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Sept. 18, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 39
 |  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:

  • The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC
  • Marcus & Auerbach, LLC
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Early Bird Registration Extended Through Today: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

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

Due Today: Applications for the Board Observer Program

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

Tomorrow: Exclusive Members-Only Chancellor's Forum With A.G. Josh Shapiro Sept. 19

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a Chancellor's Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Association is pleased to offer this opportunity to meet and ask meaningful questions of Pennsylvania's new attorney general as a free, members-only event…READ MORE

2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sponsor Spotlight

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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

Philadelphia D.A. Candidates Community Forum Sept. 26

The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will host candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney at a Community Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Association's 11th floor Conference Center. The event will be introduced by Chancellor Deborah R. Gross…READ MORE

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

It is important for the legal community to take action to support the rule of law and condemn hatred and bigotry. One important way is to advocate. Alarmingly, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 96 and Pennsylvania House Bill 505 seek to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation and have been languishing in Harrisburg. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded higher than specified under current law… READ MORE

2017 Philadelphia Events: National Pro Bono Celebration

For a full calendar of National Pro Bono Celebration events in Philadelphia…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.

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

FJD Pro Bono Hall of Fame Nominations Due Sept. 22

The First Judicial District (FJD) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 FJD Pro Bono Roll of Honor. The awards are provided to attorneys who performed pro bono services in the FJD courts from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 23, 2017. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Sept. 22. Nomination forms, eligibility criteria and additional instructions are available here.

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

YLD Pro Bono Open House With Wine, Beer & Pizza Sept. 28

Meet with representatives of pro bono referral programs and public interest law organizations and discuss volunteer opportunities that they offer at the Pro Bono Open House at the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday, Sept. 28. Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division in partnership with the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, this event is free and open to the entire legal community. Registration is required…READ MORE

Brennan, PNC Awards Nominations Due Oct. 18

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist and PNC Achievement awards. The awards will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Brennan 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.

Nominees for the PNC Award must have made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice, preferably in Philadelphia.

For full nominating criteria…READ MORE

Due Nov. 6: 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

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.

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.

Revised Uniform Law on Notorial Acts to Take Effect Oct. 26

The Pennsylvania Department of State is seeking your assistance in disseminating information relating to the new notary public law to take effect on Oct. 26, 2017. Members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have been identified as employing notaries public or being involved in transactions that utilize Pennsylvania notaries. The Department of State thinks this information will be interest and useful to members.

Please see the Department of State’s most recent press release on the matter 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.

International Commercial Arbitration: Is it Cheaper and Better? Oct. 4

Hosted by the International Law Committee
Presented in partnership by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Bar of Montreal

With an increase in foreign investments, overseas commercial transactions, international trade and open ended economic policies, there has been significant growth in international commercial disputes. Given the need for an efficient dispute resolution mechanism, International Commercial Arbitration has emerged over the past few years as the preferred option for resolving international disputes. The finality of decisions and the possibility of seeking enforcement in other jurisdictions greatly contribute to its popularity. But at what cost?…READ MORE

Business Law Section's Spotlight on In-House Counsel Oct. 5

Diversity in Law and General Counsel's Role as Business Advisor


Kirkland Hicks, Esq. and Anne Robinson, Esq.
Executive VP & General Counsel, Lincoln National Corporation and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Fund Secretary, Vanguard, respectively

Moderated By:

Brennan J. Torregrossa, Esq.
VP and Associate General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
Co-Chair, Corporate In-House Counsel Committee

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide a unique perspective on the state of diversity in the legal profession and the increasing role played by general counsel as business advisor as well as counselor at law. Our featured speakers will flesh out how general counsel, through their roles, can encourage diversity and inclusion within their organizations and on the legal teams handling their matters. Also, they will discuss how gaining the confidence and respect of clients as a trusted business advisor pays off for their businesses…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Know Your Rights: Addressing Deportation & Detention Sept. 20

This VIDEO ENCORE CLE program provides background regarding President Trump's Executive Order regarding the travel ban, how it affects you, your clients and the community…READ MORE

Top Five Ethical Issues Nonprofits Face and How to Avoid Them Sept. 27

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program

The CLE will address ethical issues that can arise with nonprofit board member/director duties, tax issues, and executive compensation. Panelists will examine changes in the law for which new board members should be aware…READ MORE

Settlement Conferences Before United States Magistrate Judges Sept. 29

Co-Hosted by the Labor and Employment Law and Federal Courts Committees

Magistrate Judges provide an important judicial alternate dispute resolution function to the courts, conducting settlement conferences, not only in cases in which the parties have consented to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge, but probably more frequently in cases referred for settlement…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

NBC 10, Telemundo 62 DACA/Immigration Phone Bank Sept. 28

NBC 10 and Telemundo 62 will be hosting a DACA/Immigration phone bank on Thursday, Sept. 28. During the phone bank, bilingual immigration lawyers will be answering viewer phone calls about DACA and other immigration issues. The actual calls will NOT be broadcast but lawyers will appear on camera in the background answering questions (conversations held private).

The phone bank will be held at the NBC10 / Telemundo 62 Studio, 10 Monument Road, Bala Cynwd. Lawyers are asked to arrive at 3:15 p.m. to get settled in. The phone bank will be broadcast on NBC 10 starting at 4 p.m. and continue on both Telemundo 62 and NBC 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Jim O'Donnell at James.O'

Rutgers Law Mary Philbrook Public Interest Celebration Oct. 12

Rutgers will host the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Celebration at the Rutgers University-Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 12. They will celebrate the 50th anniversary of In re Gault (establishing due process rights for kids in court) and the 10th anniversary of Sandra Simkins's Juvenile Justice Clinic and will honor Harold Katz and Joe Moran, career public defenders. For more information, click here or call Jill Friedman at 856-225-6263.

HBAPA Annual Scholarship Dinner Oct. 19

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund presents its 28th Annual Scholarship Dinner at the Arts Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. The event will feature dinner be by Chef Ted and an open bar…READ MORE