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Jan. 16, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 3
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Tonight: 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.

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

Join the Solo and Small Firm Management 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

2018 YLD Expungement Clinic Feb. 3

The first 2018 Young Lawyers Division Expungement Clinic will be held at the Marian Anderson Rec Center at 740 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, on Saturday, Feb. 3. In 2016 and 2017, the YLD helped hundreds of individuals expunge their records via its city-wide clinics. They will be continuing this good work with more clinics this year.

Please note that this clinic will be slightly different than before in that volunteer attorneys will keep their cases past the date of the clinic itself (i.e., volunteer attys. will file the petitions and see them through to completion). In other words, while the YLD team will remain available to direct volunteer attorneys to resources as needed after the clinic, it will be the volunteer attorney's case and they will be solely responsible for handling it thereafter.

For more information and to volunteer, click here. There will be FREE CLE training programs for volunteers (See CLE listings below).

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief: Hurricane Maria Jan. 20

Are you an attorney, paralegal or law student interested in helping victims of Hurricane Maria?

If so, please volunteer at the Pop-Up Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinics to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria which Ceiba, the Hispanic Bar Association of PA and the Toll Public Interest Center University of Pennsylvania Law School are organizing in the coming weeks…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.co.

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 Hispnaic 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.

Trainings for 2018 Expungement Clinics

VIDEO ENCORE - Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records Jan. 16

First in a series of four encore programs ahead of the Feb. 3 Expungement Clinic. Credit is FREE for those who take on an expungement case.

This video encore CLE training program serves as volunteer training for all volunteer attorneys participating in the upcoming Feb. 3, 2018 YLD Expungement Clinic.

Millions of Americans have criminal histories that can potentially disrupt job searches, future employment, and housing. This video encore CLE training program examines the legal processes for getting criminal records expunged and sealed…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

SORNA Shake Up: Why Everything You Thought You Knew May Be Wrong! Jan. 25

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

This past summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared SORNA (Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act) punitive in Commonwealth v. Muniz, but left the question of "what now?" unanswered. Since then, lower and intermediate courts have started to fill in the gaps, but many issues remain unclear…READ MORE

New Tax Rules Affecting Employee Compensation Jan. 30

Co-Hosted by the Employee Benefits Committee and Tax Section

On Dec. 22, President Trump signed into law the 2017 Tax Act, the most comprehensive set of changes to the Internal Revenue Code since 1986. A number of the changes affect executive compensation and employee benefits. Because many of the new tax rules become effective early in 2018, businesses should begin evaluating their potential impact as soon as possible…READ MORE

Disaster Response and Relief - What You Can Do To Assist the Victims of the Hurricane in Puerto Rico and Similar Disasters Jan. 30

Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA)

Experienced legal practitioners will describe how disaster legal services programs work, how to assist clients navigating FEMA regulatory rules and insurance disputes and how lawyers can generally assist disaster victims with other recurring legal issues, such as landlord tenant disputes, essential documents lost in the disaster, consumer fraud, and more…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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.

AIDS Law Project 30th Anniversary Happy Hour Jan. 30

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania kicks off their 30th Anniversary with a happy hour on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Fergie's at 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia. This is a free event with a live performance by operatic songstress Cookie Diorio. For more information visit www.aidslawpa.org.

'Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA' Feb. 15

ACLU of Pennsylvania will host "Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA" on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Join the ACLU of Pennsylvania for a celebration of liberty and justice for all, an affirmation of its commitment to civil rights in uncertain times, and – not least of all – an excellent party…READ MORE

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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