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June 18, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 26
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2018 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Alfred V. Altopiedi, P.C.
  • Caesar Rivise, PC
  • Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.

This Week: June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon Feat. Higginbotham Lecture by Ken Frazier, O'Connor Award Presented to Judge Jacqueline Allen June 20

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Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2018 June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at The Bellevue Hotel on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture.

The 2018 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen, Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division. The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community…READ MORE

Tomorrow: Giants of the Business Bar: Ann C. Mulé June 19


This Business Law Section event recognizes legal giants impacting the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and serves as a learning and networking opportunity.


Ann C. Mulé, Associate Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

Ann C. Mulé, a former chair of the Business Law Section, is a recognized leader in the corporate governance field, whose expertise and insights have helped to shape the governance landscape for companies, boards of directors, shareholders and many other governance constituencies…READ MORE


Register Today: 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 12-13

Join Philadelphia Bar Association members, judges and colleagues for another entertaining and educational weekend at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. as we present the 2018 Bench Bar & Annual Conference. This year's conference again boasts 23 sessions affording lawyers and judges up to 9 CLE credits, as well as 9 CJE credits that clearly offer something for everyone.

Register early and stay tuned for added programming, finalized course descriptions and confirmed faculty…READ MORE

YLD Diversity Reception June 26

Please join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and co-hosting affinity bar associations at the 2018 Diversity Reception, honoring five outstanding local law students, at The Midtown on Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. Susan Lin will deliver keynote remarks.

Registration is REQUIRED in advance and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine…READ MORE

Rescheduled: 30th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic Aug. 6

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 30th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic, previously scheduled for June 11, has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. The event will be held at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale. Features at this year's event are pickleball, a Million Dollar Shot Contest, a late afternoon golf clinic and an auction featuring a 3-day Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach. Sponsorships and tickets are available here.

Nominations Due June 22: LFMC Public Service Awards

Nominations are being accepted for Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Awards to honor and recognize two young attorneys for their exceptional pro bono or public service work. Eligible attorneys must have practiced law for five years or less in private practice or the public sector. The awards will be presented at the City-Wide Summer Associate Reception on Wednesday, July 11 at Water Works…READ MORE

Law School Outreach Committee Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

On Thursdays June 21 and 28; and July 12, 19 and 26; the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section Law School Outreach Committee will host the "2018 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series" from 12-1:30 p.m. These free programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area…READ MORE

Family Law Section Summer Solstice Reception June 21

Celebrate the longest day of the year with Family Law Section friends and colleagues on the Stenton Terrace of The Logan on June 21. Enjoy savory bites and cocktails while celebrating the beginning of summer…READ MORE

Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception July 12

The Public Interest Section's Law School Outreach Committee cordially invites you to the Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception 2018 at Ballard Spahr LLP on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. Generously hosted and sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP, this event celebrates the exceptional public service of students and lawyers in and around Philadelphia, and gives all an opportunity to meet and mingle over refreshments and light appetizers. Registration is required by Thursday, July 5…READ MORE

Save the Date: 'Striking Injustice' YLD Bowling Fundraiser Sept. 26

Sponsorship opportunities available now!

We're back at North Bowl for the annual YLD fundraiser benefitting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! Mark it on your calendar, Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.! For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Registration information will be available soon.

Volunteers Needed: The Philadelphia New Americans Campaign

The New Americans Campaign Philly is soliciting for volunteers. The NAC transforms the way aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans. It is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance and critical information that simplifies the naturalization process…READ MORE

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

  • Interest on Lawyer Trust Account Board (IOLTA): Deadline June 30

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.


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 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. You can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people in need across Philadelphia and our region by donating today.


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.

Pennsylvania Tax Treatment of Digital Assets June 18

Hosted by the Tax Section

Digital revolution descended upon us and states now must explore the taxation of digital assets. Although not clearly defined in Pennsylvania, digital assets generally may include digitally stored content, online accounts and files stored on digital devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones…READ MORE

Best Practices in Settlement Conferences before United States Magistrate Judges June 19

Hosted by the Labor and Employment Committee

Federal magistrate judges are key in the settlement of civil cases in the federal courts. Settlement is an expedient necessity that permits the courts to function. This CLE program, featuring United States magistrate judges, will examine settlement conferences involving labor and employment cases. The judges will discuss best practices and offer guidance to practitioners to achieve a successful outcom…READ MORE

Legal Considerations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain June 26

This luncheon CLE presentation will examine significant legal considerations surrounding cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The following issues will be examined: securities law, banking law, tax considerations as well as, data privacy and security requirements…READ MORE

What You Should Know About Pre-Dispute Arbitration in the Elder Law Setting June 27

Hosted by the Elder Law Committee

Pre-Dispute Arbitration clauses are found in a number of contexts including consumer finance contracts, non-disclosure agreements and employment contracts. The use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in the health care setting has grown significantly, making it imperative that elder law practitioners and guardians understand the effects of the clause and how to best proceed…READ MORE

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Jail Detainers June 28

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

Merriam-Webster defines "detainer" as "a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to hold a person in custody."

According to a recent study, literally half of the citizens in Philadelphia county custody are there due to probation and parole detainers. That number does not include all of the other types of writs/holds/detainers which keep people in jail…READ MORE

Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation? June 29

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility and Wellness Committees

This 1-hour presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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.

Philadelphia World Heritage Day June 20

Join HIAS PA, the Philadelphia Regional Refugee Provider's Collaborative, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Mayor Kenney for a celebration to honor and highlight the stories and contributions of Philadelphia’s refugees to our city. The event will take place at City Hall with crafts and music on Wednesday, June 20 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the Philadelphia premiere of film "This is Home: A Refugee Story," fresh off its premiere at Sundance 2018 at 6:45 p.m…READ MORE

Philly VIP Summer Pro Bono Program July 12

Philadelphia VIP will be holding its annual Summer Pro Bono Program for law students at PECO Energy Hall on Thursday, July 12 from 8-11:30 a.m. The event will provide students with the opportunity to connect with judges and volunteer attorneys over breakfast, and hear about how to incorporate pro bono into their future careers. The program will also include a panel discussion featuring volunteer attorneys who will share practical tips from their experience with pro bono service…READ MORE

Philly VIP Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic July 17

Philadelphia VIP will be holding its July Nonprofit Legal Assessment CLE & Clinic at The Free Library on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will start with a one-hour CLE training on nonprofit law (attendees receive one free CLE credit), followed by a clinic portion in which volunteers will provide legal advice to a nonprofit client. Participating attorneys will provide post-clinic legal assistance to one nonprofit client on a discrete legal matter…READ MORE

Support Center 'The Children’s Docket 2018 – Session 4' July 19

The Support Center for Child Advocates presents "The Children’s Docket 2018 – Session 4: Adoption Series: Part I - Accelerated Adoption Review Court (AARC)" on Thursday, July 19. This training series is specifically designed for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys and is meant to provide more detailed information about the ins and outs of handling a child abuse case and how to prepare for particular hearings. All sessions take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the Support Center for Child Advocates…READ MORE

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE


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