Today: From O.J. to Bill Cosby: Race, Law and Media in the 21st Century (#OJtoCosby) 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



Chancellor's Forum on March 24: Judicial Retirement Age to Be Question on April Ballot

How do you feel about the possibility of the retirement age of Pennsylvania judges extending from 70 to 75 years old? Are you aware that it will be a ballot question on April 26? Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a special Chancellor's Forum on the judicial retirement age in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m…READ MORE

YLD Networking Happy Hour March 29

Join the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for its March networking happy hour at Tir Na Nog on Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Celebrate spring (hopefully) and network with YLD members and their guests. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket good for beer, wine or well drinks and there will be complimentary appetizers for all. This event is generously sponsored by Beacon Hill Staffing Group.

Tir Na Nog is located at 1600 Arch St., Philadelphia. Registration is not required.



Hon. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to Be Presented With 2016 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at Spring Quarterly April 5

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2016 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. This year's Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held as an evening networking reception. During the Quarterly Meeting portion, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Andrew Hamilton Gold Box. Following the meeting, members will have the opportunity to network with each other in a relaxed cocktail-reception setting…READ MORE

Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event April 12

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to its Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

CLE - Lateral Moves: Ethical & Legal Consequences Changing Firm April 27

First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Join for a two-hour in-depth discussion of the legal and ethical obligations relating to lateral mobility and firm growth…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
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Renew today and take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer. Renew by March 31 and save $15.

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March Deals From Lenovo

You're in luck! Lenovo's latest innovation meets great deals this March with instant savings up to 38 percent off the hottest technologies from the No. 1 PC maker. For home or home office use, Lenovo has a PC for every user…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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Today: 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. Share with the hashtag #OJtoCosby on Twittr and Facebook. 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.

Minding Your (Benchside) Manners: Ten Things Not to Do in Federal Court March 16

Join the Federal Courts Committee for a panel titled "Minding Your (Benchside) Manners: Ten Things Not to Do in Federal Court" at its meeting in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Wednesday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. The panel will feature Hon. Timothy J. Savage, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Hon. Mitchell S. Goldberg, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Hon. Mark A. Kearney, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15 for non-members. To register, click here.

Chancellor's Forum on March 24: Judicial Retirement Age to Be Question on April Ballot

How do you feel about the possibility of the retirement age of Pennsylvania judges extending from 70 to 75 years old? Are you aware that it will be a ballot question on April 26? Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a special Chancellor's Forum on the judicial retirement age in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m. The Forum is co-presented by the Committee of Seventy and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

Panelists include Rep. Kate Harper, 61st Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Joseph J. Mittleman, Director of Judicial Programs for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts; Dr. Barry W. Rovner, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Jefferson University Hospital; and Sen. Anthony H. Williams, 8th District, Pennsylvania State Senate. The program will be moderated by Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr., managing partner, Cozen O'Connor. They will discuss both reasons why voters should consider being in favor of extending the retirement age of judges in Pennsylvania as well as why voters should consider opposing the extension.They will discuss both reasons why voters should consider being in favor of extending the retirement age of judges in Pennsylvania as well as why voters should consider opposing the extension.

Given the referendum on this issue that will go before Pennsylvania voters in the April 26 Primary Election, this Forum will be an opportunity for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association as well as members of the public to hear from, and ask questions of, elected leaders and experts on both sides of the issue.

Attendees are invited to a wine-and-cheese networking reception following the Chancellor's Forum from 5:15-6:30 p.m.

This program is free for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15.00 for non-members. Registration is required for all attendees. To register, click here.

CLE - First Chair: How to Get the Prime Seat at the Counsel Table March 29

Happy Hour with Pop-Up Shop immediately follows the program.

Join for an important discussion about the continuing under-representation of women litigators in first chair positions at trial. This CLE will focus on the findings of the first-of-its-kind empirical study of the widely disparate levels of participation of women and men as lead counsel in civil and criminal litigation. Our distinguished panel will discuss their experiences in the courtroom and provide best practices and strategies that can be implemented by law schools, law firms, courts, clients and individual women litigators to increase the number of women first chair trial lawyers. Program and happy hour that immediately follows sponsored by:


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First Chair - How to Get the Prime Seat at the Counsel Table: The Ethical Considerations of Trial Counsel's Gender Imbalance
1 ETH
4-5 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

Hon. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to Be Presented With 2016 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at Spring Quarterly April 5

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2016 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. This year's Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held as an evening networking reception. During the Quarterly Meeting portion, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Andrew Hamilton Gold Box. Following the meeting, members will have the opportunity to network with each other in a relaxed cocktail-reception setting.

The 2016 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award will be presented to Hon. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will also be honored at the event. He will be presented with a gold box, a replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the Immediate-Past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the reception will follow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 for members, $90 for non-members, $55 for public interest and government members and $55 for YLD members. A special Law Student rate of $25 is also available.
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Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event April 12

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to its Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners and coaches, who will provide insider tips and practical advice about choosing a practice area and successfully navigating a path to that practice.

Attendees will be divided into small groups which will rotate from table to table to discuss focused topics with mentors. Choosing a practice area and developing that practice area is essential to a successful (and fulfilling) legal career, and starting early can reap significant benefits. Topics for discussion will include the various practice options open to young lawyers, the skills that should be developed to target particular practice areas, and how to set yourself up for success if you are looking for a change in practice.

There is no fee to attend; however, registration is required. These programs are typically very well-attended, so we encourage you to register early. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for the program, please contact Shannon Gaughan at shannong.esq@gmail.com or Amy McVeigh at amcveigh@reedsmith.com.

Reed Smith LLP is located at Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., Suite 3100, Philadelphia. 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 - Lateral Moves: Ethical & Legal Consequences Changing Firm April 27

First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Join for a two-hour in-depth discussion of the legal and ethical obligations relating to lateral mobility and firm growth. This CLE program will address: current ethics opinions on point, the relevant Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, the latest case law and best practices for the moving lawyers and their future and former law firms.

Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
2 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.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.

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


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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 29
First Chair - How to Get the Prime Seat at the Counsel Table: The Ethical Considerations of Trial Counsel's Gender Imbalance
Happy Hour with Pop-Up Shop immediately follows the program.
1 ETH
4-5 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by:


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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 4
What Can Be Learned from Experienced Consumers of ADR
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 5
Introduction to the Mindful Practice of Law
1 ETH
8:30-9:45 a.m. Registration begin at 8 a.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 27
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
FREE CLE for Phildelphia Bar Association members in good standing.
2 ETH
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 13
Litigaing Cases Involving Uninsured Employers
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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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