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May 8, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 20
 |  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:

  • Dechert LLP
  • Kline & Specter, P.C.
  • Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell

Judicial Commission: Volunteers Needed for May 16 Primary, Split Shifts Available

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!

Shifts will be from 7:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:30-8:00 p.m. Individuals may also partner with someone else to split a shift (meaning each person would take three hours and 15 minutes). When splitting a shift, both individuals must sign up. To sign up, click here.

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members Amendments to Bylaws Article IV

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the April 27, 2017 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the June Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, June 2, 2017, at noon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia.

Amendments to Bylaws Article IV, as followsREAD FULL PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Tonight: 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

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

Deadline May 26: LGBT Rights Ctte. Seeks Nominations for Rosenblum Award

The David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award is open to law students who have shown a commitment to the LGBT community. Nominees must have been enrolled in good standing in an accredited law school in the Greater Philadelphia Area for at least one semester during the 2016-2017 academic year. All such law students are eligible, regardless of orientation or gender identity…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.

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 - 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 - Financial Planning for Gov't and Public Service Employees May 11

In this CLE program, Rob Wilson, financial advisor and television contributor will provide general retirement planning strategies. Government and public service attorneys will learn how to manage their 401k, pension or other deferred compensation plans…READ MORE

CLE - Criminal Injustice: Investigating and Challenging Wrongful Convictions May 12

Hosted by the Civil Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section and the Public Interest Section

A witness recants. Corruption is uncovered. An expert’s science is discredited. What happens when the basis for a conviction is called into question after trial? What happens when both the prosecution and defense agree that someone is innocent…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.

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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