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Tonight: YLD Diversity Reception June 7, Register by 12 p.m. Today

Please join the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and its co-hosts at the Annual Diversity Reception honoring five outstanding local law students at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m…READ MORE


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Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2016 Federal Bench-Bar Conference at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Friday, June 10.

This half-day annual conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee, offers in-depth CLE discussions on legal and practice topics important to the Federal Court Practice community in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania…READ MORE


June Quarterly

William G. Bowen to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 22; Judge Dembe to Accept O'Connor Award

William G. Bowen Ph.D., president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Princeton University, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue…READ MORE


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

Registration Now Open: 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

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia June 7

Any experienced criminal law attorney knows there are different types of review possible following a conviction…READ MORE

CLE - HIPAA, Data Breach and Disco June 14

Learn the basics on HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules…READ MORE

CLE - Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers June 24

Featured Speaker: Past Chancellor John E. Savoth

This course will provide attorneys with the tools to conquer any public speaking engagement…READ MORE

Member Benefits:

New Member Benefits from Orangetheory Fitness, Finn McCool's Ale House, Brü Craft & Wurst

The Philadelphia Bar Association is excited to announce new member benefits with Orangetheory Fitness, Finn McCool's Ale House, Brü Craft & Wurst…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 Opportunity: Young Friends of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. They partner with court-involved youth, their families and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing and employment. Their ultimate goal is to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

For more nformation on how to volunteer, click here.

Member Benefits:

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Orangetheory Fitness

With Orangetheory Fitness, Philadelphia Bar Association Members can take advantage of affordable group personal training at our very best price. Discover all the benefits of being a member of Orangetheory Fitness! Stop by a studio and our staff members will explain the options so you can choose what's best for you. First time? Drop in for a free session.

About OTF

Base. Push. All out. Fitness, meet science. The idea of Orangetheory is this: a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates "Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption," or EPOC. It's what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.

Corporate rates for Philadelphia Bar Association Members are valid at our Center City, Doylestown-Warrington and Willow Grove locations only. Questions? Contact Rob Ferrall at (215) 543-3833.

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Finn McCool's Ale House

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of special prcing at Finn McCool’s Ale House, conveniently located on the corner at 12th and Sansom streets in the heart of Philadelphia’s Midtown Village. We proudly feature 17 draft beers including Irish standards and local craft brews. While you visit our Ale House ask to see our menu. We offer tasty appetizers like our Finn’s Philly Rolls, burgers and sandwiches, and all your favorite traditional Irish dishes. Our weekly evening events, Quizzo and Karaoke, will bring fun and diversity to your experience.

Philadelphia Bar Association members save 20 percent (excluding Happy Hour) and 10 percent during Thursday Happy Hour.

Show your Philadelphia Bar Association membership card (available in the Member Center*) to receive the discount.

*Members must be logged into the site to access their membership card.

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Brü Craft & Wurst

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of special pricing from Brü Craft & Wurst, an indoor bierhall and wursthaus in the middle of Midtown Village at Chestnut and 13th streets in Philadelphia.

Acthung! Enjoy 39 drafts loaded on tap with a full blitz of domestic and import bottles. Their food is not for the faint of appetite. Come by yourself or bring your friends, so long as they are strong.

Association members save 20 percent off their total check during lunch hours, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Show your Philadelphia Bar Association membership card (available in the Member Center*) to receive the discount.

*Members must be logged into the site to access their membership card.

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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 ot 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.

Tonight: YLD Diversity Reception June 7, Register by 12 p.m. Today

Please join the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and its co-hosts at the Annual Diversity Reception honoring five outstanding local law students at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The co-hosting organizations are:

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania
  • The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania
  • South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia

Congratulations to the YLD Diversity Scholarship winners:

  • Ruby Delarosa, Widener University Delaware Law School
  • Jasmine Greene, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Kisha Pinnock, Rutgers Law School
  • Renu Sagreiya, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • J. Taylor Stewart, Rutgers School of Law

Registration is required in advance and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine. This event is sponsored by Veritext and free for members of the host organizations.

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse is located at 1901 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia. For more information and to register, click here.


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Philly VIP Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students June 9

On Thursday, June 9, Philadelphia VIP will host its annual Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students at the Municipal Court Training Center on Thursday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This event is limited to law students only. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided.

The Municipal Court Training Center is located 1339 Chestnut St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia. To register, click here.

2016 Federal Bench Bar Conference June 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2016 Federal Bench-Bar Conference at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Friday, June 10.

This half-day annual conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee, offers in-depth CLE discussions on legal and practice topics important to the Federal Court Practice community in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Federal Bench Bar Conference provides a forum for the interchange of ideas among the bench and bar, educates the bar with regard to practice in the courts and encourages civility in the courts.

The Conference will begin with welcome and opening remarks by the Co-Chairs of the Federal Courts Committee, Leslie A. Mariotti, Esq. and Michael Morse, Esq., followed by an introduction of the program by Joseph J. Santarone Jr., Esq.

This year's Conference was planned by Federal Courts Committee Vice Chair, Colleen M. Bannon, Esq. This conference is historically attended by the many federal practice leaders and members of the judiciary in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and offers an excellent opportunity for education and networking. For the full Conference agenda, click here.

2016 Federal Bench Bar Conference
3 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.

William G. Bowen to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 22; Judge Dembe to Accept O'Connor Award

William G. Bowen Ph.D., president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Princeton University, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Judge Legrome D. Davis of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District for Pennsylvania will make special remarks to introduce Bowen.

At the Mellon Foundation, Bowen created an in-house research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries and charitable nonprofits. Author and co-author of books including "The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions," Bowen has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Morehouse College and many more. In 2013, he received the 2012 Presidential Medal for the Humanities.

Judge Dembe has served as a mentor and role model to many aspiring woman attorneys. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Brehon Law Society, Conference of Metropolitan Courts, Temple American Inn of Court and the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Additionally she serves as the chairwoman of the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees. Judge Dembe was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1989 after a decade-long career in general practice representing a diverse client base in state and Federal Court on the trial and appellate levels. She was elected to President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2008 and held this position until 2013.

The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

The June 22 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section and Law School Outreach Committee will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series," in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30; and July 7, 14, 21 and 28; from 12-1:30 p.m. On June 9 and 16, the programs will be held in the 10th Floor Board Room. These free programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia area. On June 9, a panel titled "Lawyering in the Community" is expected to feature attorneys from Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Face to Face Legal Center, Good Shepherd Mediation Program, Legal Clinic for the Disabled and SeniorLAW Center. Further details will be provided.

Click here to download a copy of the 2016 schedule.

Registration Now Open: 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 and to register, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia June 7

Any experienced criminal law attorney knows there are different types of review possible following a conviction. Pennsylvania state law and federal laws both give a convicted defendant such options. One such method is to file a petition under the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA).

The PCRA allows the person to have the case reconsidered when a direct appeal to the Superior Court has been denied. The Act applies to individuals who believe they were wrongfully convicted or that their sentence is unlawful. A person is eligible to file a PCRA petition if she/he has been convicted of a criminal offense and is on probation or parole, currently serving a prison sentence, or is subject to a death sentence.

To begin the process for post-conviction relief, sufficient information must be provided proving the following occurred in the criminal case:

  • A violation of the Constitution of Pennsylvania or of the United States, or of the laws of the United States, and the violation occurred under circumstances which no reliable verdict could have resulted.
  • There was ineffective assistance of counsel such that no reliable determination of truth could have taken place.
  • A plea of guilty was gotten under circumstances which make it likely that the defendant was induced to falsely make the statement and the defendant is innocent.
  • Government officials wrongly obstructed the defendant's right to appeal where an issue for appeal was present and capable of being appealed.
  • New evidence has come to light which would have changed the outcome of the trial.
  • A sentence was imposed which was greater than the lawful maximum.
  • The criminal court that entered the conviction did not have proper jurisdiction to do so.

This CLE certification program will provide criminal practitioners with the knowledge and guidance necessary to handle a PCRA case.

The program will address the following:

  • Custody
  • Grounds for Seeking Post Conviction Relief
  • A step-by-step approach for investigating and preparing a case for PCRA when appointed or retained after a defendant has filed for relief pro se
  • Previously Litigated Claims and Waiver
  • Time for Filing Petition, Jurisdiction and Procedure
  • Standard of Review on Appeal

Our experienced panel will provide a step-by-step approach to handling a PCRA case with comprehensive materials which include sample pleadings for all stages.

Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia
3 SUB
12:30-3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begins at 12 p.m.

CLE - HIPAA, Data Breach and Discovery June 14

Learn the basics on HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.
With new breaches discovered or reported almost daily, major cyberattacks have dominated the headlines and dramatically raised public awareness regarding data security.

Currently, our regulatory processes penalize healthcare organizations under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for breaches, whether electronic or otherwise. Sharing data also means acknowledging and sharing the risks inherent in protecting that data while maintaining a unified front against threats.

This CLE presentation examines the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and how they affect the retrieval, retention, and destruction of Protected Health Information during the litigation process. The new 2009 HITECH regulations are also covered, as well as, the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule and state Data Breach Notification laws.

Some common myths and facts about HIPAA and discovery are shared, as well as the physical, technical and administrative requirements for covered entities and their business associate law firms. Data Breach Notification laws affect the personal/sensitive information stored and transmitted by law firms and proper safeguards are addressed. Breach notification laws and fines are also explored.

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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CLE - Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers June 24

Featured Speaker: Past Chancellor John E. Savoth

One of the most important skills for lawyers is the ability to speak in public, whether it be before a forum of hundreds or a conference room with only a handful of people in attendance. It is expected that all attorneys, not only trial lawyers, have the gift of rising from your seat and providing concise and relevant remarks. That occasion may arise in your professional or personal life.

This CLE course will provide attorneys with the tools to conquer any public speaking engagement in any environment, including courtroom arguments and orations, firm presentations, large audience addresses, toasts and eulogies.

Through the use of video examples, featured speaker and former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor, John E. Savoth, will offer guidance on effective methods of delivery. Attorneys will learn practical tips and techniques to prepare them for any public speaking event.

Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers
3 SUB
12-3:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 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.

June 7
Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia
3 SUB
12:30-3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

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

June 9
June 2016 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Planned Charitable Giving: The Dos and Don'ts from the Donor, the Donee and the AG
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

June 10
2016 Federal Bench Bar Conference
3 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.

June 10
COMP BAR NO MORE: Third Party Common Law Suits Against Employers Now Permitted in Latent Occupational Injury Cases
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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 15
Medication Misadventure Cases: 10 Tips for Attorneys
1 SUB
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

June 20
Philadelphia Bar Foundation 28th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic CLE: Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis
1 ETH
Waynesborough 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.

June 21
Pardon My Diversion: An Examination of Philadelphia Diversion Courts
2 SUB
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

June 24
Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers
3 SUB
12-3:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

June 28
Mediating a Landlord Tenant Dispute
2 SUB
4-6 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Wine and cheese refreshments will be served.

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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