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Oct. 31, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 45
 |  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:

  • Law Office of Barbara S. Rosenberg
  • Law Offices of Enrique Rosario

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

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

  • Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness: Deadline Nov. 15
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Nov. 30

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

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

    Nominations Due Nov. 7: Public Interest Section Pollak and Hamilton* Awards

    The Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Honorable Louis H. Pollak and Andrew Hamilton Awards. The awards will be prestned at the Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, Dec. 8 (Save the date).

    For more information and nominatuon directions, click here.

    *In light of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's recent decision to change the name of its annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit, the Public Interest Section is evaluating whether to change the name of the Andrew Hamilton Award. A report regarding the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's decision can be found here.

    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 - 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

    CLE - Bridge the Gap Nov. 22

    Tell Your Colleagues - BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

    In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office.

    The result was the Bridge the Gap program intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how” which is otherwise learned through trial and error…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

    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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