Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: REGISTRATION ENDS TOMORROW
Registration for the 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Ends Tuesday, Sept. 20.
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
Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: ABC Bail Bonds, Inc.
ABC Bail Bonds, Inc., America's Bail Company®
, is the region’s largest provider of bail bond services. Founded in 1995, they provide bail bonds in the City of Philadelphia, the suburban counties as well as the entire state of New Jersey. They can help even if your clients do not have the necessary 10 percent to get out of jail.
ABC Bail Bonds, Inc. is located at 49 N. 13th St., Philadelphia and has more than 40 agents to serve you and your clients. Call 24/7/365 at (877) FAST-BAIL® or (215) ABC-BAIL.
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Call for Volunteer Attorneys: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12
Registration for Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records training now open. CLE program is FREE for expungement clinic volunteers.
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.
Registration for Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records training now open. CLE program is FREE for expungement clinic volunteers. Dates are Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and , Friday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact John Coyle or Meghan Claiborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brehon Law Society Welcome Back Happy Hour and Website Relaunch Party Sept. 22
Join the Brehon Law Society to kick off its 41st year as a legal society, and see what their new website has to offer! The Welcome Back Happy Hour and Website Relaunch Party will be at MilkBoy on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.
MilkBoy is located at 1100 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. For more information, click here.
Philadelphia Celebrates the 2016 National Pro Bono Week! Oct. 23-29
Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will held during the month of October to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 23-29 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.
National Pro Bono Week will kick off with a series of interactive Pro Bono "Road Shows" introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia. The Road Shows will be held at law firms and corporations located in Center City Philadelphia from Sept. 26-Oct. 14. To schedule a Road Show, please contact Jodi Schatz at jschartz@SCCALaw.org.
Click here to view the 2016 Calendar of Pro Bono Events that will celebrate pro bono contributions throughout Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.
FJD Pro Bono Awards Ceremony & Roll of Honor
On Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., the First Judicial District will again host its annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and unveil the 2016 Pro Bono Roll of Honor. The ceremony will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom at City Hall…READ MORE
Latino Justice: Pro Bono Legal and Grassroots Volunteers Needed for Voter Protection
Oct. 22 (Early Voting) and Nov. 8 (Election Day)
LatinoJustice's Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Voter Protection Initiative, affiliated with the National Election Protection Coalition, is recruiting bilingual Spanish-speaking legal volunteers…READ MORE
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
Registration Open: YLD "Striking Injustice" for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Oct. 6
Get excited for the Young Lawyers Division's annual fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! This year's fundraiser "Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides" will feature a bowling tournament along with other activities at the ultimate Philly hang-out, North Bowl in Northern Liberties, on Oct. 6.
Create your own team! Individuals can create a team of 6-8 and compete in the tournament. Team participation includes registration with open bar, including craft beers, and dinner buffet.
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:
- Team Sponsors: Anapol Weiss; Blank Rome LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; White and Williams LLP
- Additional Sponsors: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; KML Law Group; McCarter & English, LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; Reed Smith LLP; Robson Forensic, Inc.; and Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC
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 - VIDEO ENCORE: Nursing Home Litigation 101 Sept. 20
As the aging population in our country continues to grow at a steady pace, many of us will have family members living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities because of their physical or mental condition…READ MORE
CLE - Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement Sept. 27
Hosted by the Fee Disputes Committee and Young Lawyers Division
Through an entertaining reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients, as well as, how to address those issues which often arise when representation ends or the client hires a new attorney…READ MORE
CLE - The Work of ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law Considerations Sept. 28
Hosted by the LGBT Rights Committee
This CLE program will begin with an introduction from Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of Reproductive Medical Associates. Dr. Gutmann will give a survey of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) methods and options available to prospective parents (donor insemination, co-maternity, IVF, surrogacy) and touch upon the medical complexities and expenses inherent in each…READ MORE
CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Oct. 5
Become certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas!
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
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: Federal Courts Committee
The Federal Courts Committee welcomes ideas and suggestions for upcoming programs, events and initiatives. Please reach out to Michael A. Morse or Leslie A. Mariotti, co-chairs, Federal Courts 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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