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June 25, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 27
 |  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:

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Hamburg & Golden, P.C.
  • Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C.

Chancellor's Forum: What Can and Should Be Done Under the Second Amendment to Curb Gun Violence July 16

Join us for our next Chancellor's Forum to discuss how we can improve our laws to prevent gun violence.

The Forum will focus on the current status of our gun laws and what our country, state and city can and should do under the Second Amendment to protect public safety in the wake of recent mass shootings and the use of guns in homicides and suicides…READ MORE

Tomorrow: 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.Thank you to QDiscovery for its generous support of this event!

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

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.

Law School Outreach Committee Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

On Thursdays June 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

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.

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.

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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