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May 14, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 21
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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2018 Best of The Legal Intelligencer: Vote for Philadelphia Bar Association CLE!

Vote for Philadelphia Bar Association CLE as the Legal Intelligencer's best Continuing Legal Education Provider for 2018! Look for us and vote by Friday, May 18. You do not have to vote in every category for your ballot to be counted. Vote HERE.

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New Member Benefit: CourtCall Video-Conferencing Demo May 22

Join us for a demo of our latest member-exclusive benefit, CourtCall video conferencing at the Philadelphia Bar Association, on May 22! CourtCall will provide pizza and beverages, along with a step-by-step guide to using their services for remote conferencing with not only clients and counsel, but with judges and courtrooms. RSVP by May 18…READ MORE

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Philadelphia Bar Association 5K May 20

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It's that time of year again! Registration is open for the 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on May 20 benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates…READ MORE


June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon Feat. Higginbotham Lecture by Ken Frazier, O'Connor Award Presented to Judge Jacqueline Allen June 20

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2018 June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at The Bellevue Hotel on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture.

The 2018 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen, Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division. The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community…READ MORE

Eastern District of Pa. Historical Society Dinner May 16

The board of directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to its 33rd Annual Meeting and Dinner at The Downtown Club, 600 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, on Wednesday, May 16. Tickets are $135 per person. For more information, please contact Terri Donahue at 215-717-4019 or via email at tdonahue@grsm.com.

SeniorLAW Center Annual Gala May 19

The SeniorLAW Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary of protecting the rights of older Pennsylvanians at its Annual Gala at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Saturday, May 19 from 6-10 p.m. The theme for this year's Gala, "Four Decades for Seniors," will honor remarkable individuals who helped pave the way in elder justice over the past four decades. The Gala will include dinner, cocktails, music, auction, celebration and more…READ MORE

Due May 18: LGBT Rights Ctte. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 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

Annual Commerce Court Reception May 23

You are cordially invited to the Annual Commerce Court Reception hosted by the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Judges to be honored include Hon. Patricia A. McInerney, Supervising Judge; Hon. Ramy I. Djerassi; and Hon. Gary S. Glazer. Registration is required by Monday, May 21 and includes a reception with an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE



Business Law Section Networking Happy Hour June 13

Get to know the members of the Business Law Section at its happy hour at Tir Na Nog on June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! Light appetizers will be served and the first 50 attendees will receive two drink tickets (One drink ticket will get a domestic draft, and two drink tickets will be good for a craft beer or one glass of wine) courtesy of the happy hour's generous sponsor, Diamond State Financial Group…READ MORE

LGBT Rights Committee Summer Associate Reception June 14

Please join the LGBT Rights Committee as it welcomes incoming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community. Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, the Committee hopes that this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals and their peers.

In addition, the Committee will be presenting the fourth annual David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award…READ MORE

2018 Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 15

The 2018 Federal Bench-Bar Conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee in collaboration with the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, is a half-day educational event that is always eagerly anticipated by federal court practitioners and judges. An informal, educational favorite continues, with CLE and networking with colleagues and judges! More details to come…READ MORE


Save the Date: 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 12-13

Mark your calendars! Join us at the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual COnference at Borgata on Oct. 12-13. Registration will be open soon!

Volunteers Needed: The Philadelphia New Americans Campaign

The New Americans Campaign Philly is soliciting for volunteers. The NAC transforms the way aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans. It is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance and critical information that simplifies the naturalization process…READ MORE

Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Disciplinary Board (Lawyer): Deadline May 31
  • Disciplinary Board (Non-lawyer): Deadline May 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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30th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic June 11

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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 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. You can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people in need across Philadelphia and our region by donating today.


Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

It is important for the legal community to take action to support the rule of law and condemn hatred and bigotry. One important way is to advocate. Alarmingly, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 96 and Pennsylvania House Bill 505 seek to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation and have been languishing in Harrisburg. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded higher than specified under current law…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.

Video Encore - Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance May 16

Join your colleagues for this 2-hour video CLE, applicable to attorneys in all practice areas, that provides simple tips, pointers, and advice on how to avoid common malpractice pitfalls.

This program will provide guidance to attorneys regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Panelists will address the primary reasons why attorneys are sued, the stages of a representation where attorneys get into trouble, practical steps an attorney can take to minimize risk, as well as professional liability insurance, which is critical in protecting the law firm and the attorney in the event of legal malpractice…READ MORE

Nonprofit Financials 101: What Board Members Need to Know May 23

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board Observer program

This practical CLE program will cover:

  • How to read nonprofit financial statements
  • Provide an overview of the audit process
  • Review and preparation of required IRS Form 990

Featured speakers will also address what questions attorneys serving on non-profit boards should be asking about their organizations' financial situation and statements to ensure they are fulfilling their fiduciary duties and to ensure that their organizations are complying with IRS requirements…READ MORE

Video Encore - Gifts and Emoluments May 30

In this ethics video encore program, panelists from the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics and the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission will review the relevant gift restrictions that apply to government employees in Philadelphia. The program will also examine these gift restrictions in relation to the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution…READ MORE

2018 June Probate & Trust Law Quarterly: Advanced Health Care Decision Making June 5

Advanced Health Care Decision Making: Discussing Life and Death with your Clients - Legal and Psychological Perspectives

Just about every estate planning practitioner offers within their basic set of planning documents some formulation of a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. These most "un-legal" of legal documents can test the patience of any drafter - trying to ascertain a client's wishes involves a conversation around the client's moral, ethical, spiritual and practical beliefs about the client's eventual death. This conversation is always a sudden shift into a planning world that is often vastly different from the one that gathers the information necessary for a Durable Financial Power of Attorney, Will or Trust. A client's psychological reactions to this can be challenging to manage…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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.

The Children's Docket 2018: Session 3 May 17

Support Center for Child Advocates presents "The Children's Docket 2018 – Session 3: Specialty Courts: Part II - Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA)" on Thursday, May 17 at 12:15 p.m. This training series is specifically designed for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys and is meant to provide more detailed information about the ins and outs of handling a child abuse case and how to prepare for particular hearings…READ MORE

Nationalities Service Center Global Tastes 2018 May 22

Nationalities Service Center invites you to attend Global Tastes 2018, an evening of delicious food and lively music in celebration of diverse international communities at WHYY on Tuesday, May 22 from 7-10 p.m. A VIP reception will precede the event at NSC from 6-7 p.m. At this event, Sozi Tulante, former city solicitor and incoming fellow and lecturer-in-law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, will receive the Nationalities Service Award to honor his refugee journey from Zaire to Philadelphia to become our city's chief legal officer…READ MORE

PVLA Awards Ceremony May 23

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), in partnership with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, will host its Annual Awards Ceremony at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. This year, PVLA will present its Volunteer of the Year Award to Robert Louis of Saul Ewing for his outstanding dedication and service in providing pro bono legal assistance to PVLA clients…READ MORE

ACLU-PA Philadelphia Annual Meeting May 24

The Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU-PA will hold its Annual Meeting, "Protect the Polls! Voting Rights in the Age of Trump," featuring the National ACLU's director of voting rights, Dale Ho, at the Moore College of Art and Design on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. Dale Ho supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation and advocacy work nationwide. Executive Director Reggie Shuford will also speak about the ACLU of PA's work to defend civil liberties, including the work toward Criminal Justice Reform…READ MORE

PILC Gerrymandering Lawsuit Victory Celebration May 30

The Public Interest Law Center will host a celebration of their gerrymandering lawsuit victory at La Cabra Brewing on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. At a reception with Law Center attorneys, attendees will learn more about their successful challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, as well as the Law Center's ongoing fair school funding lawsuit. Tickets include drinks and hors d'oeuvres at La Cabra, an award-winning craft brewery with Latin-inspired fare…READ MORE

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE


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