2018 YLD Expungement Clinic Feb. 3

The first 2018 Young Lawyers Division Expungement Clinic will be held at the Marian Anderson Rec Center at 740 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, on Saturday, Feb. 3. In 2016 and 2017, the YLD helped hundreds of individuals expunge their records via its city-wide clinics. They will be continuing this good work with more clinics this year. Only Philadelphia County misdemeanor records are eligible for expungement.

Please note that this clinic will be slightly different than before in that volunteer attorneys will keep their cases past the date of the clinic itself (i.e., volunteer attys. will file the petitions and see them through to completion). In other words, while the YLD team will remain available to direct volunteer attorneys to resources as needed after the clinic, it will be the volunteer attorney's case and they will be solely responsible for handling it thereafter.

For more information and to volunteer, click here. There will be FREE CLE training programs for volunteers (See CLE listings below).

John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition February-March

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and your help is needed to make this year another success. The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition. Each spring, students from approximately 30 - 40 public, private and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will require a 2-3 hour time commitment. (Please make time to volunteer for at least one session!) The first round is Friday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The students are incredibly excited for this year's competition – please come volunteer and see what they've been preparing for!

  • Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge.
  • Click here to view this year's case materials.

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

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

SORNA Shake Up: Why Everything You Thought You Knew May Be Wrong! Jan. 25

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

This past summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared SORNA (Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act) punitive in Commonwealth v. Muniz, but left the question of "what now?" unanswered. Since then, lower and intermediate courts have started to fill in the gaps, but many issues remain unclear…READ MORE

If I Went Back to Private Practice, How I Would Do Things Differently - A Judge's Perspective Jan. 26

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

Workers' compensation judges explore possible ways they may do things differently if they went back to private practice. The judges will provide tips to practitioners regarding the following, and more…READ MORE

Disaster Response and Relief - What You Can Do To Assist the Victims of the Hurricane in Puerto Rico and Similar Disasters Jan. 30

Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA)

Experienced legal practitioners will describe how disaster legal services programs work, how to assist clients navigating FEMA regulatory rules and insurance disputes and how lawyers can generally assist disaster victims with other recurring legal issues, such as landlord tenant disputes, essential documents lost in the disaster, consumer fraud, and more…READ MORE

Trainings for 2018 Expungement Clinics

VIDEO ENCORE - Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 2

Final three encore programs ahead of the Feb. 3 Expungement Clinic. Credit is FREE for those who take on an expungement case.

These video encore CLE training programs serve 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. These video encore CLE training programs examine the legal processes for getting criminal records expunged and sealed.

Jan. 31: Register here.

Feb. 1: Register here.

Feb. 2: Register here.

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 cklitsch@philabar.org 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 tplmag@philabar.org.

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