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March 27, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 14
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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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 Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum April 4

NEW LOCATION! We've received an overwhelming response to our April 4 Philadelphia District Attorney Race Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum, so we're moving it to Moore College of Art & Design. The Forum will be generously sponsored by LexisNexis. 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

Chancellor's Forum With Area Law Deans, Moderated by YLD Chair Matt Olesh April 25

The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will host a panel of deans from six area law schools at a Chancellor's Forum moderated by Young Lawyers Division Chair Matthew S. Olesh on Tuesday, April 25, 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.

Individual Registration Open 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…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.

FREE Philadelphia Bar Association CLE April 17

CLE - Litigation Lessons From the VW Emissions Scandal

Second FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee, the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee and the Young Lawyers Division

What ethics and practical lessons can be learned from this case?

The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal went as far as the in-house legal department. The pitfalls encountered by counsel there confront all litigators…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

CLE - Equal Pay for Equal Work: State of the Legal Profession March 28

Hosted by the Women in the Profession and the Labor & Employment Law Committees

Women are now the primary breadwinners in almost half of all American families with children-yet women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value. Here are a few key facts about the gender wage gap to keep in mind.

Women earn just 79 cents for every dollar made by men…READ MORE

CLE - Canon Law 101: The First Two Thousand Years March 28

Canon law is the internal ecclesiastical law, or operational policy, governing the Catholic Church. Canon Law is the oldest continuously functioning legal system. It is the only functioning legal system that is universal; it governs its one billion members worldwide. Though strictly defined by the Code of Canon Law, the way that such church law is legislated, interpreted and adjudicated, at times may vary…READ MORE

CLE - Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices March 29

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

Are you serving on a Nonprofit Board or considering it? Come learn what an attorney acting as a board member needs to understand about his or her legal and fiduciary duties and how to effectively advance the organization's goals and mission. This CLE will address the special issues facing lawyers who serve as board members, as well as, provide best practices to improve board performance and productivity…READ MORE

CLE - From Criminal Conviction to Civil Nightmare March 30

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

We are currently living in era of a self-described, "law and order" President and mass incarceration with the "war on drugs" as a significant byproduct. We are witnessing significant casualties from this "war" and not just the incarcerated defendant who is forced to serve jail time but his/her family and loved ones as well. The punishment continues even after the defendant is released from prison because of the stigma of a conviction. Add to this, immigration legislation forcing entire communities into a panic and threatening the stability of families, work forces, education entities and more…READ MORE

CLE - Directly Invest in Quality K-12th Education March 31

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

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

HBAPA In-House Counsel Panel April 4

Please join the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania on April 4 at 6 p.m. for a discussion with in-house counsel concerning the path to securing an in-house position, the benefits and challenges of the job, and successful networking and business development strategies. This is a free event…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

Deadline April 22: MLK Drum Major For Justice Advocacy Competition

The National Bar Association (NBA) and MetLife, Inc. continue to honor Dr. King's legacy through the NBA's signature program, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. This competition encourages high school juniors and seniors to express their views on a pre-selected topic and is designed to allow these students to become aware of current events/issues and analyze these issues while enhancing their public speaking and oratorical skills…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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