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

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Early Bird Extended Through Aug. 31!

Early bird registration has been extended through Aug. 31! Special room rates extended until 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

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

Call for Volunteer Attorneys: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12

Having a criminal record expunged or sealed can dramatically improve a person's life by allowing him or her to pursue permanent employment or housing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. Effective Nov. 12, 2016, Pennsylvania will allow individuals who have served their sentence and have remained free of arrest or prosecution for 10 years to petition the court to have their records of conviction for misdemeanors of the second and third degree be sealed from public view.

On Nov. 12, 2016, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in partnership with Community Legal Services and key members of the criminal, legal, and judicial communities, will conduct a pro bono criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. The clinic will take place at six locations throughout Philadelphia from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Organizers will be seeking volunteer attorneys and law students to assist with processing petitions at the clinic and to handle follow-up hearings for contested petitions. Details on registering to volunteer to follow.

If you have any questions regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact John Coyle or Meghan Claiborne at phillygetexpunged@gmail.com.

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

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YLD Networking Happy Hour at Pagano's Sept. 8

Continue to celebrate back-to-school season with the Young Lawyers Division at its networking happy hour at Pagano's Market & Bar on Thursday, Sept. 8, sponsored by Morningside Translations, Inc! The first 70 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket and there will be appetizers and drink specials.

Pagano's Market & Bar is located at 2 Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., Philadelphia.

Board Observer

Application Due Sept. 16: 2016-17 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)…READ MORE

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Build Your Team: YLD "Striking Injustice" for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Oct. 6

Build your bowling team for the Young Lawyers Division's annual fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. This year's fundraiser "Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides" will feature a bowling tournament along with other activities at the ultimate Philly hang-out, North Bowl in Northern Liberties, 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. Thank you to the sponsors to date:

  • King Pins - $2,000: Anapol Weiss; Fox Rothschild LLP; White and Williams LLP
  • The Dudes - $1,500: Robson Forensic
  • Alley Allies - $1,000: KML Law Group

More details to come!

Justice Rising Advocates Reception Sept. 22

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Community Legal Services (CLS) is launching a new group, Justice Rising Advocates, with the purpose to engage young Philadelphians by broadening their understanding of CLS’s extensive work and why CLS's advocacy is crucial to the fight for access to justice for all.

At this informal (and free) reception, generously hosted by Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, you can meet the volunteer leaders of Justice Rising Advocates…READ MORE

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Life & Legacy: An Analysis of the Opinions of Justice Louis D. Brandeis Sept. 7

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Louis D. Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association present this evening CLE program with Professor Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution CenterREAD MORE

CLE - Everything You Wanted to Know About Treatment Court (But Were Afraid to Ask) Sept. 8

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

The Philadelphia Treatment Court (PTC) has been operational since 1997 and will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary next year. PTC was the first drug court in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania currently has more than thirty (30) drug courts. There are 3000 drug courts nationwide…READ MORE

CLE - Governance and Ethical Issues for Nonprofit Board Leaders Sept. 13

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

This CLE program provides an overview of governance and ethical issues frequently faced by nonprofit board leaders and their counsel. As attorneys serve in both capacities, they must understand the legal and ethical implications of issues that may arise and how to deal with those issues…READ MORE

CLE - Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement Sept. 27

Hosted by the Fee Disputes Committee and Young Lawyers Division

Through an entertaining reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients, as well as, how to address those issues which often arise when representation ends or the client hires a new attorney&hellipREAD 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.

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.

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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.

Application Due Sept. 16: Board Observer Program

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division (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, Sept. 16. Organizations should apply with the Expressions of Interest Application HERE by Friday, Sept. 9.

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

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Early Bird Extended Through Aug. 31!

Early bird registration has been extended through Aug. 31! Special room rates extended until 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

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

Sky High Connect Sept. 28

The Pyramid Club is pleased to welcome the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Emerging CPAs of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) and Young Professionals of the Risk Managers Association (RMA) of Philadelphia to Sky Hight Connect on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Reservations are required. Credit card payment is required for all transactions in the Pyramid Club and the dress code is business casual.

The Pyramid Club is located at 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. To register, click here.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE


CLE - Life & Legacy: An Analysis of the Opinions of Justice Louis D. Brandeis Sept. 7

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Louis D. Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association present this evening CLE program with Professor Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

Learn whether Justice Brandeis's opinions have stood the test of time and remain relevant today.

Join your colleagues for an entertaining and informative CLE presented by Professor Jeffrey Rosen regarding his new book Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet, published on the centennial of Brandeis' confirmation to the Supreme Court. A leading legal expert Jeffrey Rosen explores Brandeis' life, work and legacy, revealing him as a true heir to Jefferson and the most far-seeing constitutional philosopher of the twentieth century.

Rosen's presentation reflects on why Brandeis matters today and how Brandeis blended the ideals of conservatives, who demand small government and liberals, who advocate a stronger social welfare state, into a vision of democracy that emphasized both freedom and economic justice. Rosen will highlight how Brandeis waited 125 days between his nomination and his confirmation a hundred years ago on June 1, 1916, and his confirmation battle was the most contentious in Supreme Court history. Once he joined the Court, Brandeis wrote some of the most influential opinions on issues we are still grappling with today, including privacy, free speech, and excesses of corporate and federal power. He was also the first Jewish justice, the leader of the American Zionist Movement, a powerful advocate for the role of education in democracy, and a jurist whose emphasis on facts transformed the way the Court does business.

All attendees are invited to attend a wine and cheese reception immediately following the CLE presentation.

Life & Legacy: An Analysis of the Opinions of Justice Louis D. Brandeis
1 SUB
5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.

CLE - Everything You Wanted to Know About Treatment Court (But Were Afraid to Ask) Sept. 8

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

The Philadelphia Treatment Court (PTC) has been operational since 1997 and will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary next year. PTC was the first drug court in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania currently has more than thirty (30) drug courts. There are 3000 drug courts nationwide.

This CLE will examine the history and philosophy of problem solving courts. Expert faculty will explain how the PTC works. The discussion will address specific issues including eligibility, the application process and the requirements for the successful completion of the program.

These problem solving courts provide a substantial benefit for many clients in the appropriate cases and all practitioners need to understand PTC requirements and limitations to effectively advocate for clients.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Treatment Court (But Were Afraid to Ask)
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

CLE - Governance and Ethical Issues for Nonprofit Board Leaders Sept. 13

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

This CLE program provides an overview of governance and ethical issues frequently faced by nonprofit board leaders and their counsel. As attorneys serve in both capacities, they must understand the legal and ethical implications of issues that may arise and how to deal with those issues.

Featured speaker, Frannie Reilly, counsels clients on corporate governance, corporate policies/best practices, compliance issues, nonprofit issues, public finance and real estate transactions.

Reilly will highlight and examine:

  • Overview of legal, regulatory, and ethical framework applicable to nonprofits
  • Issue spotting for nonprofits
  • Understanding nonprofit financial statements

This is a "Must Attend" CLE program for anyone currently serving or considering serving in a leadership capacity of a nonprofit board.

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

CLE - Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement Sept. 27

Hosted by the Fee Disputes Committee and Young Lawyers Division

Through an entertaining reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients, as well as, how to address those issues which often arise when representation ends or the client hires a new attorney.

Expert practitioner answer the following questions:

  • Is a written fee agreement required?
  • May an attorney charge a nonrefundable retainer?
  • Can an attorney hold a file for nonpayment of a fee when the client obtains new counsel?

Join your colleagues for an engaging and informative CLE program.
Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement
1 ETH
12:30 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.

Aug. 30
VIDEO ENCORE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice - FULL
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. 8
Everything You Wanted to Know About Treatment Court (But Were Afraid to Ask)
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 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. 12
The ACA's Impact on Medical Malpractice Litigation
1 SUB
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 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. 20
VIDEO ENCORE: Nursing Home Litigation 101 Sept. 20
2 SUB
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 27
Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement
1 ETH
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.

Sept. 28
The Work of ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law Considerations
2 SUB
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 30
Discovery in a Digital World - Modern Investigative Techniques: Cybersecurity through Computer Forensics
2 SUB
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 30
VIDEO ENCORE: Deposition Skills Litigators Need to Know
2 SUB/1 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 6
Navigating Language Access In Legal Procedure
2 SUB/1 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 13
M&A Market and Economy Updates and Insights
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Oct. 14
Fee Reviews and Utilization Reviews - An Overview of What You Need to Know
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Oct. 27
Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Board Service
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

Nov. 17
Ethics and Incorporating New Technologies in Your Law Practice Digital Marketing
1 SUB/2 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 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.

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