YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12 - Register for Training CLEs!

Registration for Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records training now open. CLE program is FREE for expungement clinic volunteers.

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.

Registration for Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records training now open. CLE program is FREE for expungement clinic volunteers. Dates are Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.

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

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

Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Chance to Win New iPad Pro™ 9.7

Get your "Passport" stamped by each sponsor for a chance to win the new iPad Pro™ 9.7 or one of a selection of other great prizes.

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

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

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:

  • Team Sponsors: Anapol Weiss; Blank Rome LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; White and Williams LLP
  • Additional Sponsors: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; KML Law Group; McCarter & English, LLP; Reed Smith LLP; Robson Forensic, Inc.; and Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC

Registration opening soon!

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 - 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 - Uniform Trust Code: New Jersey V. Pennsylvania Sept. 15

Hosted by the Taxation Committee of the Probate & Trust Law Section

Now that the Uniform Trust Code has crossed the river into New Jersey, practitioners practicing in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania are asking, how are these two "Uniform" Trust Codes similar and how do they differ…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…READ MORE

CLE - Leading Mindfully Sept. 28

Business Law Section Mindfulness Series

Join us for the third program in the Business Law Section Mindfulness series. Building on the Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Decision-Making CLE programs, this program explores the fundamental qualities of mindful leadership and how those qualities relate to legal practice and the various leadership roles lawyers hold…READ MORE

Member Benefits:

New Deals From Lenovo

Summer's over but Lenovo savings continue…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.

New Deals From Lenovo

Summer's over but Lenovo savings continue!

Now is the time to upgrade your PC with Lenovo's legendary PCs at great summer-end discounts. If for either home or home office use, Lenovo designs and engineers legendary technologies, with top performance! As a Philadelphia Bar Association member, take advantage of INSTANT SAVINGS up to 24% off now through September 30th.

Shop now, with these exclusive offers:

  • Up to 24% off Select Lenovo Laptops
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Visit: www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar

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.

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: Chance to Win New iPad Pro™ 9.7

Get your "Passport" stamped by each sponsor for a chance to win the new iPad Pro™ 9.7 or one of a selection of other great prizes.

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.

REGISTER BY SEPT. 20. 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 - 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 - Uniform Trust Code: New Jersey V. Pennsylvania Sept. 15

Hosted by the Taxation Committee of the Probate & Trust Law Section

Now that the Uniform Trust Code has crossed the river into New Jersey, practitioners practicing in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania are asking, how are these two "Uniform" Trust Codes similar and how do they differ?

This practical CLE seminar will explore the key provisions from both states, identify where they mirror each other and explore the differences as between the two codes.

Expert practitioners from both sides of the river will examine the following issues:

(1) History of the New Jersey Uniform Trust Code
(2) History of the Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Code
(3) Chart the correlation between the two codes (a quick user guide to each code)
(4) Explore when going to court still may be the best option
(5) A fiduciary's perspective of the Uniform Trust Code
(6) Comparing and contrasting pertinent sections of each Uniform Trust Code, such as:
-- Non-judicial Agreements
-- Trustees: Removal, Appointment and Vacancies
-- Virtual Representation
-- Directed Trusts
-- Modification and Termination
-- A "hodge-podge" of other variations between the two codes

Join your colleagues for this information luncheon program examining the similarities and difference between the Uniform Trust Code in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Uniform Trust Code: New Jersey v. Pennsylvania
2 SUB
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.

CLE - Leading Mindfully Sept. 28

Business Law Section Mindfulness Series

Join us for the third program in the Business Law Section Mindfulness series. Building on the Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Decision-Making CLE programs, this program explores the fundamental qualities of mindful leadership and how those qualities relate to legal practice and the various leadership roles lawyers hold.

The program will highlight the seven ingredients of mindful leadership and their application. The discussion will provide a framework for becoming a successful leader by being physically balanced, emotionally connected and mentally focused and ethical. Guided by a faculty with backgrounds in leadership and mindfulness and their application in law and business, this interactive program will include exercises you can utilize and practice to incorporate mindfulness into your professional roles that enable you to become more effective leaders.

In this program, faculty will examine:

  • How the application of the ideals of mindfulness work in the reality of a lawyer's day-to-day practice
  • How one can overcome leadership challenges in a competitive environment or with adversarial relationships using the techniques discussed

Allow mindfulness to be an everyday tool to enable you to be a better leader in your firm, company or other leadership positions.

Thank you to the Business Law Section Annual Sponsors:

Ballard Spahr LLP

Dechert LLP


Dilworth Paxson

Duane Morris

Reed Smith LLP

Wells Fargo

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

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. 16
Key Legal Issues Facing General Counsel
2 SUB
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.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. 5
Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
2 SUB/1 ETH
2 p.m. - Lunch and registration begin at 1:30 p.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. 1
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Nov. 2
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 12 p.m.

Nov. 2
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
6 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 4
Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records
1 SUB
12 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.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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