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Oct. 9, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 42
 |  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:

  • Anapol Weiss
  • Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads
  • Paul Bartolomeo, Jr. P.C.

REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

CJE credit pending!

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 up to nine CLE credits through 23 unique course offerings…READ MORE

Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt

It has come to our attention that some members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have received fraudulent emails from "Janet Coleman" requesting payment on an overdue invoice with an attachment. Do not open the email or the attachment. This email is not coming from the Association and is an attempt to phish members.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Technology Officer Barry Greenspan at 215-238-6327.

Run for Association Elected Position, Petitions and Statement Due Oct. 13

Are you itching to make your mark on the Philadelphia Bar Association? Run for an elected position on the Board of Governors or Cabinet! Have a say in Association governance and be an agent for change in the Philadelphia legal community…READ MORE

Election Forums Oct. 17, Oct. 26 and Oct. 31

Come join your colleagues to meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors. In a series of forums, you will hear why they are running and what value-add they would bring as leaders to the Association…READ MORE

New Member Benefit: Phantom of the Opera at Academy of Music Nov. 1-12

Special Offer! Use code: PHANTOMBAR to unlock exclusive savings on Phantom of the Opera!*

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will return to Philadelphia as part of a brand new North American Tour! Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before" and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You" and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this "The Phantom of the Opera" one of the largest productions now on tour.

For more information, click here.

*Offer valid on select price levels and performances. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Behavioral Psychology of Giving, 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report Oct. 17

Join us for what promises to be a very candid and informative discussion on the current state of pro bono and patterns of giving and giving back. This special Chancellor's Forum will explore the motivation behind giving, and serve as the unveiling of the Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report, which updates the original Pro Bono Task Force Report the Association issued in 2002…READ MORE

2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Sponsor Spotlight

BPU Investment Management, Inc. (BPU), founded in 1986, is a member FINRA/SIPC and an SEC registered investment advisor. The firm has grown over the years to 32 employees and over $1 billion in assets under advisement. BPU is headquartered in Pittsburgh with branch offices in Greensburg and Uniontown, Pa.

BPU's offerings include the full panoply of wealth management, including asset management and comprehensive financial planning, retirement plan consulting and institutional brokerage services. The firm is focused on long-lasting client relationships with private individuals, corporate leaders, business owners, and eleemosynaries. The firm's professional staff includes: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER℠ practitioners, Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analysts™, Chartered Financial Analysts, and attorneys.

Each client relationship is centered on professionalism and a deeply personal approach. For more information visit their website.

ABC Bail Bonds, Inc., America's Bail Company®, is the region’s largest provider of bail bond services. Founded in 1995, they provide bail bonds in the City of Philadelphia, the suburban counties as well as the entire state of New Jersey. They can help even if your clients do not have the necessary 10 percent to get out of jail. ABC Bail Bonds, Inc. is located at 49 N. 13th St., Philadelphia and has more than 40 agents to serve you and your clients. Call 24/7/365 at (877) FAST-BAIL® or (215) ABC-BAIL.

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Mell Consulting focuses on law firms and bar associations, providing key services such as: marketing & business development planning, client satisfaction programs, coaching, firm strategic planning, leadership training, marketing department audits, partner retreats, workshops for firms & Individuals. In addition, Elizabeth conducts on-site training for lawyers and staff. Elizabeth and her team are frequent speakers at industry conferences on the topics of law firm management and business development. Elizabeth's published article topics include the value of outsourcing and effective networking.

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Bellia Print and Design is an award winning, family owned and operated printing company that specializes in Customer service. Bellia provides Graphic Design, Digital Printing and Direct Mail services to a diverse customer base in the Greater Philadelphia area. Bellia is always willing to help with defining the details of a print project and would look forward to the opportunity to quote your next printing project!

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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. Register today…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.

2017 October Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Oct. 10

Estate of Han Solo: Administration Problems of Galactic Proportions

Hosted by the Probate & Trust Law Section

The shocking death of Han Solo has sent reverberations through the Star Wars universe. This CLE program explores numerous unusual issues that will arise during the administration of his estate, including competing claims by his estranged (and now deceased) wife, his patricidal son and his long time furry companion…READ MORE

Reclaiming Vacant Properties: What You and Your Clients Need to Know About the Philadelphia Land Bank Oct. 17

Hosted by the Real Property Section

In March of this year, the Philadelphia City Council approved the Philadelphia Land Bank's 2017 Strategic Plan. With the approval, the Land Bank's revised acquisition and disposition policies took effect. Hear our authoritative panel, which includes the newly appointed Philadelphia Land Bank Executive Director, discuss the use of land banks for revitalization of vacant, abandoned and blighted property…READ MORE

The Real Life 'Scandal' Fixer Oct. 18

Advanced Crisis and Reputation Management for You & Your Clients

Presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association and The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia

Crisis management is a critical organizational function. Failure can result in serious harm to stakeholders, losses for an organization or end its very existence. Receive guidance from an experienced crisis management attorney what to do when scandal or crisis hits you or your clients…READ MORE

VIP 2017 Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 23

Recognizing and Responding to Ethics and Practice Issues in Pro Bono Representation

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is pleased to announce this annual training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day, as part of National Pro Bono Week 2017…READ MORE

2017 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 2

Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Securities Regulations Committee and the New Jersey Bar Association Securities Law Committee

As regulations continue to change and lawsuits, investigations and enforcement actions continue apace, it is critical that securities practitioners and litigators keep up with the latest developments. Join colleagues from both sides of the Delaware River for an annual update in securities litigation and regulatory practice with a full-day program that explores and profiles significant developments and trends in securities laws…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

2017 Philadelphia Events: National Pro Bono Celebration

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

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief

Hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes – we are heartbroken to see the images of the destruction and devastation unleashed upon Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Mexico. As natural disasters continue to strike it is important now, more than ever to mobilize our communities and help however possible.

If interested in donating or volunteering your services…READ MORE

PNC, Brennan 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.

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

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.

For full nominating criteria…READ MORE

New Date: Reception Campaign for Judges Found 'Recommended' Oct. 23

The Campaign for Qualified Judges is holding a fundraising reception at Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel…READ MORE

Community Forum: Pennsylvania Appellate Court Candidates Oct. 30

The Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host candidates for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Superior Court of Pennsylvania and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania at a Community Forum on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library's Skyline Room…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.

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


Become a Philadelphia Bar Association LRIS Panel Attorney

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 twelve plaintiffs in civil actions involving the same product brought in the 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.

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

  • Orphans Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Oct. 31
  • Domestic Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Oct. 31
  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Deadline Oct. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Public Interest Law Center Annual Celebration to Honor Chancellor Oct. 19

The Public Interest Law Center will host its Annual Celebration at FringeArts on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6–9 p.m. The event will honor the Law Center's tenant clients, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Deborah R. Gross and disability rights attorney Stephen F. Gold. The event will also feature a silent auction, a powerful program hosted by ABC6's Tamela Edwards, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For tickets, sponsorships and more information visit

Philadelphia Peaceful Surrender Program Nov. 10, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12

Please share Philadelphia Peaceful Surrender at the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice with your networks. Participants will receive favorable considerations for their voluntary surrender and are likely to go home the same day. Call 215-334-1330 for more information. Fliers are below:



Application Deadline Oct. 18: Clerk of Court Vacancy, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking candidates to fill a clerk of courts vacancy. For more information and to apply, 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

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.

Good Shepherd Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner Oct. 18

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 11th Annual Shepherds of Peace dinner and awards ceremony at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. This year's honorees are Yancy Harrell and Movita Johnson-Harrell, grassroots organizers working to prevent gun violence and get guns off the streets; Susan L. Brooks, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University; and Kathleen Coll, SSJ, Executive Director of Dawn's Place, a program that works to improve the lives of foreign-born and American women who have been victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. For more information, visit

HIAS PA Annual Meeting Oct. 18

HIAS PA will hold its Annual Meeting: Keeping the Door Open at the Jewish Federation Building on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 12-2:30 p.m. Kosher lunch will be served. Admission is free but registration will be required. It will be a reflection back on the challenges and successes of doing refugee resettlement and immigration legal services in the last year and thank the volunteers who made it all possible. This year we are proud to honor John Grogan of Langer, Grogan, and Driver, for his pro bono work helping families caught at the Philadelphia Airport on the day of the Travel Ban; and Main Line Reform Temple for all they do for our refugee resettlement program. In particular honoring congregants Linda Brock and Adele Marguiles, for their integral support of our in-kind donation program, and Avivah Pinski, for her work preparing refugees for college.

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

LCD Fall Celebration Oct. 19

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 30th Anniversary Fall Celebration and Silent Auction at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The event will honor City Representative Sheila Hess, Nancy Glass and Glass Entertainment Group and Monica Konrad of St. Christopher's Hospital. Surrounded by beautiful art, the event will include a live and silent auction with mobile bidding, and will offer cocktails and catered cuisine by Jimmy Duffy Catering. For tickets, sponsorships and more information visit

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Judicial Independence Ball Oct. 25

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host its Judicial Independence Ball at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Lisa Scottoline, best-selling author of legal thrillers, will be the keynote speaker at the event. PMC will also be awarding the inaugural Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. Award. It will be a night of cocktails, colleagues and the courts. Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.


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