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Feb. 13, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 7
 |  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

Wednesday: 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

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

Early Bird Deadline March 17: 2017 ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting April 25-29

Early bird registration is now open for the ABA Section of International Law's Spring Meeting at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C. on April 25-29. Confirmed speakers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., U.S. Department of Treasury Acting Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Jennifer Fowler and The Washington Think Tanks…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

2017 Third Circuit Judicial Conference Feat. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. April 19-21

The 2017 Third Circuit Judicial Conference will take place April 19-21 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. This is the 73rd Judicial Conference of the Third Circuit. All judges and attorneys are invited to attend the Conference sessions. Guests are welcome to all social events.

The Judicial Conference will consider the business of the courts and address matters of importance to the administration of justice in the Third Circuit…READ MORE

Save the Date: Support Center 40th Anniversary Benefit April 19

Save the date for Support Center for Child Advocates' 40th Anniversary Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 19…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.

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Commercial Litigation and Law Firm Funding Survey, Updates, and Recent Developments Feb. 14

If you missed this live presentation of this timely new CLE program, join your colleagues for the video encore!

This video CLE program delivers a detailed survey of the rapidly growing market of litigation funding and law firm financing by third-parties. This type of innovative financing is being utilized by boutique practices to large, national firms for cases that include contract breaches, business torts, intellectual property infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, shareholder and consumer claims, and class actions and mass torts. Attorneys representing business clients and corporate counsel need to know how non-recourse funding works, and how it can be used to finance meritorious claims, manage firm, corporate and legal department budgets, and reduce the risk of loss…READ MORE

CLE - New Protections for LGBT Individuals in the Workplace Feb. 16

Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law and LGBT Rights Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The protections of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation should apply regardless of any state or local laws.

This course will examine recent developments in employment protections for members of the LGBT community, and whether such developments will withstand appellate and legislative challenges. The course will also explore the historical evolution and consideration of sexual orientation as a protected class, and the trending direction of protections both legislatively and judicially…READ MORE

CLE - Judicial Campaign Training for Women Feb. 18

The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to partner with Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University to be the CLE provider for the Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women event.

Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office. Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center whose missions is to increase women’s influence and leadership in public life in Pennsylvania and improve the quality of women’s lives by providing them with educational and training opportunities in politics and public policy. The Center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy…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:


"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.

2017 VIP Awards Ceremony March 13

Philadelphia VIP is scheduled to host its 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Monday, March 13 from 5-7:30 p.m. This event will recognize committed volunteers and supporters with a special awards presentation.

The Suzanne Roberts Theatre is located at 480 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. To register, please contact Joanna Volpe at 215-523-9567 or

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