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Jan. 14, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 3
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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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

2019 Philadelphia Bar Association Budget

To view the 2019 Philadelphia Bar Association Statement of Operations, please click here.

FJD MLK Day Jan. 21

Judge Sierra Thomas Street, who runs the Board of Judges' MLK Day Committee, has extended an invitation to the Philadelphia Bar Association for its Day of Service at Strawberry Mansion High School on Monday, Jan. 21. Volunteers will be working on beautification projects and with the Mural Arts Program's Restoritave Justice Guild to create an original mural that will adorn the interior of the school. For questions, email Evetta Chambliss

Liberty & Justice: Moving From Some to ALL Feb. 8

Join us for Liberty & Justice Conference: Moving from Some to All, on Friday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy. The Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia area law schools are again bringing together practitioners, law students and community activists from throughout the region to discuss issues of importance in social justice lawyering. This second annual conference will feature progressive, social justice advocates from the Philadelphia area gathered to address critical topics in social justice lawyering, such as, legalized exclusion - the racial wealth divide, human toll of U.S. immigration policies, ethics and lawyer activism, criminal justice reform, LGBT youth in foster care and homelessness, restorative justice, participatory defense and more. Preregistration is required; space is limited. 5 CLE credits are available; substantive or ethics are determined by the sessions attended. For more information and to register, click here.

Justinian Luncheon Honoring Chancellor Shelli Fedullo Feb. 12

The Justinian Society will be honoring Chancellor Rochelle M. Fedullo and special guest ESPN March Madness "Bracketeer" Joe Lunardi at The Union League of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

Due Feb. 1: 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. The deadline for submission is Feb. 1

Nominations Due March 20: Workers' Compensation Irvin Stander Award

The 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. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on workers' compensation at Temple University Law School, now the Temple University Beasley School of Law…READ MORE


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.

Nominations Due Feb. 7: Mayor's Day of Service Recognition Award

The City of Philadelphia Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service announced it is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Mayor's Day of Service Recognition. Mayor Kenney and OCEVS are encouraging residents to nominate persons committed to service and creating a positive impact in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Applications Due Feb. 28: Serve on City Advisory Commission

The City of Philadelphia invites Philadelphians to apply to serve on City Advisory Commissions. Comprised of community leaders and Philadelphians with a passion for public service, the City’s advisory commissions provide Mayor Kenney and the Administration valuable insight and feedback on policy priorities on behalf of Philadelphia’s underrepresented communities…READ MORE

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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: Moving Beyond Cash Bail
(2 SUB)

This timely video-encore CLE program will examine the cash bail system in Pennsylvania. There is a growing consensus that the cash bail system is broken, but how do we fix it? Panelists will illuminate these problems and offer guidance regarding the most promising strategies for reforming cash bail practices.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12 - 2 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: The #MeToo Movement's Impact on Litigation, Counseling and Training
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This practical video-encore program analyzes the real-life effects of the #MeToo movement as it relates to legal and administrative processes, the impact on employment litigation and juries in particular and the new influences on employer counseling and training. Panelists will also explore trends and future developments in this current political climate.

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!

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
4 - 5 p.m.

State of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
(1 SUB)

In his new role as Chief Judge in one of the busiest District Courts in the United States, Chief Judge Juan Sanchez will provide information of key importance in the Eastern District, including role of the judiciary, new programs being implemented, types of cases, expectations for attorneys practicing in federal courts, and challenges faced by the Court.


Full course calendar here.

Public Interest Alums Network Meeting Jan. 24

The Public Interest Alums Network will meet at the Education Law Center on THursday, Jan. 24 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PIAN is a group of retired, semi-retired, and career-transitioning public interest attorneys who meet periodically to discuss transitions and volunteer opportunities and to interact. Folks (including those still working full-time) are welcome to join us. For more information on PIAN or to RSVP (and please do), you can email Janet Stotland or Lynn Marks.

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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