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Nov. 28, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 49
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

The deadline to vote online is Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

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

Nominations Due Nov. 30: LGBT Rights Committee's 2017 Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. Traditionally, the award has gone to a LGBT non-lawyer or a non-LGBT lawyer (to not overlap with GALLOP's annual Michael Greenberg Award, which is awarded annually to a LGBT lawyer).

Cheryl A. Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), including a term as its Treasurer. Cheryl successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a website, endorsing of bar candidates, and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the Greater Philadelphia legal community…READ MORE

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

RSVP by Nov. 29: 64th Annual Red Mass Dec. 5

The St. Thomas Society of Philadelphia invites you to the 64th Annual Red Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul on Monday, Dec. 5 and the St. Thomas More Award Reception honoring Marguerite ("Margie") Gualtieri, managing attorney, Support Center for Child Advocates…READ MORE


Public Interest Section 25th Anniversary Celebration and Public Interest Law Day Dec. 8

The Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee will host the 2016 Public Interest Law Day and the Section will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 8…READ MORE

Section & Committee End-of-Year Celebrations

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

  • 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 - Annual Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence Refresher With Professor Jules Epstein Nov. 29

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

This annually anticipated and widely acclaimed one hour evidence law refresher, presented by Professor Jules Epstein, will examine recent evidence decisions in Pennsylvania, as well as the law of witness and mental health record privilege. Professor Epstein will also highlight new developments in the area of forensic science evidence in the courtroom…READ MORE

CLE - VIDEO ENCORE: Mediating a Landlord Tenant Dispute Nov. 30

Lunchtime training for volunteer attorneys to handle landlord tenant disputes.

In 2009, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Bar Association launched the successful Landlord Tenant Appellate Mediation Program (LTAMP). Through LTAMP, volunteer lawyers admitted to practice at least four years meet with parties in landlord tenant disputes that have been appealed from Municipal Court to the Court of Common Pleas before trial and attempt to bring the parties to an agreement through mediation. LTAMP saves the court valuable trial time and provides lawyers with an opportunity to use transactional and contract skills in a pro bono setting…READ MORE

CLE - Canon Law 101: The First Two Thousand Years Dec. 2

Canon law is the internal ecclesiastical law, or operational policy, governing the Catholic Church. Canon Law is the oldest continuously functioning legal system. It is the only functioning legal system that is universal; it governs its one billion members worldwide. Though strictly defined by the Code of Canon Law, the way that such church law is legislated, interpreted and adjudicated, at times may vary…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

HIAS and Nationalities Service Center Free Asylum Law Training Dec. 2

HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center will provide a free Asylum Law Training at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The training will cover basic asylum law. Lunch will be provided.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is located at 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. Register by Nov. 28 at

Women's Law Project Annual Party Dec. 2

The Women's Law Project (WLP) will host its Annual Party at the Academy of Natural Sciences on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6–8 p.m. Come celebrate with WLP and hear more about their cutting edge work. There will be wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. This is a child-friendly event.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. More information is available here.

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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