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Oct. 2, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 41
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

CJE credit pending!

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, returning to Borgata in Atlantic City!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference remains the premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary, including the opportunity to earn up to nine CLE credits through 23 unique course offerings…READ MORE

Chancellor Applauds Pa. Supreme Court Decision That School Funding Case Must Be Heard

Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's landmark decision to reinstate a lawsuit challenging the state’s school funding system…READ MORE

New Member Benefit: Phantom of the Opera at Academy of Music Nov. 1-12

Special Offer! Use code: PHANTOMBAR to unlock exclusive savings on Phantom of the Opera!*

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will return to Philadelphia as part of a brand new North American Tour! Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before" and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You" and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this "The Phantom of the Opera" one of the largest productions now on tour.

For more information, click here.

*Offer valid on select price levels and performances. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Behavioral Psychology of Giving, 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report Oct. 17

Join us for what promises to be a very candid and informative discussion on the current state of pro bono and patterns of giving and giving back. This special Chancellor's Forum will explore the motivation behind giving, and serve as the unveiling of the Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report, which updates the original Pro Bono Task Force Report the Association issued in 2002…READ MORE

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The 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference will be held at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on Oct. 13-14. Register today…READ MORE

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

International Commercial Arbitration: Is it Cheaper and Better? Oct. 4

Hosted by the International Law Committee
Presented in partnership by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Bar of Montreal

With an increase in foreign investments, overseas commercial transactions, international trade and open ended economic policies, there has been significant growth in international commercial disputes. Given the need for an efficient dispute resolution mechanism, International Commercial Arbitration has emerged over the past few years as the preferred option for resolving international disputes. The finality of decisions and the possibility of seeking enforcement in other jurisdictions greatly contribute to its popularity. But at what cost?…READ MORE

Business Law Section's Spotlight on In-House Counsel Oct. 5

Diversity in Law and General Counsel's Role as Business Advisor


Kirkland Hicks, Esq. and Anne Robinson, Esq.
Executive VP & General Counsel, Lincoln National Corporation and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Fund Secretary, Vanguard, respectively

Moderated By:

Brennan J. Torregrossa, Esq.
VP and Associate General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
Co-Chair, Corporate In-House Counsel Committee

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide a unique perspective on the state of diversity in the legal profession and the increasing role played by general counsel as business advisor as well as counselor at law. Our featured speakers will flesh out how general counsel, through their roles, can encourage diversity and inclusion within their organizations and on the legal teams handling their matters. Also, they will discuss how gaining the confidence and respect of clients as a trusted business advisor pays off for their businesses…READ MORE

2017 October Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Oct. 10

Estate of Han Solo: Administration Problems of Galactic Proportions

Hosted by the Probate & Trust Law Section

The shocking death of Han Solo has sent reverberations through the Star Wars universe. This CLE program explores numerous unusual issues that will arise during the administration of his estate, including competing claims by his estranged (and now deceased) wife, his patricidal son and his long time furry companion…READ MORE

Reclaiming Vacant Properties: What You and Your Clients Need to Know About the Philadelphia Land Bank Oct. 17

Hosted by the Real Property Section

In March of this year, the Philadelphia City Council approved the Philadelphia Land Bank's 2017 Strategic Plan. With the approval, the Land Bank's revised acquisition and disposition policies took effect. Hear our authoritative panel, which includes the newly appointed Philadelphia Land Bank Executive Director, discuss the use of land banks for revitalization of vacant, abandoned and blighted property…READ MORE

The Real Life 'Scandal' Fixer Oct. 18

Advanced Crisis and Reputation Management for You & Your Clients

Presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association and The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia

Crisis management is a critical organizational function. Failure can result in serious harm to stakeholders, losses for an organization or end its very existence. Receive guidance from an experienced crisis management attorney what to do when scandal or crisis hits you or your clients…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

It is important for the legal community to take action to support the rule of law and condemn hatred and bigotry. One important way is to advocate. Alarmingly, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 96 and Pennsylvania House Bill 505 seek to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation and have been languishing in Harrisburg. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded higher than specified under current law…READ MORE

2017 Philadelphia Events: National Pro Bono Celebration

For a full calendar of National Pro Bono Celebration events in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Volunteer, Donate to Help Hurricane Victims

Puerto Rico

A message from the Puerto Rican Bar of New York:

We are tremendously thankful for the interest and support many have expressed in responding to the disaster and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In collaboration with la Mesa de Trabajo de Acceso a la Justicia (Access to Justice Roundtable), the legal clinics at the University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University Schools of Law and the Colectivo Accion Legal, as well as institutions in the U.S. like Columbia Law School, we are initiating efforts to organize and train lawyers (preferably bilingual) who will be able to help with post-disaster relief legal aid assistance…READ MORE


The Supreme Court of Texas issued an Emergency Order to permit out-of-state lawyers to practice law in Texas for up to six months, on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The order allows an attorney licensed and in good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction to practice in Texas if they have been displaced by the hurricane from their home jurisdiction or if they are providing services to victims of Hurricane Harvey through a legal aid program, pro bono program or bar association. To volunteer and serve the Hurricane Harvey victims…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Bar Association has set up a fundraising site for victims of Hurricane Harvey through Global Giving. Help victims get through the challenging and time-consuming process of clean-up and returning to normalcy.


Become a Philadelphia Bar Association LRIS Panel Attorney

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 twelve plaintiffs in civil actions involving the same product brought in the 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.

Brennan, PNC Awards Nominations Due Oct. 18

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist and PNC Achievement awards. The awards will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Brennan 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.

Nominees for the PNC Award must have made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice, preferably in Philadelphia.

For full nominating criteria…READ MORE

Public Interest Law Center Annual Celebration to Honor Chancellor Oct. 19

The Public Interest Law Center will host its Annual Celebration at FringeArts on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6–9 p.m. The event will honor the Law Center's tenant clients, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Deborah R. Gross and disability rights attorney Stephen F. Gold. The event will also feature a silent auction, a powerful program hosted by ABC6's Tamela Edwards, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For tickets, sponsorships and more information visit

Due Nov. 6: Nominations Sought for Replansky and Dandridge Awards

Nominations are now being accepted from members of the Business Law Section for the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial and Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Awards. The deadline for nominations for both awards is Nov. 6.

Replansky Memorial Award nominees must demonstrate superior legal talent, make significant contributions to the business law community and to civic and charitable causes, act as a mentor and be uniformly known for honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Replansky Memorial Award Nomination Form

Dandridge Diversity Award nominees must have made a substantial contribution to diversity; and promote full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Dandridge Diversity Award Nomination Form

The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice - Public Interest Organization Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new pro bono volunteerism initiative "The Challenge Ahead: Access to Justice" provides opportunities for Association members and beyond to help people in need by providing limited legal representation, education, advice and advocacy. This one-stop-shop allows the city's legal-aid nonprofit organizations to know who is interested in assisting by giving volunteers the opportunity to add their name to a list for these groups to access if they need additional support for a particular cause.

For a list of volunteer and pro bono organizations and opportunities, click here.

Application Deadline Oct. 18: Clerk of Court Vacancy, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking candidates to fill a clerk of courts vacancy. For more information and to apply, click here.

Revised Uniform Law on Notorial Acts to Take Effect Oct. 26

The Pennsylvania Department of State is seeking your assistance in disseminating information relating to the new notary public law to take effect on Oct. 26, 2017. Members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have been identified as employing notaries public or being involved in transactions that utilize Pennsylvania notaries. The Department of State thinks this information will be interest and useful to members.

Please see the Department of State’s most recent press release on the matter here.

2017 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Access to Justice Benefit Nov. 4

Be part of uniting our community for legal aid on a night you won't want to miss. The Access to Justice Benefit will be #GettingJusticeDone on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Mütter Museum. Our 2017 Award Honorees will be the stars of the night! The evening will also feature a silent and live auction, a live painter, delicious bites by Catering by Design and sounds by the Big House Band. Whether you're purchasing a sponsorship or ticket, and we want to see YOU there…READ MORE

Rutgers Law Mary Philbrook Public Interest Celebration Oct. 12

Rutgers will host the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Celebration at the Rutgers University-Camden Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 12. They will celebrate the 50th anniversary of In re Gault (establishing due process rights for kids in court) and the 10th anniversary of Sandra Simkins's Juvenile Justice Clinic and will honor Harold Katz and Joe Moran, career public defenders. For more information, click here or call Jill Friedman at 856-225-6263.

Good Shepherd Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner Oct. 18

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 11th Annual Shepherds of Peace dinner and awards ceremony at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. This year's honorees are Yancy Harrell and Movita Johnson-Harrell, grassroots organizers working to prevent gun violence and get guns off the streets; Susan L. Brooks, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University; and Kathleen Coll, SSJ, Executive Director of Dawn's Place, a program that works to improve the lives of foreign-born and American women who have been victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. For more information, visit

HIAS PA Annual Meeting Oct. 18

HIAS PA will hold its Annual Meeting: Keeping the Door Open at the Jewish Federation Building on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 12-2:30 p.m. Kosher lunch will be served. Admission is free but registration will be required. It will be a reflection back on the challenges and successes of doing refugee resettlement and immigration legal services in the last year and thank the volunteers who made it all possible. This year we are proud to honor John Grogan of Langer, Grogan, and Driver, for his pro bono work helping families caught at the Philadelphia Airport on the day of the Travel Ban; and Main Line Reform Temple for all they do for our refugee resettlement program. In particular honoring congregants Linda Brock and Adele Marguiles, for their integral support of our in-kind donation program, and Avivah Pinski, for her work preparing refugees for college.

HBAPA Annual Scholarship Dinner Oct. 19

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund presents its 28th Annual Scholarship Dinner at the Arts Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. The event will feature dinner be by Chef Ted and an open bar…READ MORE

LCD Fall Celebration Oct. 19

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 30th Anniversary Fall Celebration and Silent Auction at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The event will honor City Representative Sheila Hess, Nancy Glass and Glass Entertainment Group and Monica Konrad of St. Christopher's Hospital. Surrounded by beautiful art, the event will include a live and silent auction with mobile bidding, and will offer cocktails and catered cuisine by Jimmy Duffy Catering. For tickets, sponsorships and more information visit

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Judicial Independence Ball Oct. 25

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host its Judicial Independence Ball at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Lisa Scottoline, best-selling author of legal thrillers, will be the keynote speaker at the event. PMC will also be awarding the inaugural Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. Award. It will be a night of cocktails, colleagues and the courts. Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.


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