Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice"
Legal Writing Competition Award
Introduced by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg
Citizens Bank Achievement Award Recipient
Robert S. Tintner
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Award Recipient
Hon. Kathryn Streeter Lewis
This event is complimentary to the entire community.
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Free CLEs For Members in Good Standing in December Sponsored by LawPay
This 2-hour CLE program, FREE to Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, provides exceptional guidance and practical advice for attorneys preparing for trial. Detailed examples offer insights on how to prepare efficiently and effectively argue in a compelling manner. Featured speaker, Claude Ducloux, will address the topics below to help you develop the elements of proof, the message, and organize your case for trial. Then he will examine various ethical situations involving trial procedure, pleadings, motions, and discovery; as well as examine the related responsibilities of lawyers during proceedings, the rules guiding the advocate's conduct, and will look at the results of a survey of both state and federal judges' opinions when such conduct occurs in their courtrooms, including advice and discussion.
Register today for available dates:
Friday, December 4
Monday, December 14
Wednesday, December 30 – VIDEO ENCORE
2020 Federal Bench Bar Conference Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee in collaboration with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Don't be fooled by other programs, this is THE program for comprehensive education specific to federal practice.
This half-day annual conference offers in-depth CLE discussions on legal and practice topics important to the Federal Court Practice community in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Federal Bench Bar Conference provides a forum for the interchange of ideas among the bench and bar, educates the bar with regard to practice in the courts and encourages civility in the courts. This year's conference is a virtual endeavor that will address the following scheduled topics:
- Current State of Court Operations, Practice and Procedure
- Best Practices for Effective Federal Criminal Sentencing Advocacy
- Planning for a Successful Mediation
- Virtual Meet and Greet with Judges from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
POTENTIAL JUDICIAL CANDIDATES FOR 2021: Fill Out Our Evaluation Questionnaire
An informed electorate is more important than ever. That's why we ask all potential judicial candidates to complete a questionnaire for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.
The Judicial Commission's work has been cited as an authoritative source for information on judicial candidates, providing unbiased and fair ratings about candidates' abilities to serve on the bench. In the 2019 primary elections, three "Highly Recommended" candidates and four "Recommended" candidates won positions on the ballots for judicial races. Read more.
- November 17, 2020 – Phila. Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division Supervising Judge Tucker has announced that due to new city restrictions, all criminal jury trials are suspended effective immediately, and that bench trials will proceed as scheduled.
Re-Opening Task Force
Re-Opening Task Force has been created to provide a set of resources and best practices as law offices re-open their doors and work places after the shutdowns mandated by the pandemic. … Read More
Business Law Section 2021 Executive Committee Nominees Below please find the Business Law Section’s list of nominees for the 2021 Executive Committee which will be voted on at our upcoming BLS annual meeting in December:
Note: The Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect, and Vice-Chancellor of the Bar Association are honorary members of the EC without the right to vote.
Municipal Court Committee Tuesday, December 1 at 11 a.m.
At this meeting, we will be discussing court updates in light of reopening and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. We will also be discussing the CURE report regarding racial bias in the courts. Register Here.
State Civil Town Hall Wednesday, December 2 at 12 p.m.
Join us for this video conference as we continue our conversation from the previous town halls during this two-week check in. If you have any questions, please email Jim Tolerico at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jordan Strokovsky at email@example.com directly. We will do our best to provide answers at this meeting. This remains an evolving situation and we value all contributions to the discussion. Register Here.
Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Section Thursday, December 3 at 12 p.m.
YLD Holiday Party, Awards Ceremony, Comedy Show & Gift Drive Thursday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m.
- Welcoming 2021 Chair Andre Webb
Craig M. Perry Service Award
F. Sean Peretta Service Award
- Featuring Roy Wood Jr.
Producer, Actor & Stand-Up
Currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy & NAACP Award-winning The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
- Gift Drive
Once again we'll be collecting gifts for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-19 months. DONATE TO THE GIFT DRIVE HERE.
- Philadelphia Bar Foundation Raffle
Win a football signed by Eagles Kicker Jake Elliot!
You can win a football signed by Philadelphia Eagles Kicker Jake Elliot, a member of the 2017 Super Bowl LII Philadelphia Eagles Championship Team, by participating in the YLD's raffle to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Two tickets are only $10! Don't miss out on this easy way to give back to our public interest community. It's a win-win!! Good luck! PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKET HERE.
Health Care Law Committee Friday, December 4 at 9 a.m.
Please join the co-chairs of the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee, Adam Yoffie and Nicole Aiken-Shaban, over virtual coffee to learn about the Committee's mission, to discuss legal developments and issues of interest to lawyers serving the health care sector, to develop ideas for future educational programming, and to network with other professionals with expertise in the legal and policy side of the health care industry. We hope you can join us for the opportunity to connect our membership and develop future programming meaningful to you. Register Here
Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony with Dueling Pianos Friday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Live Entertainment by:
- The Bending the Arc Award
- The Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award
Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos Register Here
Discounts for Members
Our colleagues, clients, and referral sources are now facing unprecedented disruption to their work and home lives. Philadelphia Bar Association benefits provide unique discounts and offers on products and services that you can use to help maintain business continuity in this challenging climate.
Get Published in The Philadelphia Lawyer
The Editorial Board welcomes submissions from attorneys and other professionals, who are members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, who wish to share their expertise on law-related topics.
Accepting manuscripts in multiple genres: law-related articles & features, general interest, fiction, practice areas, essays or humor, and book reviews.
Articles must be original and previously unpublished.
As policy, we do not compensate our writers.
For more information, email Brittany Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Coronavirus Response
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation has been an anchor institution for civil legal aid for more than 50 years. We extend our thoughts and best wishes to colleagues, friends, and families who are being negatively affected by the virus and the current crisis. The disruption to business operations in the U.S. and the economic downturn created by the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant and damaging impact on the Foundation's fundraising activities. We have taken immediate action in response to budget concerns, but we need your help. Please donate today to help us continue providing unrestricted funds and technical support to legal aid agencies on the frontlines of this crisis.
Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses
All CLE programming, until further notice, will be offered via webcast. For course offerings, dates, and times, please visit:
Philadelphia Bar Association Calendar List
Then, type "CLE" in the search box and hit "Go."
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order temporarily modifying Rule 108 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Continuing Legal Education to eliminate the six credit cap on CLE credits earned through distance learning with respect to credits needed to satisfy all 2020 compliance deadlines.
Full course calendar here.
Public Interest Events
Support Center for Child Advocates Toy Drive
Support Center for Child Advocates is holding its 2020 Toy Drive in a new format. In recognition of their concerns for client, volunteer, and staff safety, they have decided to make the 2020 Toy Drive a campaign to collect and distribute gift cards for their clients and every child living in their homes. Their goal this year is to provide each child with $50 in gift cards. The deadline to receive gift cards at Child Advocates’ office (1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103) is December 2, 2020. Gift cards can also be sent virtually to event@SCCALaw.org.