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"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 to take advantage of all of the fantastic member benefits from vendors like Zipcar, Expedia, Lenovo and more, especially six free CLE credits from Philadelphia Bar Association CLE with membership.

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We remain committed to supporting public interest organizations through our charitable arm, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Your annual dues statement suggests an additional contribution to be made to the Foundation.

Renew today and take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer. Renew by April 15 and save $15.

Tonight: 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

Deadline April 15: 2016 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, entries are being received for the 2016 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest. $1,000 College Scholarship will be awarded to a Philadelphia high school junior or senior…READ MORE

Deadline April 15: Law Week 2016 Poster Contest

Fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students from Philadelphia public, private, parochial and charter elementary schools are invited to create a poster depicting the Young Lawyers Division-sponsored 2016 Law Week poster theme…READ MORE

Volunteers Needed for YLD Goldilocks Program

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is gearing up for its Annual Law Week, and needs volunteers to help with its Goldilocks Program.

During this program, second-graders from around the city are invited to City Hall to attend the trials of Goldilocks, Big Bad Wolf and Jack (of beanstalk fame). It is a wonderful way to teach the city's youngest citizens about the justice system. Volunteers are needed to act in these trials, and the YLD hopes that you can volunteer your time.

This year, the Goldilocks Program will take place on Friday, May 6 at City Hall from approximately 9-11:30 a.m.

Please contact Melanie Foreman at mforeman@alumni.law.upenn.edu if you are able to participate.

YLD Networking Happy Hour April 21: Law Week Preview

Come find out more about the Bar Association’s Law Week events and how you can help! Join the Young Lawyers Division at their Networking Happy Hour at Fado Irish Pub on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. The first 75 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket and there will be appetizers and drink specials. The happy hour is sponsored by Huron Legal + Consilio.

Fado Irish Pub is located at 1500 Locust St., Philadelphia. Registration is not required.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Voting Rights: Where We Came From & Where We Are Going April 22

Co-Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

This timely and informative CLE program was organized by the Civil Rights Committee.

The right to vote is core to our nation's democratic process. From poll taxes and voter ID requirements to the Fifteenth Amendment granting suffrage to African Americans and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law has both restricted and expanded people's rights and ability to vote…READ MORE

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

First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Thanks to an overwhelming response from our membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, April 27, has been filled.

Please join us for a video encore on one of three additional convenient dates and times: Wednesday, May 4 (afternoon); Thursday, May 5 (evening); or Saturday, May 7 (morning).

Join for a two-hour in-depth discussion of the legal and ethical obligations relating to lateral mobility and firm growth…READ MORE

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…READ MORE

Member Benefits:

New Member Benefits from Brooks Brothers

All Philadelphia Bar Association members have the opportunity to enroll for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card. As a Brooks Brothers Corporate Member, you will receive an everyday 15 percent savings* on full-priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores…READ MORE

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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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Deadline April 15: 2016 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, entries are being received for the 2016 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest. $1,000 College Scholarship will be awarded to a Philadelphia high school junior or senior (public, private, parochial or charter school) who writes the winning essay on the question:

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you."
This warning, known as the Miranda Rights, must be given by a police officer at the time an arrest is made.
Do we need Miranda Rights? Why or why not?

Entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. Essays will be judged on merit, with adherence to the above theme being a significant criterion for judging. Essays should be at least 1,000 words and typed or printed legibly. Please include your name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying your essay. Essay titles will not count toward the word requirement.

Mail or email essays to: Thomas E. Rogers, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or to trogers@philabar.org. The winner will be invited to read their winning essay at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Deadline April 15: Law Week 2016 Poster Contest

Fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students from Philadelphia public, private, parochial and charter elementary schools are invited to create a poster depicting the Young Lawyers Division-sponsored 2016 Law Week poster theme:

Why is it important that we protect the rights of people arrested by police by having police officers tell them they don’t have to speak to the police and that they have the right to an attorney? What does protecting people’s rights mean to you?

Gift card prizes are as follows: $125 (first place), $50 (second place) and $25 (third place). Entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. Posters should be produced on standard 22” X 28” poster board. Include your name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. Submit posters during business hours to: Thomas E. Rogers, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.

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New Member Benefits from Brooks Brothers

All Philadelphia Bar members have the opportunity to enroll for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card. As a Brooks Brothers Corporate Member, you will receive an everyday 15 percent savings* on full-priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at Brooks.Brothers.com.

How can you start receiving this wonderful benefit today?

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Tonight: 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.

The Global Journeys Series Presented by NSC's Young Friends April 12

Join the Nationalities Service Center (NSC) on Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m. for its first discussion featuring a former refugee client who will share the story of his journey to safety. Learn more about NSC's services and its 95-year history of building new lives for refugees and immigrants in the region.

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. A $20 donation is suggested at the door.

The Nationalities Service Center is located at 1216 Arch St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia. Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, April 5 to cgordon@nscphila.org.

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 - Voting Rights: Where We Came From & Where We Are Going April 22

Co-Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

This timely and informative CLE program was organized by the Civil Rights Committee.

The right to vote is core to our nation's democratic process. From poll taxes and voter ID requirements to the Fifteenth Amendment granting suffrage to African Americans and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law has both restricted and expanded people's rights and ability to vote.

In light of the upcoming election, join our panelists on a discussion of past, present and possible future voting rights issues locally and nationally, including the Voting Rights Act, Voter ID, and felon disenfranchisement.

Expert panelists discuss:

  • The effects of the Supreme Court's invalidation of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act
  • The growth of state voter identification laws and their impact on voting access
  • The denial of the right to vote for those convicted of felonies and its result on the political process
  • The ability to enact or implement necessary updates to Pennsylvania's Election Code, such as electronic voter registration, no-fault absentee balloting and early voting

The Civil Rights Committee would like to thank the following additional co-hosts that promote the importance of advocating for Voter Rights: the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Public Interest Section and the South Asian Bar Association (SABA Philly).

Voting Rights: Where We Came From and Where We Are Going
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

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

First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members

Thanks to an overwhelming response from our membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, April 27, has been filled.

Please join us for a video encore on one of three additional convenient dates and times: Wednesday, May 4 (afternoon); Thursday, May 5 (evening); or Saturday, May 7 (morning).

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.

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.

Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia Reception May 2

All members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to a reception sponsored by The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia at The Union League of Philadelphia on May 2 at 5:45 p.m. The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia is in its 124th year. Its purpose is to promote fellowship, camaraderie and civility between the Bench and the Bar.

The reception will be attended by the judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Hon. Jacqueline Allen will be honored at the reception on becoming the Administrative Judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

There will be an opportunity for all attendees at the reception to meet and mingle with the judges.

This reception is being co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Philadelphia Bar Association. Members of the Young Lawyers Division of The Philadelphia Bar Association may attend for $25. Those members of The Young Lawyers' Division who wish to become members of The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia may do so and receive a $25 credit towards their dues for 2016.  The annual dues for those lawyers who have been practicing for less than three years is $75. The annual dues for those lawyers who have been practicing for three years or more is $95. These dues enable the lawyer to attend all three receptions sponsored by The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia.

The Union League of Philadelphia is located at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For additional information and to register please contact j.camiel@comcast.net.

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.

April 12
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 1): Lead Yourself-Lead Your Clients
Buy One, Get One FREE April Compliance Special
3 SUB
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

April 12
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 2): Lead Your Firm-Lead Your Community
Buy One, Get One FREE April Compliance Special
3 SUB
12:30-3:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

April 18
The Ins and Outs of the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law
Happy hour immediately following CLE sponsored by Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
2 SUB
3-5:15 p.m. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m.

April 19
Business Immigration 101
2 SUB
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 22
Voting Rights: Where We Came From and Where We Are Going
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

April 26
Technology Issues for Small and Midsize Law Firms
1 SUB/1 ETH
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.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. Registration is full. Please see other convenient dates (May 4, 5 or 7) for a video encore.

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.

April 30
Bridge the Gap
4 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

May 4
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO ENCORE - First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members
2 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

May 5
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO ENCORE - First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members
2 ETH
5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and registration begin at 5 p.m.

May 6
Judicial Perspectives on Practicing In the Philadelphia Commerce Case Management Program
1.5 SUB
12:30-2 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

May 7
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO ENCORE - First of the FREE CLEs for Philadelphia Bar Association Members
2 ETH
9-11 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.

May 13
Litigating 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.

June 8
2016 Hot Topics in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Taxes
Wine and cheese refrehments will be served.
2 SUB
4-6 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 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.

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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