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Feb. 20, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 8
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Feb. 27-March 4: 'Something Rotten!' at Academy of Music

Catch the 10-time Tony®-nominated "Something Rotten!" at the Academy of Music from Tuesday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 4. Save up to $41 per ticket with code PHILABAR. Buy tickets here.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is excited to partner with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Discount valid at box office, phone and online. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or premium seating. Certain restrictions apply.

Due Feb. 21: Seeking Nominations for Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Reception which will take place during an evening this spring.

This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association…READ MORE

Due March 9: Marutani Fellowship Applications

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, which provides a summer internship stipend. The Foundation, in conjunction with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), established the Fellowship in honor of the first Asian-American judge in Pennsylvania; Judge William M. Marutani. His service to both the Asian-American community and the community-at-large sets the standard for current students' commitment to public service. First- and second-year Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply by March 9. Apply here.

Due March 16: Seeking Nominations for 18th Annual Martha Hampton Award

The Workers' Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is presently seeking nominations for the 18th annual Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of Martha Hampton, an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers' compensation law…READ MORE

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

Due March 26: Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court on May 21, 2018 (Member Exclusive)

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Mary F. Platt will move the admission of up to 50 members to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, May 21. The admission ceremony will occur before the full Supreme Court sitting in Washington, D.C…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 or 215-238-6326.

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

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: Cross-Examination Series Part 2: Intermediate Cross-Examination Feb. 20

A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. In this video encore, Part 2 of this series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Lawrence Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, explores how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination…READ MORE

Construction Worker Misclassification Feb. 23

In this lunchtime CLE program, panelists will present a "nuts and bolts" analysis of litigating a case involving the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act from both a claimant and employer perspective…READ MORE

After Tax Reform, How Should I Structure My Business? March 1

Co-Hosted by the Tax Law Section and LLCs and Other Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section

The reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate to 21 percent has business owners seriously considering whether they should operate their businesses as "C-corporations." However, that tax rate is far from the only relevant consideration. Multiple provisions in the 2017 Tax Act have changed the way we think about business structuring. In addition to that rate reduction, the Act introduced a host of new provisions, including…READ MORE

Professionalism, Courtesy and Mutual Respect: The 'Soft Skills' in a Performance Review March 6

Hosted by Young Lawyers Division

Lawyers spend a lot of time ensuring that their research is accurate, their written work product is polished and their advocacy skills are first-rate. This course focuses on the skills lawyers frequently forget to sharpen or just aren't sure how to develop…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap March 9

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law…READ MORE

Yellow Freight After WCAIS and Beyond March 16

In this lunchtime CLE progam, panelists address late answers in the wake of online filings with the WCAIS system and new case law developments. The panel will explore issues such as claimant counsel's responsibility to correctly name the employer and insurer, what is meant by "well-pled" allegations and burden of proof issues…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.

Philly VIP New Volunteer Orientation Feb. 21

Philadelphia VIP will host a New Volunteer Orientation at its offices at 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400, on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in taking a case with VIP, or have recently accepted your first case, please join us for an informal opportunity to learn more about VIP cases…READ MORE

Philly VIP Custody Training Feb. 23

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Custody-Providing Stability for Families" at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., Philadelphia, on Friday, Feb. 23 from 12-2:30 p.m. The training will cover how to represent a VIP client in a master's event or in a hearing before a judge…READ MORE

Sheppard Fellowship Reception Feb. 27

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, will host the Sheppard Fellowship Reception at the law offices of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The Foundation's Honorable Albert W. Sheppard Scholarship Fund supports a law student in a year-long clerkship position with the Commerce Case Management Program in Philadelphia. The selected student receives a fellowship stipend in one semester, and an unpaid practicum for law school credit the other semester, supporting a year-long clerkship experience. More information can be found here.

Justice in Action 2018 Awards Luncheon March 2

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host the Justice in Action 2018 Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Commonwealth Hall, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. This event brings together legal professionals, law students and others to raise funds for and awareness about Mazzoni Center Legal Services. At this year's Awards Luncheon, they will honor the achievements of Tiffany Palmer, Esq., partner and founding member of Jerner & Palmer, P.C. To register, visit

Support Center for Child Advocates Training March 15

The Support Center for Child Advocates presents "The Children's Docket 2018 – Session 2: Specialty Courts Part I – Crossover Court" on Thursday, March 15. This training series is specifically designed for Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and is meant to provide more detailed information about the ins and outs of handling a child abuse case and how to prepare for particular hearings…READ MORE

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards Banquet March 21

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards Banquet will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg on Wednesday, March 21 from 5-9 p.m. The ceremony will feature a video tribute of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. A social hour will take place from 5-6 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner. For more information click here.

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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