Sept. 3, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 36
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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From now through Oct. 1, NEW MEMBERS save 50 percent on membership. Join today!

Congratulations to Philadelphia Bar Association CLE for being inducted into The Legal Intelligencer's Best of 2019 Hall of Fame and named to the Best of 2019 top three for continuing legal education provider and online CLE provider!

Election 'Nuts & Bolts' Sept. 12

Holding a Board of Governors or YLD Executive Committee seat can open doors, so make your move today. Join us for Nuts & Bolts on Sept. 12 and hear from Board members, officers, YLD EC Cabinet members and staff about the election process and the important role of being a member of the Board or YLD EC. Learn how to be a special part of the success of the Philadelphia Bar Association…READ MORE

Due Today: Nominations Sought for Brennan Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 11-12.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration…READ MORE

2019 Bench-Bar

Enter by Sept. 5: Bench-Bar Scholarship Opportunities

The Philadelphia Bar Association is holding a lottery to attend the 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 11-12 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The lottery is available to Public Interest and Government Attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and have not received a scholarship within the last three years. The scholarships will cover full Conference registration, but individuals will be responsible for their own hotel accommodations. Conference registration includes all CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday. To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at by 3 p.m. on Sept. 5. Winners will be notified by email.

If you enter the lottery, please DO NOT register for the conference. If your name is NOT selected for one of the scholarships, you will be able to register and receive the Early-Bird discount until Sept. 12.

Registration Open: 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Course Listings Are Live!

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

The theme of 2019 Bench-Bar, focusing on Philadelphia's future with a series of talks, courses and plenaries that will provide the opportunity to earn CLE and CJE credits, as well as to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

All registration information is at


Individual Registration Open: YLD Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Sept. 10

Sponsored Team Tournament begins at 6:30 p.m.; Singles Tournament begins at 7 p.m

A new SPIN on a classic event. Register to play in a thrilling singles tournament, or as a spectator enjoying the action! Both levels include an open bar and buffet. Prizes will be awarded to top teams and individual players…READ MORE

Chancellor's Forum: When They See Us - The Case of the 'Central Park Five' Sept. 16

Panel addition: Patricia Cummings, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney

In 1989, five Black and Brown teenagers were accused of a horrific crime that shocked the nation. The brutal rape of the white "Central Park Jogger" was front-page news.

These five young men became the face of crime in America, leading to a 25-year saga through the criminal justice system that ended with their convictions being vacated in 2002…READ MORE

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In 2018, the Tax Section provided informal comments to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department about privacy concerns related to the proposed publication of certain hearings. Join or renew your membership today and find a section or committee for you!


Due Sept. 6: Applications Open for the 2020 Board Observer Program

The award-winning Board Observer Program offers a unique experience for young lawyers and local nonprofits. The BOP provides the opportunity to serve for a year on a nonprofit board of directors through a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division. Observers have the opportunity to engage with a working Board, strengthen leadership skills, and grow their professional network. The deadline for individuals and organizations interested in participating in the 2020 program is Sept. 6, 2019…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 or 215-238-6326.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2019. Through programs, grants, and partnerships, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation removes barriers to justice, engages the community in support of civil legal aid, and builds system-wide capacity in order to strengthen the provision of quality legal services and to ensure that all individuals understand their rights to equal justice under law. You can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people in need across Philadelphia and our region by donating today.


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

Vacationing, stuck in the office, at home or just avoiding the commute? Philadelphia Bar Association offers webcasts of select LIVE CLE/CJE courses. Look for the Webcast Icon in the program description for availability.

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. We are proud to have been inducted into The Legal Intelligencer's Best of 2019 Hall of Fame and named to the Best of 2019 top three for continuing legal education provider and online CLE provider!

Handling Custody Cases Involving Teenagers: Perspectives from the Bench and Mental Health Professionals Regarding Contempt, Mental Health, and Reunification Webcast Icon

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This must-see program will help attendees understand and navigate issues that may arise in custody matters involving teenagers. Panelists will provide best practice tips, valuable perspectives from the bench and insight from mental health professionals. Panelists will discuss the following topics, among others, contempt in custody matters and how to help your client in these situations, issues of mental health and how to address them within the context of the custody case and when reunification is necessary and the process associated with reunification therapy…READ MORE

Ethical Issues for Attorneys Serving on a Nonprofit BoardWebcast Icon

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 - 4:30 p.m.

Many attorneys have the opportunity to join a nonprofit board throughout their careers. Whether you are a new or experienced attorney, there are many ethical considerations to take into account before serving. This CLE will review common ethical issues lawyers encounter and provide practical tips for those considering serving or already serving on a nonprofit board…READ MORE

Feast Amongst Famine: The Most Interesting Commonwealth Workers' Compensation Cases of 2019Webcast Icon

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Although 2019 has been a very active year in workers' compensation, very few cases have been published. In this informative luncheon CLE, speakers will highlight five of the most interesting cases that have been published this year…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

A Conversation about Diversity in Central Pa. with State College Mayor Don Hahn Sept. 18

Pepper Hamilton LLP, APABA-PA and HBA-PA invite you to "A COnversation About Diversity on Central Pennsylvania With State College Mayor Don Hahn" on Sept. 18…READ MORE

Saint John's Hospice Fall Fling Gala Honoring the Workers' Compensation Section Sept. 20

Join the Saint John's Hospice family of friends and supporters for an evening of delicious food, beer, wine and amazing silent and live auctions in celebration of SJH and its mission, to provide life-sustaining services to homeless men of Philadelphia…READ MORE

Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic Sept. 23

Support Center for Child Advocates will host its 14th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the picturesque Philadelphia Cricket Club on Monday, Sept. 23. All proceeds from the Golf Classic support the special project, Children with Complex Medical Needs…READ MORE

ELC Annual Celebration Sept. 25

The Education Law Center will hold its 2019 Annual Celebration at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Every year, the ELC honors outstanding champions of public education, and the proud tradition continues as it salutes deserving 2019 honorees…READ MORE

Philly VIP Annual Awards Ceremony Sept. 26

Philadelphia VIP will hold its annual Awards Ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 26. Join us to recognize and celebrate the past year's outstanding volunteers and partner organizations…READ MORE

Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award Sept. 27

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites you to a luncheon to honor the recipient of The Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award on Friday, Sept. 27. It will be honoring Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Jack Panella with its "Outstanding Public Service Award" with introduction by special guest, boxing champion Larry Holmes…READ MORE

Philly VIP Landlord/Tenant Law Training Sept. 27

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free introductory Landlord/Tenant Law training at Dechert LLP on Friday, Sept. 27…READ MORE


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