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June 5, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 24
 |  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:

  • Kovler & Rush P.C.
  • The Law Offices of Jeremy A. Wechsler
  • Swartz Campbell LLC

New & Improved: Association 2017 Judicial Poll

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is conducting it's poll concerning the qualifications of those judges seeking retention in November 2017.

A new and improved survey format provides a streamlined approach, making it easier and faster than ever to take the poll.

The results of this poll will be anonymous as they are considered by the Commission along with other pertinent information developed in its investigation. The Commission will report its findings and recommendations to the legal community and to the public…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

Today: Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program 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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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

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

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

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

  • The Court of Judicial Discipline: Deadline June 30

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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

FJD Elder Justice & Civil Resource Center Volunteer Attorney Training Program: Landlord-Tenant Appeals & Mental Health Issues…READ MORE

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.

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

Video Encore - The Forensic Fruits of a Labor & Employment Client June 13

Previously hosted by the Cybersecurity Committee of the Business Law Section

Digital forensics came about nearly twenty-five years ago as society moved into a digital age. Since that time, the field has greatly matured through evolving technology. With the advent of laptops, smart phones, dense storage systems, GPS, social media networks and the Internet of Things, digital forensics has continually reinvented its tools and techniques to remain on the cutting edge of technological advances…READ MORE

Navigating the Antitrust Cartel Labyrinth June 14

Hosted by the Antitrust Law Committee of the Business Law Section

Ten years after Twombly, is the pleading standard for a Sherman Act Section 1 cartel case any clearer? Often motions to dismiss in these cases come down to alleged circumstantial evidence, such as market conditions that seem inconsistent with price increases, antitrust violations in foreign jurisdictions, trade association activities, otherwise innocuous public statements and the defendants' ambiguous business documents regarding buy/sell relationships with competitors, competitive intelligence and other ordinary course conduct…READ MORE

Office Space, Budgets and Loans: Considerations when Starting Your Own Practice June 15

Hosted by Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee and the Small Business Committee of the Business Law Section

Being a sole practitioner entails more than just being good at the law and understanding how to file a complaint or argue before a judge. You also have to understand how to start and run a business…READ MORE

Yikes! I'm on the Retirement Plan Committee - Now What? June 15

Sponsored by BPU Investment Management, Inc. and Professional Capital Services

You've just been asked to serve on the retirement plan or pension committee or you're the head of an organization that has one. Whether you know it or not, you are a fiduciary and have legal responsibility for other people's money…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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