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Feb. 6, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 6
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

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

Chancellor Deborah R. Gross Reaffirms Support of Sanctuary Cities, Immigrant Civil Rights

In light of the Executive Order that President Trump signed on immigration, Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement:

"The Philadelphia Bar Association reaffirms its support of Sanctuary Cities and the protection of civil rights for documented and undocumented immigrants…READ MORE

PhilaBar CLE Celebrates 1 Year at Chancellor's Forum With CLE and Reception Feb. 15

Celebrate Philadelphia Bar Association CLE's first anniversary with a special Chancellor's Forum CLE and champagne toast with cake, FREE for members in good standing, on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.

CLE - Preventing the "Oh Ish" Moment: Hacking and Data Breach

Chancellor's Forum offering FREE CLE credit for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

How should you handle hacking and a data breach if it happens to you, your client or your firm? This panel of experienced cyber security professionals examines this issue from a legal, insurance and IT perspective that will leave you with information to develop a cyber risk management plan that will reduce your risk of suffering a breach and limit your exposure should one occur…READ MORE

More details to follow.

LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award Reception Feb. 9

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its Cheryl Ingram Award Reception at the Field House on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. This year's award will be presented to Yolanda French Lollis, managing attorney, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania…READ MORE

HBAPA 16th Annual La Justicia Award Feb. 9

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania cordially invites you to the 16th Annual La Justicia Award ceremony at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The 2017 award will be presented to William Gonzalez, executive director, CEIBA, an organization dedicated to the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia's Latino community…READ MORE

Federal Courts: Introduction to New Clerk, Kate Barkman

Join the Federal Courts Committee for a forum with Clerk of Court Kate Barkman on THursday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m…READ MORE

Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Committee: Date With Networking Feb. 21

Join the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee for a "Date With Networking" on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. This promises to be a fun, interactive networking program followed by a wine and cheese reception. Learn how to have fun with networking and not consider it a chore…READ MORE

Register by Feb. 28, Save $5: 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 21

Join the Philadelphia legal community for this family-friendly event benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates and enjoy fun activities for people of all ages, including the Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, face painting, balloon animals and more…READ MORE

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

Nominations Due April 1: Workers' Comp 2017 Martha Hampton Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers’ Compensation Section is presently seeking nominations for the 17th annual Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers’ compensation law…READ MORE

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

  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Feb. 28
  • Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Feb. 28

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 - Disabilities and Affordable Housing 101 Feb. 7

Hosted by the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee

"Being part of the community and living as independently as possible are among the most important values and goals shared by people with disabilities, their families, and advocates."

When it comes to finding housing, persons with disabilities face a frustrating array of barriers. The three most common include: affordability, accessibility and availability. They also may encounter discrimination…READ MORE

CLE - Medicare Compliance Tips and Practical Guidance for Attorneys and Professional Administration of MSAs and Medical Settlement Funds Feb. 10

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

How to help injured workers manage their medical funds after settlement ensuring Medicare compliance, driving savings on medical care, and streamlining settlements

Professional administration of post-settlement medical funds, including Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs) and other non-MSA funds, is a service that has resulted in more settlements and more MSA compliance post-settlement. Professional administration has been successful in alleviating the injured parties' concerns regarding future medical care by demonstrating substantial savings on future medical care and assistance with coordination of medical benefits…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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:


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

Mazzoni Center Justice in Action Awards Feb. 10

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host the Justice in Action Awards Luncheon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Friday, Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will celebrate the achievements of the 2017 National Honoree, Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and of the 2017 local awardee, David J. Acosta, founding executive director of GALAEI. Join Mazzoni Center Legal Services to celebrate Mara and David's commitment to advancing equality and social justice, and improving the lives of LGBTQ people, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. The registration deadline is Friday Feb. 3, 2017. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, please visit or call 215-563-0652 ext. 222.

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

the ACLU of Pennsylvania will host "Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA" at the Painted Bride Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Join the ACLU as it affirms its commitment to civil rights at this celebration of liberty and justice for all. The night will feature a keynote address by Cesar Vargas, the first undocumented lawyer admitted to practice in the state of New York. Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, while getting to know ACLU staff and other supporters.

The Painted Bride Arts Center is located at 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $85 general admission/$150 VIP. You can purchase tickets online and learn more at or contact the ACLU at 215-592-1343 ext. 124.

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