Veritext Ardent Credit Union logo Heaven Sent Regus USI Affinity
Aug. 28, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 36
 |  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:

  • Console Mattiacci Law, LLC
  • Law Offices of John Mirabella
  • Meranze, Katz, Gaudioso & Newlin, P.C.

Summertime Special Final Week: 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

2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sponsor Spotlight

Veritext is the global leader in court reporting and deposition services. Our commitment to personal service and experience in managing even the most complex cases means you can feel confident the details are taken care of. Veritext has the finest court reporters, extensive experience in every type of litigation, and operates using the highest levels of data security (PII and HIPAA-compliant). With over 50 offices nationwide, you can rest assured that wherever you litigate, we can help. For more information visit their website.

Robson Forensic is a national leader in expert witness consulting. We provide technical expertise across many fields within engineering, architecture, science, and a broad range of specialty disciplines. At Robson Forensic you will find highly respected experts from both industry and academia. It is likely that one of our forensic experts has done the work central to the issues of your matter, and can testify accordingly. We provide our experts' CVs and contact information on our website and encourage you to contact them directly to discuss your case and how we can assist. For more information visit their website.

The 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference will be held at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on Oct. 13-14. Register today…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

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

Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 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

Can I Really Be Sanctioned or Disciplined for My Filing Aug. 28

Learn how the new Public Access Policy requires lawyers to change how and what they file in every Pennsylvania court.

Imagine being sanctioned because your motion included your client's date of birth? It can happen starting January 8, 2018 when Pennsylvania's Public Access Policy goes into effect. The policy applies to all civil, family and criminal cases in the appellate and trial courts, and requires filing parties to redact confidential information. If a party violates the policy, a court can impose sanctions…READ MORE

Branching Out: Opportunities to Make A Difference Aug. 29

Branching Out: Opportunities for Women to Make a Difference in the Three Branches of Government

Hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee, First Judicial District Women Judges' Initiative and the National Association of Women Judges

The power and influence of women has never been more important. Women not only can change the conversation, but they can affect concrete changes in our political and social climate. Women are creating and taking the opportunity to make a difference in governmental public service…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: From Criminal Conviction to Civil Nightmare Aug. 30

This Video Encore CLE program breaks down the civil consequences of a criminal conviction and analyzes the devastatingly negative impact these consequences can have on your client (and his or her family). The panelists examine remedies to counteract any potential negative consequences for people released from prison. Hear updates on substantive changes to the Commonwealth's expungement laws and the effect convictions will have on current hot-button issues affecting your clients, such as, immigration status, welfare, housing, child custody, disability, professional licensing, etc…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: Deposition Skills Every Litigator Needs to Know Aug. 31

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 or a senior partner, learn how to maximize your effectiveness at taking, preparing for, and defending depositions with this Video Encore CLE…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

NALS Lunch-n-Learn Sept. 12

NALS of Philadelphia is hosting a Lunch-n-Learn program at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The topic is "Non-Profit Events Coordination/Management" and will be presented by Lisa M. Cheresnowsky, national events manager at Ballard Spahr LLP. Cheresnowsky will discuss how non-profits can effectively coordinate and manage their events in order to gain the most benefit from them. This is an open forum for questions and answers and is open to all legal support staff. Cost: Members/Free; Non-members/$5 (which can be applied toward membership). Contact Patricia Infanti, PP, PLS (215-864-8780 or for more information and to make a reservation – space is limited.

Reed Smith LLP is located at Three Logan Square, 31st Floor, Philadelphia.

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


You have received this message because you are listed with the Philadelphia Bar Association as a subscriber to the Bar Reporter Online. This message may contain commercial content. If you wish to add, modify or delete a Bar Reporter Online subscription, either send an e-mail to, or go to

Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107, 215-238-6300.

Click here if you have trouble viewing this page.