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June 4, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 24
 |  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:

  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Legis Group LLC
  • Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer

#TakeActionPhilly June 13

Join us for the next #TakeActionPhilly convening on June 13! We'll be hosting "Public Charge: New Threat to Immigrant Communities and Our City" with experts in policy, social services and healthcare to discuss how this change will affect our communities and our city and what actions you can take to help…READ MORE

Today: 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

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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

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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Solo & Small Firm Mgmt. Ctte. Happy Hour June 7

At The Midtown, Center City's Newest Venue

You're invited to the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee networking happy hour at The Midtown on June 7!

Join your colleagues for a summertime get-together over appetizers and drinks…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

Workers' Compensation Section Spring Party June 14

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for an early summer clam bake by the river's edge at Water Works by Cescaphe in Philadelphia with top-shelf open bar! Enjoy one of the city's most picturesque settings with columned walkways, a vintage gazebo, the Art Museum perched dramatically above and Boathouse Row stretched out along the Schuylkill River just beyond…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

Giants of the Business Bar: Ann C. Mulé June 19

CLE-Eligible

This Business Law Section event recognizes legal giants impacting the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and serves as a learning and networking opportunity.

Featuring:


Ann C. Mulé, Associate Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

Ann C. Mulé, a former chair of the Business Law Section, is a recognized leader in the corporate governance field, whose expertise and insights have helped to shape the governance landscape for companies, boards of directors, shareholders and many other governance constituencies…READ MORE

Family Law Section Summer Solstice Reception June 21

Celebrate the longest day of the year with Family Law Section friends and colleagues on the Stenton Terrace of The Logan on June 21. Enjoy savory bites and cocktails while celebrating the beginning of summer…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.

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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

  • Interest on Lawyer Trust Account Board (IOLTA): Deadline June 30

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.

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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.

VIDEO ENCORE - How to Handle the Construction Worker Misclassification Case June 8

In this video encore CLE program, panelists will present a "nuts and bolts" analysis of litigating a case involving the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act from both a claimant and employer perspective…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - #MeToo for Legal Practitioners: A Chancellor's Forum on Sexual Harassment June 12

Missed the live presentation? Attend this video encore to hear best practices for prevention, training and response to allegations of sexual harassment.

The current #MeToo movement has sparked renewed interest in the perennial problem of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. The law requires employers to prevent, and to address allegations of, harassment and retaliation, including sexual harassment, but many workplaces do not understand their legal obligations. Join our experienced panelists for a discussion about creating equitable work environments in which employees are able to report and employers are able to respond appropriately to violations of workplace policies and the law…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

Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation? June 29

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility and Wellness Committees

This 1-hour presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules…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.

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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