June 24, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 26
 |  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:

  • Golkow Business Law LLC
  • Jerner & Palmer, P.C.
  • Law Office of Roger F. Perry


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 found that if the City of Philadelphia spent $3.5 million annually to provide legal counsel for low-income tenants at risk of eviction it would save approximately $45.2 million annually.


Today: Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon June 24

Featuring the Association's annual Judge A. Leon 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.

2019 Public Interest, Law School Outreach Summer Brown-Bag Lunch Series

On July 11, 18 and 26, the Public Interest Section and Law School Outreach Committee will host the "2019 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series" from 12-1:30 p.m. These free programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their fields and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. Pre-register with Sharon BuckinghamREAD MORE


Save the Date: YLD Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Sept. 10

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!

A new SPIN on a classic event. Dust off your paddles, the YLD is now seeking sponsorships for its brand-new Table Tennis Tournament at SPIN Philadelphia on Sept. 10!

For more information on sponsorships…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

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!

VIDEO ENCORE - Not If But When: Planning For The Crisis That Will Strike Your Law Firm

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12 p.m.

In life and business, reputation is everything. It only takes one misstep to cause irreparable damage to a law firm and its attorneys. And it's not if, but when because life happens, mistakes happen and crises happen to law firms of all sizes and areas of practice. What is your law firm doing to proactively protect its most valuable asset - its reputation? This video-encore program addresses the elements needed for a viable crisis communications plan, working through the six stages of a crisis - scenario-style, and things a firm can do to manage its reputation before, during and after a crisis…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

VIDEO ENCORE - Vicarious Trauma and Burnout: Supportive Self-Care Strategies When Working With Clients in Crisis

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12 p.m.

Through the course of their work, legal advocates and social service professionals are exposed to the stories, images, experiences and emotions of people who have faced trauma and adversity. This video-encore CLE program will examine vicarious trauma and related concepts of compassion fatigue and burnout, and identify self-care strategies and supports that help maintain professional competency and enhance personal well-being…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - The Reintroduction of Reconsideration in Pennsylvania

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

The Social Security Administration has re-implemented Reconsideration across the country including Pennsylvania, scheduled to begin in April of 2019. This luncheon video-encore CLE will address how the Bureau of Disability Determinations will implement Reconsideration; the determination process; and provide practical tips for Social Security practitioners…READ MORE

Impact of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Nonprofit Organizations

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.0 SUB

This luncheon presentation is designed to provide updates to lawyers representing nonprofit organizations on the changes in law under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and subsequent related guidance. Panelists wil discuss unrelated business taxable income silos, NOL limitations, excise taxes on private colleges and universities, executive compensation among other topics…READ MORE

Election Year Issues Impacting Nonprofits

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.0 SUB

All charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") are subject to very restrictive limitations on the amount of lobbying and political campaign activity they may conduct. During an election year, it is very important for organizations to be aware of the applicable rules. This timely program will help organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) to better navigate these sometimes complex and overly vague rules that limit lobbying activities and prohibit political campaign intervention…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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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