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May 21, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 22
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2018 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Berner Klaw & Watson
  • The Law Office of Michael D. LiPuma
  • Margolis Edelstein

Tomorrow: CourtCall Video-Conferencing Demo May 22

Join us for a demo of our latest member-exclusive benefit, CourtCall video conferencing at the Philadelphia Bar Association, on May 22! CourtCall will provide pizza and beverages, along with a step-by-step guide to using their services for remote conferencing with not only clients and counsel, but with judges and courtrooms…READ MORE

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June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon Feat. Higginbotham Lecture by Ken Frazier, O'Connor Award Presented to Judge Jacqueline Allen June 20

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2018 June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at The Bellevue Hotel on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture.

The 2018 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen, Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division. The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community…READ MORE


Save the Date: 'Striking Injustice' YLD Bowling Fundraiser Sept. 26

Sponsorship opportunities available now!

We're back at North Bowl for the annual YLD fundraiser benefitting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! Mark it on your calendar, Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.! For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Registration information will be available soon.

Annual Commerce Court Reception May 23

You are cordially invited to the Annual Commerce Court Reception hosted by the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Judges to be honored include Hon. Patricia A. McInerney, Supervising Judge; Hon. Ramy I. Djerassi; and Hon. Gary S. Glazer. Registration is required by Monday, May 21 and includes a reception with an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

Food for Thought: Lawyers Eating for Wellness & Peak Performance June 4

Join the Wellness Committee for its inaugural program titled "Food for Thought: Lawyers Eating for Wellness & Peak Performance" in the 10th Floor Board Room on Monday, June 4 at 12 p.m.

Working attorneys who strive to do their best rarely reach peak performance unless they make healthy eating choices and opt for other wellness lifestyle activities. Nutrition is fundamental to healthy eating and for maintaining overall good, if not outstanding, health. In recognizing that attorneys encounter difficult food obstacles on a daily basis, the Wellness Committee is dedicating its inaugural program to nutrition…READ MORE

2018 June Probate & Trust Law Quarterly: Advanced Health Care Decision Making June 5

Advanced Health Care Decision Making: Discussing Life and Death with your Clients - Legal and Psychological Perspectives

Just about every estate planning practitioner offers within their basic set of planning documents some formulation of a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. These most "un-legal" of legal documents can test the patience of any drafter - trying to ascertain a client's wishes involves a conversation around the client's moral, ethical, spiritual and practical beliefs about the client's eventual death. This conversation is always a sudden shift into a planning world that is often vastly different from the one that gathers the information necessary for a Durable Financial Power of Attorney, Will or Trust. A client's psychological reactions to this can be challenging to manage…READ MORE

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Business Law Section Networking Happy Hour June 13

Get to know the members of the Business Law Section at its happy hour at Tir Na Nog on June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! Light appetizers will be served and the first 50 attendees will receive two drink tickets (One drink ticket will get a domestic draft, and two drink tickets will be good for a craft beer or one glass of wine) courtesy of the happy hour's generous sponsor, Diamond State Financial Group…READ MORE

LGBT Rights Committee Summer Associate Reception June 14

Please join the LGBT Rights Committee as it welcomes incoming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community. Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, the Committee hopes that this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals and their peers.

In addition, the Committee will be presenting the fourth annual David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award…READ MORE

2018 Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 15

The 2018 Federal Bench-Bar Conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee in collaboration with the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, is a half-day educational event that is always eagerly anticipated by federal court practitioners and judges. An informal, educational favorite continues, with CLE and networking with colleagues and judges! More details to come…READ MORE

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Save the Date: 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 12-13

Mark your calendars! Join us at the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual COnference at Borgata on Oct. 12-13. Registration will be open soon!

Volunteers Needed: The Philadelphia New Americans Campaign

The New Americans Campaign Philly is soliciting for volunteers. The NAC transforms the way aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans. It is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance and critical information that simplifies the naturalization process…READ MORE


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

  • Disciplinary Board (Lawyer): Deadline May 31
  • Disciplinary Board (Non-lawyer): Deadline May 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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30th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 11

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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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.


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


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.

Nonprofit Financials 101: What Board Members Need to Know May 23

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board Observer program

This practical CLE program will cover:

  • How to read nonprofit financial statements
  • Provide an overview of the audit process
  • Review and preparation of required IRS Form 990

Featured speakers will also address what questions attorneys serving on non-profit boards should be asking about their organizations' financial situation and statements to ensure they are fulfilling their fiduciary duties and to ensure that their organizations are complying with IRS requirements…READ MORE

Video Encore - Gifts and Emoluments May 30

In this ethics video encore program, panelists from the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics and the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission will review the relevant gift restrictions that apply to government employees in Philadelphia. The program will also examine these gift restrictions in relation to the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution…READ MORE

Pennsylvania Tax Treatment of Digital Assets June 18

Hosted by the Tax Section

Digital revolution descended upon us and states now must explore the taxation of digital assets. Although not clearly defined in Pennsylvania, digital assets generally may include digitally stored content, online accounts and files stored on digital devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones…READ MORE

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Jail Detainers June 28

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

Merriam-Webster defines "detainer" as "a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to hold a person in custody."

According to a recent study, literally half of the citizens in Philadelphia county custody are there due to probation and parole detainers. That number does not include all of the other types of writs/holds/detainers which keep people in jail…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.

Nationalities Service Center Global Tastes 2018 May 22

Nationalities Service Center invites you to attend Global Tastes 2018, an evening of delicious food and lively music in celebration of diverse international communities at WHYY on Tuesday, May 22 from 7-10 p.m. A VIP reception will precede the event at NSC from 6-7 p.m. At this event, Sozi Tulante, former city solicitor and incoming fellow and lecturer-in-law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, will receive the Nationalities Service Award to honor his refugee journey from Zaire to Philadelphia to become our city's chief legal officer…READ MORE

PVLA Awards Ceremony May 23

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), in partnership with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, will host its Annual Awards Ceremony at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. This year, PVLA will present its Volunteer of the Year Award to Robert Louis of Saul Ewing for his outstanding dedication and service in providing pro bono legal assistance to PVLA clients…READ MORE

ACLU-PA Philadelphia Annual Meeting May 24

The Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU-PA will hold its Annual Meeting, "Protect the Polls! Voting Rights in the Age of Trump," featuring the National ACLU's director of voting rights, Dale Ho, at the Moore College of Art and Design on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. Dale Ho supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation and advocacy work nationwide. Executive Director Reggie Shuford will also speak about the ACLU of PA's work to defend civil liberties, including the work toward Criminal Justice Reform…READ MORE

PILC Gerrymandering Lawsuit Victory Celebration May 30

The Public Interest Law Center will host a celebration of their gerrymandering lawsuit victory at La Cabra Brewing on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. At a reception with Law Center attorneys, attendees will learn more about their successful challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, as well as the Law Center's ongoing fair school funding lawsuit. Tickets include drinks and hors d'oeuvres at La Cabra, an award-winning craft brewery with Latin-inspired fare…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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