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Oct. 22, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 44
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2018 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Popper & Yatvin
  • van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin
  • Willig Williams & Davidson

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Chancellor's Forum CLE: The Constitution and Separation of Powers in America Nov. 1

The U.S. Constitution creates a system of government with three distinct and independent Branches-the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch. It also defines the powers and duties of these Branches, outlines how they interact, and provides a system of checks and balances that limits the power of the Branches. As the three Branches work to perform their duties, it is common for members of one Branch to believe that another Branch has exceeded the scope of its powers and is encroaching on the power of another Branch. The political divide in our country makes the interplay of power between the Branches and the checks and balances embodied in our Constitution as relevant and important to our democracy today, as they were when our nation was founded.

This Chancellor's Forum CLE program will examine the following issues, among others, as they relate to separation of power: Judicial independence, executive orders, budgeting, rule of law, standing, law enforcement, appointments and removal from office…READ MORE


National Pro Bono Celebration Oct. 21-Oct. 27

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a wide range of pro bono recruitment, recognition, and training events in October 2018 to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 21-27, 2018, to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services…READ MORE

Deadline Nov. 7: Nominations Sought for Public Interest Section's Annual Awards

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is now accepting nominations for its two annual awards: the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award, which honors a jurist for accomplishments in the public interest, and the Bending the ARC Award: Recognizing Achievement, Resilience, and Courage. The Bending the ARC Award (formerly known as the Andrew Hamilton Award) honors a Philadelphia public interest attorney.

Pollak Award

Bending the ARC Award

Nominations should be sent either by mail or email to Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107; or to dpetit@philabar.org.


Philadelphia Bar Association Strategic Plan Unanimously Adopted

A Philadelphia Bar Association 2018-2021 Strategic Plan was proposed by Chancellor Mary F. Platt and adopted by the Board of Governors on Sept. 27, 2018.

The Strategic Plan, the first of its kind in the Association's history, was the culmination of several months of work in 2018 by the Association's Ad Hoc Strategic Vision Task Force…READ MORE


Workers' Compensation Section Halloween Happy Hour Oct. 25

You are cordially invited to the Workers' Compensation Section's Halloween Happy Hour at Brickwall Philly on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. The Section is pleased to announce that its Halloween Happy Hour Charitable Collection will be for Team Foster. Donations in the form of checks and cash will be accepted at the event. Registration includes two drink tickets and appetizers…READ MORE

Reception Celebrating Hon. Judge J. William Ditter Jr. Nov. 7

Please plan on joining members of the bench and bar to celebrate and reflect on the work of Hon. J. William Ditter Jr. in the Ceremonial Courtoom of the U.S. Courthouse at 6th and Market streets on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed an Executive Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Philadelphia Bar Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

See Job Description Here: Executive Director


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 cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.

MontCo Appointment of Conflict Counsel on Criminal Cases

Notice is hereby given that commencing Sept. 4, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County has instituted a new application process to be considered for inclusion on the Conflict Appointment List. All attorneys, including those on such list, must complete the new application process to be considered…READ MORE

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

  • Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness: Deadline Oct. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Oct. 31
  • Continuing Legal Education Board: Deadline Oct. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. 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

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.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM

The Legal and Practical Implications Facing Employers with a Remote Work Force in the U.S. and Abroad
(1 SUB)

A 2018 study found that more than over 60 percent of the world's work force works at least one day a week away from the office and that over half of all employees work half the week remotely. The rise of the "remote work force" however also comes with new practical and legal challenges for employers to navigate. This luncheon CLE will examine these challenges.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Update
(1 SUB)

Keeping up to date on the Pennsylvania inheritance tax is essential to any practitioner who provides estate administration advice and services. This one-hour course provides a unique opportunity to engage directly with top Department of Revenue Inheritance Tax Division officials and receive the latest updates regarding issues with inheritance tax.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case Volunteer Training Workshop
(4.5 SUB/2 ETH)

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy of the Support Center for Child Advocates offers this volunteer training workshop, presented by dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy to explain how you can make a diff erence and provide legal representation and social service advocacy for abused/neglected child victims. Receive step-by-step guidance on the standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases and become certified to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
12:30 - 2:45 PM

Cops! Camera! Action!
(2 SUB)

This two-hour CLE program provides an in-depth look at the progress and problems in body-worn cameras as used by our law enforcement in Philadelphia. The first panel will explore the policy, background and culture of body-worn cameras on the street. That panel will examine body-worn cameras, their culture and practice in our courts and criminal justice system.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Best Practices and Practical Tips for Establishing an Effective Pro Bono Program
(1.5 SUB)
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Hosted by Philadelphia VIP and Blank Rome LLP

Building on key recommendations from the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report, this CLE program will provide insights from the field and practical tips for establishing or strengthening a pro bono program in your legal practice setting. Attendees will come away from the session with real-world examples of successful pro bono programs (and the lessons learned in establishing them); sample pro bono policies and committee structures; and, if desired, a mentor to help them get started.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
2:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Implicit Bias: Identification in the Law and Action Plans
(2 ETH)
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This dynamic program will help attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of implicit bias in the law and learn how to identify implicit bias both within themselves and in others. Attendees will also learn strategies and action plans to best address internal and external implicit biases.


Full course calendar 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.

New Location: SABA Philly Happy Hour Oct. 23

Please join your fellow South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia members for a drink at *Cinder* on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. SABA Philly will be covering a round (or two) of drinks plus they'll have heavy appetizers for all to enjoy…READ MORE

Mary Philbrook Interest Award Celebration Oct. 25

Rutgers Law School invites you to the 33rd Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award Celebration, honoring Susan L. Burke, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center &40;Formal program first, to be followed by a reception). In June 2015, the National Law Journal named Susan L. Burke one of the top 75 female attorneys in the nation. Burke is an experienced litigator with 28 years of experience in federal class and complex litigation, who specializes in bringing federal class action or mass tort lawsuits to reform broken systems or fix societal problems. Her work on a series of lawsuits seeking to reform the military's deficiencies in prosecuting rape and sexual assault was profiled in the Academy-award nominated documentary "The Invisible War." Tickets $35…READ MORE.

PMC Judicial Independence Benefit Oct. 25

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host its Judicial Independence Benefit at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (Ret.) will be the event's keynote speaker. Judge Lewis, who formerly sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, is a renowned advocate for equal access to justice and has recently authored articles on judicial independence and integrity…READ MORE

Regional Housing Legal Services 45th Anniversary Luncheon Oct. 26

Regional Housing Legal Services will celebrate its 45th Anniversary with a luncheon at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penns Landing on Friday, Oct. 26. This event will commemorate the organization's accomplishments in creating and preserving affordable housing and honor housing advocates and community leaders during the luncheon for their body of work and commitment to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable…READ MORE

Child Advocates: 'The Children's Docket 2018 - Session 6' Nov. 15

The Support Center for Child Advocates presents "The Children's Docket 2018 – Session 6: Identification and Screening for Human Trafficking." This training series is specifically designed for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys and is meant to provide more detailed information about the ins and outs of handling a child abuse case and how to prepare for particular hearings. All sessions take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the Support Center for Child Advocates…READ MORE


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