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Sept. 4, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 37
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

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

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2018 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • The Padova Firm
  • Shuster Law Offices, LLC
  • Spivack & Spivack, LLC

2018 Bench-Bar: Hurry! Early Bird Rates End Sept. 13

Scholarships available to public interest and government attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association

Special rates are available for Conference attendees through Thursday, Sept. 13. A rate of $199 is available to all Philadelphia Bar Association public interest, government and YLD members and a rate of $399 is available to all other members for the full Conference…READ MORE

Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 7

The Philadelphia Bar Association is holding a lottery to attend the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

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…READ MORE


2018 'Nuts & Bolts'of Running for Elected Positions Sept. 14

New Time: 9 a.m.

We invite you to spend an hour hearing from current Board Members, Officers, YLD EC Cabinet Members and Association staff about the election process and the role of being a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors or YLD EC.

With the nominations deadline for the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors (Oct. 15) and Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (YLD EC) elections (Oct. 10) approaching, learn the importance of having an elected position within the Association…READ MORE

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

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.

Nominations Due Sept. 21: FJD 2018 Pro Bono Roll of Honor

The First Judicial District recognizes the importance of performing pro bono work in order to ensure justice for the citizens of Philadelphia. It is also important to the First Judicial District to recognize the tremendous effort that many attorneys expend in providing pro bono services to litigants in the Court of Common Pleas or Municipal Court. Consequently, the First Judicial District will publish the Pro Bono Roll of Honor for 2018 and honor those attorneys at a reception on Oct. 24, 2018…READ MORE

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.


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.

Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

Senators Toomey and Casey have announced that they are accepting applications to fill judicial vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A Judicial Nominating Committee has been formed, co-chaired by John Soroko, Chair Emeritus and Partner at Duane Morris, LLP and Robert Ross, Founding Partner at Ross Feller Casey, LLP…READ MORE

MontCo Appointment of Conflict Counsel on Criminal Cases

Notice is hereby given that commencing Sept. 4, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County has instituted a new application process to be considered for inclusion on the Conflict Appointment List. All attorneys, including those on such list, must complete the new application process to be considered…READ MORE

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.


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.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Chancellor's Forum: Impact of Technology on the Practice of Law
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

There has been great emphasis placed on technology and the law these days. The role of technology and its integration into the legal profession can change the way lawyers work, how they deliver legal services, how they argue in court, the business models of legal entities, as well as provide better or more access to law and justice. This Chancellor's Forum will examine how technology is impacting the practice of law for Philadelphia area attorneys and address policy and trends that will affect firms of all sizes everywhere.

Panelists will highlight the following topics, among others:

  • Law and ethics: electronic access policy, document retention and security
  • Due diligence: can/does technology increase returns and decrease risks?
  • Cyber/Virtual currency issues and potential conflicts: Paypal v. Bitcoin v. IOLTA
  • What is AI and how does it differ from other types of technology?
  • How will advances in AI change how legal professionals work?
  • Can lawyers trust AI technology?

Join your colleagues for this fast-paced program designed to educate the bar about technology, AI, its uses and its potential.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Back to School With Local Control: Issues Facing the School District of Philadelphia
(2 SUB)

The School District of Philadelphia returned to local control in July with the dissolution of the state-controlled School Reform Commission. What are the legal issues facing the district as it returns to local control? A panel of education law experts will examine these important issues. From the politics of whether the laws are amended to allow for an elected school board, to critical funding issues, such as changing the law to provide the district with independent taxing authority, and to the law governing the funding, approval and renewal of charter schools.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
12:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia Municipal Court
(3.5 SUB)

This program covers the fundamentals of municipal court practice in Philadelphia. Panelists will examine the most common issues and hone in on essential information that municipal court practitioners, general practice attorneys, and municipal prosecutors face.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Private Eyes: They're Watching You
(1 ETH)

From the hiring of a private investigator to film someone, to the monitoring of social media presence, attorneys are increasingly using methods of surveillance to gather evidence for trial. Certain technological methods question the need to balance researching injured workers activities with the workers' rights to privacy. Panelists address ethical issues attorneys may face including, investigators interacting with claimants under false pretenses, creating fake Facebook accounts, and performing surveillance in questionable locations, such as doctor's offices and churches. Attend this CLE program to receive practical information regarding these issues in the workers' compensation context.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Employment Policy Issues That Solo and Small Firms Must Know!
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This program will explore employment policy issues that can have a significant impact on firms, but often times, solo and small firms are unfamiliar with the policies in question. Whether for your firm or the representation of a client, solo and small firm practitioners must prepare for and understand these common employment issues that may become complex.


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.

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

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

Jewish Law Day 2018 Sept. 20

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jewish Law Day Committee invite you to attend the 36th Annual Jewish Law Day on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Jewish Services Building at 2100 Arch St. Join us to celebrate the contributions of Jewish Law to our American system of law at this long-standing community-wide event. Our speaker this year will be Hon. Jed S. Rakoff, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York…READ MORE

Child Advocates Gof Classic Sept. 24

The Support Center for Child Advocates will host its annual Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Now in its 13th year, the Child Advocates Golf Classic features a fun-filled day of golf at a prestigious golf course, lunch and cocktail party. All proceeds from the event support their special project, Children with Complex Medical Needs, a critical initiative led by a staff attorney and social worker who team with specially trained volunteer lawyers to secure necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitation services and permanent nurturing homes for young clients who have serious or chronic medical needs…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

3rd Annual CLS Justice Rising Advocates Celebration Sept. 25

Please join the Justice Rising Advocates of Community Legal Services for a free, fun celebration marking three years of engaging young Philadelphians in the fight for justice on Tuesday, Sept. 25! JRA educates the legal community about CLS’s mission and furthers our work throughout the year. Meet active Justice Rising Advocates, plus volunteers and staff from CLS, while overlooking Rittenhouse Square from the offices of our generous host firm, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and there will be a brief program at 6:00 p.m. This is a free event, with an opportunity to donate to CLS if you wish…READ MORE

ELC Annual Celebration Sept. 26

The Education Law Center will host its Annual Celebration to honor the outstanding champions of public education at the Crystal Team Room, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ELC will salute deserving 2018 honorees, including GlaxoSmithKline; Kevin Bethel; The Attic Youth Center; and pro bono counsel Amy Ufberg, Marissa Tribuiani and Michelle Nguyen from Dechert LLP…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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