Sept. 30, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 40
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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2019 Bench-Bar

Choose the Right Direction for the Bar

Nominations for Board seats due Oct. 15, and for YLD Exec. Committee due Oct. 16

Bar leaders help choose the road the Philadelphia Bar Association follows. Through diverse points of view, varied levels of experience and teamwork, our Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee point us in the right direction.

Run for Philadelphia Bar Association office for the opportunity to help choose our road to success…READ MORE

2019 Bench-Bar

2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

What's Up for 2019 Bench-Bar?

Earn up to 8 CLE and 8 CJE credits through our award-winning continuing legal education program; select from 22 engaging academic sessions on topics including data privacy, immigration, tenants' civil right to counsel, equal pay and many more; hear from Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judges and luminaries of Philadelphia's private and public sectors; win one of two "passport" giveaways, a brand-new iPad or Apple Watch Series 5; and NETWORK with members from all facets of the legal community!

Where else can you find this much content in one conference?

Look who's coming to the 2019 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference! Register today and join them at our premier networking and educational event…READ MORE

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CLE: Spotlight on In-House Counsel Oct. 2

Technology & Data Privacy: The Good, The Bad, and the Terms & Conditions

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide an overview of the regulations relating to and oversight of digital information, data privacy, and technology from the perspective of in-house counsel at some of the country's largest companies. The continuing development of laws and regulations in both the US and EU makes this primer on data privacy and compliance a valuable tool for attorneys from all practice areas…READ MORE

Pro Bono HH Spread

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.

Did You Know ?
The 552-member Women in the Profession Committee, focused on the careers and advancement of women in the law, is our largest committee. Learn more.Join today and find a committee that's right for you.


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!

Tax Issues Affecting Funds Investing in CryptocurrencyWebcast Icon

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This luncheon program will address the taxation of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, the current rules and how investment funds need to deal with those rules. The program will provide guidance on the taxation of cryptocurrencies in general, requirements for mutual funds wishing to hold cryptocurrencies in their portfolio, cryptocurrency investments by hedge funds and planning strategies…READ MORE

Diversity in the Federal CourtsWebcast Icon

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Please join the Federal Courts Committee for a candid conversation with Chief Judge Juan Sanchez, Judge C. Darnell Jones and Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania regarding the importance of diversity in the Courts, the judiciary and the legal profession. Each just will also offer guidance, using personal anecdotes, on overcoming obstacles to advance in the profession…READ MORE

2019 October Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Estate Planning For The Solo Practitioner: How To Plan During Your Lifetime And How To Administer A Practice Upon DeathWebcast Icon

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This 2019 October Probate Section Quarterly Meeting CLE will explain various estate planning techniques that are excellent vehicles for owning and transitioning a law practice during a practitioner's lifetime. Panelists explore possible succession planning strategies to safeguard the transition of a law practice; analyze various tax considerations upon the sale or merger of a law practice; address the ethical considerations for notifying clients of an attorney's death, maintaining or destroying client files, and assuring that critical client deadlines are not missed upon the death of a solo practitioner and much more…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

HBAPA LEF 30th Anniversary Scholarship Dinner Oct. 17

You are invited to the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania's Legal Education Fund 30th Anniversary Scholarship Dinner at The Lucy on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. HBAPA's 2019 honoree is Yvette A. Núñez, vice president of civic affairs at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Introductory remarks will be made by Mayor Jim Kenney, and the keynote will be given by Giselle Barreto Fetterman, Second Lady of Pennsylvania and founder of Free Store 15104READ MORE

Mary Philbrook Award Oct. 24

You are invited to the 34th Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award Celebration honoring Lloyd Freeman RLAW'07 at Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m…READ MORE


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