Races are contested at the Board and Cabinet levels.
Online Election Ballots to Be Sent via Email TODAY
Online voting for Association line offices, Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division opens on Monday, Nov. 20. Meet the candidates…READ MORE
The Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be conducted via online ballot.
Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, treasurer, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.
Members are scheduled to receive their ballots in an email on Nov. 20 with instructions. Members are asked to add this email address to their trusted list: PhilaBarAssn2017Election@intelliscaninc.net
Additionally, members are encouraged to ask their email administrator/provider (if applicable) to whitelist the following:
- Domain: intelliscaninc.net
- IP Addresses: 184.108.40.206; 220.127.116.11; 18.104.22.168; 22.214.171.124; 126.96.36.199; 188.8.131.52
Online voting is set to end at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.
2017 Annual Meeting Dec. 5
Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon introducing 91st Chancellor Mary F. Platt at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. Chancellor-Elect Mary F. Platt, a litigator at Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C., will outline her plans for 2018. Also at the luncheon, President Judge Marsha H. Neifield of the Philadelphia Municipal Court will be presented with the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, and the PNC Achievement Award will be presented to both Alfonso Madrid, of the Law Office of Alfonso Madrid, and Bennett G. Picker, past Chancellor and senior counsel at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP…READ MORE
2017 End-of-Year Celebrations!
Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon Nov. 28
Join the Real Property Section at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. Kathy Jaffari, Vice Chair, Board of Governors, will lead a program on mindfulness for lawyers. The Harris Ominsky Award will be presented to Judy F. Berkman of Regional Housing Legal Services and the Good Deed Award will be presented to Ready, Willing and Able. Register here.
Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Holiday Party Nov. 29
Join the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee at Strangelove's on Wednsday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Recognition will be given to the Committee's program presenters Gaetan J. Alfano, Saba Ashraf, Robert S. Balter, Danielle DeRosa, E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, Nicole D. Galli, Timothy J. Holman, Margaret Klaw, Laura E. Laughlin, Joseph Marano, Kevin V. Mincey, Stephanie Stecklair and Eric H. Weitz. Register here.
YLD Holiday Party Nov. 30 Sponsored by Exponent
Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer as the YLD takes over James Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Join us in welcoming our 2018 Chair, Vincent N. Barbera, and enjoy open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres while congratulating our 2018 Award Winners:
- Colin Burke: Craig M. Perry Service Award
- Jason W. Poore: F. Sean Peretta Service Award
- The Free Library of Philadelphia: Vision Award
We once again will be collecting for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-18 months…READ MORE
Probate & Trust Law Section Annual Meeting & Reception Dec. 5
Join the Probate & Trust Law Section at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Register here by Dec. 1.
Workers' Compenstion Section Annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 6
Join the Workers' Compensation Section at The Downtown Club on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Once again the Section will be collecting for the Marines' Toys for Tots Philadelphia.
Please bring a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY for donation. Register here by Dec. 1.
Family Law Section Holiday Party, Annual Meeting, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Dec. 7
Join the Family Law Section at James Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Welcome 2018 Chair Ann M. Funge and congratulate 2018 Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award recipient Thomas Kenny, M.A., court psychologist. This year the Section will be collecting for Women Against Abuse. Please consider donating baby products, adult toiletries, nail polish, basic children's underwear, notebooks and sketch books. All donated items must be new. Register here by Dec. 4.
State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception and Award Presentation Dec. 13
Join the State Civil Litigation Section at Estia on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The Honorable Alex Bonavitacola Award will be presented to Ronald A. Kovler and Rudolph Garcia, inaugural Section cochairs. Register here by Dec. 8.
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
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 email@example.com or 215-238-6326.
Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt
It has come to our attention that some members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have received fraudulent emails from “Janet Coleman” requesting payment on an overdue invoice with an attachment. Do not open the email or the attachment. This email is not coming from the Association and is an attempt to phish members.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Technology Officer Barry Greenspan at 215-238-6327.
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 - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Nov. 20
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
Diversity in the Courtroom: Gender, Context and Credibility Nov. 28
Hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee
Ever wonder what a difference "difference" makes? How does gender diversity affect attorneys in the variety of contexts in which they find themselves (with judges, clients and juries)? Does being a woman matter to jurors, and which jurors…READ MORE
Putting Your Best Face Forward: Managing Your Social Media Presence Nov. 29
Hosted by the Environmental and Energy Law Committee
In this lunchtime CLE program, presenters in the environmental and energy law practice will use a hypothetical involving the oil and gas industry to analyze ethical issues that implicate the ABA Rules of Professional Responsibility in two scenarios…READ MORE
Evaluating an Economic Loss - Don't Let 'It' Scare You Nov. 30
Hosted by the Medical-Legal Committee
Deciding whether it is worth your time and expense to take on a medical malpractice case can be difficult. Medical malpractice litigation is extremely costly due to evaluating the complexity of the case, extensive expert witness fees, discovery and trial…READ MORE
FREE CLE: WHO IS MY CLIENT? Dec. 8
Last FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.
Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee
WHO IS MY CLIENT?
Or "There, but for the Grace of God, go I"
Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly, resulting in dire consequences. Panelists will identify lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling attendees to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client"…READ MORE
Full course calendar here.
Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies
- Juvenile Rules Committee: Deadline Nov. 30
For more information on the available vacancies, click here.
Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief
Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires – we are heartbroken to see the images of the destruction and devastation unleashed upon California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Mexico. As natural disasters continue to strike, it is important now, more than ever, to mobilize our communities and help however possible
If interested in donating or volunteering your 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.
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
Face to Face Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 23
The 25th annual Face to Face Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 in Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill. Registration for the 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. The run features a 5-mile USATF-certified course, chip timing and Dri-Fit® shirt for all registrants. All proceeds benefit Face to Face…READ MORE
Deadline Dec. 14: Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive
Throughout December, Support Center for Child Advocates will host its Annual Toy Drive, culminating on Saturday, Dec. 16, with Toy Drive Delivery Day. Volunteer opportunities include coordinating a toy drive, volunteering at the Toy Drive headquarters, sponsoring a needy family or teen and delivering toys on Dec. 16. The deadline to bring toys to the Toy Drive Headquarters is Thursday, Dec. 14. For more information or to sign-up to participate contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit sccalaw.org/2017-holiday-toy-drive/