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Nov. 14, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 47
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Ballots will be emailed Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 to members in good standing and the deadline to vote online is Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. View the candidates for Board of Governors here.

Last day to join/renew membership and receive an emailed ballot is Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

For questions regarding the Philadelphia Bar Association online election, contact Chief Financial Officer/Director of Administration Susan Knight at 215-238-6325 or

Annual Meeting Luncheon - December 8, 2015 - Introducing our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross

2016 Annual Meeting Introducing Our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross Dec. 7

Join us at the 2016 Annual Meeting Luncheon, introducing our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross, in the Grand Ballroom at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

City Policy Committee Meeting Featuring Philadelphia City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante Nov. 16

Please join the committee as we hear from Sozi Pedro Tulante about his personal and professional background as well as his approach…READ MORE


"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

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.

Section & Committee End-of-Year Celebrations

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.

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.

CLE - Peer Review -- For Whose Benefit Is It? Nov. 14

Hosted by the Medical Legal Committee

The Peer Review Protection Act (PRPA) is an important Pennsylvania statute that incentivizes healthcare professionals to police themselves by making both the proceedings and records of a peer review committee confidential in any civil action. The goal of the statute would be to invoke honest and critical evaluations of decisions of medical professionals by their peers, and improve the quality of medical care. Without confidentiality, the peer-review process cannot be an effective tool for improving quality of care…READ MORE

CLE - Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change Nov. 16

Co-presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

This full-day event focuses on the challenge of climate change, the legal framework for addressing the challenge, the need for much stronger and quicker action, the economic case for action, legal and economic issues specific to Pennsylvania, and the ethical and philosophical argument for action by lawyers and others…READ MORE

CLE - Ethics and Incorporating New Technologies in Your Law Nov. 17

Hosted by the Law Practice Management Committee

In business development conversations with colleagues, digital marketing is inevitably injected into the conversation as an integral part of a successful overall marketing plan. "Techy" or not, digital marketing remains a challenge for attorneys to implement given the limited amount of resources including the attorney's time and money. Understanding the ethics involved with self or law firm promotion is important to comprehend before implementing any marketing campaign regardless of the medium…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: Final Mindfulness CLE for 2016 Dec. 1

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

Philadelphia VIP Divorce Practice Training Program Dec. 8

Philadelphia VIP will host a Divorce Practice Training Program at Cozen O'Connor on Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:30-11 a.m. This free program will provide an overview of divorce law, as well as practical information for representing a client in a divorce case in Philadelphia Family Court. Breakfast and materials will be provided. Cozen O'Connor is located at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia. Register at

Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive Delivery Dec. 17

Support Center for Child Advocates will host its Annual Toy Drive Delivery Day on Saturday, Dec. 17. Location TBD. Contact Moira Mulroney at or at 267-546-9208 to register. Participants must complete a background check.

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