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Feb. 26, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 10
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Chancellor Condemns Legislators' Call for Impeachment of PA Supreme Court Justices

In light of recent threats by public officials to begin impeachment proceedings against justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Mary F. Platt issued the following statement:

"I condemn the actions of members of the legislative branch who have called for the impeachment of justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for their recent decisions in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's 2011 U.S. congressional districting map…READ MORE

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Philadelphia Bar Association 5K May 20

It's that time of year again! Registration is open for the 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on May 20 benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates. Sign up for the run/walk by Feb. 28 and receive $5 off registration…READ MORE


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 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.

2018 Leprechaun Run March 10

Calling all Philadelphia Bar Association runners! Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP and the Brehon Law Society are each forming teams for the 2018 Leprechaun Run on Saturday, March 10. Runners can also register as individuals. Afterward, join Association runners for brunch (location TBD); email Jordan Strokovsky for details.

The Leprechaun Run is one of Philadelphia's oldest traditions. Starting in 1984, the Leprechaun Run is one of Philadelphia's first races of the season, including a 5-mile race, 2-mile fun run/walk and a Lucky 7-mile race. The Leprechaun Run is an event to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Pennsylvania's Philadelphia local program…READ MORE

City Policy Committee Meeting Feat. City Council Staff March 12

Please join the City Policy Committee for lunch on Monday, March 12 and hear from a savvy panel of Philadelphia City Council staff members. Eric Bodzin, John Christmas and Joshu Harris have all distinguished themselves working for District City Council members representing various Philadelphia neighborhoods…READ MORE

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

Workers' Compensation Awards Luncheon Feat. Former FBI Profiler James Fitzgerald April 20

Join the Workers' Compensation Section at its annual Awards Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia on April 20 at 11:30 a.m. The program will feature keynote James Fitzgerald, former FBI profiler and subject of the Discovery Channel's "Manhunt: UNABOMBER" series. The Section will also present its Martha Hampton and Irvin Stander awards…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 cklitsch@philabar.org 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.


Or "There, but for the Grace of God, go I"

Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly, resulting in dire consequences. Panelists will identify lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling attendees to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client"…READ MORE

SEC Enforcement Developments: What to Expect in 2018 Feb. 28

Hosted by the Securities Regulations Committee of the Business Law Section

This lunchtime CLE program will be a lively examination of SEC enforcement trends and what to expect in the coming year.

Panelists, which include the SEC's Associate Regional Director of the Division of Enforcement, will offer guidance regarding the significance of the 2017 enforcement results and provide an overview of current "hot" SEC cases and likely future trends…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

2018 March Probate & Trust Law Quarterly March 26

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act making massive changes to business, personal and estate tax rules. At the 2018 March Probate Section Quarterly Meeting CLE, Tax Cut and Jobs Act Summary and Analysis - Estate Tax and Other Planning, panelists will explain many of the new provisions and explore, with emphasis on estate and transfer tax planning and tax planning for individuals, how planning will change…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.

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 www.mazzonicenter.org.

PBA Civil Litigation Section Philadelphia Regional Dinner March 5

Philadelphia Bar Association members are invited to attend the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section regional dinner at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia on Monday, March 5. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht will be the speaker. A cocktail reception begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m…READ MORE

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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