April 22, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 17
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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

  • Hamburg & Golden, P.C.
  • Messa & Associates
  • Segal, Berk, Gaines & Liss

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

Tomorrow: Primary Election Day 2019 (May 21) Program: A Conversation with Mayors Edward G. Rendell and John F. Street April 23

Join the City Policy Committee on Tusday, April 23 at 12 p.m. and bring your questions ahead of Pennsylvania's primary election on May 21…READ MORE


Volunteers Needed for May 21 Primary

The Philadelphia Bar Association is in need of volunteers to promote its ratings of candidates running for state judicial office and help break the wheel of reliance on ballot position. The Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention thoroughly investigates and rates all candidates running for judge in Philadelphia, and needs your help to get its ratings in the hands of voters as they go to the polls…READ MORE


Save the Date: 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

  • Featuring "We're more than Lawyers." Share your non-billable experiences with us during our opening lunch.
  • For information about submitting CLE proposals for consideration, please contact Tara Phoenix.
  • For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

For more information, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

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

FREE CLE program for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing

VIDEO ENCORE: April 30 - 4 p.m.

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.

CLE: 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

Workers' Compensation Section Awards Luncheon May 3

Join the Workers' Compensation Section at its Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill on Friday, May 3 at 12 p.m.


  • Martha J. Hampton Award - Patrice "Puddy" Toland
  • Irvin Stander Award - Elizabeth Scian
  • Guest Speakers - Philadelphia Children's Alliance, Sean F. Hogan Sr. Foundation, St. John's Hospice and USO

More details and registration…READ MORE

Save the Date: Giants of the Business Bar May 9

Save the date for the Business Law Section's next Giants of the Business Bar featuring Geraldine A. Sinatra at Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young, LLP on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. More details to follow.


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

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.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2019. Through programs, grants, and partnerships, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation removes barriers to justice, engages the community in support of civil legal aid, and builds system-wide capacity in order to strengthen the provision of quality legal services and to ensure that all individuals understand their rights to equal justice under law. 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!

Notions on Oceans of Criminal Motions: A Map and Guidebook to CP Criminal Motions Court

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH

The program offers “how-to” guidance by those present and overseeing cases every day in Criminal Motions Court. Panelists will address the return of property, forfeiture, fugitives from justice cases, bail motions, Nebbia hearings, the ethics involved in these hearings and so much more…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Neutrality, Finality and Morality: An Ethical Perspective on Mediation

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This lively, fast-paced video-encore program will address potential ethical obstacles in mediation and creative ways to break an impasse. Experienced mediators will offer guidance on creative ways to resolve the 'unresolvable' case. They will provide specific techniques that attorneys can begin using immediately to make the next mediation more productive…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

Nuts and Bolts of Preparing a Shareholders Agreement

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12 p.m.

Agreements of this type are often an important part of a client's estate plan, and it's essential to know how they operate. In this lunchtime CLE, learn about the complexities of preparing successful shareholder agreements and how to avoid common mistakes…READ MORE

The State of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: Its Ongoing Work, Its Future Challenges

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4 p.m.

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith will address the state of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The Chief Judge will discuss challenges faced by the Third Circuit including, an increase in oral arguments, innovations in the court, the lingering effects of the government shutdown and more…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Damages Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10 a.m.

In this video-encore presentation, panelists address a variety of issues regarding medical malpractice cases including, calculation and presentation of evidence on damages under MCARE, different theories of damages under the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act and Survival Act and other theories to maximize or minimize damages in medical malpractice cases in a courtroom…READ MOR

The Reintroduction of Reconsideration in Pennsylvania

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

The Social Security Administration has re-implemented Reconsideration across the country including Pennsylvania, scheduled to begin in April of 2019. This timely luncheon CLE will address how the Bureau of Disability Determinations will implement Reconsideration; the determination process; and provide practical tips for Social Security practitioners…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

GALLOP Annual Garden Party May 3

Join GALLOP at its annual Garden PArty at Lyman & Ash on Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m…READ MORE

VIP Tenant Representation Training May 14

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "The Nuts and Bolts of Representing a Tenant in Municipal Court: Introduction to Landlord/Tenant Law" at Cozen O'Connor on Tuesday. May 14 from 8:30–11:00 a.m…READ MORE

VIP Custody Training May 15

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "Custody: Providing Stability for Families" on Wednesday, May 15 at from 12:00–2:30 p.m…READ MORE

Philly VIP 'Brushstrokes for Justice' May 16

Philadelphia VIP will host its signature fundraising event, "Brushstrokes for Justice" at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' Historic Landmark Building on Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE


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