Aug. 26, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 35
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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

Final week of August 2019 compliance!

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)

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 consideration…READ MORE

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

Did You Know ?
In 2018, we coordinated 110 lawyers who volunteered more than 350 hours to mediate landlord/tenant matters for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Join or renew your membership today to be a part of the action!

2019 Bench-Bar

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

Course Listings Are Live!

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

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Individual Registration Open: YLD Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Sept. 10

A new SPIN on a classic event. Register to play in a thrilling singles tournament, or as a spectator enjoying the action! Both levels include an open bar and buffet. Prizes will be awarded to top teams and individual players…READ 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

Final week of August 2019 compliance!

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 - Best Practices in Settlement Conferences

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 - 12 p.m.

This video-encore presentation, featuring United States Magistrate Judges, will examine settlement conferences involving labor and employment cases. The judges will discuss best practices and offer guidance to practitioners to achieve a successful outcome…READ MORE


Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 - 2 p.m.

Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly - with dire consequences. In this video-encore CLE program, panelists will address lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling lawyers to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client"…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia Municipal Court

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 - 12 p.m.
3.5 SUB

This video-encore program covers the fundamentals of municipal court practice in Philadelphia. Panelists will examine the most common issues and hone in on essential information that municipal court practitioners, general practice attorneys, and municipal prosecutors face…READ MORE

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

Wednesday, Aug. 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

VIDEO ENCORE - Navigating Language Access

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This 3-hour video-encore program will provide an in-depth look at what is driving the growing need for language access, why it is so important, how it is structured so as to achieve effective results, and when it is required by law. Using case studies, expert practitioners will address the challenges and obstacles, ethical dilemmas and cultural considerations, with practical solutions, technology trends, forecasts and resources…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation?

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 - 10 a.m.

This video-encore presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules. Panelists will also address the responsibilities of partners, managers and supervisory attorneys and judges to put in place measures to ensure the well-being of its subordinate lawyers and judges…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - It's Not What You Make That Counts…It's What You Keep and How You Manage It: The Confluence of Fiduciary Responsibility and Financial Wellness

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

In this video-encore,the speaker will explore prudent investment practice for plan sponsors under both ERISA and Pennsylvania's Prudent Investor Rule. He will also address retirement readiness and its impact on personal well-being and professional productivity. The program will demonstrate how plan sponsor fiduciary responsibility and financial wellness training in the workplace addresses this dual crisis in America. Attendees learn clear steps to improve their retirement readiness and armed with the tools and information needed to help their employer improve member outcomes…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

A Conversation about Diversity in Central Pa. with State College Mayor Don Hahn Sept. 18

Pepper Hamilton LLP, APABA-PA and HBA-PA invite you to "A Conversation About Diversity on Central Pennsylvania With State College Mayor Don Hahn" on Sept. 18…READ MORE

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

Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic Sept. 23

Support Center for Child Advocates will host its 14th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the picturesque Philadelphia Cricket Club on Monday, Sept. 23. All proceeds from the Golf Classic support the special project, Children with Complex Medical Needs…READ MORE

ELC Annual Celebration Sept. 25

The Education Law Center will hold its 2019 Annual Celebration at the Crystal Tea Room on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Every year, the ELC honors outstanding champions of public education, and the proud tradition continues as it salutes deserving 2019 honorees…READ MORE

Philly VIP Annual Awards Ceremony Sept. 26

Philadelphia VIP will hold its annual Awards Ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 26. Join us to recognize and celebrate the past year's outstanding volunteers and partner organizations…READ MORE

Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award Sept. 27

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites you to a luncheon to honor the recipient of The Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award on Friday, Sept. 27. It will be honoring Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Jack Panella with its "Outstanding Public Service Award" with introduction by special guest, boxing champion Larry Holmes…READ MORE

Philly VIP Landlord/Tenant Law Training Sept. 27

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free introductory Landlord/Tenant Law training at Dechert LLP on Friday, Sept. 27…READ MORE


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