Feb. 11, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 7
 |  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. Renew by March 31 and save $15!

Did You Know ?
81 of the association's CLE courses offered in 2018 were approved for CJE credit with 508.5 hours of CJE credit earned.

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

New Clean Slate Law: Automation and Expansion of the Criminal Record Sealing Process in Pennsylvania
(2 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.


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.

Applications Due March 8: Foundation Judge Marutani Fellowship

The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship provides a stipend to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a government entity in Pennsylvania or in the Greater Philadelphia area. Individuals may apply by completing and submitting the required application and related materials. Finalists will be selected based upon law school transcripts, past and present work and community service experience, accomplishments and awards, character, and an essay. Each finalist will be interviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee. Internships must be secured by time of interview, but not necessarily by time of application…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

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

Happy third birthday to Philadelphia's top CLE provider!

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!

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Transnational Litigation in U.S. Federal Courts
(1.5 SUB)

Hosted by the International Law Committee

A feature of the modern global economy is an ever-increasing amount of transnational litigation. Transnational disputes may involve litigants that are domiciled or located abroad; conduct that occurred abroad; or parallel judicial proceedings that are filed in the courts of other nations. This luncheon program will examine the unique challenges that arise when transnational disputes are litigated in United States Federal courts.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
12 - 1 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE - Community HealthChoices: What You Need to Know!
(1 SUB)

On January 1, 2019, the way Medicaid services are accessed in Philadelphia changed significantly with the implementation of Community HealthChoices. Community HealthChoices replaces the physical health Medicaid waivers and becomes the mechanism through which waiver recipients, nursing home residents and most people on both Medicare and Medicaid receive their Medicaid health care coverage. Attend this video-encore CLE program to learn what you need to know to prepare your clients and wards in light of the change.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE - Introduction to Tax Controversy Practice
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This intermediate video-encore is designed to provide tax lawyers and litigators with an introduction to tax controversy practice, an area that involves the enforcement of tax law through administrative proceedings and judicial proceedings. The course will focus both on substantive law as well as the professional responsibility issues that arise in these matters.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Medical Marijuana and Workers' Compensation: Sticky Situations
(1 SUB)

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

This luncheon CLE program explore how medical marijuana is already impacting our practice, including a discussion of cases currently pending across the Commonwealth. Tips and advice for both sides regarding reimbursement requests, URs and how medical marijuana use by workers can impact settlement negotiations and light-duty job offers will be provided. An overview of the process for obtaining medical marijuana will also be discussed.

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Annual Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence Refresher with Professor Jules Epstein
(1 SUB/0.5 ETH)

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

This annually anticipated and widely acclaimed evidence law refresher, presented by Professor Jules Epstein, will examine recent evidence decisions in Pennsylvania, as well as the law of witness and mental health record privilege. Professor Epstein will also highlight developments in the area of forensic science, social media evidence, and more.


Full course calendar here.

Philly VIP Support Training Feb. 12

Philadelphia VIP will host Support Training at Duane Morris LLP on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 12-2 p.m. In this training, led by James Rocco III and Todd Nothstein, attendees will examine a hypothetical support case based on real VIP cases. This exercise will prepare volunteers to represent low-income clients in child support, spousal support and alimony pendente lite matters in Family Court…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

Philly VIP Estate Planning Training Feb. 21

Philadelphia VIP will host Estate Planning Training at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP on Monday, Feb. 21 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. This training, led by Roxane Crowley and Lindsay Schoonmaker, will cover the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and advance healthcare directives for low-income clients. These documents empower clients to pass on property to their loved ones and ensure their affairs are properly handled should they become unable to act on their own behalf…READ MORE


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