May 6, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 19
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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Phillies Tickets & More for 2019 Membership Renewal

Did you join the Philadelphia Bar Association or renew your membership in 2019? If you did, you're eligible!

If you join or renew your membership, or already renewed your membership, by May 15, 2019, you will be automatically entered to win 1 of 3 prizes:

  • 4 tickets to the Phillies vs. Diamondbacks game on June 10 (including parking), generously donated by former Chancellor Gaetan Alfano
  • FREE 2019 Bench-Bar registration
  • $100 Starr Restaurants Gift Card

Winners will be notified on May 17. Join or renew today!

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

  • Clearfield & Kofsky
  • Merkin Shotland, P.C.
  • Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer
  • James E. Foerstner, Attorney at Law, LLC

Did You Know ?
In 2018, the Philadelphia Bar Association coordinated 110 members who volunteered more than 350 hours to mediate landlord/tenant matters for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Final Day: 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 directly 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.

  • 90-minute moderated interactive forum with the candidates for Pennsylvania's Superior Court
  • Question and answer session

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

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


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

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


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


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

Nominations for Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award Due May 24

The LGBT Rights Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award. The award honors the memory of David M. Rosenblum, the late legal director of Mazzoni Center, a tireless lawyer and advocate, and an LGBT organizer while in law school…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


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 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!

Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights in Philadelphia: Best Practices and Legal Updates

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

This program will provide attendees with an important primer regarding handling adoption and termination of parental rights cases in Philadelphia. Panelists will discuss best practices and legal updates in these areas along with providing procedural guidance on how best to navigate the court system…READ MORE

The 'Super Lawyers' Explanation of Why and When to Use Arbitration and Mediation

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In this CLE program, a panel of "Super Lawyers" will address how they decide whether to mediate or arbitrate their cases - and how they then modify the process to achieve optimal results…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Election Hacking, Ballot Security: Protecting Our Vote

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12 p.m.

As more breaches of election security are made public and doubts arise about the integrity of election processes, it is time to consider what has been done and what can be done to protect the integrity of our votes. This video-encore CLE program will examine what is government doing to prevent future hacks, issues that may arise in the prosecution and defense of election law violators, and what changes can be made to guarantee our right to fair and honest elections…READ MORE

Fireside Chat With US Attorney William McSwain

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Please join the Federal Courts Committee for a candid conversation with U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain. Attorney McSwain will address issues facing government lawyers; provide insights on types of cases being handled in the criminal and white collar arena; and offer practice tips regarding federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania…READ MORE

Be the Judge, Be the Jury…Become an Arbitrator!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2 p.m.

Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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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