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July 16, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 30
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

From now through Oct. 1, NEW MEMBERS save 50% on membership. Join today!

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

  • Clearfield & Kofsky
  • Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
  • Paul, Reich & Myers, P.C.

Today: Chancellor's Forum

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


Open Position: Part-Time Staff Attorney for Lawyer Referral and Information Service

The Philadelphia Bar Association has an immediate opening for a part-time Staff Attorney to handle telephone and website intake for the Lawyer Referral and Information Service.

Successful candidate must be a licensed attorney and on active status in Pennsylvania. Successful candidate must be able to speak Spanish as the position involves some conversational Spanish. Position requires the ability to listen carefully, pinpoint issues and communicate effectively in a fast-paced environment. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must. Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and to learn our in-house software program.

Send resume and cover letter to Charles Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org.

Due Oct. 1: Accepting Nominations for PNC Achievement Award

Do you know someone who has made a significant accomplishment in improving the administration of justice in the Philadelphia area?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 PNC Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth the reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this Award and any other information you feel is relevant.  The Award will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 5…READ MORE

International Justice Day July 17

The International Law Committee is celebrating 2018 International Justice Day on July 17, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the International Criminal Court.

The Philadelphia Bar Association was one of the first U.S. bar associations to endorse the creation of the ICC, adopting a resolution of support in April 1998. The ICC is an independent, international criminal court that through rule of law, has jurisdiction over the most heinous crimes known to humanity - genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and, since December 2017, the crime of aggression. One hundred twenty-three nations have ratified the ICC Treaty.

The ICC is of importance to lawyers, now more then ever, as the it advances the rule of law internationally for setting and applying high standards of due process and for instituting victim participation. Celebratory programs by the Committee are planned for the fall. Keep tuned.

Business Law Section, TMA Philadelphia/Wilmington Summer Soirée July 17

You're invited to join the Turnaround Management Association Philadelphia Chapter, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference and Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section Bankruptcy Law Committee for a Summer Soirée, at the popular Morgan's Pier - Philadelphia's Backyard Beer Garden, located on the Delaware River Waterfront. Attendees will enjoy casual fare, craft beer, wine and cocktails while networking under the sky with industry professionals. All are welcome to attend this event…READ MORE

Real Property Summer Social July 24

Celebrate summer with friends and colleagues of the Real Property Section in the open air hall at Porta, the city's largest restaurant and best pizza in town…READ MORE

Solo & Small Firm and Wellness Committees Run/Walk Aug. 2

Join the Solo & Small Firm and Wellness Committees for an early evening run/walk beginning and ending at Philadelphia Runner immediately followed by snacks, drinks, (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and running tips from from our very own Maureen M. Farrell, a 12-time marathon finisher…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 July 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


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.


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

  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline July 31

For more information on the available vacancies, 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 - No Reasonable Doubt About It: Medical Marijuana in PA is Here to Stay July 17

This video-encore CLE program will examine Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program and its intersection with criminal law. Panelists will offer an overview of the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania and provide guidance on how to identify and analyze criminal law issues that are impacted by the use of medical marijuana…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Election Day 2018: How the City Holds Elections and Preserves The Right to Vote July 18

In this timely video-encore CLE program, panelists examine how the City of Philadelphia prepares for and holds elections on Election Day. Specific focus will include how fraud is monitored by the District Attorney and how Election Court operates as the day unfolds…READ MORE

Quill Is No More: State Tax Nexus After Wayfair July 24

In issuing its recent decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the United States Supreme Court overturned more than 50 years of jurisprudence that required out-of-state retailers to have a physical presence in a state before they could be required to collect and remit sales and use taxes on sales made to in-state customers. This one-hour seminar will address the holding in Wayfair, as well as its wide-reaching implications, not only for out-of-state and e-Commerce retailers with respect to sales and use tax, but also its potential impact on the overall concept of economic nexus and a state's ability to impose various types of taxes, including income taxes…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Search and Seizure Update 2018 July 24

The law of search and seizure is challenging and ever evolving as new cases are added to the Fourth Amendment mosaic. A thorough knowledge of search and seizure law is vital to the practice of criminal law. In order to appropriately argue these issues in court, it is necessary for practitioners to have a solid grasp of current search issues…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Ethics & Malpractice Avoidance July 31

This video-encore CLE program will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues…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

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania 19th Annual Summer Movie Party July 20

This year, AIDS Law Project's friends at Secret Cinema are screening "Desire," featuring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. The evening begins with complimentary food, beer and soft drinks. Film historian Richard Barrios will be on hand to dish on Dietrich and "Desire"…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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