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Aug. 6, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 33
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

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The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks everyone who renewed their 2018 membership!

Deadline Today: Association Seeks Comments from Members on Proposed Amendments to Bylaws

Dear Members,

For the past two-and-a-half years, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bylaws Committee, chaired by Marc Zucker, has been reviewing and considering revisions to the Association's Bylaws. The Bylaws have not undergone substantial revision for more than a quarter century so the Committee has proposed numerous revisions. The Committee's proposed revisions are reflected in the clean draft and draft with track changes, and summarized in part in the summary of highlighted changes.

Please review these documents and if you have any comments or suggested revisions, send them to Charles J. Klitsch, Esq. at cklitsch@philabar.org no later than Aug. 6. This will allow the Bylaws Committee sufficient time to consider your comments and suggested revisions, and incorporate revisions with which the Bylaws Committee agrees before the Committee presents its proposed Bylaws revisions to the Cabinet at the Cabinet’s meeting on Aug. 21 and asks the Board of Governors to approve the Committee’s proposed revisions to the Bylaws at the Board’s meeting on Aug. 30. All comments and revisions should be specific, with numerical reference to specific provisions of the Bylaws.

Thank you for assisting us with this project and for your dedication to our Bar Association.

Mary

FREE CLE: Neutrality, Finality and Morality - An Ethical Perspective on Mediation

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

Co-hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee and the State Civil Litigation Section

Is every case right for mediation? Can every case be resolved in mediation?

This lively, fast-paced, interactive CLE program will address potential ethical obstacles in mediation and creative ways to break an impasse. Experienced mediators will offer guidance on creative ways to resolve the 'unresolvable' case.

Attendees will hear different perspectives regarding when to terminate the mediation or seek other solutions. The panelists will provide specific techniques that attorneys can begin using immediately to make the next mediation more productive…

Aug. 15 (Webcast and live program)

Aug. 22 (Video encore)

Aug. 31 (Video encore)

Profiles of Emerging Women Leaders in Government Aug. 6

Please join the City Policy Committee for a panel discussion with Rebecca Rhynhart, controller for the City of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle Parker on Monday, Aug. 6…READ MORE

CLE - Bridge the Gap Aug. 9

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law…READ MORE

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed an Executive Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Philadelphia Bar Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

See Job Description Here: Executive Director

TO APPLY

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to:

Abraham C. Reich, Esq.
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee
c/o executivedirectorsearch@philabar.org

Please use the following subject line in your email message: Applicant for Philadelphia Bar Executive Director

Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.

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Open Position: Part-Time Staff Attorney for Lawyer Referral and Information Service

The Philadelphia Bar Association has an immediate opening for a part-time Staff Attorney to handle telephone and website intake for the Lawyer Referral and Information Service.

Successful candidate must be a licensed attorney and on active status in Pennsylvania. Successful candidate must be able to speak Spanish as the position involves some conversational Spanish. Position requires the ability to listen carefully, pinpoint issues and communicate effectively in a fast-paced environment. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must. Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and to learn our in-house software program.

Send resume and cover letter to Charles Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org.

DLSC Pro Bono Road Shows Sept. 27-Oct. 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association's DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee is hosting 1-hour "pro bono road shows" at participating law firm and corporate offices throughout Philadelphia from Sept. 17 through Oct. 5 to highlight pro bono opportunities and recruit new volunteers. The road shows will feature pro bono agencies like Education Law Center, Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Mazzoni Center, Military Assistance Project, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Philadelphia VIP, Public Interest Law Center, SeniorLAW Center, Support Center for Child Advocates and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts & PA Patent. Road Shows will be held either at 8:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. To host a roadshow at your office please contact Jodi Schatz, co-chair of the Philadelphia National Pro Bono Week Celebration, by Aug. 27 at jschatz@sccalaw.org.

Due Oct. 1: Accepting Nominations for PNC Achievement Award

Do you know someone who has made a significant accomplishment in improving the administration of justice in the Philadelphia area?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 PNC Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth the reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this Award and any other information you feel is relevant.  The Award will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 5…READ MORE

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Register Today: 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 12-13

Join Philadelphia Bar Association members, judges and colleagues for another entertaining and educational weekend at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. as we present the 2018 Bench Bar & Annual Conference. This year's conference again boasts 23 sessions affording lawyers and judges up to 9 CLE credits, as well as 9 CJE credits that clearly offer something for everyone.

Register early and stay tuned for added programming, finalized course descriptions and confirmed faculty…READ MORE

Philadelphia Lawyers Basketball League 2018-2019 Season

The Philadelphia Lawyers Basketball League is now accepting applications for admission for this season through Aug. 24, 2018. Any firm or group interested in joining the PLBL should call Joe Venuti at (215) 837-3876 or contact him by e-mail at jvenuti@swartzcampbell.com.


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.

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


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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!

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

  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Aug. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Aug. 31
  • Minor Judiciary Education Board: Deadline Aug. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, 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.

What Persuades Today's Jurors in Medical Malpractice Trials? Aug. 8

Hosted by the Medical-Legal Committee

This CLE program will examine what persuades today's juries in medical malpractice trials. Our panel, including a plaintiff’s attorney, defense attorney and a judge, will address what a jury expects to see regarding proof…READ MORE

The NTCP and Issues in the Post-EDI Transaction Era Aug. 10

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

This luncheon presentation will address issues relating to the Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable (NTCP) in the post-EDI transaction era…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Aug. 14

WANT TO BECOME CERTIFIED TO SIT AS AN ARBITRATOR?

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

New FJD Evidence Retention Protocol Aug. 23

New First Judicial District (FJD) evidence retention protocols are scheduled to begin on Sept. 4 in the Waivers, Majors and Homicide Programs. This is an important rule of trial evidence preservation for all who practice in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas criminal courts. This CLE program will provide the nuts and bolts of how to properly preserve all trial evidence exhibits and what procedures should be followed after any conviction to ensure that the exhibits are actually included as part of the record. Panelists, including personnel from the Office of Judicial Records (OJR) and the FJD IT Office, will provide training and guidance on these new 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.

Justice At Work New Office Celebration Aug. 16

Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers) is having a party at their new office, 990 Spring Garden St., Suite 300, on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 4-6 p.m., to celebrate the continued growth and success of the organization. For more information, please visit Justice at Work's website.

 

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