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Feb. 21, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 8
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2017

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2017 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Cozen O'Connor
  • Markowitz & Richman
  • Palmer Biezup & Henderson LLP

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

Tonight: 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

Rescheduled: LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award Reception March 3

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its rescheduled Cheryl Ingram Award Reception at the Field House on Friday, March 3 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

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 22: WIP Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community…READ MORE

Past recipients are the late U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro; the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, former chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, former executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, executive vice president and provost of Temple University; Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP; U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe; Former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus; Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.), Catherine C. Carr and Hon. Pamela Pryor Dembe.

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.

CLE - Know Your Rights: Addressing Deportation and Detention Feb. 21

The second CLE program in a series of Philadelphia Bar Association CLE programs that Prepare You to Take Action!

Co-hosted by the Hosted by the Young Lawyers' Division, Immigration Law Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Public Interest Section

This timely CLE program will provide background regarding President Trump’s Executive Order regarding the travel ban, how it affects you, your clients and the community…READ MORE

CLE - Keeping Seniors Safe: Financial Exploitation and Safe Feb. 22

Hosted by the Elder Law and Guardianship Committee

Sean Blake from Citizens Bank Business Services Corporate Security and Resilience Department will be examining how financial institutions investigate and prevent potential financial abuse of the elderly.

The CLE program's focus will address on how guardians, practitioners and care providers can best keep their clients and wards safe from financial exploitation. Mr. Blake will discuss how guardians, practitioners and care providers can assist financial institutions in their investigations when financial abuse is suspected…READ MORE

CLE - Directly Invest in Quality K-12th Education March 2

Changes to the Pennsylvania educational tax credit law and ways to leverage taxes and philanthropy

This CLE will focus on the little-known legislative updates to the Pennsylvania Educational Tax Credit Program (EITC), and its related Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program…READ MORE

CLE - Bridge the Gap April 20

Tell Your Colleagues - BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…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:


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

VIP Custody Training March 22

Philadelphia VIP will present a custody training to provide stability for families at Blank Rome LLP on Wednesday, March 22 from 12-2:15 p.m. The training will cover how to represent a VIP client in a master's event or hearing before a judge.

Blank Rome LLP is located at One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. To register, visit

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