April 1, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 14

 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

2019 dues renewal has been extended! Click here and continue to take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer. Renew by April 15 and save $15!

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

  • Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
  • Freiwald Law, P.C.
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Did You Know ?
In 2018, the Association raised a total of $125,250 in sponsorships.


Apply by April 15: Be a Mentor, Get a Mentor!

Chancellor Shelli Fedullo has launched a bar-wide Mentoring and Professional Development Initiative. Mentoring is no longer a one-size-fits-all model and this initiative is an association-wide effort to provide opportunities for mentoring in a variety of ways…READ MORE

Tomorrow: 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 Filed 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


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

FREE CLE: Ethical Obligations of 'Supervising' and 'Subordinate' Lawyers

FREE CLE program for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9 a.m. (WEBCAST)



This 2-hour CLE, presented in two episodes in the Professional Life of a Lawyer, will illustrate issues arising under Pa. RPC 5.1-5.3 and the dilemma each presents for lawyers. Our panel will address effective, and ethical procedures to comply with the RPC when faced with those or similar issues…READ MORE

Nominations Due April 5: Workers' Compensation Martha Hampton Award

The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is presently seeking nominations for the 19th 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

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

Decision 2019 Superior Court Candidate Forum May 7

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the Philadelphia Bar Association are pleased to co-host Decision 2019 on Tuesday, May 7 at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central at 5 p.m., an interactive forum with the candidates for Pennsylvania's Superior Court. During this 90-minute moderated forum, the candidates will answer questions about their experience and why they seek election to the Superior Court. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

There is no cost to attend, but we encourage everyone to register in advance…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.

Pa. Bar Civil Litigation Section Philadelphia Regional Dinner April 8

You are cordially invited to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Philadelphia Regional Dinner at Morton's: The Steakhouse on Monday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. The guset spealker will be President Judge Jack A. Panella, Superior Court of Pennsylvania…READ MORE

Calalang Honored at VLAA Annual Reception & Alumni Awards April 11

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean, and the Villanova Law Alumni Association cordially invite you to join them in honoring the 2019 Alumni Award recipients at the Annual Reception and Alumni Awards Presentation at The Union League of Philadelphia on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

At the reception, Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Chair Kristine L. Calalang will receive the VLAA Gerald Abraham Award for Service to the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law…READ MORE

Climate Change: Role of Lawyers in Addressing Climate Change April 18

On April 18, 2019, a group of leading lawyers and law professors will convene in person at locations across the United States to discuss the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers in advancing solutions. The locations will all be linked by live video/audio feeds. This is the third year in a row for this national conference on this important subject. This year’s conference will feature leading experts addressing the most important aspects of the climate crisis from a legal perspective. The conference will also address ways in which lawyers can work to make a difference on this subject of grave concern to our well-being and future…READ MORE

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!

Parenting Coordination in Philadelphia

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

This program will provide attendees with valuable information regarding the new Parenting Coordination Rule and how it will be implemented in Philadelphia. In addition, panelists will discuss when parenting coordination is appropriate for a case and will provide practice tips and recommendations for how best to use parenting coordination…READ MORE

Tax Reform: Dealing with the 20% Business Income Deduction (Section 199A) and the interest deduction limitation (Section 163(j))

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 3 p.m.

There are now final regulations under Section 199A and proposed regulations under 163(j), two key provisions under tax reform. This program will address how these regulations work and the planning challenges and opportunities for tax professionals, including points of overlap between the rules. Panelists will discuss practical issues faced in connection with preparation of tax returns under these new rules, including solutions to deal with the complexity of and remaining uncertainties under these new rules…READ MORE

Utilizing State NAP Tax Credits to Make Impactful Investments in Your Community

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9 a.m.
1.5 SUB

In this timely program, hear from participants, corporate donors, and program specialists on successful strategies for securing and using NAP tax credits, as well as other resources available at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The NAP program offers tax credits to businesses in exchange for financial contributions to registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, working in low-income and distressed neighborhoods. Funds from contributions can assist in providing support for various community and economic development activities such as job training, crime prevention, housing rehab and weatherization, diversity initiatives, rural transportation initiatives, and blight elimination…READ MORE

How to Handle UEGF Claims, Including Changes After Act 132

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania workers who get hurt on the job find out that their employers do not carry workers' compensation insurance. In 2006, PA lawmakers created the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund ("UEGF"), the safety net available for workers who have been injured while working for an employer who (in violation of Pennsylvania law) fail to carry PA workers' compensation insurance. Though this provides injured workers an avenue to pursue to get wage loss and medical benefits, the fund remains challenging for injured workers to use. Attend this program to hear how recent amendments like SB 676 and case law may help you better advocate for your clients using UEGF…READ MORE

Construction Accident Investigation 101

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

This program, sponsored by Fleisher Forensics, will provide attendees with an opportunity to obtain insight regarding construction liability matters. Panelists will offer guidance regarding how to approach a construction case and what issues may arise during the course of litigation…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9 a.m.

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

Full course calendar here.

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

Philadelphia VIP Divorce Law Training April 17

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "Divorce: Helping Clients Move On with Financial Stability" at Duane Morris LLP on Wednesday, April 17 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

Philadelphia VIP Guardianship Training April 24

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "Guardianship: Giving Families Legal Authority to Care for Incapacitated Loved Ones" at Blank Rome LLP on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30–11:00 a.m…READ MORE

JLC Leadership Prize May 1

The Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize event will be held at the National Constitution Center on Wednesday, May 1…READ MORE


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