fedullo, 87th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead. The Chancellor's Reception is sponsored by Navigant.
Happy Holidays from the Philadelphia Bar Association

December 2013

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of all the officers, leaders and professional staff of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I extend to you our best wishes for a happy holiday season.

It has been a pleasure to serve as your Chancellor of our historic bar association. We've had a very successful and a productive year! We had many new programs and initiatives. Thanks for upholding our tradition of excellence in the profession, providing access to justice for all, and giving service to the pro bono community.

Please enjoy the holidays and may the New Year bring you good health, peace and joy.

Independence Hall

Kathleen D. Wilkinson
Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 23

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 23 at 12 p.m. at Bar Association Headquarters, 10th Floor Boardroom, 1101 Market St. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect Section officers.

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Business Law Section that the following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning January 1, 2014 will be considered: Graham R. Laub, Vice Chair; Rachel E. Branson, Treasurer; Anne Marie Aronson, Secretary; and Katayun I. Jaffari, Communications Officer. The 2013 Vice Chair of the Section, Michael D. Ecker, will automatically become the 2014 Chair of the Section, as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws. E. David Chanin and Sarah B. Gelb will continue to serve their three-year terms begun January 1, 2013. Phyllis Horn Epstein will continue to serve her three-year term begun on January 1, 2012. Curtis L. Golkow is a candidate for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2014.

Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than December 18, 2013 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Rachel E. Branson, Secretary, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Best Apps for Family Lawyers Jan. 6

Attorney Joel Bernbaum will present "iPadding Your Practice: The Best Apps for Family Lawyers" at the Monday, Jan. 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

There will also be a vote to co-sponsor a resolution in support of marriage equality with the LGBT Rights Committee, a review of various proposed rules awaiting comment, and an update on the mentoring program.

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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Cheryl Ingram Awards Reception Jan. 14

The LGBT Rights, Civil Rights and Immigration Law Committees will hold its Cheryl Ingram Awards Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

The Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dabney Miller, Associate Director of the Women's Law Project. Tickets include one drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by Jan. 9. Full refunds require 24 hours notice. Tickets will not be distributed for this event.

Business Law Section to Honor Meyers, John Jan. 21

The Business Law Section will present its the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Howard L. Meyers and the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award to Leslie E. John at its Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Estia, 1405 Locust St.

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. Meyers, a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, through his years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

John, a partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, will receive the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. The 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. John's advocacy for women and diverse lawyers demonstrates her outstanding commitment to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

The 2013 Chair of the Year is Jeffrey L. Vagle, chair of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefitted from the many programs offered by the Committee.

The 2013 Committee of the Year is the Small Business Committee, chaired by Katayun I. Jaffari. The Committee has put on fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the Bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The Annual Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

State of Zoning Board of Adjustment Jan. 29

Learn about the state of the Zoning Board of Adjustment from current members of that board at the Wednesday, Jan. 29 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement 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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Criminal Justice Section Reception Jan. 30

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 220 S. 17th St.

The Justice Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland (Ret.). The Henry Czajowski Award will be given to Common Pleas Courtroom Operations Michael Spaziano, Chief, and Administrative Officers Michelle Arlene, Robert Busillo, Janette Coladonato, Gino Giacomucci and Michael Lanzalotti.

The event includes open bar and and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $55 for members, $45 for public interest and government attorney members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register by Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Join Committee on Insurance Practice

Does your practice involve insurance-related issues? If the answer is "yes," you should be a member of the Committee on Insurance Practice.

This is a newly formed committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association dedicated to the issues that litigators on both sides of the aisle who deal with insurance practices face. Best of all, membership in the Committee is free to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Subcommittees will include: GL policies, D & O and E & O, first party/property, subrogation, insurance compliance/regulation, emerging Issues (i.e. cyber insurance), programming committee.

To be added to the listserv for the committee, contact Dawn Petit at

Order 2013 Legal Directory Today

The 2013 Legal Directory has more than 17,000 attorney and 1,600 law firm listings. It is conveniently indexed so you can effortlessly find what you're looking for in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks County areas. Each listing is complete with name, full address, phone, fax and email and cab be accessed via print, computer, tablet or mobile device. The 2013 Legal Directory also includes corporate counsel listings, judges index, federal, Pennsylvania and county government listings, and much more. To order, call 800-722-7670 x2453 or 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

PNC Perspectives: Understanding Exchange-Traded Notes

In this month's interview, we sat down with the Philadelphia Investment Director for PNC Wealth Management®, David F. Huting, CFA, to discuss some of the characteristics of exchange-traded notes. Click here to read the entire article.

Public Contracting with the Commonwealth

There have been numerous important changes over the last few years in law and policy concerning public contracting with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Keep up to date with these changes, as well as the improvements in procedure, with respect to vendors, contractors and individuals attempting to enter into contracts or win bids from the Commonwealth in procurement, services, public works and real estate. Learn from Commonwealth attorneys, private practice attorneys and Commonwealth personnel with many years of experience in public contracting on how to deal with the common and emerging issues that are faced by attorneys representing clients who currently do business or wish to do business with the Commonwealth. This program will cover the various procurement methods, cooperative purchasing, bids, auctions, sales of Commonwealth real estate, real estate rentals, bid protests and debarment. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and lunch is included. For additional 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.

Monday, Dec. 23
Drafting Employee Handbooks (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 27
Buying a Vacation Home (video)
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Abe Lincoln, Sydney Carton & the Art of Aspiration (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30
Death & Taxes(video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 31
Title Insurance 101 (video)
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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