May 28, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 22
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC
  • Merkin Shotland, P.C.
Did You Know ?
The Association's CLE program was named the #1 Continuing Legal Education Provider in the Legal Intelligencer’s "Best Of" for 2018.

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New U.S. Marshal Procedure to Regulate Possession, Use of Cameras and Personal Electronic Devices

Effective June 3, 2019, the United States Marshal will implement a new procedure to regulate the possession and use of cameras and personal electronic devices, such as cellular telephones, smart phones, laptop computers, recording devices and tablet computers, by all visitors to all United States courthouses and other federal court locations in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This procedure is intended to ensure the personal security and privacy of parties, witnesses, judges, jurors, and counsel involved in court proceedings…READ MORE

Pennsylvania's New Course in Education Policy June 6

The Education Law Committee Meeting will host Pedro A. Rivera, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, on June 6 at 12 p.m. Secretary Rivera will talk about major educational initiatives and issues at the K-12 and post-secondary level…READ MORE

LGBT Rights Ctte. Summer Associate Reception June 13

Please join the LGBT Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association as we welcome 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…READ MORE


Save the Date : When the Rule of Law Fails - Lessons of the Holocaust June 18

Please save Tuesday, June 18 from 4-6 p.m. on your calendar for this program. More details to come!

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

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

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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 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.


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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!

#MeToo Legislative Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In this CLE program, a panel will discuss the status of recent legislation and whether these bills appropriately address the workplace problems #MeToo has highlighted…READ MORE

The Way Forward After Wayfair

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

In this timely program, panelist will address Pennsylvania and Philadelphia's responses to Wayfair, as well as the wide-reaching implications of the decision, not only for out-of-state and e-Commerce retailers with respect to sales and use taxes, but also its potential impact on the overall concept of economic nexus and a state's ability to impose various types of taxes, including income and gross receipts taxes…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - LGBTQ Older Adults and Cultural Competency

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH

In the public interest community, one of the most vulnerable client populations is older adults. More so, older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, face even more unique challenges when accessing legal services because the intersection of age and sexual identity is not always easily understood, disclosed or appreciated. This video-encore presentation will educate participants on basic concepts and vocabulary, such as sexual orientation and gender identity terms, discuss how the LGBTQ older adult community navigates societal and institutional bias and prejudice and provide advocates with the knowledge and terminology necessary to promote awareness and inclusivity in their client relationships and allow us all to be allies of this community…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - The Constitution and Separation of Powers in America

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

As the three branches work to perform their duties, it is common for members of one branch to believe that another Branch has exceeded the scope of its powers and is encroaching on the power of another branch. This video-encore program examines the following issues, among others, as they relate to separation of power: judicial independence, executive orders, budgeting, rule of law, standing, law enforcement, appointments and removal from office…READ MORE

2019 June Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly

Getting Your Head Out of the Cloud: Digital Assets in Estate Planning and Estate Administration

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.0 SUB/1.0 ETH

This 2019 June Probate Section Quarterly Meeting CLE will specifically familiarize Pennsylvania practitioners with the transitory nature of legislation which governs digital assets in 2019, allowing them to plan for the statutory change while also abiding by current federal and state laws. Attendees will learn how to plan for, safeguard and transfer digital assets not only in their practices, but in their personal lives as well…READ MORE

2019 Federal Bench Bar Conference

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 2:15 p.m.
3.5 Substantive CLE credits
2.0 Substantive CJE credits

The 2019 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

Cyber Security Landscape & Trends

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3 p.m.

This program will explore the current cybersecurity landscape and current threats in the legal community. The program will examine how organizations may protect themselves from cybersecurity attacks, particularly those involving social engineering tactics, such as email phishing, wire fraud (otherwise known as "business email compromise"), fraudulent websites, and social media attacks. The program will also address creating a cybersecurity program, risk management and the governance of these activities…READ MORE

YLD Bootcamp Series: Ins and Outs of Discovery Court

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 2 p.m.
1.5 SUB

New civil practitioners often present or defend discovery motions. Whether it's your first or hundredth time at discovery court, there's always much to learn. The Discovery Court Program operates in accordance with the Alternative Motion Procedures set forth in Philadelphia Rule of Civil Procedure *208.3. Hear an overview of the process, insight into what the court appreciates (and doesn't) and answers to common questions regarding procedures…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Jazz in June Scholarship Reception June 6

Listen to great jazz as the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter, raises funds for its Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Tuition Scholarship and Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Scholarships and celebrates its 2019 awardees…READ MORE

GALLOP Participating in 2019 Pride Run June 9

GALLOP will be participating in the 2019 Pride Run on Sunday, June 9. The course will follow the historic Philadelphia Pride Parade route in Center City Philadelphia, and runners can choose either the 5K Race or a 1.5-mile Fun Run. Proceeds from the run will go toward funding key programs at the William Way LGBT Community Center. GALLOP runners will meet at UBar on the corner of Locust and Camac streets at 9:30 a.m. To register for the run, please go to

Rewriting the Sentence Summit June 17

The Rewriting the Sentence 2019 Summit at Columbia University Law School is a high-level summit that aims to highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and programs that are currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, and look more deeply at their effectiveness and functional requirements. It will include a wide range of perspectives on these issues…READ MORE

Philly VIP Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic July 11

Philadelphia VIP will hold a nonprofit legal assessment clinic at the Free Library on Thursday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m…READ MORE


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