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Dec. 17, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 52
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Greet Incoming Chancellor at Jan. 7 Reception

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Chancellors Reception

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Rochelle M. Fedullo, 92nd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Monday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Bellevue Hotel.

Join us in wishing Shelli, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, good luck in the year ahead and enjoy the company of your friends and colleagues in the legal community. Registration is requested…READ MORE

Federal Courts Committee Meeting Dec. 19

Courtroom technology is here to stay. Yet, only a small number of attorneys employ technology in their courtroom presentations. The panel will discuss how you can develop and use technology (audio, video and slides) effectively: (a) to capture and hold the attention of jurors (b) and as a tool for the examination of witnesses…READ MORE

Year-End Celebrations
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

Business Law Annual Reception Jan. 16

You are cordially invited to the Business Law Section Annual Reception at the Pyramid Club on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Conflicts of Interests - Current Cases, Hot Topics, Best Practices and Tips for Obtaining Informed Consents
(2 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 ENCORE: Friday, Dec. 28, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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 and Ian Evans 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 and Ian 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.

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

How to Win Your Case in Negotiation
(2 SUB)

Hosted by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Since only a small percentage of cases actually go to trial, negotiation skills are essential and may be even more important than trial skills. Both directly and in mediation or settlement conferences, more lawyers lose large sums of money for their clients in negotiation than by trial errors. In this 2-hour interactive program, Dr. Maurice Schweitzer, recognized for national expertise in negotiating skills, will help attorneys hone their negotiating techniques. He will provide attendees with a framework for thinking about negotiations and identify key psychological principles that guide the negotiations. Attendees will learn practical steps to make careful, strategic choices in their negotiations with a chance to test their negotiation skills.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Private Eyes: They're Watching You
(1 ETH)

From the hiring of a private investigator to film someone, to the monitoring of social media presence, attorneys are increasingly using methods of surveillance to gather evidence for trial. Certain technological methods question the need to balance researching injured workers' activities with the workers' rights to privacy. Panelists address ethical issues attorneys may face including investigators interacting with claimants under false pretenses, creating fake Facebook accounts and performing surveillance in questionable locations, such as doctor's offices and churches. Attend this video-encore CLE program to receive practical information regarding these issues within the workers' compensation context.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

The Blunt Impact: Effects of Medical Marijuana on Employment Law and Workers' Compensation Claims
(1 SUB)

Hosted by the Medical Marijuana and Hemp Committee

Since Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Law legalizes the use of medical marijuana (MMJ) for approved conditions, more and more Pennsylvania workers are using MMJ. Marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. As Pennsylvania implements its Medical Marijuana Program, employers must review their policies for employees. This CLE program will offer practitioners guidance regarding common questions about MMJ and how to advise workers and employers about their respective rights and responsibilities. As Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program continues to evolve, attorneys must stay abreast of the laws regarding MMJ use and how the laws may affect their clients, whether they are the employer or worker.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE - Support Contempt Actions
(1.5 SUB)

This video-encore CLE program will provide guidance regarding the best methods to prepare and present a contempt petition along with how to properly represent a defendant in a support contempt action.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE - Back to School with Local Control: Issues Facing the School District of Philadelphia
(2 SUB)

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) returned to local control in July with the dissolution of the state-controlled School Reform Commission. What are the legal issues facing the SDP as it returns to local control? In this informative video-encore program, panelists with education law expertise will examine these important issues. From the politics of whether the laws are amended to allow for an elected school board, to critical funding issues, such as changing the law to provide the SDP with independent taxing authority, and to the law governing the funding, approval, and renewal of charter schools.


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.

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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