March 11, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 11
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Time to renew your membership for 2019! Click here and continue to take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer. Renew by March 31 and save $15!

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2019 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Berner Klaw & Watson
  • Caesar Rivise, PC
  • Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP

Did You Know ?
More than 24,000 people contacted the Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service in 2018 seeking help with their legal problems.


Today: Right to Counsel for Low-Income Tenants March 11

Join us for our first Chancellor's Forum of 2019 as we bring together Philadelphia city leaders for a discussion centered on providing low-income tenants facing eviction with a right to counsel, regardless of ability to pay.

The Philadelphia Bar Association's recently commissioned report by Stout Risius Ross, LLC, "Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants," found that the City of Philadelphia would save $45.2 million per year by investing $3.5 million to fund counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction…READ MORE


Save the Date: 'Honoring Our History' Reception & Dinner April 16

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for "Honoring Our History," a Spring reception and dinner at VIE on Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. Registration includes full-bar reception with three-course surf-and-turf dinner and complimentary valet parking. We will be honoring Immediate-Past Chancellor Mary F. Platt, recognizing our year club members and presenting our prestigious Bar Medal to Mark A. Aronchick and Abraham C. Reich…READ MORE

Cheryl Ingram Award Reception April 2

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its Cheryl Ingram Award Reception featuring the presentation of the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award to Ruthellen Landau at the Field House on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. Rue Landau has spent the past 20 years as a community leader, activist, public servant and proud member of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community, and currently serves as the executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations…READ MORE

Nominations Due March 20: Workers' Compensation Irvin Stander Award

The 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


40th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5 & 10K Run-Walk May 19

Change the story for abused and neglected children. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Bar Association Run/Walk! To celebrate this exciting milestone we have added a 10K race option! Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park for a 10K Run, a 5K Run or a 5K Walk. Your support helps abused children find more stable lives…READ MORE

Blanket & Pillow Drive March 4-May 6

The Family Law Section is sponsoring an association-wide drive for blankets and pillows of all sizes to be donated to families transitioning in and out of the shelter system across Philadelphia. The donations may be directlry shipped to the participating shelters, or dropped off at one of the designated drop-off locations…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.

GALLOP Spring Networking Reception March 21

GALLOP is hosting a spring networking reception at The Midtown on March 21 at 5:30 p.m. It is excited to offer this event as an opportunity to meet and congratulate Hon. Idee C. Fox on her new role as President Judge of the First Judicial District. Judge Fox is the first member of the LGBTQ+ community to hold this position and has graciously agreed to be our guest of honor…READ MORE


Paradigm Award Luncheon Honoring Jami Wintz McKeon March 21

Celebrate the most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia — the Paradigm Award. The Paradigm Award is presented annually during Women's History Month to a businesswoman whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success. Please join us in recognizing the achievements of the 2019 honoree, Jami Wintz McKeon, chair, Morgan Lewis at The Bellevue Hotel on Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m…READ MORE

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

  • PA Board of Law Examiners: Deadline March 31
  • Appellate Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline March 31
  • Civil Procedural Rules Committee (two positions): Deadline March 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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.


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - is a statewide continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as an accredited Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) provider, offering CLE and CJE courses to lawyers, judges and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. We are proud to be The Legal Intelligencer's "Best of 2018" continuing legal education provider!

VIDEO ENCORE - Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Briefing

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12 p.m.

After recent legislative proposals to revise real estate tax rates, impose oversight on assessments, modify exemptions and reduce or eliminate available abatements, there has never been a more critical time for attorneys to familiarize themselves with the practices and complexities of the Office of Property Assessment and Board of Revision of Taxes. In this comprehensive video-encore CLE program, attendees will learn about the current state of Philadelphia real estate taxes from those who interpret and enforce the rules and regulations and render critical decisions…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Implicit Bias: Identification in the Law

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This dynamic video-encore program will help attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of implicit bias in the law and learn how to identify implicit bias both within themselves and in others. Attendees will also learn strategies to best address internal and external implicit biases…READ MORE

Spotting Competency and Cognitive Deficit Issues in Litigants

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

This program will help judges, judicial staff, counsel, and other interested professionals recognize conditions that may result in the incapacity of litigants in the Philadelphia Municipal Court as well as strategies for addressing such incapacity…READ MORE

Not If But When: Planning For The Crisis That Will Strike Your Law Firm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In life and business, reputation is everything. It only takes one misstep to cause irreparable damage to a law firm and its attorneys. And it's not if, but when because life happens, mistakes happen and crises happen to law firms of all sizes and areas of practice. What is your law firm doing to proactively protect its most valuable asset - its reputation? This program addresses the elements needed for a viable crisis communications plan, working through the six stages of a crisis - scenario-style, and things a firm can do to manage its reputation before, during and after a crisis…READ MORE

It's Not What You Make That Counts…It's What You Keep and How You Manage It: The Confluence of Fiduciary Responsibility and Financial Wellness

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In this program, we will explore prudent investment practice for plan sponsors under both ERISA and Pennsylvania's Prudent Investor Rule. We will also address retirement readiness and its impact on personal well-being and professional productivity. We will demonstrate how plan sponsor fiduciary responsibility and financial wellness training in the workplace addresses this dual crisis in America. We will provide you with clear steps to improve your retirement readiness and arm you with the tools and information you need to help your employer improve your outcomes…READ MORE

Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9 a.m.

This CLE program, presented by USI and the Insurance Programs Committee, will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Attend and earn a discount on your malpractice insurance, advised and administered by USI Affinity…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

SeniorLAW Center Gala March 16

The SeniorLAW Center will host its "41st Annual Gala: Silver and Emerald" at The Hilton at Penn's Landing on March 16 from 6-10 p.m. 2019 Champions of Justice will be honored and are U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Gay Parks-Rainville and Duane Morris LLP. Enjoy dinner, dancing, compelling stories, auction and more…READ MORE

Philly VIP Probate Training March 21

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training titled "Probate Resolving Title Issues to Keep Clients in Their Homes" at White & Williams LLP on Thursday, March 21…READ MORE

HAP Annual Benefit April 4

The Homeless Advocacy Project's 2019 Annual Benefit will be held at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotelon Thursday, April 4,from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The proceeds from the benefit support HAP's Legal Services programs…READ MORE

NSC Global Tastes 2019 April 4

The Nationalities Service Center will hold its Global Tastes 2019 at WHYY, on Thursday, April 4, from 7–10 p.m. Global Tastes is a celebration of Philadelphia's diverse communities through food and is the NSC's most important fundraiser of the year…READ MORE

Support Center Annual Benefit Reception & Auction April 10

Join the Support Center for Child Advocates for its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction honoring Malcolm Jenkins, of Philadelphia Eagles, and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation with the 2019 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award at the The Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 10, at 5 p.m…READ MORE


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