Dec. 16, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 52
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Wesley R. Payne, IV Elected Vice Chancellor; 5 Gain Board of Governor Seats


Wesley R. Payne, IV is a partner at White and Williams LLP and served on the Board of Governors from 2006–2015 as a member, assistant treasurer and treasurer. For the last two years, he has served as a non-voting member on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association as the Zone 1 Governor. Payne will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Association in 2020 after running unopposed in the Association's 2019 Annual Election, which culminated at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2019.

Payne will serve as Vice Chancellor in 2020, Chancellor-Elect in 2021 and Chancellor in 2022.

The following candidates for Association offices ran unopposed and will begin serving their positions on Jan. 1: Jennifer S. Coatsworth, secretary; Marc J. Zucker, treasurer; Kathleen Kirkpatrick, assistant secretary; and Matthew S. Olesh, assistant treasurer.

The following five candidates were elected and will begin serving their three-year terms on the Association's Board of Governors on Jan. 1:

  • Andre J. Webb
  • Kristine L. Calalang
  • Craig R. Levin
  • Erin E. Lamb
  • Wendi Barish

Seven candidates were elected to three-year terms to the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee and will begin serving their terms on Jan. 1. They are:

  • Bethany R. Nikitenko
  • Sarah Adams
  • Candace C. Hardy
  • Candice Kearney
  • Omeed Firouzi
  • Samuel M. Ventresca
  • Jordan Freeman

Meet the Chancellor and Our 2020 Leadership

Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 5 - 7 p.m. at The Bellevue Hotel, 200 S. Broad St.

The event is complimentary to the entire legal community, but registration is required by Jan. 3.

Register Here

Strategies for Witness Examination: Yours and Theirs
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

In both jury and nonjury trials, dealing with difficult witnesses is a crucial skill for attorneys. This program will explore the best tactics for handling your own witnesses, as well as opposing counsels'. Featured speaker, Claude E. Ducloux, will examine how witnesses fit into your overall case strategy, and then outline best practices to master the art of witness prep and examination. He'll also explain how to tune in to important nonverbal signals in the courtroom, and review some key ethical principles to guide your witnesses examination tactics.

Video encores:

Dec. 30

Year-End Celebrations
State Civil Litigation Section Reception & Award Ceremony

Tuesday, December 18, the State Civil Litigation Section Reception & Award Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law… Register.

Did You Know ?

Some of the many advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership include:

  • Legislative program to champion your interests
  • Free and low-cost CLE courses - Members receive six free CLE credits
  • Networking and leadership opportunities
  • Insurance brokerage services through USI Affinity
  • Significant discounts on a wide variety of national brands and retailers including Brooks Brothers, Expedia Hotels, Office Max, UPS, 1-800-Flowers and ZipCar.

Please renew your membership today and join us for another outstanding year of great programs and professional development.


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.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2019. Through programs, grants, and partnerships, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation removes barriers to justice, engages the community in support of civil legal aid, and builds system-wide capacity in order to strengthen the provision of quality legal services and to ensure that all individuals understand their rights to equal justice under law. 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

Vacationing, stuck in the office, at home or just avoiding the commute? Philadelphia Bar Association offers webcasts of select LIVE CLE/CJE courses. Look for the Webcast Icon in the program description for availability.

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. We are proud to be inducted into The Legal Intelligencer's Best of 2019 Hall of Fame and named to the Best of 2019 top three for continuing legal education provider and online CLE provider!

December Compliance is Here!

Meet your CLE requirements by choosing from a number of great live and video-encore offerings, a few titles include:

MEMBERS, don't forget to register to attend the last free offering of 2019!
Strategies for Witness Examination: Yours and Theirs

Can't attend in person? Choose a convenient webcast option. Review our calendar and register to meet your December compliance requirements!

Full course calendar here.


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