June 10, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 24

 |  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:

  • DeMarco & DeMarco, P.C.
  • Kolsby, Gordon, Robin & Shore, P.C.
  • Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, 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.

Vote Philadelphia Bar Association CLE "Best Of" for 2019. Vote for us at 48 and 49 by clicking HERE!


Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon June 24

Featuring the Association's annual Judge Leon A. Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture delivered by Charisse R. Lillie, CEO of CRL Consulting LLC, and the presentation of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to Judge Petrese B. Tucker, former Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania…READ MORE


When the Rule of Law Fails - Lessons of the Holocaust June 18

Cohosted with the Brandeis Law Society

The Philadelphia Bar Association, in partnership with the Brandeis Law Society, is privileged to invite you to hear the stories of Don Greenbaum and Ernie Gross, liberator and liberated, along with a presentation from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht as we reflect on lessons of the Holocaust, when the rule of law fails…READ MORE


Save the Date: 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

More Than Lawyers: Sharing Your Non-Billable Experiences

At Bench-Bar 2019, we want to hear about the times that you have gone above and beyond with "More Than Lawyers: Sharing Your Non-Billable Experiences," a program featuring five six-minute talks about the Philadelphia lawyer's experiences outside of the office.

Tell your best story, impart a lesson or share your strangest experience of the legal life…READ MORE

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

For more information, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

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

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

Puppy Yoga

The Young Lawyers Division and Wellness and Quality of Life Committee Invite You to Puppy Yoga June 15

What better way to help relieve stress and practice self-care than pairing unparalleled yoga instruction with the healing power of puppies?

There will be two chances for you to join us for this exciting event on Saturday, June 15th.

Session #1: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Session #2: 3 - 4 p.m.

Registration is $25 and all proceeds benefit Morris Animal Refuge! There are just 40 spots in each session, so get your tickets before they sell out! REGISTER HERE

Workers' Compensation Section Spring Party June 19

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for an early summer BBQ by the river's edge at Water Works by Cescaphe with top shelf open bar…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

Family Law Section Summer Reception June 25

Mix and mingle with your friends and colleagues of the Family Law Section high atop The Bellevue Hotel at the section's summer reception…READ MORE


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 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.


Vote Philadelphia Bar Association CLE "Best Of" for 2019. Vote for us at 48 and 49 by clicking HERE!

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!

Plaintiffs on the Frontline: A First-hand, Family-member Perspective of the Landmark Right to Education Lawsuit PARC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
0.5 SUB/0.5 ETH

Impact litigation requires plaintiffs. Hear the compelling story of Kate Fialkowski and her family, who were involved in several landmark cases that opened the door to educational rights and inclusion for students with disabilities: Halderman v. Pennhurst State School and Hospital; PARC v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Fialkowski v. Greenwhich Home for ChildrenREAD MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Nuts and Bolts of SBA Lending

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

This video-encore program will provide attendees an understanding of the SBA (Small Business Administration) lending process. The program will address information regarding certain lending programs, qualifications for borrowers, specifics of loans and the process…READ MORE

Recent Decisions and Developments in Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law - 2019 Update

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

In this luncheon program, panelists will provide an update and overview of important relevant Pennsylvania court decisions on Pennsylvania eminent domain (condemnation) law, as well as recent developments in and changes to related statutory and regulatory law and local court procedures…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance: An Ethics CLE

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9 a.m.

This video-encore CLE program will review the registration and reporting requirements imposed by the Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance and Regulations, including updates on clarifying advisory opinions and guidance issued by the Board of Ethics…READ MORE

Telemedicine: Criminal & Regulatory Overview

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.0 SUB

On April 9, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division announced federal indictments and law enforcement actions in one of the largest health care fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment marketing executives. DOJ charged 24 defendants for over $1.2 billion in losses. This charging highlights the need for providers of telemedicine services to evaluate their compliance efforts. This timely and informative CLE will provide an overview of the investigation, expected changes in the industry, recommendations for health care providers, as well as an overview of some key regulatory considerations to mitigate the possibility of civil enforcement actions…READ MORE

Effective Practice in the Superior Court

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This CLE will offer practice pointers for appeals in the Superior Court, including what makes a persuasive brief and oral argument. Judges Panella and McLaughlin will also review the impact of recent appellate rule changes and strategies to avoid waiver of appellate issues…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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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