Tonight: Chancellor's Reception Jan. 12

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Gaetan J. Alfano, 89th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Renew Your Membership Today

"Your membership dues are the lifeblood of our Association, and we ask that you renew your membership. Over the course of the next year, the Association will roll out additional programs to increase the value of your membership dollars without increasing your dues."

Gaetan J. Alfano
2016 Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Renew today and take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer.

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - will serve as a new provider of Continuing Legal Education to lawyers across the region beginning in February 2016…READ MORE

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All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.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 tplmag@philabar.org.



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Volunteers Needed for Bradway Mock Trial Competition

The John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition is seeking volunteer coaches for 2016. A partnership between the Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law's LEAP program, the mock trial competition is in need of 2-4 volunteer coaches. The coaches will work directly with teachers to work out time commitments.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Santiago at jennifer@myjaslaw.com.

Deadline Jan. 15: Time to Update Your Legal Directory Listing

It's time to update your listing for the 2016 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2016 Legal Directory has been extended to Jan. 15. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently sent to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory.

Please follow the link that was sent to you to update your listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database.

Any attorney who was not listed in last year's directory should create a listing at www.thelegaldirectory.org.

If you did not receive the email containing a personal URL that will allow you to access and update your listing, or have any other questions, e-maildirectoriespa@alm.com.

To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at dchalphin@alm.com or (215) 557-2359.

The print directory will be available in May. To purchase the directory, ­contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2453 or asmith@alm.com.

ASL-Proficient Attorney Needed to Represent Deaf Child; Training Session Jan. 26

Support Center for Child Advocates is looking for an attorney proficient in American Sign Language to represent a 16-year-old client. Child Advocates will be running a training session about this case on Jan. 26.

For more information, please contact Cary S. Davis at CDavis@ReedSmith.com.

Chancellor's Forum: Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality Jan. 27

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a Chancellor's Forum titled "Crime & Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality" on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. The event is co-presented by The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee and Criminal Justice and Public Interest Sections.

Attorneys from various areas of criminal justice will discuss and solicit input on criminal justice reform from members of the legal, civil rights, government and public interest communities concerning the efficient and fair use of conviction and non-conviction data in the American justice system. In Pennsylvania, criminal charges, including charges that do not result in convictions, are publicly available.

Panelists will discuss pending legislation, efforts by the legal community to address unlawful criminal history discrimination, and the need to maintain an individual’s criminal history while allowing them to move forward as productive members of the community-at-large.

Attendees are invited to a wine and cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses



The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - will serve as a new provider of Continuing Legal Education to lawyers across the region beginning in February 2016.

Look to us as your convenient, low-cost provider for CLE programs on the latest issues, legislation and regulations. Take advantage of our full calendar of CLE courses taught by leaders of the profession - with a level of quality and service that has become a hallmark of America's first bar association.

Feb. 1
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 1): Lead Yourself - Lead Your Clients
3 SUB - Video
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 4
Defining Fiduciary Excellence: The Department of Labor and ERISA - The Changing Landscape of Investment Fiduciary Responsibility
2 SUB/1 ETH
12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 5
The New Science Behind Sentencing: What You Need to Know about Pennsylvania's New Sentencing Legislation
2 SUB
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 9
For Sale! - Understanding 204 Pa. Code Rule 1.17
1 ETH
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 11
Making Your Voice Heard: Advocacy and Lobbying 101
1 SUB/1 ETH
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 12
Tips and Practice Tools from the WC Bench including a 2016 WCAIS Update
2 SUB
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Feb. 16
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 2): Lead Your Firm - Lead Your Community
3 SUB - Video
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 17
INSIDE-OUT: In-House Counsel Expectations of Outside Counsel on Environmental Matters
1 SUB
12 to 1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 23
Considering ODR in the Dispute Resolution Archetype and Its Impact on Lawyers and Ethical Considerations
1 SUB/1 ETH
12 to 2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 24
Outlook for 2016: Private Equity M&A
1 SUB
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

For questions regarding Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, contact Tara D. Phoenix, Director of Continuing Legal Education, at 215-238-6349 or tphoenix@philabar.org.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Represent Refugee Families in Berks County

The Immigration Law Committee is looking for attorneys to volunteer with the Berks Pro Bono Collaborative to represent families and children detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Berks County Residential Center (BCRC).

Ninety-three individuals are currently detained at BCRC, and the center is likely to double in size in the coming weeks. Most families at BCRC have either a viable asylum or withholding of removal claim based on fear of returning to their countries. Training in immigration law, interpreters and mentoring are available to volunteer attorneys.

The Berks Pro Bono Collaborative is a project of the AILA Pro Bono Committee, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and HIAS Pennsylvania.

For more information on this pro bono opportunity, please contact Katelyn Hufe at katelyn@gthpc.com or at (215) 437-0392.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

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