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July 24, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 31
 |  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:

  • Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP
  • Law Offices of Jonathan Wheeler, P.C.
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Registration Open: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, returning to Borgata in Atlantic City!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference remains the premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary, including the opportunity to earn CLE credits through unique course offerings…READ MORE

Environmental & Energy Law Committee Summer Happy Hour July 26

Please join the Environmental and Energy Law Committee for its annual summer happy hour at Strangelove's on Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Mgmt. Cmte. July 27

You're invited to the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee networking happy hour at Strangelove's on Thursday, July 27.

Join your colleagues for a summertime get-together over appetizers and drinks at one of America's top-100 beer bars…READ MORE

Summertime Special: Bring a 'Walk-In' 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

Save the Date: Family Fun Day at the Park Sponsored by the YLD Sept. 16

Save the date for the 2017 Family Fun Day at the Park! We'll be back at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse on Saturday, Sept. 16. Registration and details to follow!

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.

Join your colleagues in July for a month of must-see video-encore Philadelphia Bar Association CLE programs!

FREE CLE: American Health Care Act Update: Staying Current Aug. 10

Thanks to a quick and overwhelming response, this August 10th FREE CLE date for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, HAS BEEN FILLED. Please join us for a Video ENCORE on one of 2 additional convenient dates.

VIDEO ENCORE Aug. 18: Register here.

VIDEO ENCORE Aug. 28: Register here.

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing! This CLE presentation will include an initial overview of the proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation and what's at stake for Pennsylvania in the advent of an ACA repeal and Medicaid reform…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: Conservatorship Law 101 July 25

Missed the live presentation, attend the video encore.

One tool to eliminate blight in Pennsylvania is Act 135 of 2008, the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Law. The law, which provides for court-appointed conservators to bring residential, commercial and industrial buildings into municipal code compliance when owners fail-to comply, has been extensively used in Philadelphia since it became effective in 2009 and was amended in 2014…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: Investigating & Challenging Wrongful Convictions July 26

A Can't Miss Video Encore!
Eligible for Capital Case/Death Penalty credits.

A witness recants. Corruption is uncovered. An expert's science is discredited. What happens when the basis for a conviction is called into question after trial? What happens when both the prosecution and defense agree that someone is innocent?…READ MORE

Update on the New FJD Court-Appointed Conflict Counsel Procedures and Fees July 27

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

On June 26, 2017, the First Judicial District’s Administrative Governing Board set forth an order for increases in court-appointed counsel fees, as well as updates in procedures relating to counsel fees. These changes will apply to all appointments received after July 1, 2017. The new system marks a significant development toward the fight for justice for Philadelphia’s indigent clients…READ MORE

Emotional Damages in Harassment Cases July 28

Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law Committee

In recent years, we have seen an increase in employment lawsuits alleging harassment, with plaintiffs claiming that they have suffered emotional distress. Indeed, the primary source of recovery for plaintiffs in these types of lawsuits is emotional distress damages…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap Aug. 2

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…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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