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Aug. 21, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 35
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Fun Run/Walk Aug. 24

Please join the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee for a Fun Run/Walk on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. This run/walk is open to everyone and all paces are welcome! Registration is $10 and will benefit the Homeless Advocacy Project…READ MORE.

Nominations Sought for Replansky and Dandridge Awards

Nominations are now being accepted from members of the Business Law Section for the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial and Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Awards. The deadline for nominations for both awards is Nov. 6.

Replansky Memorial Award nominees must demonstrate superior legal talent, make significant contributions to the business law community and to civic and charitable causes, act as a mentor and be uniformly known for honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Replansky Memorial Award Nomination Form

Dandridge Diversity Award nominees must have made a substantial contribution to diversity; and promote full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Dandridge Diversity Award Nomination Form

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…READ MORE.

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

Family Fun Day at Smith Playground Sept. 16

The Young Lawyers Division and the Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee are cohosting 2017 Family Fun Day at Smith Plaground on Saturday, Sept. 16…READ MORE

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

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. 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

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

Damages Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases Aug. 23

Hosted by the Medical-Legal Committee

This luncheon CLE program addresses a variety of issues regarding damages in medical malpractice cases in a courtroom.

Our panelists offer perspectives from the plaintiff, defense and the bench. Hear practical guidance on the following topics…READ MORE

Lien on Me Aug. 24

Hosted by the Construction Law Committee of the Real Property Section

Amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law (49 P.S. § 1101, et seq.) took effect in January of this year, giving private owners the ability to register their new construction projects online to protect against subcontractor and supplier lien claims. As a consequence, subcontractors and suppliers on registered projects who fail to provide the newly required notice of furnishing forty-five days from first performance forfeit their right to file a lien claim. Owners are already availing themselves of the new lien protections…READ MORE

The Million Dollar Sentence and Other Recent Trends in Employment Background Check Litigation Aug. 25

Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law Committee

Increasingly, the majority of employers run some form of background check on their potential hires or current employees. A wide spectrum of laws now intersect to provide powerful rights to hires or employees subject to background checks. This can lead to class action and individual claims that can have drastically higher values than the "garden variety" wage or discrimination claims…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

CLS Justice Rising Advocates Reception Sept. 18

Community Legal Services will hold the second annual Justice Rising Advocates reception for young professionals at Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, One Liberty Place, 52nd Floor, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia, on Monday, Sept. 18 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Verges at

Philly VIP Taste for Justice Sept. 18

Philadelphia VIP will hold its "Taste for Justice" event at FMC Café, 2929 Walnut Street, on Monday, Sept. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This fundraising event includes a cooking demonstration from a talented local chef and gives guests a “taste” of VIP’s work. Appetizers and drinks will be served. To purchase tickets, please email or visit


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