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Nov. 13, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 48
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2017

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2017 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Cibik & Cataldo, P.C.
  • Law Offices of Todd M. Berk, LLC
  • McLaughlin Law Office, P.C.

Final Week: Donate to Philabundance for 'Bounty From the Bar Food Drive' Through Nov. 17

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 in America, with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley being two of the hardest hit regions…READ MORE

2017 Annual Meeting Dec. 5

Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon introducing 91st Chancellor Mary F. Platt at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. Mary F. Platt, who is moving up to serve as our 91st Chancellor, is a litigator at Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C., with extensive experience representing corporate clients in individual cases and class actions. A longtime leader in the Philadelphia Bar Association, Platt looks forward to increasing member engagement, adding value to membership, and helping it develop a plan that will keep the Association focused on its core values and goals over time…READ MORE

2017 End-of-Year Celebrations!

Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon Nov. 28

Join the Real Property Section at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. Kathy Jaffari, Vice Chair, Board of Governors, will lead a program on mindfulness for lawyers. The Harris Ominsky Award will be presented to Judy F. Berkman of Regional Housing Legal Services and the Good Deed Award will be presented to Ready, Willing and Able. Register here.

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Holiday Party Nov. 29

Join the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee at Strangelove's on Wednsday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Recognition will be given to the Committee's program presenters Gaetan J. Alfano, Saba Ashraf, Robert S. Balter, Danielle DeRosa, E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, Nicole D. Galli, Timothy J. Holman, Margaret Klaw, Laura E. Laughlin, Joseph Marano, Kevin V. Mincey, Stephanie Stecklair and Eric H. Weitz. Register here.

Probate & Trust Law Section Annual Meeting & Reception Dec. 5

Join the Probate & Trust Law Section at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Register here by Dec. 1.

Workers' Compenstion Section Annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 6

Join the Workers' Compensation Section at The Downtown Club on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Once again the Section will be collecting for the Marines' Toys for Tots Philadelphia.
Please bring a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY for donation. Register here by Dec. 1.

Family Law Section Holiday Party, Annual Meeting, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Dec. 7

Join the Family Law Section at James Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Welcome 2018 Chair Ann M. Funge and congratulate 2018 Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award recipient Thomas Kenny, M.A., court psychologist. This year the Section will be collecting for Women Against Abuse. Please consider donating baby products, adult toiletries, nail polish, basic children's underwear, notebooks and sketch books. All donated items must be new. Register here by Dec. 4.

Races are contested at the Board and Cabinet levels.

Online Election Ballots to Be Sent via Email Nov. 20

Online voting for Association line offices, Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division opens on Monday, Nov. 20. Meet the candidates…READ MORE

Listing Request

The Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be conducted via online ballot.

Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, treasurer, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Members are scheduled to receive their ballots in an email on Nov. 20 with instructions. Members are asked to add this email address to their trusted list:

Additionally, members are encouraged to ask their email administrator/provider (if applicable) to whitelist the following:

  • Domain:
  • IP Addresses:;;;;;

Online voting is set to end at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

It is important for the legal community to take action to support the rule of law and condemn hatred and bigotry. One important way is to advocate. Alarmingly, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 96 and Pennsylvania House Bill 505 seek to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation and have been languishing in Harrisburg. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded higher than specified under current law…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.

Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt

It has come to our attention that some members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have received fraudulent emails from “Janet Coleman” requesting payment on an overdue invoice with an attachment. Do not open the email or the attachment. This email is not coming from the Association and is an attempt to phish members.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Technology Officer Barry Greenspan at 215-238-6327.

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.

Educational Forum: Addiction and the Legal Profession Nov. 13

Sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers

Addiction and the Legal Profession

Addiction and alcohol/substance abuse is a significant problem in the legal profession. Given that the stresses of the legal profession frequently cause anxiety and depression issues among attorneys, the quick and frequent coping mechanism may become alcohol, drugs or both. An attorney's addiction doesn't just affect that attorney, but can negatively affect the firm and/or clients of that attorney. We need to understand what the warning signs are so we can help ourselves and fellow lawyers…READ MORE

The Criminalization of Poverty in America: How Will Philadelphia Respond? Nov. 14

Presented by Community Legal Services, Inc., the Philadelphia Bar Association and Public Citizens for Children & Youth

The purpose of the criminal justice system generally is thought to be to punish people who commit crimes such as assault, theft and drug sales. But many low income people are entangled in the system for issues more related to their poverty. Poor people find themselves charged with crimes because of their mental illness, homelessness, noncompliance with public benefits rules or child support orders and misbehavior in schools…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Can I Really Be Sanctioned or Disciplined for Filing a Routine Motion or Pleading? Nov. 14

Learn how the new Public Access Policy requires lawyers to change how and what they file in every Pennsylvania court.

Imagine being sanctioned because your motion included your client’s date of birth? It can happen starting January 8, 2018 when Pennsylvania's Public Access Policy goes into effect. The policy applies to all civil, family and criminal cases in the appellate and trial courts, and requires filing parties to redact confidential information. If a party violates the policy, a court can impose sanctions…READ MORE

Reaching Reasonable Resolutions in the Absence of Impairment Rating Caps Nov. 17

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

Prior to Protz II, the change of a claimant’s benefits from total to partial in character, under an impairment rating evaluation, was an effective tool in beginning settlement talks. The 500 week clock initiated by the impairment rating process put a value on the possible wage exposure for more serious claims when it appeared unlikely that a claimant would return to work or recover…READ MORE


Last FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee

Or "There, but for the Grace of God, go I"

Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly, resulting in dire consequences. Panelists will identify lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling attendees to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client"…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

  • Juvenile Rules Committee: Deadline Nov. 30

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief

Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires – we are heartbroken to see the images of the destruction and devastation unleashed upon California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Mexico. As natural disasters continue to strike, it is important now, more than ever, to mobilize our communities and help however possible

If interested in donating or volunteering your services…READ MORE

2017 Justinian Society Beccaria Award Ceremony Nov. 13

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the Justinian Society of Philadelphia cordially invite you to a reception presenting the annual Beccaria Award to Isla A. Fruchter, assistant defender, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia, recognizing her contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m…READ MORE

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.

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE

League of Women Voters Justice Forum Nov. 17

The League of Women Voters of PA is hosting its 2017 LWVPA Justice Forum at the Franklin Institute on Friday, Nov. 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. The event will feature a keynote from Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker – constitutional law professors who have written on the death penalty. The event will also feature Reggie Shuford, Dr. Susan Mangold and Minister Rodney Muhammad as additional panelists. The panel will be moderated by Mimi McCormick from the Interbranch Commission for Gender Racial and Ethnic Fairness…READ MORE

Face to Face Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 23

The 25th annual Face to Face Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 in Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill. Registration for the 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. The run features a 5-mile USATF-certified course, chip timing and Dri-Fit® shirt for all registrants. All proceeds benefit Face to Face…READ MORE

Deadline Dec. 14: Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive

Throughout December, Support Center for Child Advocates will host its Annual Toy Drive, culminating on Saturday, Dec. 16, with Toy Drive Delivery Day. Volunteer opportunities include coordinating a toy drive, volunteering at the Toy Drive headquarters, sponsoring a needy family or teen and delivering toys on Dec. 16. The deadline to bring toys to the Toy Drive Headquarters is Thursday, Dec. 14. For more information or to sign-up to participate contact or visit

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