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May 22, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 22
 |  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:

  • Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
  • Gilboy & Gilboy LLP
  • Legis Group LLC

June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Hyatt at The Bellevue June 2

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2017 June Quarterly Meeting and Reception at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Friday, June 2 at 12 p.m. Former Secretary General of Interpol and law clerk to Judge Higginbotham, Ronald K. Noble, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture and the 2017 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project…READ MORE

#TakeActionPhilly Convening: Medicaid June 13

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. for an opportunity to learn about how Medicaid works and how lawmakers could cut the program; which populations are particularly at risk of losing coverage; and how lawyers, advocates and citizens can work together to protect this life- and health-saving program. Insuring 2.9 million Pennsylvanians, Medicaid is the largest payer for nursing home care in the state…READ MORE

Nicole Miller 'Wear With Denim' to Benefit Jeans for Justice May 25 and 26

Dress to impress and join Nicole Miller for an exclusive shopping event, on May 25 at The Bellevue and on May 26 in Manayunk, featuring the designer's new denim collection. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's "Philly Jeans for Justice" campaign…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

New Venue: Workers' Comp Spring Party at Morgan's Pier June 1

The Workers' Compensation Section is on the move…moving its Spring Party to Morgan's Pier! Sip, savor and socialize at Philadelphia's "Backyard Beer Garden" right along the Delaware River Waterfront on Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a selection of craft beer, summer cocktails, sangria and more! Registration includes 2 drink tickets, snacks, sliders, sides and Morgan's famous flatbreads…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

Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program's Kick-Off Event June 5

The Public Interest Section is pleased to announce the formation of a new mentorship program for public interest attorneys. Join the Section for the Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program's kick-off event on Monday, June 5, from 4-6 p.m. The Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program is a collaboration between the Public Interest Section, the Public Interest Alumni Network, and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia…READ MORE

Bar-Wide Mindfulness Initiative Planning Meeting June 7

Following the recent successful "Mindfulness at the Bar" series presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section, the Association has continued the series with its CLE on March 9 of this year, and is launching a Bar-wide series of mindfulness-related events, activities and programming surrounding the importance and positive impact of mindfulness in daily practice, geared toward all members. The goal of the initiative is to provide resources to Bar members to assist them in their roles as advocates for their clients and introduce them to the benefits that a mindfulness practice can bring to their professional careers and lives…READ MORE

YLD-Only CLE - Introduction to Damages and the Use of Economic Experts June 7

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division and sponsored by EisnerAmper

This CLE program will provide guidance to attorneys regarding the nuances of economic damages calculations and how they are addressed throughout the litigation proceedings. The panel, comprised of individuals with legal and forensic accounting backgrounds, will also examine the uses of financial experts based on real-world experience…READ MORE

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USI Affinity CLE - Ethics & Malpractice Avoidance June 8

Join your colleagues for this 2-hour CLE program, 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

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

Memorial for Judge Shapiro June 15

The judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania cordially invite you to attend a special session of the court in memory of Hon. Norma L. Shapiro in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse on Thursday, June 15 at 3 p.m…READ MORE

Family Law Section Spring Reception June 21

You are cordially invited to the Family Law Section's Annual Spring Reception at The Logan on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. Please join the Section as it celebrates recent appointees to the Family Court Division, Hon. Daniel R. Sulman and Hon. Vincent W. Furlong, and congratulate Glenn Louis Andreola and Sandra Boller on their retirement…READ MORE

Giants of the Business Bar: Frederick D. Lipman June 22

The Business Law Section will feature Frederick D. Lipman, partner at Blank Rome LLP, in the latest Giants of the Business Bar fireside chat at Ballard Spahr LLP on Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. This Section program recognizes legal giants impacting the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and is both a learning and networking opportunity.

Lipman, with more than 50 years of experience and a former chair of the Section, is an internationally known authority on business law and has authored 17 books on topics ranging from corporate governance to international business and finance…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

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.

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 - Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses: The Pros and Cons May 22

Hosted by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

This CLE program addresses perhaps one of the the most pressing "hot" topics in the field of alternative dispute resolution, particularly in consumer and nursing home cases, Pre-dispute Arbitration Clauses.

More and more companies are inserting these arbitration clauses in contracts, especially consumer contracts, nursing home contracts and stock broker contracts, among others…READ MORE

CLE - M&A Outlook for 2017 May 23

Hosted by the Venture Capital & Private Equity Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees of the Business Law Section

This CLE discussion will include a review of the key drivers expected to impact 2017 M&A activity. Lowell Jacobson, CFA, Vice President at Wells Fargo Securities and Garret Sloan, CFA, Fixed-Income Strategist at Wells Fargo Securities will highlight…READ MORE

CLE - Fighting for Democracy: Lessons from the Israeli Experience May 23

Hosted by the Civil Rights Committee

The CLE program will examine background on the threats to democracy and civil society that Israel has faced in the past decade as they relate to the challenges now facing the United States.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Mary Catherine Roper, Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) will compare and contrast ACRI and ACLU's framing of the major civil liberties problems in both countries and their organizations' advocacy and legal strategies…READ MORE

CLE - Nonprofit Financials 101: What Board Members Need to Know May 24

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…READ MORE

CLE - 2017 June Probate Qtly: Conflicts-Tips for T&E Lawyers June 5

June 2017 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE

Sponsored by:

PNC Wealth Management

Tips for Estate Planners, Estate Administrators and Fiduciary Litigators

As an estate planner, are you kept awake at night wondering about the conflicts associated with representing both family relationships and family business interests?…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Justinian Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception June 12

The Justinian Foundation and The Justinian Society cordially invite you to support and attend its Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception honoring Gino Benedetti, general counsel, SEPTA on Monday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m…READ MORE

Philly VIP Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students June 19

This VIP signature event on Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. is for summer associates and law students in Philadelphia, to engage with pro bono in our city and discover the life-changing impact their efforts can have on individuals and families. Featured speakers will include Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and convener of "Take Action Philly." Law students will enjoy a networking lunch with judges of the First Judicial District, board members and other legal community leaders. Registration is $25 per person (unpaid legal interns/public service law clerks are able to attend at no charge). Please RSVP at For more information, please contact Joanna Volpe at

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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