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July 10, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 29
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2017

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2017 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Conrad O'Brien Gellman & Rohn, P.C.
  • Kolman Ely P.C.
  • Michael N. Silver, PC

Registration Deadline Today: 2017 Annual Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship July 13

Love trivia? Possess a wealth of knowledge about all things obscure? Tired of "proving" your skills by yelling at Jeopardy contestants on TV?

Come compete against your friends and colleagues at the annual installment of the Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship. This event is open to the entire legal community. If you are not a member of one of the participating groups, volunteer your talents to the highest bidder (and consider joining)! To participate, you must register in advance. Deadline to register is Monday, July 10.

Please take note: this event will also serve as a Special Meeting of the Young Lawyers Division. The sole item on the agenda for this Special Meeting is to vote on proposed amendments to the YLD's bylawsREAD MORE


Summertime Special: Bring a 'Walk-In' to CLE, Get Tuition Discount

Share the benefits of membership with your colleagues. For Philadelphia Bar Association members who bring a "walk-in" non-member to a CLE program anytime from June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017 and if the non-member joins on the spot, you both receive a discount…READ MORE

Legislative Action Center: Oppose a Sales Tax on Legal Services

Currently, legal services are exempt from the sales tax in Pennsylvania. However, there is a proposal being discussed in the General Assembly to broaden the application of the sales tax to include many professional services, including most legal 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.



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.

Join your colleagues in July for a month of must-see video-encore Philadelphia Bar Association CLE programs!

VIDEO ENCORE - Family Permanency Planning for Immigrants July 11

Gain the knowledge necessary to get involved and assist this vulnerable community.

This CLE program provides training on something that has been coined, in other contexts, "permanency planning." Attendees will learn the tools for assisting mixed status families where parents of minors are facing deportation and
separation from their U.S.-citizen children…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - New Protections for LGBT individuals in the Workplace: Fact or Fiction July 12

The protections of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation should apply regardless of any state or local laws.

This video course will examine recent developments in employment protections for members of the LGBT community, and whether such developments will withstand appellate and legislative challenges. The course will also explore the historical evolution and consideration of sexual orientation as a protected class, and the trending direction of protections both legislatively and judicially…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Ethics of Pro Bono Representation and the Naturalization Process July 13

Attend this video encore to gain the knowledge necessary to assist at one of the many naturalization clinics!

In a time where immigration law faces many uncertainties, naturalization is the best defense to deportation. This CLE course will focus on the ethics of Pro Bono representation and an overview of the Naturalization Process…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Tips and Practice Tools from the Workers' Compensation Bench, including a 2017 WCAIS Update July 14

WCAIS Tips for the attorneys and their staff, including the recent releases and updates through March 2017

In this lunchtime video CLE program, Workers' Compensation judges will provide practical guidance regarding the legal practices and procedures within their courtrooms. They will offer tips on Workers' Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS) to help attorneys and their staff with the litigation process…READ MORE

Update on the New FJD Court-Appointed Conflict Counsel Procedures and Fees July 27

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

On June 26, 2017, the First Judicial District’s Administrative Governing Board set forth an order for increases in court-appointed counsel fees, as well as updates in procedures relating to counsel fees. These changes will apply to all appointments received after July 1, 2017. The new system marks a significant development toward the fight for justice for Philadelphia’s indigent clients…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap Aug. 2

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels…READ MORE

 

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