Aug. 12, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 33
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Chancellor's Forum: When They See Us - The Case of the 'Central Park Five' Sept. 16

In 1989, five Black and Brown teenagers were accused of a horrific crime that shocked the nation. The brutal rape of the white "Central Park Jogger" was front-page news.

These five young men became the face of crime in America, leading to a 25-year saga through the criminal justice system that ended with their convictions being vacated in 2002…READ MORE

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

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

Did You Know ?
Philadelphia Bar Association offers webcasts of select LIVE CLE/CJE courses. Look for the Webcast Icon in the program description for availability. Visit the CLE calendar here. Register for credit today!


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


Due Sept. 6: Applications Open for the 2020 Board Observer Program

The award-winning Board Observer Program offers a unique experience for young lawyers and local nonprofits. The BOP provides the opportunity to serve for a year on a nonprofit board of directors through a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division. Observers have the opportunity to engage with a working Board, strengthen leadership skills, and grow their professional network. The deadline for individuals and organizations interested in participating in the 2020 program is Sept. 6, 2019…READ 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!


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

Vacationing, stuck in the office, at home or just avoiding the commute? Philadelphia Bar Association offers webcasts of select LIVE CLE/CJE courses. Look for the Webcast Icon in the program description for availability.

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 - 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 Webcast Icon

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 Webcast Icon

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

Equity and Adequacy: Funding and Equal Access in Philadelphia's Public Schools Webcast Icon

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

How are our public schools funded in Pennsylvania? Do all students have equal access to resources and opportunities in traditional public schools and charter schools across PA and in Philadelphia? This program will provide an overview of the state funding system for Pennsylvania's public schools, and the legal framework and equity issues presented in funding statewide as well as within the charter sector in Philadelphia…READ MORE

The Cases That Bring City Government To Federal Court: A Discussion of the City's Most Significant Litigation in Recent Times Webcast Icon

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Please join the Federal Courts Committee for a candid conversation with Philadelphia's chief legal officer, City Solicitor, Marcel S. Pratt. Serving as general counsel to the Mayor and his Administration, City Council, and all City departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, the Law Department’s diverse legal practice covers federal, state, and local agency litigation, commercial and real estate transactions, tax, regulatory law, social services, and legislation…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.


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