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Aug. 14, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 34
 |  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:

  • Bramson & Pressman
  • Galfand Berger, LLP
  • Law Offices of Richard A. Stoloff

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

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

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.

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Fun Run/Walk

Please join the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association for a Fun Run/Walk on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at 6 pm. This run/walk is open to everyone and all paces are welcome! Registration is $10 and will benefit the Homeless Advocacy Project. Register and read more here.

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

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

Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance: An Ethics CLE for Real Estate Attorneys Aug. 15

Still need an ETHICS credit?

Attend this practical CLE, enjoy lunch and earn that outstanding ethics credit!

This video encore CLE program will review the registration and reporting requirements imposed by the Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance and Regulations, including updates on clarifying advisory opinions and guidance issued by the Board of Ethics…READ MORE

Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law Aug. 16

Co-hosted by the Intellectual Property Committee and the Young Lawyers Division

This CLE program examines the developments in intellectual property law in the past year, including major cases in the Supreme Court and District Courts…READ MORE

Girls in the Adult Criminal Justice System Aug. 16

Hosted by the Legal Rights of Children Committee

Girls are a growing population in the adult court system and their cases often are accompanied with unique advocacy challenges. This CLE program will examine the process for charging and prosecuting youth in the adult criminal justice system in Philadelphia (Direct File), with a special focus on the needs presented by girls charged as adults…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

Cybersecurity: The Top 10 Things Attorneys Need to Consider Aug. 22

Ethical rules are changing to include an affirmative obligation that lawyers remain abreast of technology to protect client documents and information. What does that mean? It means cybersecurity.

What is the biggest issue law firms of all sizes are facing? Cybersecurity. Cyber experts universally agree that what is the most alluring to cybercriminals is large amounts of data. And what industry has large amounts of data of all kinds? The legal industry…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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