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Dec. 3, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 49
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Register by Dec. 3: Shelli Fedullo to Be Introduced as 92nd Chancellor Dec. 5

Chancellor-Elect Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, will share her vision for 2019 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, which begins at 12 p.m. at the The Bellevue Hotel, Broad and Walnut streets…READ MORE


Polls Close Dec. 5 for 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association Election

Online ballots for the 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association election arrived on Monday, Nov. 19. All members in good standing should should have received one. If not, call Susan Knight at 215-238-6325. Make sure you submit your ballot by Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Happy voting!

Year-End Celebrations
Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 5

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for a not-so-silent night as they celebrate the season with friends and colleagues over top-shelf open bar, extensive dinner buffet and music by Tom Moon's Jazz Casual at the Dwwntown Club on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Once again the Section will be collecting for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots Philadelphia. Please bring a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY for donation…READ MORE

Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception Dec. 6

Please join the Public Interest Section at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, featuring the presentations of The Bending the Arc and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Awards, at the Drexel Unviersity Thomas R . Kline School of Law Institute of Trial Advocay on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Affinity Bar Holiday Party Dec. 10

The National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter, in conjunction with APABA-PA, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., Brandeis Law Society, HBAPA, Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee and SABA invite you to the Affinity Bar Holiday Party at Cuba Libre on Monday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Please bring an unwrapped new toy for donation. RSVP required no later than Dec. 7…READ MORE

Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation Dec. 11

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to its Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation at Maggiano's Little Italy on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The Section will present the Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award to Barry M. Kassel, Esq. of Support Center for Child Advocates. Registration includes a drink ticket, appetizers and a family-style dinner…READ MORE

Tax Section Annual Dinner Dec. 11

Please join Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section members and colleagues for cocktails and then dinner, annual meeting and election to round out the evening after the CLE at the Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown on Tuesday, Dec. 11…READ MORE

Criminal Justice Section Reception and Awards Presentations Dec. 12

The Criminal Justice Section cordially invites you to its Annual Reception and Awards Presentation at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School Of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Section will present The Thurgood Marshall Award (posthumously) to Stuart H. Schuman, Esq. and the Henry Czajkowski Award to Philadelphia Veterans Court. Enjoy the company of colleagues and friends over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception and Award Presentation Dec. 18

The State Civil Litigation Section cordially invites you to its annual reception and award presentation at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Section will present the Honorable Alex Bonavitacola Award to Stanley Thompson. Register by Dec. 13…READ MORE

2019 Business Law Executive Committee Slate, Annual Meeting Dec. 13

Ahead of its annual meeting at Dechert LLP on Dec. 13, the Business Law Section announces its slate of Executive Committee members for 2019.

  • Chair - Marcel Pratt
  • Vice Chair - Mike Zanan
  • Secretary - Ernie Holtzheimer
  • Treasurer - Ernie Holtzheimer
  • Communications Chair - Evan Miller
  • At-Large - Geneva Brown, Joseph Hamill, Odia Kagan, Sohana Barot Sethi, Cheri Johnson, Adam Coleman
  • Past-Chair - Eric Siegel

WEBCAST: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Conflicts of Interests - Current Cases, Hot Topics, Best Practices and Tips for Obtaining Informed Consents
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

This interactive program will explore common issues that arise around conflicts of interest in the practice of law. Using hypothetical scenarios as a launching point, panelists will provide an overview of the relevant Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Responsibility as they are applied. Panelists will refer to recent developments in the case law, guidance opinions and other resources. The discussion will conclude with a review of the consequences for failure to identify and address conflicts of interest.


Video encores:

Dec. 14

Dec. 28

Deadline Jan. 11: LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is now accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award, which is awarded annually to any individual who has made substantive contributions to the LGBT community in Philadelphia. 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.

Please email your nominations to Christa Levko by Jan. 11, 2019. Nominations should include a short (less than a page) explanation as to why you feel this person is deserving of the Award. Also, if you wish to be on the Nominating Committee, please let Christa know.

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.

Jenkins Law Library Relocates Dec. 17

After more than 34 years at 833 Chestnut, Jenkins is moving to a new location. As of Monday, December 17 our new address will be Ten Penn Center, 1801 Market St., 9th Floor…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 cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.

MontCo Appointment of Conflict Counsel on Criminal Cases

Notice is hereby given that commencing Sept. 4, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County has instituted a new application process to be considered for inclusion on the Conflict Appointment List. All attorneys, including those on such list, must complete the new application process to be considered…READ MORE

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. 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

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

Attend this entertaining video encore and learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.

Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator!

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
9:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2018 Public Interest Law Day
(6 total credits: Substantive and ethics depends upon session attended)

Hosted by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Public Interest Section
Held at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia

Experienced panelists will present a wide array of hot topics in public interest law for public interest attorneys, pro bono practitioners, and private practice attorneys who are interested in learning more about cutting edge issues affecting the pro bono legal community. Session topics include: race and racial justice in our work, immigration 911, trauma-informed representation, LGBT rights, Pennsylvania Supreme Court update and family law issues. Immediately following the CLE program, register to attend the Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy, 12th and Chestnut Streets.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

European Competition Law vs. United States Antitrust Law: Is there a difference?
(1 SUB)

Hosted by the Antitrust Law and International Law Committees

E.U. Competition and U.S. antitrust laws cover most of the same subjects, rely on similar economic principles and follow broadly similar conceptual approaches. However, there are several key differences between the two. This interactive program is fortunate enough to have Henri Piffaut, of the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition, address the convergence or divergence between European and United States competition law governing private rights of action, collective actions, resale price maintenance, minimum advertising pricing programs, algorithmic cartels, big data, and more.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

The Trifecta of Documents: Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and Living Will - Understanding All Three Documents and Avoiding Pitfalls
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

Hosted by the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee

This practical 2-hour 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 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.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
12:30 - 2:45 p.m.

The Gift of the Magi: How to File Immigration Appeals, Especially in Federal Court
(2 SUB)

Hosted by the Immigration Law Committee

As the Trump Administration continues to "Build the Invisible Wall" by denying immigration cases across the board, it is extremely important learn how to structure and file an appeal-and where to file, competently lodge appeals, and capably compose appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).


Full course calendar here.

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.

ACS Criminal Justice Reform Panel Feat. DA Larry Krasner Dec. 4

Join the Philadelphia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a discussion with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on his efforts to institute significant criminal justice reform in the prosecutorial system. We will discuss local efforts as well as how they can be replicated on a wider scale…READ MORE

Public Interest Alums Network Gathering Dec. 18

The Public Interest Alums Network will be sponsoring an informal gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Sofitel Hotel lounge from 5-7 p.m. PIAN is a group of retired, semi-retired and transitioning career public interest attorneys who meet periodically to discuss transitions and volunteer opportunities and to interact. Folks (including those still working full-time) are welcome to join us. For more information on PIAN or to RSVP (and please do), you can email Janet Stotland or Lynn Marks.


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