April 15, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 16
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 


Time to Renew Your Membership

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

  • Cooper Law Firm
  • Margolis Edelstein
  • Oxman Goodstadt Kuritz PC

Did You Know ?
Last year, the Young Lawyers Division raised enough funds to provide five full scholarships, including conference fees and hotel, to the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference for government or public interest YLD attorneys.


Save the Date: 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

  • Featuring "We're more than Lawyers." Share your non-billable experiences with us during our opening lunch.
  • For information about submitting CLE proposals for consideration, please contact Tara Phoenix.
  • For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

For more information, visit PhilaBenchBar.com


Deadline Today: Be a Mentor, Get a Mentor!

Chancellor Shelli Fedullo has launched a bar-wide Mentoring and Professional Development Initiative. Mentoring is no longer a one-size-fits-all model and this initiative is an association-wide effort to provide opportunities for mentoring in a variety of ways…READ MORE

Primary Election Day 2019 (May 21) Program: A Conversation with Mayors Edward G. Rendell and John F. Street April 23

Join the City Policy Committee on Tusday, April 23 at 12 p.m. and bring your questions ahead of Pennsylvania's primary election on May 21…READ MORE

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

FREE CLE program for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing

VIDEO ENCORE: April 16 - 9 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: April 30 - 4 p.m.


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.

CLE: Construction Accident Investigation 101

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

This program, sponsored by Fleisher Forensics, will provide attendees with an opportunity to obtain insight regarding construction liability matters. Panelists will offer guidance regarding how to approach a construction case and what issues may arise during the course of litigation…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

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 cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.

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

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2019. Through programs, grants, and partnerships, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation removes barriers to justice, engages the community in support of civil legal aid, and builds system-wide capacity in order to strengthen the provision of quality legal services and to ensure that all individuals understand their rights to equal justice under law. 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 - Cybersecurity: Top 10 Things Attorneys Need to Consider

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 12 p.m.

Everyday it seems that an attaclk or cyber-breach is reported in the news. It is clear that cybersecurity for law firms cannot, will not and should not be ignored. Unlike other threats to our clients that are more sporadic, cybersecurity is a daily threat and the law firm is the front line of the assault on our client's data. This video-encore program will address the top 10 tips law firms should consider when assessing whether their systems are "secure" enough to satisfy their ethical obligations and how to approach cybersecurity…READ MORE

Appellate Rule Making and Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This CLE will explore the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure. Featured speakers, two current members of the Pennsylvania's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Robert M. Palumbos (Vice Chair) and Ruxandra M. Laidacker, will address the appellate rule-making process, the recent amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure, and suggestions concerning current and future rules…READ MORE

HR for Solos, Small Firms & Small Businesses

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This programs will examine human resources issues facing solos, small firms and small businesses, including drafting of employee handbooks, compliance with state and Federal laws and regulations, the Philadelphia Fair Practices Act, FMLA requirements and leave policies…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.

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

JLC Leadership Prize May 1

The Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize event will be held at the National Constitution Center on Wednesday, May 1…READ MORE

VIP Tenant Representation Training May 14

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "The Nuts and Bolts of Representing a Tenant in Municipal Court: Introduction to Landlord/Tenant Law" at Cozen O'Connor on Tuesday. May 14 from 8:30–11:00 a.m…READ MORE

VIP Custody Training May 15

Philadelphia VIP will hold the training "Custody: Providing Stability for Families" on Wednesday, May 15 at from 12:00–2:30 p.m…READ MORE


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