Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2017 YLD Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. Commencement of Voting of will begin on Nov. 21, 2016 and conclude at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2016…READ MORE

Bar Stars Tending for Tips Guest Bartending Fundraiser

Bar Stars Tending for Tips Aug. 18: New Raffle Prizes Added!

Guest bartenders from The Philadelphia Bar Association, including Maria Bermudez and Stephanie Stecklair, and The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation team up for one night to SHAKE, STIR and SLING drinks for your gracious and GENEROUS TIPS.

Money raised through tips and raffle tickets will support the 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Scholarship fund and the mission of the Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation, which gives financial support to those whose hearts have been broken by the sudden illness or sudden loss of life of a loved one.

Raffle prizes include:

  • Bruce Springsteen tickets
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings tickets
  • Philadelphia Union tickets and a signed soccer ball signed by Union players Joshua Yaro and Keegan Rosenberry
  • Overnight stay with valet parking at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
  • One year Zipcar Membership plus $50 in driving credits

Attendees will enjoy discounted beverages and food.

Registration requested by not required. Finn McCool's Ale House is located at 118 S. 12th St. at the corner of Sansom Street. For more information and to register, click here.

Submissions Due Aug. 19: 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Scholarship

The Philadelphia Bar Association will be holding a lottery to attend the 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Sept. 23-24 at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City…READ MORE

Special Counsel

YLD School Supply Drive and Networking Happy Hour Aug. 23

It's that time of year again. School is almost back in session and the Young Lawyers Division is hosting its annual school supply drive. Donations will benefit Turning Points for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families in raising safe, healthy, educated and strong children…READ MORE

Striking Injustice logo

Save the Date: YLD "Striking Injustice" for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Oct. 6

Save the date for the Young Lawyers Division's annual fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. This year's fundraiser "Striking Injustice&58; The Bar Abides" will be a bowling night, including tournament, at North Bowl on Oct. 6.

Do you want to sponsor a team? A lane? Or see your firm or company name in lights? For a full list of sponsorships and benefits, click here. More details to come!

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

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Early Bird Ends Aug. 26

Early bird registration ends Aug. 26.

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 - So, Have You Updated Your Construction Contract Forms? Aug. 10

Happy hour CLE hosted by the Construction Law Committee

Stop pretending that you understand!

This CLE program will actually explain risk transfer provisions in construction contracts so that you can effectively protect your construction-related clients…READ MORE

CLE - "I Know What You Did Last Weekend"-Social Media in WC Aug. 12

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

This CLE program addresses effective use of social medical in workers' compensation cases. The program will highlight dilemmas faced by attorneys and clients, including: counsel's knowledge of a client removing content off a social media page; "friending" clients and witnesses; investigation techniques using social media; and using social media sites at trial…READ MORE

CLE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Aug. 24, 26, 27 and 30

Thanks to an overwhelming response from our membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, Aug. 24, has been filled.

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

CLE - Ethics in Sports & Entertainment at Citizens Bank Park Aug. 31

Join your colleagues for this August compliance grand slam!

After the CLE program, experience a night of the "undead" during Zombie Night at Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Washington Nationals. At this Phillies Theme Night, fans are encouraged to come dressed up in family-friendly Zombie attire and make-up.

This second course in the Philadelphia Bar Association Entertainment Law CLE series adds the fun factor to earning your two required ethics credits…READ MORE

Member Benefits:

Philadelphia Business Journal

Special members-only subscription to the Philadelphia Business Journal…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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Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2017 YLD Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. Commencement of Voting of will begin on Nov. 21, 2016 and conclude at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2016.

Who can run?

Each year, seven new members are elected to the YLD Executive Committee. Any voting member of the YLD is eligible for election provided that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A member is eligible if he/she is 37 years old or less in the year 2019 or, if he/she is older than 38, not celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2019.

What does the Executive Committee do?

The Executive Committee manages and directs the business and activities of the YLD's 3,000 members, including oversight of more than 30 committees in the areas of public service, law-related education and service to the legal community. Being on the YLD Executive Committee provides lawyers opportunities for leadership, networking, and personal and professional growth early in their careers.

The Nominating Petition must be returned to Dawn Petit, Meetings Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Click here for the 2016 election timeline.

For those wishing to learn more about the YLD and the election process, a nuts and bolts information session will be held on Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St.

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.

Philadelphia Business Journal

Special members-only subscription to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The discounted price for Philadelphia Bar Association members is $85 for a one-year print and digital subscription. That's a savings of $30! Two- and three-year subscriptions are also available at a discounted rate.

Added Bonus: Your subscription will include a copy of the 2016 and 2017 Book of Lists.

To receive this offer please visit: www.pbj.com/Jason85.

Questions? Contact Jason Garrison at (215) 238-5126 or jgarrison@bizjournals.com.

4th Annual Corporate Counsel Awards

This year the Philadelphia Business Journal will honor the top Corporate Counsels and top Rising Stars for an awards program at the Ballroom at the Ben on Sept. 8, 2016.

To register, please visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/event/135952. Discounted tickets available to Philadelphia Bar Association members – enter PROMO CODE PHILBAR2016 at checkout.

PBJ

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.

Application Due Sept. 16: Board Observer Program

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the YLD and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (DLSC), has developed the Board Observer Program (BOP). This initiative gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local legal aid and other nonprofit organizations, to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on such boards, and to succeed in their future careers.

 

Now in its fifth year, the BOP has won a national award from the National Conference of Bar Foundations for innovative and successful bar foundation/bar association partnerships. Looking to be a part of 2016-17 class? Individuals interested in being an observer should apply with the Board Observer Application HERE by Friday, September 16. Organizations should apply with the Expressions of Interest Application HERE by Friday, September 9.

Submission instructions are located in the applications above. Questions or comments? Please contact Jessica Hilburn-Holmes at 215-238-6347.

Submissions for 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Due Aug. 19

The Philadelphia Bar Association will be holding a lottery to attend the 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Sept. 23-24 at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City.

The lottery is available to public interest and government attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and who have not received a scholarship within the last five (5) years.

The scholarship will cover full conference registration. However, individuals will be responsible for their own hotel accommodations.

A discounted rate of $165 plus tax is available at Harrah's on Friday, Sept. 23 for Bench-Bar attendees.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org by 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 24 via email.

Money for the scholarships will be raised at "Bar Stars Tending for Tips" on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at Finn McCool's Ale House at 12th and Sansom streets. Please join us and invite your friends and colleagues to come out as well to help support the event.

**Registering for the Conference**

If you enter the lottery please DO NOT register for the conference. If your name is NOT selected for one of the scholarships you will be able to register and receive the early-bird discount until Aug. 31.

YLD School Supply Drive and Networking Happy Hour Aug. 23

It's that time of year again. School is almost back in session and the Young Lawyers Division is hosting its annual school supply drive. Donations will benefit Turning Points for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families in raising safe, healthy, educated and strong children.

Members are encouraged to donate new school supplies at donation drop-off locations at the following firms up until August 23:

  • Anapol Weiss (Catelyn McDonough): One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., Suite 1600, Philadelphia
  • Rawle and Henderson (Erin Lamb): 1339 Chestnut St., 16th Fl., Philadelphia
  • Reed Smith LLP (Lindsey R. Harteis): Three Logan Square, Suite 3100, 1717 Arch St., Philadelphia
  • Wade Clark Mulcahy (Hillary Ladov): 1515 Market St., Suite 2050, Philadelphia
  • Berner Klaw & Watson (Stephanie Stecklair): 1528 Walnut St., Suite 1100, Philadelphia
  • Fox Rothschild LLP (Matthew S. Olesh): 2000 Market St., Philadelphia (lobby)

Supplies needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Ruled Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Pencil cases
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Rulers
  • Erasers

Take advantage of the Association's discounted pricing on school supplies through member benefit provider, Office Depot. The school supply drive will culminate at the YLD happy hour at Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia on Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. The happy hour is sponsored by Special Counsel and the first 75 people will receive a drink ticket. All attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations.

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Early Bird Ends Aug. 26

Early bird registration ends Aug. 26.

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 - So, Have You Updated Your Construction Contract Forms? Aug. 10

Happy hour CLE hosted by the Construction Law Committee

Stop pretending that you understand!

This CLE program will actually explain risk transfer provisions in construction contracts so that you can effectively protect your construction-related clients.

Due to the inherent risk in construction projects, contractual risk transfer provisions are important whether you represent owners/developers, contractors or subcontractors. Too many practitioners do not understand the importance or meaning of standard insurance requirements in construction contracts, or what constitutes an enforceable indemnification provision. As a result, they rely on form contracts that contain indemnification and insurance provisions that are out-of-date or were poorly drafted in the first place.

Hear a practical and entertaining overview of indemnification provisions and insurance requirements in construction contracts so that you can better protect your clients. Featured speaker, Jonathan Cass, will use his superior intellect, charm and handsome good looks to translate risk transfer provisions that appear to be incomprehensible gobbledygook into something akin to English.

This presentation will include:

  • A discussion of the importance of indemnification provisions and how to draft them so that they are enforceable
  • An analysis of different indemnification provisions including the standard AIA provisions, and an exemplar provision from a major general contractor
  • Explanations of the insurance requirements that you should be including in your contracts, and what the requirements actually means in plain English
  • The necessity of builders' risk insurance during construction and what it does and does not cover

So, Have You Updated Your Construction Contract Forms?
1 SUB/1 ETH
4 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

CLE - "I Know What You Did Last Weekend"-Social Media in WC Aug. 12

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

This CLE program addresses effective use of social medical in workers' compensation cases. The program will highlight dilemmas faced by attorneys and clients, including: counsel's knowledge of a client removing content off a social media page; "friending" clients and witnesses; investigation techniques using social media; and using social media sites at trial.

Experienced faculty will examine:

  • The rules of evidence
  • How to discover social media information
  • How to admit it into evidence from both a defense and claimant perspective
  • Recent case law
  • New investigation techniques regarding social media

Attendees will gain with a better understanding of the do's and don'ts of social media as it relates to litigating a workers' compensation case.

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

CLE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Aug. 24, 26, 27 and 30

Thanks to an overwhelming response from our membership, the first FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, Aug. 24, has been filled.

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
Aug. 26 - VIDEO ENCORE
9 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 27 - VIDEO ENCORE
9 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 30 - VIDEO ENCORE
2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

CLE - Ethics in Sports & Entertainment at Citizens Bank Park Aug. 31

Join your colleagues for this August compliance grand slam!

After the CLE program, experience a night of the "undead" during Zombie Night at Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Washington Nationals. At this Phillies Theme Night, fans are encouraged to come dressed up in family-friendly Zombie attire and make-up.

This second course in the Philadelphia Bar Association Entertainment Law CLE series adds the fun factor to earning your two required ethics credits.

In the first hour, attendees will examine entertainment fee agreements using a sample hourly rate agreement and a contingent fee agreement. The featured speaker, entertainment lawyer, Bernie Resnick, will discuss the ethical requirements of fee agreements, with a focus on attorney’s fees in the sports and entertainment industry.

In the second hour, Resnick will lead a discussion of ethics issues that attorneys typically encounter in the sports and entertainment industry, highlighting Pennsylvania Disciplinary Rules 1.5, 1.7 and 1.8.

Special Notes&58;

  • No walk-in registrations.
  • Tuition includes CLE program, course material, buffet and game ticket.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Parking is NOT included.
  • For questions regarding non-attorney guest ticket, please contact Tara D. Phoenix, Director of Continuing Legal Education at 215-238-6349.

Ethics in Sports & Entertainment at Citizens Bank Park 2 ETH
4 p.m. Registration begins at 3:15 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.

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. 18
Deposition Skills Every Courtroom Litigator Needs to Know
Presented by Raynes McCarty
3 SUB
12-3:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 24
Avoiding Legal Malpractice - FULL
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
2 ETH
9 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 26
VIDEO ENCORE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
2 ETH
9 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 27
VIDEO ENCORE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
2 ETH
9 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 30
VIDEO ENCORE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
2 ETH
2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

Aug. 31
Ethics in Sports & Entertainment at Citizens Bank Park
Join your colleagues for this August compliance grand slam! 2 ETH
4 p.m. Registration begins at 3:15 p.m.

Sept. 7
Life & Legacy: An Analysis of the Opinions of Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Wine and cheese reception immediately following CLE program
1 SUB
5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 9
Understanding the New DOL Fiduciary Rule: Are You Ready to Advise Your Clients?
Presented with The American College of Financial Services 2 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 13
Governance and Ethical Issues for Nonprofit Board Leaders 1 ETH
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Sept. 15
Uniform Trust Code: New Jersey v. Pennsylvania
2 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Sept. 28
Leading Mindfully
1 SUB
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 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.

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