June 17, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 25
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Ends June 28: Take the 2019 Philadelphia Bar Association Judicial Poll

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is conducting its poll concerning the qualifications of those judges seeking retention in November 2019. Your responses to the poll are anonymous. The Commission considers the percentage scores and anonymous comments for each judge along with other pertinent information developed in its investigation. The Commission will report its findings and recommendations to the legal community and to the public…READ MORE

Did You Know ?
On Nov. 13, 2018, the study, Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants, was published after being commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association and conducted pro bono by the Chicago-based international financial advisement firm, Stout Risius Ross, LLC.


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

Cohosted with the Brandeis Law Society

The Philadelphia Bar Association, in partnership with the Brandeis Law Society, is privileged to invite you to hear the stories of Don Greenbaum and Ernie Gross, liberator and liberated, along with a presentation from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht as we reflect on lessons of the Holocaust, when the rule of law fails…READ MORE


Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon June 24

Featuring the Association's annual Judge Leon A. Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture delivered by Charisse R. Lillie, CEO of CRL Consulting LLC, and the presentation of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to Judge Petrese B. Tucker, former Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania…READ MORE


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

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

More Than Lawyers: Sharing Your Non-Billable Experiences

At Bench-Bar 2019, we want to hear about the times that you have gone above and beyond with "More Than Lawyers: Sharing Your Non-Billable Experiences," a program featuring five six-minute talks about the Philadelphia lawyer's experiences outside of the office.

Tell your best story, impart a lesson or share your strangest experience of the legal life…READ MORE

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

For more information, visit PhilaBenchBar.com

New U.S. Marshal Procedure to Regulate Possession, Use of Cameras and Personal Electronic Devices

Effective June 3, 2019, the United States Marshal will implement a new procedure to regulate the possession and use of cameras and personal electronic devices, such as cellular telephones, smart phones, laptop computers, recording devices and tablet computers, by all visitors to all United States courthouses and other federal court locations in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This procedure is intended to ensure the personal security and privacy of parties, witnesses, judges, jurors, and counsel involved in court proceedings…READ MORE

Workers' Compensation Section Spring Party June 19

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for an early summer BBQ by the river's edge at Water Works by Cescaphe with top shelf open bar…READ MORE

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

Family Law Section Summer Reception June 25

Mix and mingle with your friends and colleagues of the Family Law Section high atop The Bellevue Hotel at the section's summer reception…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.

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!

Recent Decisions and Developments in Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law - 2019 Update

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

In this luncheon program, panelists will provide an update and overview of important relevant Pennsylvania court decisions on Pennsylvania eminent domain (condemnation) law, as well as recent developments in and changes to related statutory and regulatory law and local court procedures…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance: An Ethics CLE

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9 a.m.

This video-encore 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…READ MORE

Telemedicine: Criminal & Regulatory Overview

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.0 SUB

On April 9, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division announced federal indictments and law enforcement actions in one of the largest health care fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment marketing executives. DOJ charged 24 defendants for over $1.2 billion in losses. This charging highlights the need for providers of telemedicine services to evaluate their compliance efforts. This timely and informative CLE will provide an overview of the investigation, expected changes in the industry, recommendations for health care providers, as well as an overview of some key regulatory considerations to mitigate the possibility of civil enforcement actions…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - 2019 Update on Support Rules

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

The rules regarding the calculation of child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony have changed with the passing of the federal tax bill. This video-encore program will provide attendees with an in-depth update on those important changes…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - HR for Solos, Small Firms & Small Businesses

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This video-encore 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

Effective Practice in the Superior Court

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This CLE will offer practice pointers for appeals in the Superior Court, including what makes a persuasive brief and oral argument. Judges Panella and McLaughlin will also review the impact of recent appellate rule changes and strategies to avoid waiver of appellate issues…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Rewriting the Sentence Summit June 17

The Rewriting the Sentence 2019 Summit at Columbia University Law School is a high-level summit that aims to highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and programs that are currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, and look more deeply at their effectiveness and functional requirements. It will include a wide range of perspectives on these issues…READ MORE

Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception July 11

This event at Ballard Spahr LLP on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. celebrates the exceptional public service of students and lawyers in and around Philadelphia, and gives all an opportunity to meet and mingle over refreshments and light appetizers…READ MORE

Philly VIP Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic July 16

Philadelphia VIP will hold a nonprofit legal assessment clinic at the Free Library on Tuesday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m…READ MORE


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