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Oct. 23, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 44
 |  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:

  • Giampolo Law Group
  • Kennedys CMK LLP
  • Willig Williams & Davidson

2017 Philadelphia Events: National Pro Bono Celebration Oct. 22-28

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

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

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

Election Forums Oct. 31, Nov. 6


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

Donate to Philabundance for 'Bounty From the Bar Food Drive' Through Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is requesting nutritious, nonperishable food donations for the "Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" in partnership with Philabundance. One in six people are struggling with hunger in America, with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley being two of the hardest hit regions…READ MORE

Workers' Compensation Section Halloween Happy Hour Oct. 26

Eat, drink and be scary at the Wildly Wicked Workers' Compensation Section Halloween Happy Hour upstairs at Finn McCool's on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m…READ MORE


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Update with Mary Coe Oct. 23

Please join the Environmental and Energy Law Committee for this lunchtime CLE featuring Mary Coe, Regional Counsel for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3. Ms. Coe will provide a timely update on the latest developments in federal environmental law…READ MORE

Running Philadelphia's Elections in the Contemporary Media Moment Oct. 23

Hosted by the Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee

The current media focus on voting and elections and the rapid flow of news cycles makes running an election in Philadelphia a uniquely challenging event. This was particularly apparent during the 2016 General Election, but applies generally to all elections in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Update Oct. 24

Hosted by the Probate & Trust Law Section Taxation Committee

Keeping up to date on the Pennsylvania inheritance tax is essential to any practitioner who provides estate administration advice and services. This one-hour CLE program provides a unique opportunity to engage directly with top Department of Revenue Inheritance Tax Division officials…READ MORE

Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Board Service Oct. 25

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

This 2-hour CLE program will provide training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members…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.

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief

Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires – we are heartbroken to see the images of the destruction and devastation unleashed upon California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, 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

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

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

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

2017 Justinian Society Beccaria Award Ceremony Nov. 13

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the Justinian Society of Philadelphia cordially invite you to a reception presenting the annual Beccaria Award to Isla A. Fruchter, assistant defender, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia, recognizing her contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m…READ MORE

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.

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…READ MORE

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.

AIDS Law Project 'Boo! IV Wretched Excess' Oct. 26, Oct. 27

The AIDS Law Project will host BOO! IV Wretched Excess, a two-part Halloween-themed fundraising event at bahdeebahdu…READ MORE

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.

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

Please share Philadelphia Peacful 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 liekley to go home the same day. Call 215-334-1330 for more information. Fliers are below:



Face to Face Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 23

The 25th annual Face to Face Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 in Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill. Registration for the 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. The run features a 5-mile USATF-certified course, chip timing and Dri-Fit® shirt for all registrants. All proceeds benefit Face to Face…READ MORE


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