Sept. 16, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 38
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

We're proud to announce that Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas-Trial Division, will receive the 2019 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Award at Bench-Bar! The Brennan Award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service…READ MORE

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

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

Business Litigation Committee Reception Sept. 24

You are cordially invited to the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee Reception in the Philadelphia Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., following Philadelphia Commerce Court JPT Training (2.5 SUB).

Reception registration is included in CLE registration, or guests can register for the reception only (No CLE credit). Enjoy beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

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Applications Due Sept. 27: 2019 FJD Pro Bono Roll of Honor

The 2019 First Judicial District Pro Bono Publico Awards will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Justice McDermott Ceremonial Courtroom, Room 653, City Hall. Please mark your calendars to attend this important event!

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…READ MORE

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Pro Bono Week Happy Hour Oct. 3

Kick off the 2019 National Pro Bono Celebration in Philadelphia (Oct. 20-26) with a complimentary Happy Hour! Meet with representatives of pro bono referral programs and public interest law organizations and discuss available volunteer opportunities.

Generously hosted by Blank Rome LLP, and presented by our Young Lawyers Division, DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee, learn about how you can help increase access to justice in Philadelphia.

Enjoy wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

For a full calendar of 2019 National Pro Bono Celebration events in Philadelphia (Oct. 20-26), click here.

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 be 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!

VIDEO ENCORE: Be the Judge, Be the Jury…Become An Arbitrator!

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 - 12 p.m.

Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this video-encore program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator…READ MORE

Ten Years of Twombly and Iqbal: Has the Shift from Notice to Fact Pleading Changed Anything? Are We Better or Worse Off?Webcast Icon

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

The Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Bell Atlantic v. Twombly and 2009 decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal sent shockwaves through the federal litigation bar. Under Twombly, plaintiffs must plead "enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." Iqbal further explained that "judicial experience and common sense" should inform Twombly's plausibility standard. But have courts interpreted Twombly and Iqbal in ways that actually represent the decried seismic shift? And, assuming a real shift occurred, has that shift caused a meaningful change in the way courts resolve motions to dismiss? This program will delve into precedent and explore empirical studies to answer these questions…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: The Million Dollar Sentence and Other Recent Trends in Employment Background Check Litigation

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 - 4 p.m.

In this educational and practical video-encore CLE, panelists will provide insights from the plaintiff and defense perspective to explore the federal, state, and municipal consumer laws governing employment background checks, recovery of damages in class action and individual contexts, and an overview of trending theories as to both claims and defenses…READ MORE

My First Federal Trial: Proper Procedure and Successful AdvocacyWebcast Icon

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Federal court practice varies greatly from state court practice. Attorneys learn quickly that there are significant substantive differences in practices and procedures when trying their first federal case. Federal court boasts its own rules of civil procedure, rules of evidence and discovery. Attorneys must also learn the role of magistrate judges in the process. This program offers fundamental guidance to attorneys with little or no experience trying federal cases, and acts as a refresher course for attorneys looking to brush up on best practices for federal trials…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

Ethical and principled conduct is a foundational aspect of practicing law, as well as competing in the sports of golf and tennis. Both golf and tennis are played according to strict rules for fairness, just as in legal advocacy. Individuals are expected to self-regulate their actions and conform to ethical expectations, with disciplinary consequences for violations. Attorney professionals are guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct and Pennsylvania Code of Civility to maintain the integrity of the profession. This video-encore CLE focuses on applying valuable ethical lessons from golf and tennis to the practice of law (and vice versa)…READ MORE

Effective & Ethical Social Media Strategies for Small FirmsWebcast Icon

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Social media can be a powerful and inexpensive marketing tool for small firms' legal marketing professionals and solo practitioners, but the platform is not without its hazards. In this program, panelists will provide tips for marketing your firm and practice online effectively and efficiently, while remaining compliant with the rules of professional responsibility. Hear how to get the most out of social media on a limited budget, with limited resources and learn why social media is an important tool in marketing your firm and yourself…READ MORE

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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

'Evicted: A Call to Action' Sept. 26

Rutgers University–Camden and Rutgers Law School will hold "Evicted: A Call to Action" at the Rutgers University-Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4:00–5:30 p.m. The symposium will feature Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of the nationally acclaimed book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City;" members of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, Ethan Fogel (Dechert LLP), and Rasheedah Phillips (Shriver Center on Poverty Law); Neil Steinkamp (Stout); and Olga Pomar (South Jersey Legal Services)…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

Philly VIP Custody Trial Skills Training Oct. 4

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free Custody Trial Skills training at the Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy on Friday Oct. 4…READ MORE

PILC In Pursuit of Justice Celebration Oct. 10

The Public Interest Law Center will hold its In Pursuit of Justice 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Cherry Street Pier on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m. Join them to celebrate the Public Interest Law Center's 50th anniversary with a night of festivities at Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware waterfront. Raise a glass to five decades In Pursuit of Justice…READ MORE

HIAS PA 'Keeping America's Promise' Oct. 16

HIAS Pennsylvania will host their 2019 Annual Meeting, "Keeping America's Promise," at the Jewish Community Services Building on Wednsday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. At this event, HIAS Pennsylvania is honoring the volunteers who make their work possible…READ MORE


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