Sept. 23, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 39
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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2019 Bench-Bar

2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

Look who's coming!

Look who's coming to the 2019 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference! We'll bet you already know a bunch of attendees, and there are probably several folks on the list you'd like to know. Register today and join them at our premier networking and educational event…READ MORE

Sponsor Spotlight


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Business Litigation Committee Reception Sept. 24

You are cordially invited to the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee Reception in the Philadelphia Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., following Philadelphia Commerce Court JPT Training (2.5 SUB).

Reception registration is included in CLE registration, or guests can register for the reception only (No CLE credit). Enjoy beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

WIP High Tea

Women in the Profession Hosts High Tea Sept. 25

Our Women in the Profession Committee requests your presence at an elegant High Tea, generously sponsored by Exponent, at the Sofitel's Chez Colette on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Enjoy networking with colleagues and friends in a traditional 1930s French brasserie with fresh, innovative cuisine. Guests will be served a selection of teas, traditional finger sandwiches, scones, Champagne and other treats…READ MORE

CLE: Spotlight on In-House Counsel Oct. 2

Technology & Data Privacy: The Good, The Bad, and the Terms & Conditions

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide an overview of the regulations relating to and oversight of digital information, data privacy, and technology from the perspective of in-house counsel at some of the country's largest companies. The continuing development of laws and regulations in both the US and EU makes this primer on data privacy and compliance a valuable tool for attorneys from all practice areas…READ MORE

Pro Bono HH Spread

Pro Bono Week Happy Hour Oct. 3

Kick off the 2019 National Pro Bono Celebration in Philadelphia (Oct. 20-26) with a complimentary Happy Hour! Meet with representatives of pro bono referral programs and public interest law organizations and discuss available volunteer opportunities.

Generously hosted by Blank Rome LLP, and presented by our Young Lawyers Division, DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee and Law Firm Pro Bono Committee, learn about how you can help increase access to justice in Philadelphia.

Enjoy wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

For a full calendar of 2019 National Pro Bono Celebration events in Philadelphia (Oct.20-26), click here.

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Comments Due Nov. 6: Public Notice - Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge

The current 14-year term of office for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is due to expire on February 13, 2020. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is considering the reappointment of Judge Eric L. Frank to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Judge Frank.

All comments should be directed to the following addresses: by e-mail at Comments may also be submitted by mail to the Office of the Circuit Executive, 22409 U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790. Comments must be received no later than noon on November 6, 2019.


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.


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 inducted into The Legal Intelligencer's Best of 2019 Hall of Fame and named to the Best of 2019 top three for continuing legal education provider and online CLE provider!

VIDEO ENCORE - Addiction and the Legal Profession Sept. 23

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB/1.0 ETH

In this video-encore, thought leaders address the topic of addiction and its impact on the legal profession. Lead speaker, Brian Cuban, Esq., attorney and author of the book "The Addicted Lawyer," begins our program with his story, then we hear from additionally featured presenters, Link Christin, Executive Director, Caron Treatment Centers' Legal Professional Program, Laurie J. Besden, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., Matthew Miclette, MSSP, RN-BC, Policy Associate, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, Policy Director, Action Tank and Member, Mayor's Opioid Task Force, Robert S. Tintner, Esq., co-chair of the Bar Association's professional guidance committee, and the moderator, Debbie Epstein Henry, Esq., consultant, best-selling author and public speaker…READ MORE

Charter Schools: Oversight and Regulation Sept. 24Webcast Icon

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 - 12 p.m.

Philadelphia is home to 87 charter schools enrolling approximately 70,000 students. Charter costs comprise approximately one-third of the School District's total budget. The charter sector intersects with law in numerous ways. This CLE program will provide an overview of the regulations relating to and oversight of charter schools. Panelists will highlight facilities issues, current oversight structure for authorization of new charter schools and renewal of existing charters, issues and process for non-renewal and revocation of charters, impact of the new provisions for Multi-School Charter Organizations, and more…READ MORE

Philadelphia Commerce Court JPT Training Sept. 24Webcast Icon

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.
2.5 SUB

The Commerce Program recently celebrated its 20th year. The Judge Pro Tempore Program has served as an important mechanism for resolving business cases efficiently and effectively. This program, beneficial to experienced attorneys already serving as a judges pro tempore (JPT) in the Commerce Court and future JPT attorneys, will provide an overview of JPT process, procedural developments, roles for commerce court JPTs, as well as offer best practices for an effective settlement conference…READ MORE

The Tax and Wage and Hour Ramifications of Worker Misclassification Sept. 25Webcast Icon

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 - 12 p.m.
1.5 SUB

In today's 21st Century "gig economy," the issue of worker misclassification is increasingly salient for practitioners, workers, and employers. When employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors, the consequences can be challenging for both employers and their workers. The panelists, with experience in wage and hour and tax law, will address various aspects of misclassification, as well as the federal, state and city tax ramifications of misclassification…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Plaintiffs on the Frontline: A First-hand, Family-member Perspective of the Landmark Right to Education Lawsuit PARC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Sept. 25

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 - 3 p.m.
0.5 SUB/0.5 ETH

Impact litigation requires plaintiffs. Hear the compelling story of Kate Fialkowski and her family, who were involved in several landmark cases that opened the door to educational rights and inclusion for students with disabilities: Halderman v. Pennhurst State School and Hospital; PARC v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Fialkowski v. Greenwhich Home for Children. Ms. Fialkowski provides a fascinating first-hand perspective on Pennsylvania's civil rights legal battles that set the stage for the creation of federal laws that guarantee a public education for all children. This video-encore addresses ethical questions with which all attorneys practicing impact litigation should grapple-the tension between the goals and realities of the named plaintiffs and the impact litigation goals of the attorneys who need them. This presentation also includes a refresher of some of the salient rules of professional conduct that emerge during civil rights litigation…READ MORE

Stop & Frisk After Bailey v. City of Philadelphia Sept. 26Webcast Icon

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
1.5 SUB

In this luncheon CLE program, Professor David Rudovsky will address recent case law developments related to stop and frisk law, and provide a comprehensive analysis of the seminal federal case Bailey v. City of Philadelphia that allowed for the in-depth study and data compilation of all stop and frisks in Philadelphia. Professor Rudovsky will also discuss the findings of the Bailey study, their interpretation and the study's impact on the Philadelphia criminal attorney's drug related practice. He will also provide suggestions on ways that this important data can be used in narcotics related suppression hearings and trials…RED MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Deposition Skills Courtroom Litigators Needs to Know Sept. 27

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 - 12 p.m.

Litigators know that the deposition is a crucial opportunity to evaluate an adversary's case, challenge key theories and witnesses, and to seek admissions for use in a potential summary judgment motion or at trial. Whether you are a first-year litigation associate, senior partner or a solo practitioner, this video-encore program will offer guidance on skills that will maximize your effectiveness at deposition…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

'Evicted: A Call to Action' Sept. 26

Rutgers University–Camden and Rutgers Law School will hold "Evicted: A Call to Action" at the Rutgers University-Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4:00–5:30 p.m. The symposium will feature Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of the nationally acclaimed book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City;" members of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, Ethan Fogel (Dechert LLP), and Rasheedah Phillips (Shriver Center on Poverty Law); Neil Steinkamp (Stout); and Olga Pomar (South Jersey Legal Services)…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

Philly VIP Custody Trial Skills Training Oct. 4

Philadelphia VIP will hold a free Custody Trial Skills training at the Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy on Friday Oct. 4…READ MORE

PILC In Pursuit of Justice Celebration Oct. 10

The Public Interest Law Center will hold its In Pursuit of Justice 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Cherry Street Pier on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m. Join them to celebrate the Public Interest Law Center's 50th anniversary with a night of festivities at Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware waterfront. Raise a glass to five decades In Pursuit of Justice…READ MORE

HIAS PA 'Keeping America's Promise' Oct. 16

HIAS Pennsylvania will host their 2019 Annual Meeting, "Keeping America's Promise," at the Jewish Community Services Building on Wednsday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. At this event, HIAS Pennsylvania is honoring the volunteers who make their work possible…READ MORE

HBAPA LEF 30th Anniversary Scholarship Dinner Oct. 17

You are invited to the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania's Legal Education Fund 30th Anniversary Scholarship Dinner at The Lucy on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. HBAPA's 2019 honoree is Yvette A. Núñez, vice president of civic affairs at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Introductory remarks will be made by Mayor Jim Kenney, and the keynote will be given by Giselle Barreto Fetterman, Second Lady of Pennsylvania and founder of Free Store 15104…READ MORE

Mary Philbrook Award Oct. 24

You are invited to the 34th Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award Celebration honoring Lloyd Freeman RLAW'07 at Rutgers University–Camden Campus Centeron Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m…READ MORE


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