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Jan. 9, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 2
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Tonight: Chancellor's Reception Jan. 9

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Deborah R. Gross, 90th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Monday, Jan. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the busiest leaders of the legal community patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor, and each other, good luck in the year ahead.

Renew Your Membership Today!

It is that time of year when we ask you to renew your membership in the nation's oldest association of lawyers. Your membership dues are the lifeblood of our Association, and have not been increased in over seven years. The 2017 PA Senate will be veto-proof so the Bar Association will need to be particularly active on your behalf this year fighting against the sales tax on legal services, and fighting for legislation that improves the laws of our Commonwealth. Additionally, it will be a busy year for the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention in its evaluation of judicial candidates for our state appellate courts and local trial courts.

Renew today. We look forward to your continued membership and welcome your ideas and suggestions on ways to improve our work.

Deborah R. Gross
2017 Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Nominations Sought by Jan. 27: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association…READ MORE

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 31

The Business Law Section invites you to its Annual Reception at Estia on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drink while networking with colleagues and friends. The Section will also honor a few of its own for their contributions to the practice of law:

  • Leonard A. Bernstein, Reed Smith LLP: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award
  • Prince Altee Thomas, Fox Rothschild LLP: Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award
  • Patricia M. Hamill, Conrad O'Brien PC, Business Litigation Committee: Committee Chair of the Year
  • Bankruptcy Law Committee: Committee of the Year

Estia is at 1405 Locust St., Philadelphia. Please RSVP by Jan. 26. To register, click here.

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

  • Board of Law Examiners: Deadline Jan. 31
  • PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Continuing Legal Education Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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.

CLE - Drinking Water Contamination Jan. 17

Hosted by: Environmental and Energy Law Committee

Safe and available drinking water is essential to human life. The Safe Drinking Water Act is designed to ensure that public water supplied to homes and businesses is potable and that consumers are alerted to the presence of contaminants or risks. Notwithstanding the beneficial protections afforded by the Act and its implementing regulations, recent events have raised concerns about the safety of public drinking water and resulted in lawsuits seeking damages and remedial actions to enhance public safety…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Strictly Speaking: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers Jan. 19

If you missed the live presentation of this compelling CLE, you can attend this video presentation and learn the practical tips and techniques to prepare lawyers for any public speaking event…READ MORE

CLE - Apple Vs. Samsung: Takeaways From the Smartphone Wars Jan. 25

Join our Intellectual Property Committee for a networking breakfast and a timely CLE program regarding one of the headline grabbing cases in 2016 and moving forward.

This CLE program examines the ongoing litigation regarding design patent protection for the smartphone and covers how appearance and design can be protected through the law…READ MORE

CLE - Legal Name Changes Jan. 25

Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee and the Mazzoni Center

Transgender people who are transitioning sometimes have to jump through legal hoops to get the documentation changed to reflect their chosen name and gender. Pennsylvania's laws make it possible but not exactly easy. Many young transgender people are reluctant to take legal steps to get their names changed because they don't want to deal with the hassle, or because they find official acknowledgement of their wrongly-identified gender and old name to be extremely embarrassing, especially in a courtroom…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Barristers' MLK Annual Memorial Breakfast Jan. 16

The Barristers' Association cordially invites you to its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 a.m. This year, the brekfast will honor Hon. Leon W. Tucker, Supervising Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, with the Honorable William F. Hall Award; Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) with the Outstanding Organization Award; Kevin V. Mincey, Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC, with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; and Deborah Watson-Stokes, Office of the District Attorney, City of Philadelphia, with the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award. A service project will immediately follow…READ MORE

FJD MLK Day of Service Project Jan. 16

Please join the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project at South Philadelphia High School on Jan. 16. Volunteers will be working on beautification projects and with the Mural Arts Program's Restorative Justice Guild to create an original mural that will adorn the interior of the school.

A day that appropriately celebrates a man who gave so much of himself for the improvement of society as a whole, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is also a time when hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country pay it forward in order to give back. Dr. King often spoke of justice, empowerment, love and peace- especially in the toughest of settings and under the most improbable circumstances. The FJD is in the unique position to see, on a daily basis, the importance of these virtues.

South Philadelphia High School is located at 2101 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Available shifts are between 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for a shift by calling 215-683-7053. Water, breakfast and lunch will be served.

Nominations Due March 31: Workers' Comp 2017 Irvin Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia judge who was well known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning law…READ MORE

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 of 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.

Upcoming Events:


Public Interest Organization Events and Philadelphia VIP Trainings

Sparer Symposium Jan. 13

The 36th Annual Sparer Symposium will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Friday, Jan. 13. The Sparer Symposium commemorates the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer, professor of law and social policy and brings together legal academics and practitioners, delving deeply into important issues of the times. The title of this year's symposium is "A Country Divided: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Future of American Democracy." Panels will focus on voting rights, criminal justice reform, national security, and campaign finance. Beth Donovan, senior Washington editor for NPR News, will deliver the keynote address. For additional information and to RSVP, please click here.

VIP Landlord-Tenant Training Jan. 20

Philadelphia VIP is scheduled to present a Landlord-Tenant Training for volunteer attorneys who are interested in providing pro bono representation for a tenant in a Municipal Court eviction case at Dechert LLP on Friday, Jan. 20. The training will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. (breakfast provided) and will be a two-track training where attorneys can learn about the nuts and bolts of landlord tenant cases or about negotiation strategy. This training will be held at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia. To register, visit

VIP New Volunteer Orientation Jan. 25

Philadelphia VIP will host a New Volunteer Orientation to welcome new attorneys on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The program will provide an overview of Philadelphia VIP and the opportunities and resources available to volunteers. This orientation will take place at Philadelphia VIP's offices, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400, Philadelphia. To register, please visit

VIP Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program Training Feb. 10

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Mortgage Foreclosure—Saving Homes through Negotiations" at Pepper Hamilton LLP on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. The training will cover the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program and recent changes to foreclosure practices, including the end of HAMP and the impact of the new administration. Pepper Hamilton LLP is located at 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch streets, Philadelphia. To register, please visit

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