Thank You from Turning Points for Gift Drive Donations
It takes a village of elves…
Last week, Turning Points hosted a Santa Day to give out the gifts YOU gave. Santa was there, as were a few Turning Points staff elves to help give out gifts to the children.
Jason, a six year old boy in foster care was VERY excited to tell me that elves "are magical. They fly, they gather all the toys and help Santa." Then Jason said, "There wouldn't be Christmas without the elves."
YOU are a magical Elf for Turning Points for Children. Without you, Jason and 3,300 other Philadelphia children would not have received presents this Holiday Season.
Thank you and have a Wonderful Holiday!
Mike, Eartha and the entire Turning Points for Children Staff
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
Philadelphia Bar Association
Nominations Sought by Jan. 27: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.
This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association…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.
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 - So, Have You Updated Construction Contract Forms? Jan. 10
Stop pretending that you understand!
This Video encore CLE program will actually explain risk transfer provisions in construction contracts so that you can effectively protect your construction-related clients.
Due to the inherent risk in construction projects, contractual risk transfer provisions are important whether you represent owners/developers, contractors or subcontractors. Too many practitioners do not understand the importance or meaning of standard insurance requirements in construction contracts, or what constitutes an enforceable indemnification provision. As a result, they rely on form contracts that contain indemnification and insurance provisions that are out-of-date or were poorly drafted in the first place…READ MORE
VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Jan. 11
If you missed the live presentation of this practical and entertaining presentation, you can attend this video encore and learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration
With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules. 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…READ MORE
CLE - Drinking Water Contamination Jan. 17
Hosted by: Environmental and Energy Law Committee
Safe and available drinking water is essential to human life. The Safe Drinking Water Act is designed to ensure that public water supplied to homes and businesses is potable and that consumers are alerted to the presence of contaminants or risks. Notwithstanding the beneficial protections afforded by the Act and its implementing regulations, recent events have raised concerns about the safety of public drinking water and resulted in lawsuits seeking damages and remedial actions to enhance public safety…READ MORE
CLE - Legal Name Changes Jan. 25
Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee and the Mazzoni Center
Transgender people who are transitioning sometimes have to jump through legal hoops to get the documentation changed to reflect their chosen name and gender. Pennsylvania's laws make it possible but not exactly easy. Many young transgender people are reluctant to take legal steps to get their names changed because they don’t want to deal with the hassle, or because they find official acknowledgement of their wrongly-identified gender and old name to be extremely embarrassing, especially in a courtroom…READ MORE
CLE - Dealing W/ Difficult Situations & Negotiating Outcomes Jan. 31
Hosted by: Women in the Profession Committee
Effective leaders are skillful negotiators and undeterred by complexity. In this CLE leadership seminar, featured speaker, Dr. Nataliya Adelson will equip attendees with the innovative strategies needed to excel in difficult situations and at the bargaining table…READ MORE
Full course calendar here.
Call for Submissions to The Philadelphia Lawyer
The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is looking for creative and fresh law-related content to publish in upcoming editions. Take your sense of humor or adventure, your urge to critique or your affinity for a special area of law and put pen to paper.
All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For more information on submission guidelines, email firstname.lastname@example.org.