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June 26, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 27
 |  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:

  • Goodell, Devries, Leech & Dann, LLP
  • Merkin Shotland, P.C.
  • Raynes McCarty

Summertime Special: Bring a 'Walk-In' Non-Member to CLE, Get Tuition Discount!

Share the benefits of membership with your colleagues. For Philadelphia Bar Association members who bring a "walk-in" non-member to a CLE program anytime from June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017 and if the non-member joins on the spot, you both receive a discount…READ MORE

Law School Outreach Committee Summer Reception July 13

The Law School Outreach Committee Summer Reception for public interest law students will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP on Thursday, July 13 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…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

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.

VIDEO ENCORE - Nuts & Bolts of PA's Post Conviction Relief Act June 26

Any experienced criminal law attorney knows there are different types of review possible following a conviction. Pennsylvania state law and federal laws both give a convicted defendant such options. One such method of appeal is to file a petition under the Post-Conviction Relief Act…READ MORE

Campaign to End the Rape Kit Backlog June 27

The Joyful Heart Foundation is a national organization, founded in 2004 by actor, director and activist Mariska Hargitay, with a mission to transform society's response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors' healing and end this violence forever. The Women in the Profession Committee has teamed with Joyful Heart to deliver part of its mission of education and advocacy…READ MORE

The 'Sanctuary City:' An Analysis of Legal Issues June 28

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

In this timely lunchtime CLE program, featured speaker Sara Solow will analyze the broad base issues presented by the Sanctuary City Executive Order. Hear a brief history of 8 USC 1373, the federal statute that prohibits localities from having policies that block the sharing of immigration status information with ICE…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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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