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Jan. 7, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 2
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to renew your membership for 2019! Click here and continue to take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer.

Tonight: Chancellor's Reception

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Chancellors Reception

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Rochelle M. Fedullo, 92nd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Monday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Bellevue Hotel.

Join us in wishing Shelli, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, good luck in the year ahead and enjoy the company of your friends and colleagues in the legal community. Registration is requestedREAD MORE

Deadline Jan. 11: LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is now accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award, which is awarded annually to any individual who has made substantive contributions to the LGBT community in Philadelphia. Cheryl A. Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), including a term as its treasurer. Cheryl successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a website, endorsing of bar candidates and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community.

Please email your nominations to Christa Levko and Ian Evans by Jan. 11, 2019. Nominations should include a short (less than a page) explanation as to why you feel this person is deserving of the Award. Also, if you wish to be on the Nominating Committee, please let Christa and Ian know.

Year-End Celebrations
Business Law Annual Reception Jan. 16

You are cordially invited to the Business Law Section Annual Reception at the Pyramid Club on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drink while networking with colleagues and friends. They will also honor a few of their own for their contributions to the practice of law, including Roberta L. Jacobs-Meadway with the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group with the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award, Peter Jaslow and Richard A. Levan of the Securities Regulation Committee with the Committee Chairs of the Year award and the Business Litigation Committee with the Committee of the Year award…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.


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.

Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board (Lawyers and non-lawyers): Deadline Jan. 31
  • Board of Law Examiners: Deadline Jan. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

MontCo Appointment of Conflict Counsel on Criminal Cases

Notice is hereby given that commencing Sept. 4, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County has instituted a new application process to be considered for inclusion on the Conflict Appointment List. All attorneys, including those on such list, must complete the new application process to be considered…READ MORE

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. You can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people in need across Philadelphia and our region by donating today.


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - is a statewide continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as an accredited Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) provider, offering CLE and CJE courses to lawyers, judges and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Ethics & Malpractice Avoidance
(2 ETH)

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.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
9:30 - 11 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Tips for An Effective Pro Bono Program
(1.5 SUB)

Building on key recommendations from the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force, this video-encore CLE program will provide insights from the field and practical tips for establishing or strengthening a pro bono program at your legal practice setting. Attendees will come away from the session with real world examples of successful pro bono programs (and the lessons learned in establishing them); sample pro bono policies and committee structures; and, if desired, a mentor to help them get started.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
12 - 3 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

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 the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator!

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

WCAIS Advice to Keep Judges Happy
(1 SUB)

This luncheon CLE program will educate employers as to common mistakes made in the use of WCAIS, how to improve their WCAIS requests and submissions to judges to maximize the functionality of WCAIS, reduce the time spent by the judge considering the request or submission, and increase the chances of obtaining a faster answer or approval from the judge, thus ensuring that they have satisfied clients and happy judges.


Full course calendar here.

VIP Quiet Title Training Jan. 24

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free Quiet Title training at Fox Rothschild, LLP on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 12:00-2:30 p.m. This training, led by statewide experts Edward Hayes and Bob will explain how to transfer title of a property into a low-income client’s name through the filing of a Quiet Title action…READ MORE

VIP Landlord/Tenant Law Training Jan. 25

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free introductory Landlord/Tenant Law training at Pepper Hamilton, LLP on Friday, Jan. 25 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. This program will provide an overview of landlord/tenant law, as well as practical information about representing a client in a landlord/tenant dispute in the Philadelphia courts…READ MORE

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 25

The Greater Philadelphia Association of Law Schools (GPALS) is proud to host this year's Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Career Fair at the Temple University-Center City Campus, 1515 Market St., Philadelphia, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This special annual event brings together law students from Drexel, Penn, Penn State & Dickinson Law, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, and Widener Delaware & Harrisburg on one day, at one convenient location, to interview for summer internships or permanent positions with public interest employers from the across the region and beyond. For further information and/or questions, please contact Andrew Prinzivalli.

VIP Nonprofit Legal Assessment Training Jan. 31

Philadelphia VIP will hold a Nonprofit Legal Assessment training and clinic at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia, from 9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m. Volunteers will help clients identify and address key legal issues facing Philadelphia nonprofits, such as drafting contracts and securing 501(c)(3) status…READ MORE


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