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Aug. 7, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 33
 |  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:

  • Freiwald Law, P.C.
  • Messa & Associates
  • Rubin & Badame

Final Week: Annual School Supply Drive & Happy Hour Aug. 10

It's back to school season once again and this year the Workers' Compensation Section and the Young Lawyers Division have joined forces to tackle the annual school supply drive. Join us for twice the fun at Smokin' Betty's on Thursday, Aug. 10…READ MORE

Donations are also encouraged leading up to the event and can be dropped off at:

  • Anapol Weiss, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., Suite 1600, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Berner Klaw & Watson LLP, 1528 Walnut St., Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 52nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Supplies needed include backpacks, ruled notebooks, pencils, pencil cases, crayons, glue sticks, rulers and erasers.

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

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

Applications for the Board Observer Program are OPEN

Heading into their sixth year of administering the Board Observer Program (BOP), the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (DLSC), and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association (YLD) are looking to welcome a new class of nonprofits and Observers.

The BOP gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia County the opportunity to learn more about local legal services organizations and other non-profits, and to gain the kinds of leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as to succeed in their future careers.

Applications for Observers are due on Monday, September 11. Applications for new nonprofits are due on Monday, September 18. Please note: if you are a nonprofit looking to reapply, you do NOT have to submit an Expression of Interest form but just have to e-mail and let us know your intentions to remain in the Program.

For more information, visit the 2018 BOP Application Newspost.

Sign Up Now to Host a Pro Bono Road Show: Sept. 17-Oct. 5

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer interactive "Road Shows" introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia…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.

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

Disability Discrimination in Housing Aug. 8

Hosted by the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee

Individuals with disabilities face discrimination on a daily basis especially when seeking and enjoying their housing. This CLE course will provide an overview of the rights of persons with disabilities under the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and examine the duties of housing providers under the Federal law. The course will outline defenses to discrimination claims and explore the area of reasonable accommodations…READ MORE

Medical Marijuana: Business and Tax Issues for Growers, Processors, and Dispensaries Aug. 9

Co-hosted by the Tax Section and the Medical Marijuana and Hemp Committee

If you represent medical marijuana growers, processors, and/or dispensaries, this is a 'CAN'T MISS' program!

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act authorizes production and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes in the Commonwealth, but the product remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. This creates significant business and tax issues for those who wish to participate in this industry, as well as ethical issues for attorneys who represent those participants…READ MORE

Examining "Ugly Prey:" Constructed and Communicated Stereotypes and the Impact of Bias on Juries Aug. 9

Co-hosted and presented with the Justinian Society of Philadelphia

The objective of the CLE is to examine how clients can be wrongfully subjected to discrimination. In this program, featured speaker, Emilie L. Lucchesi, Ph.D., introduces how stereotypes are constructed and communicated, and uses two case studies to demonstrate the profound impact such bias has on juries…READ MORE

Opioids and Overuse in the Workers' Compensation System Aug. 10

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

The national "epidemic" of opioid usage has garnered a great deal of public attention, but amid those concerns is a less publicized prevalence of the use of potent pain relieving narcotics by injured workers throughout the United States. While opioids can be safe and effective for the treatment of acute pain and some chronic conditions, they come with serious risk of addiction and death, even when used as prescribed…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap Aug. 19

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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