Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: JAMS
JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With its prestigious panel of neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial. JAMS panelists primarily resolve multi-party, complex cases in virtually all areas of the law. JAMS handles an average of more than 12,000 cases per year in hearing locations throughout the world. ADR services provided include mediation, arbitration, neutral case evaluation, settlement conference, mini trial, summary jury trial, neutral expert fact finding, special master, discovery referee, class action settlement adjudication, project neutral and dispute review board services.
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Deadline for early bird pricing is Aug. 26. For more information on 2016 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference and to register, visit PhilaBenchBar.org.
Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Early Bird Registration Ends Aug. 26
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The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City…READ MORE
Call for Volunteer Attorneys: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12
Having a criminal record expunged or sealed can dramatically improve a person's life by allowing him or her to pursue permanent employment or housing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. Effective Nov. 12, 2016, Pennsylvania will allow individuals who have served their sentence and have remained free of arrest or prosecution for 10 years to petition the court to have their records of conviction for misdemeanors of the second and third degree be sealed from public view.
On Nov. 12, 2016, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in partnership with Community Legal Services and key members of the criminal, legal, and judicial communities, will conduct a pro bono criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. The clinic will take place at six locations throughout Philadelphia from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Organizers will be seeking volunteer attorneys and law students to assist with processing petitions at the clinic and to handle follow-up hearings for contested petitions. Details on registering to volunteer to follow.
If you have any questions regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact John Coyle or Meghan Claiborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of Association Bylaws Amendment: Article V to Provide the Board of Governors With the Authority to Determine Member Dues
The Board of Governors unanimously adopted a resolution on July 20 amending Philadelphia Bar Association Bylaws Article V to provide the Board with the authority to determine, on an annual basis, member dues of each class of membership…READ MORE
YLD School Supply Drive Through Aug. 23
It's that time of year again. School is almost back in session and the Young Lawyers Division is hosting its annual school supply drive. Donations will benefit Turning Points for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families in raising safe, healthy, educated and strong children…READ MORE
Respond by Sept. 2: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee
The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1653 and 1656 governing actions upon mechanics’ liens, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report…READ MORE
Barristers' Installation 2016-2017 Sep. 7
Eckert Seamans is very pleased to announce the installation of Kevin Harden Jr. as president of The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. You are cordially invited to join them for the installation of executive and advisory board members…READ MORE
Save the Date: YLD "Striking Injustice" for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Oct. 6
Save the date for the Young Lawyers Division's annual fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. This year's fundraiser "Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides" will be a bowling night, including tournament, at North Bowl on Oct. 6.
Do you want to sponsor a team? A lane? Or see your firm or company name in lights? For a full list of sponsorships and benefits, click here. Thank you to the sponsors to date:
- King Pins - $2,000: Anapol Weiss; White and Williams LLP
- The Dudes - $1,500: Robson Forensic
- Alley Allies - $1,000: KML Law Group
More details to come!
Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt
It has come to our attention that some members of several state bar associations including Florida, Georgia, Nevada and California received a fraudulent email indicating that a complaint has been made against their firm. This email is not coming from the bar association and is an attempt to phish members.
The email includes directions to click on a link, which purports to be a copy of the complaint. Bar members in the impacted states are being advised by their bar associations not to click on the link, as it appears to be an attempt to put "ransomware" on the affected computer.
The state bar associations impacted have sent warnings to their audiences, but this scam may continue to spread. The Philadelphia Bar Association encourages its members to remain vigilant regarding suspicious emails that could potentially be fraudulent, including those with links or attachments.
Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE
CLE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Aug. 24, 26, 27 and 30
Thanks to an overwhelming response from our membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, Aug. 24, has been filled.
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
This 2-hour ethics CLE will feature Shelly Lawson, Vice President at USI Affinity and the head of Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) claims for CNA…READ MORE
CLE - Life & Legacy: An Analysis of the Opinions of Justice Louis D. Brandeis Sept. 7
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Louis D. Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association present this evening CLE program with Professor Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center…READ MORE
CLE - Everything You Wanted to Know About Treatment Court (But Were Afraid to Ask) Sept. 8
Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section
The Philadelphia Treatment Court (PTC) has been operational since 1997 and will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary next year. PTC was the first drug court in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania currently has more than thirty (30) drug courts. There are 3000 drug courts nationwide…READ MORE
CLE - Uniform Trust Code: New Jersey v. Pennsylvania Sept. 15
Hosted by the Taxation Committee of the Probate & Trust Law Section
Now that the Uniform Trust Code has crossed the river into New Jersey, practitioners practicing in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania are asking, how are these two "Uniform" Trust Codes similar and how do they differ…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…READ MORE
Join a Philadelphia Bar Association Committee: Delivery of Legal Services Committee
The Delivery of Legal Services Committee welcomes ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Joseph A. Sullivan or Hon. Annette M. Rizzo (Ret.), co-chairs, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, with any questions.
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.
The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.
The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.
For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.
Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members: Next CLE Sept. 28
Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life…READ MORE
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