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Nov. 5, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 45
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Important: Puppy Yoga Nov. 13

Join us for one of two Puppy Yoga sessions (we know, we know) at SWEAT Fitness in Center City on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Find inner peace and tranquility with puppies currently being cared for at Morris Animal Refuge. Register with the password BARPUPPYYOGA by Nov. 1 to secure your space. We're not joking…READ MORE

Year-End Celebrations
Real Property Section Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony Nov. 15

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Featuring the presentations of the Harris Ominsky Award to Marjorie Stern Jacobs, Esq.,CRE, who is being honored for her 40-plus years of contributions to Philadelphia eminent domain (condemnation), real estate taxation, zoning and land use, property valuations and practicing in the public and private sectors; and the Good Deed Award to the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project. Come and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a dinner buffet and a selection of wine and beer…READ MORE

Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting and Reception Nov. 29

You are cordially invited to the PRobate and Trust Law Section's Annual Meeting and Reception at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

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.

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

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, Nov. 19, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 PM

Moving Beyond Cash Bail
(2 SUB)

This timely CLE, co-hosted by the Civil Rights Committee and the Criminal Justice Section, will examine the cash bail system in Pennsylvania. Panelists will illuminate these problems and offer guidance regarding the most promising strategies for reforming cash bail practices.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
12 - 1 p.m.

Fundamentals in Implementing Telehealth Arrangements
(1 SUB)
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Hosted by the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee

This luncheon CLE program will address some of the fundamentals in implementing telehealth arrangements, including recent developments in reimbursement rules, potential fraud and abuse concerns, as well as other regulatory risks. Panelists will also discuss certain considerations in drafting telehealth-related agreements.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Am I in the Right Place? Tips on whether to appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Commonwealth Court, and how to practice once you get there
(1 SUB)
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Hosted by the Appellate Courts Committee

Three judges from Pennsylvania's intermediate appellate courts will examine the scope of jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the similarities between the two courts and their differences. The program will apply hypotheticals derived from real cases as a basis for discussion and offer practical guidance for practitioners in Pennsylvania. This is a CAN'T MISS program for any attorney specializing in appellate court practice!

Thursday, November 15, 2018
12:00-2:00 p.m.

How to Properly Handle An Asylum Application and Case
(1 SUB/1 ETH)
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This practical 2-hour program examines the basics of asylum law including, what the overarching law is, the asylum process and legal standard, how to properly complete an asylum application, and the ethics of filing cases.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Representing Threatened Gardens
(1 SUB)
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The CLE presentation, prior to the Real Property Section's Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony, will examine the legal tactics and strategies involved in representation and protection of threatened gardens. Topics include land access, land security, taxes, litigation, real estate transactions, entity formation, and navigating the Land Bank.
Attend this CLE, then join your colleagues at the Loews at 5:30 for the Reception & Awards Ceremony.


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.

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

Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive Kicks Off Nov. 27

‘Tis the season for the youth of Philadelphia when the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) kicks off their 2018 Toy Drive with a Head Quarters Grand Opening on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at their new headquarters on 1500 Market St. (Centre Square), 1st Floor, Philadelphia, 125 p.m. From November 27December 20, Child Advocates will collect toys and gift cards for children ages from birth21 years old. As well as collecting items at their headquarters, until Friday, Dec. 14, they have an Amazon Wish List available…READ MORE

Women's Law Project Annual Party & Fundraiser Nov. 30

Join the Women's Law Project on Friday, Nov. 30, for its Annual Party & Fundraiser at the Academy of Natural Sciences from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Children are welcome…READ MORE


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