April 29, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 18
 |  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:

  • Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
  • Hofstein Weiner & Meyer
  • Kline & Specter, P.C.

Did You Know ?
Nov. 14 & 15, 2018, the Workers' Compensation Section served lunch at St. John's Hospice. Various workers' compensation firms collected donations that helped fund the purchase and provision of meals for those two days.


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

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.

Registration Deadline Today: 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


Upping Your Networking Game May 14

Featuring Jennifer Lynn Robinson of Purposeful Networking

Up your game, whether you are new to networking, dread networking or are a seasoned networker!

Jennifer will help you with common networking challenges like…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

Nominations Due May 17: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting Luncheon on Monday, June 24…READ MORE

Through May 31: Education Law Committee Book Drive

The Education Law Committee is conducting a book drive to provide new summer reading books to K-8 students at Mastery Grover Cleveland Elementary School to help prevent "the summer slide," the documented loss of reading skills over the summer when students don't have books at home to read…READ MORE

Submissions Due June 20: 2019 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'Pursuit of Justice' Legal Writing Competition

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal writing and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission…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

Two Giants' Perspectives on Lessons Lived, Learned and Learning in Transactional Lawyering May 9

The Rising Giant, Philip Amoa, and the Seasoned Giant, Geraldine ("Gerrie") Sinatra

Join the Business Law Section for this can't-miss program and reception at Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young, LLP on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m…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

Last Week of April Compliance!

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!

Nuts and Bolts of SBA Lending

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This program will provide attendees an understanding of the SBA (Small Business Administration) lending process. The program will address information regarding certain lending programs, qualifications for borrowers, specifics of loans and the process…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: Annual Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence Refresher with Professor Jules Epstein

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 4 p.m.
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH

This video-encore is an annually anticipated and widely acclaimed evidence law refresher, presented by Professor Jules Epstein. The program examines recent evidence decisions in Pennsylvania, as well as the law of witness and record privilege. Professor Epstein will also highlight developments in the area of forensic science, social media evidence, and more…READ MORE

Social Media and Open Government in the Digital Age: The Legal and Ethical Implications

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

This presentation will provide information on the ethical, First Amendment, intellectual property and government transparency issues related to the use of these platforms, answering questions such as: Are Tweets and Facebook posts by public officials automatically considered public records that must be retained? Are retweeting, linking to a webpage, liking a picture, following, or commenting on a video government transactions? Do I need to obtain permission to use a non-City content, such as music or logos, on social media? Can I remove negative comments from a government social media account or block certain users…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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