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April 24, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 18
 |  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:

  • Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
  • Law Offices of Jonathan Wheeler, P.C.
  • PearsonKoutcher, LLP

Tomorrow: 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

Register by April 25 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

Lawyers and Climate Change April 28

On April 28, 2017, the day before the climate march in Washington, D.C., a group of leading lawyers and academics will convene at American University for a half-day conference to consider potential solutions to the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers and associations of lawyers in advancing those solutions…READ MORE

Judicial Commission: Volunteers Needed for May 16 Primary

Are you interested in making a real, meaningful difference in Philadelphia on Election Day? The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention needs volunteers to work half or full-day shifts during the primary election on Tuesday, May 16 to hand out its judicial candidate ratings to voters at approximately 100 polling places across the city. This is part of a massive effort to not just promulgate the ratings more effectively, but to collect data for use in future judicial election years.

Please note: You do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort! Encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well!

Shifts will be from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-8 p.m. If you can commit to working one of these shifts, please email Matt Olesh at with your name, shift preference, email address and cell phone number.

Deadline May 19: Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Writing Competition

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. The following information is provided to encourage your participation…READ MORE

Legislative Action Center: Oppose a Sales Tax on Legal Services

Currently, legal services are exempt from the sales tax in Pennsylvania. However, there is a proposal being discussed in the General Assembly to broaden the application of the sales tax to include many professional services, including most legal services… READ MORE

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

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.

Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon May 5: Ingram to Receive 2017 Hampton Award

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for the 2017 Martha Hampton Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Society Hill on Friday, May 5 at 12 p.m. Niki T. Ingram, shareholder, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., is the recipient of the 2017 Martha Hampton Award! The Section is pleased to welcome Wendy Tyson as its keynote speaker. Tyson is an author, lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. The Section also will present the 2017 Irvin Stander Award to Kennedy A. Costantino, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law at the luncheon…READ MORE

Commerce Court Reception May 8

Join the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee for its annual Commerce Court Reception at the Westin Philadelphia on Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m…READ MORE

Foundation New Website Launch Party May 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to mark the launch of its new website and its enhanced capacity to promote access to justice in Philadelphia at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Senior Lawyers Committee Meeting May 12

You are invited to join the kick-off of the newly rejuvenated Senior Lawyers Committee on Friday, May 12 at 12 p.m. At this organizational meeting we will discuss creating a new committee name and planning projects for 2017. All committee members are urged to attend in person…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

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

  • Appellate Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline April 30
  • Civil Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline April 30
  • Minor Judiciary Education Board: Deadline April 30
  • Minor Judiciary Education Board: Deadline April 30
  • Continuing Legal Education Board: Deadline April 30

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Last Week of April Compliance!

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 27

VIDEO ENCORE 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 - Using Technology at Trial on a Budget April 24

Co-hosted and Co-sponsored by the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee, State Civil Litigation Section and the Brehon Law Society

After watching courtroom scenes on television and in movies, juries expect to see technology at trial. However, as attorneys, we know that hiring an outside company to help you with technology at trial can be costly! With the use of an iPad and projector, you can impress the jury by showing them exhibits on a big screen, mark them up with highlighting, a pen or other tools; and show pictures, videos and more…READ MORE

CLE - Women and Investing: A Behavioral, Demographic and Lifestyle Perspective April 25

Hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee

Sponsored by The Bonnette Ross Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

At home and in the workplace, the role of American women has dramatically evolved over the last century - and even the last decade. Women have higher incomes than before and account for 51.6 percent of all workers in the high-paying management, professional and related occupations…READ MORE

CLE - "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training April 26

Presented by: The Center for Excellence in Advocacy of the Support Center for Child Advocates

Join colleagues to hear dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can give a voice to child victims of abuse and neglect. Attendees will receive step-by-step instruction on the law and standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases.

A Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) works as part of a team with a Child Advocates social worker to provide legal representation and social service advocacy to an abused/neglected child or sibling group in Philadelphia County…READ MORE

CLE - DUI/Birchfield Update: Refusals, Blood Tests, Self-Incrimination Warnings and Right to Counsel April 27

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

In this timely CLE program, experienced panelists will examine recent developments in post-Birchfield litigation especially in the Philadelphia courts. They will explore the constitutionality of implied consent warnings and offer guidance regarding litigation strategies for pretrial motions and sentencing in blood test and refusal DUI cases…READ MORE

CLE - To Object or Not Object - That Is The Question April 28

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee

This April 28th date replaces the Federal Courts April 19th committee meeting date.

In this compelling Federal Court Committee CLE program, panelists examine the strategy and necessity of objections and other aspects of trial. The panelists discuss how potential appellate issues affect their trial strategy…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

20th Annual Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart May 1-2

Join the American Heart Association for a family friendly day at Citizens Bank Park on May 1-2! Whether you are entertaining clients, rewarding your employees or gifting this to a family member you are sure to have a memorable experience! This home-run derby style event allows participants to take 20 swings at home plate…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

Military Assistance Project Charity Golf Outing May 22

The Military Assistance Project, for the first time, is hosting a charity golf outing at at ValleyBrook Country Club on Monday, May 22. The day will include lunch/registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.; followed by an afternoon of play at 1 p.m.; and a reception, silent auction, and awards dinner starting at 6 p.m. For details, to register, or to become a sponsor for this event…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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