Aug. 5, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 32
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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 and WEBCAST)

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

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

2019 Lavender Law in Philadelphia: Kings & Qweens Gayla Aug. 7

The LGBT Rights Committee, GALLOP, LGBT Bar NY, Lambda Legal and the National Trans Bar Association are hosting the "Kings & Qweens Gayla" welcome reception for the 2019 Lavendar Law Conference being held in Philadelphia, Aug. 7-9. Registration is required…READ MORE

Did You Know ?
The Philadelphia Bar Association created the LGBT Rights Committee 22 years ago? For more, click here. Happy Lavender Law!


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

Due Sept. 3: Nominations Sought for Brennan Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 11-12.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for considerationREAD MORE

2019 Bench-Bar

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

Course content coming soon!

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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.


Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Aug. 31
  • Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board: Deadline Aug. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click 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!

Wild World of Jury Selection

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12 p.m.

In this two-hour program, journey into the Wild World of Jury Selection with judges Marlene F. Lachman and Lisa M. Rau. The judges and experienced trial attorneys will offer insight and guidance into proper and improper styles in dealing with potential jurors, including an update on Trigg v. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Panelists will also address current rules that are in place and areas where a rule is not necessarily on point…READ MORE

Alternative Treatments in Chronic Pain Management: Ethically Treating Outside of Opioids

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

In this two-hour ethics program, interventional pain medicine specialist Dr. H. David Qu, alongside defense attorney Andrea Rock and claimant's counsel Maureen Cassidy, will examine different methods of pain management available to claimants outside of opioids. The program will outline the current state of the opioid crisis, and will focus on both basic and advanced alternative methods of treating and managing pain, as well as, address ethical issues with recommending or approving of each type of treatment…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Representing Clients in Domestic Violence Matters

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

This video-encore program offers attendees a valuable primer on protection from abuse actions in Philadelphia. Panelists provide guidance and helpful practice pointers regarding handling protection from abuse cases from start to finish, including contempt actions. This is a must attend program for any practitioners that handle protection from abuse actions in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Understanding the Legal Rights of the Most Vulnerable: Representing Undocumented Minors during the Current Administration

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This program will address the various legal challenges that undocumented minors and their families are facing in the current political landscape. Panelists will also talk about the different legal reliefs that may be available to protect these minors' rights and legal interests. Topics discussed will include SIJ, asylum, custody proceedings involving unaccompanied minors, public benefits and medical insurance…READ MORE

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

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 - 12:30 PM

This video-encore presentation 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

Compulsory Arbitration Tips and Techniques: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Often times, given the demanding nature of the legal profession, and litigation in particular, we find ourselves lost in the past or worrying about the future, which can inevitably exacerbate feelings of anxiety, eventually leading to burn-out. With mindfulness, we can learn how to cultivate awareness of the mind-body state, which in turn, allows us to foster greater self-care so that we can recognize and better serve our own needs, as well as the needs of our clients. In this CLE, learn how to identify, implement and utilize mindfulness tools to obtain optimal outcomes at trial…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.


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