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Jan. 23, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 4
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

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

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

Tonight: Defender Association & Donafy App Launch Jan. 23

The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Nikki Johnson-Huston, founder of Donafy App and owner of The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC, cordially invite you to the launch of a public/private partnership at Benjamin's Desk on Monday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 31

The Business Law Section invites you to its Annual Reception at Estia on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drink while networking with colleagues and friends. The Section will also honor a few of its own for their contributions to the practice of law:

  • Leonard A. Bernstein, Reed Smith LLP: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award
  • Prince Altee Thomas, Fox Rothschild LLP: Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award
  • Patricia M. Hamill, Conrad O'Brien PC, Business Litigation Committee: Committee Chair of the Year
  • Bankruptcy Law Committee: Committee of the Year

Estia is at 1405 Locust St., Philadelphia. Please RSVP by Jan. 26. To register, click here.

LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award Reception Feb. 9

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its Cheryl Ingram Award Reception at the Field House on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. This year's award will be presented to Yolanda French Lollis, managing attorney, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania…READ MORE

HBAPA 16th Annual La Justicia Award Feb. 9

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania cordially invites you to the 16th Annual La Justicia Award ceremony at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The 2017 award will be presented to William Gonzalez, executive director, CEIBA, an organization dedicated to the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia's Latino community…READ MORE

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

  • Board of Law Examiners: Deadline Jan. 31
  • PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Disciplinary Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Continuing Legal Education Board: Deadline Jan. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Jan. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

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.

CLE - Apple Vs. Samsung: Takeaways From the Smartphone Wars Jan. 25

Join our Intellectual Property Committee for a networking breakfast and a timely CLE program regarding one of the headline grabbing cases in 2016 and moving forward.

This CLE program examines the ongoing litigation regarding design patent protection for the smartphone and covers how appearance and design can be protected through the law…READ MORE

Become a Mediator: VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Mediating a Landlord Tenant Dispute Jan. 27

Lunchtime training for volunteer attorneys to handle landlord tenant disputes.

In 2009, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Bar Association launched the successful Landlord Tenant Appellate Mediation Program (LTAMP). Through LTAMP, volunteer lawyers admitted to practice at least four years meet with parties in landlord tenant disputes that have been appealed from Municipal Court to the Court of Common Pleas before trial and attempt to bring the parties to an agreement through mediation. LTAMP saves the court valuable trial time and provides lawyers with an opportunity to use transactional and contract skills in a pro bono setting…READ MORE

CLE - Dealing with Difficult Situations and Negotiating Outcomes - A Leadership Seminar Jan. 31

Hosted by: Women in the Profession Committee and the First Judicial District Womens' Initiative

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

CLE - An Analysis of Upcoming Changes to the Federal Taxation of Businesses Under the Trump Administration Feb. 1

Hosted by: Business Law Section LLCs and Other Unincorporated Entities (LOUIE), Mergers & Acquisitions, and Venture Capital & Private Equity Law Committees

President-elect Trump made business tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for reduced corporate tax rates, reform of the way pass-through entities are taxed and reduced tax on the repatriation of earnings. Portions of the Trump Plan are similar to the House Republican Blueprint for Tax Reform…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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:


Tonight: Defender Association & DONAFY App Launch Jan. 23

The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Nikki Johnson-Huston, founder of Donafy App and owner of The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC, cordially invite you to the launch of a public/private partnership at Benjamin's Desk on Monday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. DONAFY is an app that gives the public the ability to locate and donate to nearby nonprofit organizations that service those in need of emergency housing, food, medical care, mental health treatment, job training, LGBT, Legal Services, Re-Entry Services, drug and alcohol treatment, Spanish Language Services and Youth Services. The Defender Association aids client's legal defense through assessment, referral and treatment plans, connecting citizens to needed resources in their communities as quickly as possible, thus minimizing their exposure to confinement. The collaboration of the two is a novel partnership that will allow attorneys to immediately access services for their clients, and will provide the means necessary for clients and citizens to contact various treatment programs, housing and food services and medical services easily and efficiently.

Food and drinks will be served.

Benjamin's Desk is located at 1701 Walnut St., 8th Floor, Philadelphia. No RSVP required.

VIP New Volunteer Orientation Jan. 25

Philadelphia VIP will host a New Volunteer Orientation to welcome new attorneys on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The program will provide an overview of Philadelphia VIP and the opportunities and resources available to volunteers. This orientation will take place at Philadelphia VIP's offices, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400, Philadelphia. To register, please visit

VIP Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program Training Feb. 10

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training session titled "Mortgage Foreclosure—Saving Homes through Negotiations" at Pepper Hamilton LLP on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. The training will cover the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program and recent changes to foreclosure practices, including the end of HAMP and the impact of the new administration. Pepper Hamilton LLP is located at 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch streets, Philadelphia. To register, please visit

Mazzoni Center Justice in Action Awards Feb. 10

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host the Justice in Action Awards Luncheon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Friday, Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will celebrate the achievements of the 2017 National Honoree, Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and of the 2017 local awardee, David J. Acosta, founding executive director of GALAEI. Join Mazzoni Center Legal Services to celebrate Mara and David's commitment to advancing equality and social justice, and improving the lives of LGBTQ people, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 3. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, please visit or call 215-563-0652 ext. 222.

"Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA" Feb. 15

The ACLU of Pennsylvania will host "Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of PA" at the Painted Bride Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Join the ACLU as it affirms its commitment to civil rights at this celebration of liberty and justice for all. The night will feature a keynote address by Cesar Vargas, the first undocumented lawyer admitted to practice in the state of New York. Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, while getting to know ACLU staff and other supporters.

The Painted Bride Arts Center is located at 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $85 general admission/$150 VIP. You can purchase tickets online and learn more at or contact the ACLU at 215-592-1343 ext. 124.

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