March 18, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 12
 |  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!

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2019 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Dashevsky, Horwitz, Kuhn, Novello & Shorr, P.C.
  • Hofstein Weiner & Meyer, P.C.
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

Did You Know ?
Last year, every officer of the Probate and Trust Law Section called Association members that had not renewed their memberships.


Save the Date: 'Honoring Our History' Reception & Dinner April 16

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for "Honoring Our History," a Spring reception and dinner at VIE on Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. Registration includes full-bar reception with three-course surf-and-turf dinner and complimentary valet parking. We will be honoring Immediate-Past Chancellor Mary F. Platt, recognizing our year club members and presenting our prestigious Bar Medal to Mark A. Aronchick and Abraham C. Reich…READ MORE

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

Cheryl Ingram Award Reception April 2

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its Cheryl Ingram Award Reception featuring the presentation of the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award to Ruthellen Landau at the Field House on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. Rue Landau has spent the past 20 years as a community leader, activist, public servant and proud member of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community, and currently serves as the executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations…READ MORE

FREE CLE: Ethical Obligations of 'Supervising' and 'Subordinate' Lawyers

FREE CLE program for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9 a.m. (LIVE/WEBCAST)

This 2-hour CLE, presented in two episodes in the Professional Life of a Lawyer, will illustrate issues arising under Pa. RPC 5.1-5.3 and the dilemma each presents for lawyers. Our panel will address effective, and ethical procedures to comply with the RPC when faced with those or similar issues…READ MORE



Decision 2019 Superior Court Candidate Forum May 7

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the Philadelphia Bar Association are pleased to co-host Decision 2019 on Tuesday, May 7 at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central at 5 p.m., an interactive forum with the candidates for Pennsylvania's Superior Court. During this 90-minute moderated forum, the candidates will answer questions about their experience and why they seek election to the Superior Court. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

There is no cost to attend, but we encourage everyone to register in advance…READ MORE


40th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5 & 10K Run-Walk May 19

Change the story for abused and neglected children. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Bar Association Run/Walk! To celebrate this exciting milestone we have added a 10K race option! Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park for a 10K Run, a 5K Run or a 5K Walk. Your support helps abused children find more stable lives…READ MORE

Blanket & Pillow Drive March 4-May 6

The Family Law Section is sponsoring an association-wide drive for blankets and pillows of all sizes to be donated to families transitioning in and out of the shelter system across Philadelphia. The donations may be directlry shipped to the participating shelters, or dropped off at one of the designated drop-off locations…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 or 215-238-6326.

New Location: GALLOP Spring Networking Reception March 21

GALLOP is hosting a spring networking reception at ATTICO on March 21 at 5:30 p.m. It is excited to offer this event as an opportunity to meet and congratulate Hon. Idee C. Fox on her new role as President Judge of the First Judicial District. Judge Fox is the first member of the LGBTQ+ community to hold this position and has graciously agreed to be our guest of honor…READ MORE


Paradigm Award Luncheon Honoring Jami Wintz McKeon March 21

Celebrate the most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia — the Paradigm Award. The Paradigm Award is presented annually during Women's History Month to a businesswoman whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success. Please join us in recognizing the achievements of the 2019 honoree, Jami Wintz McKeon, chair, Morgan Lewis at The Bellevue Hotel on Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m…READ MORE

Calalang Honored at VLAA Annual Reception & Alumni Awards April 11

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean, and the Villanova Law Alumni Association cordially invite you to join them in honoring the 2019 Alumni Award recipients at the Annual Reception and Alumni Awards Presentation at The Union League of Philadelphia on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

At the reception, Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Chair Kristine L. Calalang will receive the VLAA Gerald Abraham Award for Service to the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law…READ MORE

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

  • PA Board of Law Examiners: Deadline March 31
  • Appellate Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline March 31
  • Civil Procedural Rules Committee (two positions): Deadline March 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!

Spotting Competency and Cognitive Deficit Issues in Litigants

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

This program will help judges, judicial staff, counsel, and other interested professionals recognize conditions that may result in the incapacity of litigants in the Philadelphia Municipal Court as well as strategies for addressing such incapacity…READ MORE

Not If But When: Planning For The Crisis That Will Strike Your Law Firm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In life and business, reputation is everything. It only takes one misstep to cause irreparable damage to a law firm and its attorneys. And it's not if, but when because life happens, mistakes happen and crises happen to law firms of all sizes and areas of practice. What is your law firm doing to proactively protect its most valuable asset - its reputation? This program addresses the elements needed for a viable crisis communications plan, working through the six stages of a crisis - scenario-style, and things a firm can do to manage its reputation before, during and after a crisis…READ MORE

2019 Update on Support Rules

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

The rules regarding the calculation of child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony have changed with the passing of the federal tax bill. This program will provide attendees with an in-depth update on those important changes…READ MORE

Discovery and Civility in Workers' Compensation

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This program will examine the best practices from the defense and claimant perspective regarding discovery in Workers' Compensation cases from the initiation of the claim through the closure of a claim and/or litigation. The applicable case law, sections of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, judge's rules and regulations, and civil procedure regarding discovery will be addressed. Panelists will explore various scenarios, the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as civility in the practice of workers' compensation…READ MORE

It's Not What You Make That Counts…It's What You Keep and How You Manage It: The Confluence of Fiduciary Responsibility and Financial Wellness

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In this program, we will explore prudent investment practice for plan sponsors under both ERISA and Pennsylvania's Prudent Investor Rule. We will also address retirement readiness and its impact on personal well-being and professional productivity. We will demonstrate how plan sponsor fiduciary responsibility and financial wellness training in the workplace addresses this dual crisis in America. We will provide you with clear steps to improve your retirement readiness and arm you with the tools and information you need to help your employer improve your outcomes…READ MORE

Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9 a.m.

This CLE program, presented by USI and the Insurance Programs Committee, will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Attend and earn a discount on your malpractice insurance, advised and administered by USI Affinity…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Philly VIP Probate Training March 21

Philadelphia VIP will hold a training titled "Probate Resolving Title Issues to Keep Clients in Their Homes" at White & Williams LLP on Thursday, March 21…READ MORE

HAP Annual Benefit April 4

The Homeless Advocacy Project's 2019 Annual Benefit will be held at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotelon Thursday, April 4,from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The proceeds from the benefit support HAP's Legal Services programs…READ MORE

NSC Global Tastes 2019 April 4

The Nationalities Service Center will hold its Global Tastes 2019 at WHYY, on Thursday, April 4, from 7–10 p.m. Global Tastes is a celebration of Philadelphia's diverse communities through food and is the NSC's most important fundraiser of the year…READ MORE

Support Center Annual Benefit Reception & Auction April 10

Join the Support Center for Child Advocates for its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction honoring Malcolm Jenkins, of Philadelphia Eagles, and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation with the 2019 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award at the The Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 10, at 5 p.m…READ MORE

Sheppard Scholarship Fund Reception April 16

Please join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Temple University Beasley School of Law for the Sheppard Fellowship Reception on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Philadelphia City Hall's Conversation Hall. The reception will celebrate the accomplishments of 2018-2019 Fellow, Mackensie Larson, and honor the legacy of Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr., who served as a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge from 1983 to 2011. There is no fee to attend this event, however, registration is required. Please RSVP by April 8…READ MORE

Philadelphia VIP Divorce Law Training April 17

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "Divorce: Helping Clients Move On with Financial Stability" at Duane Morris LLP on Wednesday, April 17 at 12 p.m…READ MORE


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