Jan. 27, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 4
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Time to renew your membership for 2020! Click here and continue to take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court on May 4

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.) will move the admission of up to 25 members to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, May 4. The admission ceremony will occur before the full Supreme Court sitting in Washington, D.C.

Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

Requirements & Instructions
Admission Form

Once you have successfully completed the admission form, please mail it with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $240 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each applicant is permitted to bring only one guest. A guest is an additional $40. Please remit payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition February 2020

The first round is Friday, Jan. 31 at 5:00 p.m.

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition, and we need your help to make this year another success. The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition. Each spring, students from approximately 30 - 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

We hope that you will again join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like. Each trial will require only a 2- to 3-hour time commitment.

The first round is Friday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. The students are incredibly excited for this year's competition, so please come volunteer and see what they've been preparing for!

  • Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge.
  • Click here to view this year's Case Materials.

To sign up, please fill out the form on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website or send an email Eric S. Pasternack at epasternack@cprlaw.com.

Did You Know ?

Some of the many advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership include:

  • Legislative program to champion your interests
  • Free and low-cost CLE courses - Members receive six free CLE credits
  • Networking and leadership opportunities
  • Insurance brokerage services through USI Affinity
  • Significant discounts on a wide variety of national brands and retailers, including Brooks Brothers, Expedia Hotels, Office Max, UPS, 1-800-Flowers and ZipCar.

Please renew your membership today, and join us for another outstanding year of great programs and professional development.


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.

Writers Wanted

How would you like to see your byline in a publication that regularly reaches audiences throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey?

The Philadelphia Bar Association is looking for volunteer writers for its Philadelphia Bar Reporter.

Receive monthly assignments or propose your own topics.

To learn more, visit philadelphiabar.org, or contact Brittany Robertson at brobertson@philabar.org.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

A donation to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation supports nearly 40 legal aid agencies in their pursuit of advancing equal access to justice. The Philadephia Bar Foundation's nonprofit partners have dedicated their careers to providing civil legal aid to our communities. In 2018, they collectively represented over 130,000 clients in cases ranging from landlord-tenant disputes, to family petitions, to the defense of women's reproductive rights and beyond. Help us fund the future of legal aid. Donate today.


Transforming Access to Justice: Philadelphia Equal Justice Center

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is leading the Equal Justice Center (EJC) project, which will permanently transform the capacity of the city's legal aid system to sustain its operations and improve the delivery of services to clients. At the EJC, a shared physical location will create efficiencies and collaborative program opportunities, freeing up much-needed resources. Organizations in the EJC will collectively confront interlocking issues, which will be life-changing for Philadelphians seeking multiple vital supports. Opening in 2022, the EJC will be located on Race Street between 8th and 9th Streets. Help support this important project by learning more and donating today!


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

Vacationing, stuck in the office, at home or just avoiding the commute? Philadelphia Bar Association offers webcasts of select LIVE CLE/CJE courses. Look for the Webcast Icon in the program description for availability.

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. We are proud to be inducted into The Legal Intelligencer's Best of 2019 Hall of Fame and named to the Best of 2019 top three for continuing legal education provider and online CLE provider!

Full course calendar here.

VIP Training - Serving your Divorce Complaint, Jan. 30

On Thursday, January 30, Philadelphia VIP will host a volunteer training program, Serving your Divorce Complaint, from 12 - 1 p.m., at Philadelphia VIP, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 400. This free information session will provide helpful tips on how to properly serve a hard-to-find defendant in a VIP divorce case, and more. Register here.

Legal Name Change in Philadelphia, Feb. 1

On Saturday, February 1, the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee will host a CLE program, Legal Name Change in Philadelphia, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., (registration begin at 9:30 a.m.), at the Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business & Industry, 1751 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Materials will be provided electronically prior to the program. 1.0 SUB/1.0 ETH CLE credits are available. This CLE is geared toward attorneys interested in providing pro bono representation to low-income residents of Philadelphia who are seeking a legal name change relating to gender identity. This CLE program is free of charge only to attorneys who commit to volunteer at a name change clinic that is being offered later at 1 p.m., at the Community College of Philadelphia. Attorneys interested in volunteering for the clinic should register for the CLE as a volunteer and then contact Ian Evans at ianevans151@gmail.com or Andrew Slom at andrew@slomlegal.com, and copy Tara Phoenix at tphoenix@philabar.org. Those who do not wish to volunteer may attend the CLE program and pay the appropriate fee to obtain CLE credit. To register for the CLE program, or for more information, please visit www.philadelphiabar.org.

VIP Training - Nuts & Bolts of Representing a Tenant in Municipal Court, Feb. 6

On Thursday, February 6, Philadelphia VIP will host a free volunteer training program, Nuts & Bolts of Representing a Tenant in Municipal Court, from 8:30 - 11a.m., at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, 2005 Market Street, #2600. Attendees will gain an overview of landlord-tenant law and practical information for representing a client in a landlord-tenant dispute in the Philadelphia courts. Register here.


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