New Date: Greet Incoming
Chancellor at Jan. 16 Reception

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Mary F. Platt, 91st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary.

This is the event where even the city's busiest legal leaders patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

This Week: Black, White and Blue in America: Race and Justice in the 21st Century Jan. 11

"Why are there so few successful prosecutions of police officers in police-involved shootings?"

*This event is currently at capacity and registration is closed. If space opens up, we will reopen registration.*

In recent years, the country has been riveted by police shootings of African-Americans and the resulting outrage toward the U.S. criminal justice system. These incidents have raised many troubling questions about the treatment of African-Americans by the criminal justice system and about the role of law enforcement.

Join Take Action Philly for a discussion of the questions that need to be asked about criminal justice in the U.S., treatment of police-involved shootings and proposed solutions to create a more just system…READ MORE

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief: Hurricane Maria Jan. 20

Are you an attorney, paralegal or law student interested in helping victims of Hurricane Maria?

If so, please volunteer at the Pop-Up Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinics to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria which Ceiba, the Hispanic Bar Association of PA and the Toll Public Interest Center University of Pennsylvania Law School are organizing in the coming weeks…READ MORE

HBA La Justicia Award Ceremony Jan. 30

Join the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania at its annual La Justicia Award ceremony in Conversation Hall at Philadelphia City Hall on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The 2018 award will be presented to Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel. Donations will be accepted for Unidos Pa' Puerto Rico to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico…READ MORE

Seeking Nominations for 2018 Workers' Compensation Irv Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia Judge who was well known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning law. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on Workers' Compensation at Temple University law school, now the Temple University Beasley School of Law…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.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

Cross-Examination Series Part 3: Advanced Cross-Examination - Pulling It All Together Jan. 10

A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. This series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Lawrence Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, among other skilled trial lawyers, will explore how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Jan. 11

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

VIDEO ENCORE - Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records Jan. 16

First in a series of four encore programs ahead of the Feb. 3 Expungement Clinic. Credit is FREE for those who take on an expungement case.

This video encore CLE training program serves as volunteer training for all volunteer attorneys participating in the upcoming Feb. 3, 2018 YLD Expungement Clinic.

Millions of Americans have criminal histories that can potentially disrupt job searches, future employment, and housing. This video encore CLE training program examines the legal processes for getting criminal records expunged and sealed…READ MORE

How to Represent Clients in an Insecure, Post-Equifax World Jan. 24

We live in a post-Equifax world. When we look back at this time in history, Equifax will be a defining line in cybersecurity regulations. While we have seen a significant number of large-scale breaches (Target, DNC, SEC, etc.), how we approached cybersecurity and how we represent clients pre-Equifax versus post-Equifax needs to change for a variety of reasons.

This CLE will address how and why the landscape of cybersecurity has changed and why it needed to change post-Equifax…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.


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 or 215-238-6326.

Call for Submissions to The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is looking for creative and fresh law-related content to publish in upcoming editions. Take your sense of humor or adventure, your urge to critique or your affinity for a special area of law and put pen to paper.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For more information on submission guidelines, email

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

Just as Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of liberty and tolerance, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of support for the protection and equal treatment under the law for all citizens. Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 505, seeking to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation, follow in that same tradition… READ MORE