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Jan. 29, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 5
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

This Week: 2018 YLD Expungement Clinic Feb. 3

The first 2018 Young Lawyers Division Expungement Clinic will be held at the Marian Anderson Rec Center at 740 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, on Saturday, Feb. 3. In 2016 and 2017, the YLD helped hundreds of individuals expunge their records via its city-wide clinics. They will be continuing this good work with more clinics this year. Only Philadelphia County misdemeanor records are eligible for expungement.

Please note that this clinic will be slightly different than before in that volunteer attorneys will keep their cases past the date of the clinic itself (i.e., volunteer attys. will file the petitions and see them through to completion). In other words, while the YLD team will remain available to direct volunteer attorneys to resources as needed after the clinic, it will be the volunteer attorney's case and they will be solely responsible for handling it thereafter.

For more information and to volunteer, click here. There will be FREE CLE training programs for volunteers (See CLE listings below).

Call for 2018 Legal Directory Listings

It's time to update your listing for the 2018 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2018 Legal Directory is Jan. 31, 2018. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently emailed to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory.

Please follow the link that was sent to you to update your listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database. Any attorney who was not listed in last year's directory should create a listing at

If you did not receive the email containing a personal URL that will allow you to access and update your listing, or have any other questions regarding your listing, please contact Jennifer McCullough at ­215-557-2321 or

To advertise in the directory, contact Shawn D. Phillips at or 215-557-2340.

The print directory will be available in late April. To purchase the directory, contact Anetra Smith at 215-557-2316 or

Due Feb. 9: Nominations Sought for LGBT Rights Ingram Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. Traditionally, the award has gone to a LGBT non-lawyer or a non-LGBT lawyer (to not overlap with GALLOP's annual Michael Greenberg Award, which is awarded annually to a LGBT lawyer). However, this year, the Committee has decided to open the award to any individual who has made substantive contributions to the LGBT community in Philadelphia.

Cheryl was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice Award, which recognized the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all. Please email your nominations to Committee Chair Colin J. Beisel at by Feb. 9. Nominations should include a short (less than a page) explanation as to why you feel this person is deserving of the award.

Due March 23: Seeking Nominations for 2018 Workers' Compensation Irv Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association 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

Section Celebrations!

New Date! Business Law Section Annual Reception Feb. 13

Join the Business Law Section at the Pyramid Club on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drink while networking with colleagues and friends. The Section will also honor Bernard Lee, Cozen O'Connor, with the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, and Lilton R. Taliaferro Jr., Independence Blue Cross, with the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award. Register here by Feb. 9.


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 or 215-238-6326.

HBA La Justicia Award Ceremony Jan. 30

Join the Hispnaic BAr Association of Pennsylvania at its annual La Justicia Award ceremony in Conversation Hall at Philadelphia City Hall on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The 2018 award will be presented to Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel. Donations will be accepted for Unidos Pa' Puerto Rico to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico…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.


Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

It is important for the legal community to take action to support the rule of law and condemn hatred and bigotry. One important way is to advocate. Alarmingly, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 96 and Pennsylvania House Bill 505 seek to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation and have been languishing in Harrisburg. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded higher than specified under current law…READ MORE

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

  • Committee on Rules of Evidence: Deadline Jan. 31
  • PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Jan. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

2018 Meetings Price Changes

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018 - Non-members attending any non-CLE program at the Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters located at 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, will be required to pay a fee of $20. The fee will also cover any meals that are offered during that program. CLE pricing structure remains.

Members will still be able to attend all programs free of charge. However, there will be a charge for any meals or refreshments offered. Meals and refreshments offered at lunch and evening programs will increase to $10. Breakfast is complimentary for members.

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.

Disaster Response and Relief - What You Can Do To Assist the Victims of the Hurricane in Puerto Rico and Similar Disasters Jan. 30

Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA)

Experienced legal practitioners will describe how disaster legal services programs work, how to assist clients navigating FEMA regulatory rules and insurance disputes and how lawyers can generally assist disaster victims with other recurring legal issues, such as landlord tenant disputes, essential documents lost in the disaster, consumer fraud, and more…READ MORE

Trainings for 2018 Expungement Clinics

VIDEO ENCORE - Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 2

Final three encore programs ahead of the Feb. 3 Expungement Clinic. Credit is FREE for those who take on an expungement case.

These video encore CLE training programs serve as volunteer training for all volunteer attorneys participating in the upcoming Feb. 3, 2018 YLD Expungement Clinic.

Millions of Americans have criminal histories that can potentially disrupt job searches, future employment, and housing. These video encore CLE training programs examine the legal processes for getting criminal records expunged and sealed.

Jan. 31: Register here.

Feb. 1: Register here.

Feb. 2: Register here.

Challenges to the Rule of Law and Democracy -
A Comparison Between the U.S. and Israel Jan. 31

Co-Hosted by the Public Interest Section, ACLU-PA (Philadelphia) and Civil Rights Committee

Michael Sfard, an Israeli lawyer and political activist practicing in international human rights law and the laws of war and Molly Tack-Hooper, an attorney with the ACLU-PA practicing in civil liberties and immigrants' rights, address some of the unprecedented challenges to the rule of law and democracy facing their respective countries today…READ MORE

Liberty AND Justice: Moving From
Some to ALL Feb. 9

Social Justice Conference in Philadelphia

Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia area Law Schools

Pre-registration is required! Space is limited.

This conference, organized by Philadelphia area law school students, gathers practitioners, law students and community activists from the Philadelphia region to discuss issues of importance in social justice lawyering. The panels will feature progressive, social justice advocates addressing critical topics in social justice lawyering, such as, participatory lawyering, women in the law, civil rights litigation, starting new innovative legal organizations and more…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice - Public Interest Organization Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new pro bono volunteerism initiative "The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice" provides opportunities for Association members and beyond to help people in need by providing limited legal representation, education, advice and advocacy. This one-stop-shop allows the city's legal-aid nonprofit organizations to know who is interested in assisting by giving volunteers the opportunity to add their name to a list for these groups to access if they need additional support for a particular cause.

For a list of volunteer and pro bono organizations and opportunities, click here.

AIDS Law Project 30th Anniversary Happy Hour Jan. 30

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania kicks off their 30th Anniversary with a happy hour on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Fergie's at 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia. This is a free event with a live performance by operatic songstress Cookie Diorio. For more information visit

Child Advocates Volunteer Training Workshop Feb. 1

The Support Center for Child Advocates will present its "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training Workshop at Reed Smith, Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., Suite 3100, Philadelphia, on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. During the workshop, experienced practitioners provide guidance on the role and ethics of being a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney and the standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases. This training is required for attorneys who would like to become qualified to take dependency cases as a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney. For more information, please visit

APABA-PA Annual Lunar New Year Banquet Feb. 2

Please join APABA-PA for a dinner of several delicious courses and a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns at Ocean Harbor, 1023 Race St., Philadelphia, on Friday, Feb. 2! The banquet begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m…READ MORE

'Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA' Feb. 15

ACLU of Pennsylvania will host "Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA" on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Join the ACLU of Pennsylvania for a celebration of liberty and justice for all, an affirmation of its commitment to civil rights in uncertain times, and – not least of all – an excellent party…READ MORE

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE


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