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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.



Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Ethics & Malpractice Avoidance
(2 ETH)

This video-encore CLE program will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues.

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Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
9:30 - 11 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Tips for An Effective Pro Bono Program
(1.5 SUB)

Building on key recommendations from the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force, this video-encore CLE program will provide insights from the field and practical tips for establishing or strengthening a pro bono program at your legal practice setting. Attendees will come away from the session with real world examples of successful pro bono programs (and the lessons learned in establishing them); sample pro bono policies and committee structures; and, if desired, a mentor to help them get started.

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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
12 - 3 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

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. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator!

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Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

WCAIS Advice to Keep Judges Happy
(1 SUB)

This luncheon CLE program will educate employers as to common mistakes made in the use of WCAIS, how to improve their WCAIS requests and submissions to judges to maximize the functionality of WCAIS, reduce the time spent by the judge considering the request or submission, and increase the chances of obtaining a faster answer or approval from the judge, thus ensuring that they have satisfied clients and happy judges.

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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
9 - 11 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: How to Properly Handle An Asylum Application and Case
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

This practical and timely video-encore CLE examines the basics of asylum law including, what the overarching law is, the asylum process and legal standard, how to properly complete an asylum application, and the ethics of filing cases.

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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: The Gift of the Magi - How to File Immigration Appeals
(2 SUB)

As the Trump Administration continues to "Build the Invisible Wall" by denying immigration cases across the board, it is extremely important learn how to structure and file an appeal-and where to file, competently lodge appeals, and capably compose appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

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Full course calendar here.

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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.


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