July 15, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 29
 |  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:

  • Krakower & Mason
  • Law Firm of Caroline Goldner Cinquanto, LLC
  • Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC

Affinity Bar Quizzo

Register Today: Affinity Bar Quizzo Championship July 18

100% of the registration fees ($10) will go toward a lottery fund to award scholarships to the 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference for a YLD member who is a public interest or government attorney.

Love trivia? Possess a wealth of knowledge about all things obscure? Come compete against your friends and colleagues at the annual installment of the Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship on Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m…READ MORE


Registration Open: 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

The theme of 2019 Bench-Bar, focusing on Philadelphia's future with a series of talks, courses and plenaries that will provide the opportunity to earn CLE and CJE credits, as well as to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey McCloskey.

All registration information is at PhilaBenchBar.com. Course content coming soon!

FREE CLE: Biased? Me? - Decision-Making and Litigating in a Divided Nation

FREE CLE program for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

So much of the practice of law involves decision-making and convincing others to make better decisions based upon fact rather than emotion. Our own opinions may conflict with those of our clients or communities. What is "false consensus" and how does that harden viewpoints? Can we manage those in a way that results in effective counsel? Learn the hurdles to understanding how we involuntarily make decisions, and strategies to re-frame issues for success.


Aug. 6 - 9 a.m. (LIVE)

Aug. 15 - 4:30 p.m. (VIDEO ENCORE)

Aug. 29 - 9 a.m. (VIDEO ENCORE)

Federal Courts Committee Lunch & Learn: Issues of Concern to Federal Court Litigators July 17

Please join the leadership of the Federal Courts Committee for an informal discussion of issues facing federal court litigators on Wednesday, July 17 at noon…READ MORE

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

On July 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

Did You Know ?
In 2018, the Philadelphia Bar Association's CLE program offered 196 courses that were attended by 5,713 people.


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!

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

VIDEO ENCORE - Notions on Oceans of Criminal Motions: A Map and Guidebook to CP Criminal Motions Court

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH

The program offers "how-to" guidance by those present and overseeing cases every day in Criminal Motions Court. Panelists will address the return of property, forfeiture, fugitives from justice cases, bail motions, Nebbia hearings, the ethics involved in these hearings and so much more…READ MORE

How to Handle Social Security Disability Continuing Disability Reviews

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This practical luncheon program will examine Social Security Disability Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR); explain the CDR legal standard and how it differs from initial determinations; describe the CDR process and provide practical tips for handling CDR cases…READ MORE

Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9 a.m.

This CLE program, presented by USI and the Insurance Programs Committee, will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Attend and earn a discount on your malpractice insurance, advised and administered by USI Affinity…READ MORE

Settle Down: Recent Trends in Employment Arbitration

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1612 (2018), holding that class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements, including agreements between employers and their employees, are permissible and enforceable. Basically, the Federal Arbitration Act can override the NLRB provisions in allowing arbitration and precluding class actions. What does this all mean for employers and employees moving forward? Attend this program to hear the panel's examination of the recent trends in employment arbitration after Epic Systems. Receive practical tips and guidance for alternative dispute resolution in employment cases…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 9 a.m.

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

Iron Hill Brewery-Center City to Donate 20% of Dinner Food Bills to CBAP July 23

Eat dinner, support the Consumer Bankrupcy Assistance Project! Have dinner at Iron Hill Brewery-Center City on Tuesday, July 23 and 20% of your food bill will be donated to CBAP…READ MORE