Nov. 4, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 45
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Meet the Candidates Election Forums

Meet the Candidates: Election Forum & Recognition Reception

Join your colleagues and meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's line offices, Board of Governors and the YLD Executive Committee. In a series of forums, you will hear why they are running and what they would bring as leaders to move the Association forward.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
5 p.m.
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Institute
12th and Chestnut Sts. Use Chestnut St. Entrance

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2019 Board of Governors Candidates:

  • Vice Chancellor – Wesley R. Payne
  • Secretary – Jennifer S. Coatsworth
  • Assistant Secretary – Kathleen Kirkpatrick
  • Treasurer – Marc Zucker
  • Assistant Treasurer – Matthew Olesh


  • Felix Yellin
  • Wendi Barish
  • Andre Webb
  • Erin Lamb
  • Damaris Garcia
  • Kristine Calalang
  • Thomas J. Giordano
  • Craig Levin
  • Denise Mandi

YLD Executive Committee:

  • Sarah Adams
  • Kevin Burdett
  • Omeed Firouzi
  • Katharine Fogarty
  • Jordan Freeman
  • Candace Hardy
  • Candice Kearney
  • Bethany Nikitenko
  • Samuel Ventresca

Financial Strategies to MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY - 3-Part SeriesWebcast Icon

Part II: Building Your Nest Egg - Investments and Taxes

Tuesday, Nov. 5 - 5 p.m.


Part III: Legacy…You and the Next Generation - Estate Conservation

Tuesday, Nov. 12 - 5 p.m.


Presented by Philadelphia Bar Association Member Benefit Provider BPU Investment Management, Inc.

Have recent events in the markets and the economy reshaped your financial future? This three-part educational series is designed to help you take charge of your finances and pursue a more comfortable financial future. Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA® is the Chair and CEO of BPU Investment Management, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC-registered investment advisor with 30 years of experience helping people make smart choices with their money. In this series, members learn the 7 Roadblocks to Financial Success and how to avoid them. Then Brahim will identify the 6 Keys to Financial Success to guide you on your way to developing sound personal finances while teaching you how to build a financial legacy for you and the next generation. Exclusively for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Nominations Due Nov. 5: 2019 Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Sandra Day O'Connor Award was named in honor of the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and is given annually to an outstanding woman attorney in the Philadelphia area. The recipient is expected to
exemplify the qualities that Justice O'Connor has demonstrated in her life and work. Therefore, the Award
Committee gives preference to those nominees who have achieved prominence and the highest degree of
professional excellence in their field over a sustained period and who have openly and visibly used their
position and stature in the community to mentor, promote and advance other women lawyers…READ MORE

Did You Know ?
The week of Nov. 18-22 is Member Appreciation Week at the Philadelphia Bar Association!

Don't Miss These Special Member Events


Nominations Due Nov. 8: 2019 Citizens Bank Achievement Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Citizens Bank Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth the reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this Award and any other information you feel is relevant. Criteria include significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice…READ MORE

Philadelphia Film Office PhillyMade Film Series: 'Law Abiding Citizen' Nov. 8

Use promo code PHILLYBAR to receive $2 off admission!

A fatal break and enter ignites the fuse for a grief stricken man (Gerard Butler) to seek violent revenge while a sympathetic attorney (Jamie Foxx) tries to stop him before it's too late.

From director F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton), Law Abiding Citizen utilizes the streets of Philadelphia to create a simmering neo-noir that threatens to explode at any moment. Originally slated to be filmed in Baltimore, Gray found that the iconic bridges and architecture of Philly's downtown created a one-of-a-kind mood for such an intense film…READ MORE

2019 Beccaria Award Reception Nov. 12

The Philadelphia Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and the Justinian Society of Philadelphia cordially invite you to a Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 12 presenting the annual Beccaria Award to Daniel Silverman, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University…READ MORE

Year-End Celebrations
Women's Law Project Annual Party Nov. 22

Friday, November 22, the Women's Law Project Annual Party will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at The Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The event will feature a Silent Auction, Hors D'Oeuvres, Wine and Beer. Children are welcome! For more information or to register, visit

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.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2019. Through programs, grants, and partnerships, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation removes barriers to justice, engages the community in support of civil legal aid, and builds system-wide capacity in order to strengthen the provision of quality legal services and to ensure that all individuals understand their rights to equal justice under law. 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

Vacationing, stuck in the office, at home or just avoiding the commute? Philadelphia Bar Association offers webcasts of select LIVE CLE/CJE courses. Look for the Webcast Icon in the program description for availability.

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. We are proud to be inducted into The Legal Intelligencer's Best of 2019 Hall of Fame and named to the Best of 2019 top three for continuing legal education provider and online CLE provider!

CLE - Part II: Building Your Nest Egg - Investments & Taxes Webcast Icon

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 - 5 - 7:15 p.m.

This three-part educational series, exclusively for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is designed to help you take charge of your finances and pursue a more comfortable financial future. In this course, Part II: Building Your Nest Egg - Investments and Taxes, Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, the Chair and CEO of BPU Investment Management, Inc., provides guidance regarding how to select appropriate investment vehicles, and examines the long-term effects of taxes and inflation.…READ MORE

CLE - Part III: Legacy… You and the Next GenerationWebcast Icon

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 - 5 - 7:15 p.m.

This three-part educational series, exclusively for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is designed to help you take charge of your finances and pursue a more comfortable financial future. In this course Part III: Legacy… You and the Next Generation - Estate Conservation, Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, the Chair and CEO of BPU Investment Management, Inc., explains how to put a price tag on your retirement and guides you through the ABCs of estate conservation.…READ MORE

CLE - Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance Webcast Icon

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 - 9 - 11 a.m.

This CLE program, presented by USI and the Insurance Programs Committee, will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Attend and earn a discount on your malpractice insurance, advised and administered by USI Affinity.…READ MORE

CLE - Bridge the Gap

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 - 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law.…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

CHILD USA Hearings on the Larry Nassar Case Nov. 4

CHILD USA has created a "Game Over Commission to Protect Youth Athletes" on Monday, Nov. 4 in order to establishment an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. For more information about the commission…READ MORE

Landlord/Tenant Petition to Vacate Clinic and Training Nov. 6

Wednesday, November 6, Philadelphia VIP is hosting a Landlord/Tenant Petition to Vacate Clinic and Training at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square 130 N. 18th St., from 5-7:30 p.m. Learn how to draft and file a petition to vacate, then meet with clients to draft petitions on-site. After the clinic, attendees will contact opposing counsel and e-file petitions and proposed orders when they are signed off. Read more or register here.

Baristers' Fall Happy Hour & 35th Turkey Drive Fundraiser Nov. 7

Join The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. and Post & Schell for their Fall Happy Hour at Ladder 15 on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Barristers' 35th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dive…READ MORE

PILC Celebration of the Right to Vote Nov. 7

The Public Interest Law Center will host a Celebration of the Right to Vote at 7303 Emlen St., Philadelphia, on Thursday, Nov. 7. Law Center board member Howard Langer will host advocates for democracy at a cocktail party celebrating the Law Center's long and storied history of defending and strengthening the right to vote, helping commemorate the Law Center's 50th anniversary. Email Michael Berton for more information.

CHILD USA Annual Awards Celebration Nov. 7

CHILD USA's Annual Awards Celebration will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7. To purchase tickets…READ MORE

Tangled Title Intake Clinic Nov. 12

Tuesday, November 12, Philadelphia VIP will host a Tangled Title Intake Clinic at Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia, from 4-7:00 p.m. Join Philadelphia VIP and City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker's Office to discuss tangled title issues with community members. VIP will train volunteers on-site, match individuals with attending residents, and identify and provide counsel and advice for tangled title cases. Read more or register here.

Estate Planning Training Nov. 18

Monday, November 18, Philadelphia VIP is launching its Estate Planning training at Pepper Hamilton LLP from 12:00-1:30 pm. There is a tangled title crisis in Philadelphia, yet through preventative estate planning, VIP aims to support inter-generational wealth transfer, preserve long-term residents' ownership of real estate in low-income communities, and stabilize neighborhoods. Attend this training to learn about the straightforward process of helping homeowners with estate planning needs. Ream more or register here.

Divorce Training Nov. 20

Wednesday, November 20, Philadelphia VIP will hold a Divorce Training for volunteer attorneys at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3400, from 12-2:30 pm. This training, led by Lise Fisher of Fisher Family Law and James Rocco, III of Rocco Law Offices, will provide divorce law basics, including information about equitable distribution and practical tips on handling this critical case type. Read more or register here.


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