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May 1, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 19
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2017

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2017 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC
  • SeniorLAW Center
  • Weir & Partners LLP

Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum Feat. Candidates for Commonwealth Court May 3

Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host candidates for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania at a Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum on Wednesday, May 3 from 4 - 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Judicial Commission: Volunteers Needed for May 16 Primary

Are you interested in making a real, meaningful difference in Philadelphia on Election Day? The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention needs volunteers to work half or full-day shifts during the primary election on Tuesday, May 16 to hand out its judicial candidate ratings to voters at approximately 100 polling places across the city. This is part of a massive effort to not just promulgate the ratings more effectively, but to collect data for use in future judicial election years.

Please note: You do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort! Encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well!

Shifts will be from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-8 p.m. If you can commit to working one of these shifts, please email Matt Olesh at with your name, shift preference, email address and cell phone number.

Deadline May 19: Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" 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 analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. The following information is provided to encourage your participation…READ MORE

Legislative Action Center: Oppose a Sales Tax on Legal Services

Currently, legal services are exempt from the sales tax in Pennsylvania. However, there is a proposal being discussed in the General Assembly to broaden the application of the sales tax to include many professional services, including most legal services… READ MORE

Current Judicial Commission Ratings

The review process for 2017 candidates for Judge of the Court of the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court has begun. For more details and a full list of judicial ratings…READ MORE

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.

Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon May 5: Ingram to Receive 2017 Hampton Award

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for the 2017 Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Society Hill on Friday, May 5 at 12 p.m. Niki T. Ingram, shareholder, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., is the recipient of the 2017 Martha Hampton Award! The Section is pleased to welcome Wendy Tyson as its keynote speaker. Tyson is an author, lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. The Section also will present the 2017 Irvin Stander Award to Kennedy A. Costantino, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law at the luncheon…READ MORE

Commerce Court Reception May 8

Join the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee for its annual Commerce Court Reception at the Westin Philadelphia on Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m…READ MORE

Foundation New Website Launch Party May 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to mark the launch of its new website and its enhanced capacity to promote access to justice in Philadelphia at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Real Property Spring Social May 11

Please join the Real Property Section at its Spring Social at City Tap House Logan Square on Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. Remarks will be made by Philadelphia Councilmember At-Large Allan Domb…READ MORE

Senior Lawyers Committee Meeting May 12

You are invited to join the kick-off of the newly rejuvenated Senior Lawyers Committee on Friday, May 12 at 12 p.m. At this organizational meeting we will discuss creating a new committee name and planning projects for 2017. All committee members are urged to attend in person…READ MORE

Foundation 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic June 12

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will host the 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic at Green Valley Country Club on Monday, June 12, 2017. Join your friends and colleagues and #ScoreforJustice at this premier golf and tennis event for Philadelphia's legal community to ensure justice for all…READ MORE

Wine Tasting With Philadelphia Bar Association and PICPA June 1

Please join PICPA and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Probate and Trust Law and Tax Sections for a wine tasting event at Spasso Italian Grill on Thursday, June 1. Registration is $35 however, the first 25 people to RSVP to Tracey McCloskey at will receive complimentary admission. For more info…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.

CLE - Right to the Cure&Incarcerated Hepatitis C Patients May 2

Hosted by the Civil Rights Committee

This CLE program, presented with the Abolitionist Law Center’s will first address the scope of Hepatitis C nationally and internationally. Featured speakers will then examine the scope of the Hepatitis C epidemic in the United States prison system. Finally, they will Hepatitis C project and how attorneys can become involved…READ MORE

CLE - Special Education & Complex Trauma Issues in Youth Representation May 9

This CLE program, Issues of Special Education and Complex Trauma in Youth Legal Representation, examines issues facing youth in the criminal justice system related to special education and the effects of complex trauma. Drawing on their expertise in social work, education, and the law, panelists will discuss strategies to enhance youth advocacy, including best practices in engaging youth in crisis and advocating for youth with special education needs…READ MORE

CLE - Avoid Ethical Landmines to Develop a Marketing Mindset May 10

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

In this competitive legal service landscape, new lawyers must hit the ground running in planning for the growth of their businesses. Yet, there are requisite skill sets and professional ethic rules that lawyers are not taught in law school that must be incorporated into daily marketing activities…READ MORE

CLE - Major Trials Judge Pro Tempore Training May 16

For more than twenty years, the First Judicial District (FJD) Case Management system has resulted in the timely disposition of civil matters filed in Philadelphia. A necessary and integral part is the Dispute Resolution Center's Judge Pro Tempore (JPT) program…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

20th Annual Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart May 1-2

Join the American Heart Association for a family friendly day at Citizens Bank Park on May 1-2! Whether you are entertaining clients, rewarding your employees or gifting this to a family member you are sure to have a memorable experience! This home-run derby style event allows participants to take 20 swings at home plate…READ MORE

Save the Date: SeniorLAW Center Age Out Loud Gala May 17

SeniorLAW Center is proud to be at the forefront of helping to give aging a new voice by protecting seniors' rights and celebrating what getting older looks like today. Celebrate with them at the 2017 SenorLAW Center Gala…READ MORE

Registration Open: 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 21

Join the Philadelphia legal community for this family-friendly event benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates and enjoy fun activities for people of all ages, including the Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, face painting, balloon animals and more…READ MORE

Military Assistance Project Charity Golf Outing May 22

The Military Assistance Project, for the first time, is hosting a charity golf outing at at ValleyBrook Country Club on Monday, May 22. The day will include lunch/registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.; followed by an afternoon of play at 1 p.m.; and a reception, silent auction, and awards dinner starting at 6 p.m. For details, to register, or to become a sponsor for this event…READ MORE

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels…READ MORE


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