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    As many members of Philadelphia’s legal community have been asking what they can do to help the community-at-large, “The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice” pro bono volunteerism initiative provides opportunities for Association members and beyond to help people in need by providing limited legal representation, education, advice and advocacy.

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  • 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.

  • Philadelphia Bar Association Unveils October 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report

    The Philadelphia Bar Association's Pro Bono Task Force unveils a 15-year update to a report on the state of pro bono, that was issued in 2002 under Chancellor Allan H. Gordon's leadership.

  • 2017 Philadelphia Events: National Pro Bono Celebration

    Before and during the National Pro Bono Celebration from Oct. 22-28, there is a full calendar of pro bono activities scheduled in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Bar Association encourages members to participate!

  • Donate to Philabundance Through 'Bounty From the Bar Food Drive'

    The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is requesting nutritious, nonperishable food donations for the "Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" in partnership with Philabundance. One in six people are struggling with hunger in America, with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley being two of the hardest hit regions.

  • 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.

  • Board of Governors Adopts Two Resolutions at September Meeting

    The Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors adopted two resolutions in September, supporting the creation of a statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission and to eliminate the Chancellor’s stipend.

  • Chancellor Demands Stricter Gun Control for Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons

    In light of last night’s shooting in Las Vegas, considered to be the “deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history,” Chancellor Deborah R. Gross issued the following statement…

  • Chancellor Applauds Pa. Supreme Court Decision That School Funding Case Must Be Heard

    Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s landmark decision to reinstate a lawsuit challenging the state’s school funding system…

  • Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2018 YLD Executive Committee

    The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. Commencement of Voting of will begin on November 20, 2017 and conclude at 5:30 p.m. on December 5, 2017.

  • Nominations Sought for Replansky and Dandridge Awards

    Nominations are now being accepted from members of the Business Law Section for the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial and Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Awards. The deadline for nominations for both awards is Nov. 6.

  • Registration Open: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

    Bench-Bar Image The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, returning to Borgata in Atlantic City! The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference remains the premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary, including the opportunity to earn CLE credits through unique course offerings…

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