May 20, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 21
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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

  • German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.
  • Kaufman Coren & Ress
  • Law Office of Guy Vilim

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 membership-renewal prize drawing!

  • Phillies/Diamondbacks Tickets - Caroline Buck
  • Free Bench-Bar Registration - Paul Lancaster Adams
  • $100 STARR Restaurant gift card - Barbara Young

Did You Know ?
The Association's CLE program was named the #1 Continuing Legal Education Provider in the Legal Intelligencer’s "Best Of" for 2018.


Vote in Tomorrow's Primary!

Visit for the list of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention ratings. Share with your family, friends and colleagues!

Submissions Due June 20: 2019 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'Pursuit of Justice' Legal 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 writing and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission…READ MORE

Nominations for Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award Due May 24

The LGBT Rights Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award. The award honors the memory of David M. Rosenblum, the late legal director of Mazzoni Center, a tireless lawyer and advocate, and an LGBT organizer while in law school…READ MORE

Pennsylvania's New Course in Education Policy June 6

The Education Law Committee Meeting will host Pedro A. Rivera, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, on Thursday, June 6 at 12 p.m. Secretary Rivera will talk about major educational initiatives and issues at the K-12 and post-secondary level…READ MORE


Save the Date : When the Rule of Law Fails - Lessons of the Holocaust June 18

Please save Tuesday, June 18 from 4-6 p.m. on your calendar for this program. More details to come!

Through May 31: Education Law Committee Book Drive

The Education Law Committee is conducting a book drive to provide new summer reading books to K-8 students at Mastery Grover Cleveland Elementary School to help prevent "the summer slide," the documented loss of reading skills over the summer when students don't have books at home to read…READ MORE


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

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

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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.

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.


Vote Philadelphia Bar Association CLE "Best Of" for 2019. Vote for us at 48 and 49 by clicking HERE!

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!

The New Title IX Regulations and Their Expected Impact

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This program will provide an overview of the new Title IX regulations from the U.S. Department of Education and analyze their anticipated impact on all levels of education, from elementary to post-secondary. After a brief presentation summarizing new regulations, which are expected to be approved shortly, panelists will explore how the new regulations will change schools' enforcement policies and handling of Title IX-related investigations and cases…READ MORE

Be the Judge, Be the Jury…Become an Arbitrator!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2 p.m.

Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Conservatorship Law 101

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

This video-encore CLE program, originally presented as a collaboration between the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PCDC), provides an explanation of the provisions of the amended Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Law; examples of how the law has been used in Philadelphia since the 2014 amendments; as well as best practices for success in implementing the law into your practice…READ MORE

The First Step Act: Effect of Amendments in Pending Drug and 924(c) Cases

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

On December 21, 2018, the First Step Act was signed into law, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that modifies sentencing laws, expands job training, and takes additional steps intended to reduce recidivism…READ MORE

#MeToo Legislative Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In this CLE program, a panel will discuss the status of recent legislation and whether these bills appropriately address the workplace problems #MeToo has highlighted…READ MORE

The Way Forward After Wayfair

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

In this timely program, panelist will address Pennsylvania and Philadelphia's responses to Wayfair, as well as the wide-reaching implications of the decision, not only for out-of-state and e-Commerce retailers with respect to sales and use taxes, but also its potential impact on the overall concept of economic nexus and a state's ability to impose various types of taxes, including income and gross receipts taxes…READ MORE

2019 June Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly

Getting Your Head Out of the Cloud: Digital Assets in Estate Planning and Estate Administration

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.0 SUB/1.0 ETH

This 2019 June Probate Section Quarterly Meeting CLE will specifically familiarize Pennsylvania practitioners with the transitory nature of legislation which governs digital assets in 2019, allowing them to plan for the statutory change while also abiding by current federal and state laws. Attendees will learn how to plan for, safeguard and transfer digital assets not only in their practices, but in their personal lives as well…READ MORE

2019 Federal Bench Bar Conference

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 2:15 p.m.
3.5 Substantive CLE credits
2.0 Substantive CJE credits

The 2019 Federal Bench-Bar Conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee in collaboration with the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, is a half day educational event that is always eagerly anticipated by federal court practitioners and judges. An informal, educational favorite continues, with CLE and networking with colleagues and judges! More details to come…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

GALLOP Participating in 2019 Pride Run June 9

GALLOP will be participating in the 2019 Pride Run on Sunday, June 9. The course will follow the historic Philadelphia Pride Parade route in Center City Philadelphia, and runners can choose either the 5K Race or a 1.5-mile Fun Run. Proceeds from the run will go toward funding key programs at the William Way LGBT Community Center. GALLOP runners will meet at UBar on the corner of Locust and Camac streets at 9:30 a.m. To register for the run, please go to

Philly VIP Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic July 11

Philadelphia VIP will hold a nonprofit legal assessment clinic at the Free Library on Thursday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m…READ MORE


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