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
The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice - Public Interest Organization Volunteer Opportunities
The Philadelphia Bar Association's new pro bono volunteerism initiative "The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice" provides opportunities for Association members and beyond to help people in need by providing limited legal representation, education, advice and advocacy. This one-stop-shop allows the city's legal-aid nonprofit organizations to know who is interested in assisting by giving volunteers the opportunity to add their name to a list for these groups to access if they need additional support for a particular cause.
For a list of volunteer and pro bono organizations and opportunities, click here.
Rescheduled: LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award Reception March 3
The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its rescheduled Cheryl Ingram Award Reception at the Field House on Friday, March 3 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
Register by Feb. 28, Save $5: 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 21
Join the Philadelphia legal community for this family-friendly event benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates and enjoy fun activities for people of all ages, including the Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, face painting, balloon animals and more…READ MORE
Early Bird Deadline March 17: 2017 ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting April 25-29
Early bird registration is now open for the ABA Section of International Law's Spring Meeting at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C. on April 25-29. Confirmed speakers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., U.S. Department of Treasury Acting Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Jennifer Fowler and The Washington Think Tanks…READ MORE
Nominations Due March 22: WIP Sandra Day O'Connor Award
The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community…READ MORE
For a full list of past recipients of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award, click 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
Nominations Due April 1: Workers' Comp 2017 Martha Hampton Award
The Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers’ Compensation Section is presently seeking nominations for the 17th annual Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers’ compensation law…READ MORE
2017 Third Circuit Judicial Conference Feat. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. April 19-21
The 2017 Third Circuit Judicial Conference will take place April 19-21 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. This is the 73rd Judicial Conference of the Third Circuit. All judges and attorneys are invited to attend the Conference sessions. Guests are welcome to all social events.
The Judicial Conference will consider the business of the courts and address matters of importance to the administration of justice in the Third Circuit…READ MORE
Save the Date: Support Center 40th Anniversary Benefit April 19
Save the date for Support Center for Child Advocates' 40th Anniversary Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 19…READ MORE
Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies
- Disciplinary Board: Deadline Feb. 28
- Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Feb. 28
For more information on the available vacancies, click here.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network 2017 Excellence Awards Ceremony March 28
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network will host the 2017 Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel on Tuesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. The event will honor members and friends of the legal aid community who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people…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.
CLE - Directly Invest in Quality K-12 Education March 2
Changes to the Pennsylvania educational tax credit law and ways to leverage taxes and philanthropy
This CLE will focus on the little-known legislative updates to the Pennsylvania Educational Tax Credit Program (EITC), and its related Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program…READ MORE
CLE - 2017 March Probate Qtly: 10-Years of PA Uniform Trust March 7
Tin Anniversary: A Ten-Year Retrospective of the Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act
Hosted by the Probate & Trust Law Section
March 2017 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE
Pennsylvania's Uniform Trust Act, generally effective September 1, 2006, signaled a major sea-change for trusts and estates practitioners. Now that the honeymoon phase is over, has it been a happy marriage?
This CLE presentation examines how courts have applied various provisions of the Uniform Trust Act…READ MORE
CLE - Navigating Language Access In Legal Proceedings March 8
Presented with the American Translators Association
As a fundamental principle of law, fairness, and the fundamental right to justice, and to promote the integrity and accuracy of judicial proceedings, attorneys, judges and the courts, should provide a sound and reliable system of language access services. Persons participating in a legal environment should be able to do so in a language they understand and all parties should be able comprehend one another throughout the proceedings…READ MORE
CLE - Mindfulness and the Law March 9
Joint CLE program presented by the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Philadelphia Bar Association
The Philadelphia Bar Association is continuing the Mindfulness Series that was initiated in 2016 by the Business Law Section. The first offering of 2017 is a collaborative program between the Chicago Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association for this unique opportunity to explore the practice of mindfulness and how it can benefit your practice and your life…READ MORE
CLE - Tips and Practice Tools From the Workers' Comp Bench March 10
Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section
WCAIS Tips for the attorneys and their staff, including the recent releases and updates through March 2017
In this lunchtime CLE program, Workers' Compensation judges will provide practical guidance regarding the legal practices and procedures within their courtrooms. They will offer tips on Workers' Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS) to help attorneys and their staff with the litigation process…READ MORE
Full course calendar here.
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.