Law Week Volunteers Needed May 2-6

The Young Lawyers Division Law Week has historically been a tremendous success, and your support is critical to making sure that continues. This is really an all-hands-on-deck situation for YLD, so please sign up for at least one or two Law Week events this year, as well as try and find one other YLD member to do so as well…READ MORE


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Save the Date: YLD Diversity Reception June 7

Save the date for the YLD Diversity Reception at Chima on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. Registration will open soon.


Bench-Bar & Annual Conference - Harrahs Resort | Atlantic City

Registration Opening Soon: Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sept. 23-24

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City…READ MORE

Special Young Professionals Ticket Price: SeniorLAW Center Gala May 4

You are cordially invited to the SeniorLAW Center Gala at The Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Young professionals are eligible to receive special pricing of $125 per ticket. At this year's gala, SeniorLAW Center will again honor "6 Over 60," remarkable older Pennsylvanians whose efforts have had a profound impact on the community and other advocates for elder justice…READ MORE

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Technology Issues for Small and Midsize Law Firms April 26

For the solo practitioner, small, or midsize law firm, technology issues and upgrades always seem to be on the "to do" list, but never seem to get top billing. Recent developments have demonstrated that every attorney must be aware of the benefits and pitfalls of the technology they and their clients regularly use…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 membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, April 27th, has been filled.

Please join 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

CLE - Hoarding Intervention and Response: Strategic Approaches

David Wengert, MSW and Pam Walz, Esq. of the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force will be presenting on how to assess, engage with, and represent a client with hoarding behavior. Our focus will be how guardians, practitioners, and care providers can best help their clients and wards that hoard…READ MORE

CLE - Maximizing Your Board Leadership May 12

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program

Young lawyers are very desirable and essential board members. In considering board service, it is critical to understand the board culture and the expectations for leadership…READ MORE

Member Benefits:

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…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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SABA Philadelphia to Host Deepa Iyer April 27

SABA Philadelphia will host author and activist Deepa Iyer at Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore Bezar on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Iyer will discuss her new book which was recently listed on the American Library Association's top 10 books in multicultural non-fiction. The Library Journal calls "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future" "[a] welcome addition to the growing literature of race, ethnicity, and religion from the perspectives of immigrant groups within the United States. Both the general public and policymakers will benefit."

Iyer currently serves as senior fellow at The Center for Social Inclusion, and has held various positions in non-profit, academic and government agencies. She was the executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together for a decade, an activist-in-residence at the University of Maryland's Asian American Studies program and a trial attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

There is no cost to attend the event, and the first 10 attendees will receive a free copy of Iyer's book. Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore Bezar is located at 2000 Market St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia.

Law Week Volunteers Needed May 2-6

The Young Lawyers Division Law Week has historically been a tremendous success, and your support is critical to making sure that continues. This is really an all-hands-on-deck situation for YLD, so please sign up for at least one or two Law Week events this year, as well as try and find one other YLD member to do so as well. If everyone can do this, all of the events will be more than adequately staffed. When reaching out to any of the organizers, please copy Matt Olesh and Vince Barbera.

The slate of events, with people organizing, is as follows:

Lawyer in the Classroom: Monday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 4

Volunteers are needed to conduct Q&A with kids in 5th-12th grade. Please contact Keely Stewart, Theresa Langschultz, Lindsay Schoonmaker, Andre Webb, Jason Poore or Lindsay Harteis.

Legal Advice Live: Tuesday, May 3, 12-2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to provide informal legal advice at the following Philadelphia Free Library branches:

  • Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch, 600 W. Girard Ave., 19123
  • Haverford Branch, 5543 Haverford Ave., 19139
  • Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. Branch, 1935 Shunk St., 19145

This is being run by Grant Berger, Katie Garayoa or Marguerite Weese. To sign up directly, click here.

Lawyer for a Day: Thursday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteers needed to chaperone students through courtrooms. Please contact Tianna Kalogerakis or Cary Davis.

Goldilocks Program: Friday, May 6, 9-11:30 a.m.

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. The Goldilocks Program will be held at City Hall.

Please contact Melanie Foreman, Megan Claiborne, Theresa Langschultz, Marguerite Weese, Caroline Diehl, or Andre Webb.

Member Benefits:

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?

Members can login to Member Benefits and view instructions and discount code.

* Valid on full priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at BrooksBrothers.com (for shipments to U.S. or Canada only).  In order to receive your discount online, your billing and shipping address must match the address provided when enrolling for a Corporate Membership Card.  Please present your membership card to receive your discount in stores.  Use of this card constitutes acceptance of all published Corporate Membership program terms and conditions.  Discount cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion and does not apply to taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming, engraving, alterations or personalization.  Excludes charitable items and gift card purchases, Made to Measure and Special Order clothing purchases and applies to select watches and select Brooks Brothers shoe styles only.  No adjustment on previous or future purchases.  If you return all or some of the merchandise, the dollar value of this discount will not be refunded or credited to your account.  This Program may be modified or cancelled by Brooks Brothers at any time.  For member assistance please call Corporate Incentive Services toll-free at 1.866.515.4747, M-F 9am – 5 pm, ET.  For store locations please visit www.BrooksBrothers.com/stores.

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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. For more information on the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia visit their website.

Brooks Brothers Event for All Members May 3

Brooks Brothers invites all Philadelphia Bar Association members to a special spring shopping event at its Center City retail location on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Discover Brooks Brothers' new women's collection by Creative Director Zac Posen and view their spring menswear collection. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a 25 percent savings during the event.*

Meet with Principal Women's Stylist Stacy Wallace-Albert.

Brooks Brothers will donate 10 percent of net sales made during this event to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.**

Brooks Brothers is located at 1513 Walnut St., Philadelphia. RSVP to brooksevents@brooksbrothers.com.

*May not be combined with Student, Military or Corporate Membership discounts. Excludes charitable items, made to measure and special order clothing purchases and applies to select watches and select Brooks Brothers shoe styles only. Discount may not be applied toward taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming and engraving, alterations or personalization. Not valid on previous purchases or for the purchase of gift cards. If you return some or all merchandise, the dollar value of this promotion is not refunded or credited back to your account. Void where prohibited by law. No cash value except where prohibited, then the cash value is 1/100 cent.
**10% of net sales (total sales less returns processed during this promotional period) will be donated by Brooks Brothers to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. No portion of the purchase price is deductible by the customer. The official registration and financial information of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Special Young Professionals Ticket Price: SeniorLAW Center Gala May 4

You are cordially invited to the SeniorLAW Center Gala at The Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Young professionals are eligible to receive special pricing of $125 per ticket. At this year's gala, SeniorLAW Center will again honor "6 Over 60," remarkable older Pennsylvanians whose efforts have had a profound impact on the community and other advocates for elder justice. Click here to see the honorees.

The Crystal Tea Room is located in the Wanamaker Building at 100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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.

Registration Opening Soon: Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sept. 23-24

New Venue for 2016!

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

The Association is proud to be hosting the 2016 Bench-Bar at the new, world-class $125 million Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's Resort. An additional 100,000 square feet of meeting space makes the Waterfront Conference Center the largest meeting facility of its kind from Baltimore to Boston.

Attracting hundreds of lawyers and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

For more information, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Technology Issues for Small and Midsize Law Firms April 26

For the solo practitioner, small or midsize law firm, technology issues and upgrades always seem to be on the "to do" list, but never seem to get top billing. Recent developments have demonstrated that every attorney must be aware of the benefits and pitfalls of the technology they and their clients regularly use.

Join a panel of attorneys, technology insiders, and seasoned insurance professionals as they discuss what every attorney should be considering when addressing technology and data issues, both internally and for clients.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Bring-your-own device (BYOD)
  • Data breach and incident response
  • Data security issues affecting small to medium-size businesses
  • Cyber insurance
  • Leveraging data to make your business more profitable

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.

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.

CLE - Hoarding Intervention and Response: Strategic Approaches

David Wengert, MSW and Pam Walz, Esq. of the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force will be presenting on how to assess, engage with, and represent a client with hoarding behavior. Our focus will be how guardians, practitioners, and care providers can best help their clients and wards that hoard.

Their presentation will include:

  • An introduction to hoarding behavior
  • How to assess and engage with a client with hoarding behavior
  • Mental health diagnosis associated with hoarding behavior
  • Strategies to intervene in order to secure the safety and well-being of a client with hoarding behavior
  • The role of the guardian, practitioner, or caretaker in intervention.
  • Legal services available for people with hoarding behavior
  • Community resources available to people with hoarding behavior

Hoarding Intervention and Response: Strategic Approaches for Addressing the Person and the Stuff
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

CLE - Maximizing Your Board Leadership May 12

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program

Young lawyers are very desirable and essential board members. In considering board service, it is critical to understand the board culture and the expectations for leadership.

This session will explore the due diligence necessary to ensure a productive board experience and good board stewardship.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Due diligence and expectations for service
  • Effectiveness of board meetings
  • Distinguishing between strategy and tactics
  • Talent management and succession planning

Maximizing Your Board Leadership
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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.

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 Philadelphia 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 28
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 1):: Lead Yourself - Lead Your Clients
3 SUB-Video
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

April 28
ABA Lead Law Leadership Training (Pt. 2):: Lead Your Firm - Lead Your Community
FREE with the purchase of ABA Lead Law Leadership Training Part 1 at 9 a.m.
3 SUB-Video
12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 12 p.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.

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 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 11
Hoarding Intervention and Response: Strategic Approaches for Addressing the Person and the Stuff
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

May 12
Maximizing Your Board Leadership
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.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.

June 14
HIPAA, Data Breach and Discovery
Happy hour immediately following CLE
2 SUB
3-5 p.m. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by:

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June 20
Philadelphia Bar Foundation 28th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic CLE: Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis
1 ETH
Waynesboro Country Club, 440 Darby-Paoli Rd., Paoli, Pa.
Program starts at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE at 4 p.m. Registration for video encore 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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