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Jan. 22, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 4

 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Time to renew your membership for 2019! Click here and continue to take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer.

Liberty & Justice: Moving From Some to ALL Feb. 8 (5 CLE Credits Avail.)

Join us for Liberty & Justice Conference: Moving from Some to All, on Friday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy. The Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia area law schools are again bringing together practitioners, law students and community activists from throughout the region to discuss issues of importance in social justice lawyering. This second annual conference will feature progressive, social justice advocates from the Philadelphia area gathered to address critical topics in social justice lawyering, such as, legalized exclusion - the racial wealth divide, human toll of U.S. immigration policies, ethics and lawyer activism, criminal justice reform, LGBT youth in foster care and homelessness, restorative justice, participatory defense and more. Preregistration is required; space is limited. 5 CLE credits are available; substantive or ethics are determined by the sessions attended. For more information and to register, click here.

2019 Philadelphia Bar Association Budget

To view the 2019 Philadelphia Bar Association Statement of Operations, please click here.

Justinian Luncheon Honoring Chancellor Shelli Fedullo Feb. 12

The Justinian Society will be honoring Chancellor Rochelle M. Fedullo and special guest ESPN March Madness "Bracketeer" Joe Lunardi at The Union League of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

Due Feb. 1: 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All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication.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. The deadline for submission is Feb. 1

Nominations Due March 20: Workers' Compensation Irvin Stander Award

The 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. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on workers' compensation at Temple University Law School, now the Temple University Beasley School of Law…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.

Nominations Due Feb. 7: Mayor's Day of Service Recognition Award

The City of Philadelphia Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service announced it is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Mayor's Day of Service Recognition. Mayor Kenney and OCEVS are encouraging residents to nominate persons committed to service and creating a positive impact in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Applications Due Feb. 28: Serve on City Advisory Commission

The City of Philadelphia invites Philadelphians to apply to serve on City Advisory Commissions. Comprised of community leaders and Philadelphians with a passion for public service, the City’s advisory commissions provide Mayor Kenney and the Administration valuable insight and feedback on policy priorities on behalf of Philadelphia’s underrepresented communities…READ MORE

Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board (Lawyers and non-lawyers): Deadline Jan. 31
  • Board of Law Examiners: Deadline Jan. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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. We are proud to be The Legal Intelligencer's "Best of 2018" continuing legal education provider!

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!

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
12 - 1 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: What You Should Know About Pre-Dispute Arbitration in the Elder Law Setting
(1 SUB)

In the role as adviser, fiduciary or guardian, it is important to understand what factors to consider and what action to take when presented with an agreement containing a Pre-Dispute Arbitration clause. This video-encore CLE program will address, among other issues, the effects of the pre-dispute arbitration clause on the rights of the person and legal recourse available to the person entering the contract, the impact of the Federal Arbitration Act on pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home agreements and practical tips on what guardians, practitioners and family members should do if asked to agree to pre-dispute arbitration.


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

WCAIS Advice to Keep Judges Happy
(1 SUB)

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

This lunchtime CLE program will educate practitioners representing workers and 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.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

An Inside Look at C.G. v. J.H.: What to Consider When Establishing Parental Status and Standing for Third Parties
(1.5 SUB)

Family Law Section

In this luncheon program, panelists will provide an in-depth examination of the C.G. v. J.H. case and address how to establish third party standing, the court's consideration of marital status in third party cases, circumstances when a third party is considered a parent, and much more.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
12 - 2 p.m.

New Clean Slate Law: Automation and Expansion of the Criminal Record Sealing Process in Pennsylvania
(1 SUB)

Clean Slate is an innovative new Pennsylvania law that is serving as a national model on how to help people with criminal records get a fresh start. The new law brings a web-based, expanded criminal record sealing to Pennsylvania. This volunteer training CLE course examines the nuts and bolts of this new law, as well as prepares volunteers to participate in the Clean Slate Screening Project which provides individualized record assessment and advice to people who are looking to clear their records.


Full course calendar here.

Public Interest Alums Network Meeting Jan. 24

The Public Interest Alums Network will meet at the Education Law Center on THursday, Jan. 24 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PIAN is a group of retired, semi-retired, and career-transitioning 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.

VIP Quiet Title Training Jan. 24

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free Quiet Title training at Fox Rothschild, LLP on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 12:00-2:30 p.m. This training, led by statewide experts Edward Hayes and Bob will explain how to transfer title of a property into a low-income client’s name through the filing of a Quiet Title action…READ MORE

VIP Landlord/Tenant Law Training Jan. 25

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free introductory Landlord/Tenant Law training at Pepper Hamilton, LLP on Friday, Jan. 25 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. This program will provide an overview of landlord/tenant law, as well as practical information about representing a client in a landlord/tenant dispute in the Philadelphia courts…READ MORE

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 25

the Greater Philadelphia Association of Law Schools (GPALS) is proud to host this year's Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Career Fair at the Temple University-Center City Campus, 1515 Market St., Philadelphia, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This special annual event brings together law students from Drexel, Penn, Penn State & Dickinson Law, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, and Widener Delaware & Harrisburg on one day, at one convenient location, to interview for summer internships or permanent positions with public interest employers from the across the region and beyond. For further information and/or questions, please contact Andrew Prinzivalli.

VIP Nonprofit Legal Assessment Training Jan. 31

Philadelphia VIP will hold a Nonprofit Legal Assessment training and clinic at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia, from 9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m. Volunteers will help clients identify and address key legal issues facing Philadelphia nonprofits, such as drafting contracts and securing 501(c)(3) status…READ MORE

ACLU PA 'Show the Constitution Some Love' Feb. 15

The ACLU of Pennsylvania will host "Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out With the ACLU" at World Cafe Live on Friday, Feb. 15 from 5:30-9:00 p.m…READ MORE


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