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May 30, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 23
 |  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:

  • Blank Rome LLP
  • German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.
  • Shuster Law Offices, LLC

The California Women's Law Center congratulates Carol Tracy on receiving the prestigious Sandra Day O'Connor Award!

Registration Deadline May 31: 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

Deadline June 22: Seeking Nominations LFMC Public Service Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Awards to be presented to two associates at Philadelphia law firms who have been practicing law for five years or less. The awards will be presented at the City-Wide Summer Associates Reception on Tuesday, July 11…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

Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event June 8

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to its Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners, who will provide insider tips and practical advice about choosing a practice area, developing practical skills, and successfully navigating a path to success within that practice…READ MORE

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Attend and earn a discount on your malpractice insurance, advised and administered by USI Affinity. The discount does not apply to part-time policies.

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

LGBT Rights Committee Summer Associate Reception June 14

Please join the LGBT Rights Committee as they welcome incoming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community. Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP on Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m., the Committee hopes that this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals and their peers. In addition, it will be presenting the Third Annual David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award…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.

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

Pennsylvania's School Funding Crisis June 6

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

The education landscape is changing rapidly in Pennsylvania. Advocates have argued that the system for funding schools in Pennsylvania has become so "irrational" and "arbitrary" that the judicial intervention is necessary. Pennsylvania has been identified as having the widest disparities in the nation among its districts, those in the most impoverished areas, who need the most, generally get the least…READ MORE

2017 Federal Bench Bar Conference June 9

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association

This half-day annual conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee, offers in-depth CLE discussions on legal and practice topics important to the Federal Court Practice community in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Federal Bench Bar Conference provides a forum for the interchange of ideas among the bench and bar, educates the bar with regard to practice in the courts and encourages civility in the courts…READ MORE

Effectively Representing Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) Clients in Family Court June 12

Hosted by the Family Law Section

Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) individuals participating in a legal proceeding should be able to do so in a language they understand, and all parties should be able to comprehend one another throughout the proceeding. This CLE program, designed for family law practitioners, will cover Court and legal requirements for the use of interpreters, best practices to follow during hearings, and tips for working with LEP clients using interpreters…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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