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Dec. 27, 2016 | Vol. 17, No. 54
 |  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

Last Week of CLE Compliance Offerings Dec. 27-30: 6 Opportunities

Register for CLE credits from Dec. 27-30 to complete your compliance requirement for 2016…READ MORE

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 9

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Deborah R. Gross, 90th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Monday, Jan. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the busiest leaders of the legal community patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor, and each other, good luck in the year ahead.

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 Saturday, Dec. 31. 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

FJD MLK Day of Service Project Jan. 16

Please join the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project at South Philadelphia High School on Jan. 16. Volunteers will be working on beautification projects and with the Mural Arts Program's Restorative Justice Guild to create an original mural that will adorn the interior of the school.

A day that appropriately celebrates a man who gave so much of himself for the improvement of society as a whole, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is also a time when hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country pay it forward in order to give back. Dr. King often spoke of justice, empowerment, love and peace- especially in the toughest of settings and under the most improbable circumstances. The FJD is in the unique position to see, on a daily basis, the importance of these virtues.

South Philadelphia High School is located at 2101 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Available shifts are between 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for a shift by calling 215-683-7053. Water, breakfast and lunch will be served.

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

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.

Upcoming Events:


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.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Deposition Skills Courtroom Litigators 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

FREE VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Cybersecurity: How to Keep the Sky From Falling Dec. 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 its clients' data and how to thwart them. Gain a better understanding of how to mitigate cybersecurity risk and maximize the value of yours and your clients' data…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Ethics and Incorporating New Technologies in Your Law Practice Digital Marketing Dec. 28

In business development conversations with colleagues, digital marketing is inevitably injected into the conversation as an integral part of a successful overall marketing plan. "Techy" or not, digital marketing remains a challenge for attorneys to implement given the limited amount of resources including the attorney's time and money. Understanding the ethics involved with self or law firm promotion is important to comprehend before implementing any marketing campaign regardless of the medium…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - 2016 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Dec. 29

As regulations continue to change and lawsuits, investigations and enforcement actions continue apace, it is critical that securities practitioners and litigators keep up with the latest developments. Hear from colleagues from both sides of the Delaware in this video replay of an annual update in securities litigation and regulatory practice that explores and profiles significant developments and trends in securities laws…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Discovery in a Digital World Dec. 30

This video encore CLE presentation will explore cybersecurity risk management and cover some of the most interesting areas of electronic data sources that have changed the landscape of investigations and provide interesting stories of how those have had implications on real-world cases…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Video_Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis Dec. 30

Ethical and principled conduct is a foundational aspect of practicing law, as well as competing in the sports of golf and tennis. Both golf and tennis are played according to strict rules for fairness, just as in legal advocacy. Individuals are expected to self-regulate their actions and conform to ethical expectations, with disciplinary consequences for violations. Attorney professionals are guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct and Pennsylvania Code of Civility to maintain the integrity of the profession…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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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