RESOLUTION INCREASING THE ANNUAL DUES OF THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SECTION

WHEREAS, the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association promotes the interests of those members of the Bar Association who address the legal needs and rights of injured workers, employers and insureds in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania; provides a forum for the members of the Bar Association consisting of Judges, Attorneys, and other Workers Compensation Professionals, to work together on issues of mutual concern that affect the practice of Workers’ Compensation; and seeks to educate and involve the entire Bar in issues affecting the practice of Workers’ Compensation law;

WHEREAS, the Workers’ Compensation Section engages in a broad range of projects designed to serve the interests and needs of its members, including but not limited to hosting forums on legal issues of national, regional and local concern involving Workers’ Compensation; presenting seminars and programs on specific legal and social developments, including new statute and decisional law related to, and affecting the practice of Workers’ Compensation; developing continuing legal education and professional skills development programs for its members and the entire Bar on Workers’ Compensation law issues; supporting the work of Philadelphia-area Workers’ Compensation law firms; encouraging its members in private practice to support all manners of pro bono legal services; and supporting our community at large in numerous charitable endeavors;

WHEREAS, the membership dues of the Workers’ Compensation Section has remained unchanged at $20 per year for at least the last five (5) years;

WHEREAS, the programs and activities described herein, as well as other activities of the Workers Compensation Section, have increased in number and scope progressively, and have been presented to growing numbers of members of the Bar Association, over the course of the last five years;

WHEREAS, the revenue generated by the current dues of the Workers’ Compensation Section is insufficient to enable the Section to continue to conduct, and expand, its activities pursuant to the Section's purposes and role as set forth in the by-laws of the Bar Association and of the Section;

WHEREAS, a dues increase for Workers Compensation Section members from $20 per annum to $25 per annum beginning in 2020 with a subsequent increase from $25 per annum to $30 per annum in 2023, would assist the Section substantially in continuing to remain at the forefront in developing, presenting and conducting the various activities of the Section, and would not impose an undue financial hardship on current or potential members of the Section;

WHEREAS, the members of the Executive Committee of the Workers Compensation Section have carefully considered the full range of issues raised by a proposed increase in the Section dues from $20 per annum to $25 per annum then to $30 per annum, and have concluded unanimously that the proposed dues increase is fair, reasonable and appropriate for the reasons set forth herein, and have now recommended to the Chancellor and Board of Governors that the Bar Association approve the proposed dues increase for the reasons set forth herein;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors hereby adopts the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Workers Compensation Section and approves an increase in the annual dues of the Workers Compensation Section to $25 per annum, effective January 1, 2020, and to $30 per annum, effective January 1, 2023, and authorizes the Chancellor to take all necessary steps to implement the dues increase effective January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2023, respectively.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: April 25, 2019