Press Conference Today: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12

Press Conference today at 9:30 a.m. in Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall. Visit GetExpunged.org for full details.

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.

Visit GetExpunged.org for full details on volunteering and registering for the clinic.


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Registration Open: YLD "Striking Injustice" for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Oct. 6

Get excited 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.

Create your own team! Individuals can create a team of 6-8 and compete in the tournament. Team participation includes registration with open bar, including craft beers, and dinner buffet. Register here.

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; Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C.; White and Williams LLP
  • Additional Sponsors: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; KML Law Group; McCarter & English, LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; Reed Smith LLP; Robson Forensic, Inc.; and Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC


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


Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

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

CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Oct. 5

Become certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas!

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules…READ MORE

CLE - Navigating Language Access In Legal Proceedings Oct. 6

Presented with the American Translators Association

As a fundamental principle of law, fairness, and the fundamental right to justice, and to promote the integrity and accuracy of judicial proceedings, attorneys, judges and the courts, should provide a sound and reliable system of language access services…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.

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.

American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Happy Hour & Fundraiser Oct. 5

Join the American Cancer Society's inaugural "Real Men Wear Pink Philadelphia Campaign" participants for drinks and networking while supporting this great cause at Misconduct Tavern (Uptown) on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Misconduct Tavern will be donating 10 percent of all food and beverage sales; offering a signature pink drink; and supporting a 50/50 raffle.

Misconduct Tavern is located at 18th and JFK Blvd., Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Bankruptcy Committee, YLD, and Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Present Luncheon with the Bankruptcy Judges Nov. 2

The Bankruptcy Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, invite young bankruptcy practitioners to a unique opportunity to have lunch with the bankruptcy judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ("EDPA") on Nov. 2, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the new Philadelphia office of Flaster Greenberg at 1835 Market St., Suite 1050. The luncheon will provide an informal environment for attorneys practicing in the EDPA to converse with the judges and ask questions about best bankruptcy practice as a young practitioner.

Attending attorneys are not required to bring their own lunches, as lunch will be provided by Flaster Greenberg free of charge. The luncheon is open to bankruptcy attorneys not past their sixth year of practice and is strictly limited to the first 20 people to respond. Interested parties should contact Evan T. Miller at emiller@bayardlaw.com or Damien N. Tancredi at damien.tancredi@flastergreenberg.com. Evan and Damien can be reached with any questions at (302) 429-4227 and (215) 587-5675, respectively.

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.

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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.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

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.

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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.

CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Oct. 5

Become certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas!

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules. Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal from the decision and obtain a new trial.

Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Receive explanations and examples regarding the following:

  • Definition of the Arbitration program and introduction to the process
  • General roles, responsibilities and E-Filing
  • Substantive/Service Issues
    • Stipulation issues
    • Limited tort vs. Full tort status in motor vehicle personal injury cases
    • § 1722 "paid or payable" argument
    • Act 6 reduction
    • Moorhead
    • Introduction Police Reports
    • Application of the Fair Share Act
    • Cases involving the Plan
    • Special evidentiary issues
  • Ethical Concerns during the arbitration process
  • AND OBTAIN CERTIFICATION TO BECOME AN ARBITRATOR

Hosted by the Compulsory Arbitration Committee of the State Civil Litigation Section and presented with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program.

Attend a practical and entertaining presentation to learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.

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.

CLE - Navigating Language Access In Legal Proceedings Oct. 6

Presented with the American Translators Association

As a fundamental principle of law, fairness, and the fundamental right to justice, and to promote the integrity and accuracy of judicial proceedings, attorneys, judges and the courts, should provide a sound and reliable system of language access services. Persons participating in a legal environment should be able to do so in a language they understand and all parties should be able comprehend one another throughout the proceedings.

This 3-hour interactive CLE session will provide an in-depth look at what is driving the growing need for language access, why it is so important, how it is structured so as to achieve effective results, and when it is required by law.

A prestigious panel of local and state court, government and linguistic experts will offer their unique perspectives and offer guidance regarding the following:
-- Assessment on current meaningful language access status in Pennsylvania
-- Identifying LEP persons
-- Interpreter Services in Legal Proceedings and Courts
-- Obstacles to compliance
-- Document Translations
-- Qualifications of Providers
-- Training and Certification
-- Code of Conduct and Interpreter Ethics
-- Resources

Using case studies, expert practitioners will address the challenges and obstacles, ethical dilemmas and cultural considerations, with practical solutions, technology trends, forecasts and resources.

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

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. 10
October 2016 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Dawn of a New Era: Pennsylvania's 2016 Orphans' Court Rules
2 SUB
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.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. 18
Representing Grandparents in Domestic Relations and Dependency Cases: Issues to Consider and Practice Tips
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 24
Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Navigating the Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Service
2.5 ETH
8:30 a.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Oct. 26
Philadelphia's Sweetened Beverage Tax
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. 10
2016 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update
4 SUB/1 ETH
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 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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