Election Day TODAY!

Your vote matters!

Pennsylvania's general election takes place today, Nov. 7. To assist voters, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention has announced the results of its investigation into the qualifications of local judicial candidates…READ MORE


Donate to Philabundance Through 'Bounty From the Bar Food Drive' Until Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is requesting nutritious, nonperishable food donations for the "Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" in partnership with Philabundance. One in six people are struggling with hunger in America, with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley being two of the hardest hit regions…READ MORE


Races are contested at the Board and Cabinet levels. Online ballots will be sent on Nov. 20.

Election Forum Nov. 9

Join your colleagues to meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors. In a series of forums, you will hear why they are running and what they would bring as leaders to move the Association forward…READ MORE

High School Mock Trial Annual Advocacy Camp Dec. 2

Temple University Beasley School of Law's Law Education and Participation Program in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division is hosting its annual advocacy camp for high school students participating in the John S. Bradway Regional Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Dec. 2. The program is looking for volunteer attorneys to welcome the students, as well as lead breakout advocacy sessions or lectures. Email Matt Olesh or Vince Barbera with your interest and availability.

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

Just as Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of liberty and tolerance, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of support for the protection and equal treatment under the law for all citizens. Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 505, seeking to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation, follow in that same tradition… READ MORE

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Experienced Mass Tort Attorneys Needed for LRIS Referrals

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has expanded its Product Liability panels in order to better meet the needs of clients requiring assistance with injuries resulting from the use of Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc.

If you have significant experience litigating any of these matters, we invite you to join LRIS. Attorneys wishing to receive referrals for claims involving Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc must represent, or have represented, at least 12 plaintiffs in civil actions involving the same product brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and must have completed a minimum of five hours of CLE in trial tactics, products liability or class actions within the past three years.

For more information on LRIS, please click here.  You may also contact Charles J. Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.

Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt

It has come to our attention that some members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have received fraudulent emails from "Janet Coleman" requesting payment on an overdue invoice with an attachment. Do not open the email or the attachment. This email is not coming from the Association and is an attempt to phish members.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Technology Officer Barry Greenspan at 215-238-6327.

Volunteers Needed for 2017 Youth Courts

Youth Courts is back in session at School of the Future. This year the program will be working with a veteran teacher in her classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:40 a.m. The program will be teaching the students about what Youth Courts is, and how to apply the knowledge we give them. The school will start holding Youth Court hearings around Thanksgiving. The program is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer – this is a great way opportunity for pro bono hours! If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Alison Russell at russella@whiteandwilliams.com and David Trevaskis at david.trevaskis@pabar.org.


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.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

Educational Forum: Addiction and the Legal Profession Nov. 13

Sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers

Addiction and the Legal Profession

Addiction and alcohol/substance abuse is a significant problem in the legal profession. Given that the stresses of the legal profession frequently cause anxiety and depression issues among attorneys, the quick and frequent coping mechanism may become alcohol, drugs or both. An attorney's addiction doesn't just affect that attorney, but can negatively affect the firm and/or clients of that attorney. We need to understand what the warning signs are so we can help ourselves and fellow lawyers…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap Nov. 7

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

Cross-Examination Series Part 1: My First Cross-Examination Nov. 8

A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. This series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Lawrence Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, among other skilled trial lawyers, will explore how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination…READ MORE

Rescuing Golden Parachutes in Mergers & Acquisitions Nov. 9

A Panel Discussion on Due Diligence and Best Practices

Hosted by the Employee Benefits Committee and the Business Law Section's Mergers & Acquisitions Committee

Improperly handled golden parachutes can drag down both a seller and its executives with taxes, penalties, and administrative burdens. The corporation could lose the compensation deduction for excess parachute payments, while executives may be subject to an additional 20 percent tax over regular income taxes…READ MORE

Transactional Planning for the New Partnership Audit Rules Nov. 9

Hosted by Tax Section

The rules and procedures for auditing partnerships will change dramatically for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Practitioners should begin to act now because the new rules will affect all partnership and LLC clients, regardless of size…READ MORE

The Criminalization of Poverty in America: How Will Philadelphia Respond? Nov. 14

Presented by Community Legal Services, Inc., the Philadelphia Bar Association and Public Citizens for Children & Youth

The purpose of the criminal justice system generally is thought to be to punish people who commit crimes such as assault, theft and drug sales. But many low income people are entangled in the system for issues more related to their poverty. Poor people find themselves charged with crimes because of their mental illness, homelessness, noncompliance with public benefits rules or child support orders and misbehavior in schools…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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.

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE


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