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Today: 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

Today: 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

Brehon Law Society St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 3

The Brehon Law Society cordially invites you to its St. Patrick's Day celebration at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m…READ MORE



From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century March 15

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bar-News Media Committee and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia for a panel titled "From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century" in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, March 15…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:

New Benefits from Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Take $10 off Rodizio dinner per person Sunday – Thursday (regular price or group packages)…READ MORE

New Benefits from Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Located in the historic and iconic PSFS building, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a historically modern 4-diamond hotel providing the business and leisure traveler a sophisticated and luxury experience…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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Member Benefits:

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Take $10 off Rodizio dinner per person Sunday – Thursday (regular price or group packages#&41;. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupons. Chima offers free valet parking. To get this discount please give your business card to your server and mention "CPP-BarAssociation." This offer is valid at Chima Philadelphia only. To learn more about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, click here.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Located in the historic and iconic PSFS building, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a historically modern 4-diamond hotel providing the business and leisure traveler a sophisticated and luxury experience. Providing the most impressive views in the city, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel recently completed a full renovation to include the popular neighborhood restaurant, Bank & Bourbon. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located in the heart of Center City surrounded by hundreds of restaurant options, historic landmarks and a variety of shopping. Loews Philadelphia Hotel is currently offering a special rate to all Philadelphia Bar Association members, featuring 20% off the rate of the day. Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Today: 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.

Today: 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.

Brehon Law Society St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 3

The Brehon Law Society cordially invites you to its St. Patrick's Day celebration at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. The Brehon Law Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and presenting Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Michael J. Stack III with its Flame of Freedom Award, its highest honor. Guests will enjoy an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is located at 111 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. For more information, please email James Quinlan at Quinlan@BlankRome.com or Maureen Wootten at woottenmaureen@gmail.com.

Deadline March 4: Legal Intelligencer "Lawyers on the Fast Track" Nominations

Each year, the Pennsylvania legal community joins forces to celebrate the next generation of great lawyers with The Legal Intelligencer’s Lawyers on the Fast Track. They need you to help them find lawyers deserving of this honor.

Through March 4, the nomination window will be open for to nominate impressive Pennsylvania attorney(s) who are under the age of 40. The nominee must base their practice in Pennsylvania, and they cannot have received this honor before. Anyone who has a completed nomination form submitted on their behalf may be considered for the honor.

Completed nomination forms will be evaluated by an impartial judging panel, made up of members of the Pennsylvania legal community. Those nominees receiving the highest composite scores from all the panelists will be the 2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track.

The full list of honorees will be announced in early April and profiles of them will be featured in a special supplement to The Legal published in early June. They will also be honored at a celebratory dinner on June 21.

Please don't let a deserving member of the profession go unrecognized—nominate them to be a Lawyer on the Fast Track. To nominate an candidate, click here.

From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century March 15

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bar-News Media Committee and The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia for a panel titled "From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century" in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Panelists will include Christine Flowers, associate at Joseph M. Rollo & Associates, P.C.; Nikki Johnson-Huston, The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston; Sayde J. Ladov, Past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and partner at Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C.; Kevin V. Mincey, partner at Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC; and moderated by Solomon Jones, host of "Wake Up With WURD" on 900AM WURD.

In 1995, the country was riveted by the O.J Simpson murder trial that became better known as the "Trial of the Century." The case forever changed how America viewed the legal system and how the media reported on race, crime and justice issues. Lawyers became respected commentators in media and news expanded into a 24-hour news cycle format. In 2016, the nation will again be riveted by the sexual abuse trial of "America's Dad," Philadelphia's own Bill Cosby. Join us for a town hall discussion of the intersection of race, law and media in both of these cases and how changes in traditional media and the increased importance of social media will influence the coverage in the upcoming Bill Cosby trial.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. This program is free for members and non-members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Registration is required for all attendees. To register, click here.

Volunteers Needed for 50/50 at Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit April 13

Give an hour of your time and receive a free ticket! Volunteers are needed to staff the Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 13 from 5-6 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. Volunteers will be given tickets, cash for change, and a necklace of blinking buttons. One person will be at the help desk in the atrium selling tickets and the rest will move throughout the ballroom asking guests if they would like to purchase a 50/50 ticket for $20. The ticket cost of $150 will be waived for one hour of volunteering.

The Crystal Tea Room is located at 100 Penn Square E., Wanamaker Building 9th Floor, Philadelphia. If you are interested, please contact Cate Galbally at CGalbally@advokid.org.

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.

37th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 15

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association and Support Center for Child Advocates for the 37th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, on Sunday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. This family-friendly event offers fun activities for people of all ages, including the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, face painting, balloon animals and more. Trainers from Platoon Fitness will be on hand before the race to help you stretch out and get ready to run.

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, is located at 4231 N. Concourse Dr., Philadelphia. For more information and registration, click here.

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.

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 10
BRIEFLY STATED: A Step-By-Step Approach to Writing an Effective and Winning Brief
1 SUB
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

March 10
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS: Strategies for Writing an Effective Motion Memorandum
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.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.

March 18
Compelling a Defendant Physician to Provide Expert Opinion
1 SUB
9-10 a.m. Registration begin at 8:30 a.m.

March 22
Police Body Cameras: Putting Light and Lens on Police-Citizen Interactions - The Policy, Practice, Plusses and Problems
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 24
Data Retention, Security and Discovery: Electronic Records Strategies Your Clients Need You to Know
1 SUB/1 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

March 28
Issuing Profits Interests in LLCs - Tax and Benefits Aspects
1.5 SUB
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

March 29
Business Valuation: Pathways for Business Owners to Create Build or Realize Wealth
3 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

March 30
Discrimination in a Healthcare Setting
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

March 31
The Essentials of Handling Personal Injury Cases for Clients with Cognitive Impairment
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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 19
Business Immigration 101
2 SUB
12-2:15 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.

May 19
2016 Eminent Domain Update: Recent Decisions and Developments in Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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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