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May 15, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 21
 |  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:

  • Aversa & Linn, P.C.
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Harvey, Pennington Ltd.

Primary Election Tomorrow: 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

June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Hyatt at The Bellevue June 2

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2017 June Quarterly Meeting and Reception at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Friday, June 2 at 12 p.m. Former Secretary General of Interpol and law clerk to Judge Higginbotham, Ronald K. Noble, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture and the 2017 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project…READ MORE

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

Next Sunday: 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

Deadline May 26: LGBT Rights Ctte. Seeks Nominations for Rosenblum Award

The David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award is open to law students who have shown a commitment to the LGBT community. Nominees must have been enrolled in good standing in an accredited law school in the Greater Philadelphia Area for at least one semester during the 2016-2017 academic year. All such law students are eligible, regardless of orientation or gender identity…READ MORE

Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program's Kick-Off Event June 5

The Public Interest Section is pleased to announce the formation of a new mentorship program for public interest attorneys. Join us on Monday, June 5th, from 4 to 6 PM in the 11th Floor Conference Center at 1101 Market Street for the Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program’s kick-off event. The Public Interest Attorney Mentorship Program is a collaboration between the Public Interest Section, the Public Interest Alumni Network, and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia…READ MORE

Memorial for Judge Shapiro June 15

The judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania cordially invite you to attend a special session of the court in memory of Hon. Norma L. Shapiro in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse on Thursday, June 15 at 3 p.m…READ MORE

New Venue: Workers' Comp Spring Party at Morgan's Pier June 1

The Workers' Compensation Section is on the move…moving its Spring Party to Morgan's Pier! Sip, savor and socialize at Philadelphia's "Backyard Beer Garden" right along the Delaware River Waterfront on Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a selection of craft beer, summer cocktails, sangria and more! Registration includes 2 drink tickets, snacks, sliders, sides and Morgan’s famous flatbreads…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

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.

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

Wine Tasting With Philadelphia Bar Association and PICPA June 1

Please join PICPA and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Probate and Trust Law and Tax Sections for a wine tasting event at Spasso Italian Grill on Thursday, June 1. Registration is $35 however, the first 25 people to RSVP to Tracey McCloskey at will receive complimentary admission. For more info…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 - Major Trials Judge Pro Tempore Training May 16

For more than twenty years, the First Judicial District (FJD) Case Management system has resulted in the timely disposition of civil matters filed in Philadelphia. A necessary and integral part is the Dispute Resolution Center's Judge Pro Tempore (JPT) program…READ MORE

CLE - A Power of Attorney is Not "Just A Form" May 18

Hosted by the Solo, Small and Medium Firm Committee and Probate and Trust Law Section

Tips for Solo, Small and Medium Firm Lawyers about the Many Traps Lurking in Powers of Attorney

As attorneys, we are often asked by friends and family to draft documents - including (if not especially) Powers of Attorney. Seems simple enough to throw together a "form" Power of Attorney, right? ...WRONG…READ MORE

CLE - Closing the Deal, Securing the Data - Privacy and Data Protection in M&A Transactions May 19

Hosted by the Cyberlaw and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees of the Business Law Section

If you acquire a company without duly vetting its data protection practices, you are buying a cat in the sack and opening yourself up to great potential risk and cost.

This CLE program will highlight the key concerns when considering a target for acquisition. Panelists will examine how to assess how data is protected, what questions to ask and which documents to review…READ MORE

CLE - Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses: The Pros and Cons May 22

Hosted by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

This CLE program addresses perhaps one of the the most pressing "hot" topics in the field of alternative dispute resolution, particularly in consumer and nursing home cases, Pre-dispute Arbitration Clauses.

More and more companies are inserting these arbitration clauses in contracts, especially consumer contracts, nursing home contracts and stock broker contracts, among others…READ MORE

CLE - 2017 June Probate Qtly: Conflicts-Tips for T&E Lawyers June 5

June 2017 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting and CLE

Sponsored by:

PNC Wealth Management

Tips for Estate Planners, Estate Administrators and Fiduciary Litigators

As an estate planner, are you kept awake at night wondering about the conflicts associated with representing both family relationships and family business interests?…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

Telemundo 62 Immigration Phone Bank May 18

Telemundo 62 is holding an immigration phone bank Thursday, May 18 and invites the Spanish speaking Philadelphia Bar Association lawyers familiar with immigration law to participate. They'll be answering immigration questions from viewers. The phone conversations will not be broadcast but lawyers will appear in the background on camera…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

Justinian Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception June 12

The Justinian Foundation and The Justinian Society cordially invite you to support and attend its Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception honoring Gino Benedetti, general counsel, SEPTA on Monday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m…READ MORE

Philly VIP Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students June 19

This VIP signature event on Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. is for summer associates and law students in Philadelphia, to engage with pro bono in our city and discover the life-changing impact their efforts can have on individuals and families. Featured speakers will include Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and convener of "Take Action Philly." Law students will enjoy a networking lunch with judges of the First Judicial District, board members and other legal community leaders. Registration is $25 per person (unpaid legal interns/public service law clerks are able to attend at no charge). Please RSVP at For more information, please contact Joanna Volpe at

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