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March 19, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 13
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

FREE CLE: Tales From the Financial Services Trenches April 10

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

An Expert Witness - Your Best Friend or Worst Nightmare?

This CLE program will provide guidance and important tips for selecting, qualifying and preparing an expert witness. Our featured speaker, Paul Brahim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BPU Financial Services, will explore the following important questions…READ MORE

Volunteers Needed: The Philadelphia New Americans Campaign

The New Americans Campaign Philly is soliciting for volunteers. The NAC transforms the way aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans. It is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance and critical information that simplifies the naturalization process…READ MORE

Career Paths in Public Service March 21

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania for a panel discussion to learn mrore about summer internships, volunteer opportunities and post-graduation careers in the public sector at Duane Morris LLP on Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE


Kay Yu To Receive Justice Sotomayor Diversity Award April 17

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2018 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. The Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and honor Immediate-Past Chancellor Deborah R. Gross. Following the meeting, members will have the opportunity to network in a relaxed cocktail-reception setting…READ MORE

Nominations Sought: Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

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


Chancellor's Forum CLE: #MeToo for Legal Practitioners April 4

The current #MeToo movement has sparked renewed interest in the perennial problem of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. The law requires employers to prevent, and to address allegations of, harassment and retaliation, including sexual harassment, but many workplaces do not understand their legal obligations. Join our experienced panelists for a discussion about creating equitable work environments in which employees are able to report and employers are able to respond appropriately to violations of workplace policies and the law…READ MORE


Save the Date: 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 12-13

Mark your calendars! Join us at the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual COnference at Borgata on Oct. 12-13. Registration will be open soon!

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

Join New Education Law Committee Meeting: First Meeting April 11

If you practice in or are interested in the area of Education Law, please come to a meeting on April 11 of the Philadelphia Bar Association's new Education Law Committee…READ MORE

Solo and Small Firm Mgmt. Ctte. Supporting Central High Prom April 16

The Solo and Small Firm Management Committee is giving disadvantaged Central High School students an opportunity to attend the Junior Prom! Because 60 percent of Central High School students are at or below the poverty level, many cannot afford to attend their own Junior Prom. Central High is a public high school located at Broad and Olney in Philadelphia. If you would like to support one or more students please contact Maureen Farrell, chair, Solo and Small Firm Management Committee at maureen@maureenfarrell.com.


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


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

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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…READ MORE

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30th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 11

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


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.

Today: Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore Training March 19

Hosted by the Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section

This 2-hour CLE program is directed to those experienced attorneys who are already serving as judges pro tempore (JPT) in the Commerce Court Case Management Program ("Commerce Court"), as well as future JPT attorneys. Attendees will hear an overview of the JPT process in Commerce Court and how it differs from other JPT programs…READ MORE

What The New Tax Law Means for Lawyers and Law Firms March 20

Co-Hosted by the Tax Section and the Solo, Small Firm and Midsize Practitioners Committee

This luncheon CLE program provides a basic overview of the changes to the Internal Revenue Code enacted in December 2017 and the implications for lawyers and law firms. Panelists will also address a new Pennsylvania withholding requirement on non-employee compensation that will apply to experts and other contractors who are not Pennsylvania residents…READ MORE

Gifts and Emoluments: Are Public Employees Held to a Higher Standard than the President of the United States? March 22

Hosted by the Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee

In this one hour CLE program, panelists from the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics and the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission will examine the relevant gift restrictions that apply to government employees in Philadelphia that will include relevant case studies…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.

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…READ MORE

Temple SPIN Public Interest Downtown Reception March 22

The Temple University Beasley School of Law Student Public Interest Network invites you to the Public Interest Downtown Reception at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP on Thursday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. Join students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Temple Law and support students seeking public interest opportunities this summer…READ MORE

Temple Law SPIN Annual Auction March 26-April 9

Temple University Beasley School of Law's Student Public Interest Network will hold its Annual Auction online from March 26-April 9. The Auction functions as SPIN's largest annual fundraiser for the Honors Grant Fund. All proceeds of the auction will go toward the fund and will be given as grant awards to Temple Law students participating in unpaid public interest internships in the summer of 2018.

SPIN's Auction features restaurant gift cards, theater tickets, art, professional services, vacation destinations and many more unique items…READ MORE

Philly VIP: LawWorks Clinic and Training March 27

Philadelphia VIP's LawWorks program and Dilworth Paxson LLP will host a Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic and Training Program, from 9-11:30 a.m., at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 27…READ MORE

Philly VIP: Probate-Resolving Title Issues to Keep Clients in Their Homes March 28

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Probate-Resolving Title Issues to Keep Clients in Their Homes" from 8:30-11 a.m., at Cozen O'Connor, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia, on Wednesday, March 28…READ MORE

HAP 2018 Benefit April 5

The Homeless Advocacy Project will host its 2018 Annual Benefit at the Sofitel Philadelphia, on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30–8 p.m. All proceeds will benefit HAP's work to provide legal services to homeless individuals and families. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction…READ MORE

Philly VIP Training: Divorce April 11

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Divorce&58; Helping Clients Move on with Financial Stability" at Duane Morris LLP on Wednesday, April 11 from 12:00-2:30 p.m. The training will take a step-by-step look at the divorce process. Attendees will work with the VIP staff, family law mentors, and excellent resource materials to receive an overview of divorce from A-Z…READ MORE

Support Center Annual Benefit Reception & Auction April 18

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 18 from 5-8 p.m. The event will celebrate the extraordinary efforts of their friends who devote countless hours to improving the lives of vulnerable children. At the event, the 2018 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award will be presented to Ann and Mark Baiada and the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award will be presented to Mark Gittelman…READ MORE

Philly VIP Annual Awards Ceremony April 19

Philadelphia VIP will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) and Conversation Hall (Room 201) on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Each year, Philadelphia VIP hosts its annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate its dedicated volunteers and supporters, recognize special achievements, and elevate the importance of pro bono…READ MORE

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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