Greet Incoming Chancellor at
Jan. 4 Reception

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Mary F. Platt, 91st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary.

This is the event where even the city's busiest legal leaders patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Thursday: Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Round Table Dec. 21

Please join the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee at its last luncheon meeting of 2017 on Thursday, Dec. 21 for a roundtable discussion about business development for the upcoming year. We will be joined by: Immediate-Past Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano, partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Timothy J. Holman, partner at Smith Kane Holman; and Maureen M. Farrell, principal at the Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell…READ MORE

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

FREE CLE: WHO IS MY CLIENT?

Last FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

*Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee*

*WHO IS MY CLIENT?*
*Or "There, but for the Grace of God, go I"*

Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly, resulting in dire consequences. Panelists will identify lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling attendees to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client."

VIDEO ENCORE Dec. 28

Cross-Examination Series Part 2: Intermediate Cross-Examination Dec. 19

*Hosted by the State Civil Litigation Section*

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 Larry 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

Evaluating an Economic Loss - Don't Let 'It' Scare You Dec. 21

Hosted by the Medical-Legal Committee

Deciding whether it is worth your time and expense to take on a medical malpractice case can be difficult. Medical malpractice litigation is extremely costly due to evaluating the complexity of the case, extensive expert witness fees, discovery and trial

This timely CLE program on economic damages primarily arising from medical malpractice claims will address the following key areas…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Ethics & Malpractice Avoidance Dec. 21

This video encore CLE program will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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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.

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.

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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