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Oct. 24, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 44
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2016

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2016 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Warren Environmental Counsel LLP
  • Steiner, Segal, Muller & Donan

Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4g: Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in the Work Place Oct. 25, 4 p.m.

At the American Bar Association's annual meeting, the House of Delegates adopted Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4g, which provides that harassment and discrimination in the work place are ethical violations. The new Model Rule, the ABA Report and Resolution, a resolution from our own Women in the Profession Committee recommending that Pennsylvania adopt this rule, and a recent article by Abe Reich which appeared in the Legal Intelligencer on this issue are attached. The purpose of our meeting will be to discuss the proposed Rule and determine if the Professional Responsibility Committee will support the resolution before our Board of Governors.

Because this is an issue that will impact all practitioners, all members of the various sections and committees are invited to attend this meeting and discussion. If you wish to vote on the resolution at the meeting, and are not a member of Professional Responsibility Committee you may join simply by e-mailing your request to prior to the meeting. For more info along with registration, click here.

Ends Oct. 25: 2016 Bar-Wide Survey

By now all members should have received a link directing them to the 2016 Philadelphia Bar Association Bar-Wide Survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please call 610-935-6174 or email

Philadelphia Celebrates the 2016 National Pro Bono Week! Oct. 23-29

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will held during the month of October to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 23-29 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

Click here to view the 2016 Calendar of Pro Bono Events that will celebrate pro bono contributions throughout Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law Firm Pro Bono Committee.

Deadline Nov. 1: Nominations Sought for the PNC Achievement Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 PNC Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award.

Nominations should be sent to: PNC Achievement Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or to

The criteria for the award are:

  1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);
  2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;
  3. Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);
  4. The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and
  5. It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

2016 Elections Forums

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

Candidates will be appearing before individual Sections, Committees, Divisions and affinity bars on selected dates at the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Election Forum for general membership will be held on Nov. 15 in the 11th Floor Conference Center at 12 p.m.

For all Forum dates and a full 2016 Elections calendar, click here.


"Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" Until Nov. 16

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…READ MORE

Volunteers Needed: YLD Expungement Clinic Nov. 12

More than 1,000 applicants have filed to have their records sealed or expunged. Visit for full details on volunteering and registering for the clinic.

Having a criminal record expunged or sealed can dramatically improve a person's life by allowing him or her to pursue permanent employment or housing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. Effective Nov. 12, 2016, Pennsylvania will allow individuals who have served their sentence and have remained free of arrest or prosecution for 10 years to petition the court to have their records of conviction for misdemeanors of the second and third degree be sealed from public view.

On Nov. 12, 2016, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in partnership with Community Legal Services and key members of the criminal, legal, and judicial communities, will conduct a pro bono criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. The clinic will take place at six locations throughout Philadelphia from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Organizers will be seeking volunteer attorneys and law students to assist with processing petitions at the clinic and to handle follow-up hearings for contested petitions. Details on registering to volunteer to follow.

Registration for Expunging & Sealing Criminal Records training now open. CLE program is FREE for expungement clinic volunteers. Dates are Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact John Coyle or Meghan Claiborne at

Supreme Court Encourages Applications for Vacancies on Two Panels

The first two vacancies became available under an initiative announced by the Supreme Court last month to encourage wider public participation in the judicial system through service on advisory panels, commissions and independent judicial agencies. The vacancies include one on the Continuing Legal Education Board and one on the Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee. The application deadline is Oct. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Business Law Section Giants of the Business Bar: Stephen J. Harmelin and Joseph H. Jacovini Nov. 3

Join the Business Law Section for Giants of the BSuiness BAr at Bank and Bourbon in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Deadline Nov. 4: Nominations Sought for both the Dandridge Diversity Award and the Replansky Memorial Award—Deadline November 4, 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for both the Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award and the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

Nominations for each award are accepted from any member of the Business Law Section. Members who wish to make a nomination for either award should complete and return the applicable nomination form by 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 to: E. David Chanin, Kleinbard LLC, One Liberty Place, 46th Floor, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103; or Each award will be presented at the Business Law Section's Annual Reception in early 2017.

Nomination packages can be downloaded below:

  • Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award
  • Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award
  • PBF

    Philadelphia Bar Foundation Access to Justice Benefit Nov. 5

    Your generous support of The Access to Justice Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Independence Seaport Museum at 7 p.m., with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., will help those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination to have access to the full range of legal services…READ MORE

    LatinoJustice: Pro Bono Legal and Grassroots Volunteers Needed for Voter Protection Nov. 8

    Latino Justice's Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Voter Protection Initiative, affiliated with the National Election Protection Coalition, is recruiting bilingual Spanish-speaking legal volunteers. For more information, click here.

    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.

    As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

    Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

    CLE - VIDEO ENCORE: Be the Judge, Be the Jury... Become An Arbitrator Nov. 3

    If you missed the live presentation of this practical and entertaining presentation, you can attend this video encore and learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration

    With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation…READ MORE

    CLE - 2016 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 10

    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.…READ MORE

    Full course calendar here.

    Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members

    Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life…READ MORE

    Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

    The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

    The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

    For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.

    Upcoming Events:


    Public Interest Organization Events

    Friends of Farmworkers Fall 2016 Fundraiser Oct. 25

    The Friends of Farmworkers Fall 2016 Fundraiser will be held at Tequilas Restaurant on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.. Information regarding this year’s honorees and event sponsorship at:

    PMC Inaugural Fall Benefit Oct. 26

    Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts's Inaugural Fall Benefit at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Michael Smerconish will be the keynote speaker. The event will feature cool jazz and hot judicial topics. Sponsorship opportunities include: Champion, Reformer, Organizer, Advocate, and Campaigner levels. Single tickets are $150. More ticket information here.

    LCD 2016 Fall Celebration Oct. 27

    Legal Clinic for the Disabled's (LCD) 2016 Fall Celebration will be at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The Fall Celebration is an annual fundraiser to help LCD continue the work they do by providing free legal representation to low-income people with physical disabilities in the Philadelphia region to help them overcome legal obstacles that would otherwise affect their independence, health or quality of life. There will be a silent auction with mobile bidding, and cocktails and food by Jimmy Duffy Catering. LCD will honor Frank M. McClellan, professor of law emeritus, Temple University; Duane Morris LLP; and Jeffrey S. Lichtman, Esq. for their commitment to the disabled community in Philadelphia and LCD.

    PAFA is located at 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. RSVP at:

    AIDS Law Project Annual Halloween Party Oct. 28

    AIDS Law Project's Annual Halloween Party "3rd Annual Boo! at bahdeebahdu: Celebrities Edition" will be at bahdeebahdu on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The two-part event features a catered dinner with fine wine and live performances, followed by a dance party. Costumes are encouraged.

    Bahdeebahdu is located at 1522 N. American St., Philadelphia. Ticket prices: Dinner+Dance Party $200, Dance Party $100. For more information or to buy tickets/sponsorships, visit

    CLS 50th Anniversary Party Nov. 3

    Community Legal Service's 50th Anniversary Party, celebrating 50 years of justice will be held at Top of the Tower, Three Logan Square, 51st Floor, 1717 Arch St. Ticket and sponsorship information at:

    VIP Family Law Practice Group Nov. 9

    Philadelphia VIP will provide a Family Law Practice Group at Philadelphia VIP, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400, on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m., for volunteers handling family law cases and volunteers interested in handling such cases to collaborate, ask questions, and learn from other volunteers. The group will be led by VIP Staff Attorney, Michael Viola and members of VIP’s Family Law Advisory Council. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Additional light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Register here.

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