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Dec. 19, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 53
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Renew Your Membership Today!

It is that time of year when we ask you to renew your membership in the nation's oldest association of lawyers. Your membership dues are the lifeblood of our Association, and have not been increased in over seven years. The 2017 PA Senate will be veto-proof so the Bar Association will need to be particularly active on your behalf this year fighting against the sales tax on legal services, and fighting for legislation that improves the laws of our Commonwealth. Additionally, it will be a busy year for the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention in its evaluation of judicial candidates for our state appellate courts and local trial courts.

Renew today. We look forward to your continued membership and welcome your ideas and suggestions on ways to improve our work.

Deborah R. Gross
2017 Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Deadline Today: Update Your Listing for 2017 Legal Directory

It's time to update your listing for the 2017 Legal Directory.

The deadline for any updates or changes for the print version of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Legal Directory is Monday, Dec. 19. The instructions for updating law firm and individual listings were recently e-mailed to all attorneys and firms listed in last year's directory.

Please follow the link that was sent to you to update your listing. Listings that are not updated or verified will ultimately be eliminated from the database. Any attorney who was not listed in last year's directory should create a listing at

If you did not receive the email containing a personal URL that will allow you to access and update your listing, or have any other questions, contact email or call 215-557-2453. To advertise in the directory, contact Donald Chalphin at or 215-557-2359.

The print directory will be available in late April 2017. To purchase the directory, contact Tracey Footes at 215-557-2346 or

NOTICE: Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 20

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on December 20, 2016, at 12:00 noon, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect the Section's officers and members of the Section's Executive Committee, and to adopt amended and restated by-laws for the Section…READ MORE

Nominations Due March 31: Workers' Comp 2017 Irvin Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia judge who was well known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning law…READ MORE

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.

FREE VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Cybersecurity: How to Keep the Sky From Falling Dec. 19 & 28

This is the third FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing. This 2-hour CLE will examine the growing cybersecurity threats to firms' and their clients' data and how to thwart them. Gain a better understanding of how to mitigate cybersecurity risk and maximize the value of your and your clients' data…

CLE - Day on Financial Planning Dec. 20

Sponsored by BPU Investment Management

Philadelphia Bar Association CLE and BPU Investment Management, Inc. are proud to partner to present A Day on Financial Planning. The day consists of three CLE programs. You may register for one, two or the full day of courses.

Register for all three courses and save nearly $70!

Part I: Now What? I'm a Lawyer Earning Money and I Need a Financial Plan

This CLE, Part I of the day's programming, provides guidance to attorneys regarding how to implement strategies to get the most out of their current paycheck and develop the right financial habits that, if consistently applied over time, can build wealth…READ MORE

Part II: I Think I Want to Be Done Working

The transition from working to work optional to retirement can be a challenge both financially and psychologically…READ MORE

Part III: Taking Control - Financial Planning for Women

This CLE, Part three of our Day on Financial Planning, focuses on financial planning for women. Education, family, career, divorce, death and money. Women manage all of it exceptionally well - so well, that 47% of all millionaires in the US are women and, despite their varied and significant responsibilities, women live, on average, substantially longer than men…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Deposition Skills Every Courtroom Litigator Needs to Know Dec. 27

Litigators know that the deposition is a crucial opportunity to evaluate an adversary's case, challenge key theories and witnesses, and to seek admissions for use in a potential summary judgment motion or at trial. Whether you are a first-year litigation associate, senior partner or a solo practitioner come learn new skills that will maximize your effectiveness at deposition…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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.

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Public Interest Organization Events

Sparer Symposium Jan. 13

The 36th Annual Sparer Symposium will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Friday, Jan. 13. The Sparer Symposium commemorates the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer, professor of law and social policy and brings together legal academics and practitioners, delving deeply into important issues of the times. The title of this year's symposium is "A Country Divided: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Future of American Democracy." Panels will focus on voting rights, criminal justice reform, national security, and campaign finance. Beth Donovan, senior Washington editor for NPR News, will deliver the keynote address. For additional information and to RSVP, please click here.

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