Aug. 19, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 34
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
2019 Bench-Bar

Course Listings Are Live!

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

Sponsor Spotlight

It's scary but true: 4 out of 5 law firms that accept credit cards are out of compliance with trust account rules. That's why it's so important to find the right payment partner. LawPay is the only payment solution that guarantees trust account compliance for both credit card and eCheck transactions. It's also a proud member benefit of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the only payment solution offered through the ABA Advantage program. To see why LawPay is a must for attorneys with trust accounts, click here.

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

Panel addition: Patricia Cummings, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney

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

Did You Know ?
The Young Lawyers Division hosts a school supply drive each August, ahead of the upcoming school year, for students in need. They'll be taking donations at their happy hour on Thursday, Aug. 22! Click here for a link to see what items are needed, drop-off locations and registration for the happy hour.


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


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 - Ins and Outs of Discovery Court

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

New civil practitioners often present or defend discovery motions. Whether it's your first or hundredth time at discovery court, there's always much to learn. The Discovery Court Program operates in accordance with the Alternative Motion Procedures set forth in Philadelphia Rule of Civil Procedure *208.3. In this video-encore presentation, hear an overview of the process, insight into what the court appreciates (and doesn't) and answers to common questions regarding procedures…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

VIDEO ENCORE - Cops! Camera! Action!

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This video-encore program provides an in-depth look at the progress and problems in body worn cameras as used by our law-enforcement in Philadelphia. The first panel will explore the policy, background and culture of body worn cameras on the street. That panel will examine body worn cameras, their culture and practice in our courts and criminal justice system…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Social Media and Open Government in the Digital Age: The Legal and Ethical Implications

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10 a.m.

This video-encore presentation will provide information on the ethical, First Amendment, intellectual property and government transparency issues related to the use of these platforms, answering questions such as: Are Tweets and Facebook posts by public officials automatically considered public records that must be retained? Are retweeting, linking to a webpage, liking a picture, following, or commenting on a video government transactions? Do I need to obtain permission to use a non-City content, such as music or logos, on social media? Can I remove negative comments from a government social media account or block certain users…READ MORE

Mindfulness, an Effective Trial Tool: How to Escape Automatic Reactivity and Obtain Peak Performance at TrialWebcast Icon

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 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

The Jeopardy of CCPA ComplianceWebcast Icon

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 - 4:30 p.m.

Dubbed 'GDPR-light', the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which will come into effect in 2020, is considered a game changer for companies falling under its scope. For many, this will be the first time dealing with compliance requirements such as expanded disclosure, right of access and right of erasure. In this gameshow format CLE program, panelists will discuss the key requirements of the CCPA, how they differ from those of GDPR and what steps organizations should focus on in 2019 to prepare…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Saint John's Hospice Fall Fling Gala Honoring the Workers' Compensation Section Sept. 20

Join the Saint John's Hospice family of friends and supporters for an evening of delicious food, beer, wine and amazing silent and live auctions in celebration of SJH and its mission, to provide life-sustaining services to homeless men of Philadelphia…READ MORE


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