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March 13, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 11
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Time to Renew Your Membership

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

Current Judicial Commission Ratings

The review process for 2017 candidates for Judge of the Court of the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court has begun. For more details and a full list of judicial ratings…READ MORE

2017 Spring Qtly

2017 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception March 29

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2017 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. After last year's success, this year's Spring Quarterly Meeting will again be held as an evening networking reception…READ MORE

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.

YLD Seeking Sponsorships for Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides Fundraiser April 27

Back by popular demand, the Young Lawyers Division is again hosting its "Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides" fundraiser to benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Mark your calendars for a fun evening of bowling and beyond. Want to see your name in lights? YLD is now seeking sponsorships to support tournament teams…READ MORE

Outside Activity for Government and Public Service Lawyers March 15

Join the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee and the Young Lawyers Division on at March 15 at 4 p.m. Entering public service has become an increasingly popular career choice for new and seasoned attorneys, alike…READ MORE

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Meeting March 16

The Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee invites you to its meeting on Wednesday, March 16 featuring Margaret Klaw, Berner Klaw and Watson LLP, and Nicole D. Galli, Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC. If you are looking to meet and network with other small-, mid-size-firm and solo practitioners, join the Committee today! Please reach out to Committee Chair Maureen M. Farrell with any questions. To register …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.

Law School Outreach Happy Hour March 22

Join the Young Lawyers Division at its Law School Outreach Happy Hour at Tir na Nog on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. Help welcome new members into the Association and build your alma mater's numbers…READ MORE

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

Meet the Superior Court's Newest Judges April 3

Join the Appellate Courts Committee on April 3 at 12 p.m. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania's three newest judges will discuss their experiences so far on the bench and their varied paths…READ MORE

Foundation 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic June 12

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will host the 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic at Green Valley Country Club on Monday, June 12, 2017. Join your friends and colleagues and #ScoreforJustice at this premier golf and tennis event for Philadelphia's legal community to ensure justice for all…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 - Expungement Hearings Training March 13 and 14

Hosted by the Young Lawyers' Division

The expungement petition has been filed, now what?

Once the expungement petition has been filed a hearing date may be set. During a contested expungement hearing, the judge will conduct a balancing test weighing the right of the petitioner to be free from the harm of keeping the arrest record versus the Commonwealth's interest in preserving the record…

Register for March 13 HERE.

Register for March 14 HERE.

CLE - Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure March 15

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee

In this lunchtime CLE, panelists will examine the impact the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have made in the last year…READ MORE

CLE - Conservatorship Law 101 March 16

Hosted by the Real Property Section

One tool to eliminate blight in Pennsylvania is Act 135 of 2008, the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Law. The law, which provides for court-appointed conservators to bring residential, commercial and industrial buildings into municipal code compliance when owners fail-to comply, has been extensively used in Philadelphia since it became effective in 2009 and was amended in 2014…READ MORE

CLE - Adjustment of Status Training March 16

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

Numerous changes to national immigration policies have prompted immigration advocates and the legal community to mobilize and prepare to assist individuals looking to become lawful permanent residents. This CLE program will provide training to assist individuals with the completion and filing of adjustment of status paperwork…READ MORE

CLE - Which Way Do I(P) Go… Patent, Copyright or Other March 17

Hosted by the Intellectual Property Committee

An organization's or product's intellectual property is sometimes its biggest asset. This CLE program examines the intellectual property rights' protection of software.

Panelists will provide guidance regarding software protection by patent, software protection by copyright, as well as, licensing and other contracts that may be used to protect software…READ MORE

CLE - Bridge the Gap April 29

Additional "Bridge the Gap" Date Added!

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

Attend and meet your Bridge the Gap requirement before the April 30th deadline!

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Alternative Career Paths with a Law Degree March 16

The National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will present "Alternative Career Paths with a Law Degree" in a program on Thursday, March 16 at AIG, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Center City Conference Room, 40th Floor, Philadelphia, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more information…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

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

HAP Annual Benefit April 6

HAP will hold its Annual Benefit at the Sofitel on Thursday, April 6, from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. All proceeds will support HAP's work to provide legal services to homeless individuals and families. For ticket and sponsorship information…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

Save the Date: SeniorLAW Center Age Out Loud Gala May 17

SeniorLAW Center is proud to be at the forefront of helping to give aging a new voice by protecting seniors' rights and celebrating what getting older looks like today. Celebrate with them at the 2017 SenorLAW Center Gala…READ MORE

Registration Open: 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

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…READ MORE


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