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July 17, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 30
 |  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:

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Pinnola & Bomstein
  • Tucker Law Group

Registration Open: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, returning to Borgata in Atlantic City!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference remains the premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary, including the opportunity to earn CLE credits through unique course offerings…READ MORE

Networking Happy Hour: Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Mgmt. Cmte. July 27

You're invited to the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee networking happy hour at Strangelove's on Thursday, July 27.

Join your colleagues for a summertime get-together over appetizers and drinks at one of America's top-100 beer bars…READ MORE

Summertime Special: Bring a 'Walk-In' to CLE, Get Tuition Discount

Share the benefits of membership with your colleagues. For Philadelphia Bar Association members who bring a "walk-in" non-member to a CLE program anytime from June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017 and if the non-member joins on the spot, you both receive a discount…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.

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.

Join your colleagues in July for a month of must-see video-encore Philadelphia Bar Association CLE programs!

FREE CLE: American Health Care Act Update: Staying Current Aug. 10

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing! This CLE presentation will include an initial overview of the proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation and what's at stake for Pennsylvania in the advent of an ACA repeal and Medicaid reform…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Litigation Lessons from the VW Emissions Scandal: Privilege, Litigation Holds, and Lawyer Liability July 18

What ethics and practical lessons can be learned from this case?

The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal went as far as the in-house legal department. The pitfalls encountered by counsel there confront all litigators. Using the VW case as a starting point, experienced panelists in professional responsibility, e-discovery and corporate litigation will provide insight into best practices regarding ethical and practical issues confronting litigators today…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Ethical Implications of Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation July 19

Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE): Ethical Traps for Lawyers and Navigating the Challenges of Diminished Financial Capacity

As demonstrated by the sensational Brooke Astor case and other less notorious examples, a lawyer who is ignorant of elder investment fraud and financial exploitation (EIFFE) and of the signs of diminished financial capacity may fail to protect the client from harm or unwittingly participate in the client’s victimization. Such lawyers may face professional discipline, liability for malpractice, or even criminal charges…READ MORE

Update on the New FJD Court-Appointed Conflict Counsel Procedures and Fees July 27

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

On June 26, 2017, the First Judicial District’s Administrative Governing Board set forth an order for increases in court-appointed counsel fees, as well as updates in procedures relating to counsel fees. These changes will apply to all appointments received after July 1, 2017. The new system marks a significant development toward the fight for justice for Philadelphia’s indigent clients…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap Aug. 2

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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


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