Nov. 11, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 46
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 


Nov. 18-22: 2019 Member Appreciation Week!

The week of Nov. 18-22 is Member Appreciation Week at the Philadelphia Bar Association! Member Appreciation Week is all about celebrating YOU. The Association is showing its appreciation throughout the week with a medley of member discounts…READ MORE.

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

Register Here

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

#TakeActionPhilly Nov. 19

Join us for the next #TakeActionPhilly convening on Nov 19! We'll be hosting "The 2020 Census: Who Cares? We all Do!" to discuss how accurate and complete census information is necessary to uphold the rule of law…Register

Chancellor's Forum: Personal Style and Professional Image Dec. 2

Please come to the last Chancellor's Forum of 2019 for a lively discussion about personal style choices and projecting a winning professional image. READ MORE

LIVE: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2019
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Strategies for Witness Examination: Yours and Theirs
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

In both jury and nonjury trials, dealing with difficult witnesses is a crucial skill for attorneys. This program will explore the best tactics for handling your own witnesses, as well as opposing counsels'. Featured speaker, Claude E. Ducloux, will examine how witnesses fit into your overall case strategy, and then outline best practices to master the art of witness prep and examination. He'll also explain how to tune in to important nonverbal signals in the courtroom, and review some key ethical principles to guide your witnesses examination tactics.


Video encores:

Dec. 16

Dec. 30

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

Real Property Section Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony Nov. 21

Thursday, November 21, the Real Property Section Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Estia, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The event will feature a presentations of the Harris Ominsky and Good Deed Awards, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, wine and beer… Register.

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


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

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 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

VIDEO ENCORE - Settle Down: Recent Trends in Employment Arbitration

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1612 (2018), holding that class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements, including agreements between employers and their employees, are permissible and enforceable. Basically, the Federal Arbitration Act can override the NLRB provisions in allowing arbitration and precluding class actions. What does this all mean for employers and employees moving forward? Attend this video-encore program to hear the panel's examination of the recent trends in employment arbitration after Epic Systems. Receive practical tips and guidance for alternative dispute resolution in employment cases…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Telemedicine: Criminal & Regulatory Overview

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

On April 9, 2019, the Department of Justice Criminal Division announced federal indictments and law enforcement actions in one of the largest health care fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment marketing executives. This charging highlights the need for providers of telemedicine services to evaluate their compliance efforts. In this informative video-encore CLE, panelists will provide an overview of the investigation and expected changes in the industry and recommendations for health care providers. The program will also provide an overview of key regulatory considerations to mitigate the possibility of civil enforcement actions…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - The Jeopardy of CCPA Compliance

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Dubbed "GDPR-light," the California Consumer Privacy Act, which will come into effect in 2020, is considered a game changer for companies falling under its scope. For many, this will be the first time dealing with compliance requirements such as expanded disclosure, right of access and right of erasure. In this video-encore CLE program, conducted in a game show-format, attendees will hear the key requirements of the CCPA, how they differ from those of GDPR and what steps organizations should focus on in 2019 to prepare.…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and Living Will - Understanding All Three Documents and Avoiding Pitfalls

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This practical video-encore program examines a basic trifecta of estate planning documents, power of attorney, health care directive and living will. Panelists will address issues practitioners must consider when drafting a power of attorney (POA) to avoid problems for their clients and their clients' families down the road. Attendees will gain insights on how to craft effective POAs as well as tips for advocacy. Panelists will also offer guidance on living wills and health care directives, including exploring the difference between a living will and power of attorney and what documents may work best together. The program will highlight changes in the law and considerations when discussing the delicate issue of the need for these documents with clients.…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Wild World of Jury Selection

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join your colleagues on a journey into the "wild world of jury selection" with Judges Marlene F. Lachman and Lisa M. Rau. The judges and experienced trial attorneys will offer insight and guidance into proper and improper styles in dealing with potential jurors, including an update on Trigg v. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Panelists also address current rules that are in place and areas where a rule is not necessarily on point. An entertaining and practical program for any trial attorney!…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.

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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