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Aug. 27, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 36
 |  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:

  • Gay & Chacker, PC
  • Kolsby, Gordon, Robin & Shore, P.C.
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

Accepting Nominations for PNC Wealth Management and Brennan Awards

Do you know someone who has made a significant accomplishment in improving the administration of justice, or a jurist who adheres to the highest standards of judicial service in the Philadelphia area?

Nominations are being sought for the PNC Wealth Management and Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Awards. Both awards will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting on Dec. 5. The nomination submission deadline for the PNC Wealth Management Award is Oct. 1 and the nomination submission deadline for the Brennan Award is Oct. 17…READ MORE

Bench-Bar Sponsor Spotlight: Provident Bank


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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

2018 Bar Association Election: Petitions Due Oct. 15

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee which is chaired by Past Chancellor Deborah R. Gross and consists of Benjamin R. Barnett, Meghan E. Claiborne, Rochelle M. Fedullo, Susan M. Lin, Hon. Tina Maria Rago, Mary F. Platt, Hon. Tina Maria Rago, Anita Santos-Singh, Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), Michael T. van der Veen and Dominique B.E. Ward. As Secretary, Marc J. Zucker serves as a non-voting member.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary, on or before October 15 for the December 5, 2018 Annual Meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Susan Knight, CFO/Director of Administration, at sknight@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Marc J. Zucker, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018.

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed an Executive Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Philadelphia Bar Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

See Job Description Here: Executive Director


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to:

Abraham C. Reich, Esq.
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee
c/o executivedirectorsearch@philabar.org

Please use the following subject line in your email message: Applicant for Philadelphia Bar Executive Director

Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews.


The Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.


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.

DLSC Pro Bono Road Shows Sept. 27-Oct. 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association's DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee is hosting 1-hour "pro bono road shows" at participating law firm and corporate offices throughout Philadelphia from Sept. 17 through Oct. 5 to highlight pro bono opportunities and recruit new volunteers. The road shows will feature pro bono agencies like Education Law Center, Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Mazzoni Center, Military Assistance Project, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Philadelphia VIP, Public Interest Law Center, SeniorLAW Center, Support Center for Child Advocates and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts & PA Patent. Road Shows will be held either at 8:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. To host a roadshow at your office please contact Jodi Schatz, co-chair of the Philadelphia National Pro Bono Week Celebration, by Aug. 27 at jschatz@sccalaw.org.

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

  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Aug. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Aug. 31
  • Minor Judiciary Education Board: Deadline Aug. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association - your partner in justice - is a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as an accredited Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) provider, offering CLE and CJE courses to lawyers, judges and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region.

It's the last week of August Compliance! The Philadelphia Bar Association has what you need to meet your last minute credit needs.

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:00 - 3:15 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE - Deposition Skills Courtroom Litigators Needs to Know
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

Litigators know that the deposition is a crucial opportunity to evaluate an adversary's case, challenge key theories and witnesses, and to seek admissions for use in a potential summary judgment motion or at trial. Whether you are a first-year litigation associate, senior partner or a solo practitioner, this video-encore program will offer guidance on skills that will maximize your effectiveness at deposition.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE - Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation?
(1 ETH)

Missed the live presentation… don't miss this video encore!

This video-encore ethics presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules. Panelists will address the responsibilities of partners, managers and supervisory attorneys and judges to put in place measures to ensure the well-being of their subordinate lawyers and judges.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: Criminal Injustice: Investigating and Challenging Wrongful Convictions
(2 SUB)

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

This video-encore CLE presentation explores what happens when the basis for a conviction is called into question after trial and when both the prosecution and defense agree that someone is innocent. Panelists will answer the following questions: what is a "wrongful conviction;" how do the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Innocence Project and Defender Association, as attorneys for the wrongfully convicted, evaluate innocence claims; how is that challenge litigated; what are some of the challenges in that litigation from both sides; and what implications does this have for practicing attorneys and the criminal justice system?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Briefing 2018
(2 SUB/1 ETH)
 CJE icon CLE video icon

In this comprehensive CLE program, attendees will learn about the current state of Philadelphia real estate taxes from those who interpret and enforce the rules and regulations and render critical decisions, including representatives from the Office of Property Assessment, the Board of Revision of Taxes and the Philadelphia Law Department. These panelists, as well as experienced legal counsel, will provide guidance on crucial process and strategy; detail significant case law; and outline potential legislative changes on the horizon.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE - Emotional Damages in Harassment Cases
(1 SUB)

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. In this practical video-encore CLE, panelists explore the recovery of emotional distress damages, defending against emotional distress damages and assessing the validity of the claimed emotional distress. They will address the use of experts, both to prove and defend such claims.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: New Protections for LGBT individuals in the Workplace: Fact or Fiction
(2 SUB)

This video-encore presentation will examine recent developments in employment protections for members of the LGBT community, and whether such developments will withstand appellate and legislative challenges. Panelists will explore the historical evolution and consideration of sexual orientation as a protected class, and the trending direction of protections both legislatively and judicially. Practice tips from both plaintiffs and defense perspectives will also be discussed.

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: Neutrality, Finality and Morality: An Ethical Perspective on Mediation
(2 ETH)
FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing!

This lively, fast-paced, interactive CLE program will address potential ethical obstacles in mediation and creative ways to break an impasse. Experienced mediators will offer guidance on creative ways to resolve the "unresolvable" case. Attendees will hear different perspectives regarding when to terminate the mediation or seek other solutions. The panelists will provide specific techniques that attorneys can begin using immediately to make the next mediation more productive.


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.

Hispanic National Bar Association LGBT Summit Sept. 5

The Hispanic National Bar Association is hosting its national conference in Philadelphia in September. In connection with the conference, HBNA's LGBT Division is hosting a LGBT Summit at Reed Smith on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 12-5 p.m. The LGBT Summit is open to everyone…READ MORE

SABA Philadelphia Speaker Series Feat. Anuj Gupta Sept. 6

Please join the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia for a speaker-series event featuring Anuj Gupta at Reading Terminal Market on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Gupta is the general manager of Reading Terminal and has previously served in Philadelphia city government and practiced real estate law with an AmLaw firm…READ MORE

Barristers' 68th Annual Installation of Executive, Advisory Board Sept. 12

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. cordially invites you to its 68th Annual Installation of Executive and Advisory Board Members at Ceremonial Courtroom 653 in City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.…READ MORE

Citizenship Day 2018 Sept. 15

Citizenship Day 2018 is on Sept. 15, 2018! This year, the need for citizenship assistance is greater than ever. We are partnering with the New Americans Campaign, the Office of Immigrant Affairs Welcoming Week and non-profits throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs, so please join us for another great event this year. We will need many experienced immigration attorneys, non-immigration attorneys, as well as non-attorney volunteers…READ MORE

Philly VIP Landlord/Tenant Training Sept. 24

Philadelphia VIP will be holding a Landlord/Tenant CLE training at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP on Monday, Sept. 24 from 12-2 p.m. The program will provide an overview of Philadelphia landlord/tenant law, as well as practical information for representing a client in an eviction dispute in Municipal Court. Attendees will receive two substantive CLE credits free of charge if they take a case within six months of the training…READ MORE

Philly VIP 'Brushstrokes for Justice' Sept. 27

Philadelphia VIP is hosting its annual fundraising event, "Brushstrokes for Justice," at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' Historic Landmark Building on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event will bring together VIP's loyal donors, volunteers and guests interested in learning more about VIP's mission of expanding access to justice. Brushstrokes for Justice will feature live art-making, tours of the PAFA Art Gallery and drinks and delicious hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE


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