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Chancellor's Forum: The Pennsylvania Attorney General Race March 1 (Registration required)

With the upcoming Primary Election for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General less than three months away, several of the candidates seeking election will gather for an interactive panel discussion about the 2016 race…READ MORE

Happy Hour at City Tap House Logan Feb. 25

Join the Young Lawyers Division at its February happy hour at City Tap House on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m…READ MORE

CLE - Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices March 1

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

Are you serving on a Nonprofit Board or considering it? Come learn what an attorney acting as a board member needs to understand about his or her legal and fiduciary duties and how to effectively advance the organization's goals and mission…READ MORE

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. Renew by March 31 and save $15.

Member Benefits: Lenovo Deals for February

Lenovo brings sweet deals in February! Fall in love with instant savings on Lenovo's award-winning technologies, including legendary ThinkPad Laptops…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All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.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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Volunteer Judges Needed for Bradway Mock Trial Competition February 2016

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 (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association 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, focusi ng on real legal issues.

The YLD hopes that you will join them for an experience that is rewarding for both volunteer judges and the students. 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 pass this information along to your friends and colleagues. You can direct any questions to Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov or to John Coyle at john.coyle@phila.gov.

  • Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge.
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Member Benefits: Lenovo Deals for February

Lenovo brings sweet deals in February! Fall in love with instant savings on Lenovo's award-winning technologies, including legendary ThinkPad Laptops! Through the Philadelphia Bar Association Member Savings Program, you get ongoing discounts of up to 30%, FREE shipping on all web orders, access to energy-efficient green technologies, award-winning service and limited-time special offers!

Shower your loved ones all February long with these great discounts:

  • Up to 33% off select Lenovo Laptops and Desktop PCs
  • Up to 28% off select Lenovo Tablets
  • Up to 15% off select ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs
  • Up to 15% off select Accessories

Visit www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 7040 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST).

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Happy Hour at City Tap House Logan Feb. 25

Join the Young Lawyers Division at its February happy hour at City Tap House on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. The first 50 people will receive a free drink ticket, but there will be complimentary appetizers for all. This happy hour is sponsored by MediaMark Spotlight, Inc. Make sure to take a minute and say hello.

City Tap House Logan is located at 2 Logan Square, Philadelphia. No registration is required.

For more information, please visit the YLD Facebook page. Like YLD on Facebook to hear about news and upcoming events!

Chancellor's Forum: The Pennsylvania Attorney General Race March 1 (Registration required)

With the upcoming Primary Election for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General less than three months away, several of the candidates seeking election will gather for an interactive panel discussion about the 2016 race. Candidates will discuss a variety of topics including their individual platforms as well as many of the pressing legal issues facing Pennsylvanians.

The Chancellor's Forum, moderated by Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors Chair Lauren P. McKenna, Esq., also will allow attendees the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the candidates.

Attendees are invited to a wine-and-cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum. The Forum is free for members of the Association and $15 for non-members.

Registration is required for all attendees. To register, please click here.

CLE - Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices March 1

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

Are you serving on a nonprofit board or considering it? Come learn what an attorney acting as a board member needs to understand about his or her legal and fiduciary duties and how to effectively advance the organization's goals and mission. This CLE will address the special issues facing lawyers who serve as board members, as well as, provide best practices to improve board performance and productivity.

Key learning objectives include:

  • Roles and duties of board members
  • Key Subcommittees of the board, including governance and human resources
  • Integrating the work of the committees so as to advance the organization's goals
  • Special issues facing lawyers who serve as board members
  • Best practice tips to improve board performance and productivity
  • Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices
    1 SUB
    12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

CLE - The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods April 29

Ripped from the headlines of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and People Magazine, the Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer" has been the talk of the legal community, as well as traditional pop culture circles and social media across the country.

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were convicted of the murder of a young photographer in Manitowoc, Wis. Avery was sentenced to life without parole and Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with first parole eligibility in 2048. Dassey was 16-years-old when he was brought to police headquarters and interrogated without counsel and confessed to complicity with Avery.

This program is a two-hour in-depth analysis of this docuseries examining interrogation methods of juveniles and their brain function. Actual videotape footage of Dassey's interrogation will be shown. The panel includes Dr. Laurence Steinberg, distinguished professor, Temple University Department of Psychology and nationally recognized expert on adolescent development and neuroscience; Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel, Juvenile Law Center; Professor Louis M. Natali, Jr., Temple University School of Law; and others.

The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods
2 SUB
2-4:15 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

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.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

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.

Feb. 25
Antitrust Pharmaceutical Patent Settlement Litigation
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 1
Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 2
Smart Phone & Social Media Evidence in Fam Law Litigation
2 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 3
2016 March Probate Qtly - Probate Meets Real Estate
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 4
Non-Recourse Funding in Commercial Litigation
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

March 11
Litigating City of Philadelphia Work Compensation Cases
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 15
Business Ethics: A 21st Century Imperative
4 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 16
Ethical Issues That Arise in Preservation & Collection
1 ETH
4-5 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

April 5
Succession Planning: How to Manage the Elephant in the Room
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 20
Bridge the Gap
4 ETH
12-4:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 29
The Making of a Murderer: Juveniles, their brain function and interrogation methods
2 SUB
2-4:15 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

For questions regarding Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, contact Director of Continuing Legal Education Tara D. Phoenix 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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