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Jan. 8, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 2
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

New Date: Greet Incoming
Chancellor at Jan. 16 Reception


All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Mary F. Platt, 91st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary.

This is the event where even the city's busiest legal leaders patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.


This Week: Black, White and Blue in America: Race and Justice in the 21st Century Jan. 11

"Why are there so few successful prosecutions of police officers in police-involved shootings?"

*This event is currently at capacity and registration is closed. If space opens up, we will reopen registration.*

In recent years, the country has been riveted by police shootings of African-Americans and the resulting outrage toward the U.S. criminal justice system. These incidents have raised many troubling questions about the treatment of African-Americans by the criminal justice system and about the role of law enforcement.

Join Take Action Philly for a discussion of the questions that need to be asked about criminal justice in the U.S., treatment of police-involved shootings and proposed solutions to create a more just system…READ MORE

Solo and Small Firm Cmte.: Hitting Above Your Weight Class in Litigation Jan. 16

Join the Solo and Small Firm Committee at its program titled "Hitting Above Your Weight Class in Litigation" on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. During this lunchtime program, experienced solo and small firm litigators Eric Weitz and Paul Gaffney will discuss larger cases that they have taken on, and why and how they were obtained…READ MORE

Call for 2018 Legal Directory Listings

It's time to update your listing for the 2018 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2018 Legal Directory is Jan. 31, 2018. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently emailed 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 www.thelegaldirectory.org.

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 regarding your listing, please contact Jennifer McCullough at ­215-557-2321 or jmccullough@alm.com.

To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at dchalphin@alm.com or 215-557-2359.

The print directory will be available in late April. To purchase the directory, contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2316 or asmith@alm.com.

Seeking Nominations for 2018 Workers' Compensation Irv Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia Judge who was well known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning law. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on Workers' Compensation at Temple University law school, now the Temple University Beasley School of Law…READ MORE


Section Celebrations!

New Date! Business Law Section Annual Reception Feb. 13

Join the Business Law Section at the Pyramid Club on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drink while networking with colleagues and friends. The Section will also honor Bernard Lee, Cozen O'Connor, with the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, and Lilton R. Taliaferro Jr., Independence Blue Cross, with the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award. Register here by Feb. 9.

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Experienced Mass Tort Attorneys Needed for LRIS Referrals

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has expanded its Product Liability panels in order to better meet the needs of clients requiring assistance with injuries resulting from the use of Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc.

If you have significant experience litigating any of these matters, we invite you to join LRIS. Attorneys wishing to receive referrals for claims involving Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc must represent, or have represented, at least 12 plaintiffs in civil actions involving the same product brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and must have completed a minimum of five hours of CLE in trial tactics, products liability or class actions within the past three years.

For more information on LRIS, please click here.  You may also contact Charles J. Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.

HBA La Justicia Award Ceremony Jan. 30

Join the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania at its annual La Justicia Award ceremony in Conversation Hall at Philadelphia City Hall on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The 2018 award will be presented to Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel. Donations will be accepted for Unidos Pa' Puerto Rico to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico…READ MORE


Philadelphia Bar Foundation – Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. You can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people in need across Philadelphia and our region by donating today.

DONATE TODAY!

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

It is important for the legal community to take action to support the rule of law and condemn hatred and bigotry. One important way is to advocate. Alarmingly, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 96 and Pennsylvania House Bill 505 seek to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation and have been languishing in Harrisburg. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded higher than specified under current law…READ MORE

Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Committee on Rules of Evidence: Deadline Jan. 31
  • PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Jan. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

2018 Meetings Price Changes

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018 - Non-members attending any non-CLE program at the Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters located at 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, will be required to pay a fee of $20. The fee will also cover any meals that are offered during that program. CLE pricing structure remains.

Members will still be able to attend all programs free of charge. However, there will be a charge for any meals or refreshments offered. Meals and refreshments offered at lunch and evening programs will increase to $10. Breakfast is complimentary for members.


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.

VIDEO ENCORE - Classifying Workers - Employee or Independent Contractor? A Complicated Decision Jan. 9

Classifying Workers - Employee or Independent Contractor? A Complicated Decision.

It is critical that business owners properly determine whether the individuals providing services for the company are employees or independent contractors. Many employers misclassify some workers as independent contractors…READ MORE

Cross-Examination Series Part 3: Advanced Cross-Examination - Pulling It All Together Jan. 10

A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. This series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Lawrence Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, among other skilled trial lawyers, will explore how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Jan. 11

Attend this entertaining video encore and learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Drinking Water Contamination Jan. 12

Safe and available drinking water is essential to human life. The Safe Drinking Water Act is designed to ensure that public water supplied to homes and businesses is potable and that consumers are alerted to the presence of contaminants or risks. Notwithstanding the beneficial protections afforded by the Act and its implementing regulations, recent events have raised concerns about the safety of public drinking water and resulted in lawsuits seeking damages and remedial actions to enhance public safety…READ MORE

How to Represent Clients in an Insecure, Post-Equifax World Jan. 24

We live in a post-Equifax world. When we look back at this time in history, Equifax will be a defining line in cybersecurity regulations. While we have seen a significant number of large-scale breaches (Target, DNC, SEC, etc.), how we approached cybersecurity and how we represent clients pre-Equifax versus post-Equifax needs to change for a variety of reasons.

This CLE will address how and why the landscape of cybersecurity has changed and why it needed to change post-Equifax…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief

Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires – we are heartbroken to see the images of the destruction and devastation unleashed upon California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Mexico. As natural disasters continue to strike, it is important now, more than ever, to mobilize our communities and help however possible

If interested in donating or volunteering your services…READ MORE

The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice - Public Interest Organization Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new pro bono volunteerism initiative "The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice" provides opportunities for Association members and beyond to help people in need by providing limited legal representation, education, advice and advocacy. This one-stop-shop allows the city's legal-aid nonprofit organizations to know who is interested in assisting by giving volunteers the opportunity to add their name to a list for these groups to access if they need additional support for a particular cause.

For a list of volunteer and pro bono organizations and opportunities, click here.

Sparer Symposium Jan. 19

The 37th Annual Sparer Symposium will be held on Friday, Jan. 19 to commemorate the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer, Professor of Law and Social Policy. This year’s symposium will focus on reparations: legal and community activists’ struggle to get accountability for past crimes and enduring legacies of harm. For more information visit www.law.upenn.edu.

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE

 

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