Volunteers Needed: Legal Line July 20

The Young Lawyers Division is looking for volunteers to staff this month's Legal Line on Wednesday, July 20, from 5-8 p.m…READ MORE

2016 Annual Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship July 21

Love trivia? Possess a wealth of knowledge about all things obscure? Tired of "proving" your skills by yelling at "Jeopardy" contestants on TV?…READ MORE

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

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Friday Night "Party Under the Stars"

Come out to the "Party Under the Stars" reception and dinner (weather permitting) on Friday night!

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 - Mindful Decision-Making July 14

Join us for the second program in the Business Law Section Mindfulness Series…READ MORE

CLE - Mitigation and Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings July 19

Responding to Montgomery v. Louisiana

This afternoon CLE program provides training on sentencing mitigation and reentry planning in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, that called for the resentencing of over 300 Philadelphia men and women who were sentenced to life in prison without parole before their 18th birthdays…READ MORE

CLE - Nursing Home Litigation 101 Aug. 4

As the aging population in our country continues to grow at a steady pace, many of us will have family members living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities because of their physical or mental condition…READ MORE

CLE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Aug. 24

Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

This 2-hour ethics CLE will feature Shelly Lawson, Vice President at USI Affinity and the head of Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) claims for CNA…READ MORE

Member Benefits:

New Member Benefits from Lenovo

Ball games, cookouts, pool parties and summer deals…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All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.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.


top

Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute: Applications Due July 15

The Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) is a nationally recognized leadership development program designed to give a select group of young professionals an up-close and personal view into the nation's premier civil rights and human relations organization. This 10-month program serves as a comprehensive introduction to ADL and a chance to become part of an impressive circle of young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region. All those interested can apply at http://philadelphia.adl.org/ngl/glass/. Applications are due this Friday, July 15, 2016.

Volunteers Needed: Legal Line July 20

The Young Lawyers Division is looking for volunteers to staff this month's Legal Line on Wednesday, July 20, from 5-8 p.m. in the LRIS offices on the 11th floor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Legal Line is a call-in program where volunteers offer free general legal guidance and/or make referrals to appropriate public interest groups or attorneys. No specific practice area or background is needed. Legal Line is a fun, easy way to give back to the community and dinner is provided! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Katie Garayoa at Katie.Garayoa@dbr.com. Thank you!

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 information on how to volunteer, click here.

Member Benefits:

Visit Member Benefits for full details.

Lenovo

Ball games, cookouts, pool parties and summer deals from Lenovo!

June brings a home run of instant savings on Lenovo's award winning technologies. As a Philadelphia Bar Association member you can take advantage of this month's special offers up to 29 percent off select grand slam performing Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Accessories and more! Don't forget to prepare for rainy days, upgrade your warranty service!

Shop now, save and enjoy!

  • Up to 29% off Lenovo Desktops
  • up to 27% off Lenovo Laptops
  • up to 20% off Lenovo Tablets
  • up to 15% off ThinkPad Laptops and ThinkCentre Desktops

Visit www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 7040 (M-F: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST, Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST).

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.

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, July 14, 21 and 28; from 12-1:30 p.m. 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.

Click here to download a copy of the 2016 schedule.

2016 Annual Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship July 21

Love trivia? Possess a wealth of knowledge about all things obscure? Tired of "proving" your skills by yelling at "Jeopardy" contestants on TV?

Come compete against your friends and colleagues at the annual installment of the Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship at Field House on Thursday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Presented by the Young Lawyers Division, this event is open to the entire legal community. If you are not a member of one of the participating groups, volunteer your talents to the highest bidder (and consider joining)!

To participate, you must register in advance. Deadline to register is July 19.

Networking: 5-6 p.m.

Quizzo starts at 6 p.m.

Entry Fee - $10

One hundred percent of the entry fee proceeds go to the winning team's choice of one of the legal public service agencies supported by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. This event is sponsored by:

US Legal Support Logo

Attendees will receive a drink ticket and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, world-class Quizzo by Quizzomaster Ed Beitz, a chance to win a prize gift basket filled with items donated by the participating groups and a chance at eternal glory by having your team's name engraved on the coveted Quizzo Championship trophy!

Field House is located at 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register click here.

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Friday Night "Party Under the Stars"

Come out to the "Party Under the Stars" reception and dinner (weather permitting) on Friday night!

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. This year's conference begins at a NEW TIME on Friday, 10:30 a.m., and will feature new CLE and other fun conference activities.

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 on the new format for 2016 and to register, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Mindful Decision-Making July 14

Day-to-day decision-making can be stressful. For an attorney, the stress of decision-making is complicated by several factors: the legal issues themselves, the reactions of the involved parties, and the non-legal ramifications of any particular decision. Sometimes an attorney's healthy concern for the client's emotions and reactions can snowball into anxiety. All of this competition for mind share can stymie decision making. The challenge of decision-making may lead to delays in action, which can have worse consequences than a bad decision itself. It is said that "Mindful decision-making begins with the recognition of our need to act."

This program -- the second CLE course in the Business Law Section Mindfulness Series -- examines mindful decision-making and how a mindful approach leads to ethical decision-making. Our faculty will provide a mindfulness foundation, offer a definition for mindful decision making, and walk you through a process for making decisions mindfully and ethically. This interactive program will enable you to incorporate mindfulness into your decision-making process, apply the tools of mindful decision-making to a current decision you face, and leverage the skills of mindfulness to represent your clients ethically and zealously.

Mindfulness is an awareness of life in the present moment creating the opportunity to pause, breathe, and connect with oneself so that we may be able to moderate our reaction and respond thoughtfully to our clients and colleagues. For the same reasons, practicing mindfulness in law enhances our capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in our interactions.

In this program, faculty will highlight:

  1. Definitions of Mindful Decision-Making
  2. A Process of Making Decisions Mindfully
  3. Practical examples, resources and tips

Allow mindfulness to be an everyday tool to enable better focus in your practice of law and bring an enjoyment into your work environment.

Mindful Decision-Making
1 ETH
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

CLE - Mitigation and Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings July 19

Responding to Montgomery v. Louisiana

This afternoon CLE program provides training on sentencing mitigation and reentry planning in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, that called for the resentencing of over 300 Philadelphia men and women who were sentenced to life in prison without parole before their 18th birthdays.

ACCR and YSRP have previously hosted 2-day training sessions for mitigation specialists and volunteers who are interested in serving as mitigation specialists. They, along with the Legal Rights of Children Committee, have developed this condensed program to provide an overview of the fundamentals of mitigation and reentry as they relate to an attorney preparing for and presenting a resentencing hearing.

This three-hour CLE program will highlight the following:

  1. Introduction & What is Mitigation?
  2. Mitigation Toolkit
  3. Records Collection
  4. Witness Interviews
  5. Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health
  6. Preparing for Reentry
  7. Q & A

Join your colleagues for a step-by-step overview of sentencing mitigation and reentry planning.

Mitigation and Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings
3 SUB
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

CLE - Nursing Home Litigation 101 Aug. 4

As the aging population in our country continues to grow at a steady pace, many of us will have family members living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities because of their physical or mental condition.

This CLE presentation will cover the basics of nursing home litigation from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. Expert practitioners will offer guidance regarding documentation issues that are unique to nursing home litigation, common themes and defenses in typical nursing home litigation and a discussion of strategy concerning expert retention.

This program will outline the following topics:

Pre-Suit/Documentation

  • Documents to request/preserve
  • Hybrid electronic/paper charts
  • Incident reports, 24 hour reports, staffing documents
  • Admissions documents, including arbitration agreement and power of attorney
  • Powers of attorney, raising estates

Arbitration Agreements

  • Are they enforceable?
  • Authority
  • Wrongful death

Common Claims

Wound case

  • Practice standards
  • Interventions
  • Significant co-morbidities and unavoidable wounds

Fall case

  • Interventions
  • Recovery/Impact on Quality of Life

Corporate negligence

  • Staffing claims
  • State regulation regarding staffing, 2.7 PPD

Expert Retention

  • Nursing experts
  • Geriatrician
  • Specialist?
  • Economist

Distribution of funds from recovery

  • Medical and Estate liens
  • Death petitions and special needs trusts

This program will provide attendees with basic tools to successfully litigate these challenging cases.

Nursing Home Litigation 101
2 SUB
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

CLE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Aug. 24

Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

This 2-hour ethics CLE will feature Shelly Lawson, vice president at USI Affinity and the head of Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) claims for CNA. Learn why lawyers are being sued for malpractice. What are the areas of practice where suits are most common? Are letters of disengagement really that important? Why shouldn't lawyers handle a real estate settlement for a friend who needs just a little bit of help? Using your cell phone and iPad for communications with clients is certainly convenient but does it expose you to liability? This two-hour ethics program will delve into the who, what, where and why of being sued for malpractice and how best to avoid it.

Avoiding Legal Malpractice
2 ETH
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.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.

July 14
Mindful Decision-Making
1 ETH
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

July 19
Mitigation and Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings: Responding to Montgomery v. Louisiana
3 SUB
12-3:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

July 26
Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia
VIDEO Encore
3 SUB
12:30-3:45 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

July 27
What Dealmakers Need to Know About M&A Insurance, D&O Insurance and Operational Insurance
1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

July 29
Bridge the Gap
4 ETH
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 3
Lateral Moves: Ethical and Legal Consequences of Changing Law Firms
VIDEO Encore
2 ETH
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 4
Nursing Home Litigation 101
2 SUB
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 9
Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis
1ETH
12-1 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 10
So, Have You Updated Your Construction Contract Forms
1 SUB/1 ETH
4-6:15 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

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

Aug. 12
"I Know What You Did Last Weekend" - Effective Use of Social Media in WC Litigation 1 SUB
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Aug. 17
Discovery in a Digital World 2 SUB
4-6:15 p.m. Registration begin at 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 24
Avoiding Legal Malpractice
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
2 ETH
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.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.

top