March 25, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 13
 |  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! Time's running out!

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

  • Galfand Berger, LLP
  • Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
  • Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Did You Know ?
The Criminal Justice Section sponsored a resolution opposing the use of risk assessment tools in jail sentencing, which was passed by the Board of Governors in May 2018.


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

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 Filed 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



Nominations Due April 5: Workers' Compensation Martha Hampton Award

The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is presently seeking nominations for the 19th 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

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

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


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.

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

Climate Change: Role of Lawyers in Addressing Climate Change April 18

On April 18, 2019, a group of leading lawyers and law professors will convene in person at locations across the United States to discuss the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers in advancing solutions. The locations will all be linked by live video/audio feeds. This is the third year in a row for this national conference on this important subject. This year’s conference will feature leading experts addressing the most important aspects of the climate crisis from a legal perspective. The conference will also address ways in which lawyers can work to make a difference on this subject of grave concern to our well-being and future…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!

VIDEO ENCORE: Using the Law to Solve Climate Change

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This video-encore program will address (1) the legal landscape for solutions to climate change, (2) the case for carbon pricing policies, (3) the authority under Pennsylvania law for carbon pricing; and (4) a specific proposal for using carbon pricing to make Pennsylvania a leader in fighting climate change while generating revenues for the Commonwealth…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE: New Clean Slate Law: Automation and Expansion of the Criminal Record Sealing Process in Pennsylvania

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 4 p.m.

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 video-encore 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…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

VIDEO ENCORE: Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive & Living Will

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This practical video-encore program examines a basic trifecta of estate planning documents, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and Living Will. Panelists address issues practitioners must consider when drafting a Power of Attorney to avoid problems for their clients and their clients' families down the road. Attendees will gain insights on how to craft effective POAs as well as tips for advocacy. Panelists also offer guidance on living wills and health care directives, including exploring the difference between a living will and power of attorney and what documents may work best together. The program will highlight changes in the law and considerations when discussing the delicate issue of the need for these documents with clients…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

VIDEO ENCORE: Best Practices in Settlement Conferences before United States Magistrate Judges

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This video-encore presentation, featuring United States Magistrate Judges, will examine settlement conferences involving labor and employment cases. The judges will discuss best practices and offer guidance to practitioners to achieve a successful outcome…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9 a.m.

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

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

Philadelphia VIP Guardianship Training April 24

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "Guardianship: Giving Families Legal Authority to Care for Incapacitated Loved Ones" at Blank Rome LLP on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30–11:00 a.m…READ MORE


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