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March 20, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 12
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2017

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2017 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Kaufman Coren & Ress, P.C.
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled
  • PearsonKoutcher, LLP

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

DA Forum

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

2017 Spring Qtly

NEW LOCATION: Philadelphia DA Candidate Chancellor's Forum April 4

NEW LOCATION! We've received an overwhelming response to our April 4 Philadelphia District Attorney Race Chancellor's Forum, so we're moving it to Moore College of Art & Design. Join us and learn about your candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney…READ MORE

2017 Spring Qtly

Decision 2017: Superior Court Candidates April 18

The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host candidates for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania at a Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 4 - 5:30 p.m…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

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.

Brandeis Survivors Club Book Event March 22

The Brandeis Law Society will be hosting a book event on March 22, 2017 in co-sponsorship with the Philadelphia Bar Association. Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat have written a powerful memoir of Michael's experience as one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz…READ MORE

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 - Ethics of Pro Bono Representation & Naturalization March 20

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

In a time where immigration law faces many uncertainties, naturalization is the best defense to deportation. This CLE course will focus on the ethics of Pro Bono representation and an overview of the Naturalization Process…READ MORE

CLE - Family Law Training: Permanency Planning for Immigrants March 21

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

This CLE program provides training on something that has been coined, in other contexts, "permanency planning." Attendees will learn the tools for assisting mixed status families where parents of minors are facing deportation away from their U.S. citizen children…READ MORE

CLE - Citizenship Training: Naturalization 101 March 23

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

With recent changes to national immigration policies, many immigrants legally residing in the U.S. are anxious to complete the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The Philadelphia Bar Association, Ballard Spahr LLP and Esperanza Immigration Legal Services offer this CLE program to provide training for volunteer attorneys to enable them to help applicants complete the naturalization process…READ MORE

CLE - Mediating Before the EEOC March 24

Hosted by the Labor and Employment Committee

Each year, the number of Charges of Discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to increase. In Pennsylvania, 4,564 Charges of Discrimination were filed for FY 2016. Litigating these Charges at the agency level and later in court is time consuming and costly. The EEOC offers a voluntary mediation program that provides an efficient and economical alternative to litigation…READ MORE

CLE - Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance: An Ethics CLE March 27

Hosted by the Real Property Section

This CLE program will review the registration and reporting requirements imposed by the Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance and Regulations, including updates on clarifying advisory opinions and guidance issued by the Board of Ethics.

Panelists will focus on what real estate lawyers and their developer clients need to know lobbying in Philadelphia, including what contacts with the City are covered or what are exempt…READ MORE

Full course calendar 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

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

Support Center 40th Anniversary Benefit April 19

Join Support Center for Child Advocates for its 40th Anniversary Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, April 19…READ MORE

HIAS PA Golden Door Awards April 19

HIAS Pennsylvania will host its Annual Golden Door Awards Event: Breaking New Ground at the Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 19 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. The event will honor Mayor Jim Kenney for his commitment to keeping Philadelphia a Fourth Amendment City…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

NSC Global Tastes 2017 April 25

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) invites you to attend Global Tastes 2017, an evening of delicious food and great music in celebration of the diverse international communities at WHYY on April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. A VIP reception will precede the event at NSC from 5-6 p.m. At this event, Cristina Martinez, chef and co-owner of South Philly Barbacoa, will receive the Nationalities Service Award to honor her immigrant journey from Mexico to establish one of the country's top-10 new restaurants…READ MORE

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

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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