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Sept. 5, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 37
 |  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:

  • Mincey & Fitzpatrick
  • Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sponsor Spotlight

JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With its prestigious panel of over 300 full-time neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial. JAMS neutrals are skilled in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes including mediation, arbitration, special master, discovery referee, project neutral, and dispute review board work. Our panel includes highly respected federal, state and appellate judges, former litigators and transactional attorneys from diverse backgrounds and practice areas. Our neutrals successfully resolve cases ranging in size, industry and complexity, typically achieving results more efficiently and cost effectively than through litigation. 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. Early bird pricing end Sept. 14. Register today…READ MORE

Volunteer, Donate to Help Texas Flood Victims

The Supreme Court of Texas issued an Emergency Order to permit out-of-state lawyers to practice law in Texas for up to six months, on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The order allows an attorney licensed and in good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction to practice in Texas if they have been displaced by the hurricane from their home jurisdiction or if they are providing services to victims of Hurricane Harvey through a legal aid program, pro bono program or bar association. To volunteer and serve the Hurricane Harvey victims…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Bar Association has set up a fundraising site for victims of Hurricane Harvey through Global Giving. Help victims get through the challenging and time-consuming process of clean-up and returning to normalcy.

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

Just as Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of liberty and tolerance, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of support for the protection and equal treatment under the law for all citizens. Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 505, seeking to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation, follow in that same tradition… 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

Past Chancellor Peter Hearn Memorial Wanamaker Organ Concert with Symphony in C Sept 23

A true sonic spectacular! Peter Richard Conte and Stilian Kirov's first collaboration combines the majesty of the world's largest operational pipe organ with the fiery and passionate playing of Symphony in C's extraordinary young professional musicians. Featuring towering works written for Europe's great cathedrals, you will not want to miss this…READ MORE

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

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

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

Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Orphans Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Sept. 30
  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Deadline Sept. 30

For more information on the available vacancies, click 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.

2017 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Access to Justice Benefit Nov. 4

Be part of uniting our community for legal aid on a night you won't want to miss. The Access to Justice Benefit will be #GettingJusticeDone on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Mütter Museum. Our 2017 Award Honorees will be the stars of the night! The evening will also feature a silent and live auction, a live painter, delicious bites by Catering by Design and sounds by the Big House Band. Whether you're purchasing a sponsorship or ticket, and we want to see YOU there…READ MORE

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.

Developing a Prosperous Law Practice While Navigating Ethical Concerns Sept. 7

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

In this competitive legal service landscape, all lawyers, especially young lawyers must hit the ground running in planning for the growth of their practices. Yet, there are requisite skills that are not taught in law school that lawyers must incorporate into their daily marketing activities. This program will highlight the current ethical issues growing a law practice presents…READ MORE

Immigration Status and the Injured Worker Sept. 8

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

In this current atmosphere of intense focus on all things immigration, Claimant and Defense panelists will address the current impact that immigration status has on the injured worker. From Reinforced Earth Co. v. W.C.A.B. (Astudillo), through Ortiz v. W.C.A.B (Raul Rodriguez d/b/a Rodriguez Gen. Contr. and U.E.G.F.B) to Kennett Square Specialties v. W.C.A.B. (Cruz) and beyond, the panel will host a lively discussion as to the rights and remedies available to undocumented immigrants injured on the job, as well as, the pitfalls which face them, their attorneys and former employers…READ MORE

Tax Accounting for Real Estate Sept. 11

Hosted by the Tax Section

The Internal Revenue Code has a variety of special accounting rules that apply to businesses that own or deal in real estate and which influence timing for recognition of income and expense items. This advanced two-hour course reviews both the key rules and the most recent developments in the area and is geared not only for tax attorneys, but also for real estate and business attorneys who need to enhance their knowledge of the relevant standards…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Law Rocks Sept. 7

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is excited to share that The Lift Offs is participating in Law Rocks Philly, a “battle of the bands” event taking place on Thursday, September 7 at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street). Through the Law Rocks event, each band does fundraising for its selected charity, and The Lift Offs are rocking to benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation!

The Lift Offs need your help getting us to our $2,500 fundraising minimum…READ MORE

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


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