Oct. 7, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 41
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
2019 Bench-Bar

Final Day to Register: 2019 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 11-12

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward With Perfect Vision

Look who's coming to the 2019 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference! Register today and join them at our premier networking and educational event…READ MORE

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Oct. 21 Forum

Chancellor's Forum: Navigating the New Normal Oct. 21

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In my July "Frontline" column, I wrote of the challenges around accepting the "new normal," as my beloved mother, now of blessed memory, experienced the changes that come with dementia. Since then, many of you have reached out to share your own experiences, both past and continuing, with parents, grandparents, spouses and other loved ones.

Please join me on Monday, Oct. 21 for a special and very personal Chancellor’s Forum to have an open conversation around navigating the new normal, whatever it may be, while still managing to perform as normally as possible in our demanding professional lives.

With continuing gratitude for the privilege of serving as your Chancellor,

Kind regards,

Shelli Fedullo

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Choose the Right Direction for the Bar

Nominations for Board seats due Oct. 15, and for YLD Exec. Committee due Oct. 16

Bar leaders help choose the road the Philadelphia Bar Association follows. Through diverse points of view, varied levels of experience and teamwork, our Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee point us in the right direction.

Run for Philadelphia Bar Association office for the opportunity to help choose our road to success…READ MORE

Financial Strategies to MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY – 3-Part SeriesWebcast Icon

Part I: Foundation Concepts – Cash Flow and Risk Management

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – 5 p.m.


Part II: Building Your Nest Egg - Investments and Taxes

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – 5 p.m.


Part III: Legacy…You and the Next Generation – Estate Conservation

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – 5 p.m.


Presented by Philadelphia Bar Association Member Benefit Provider BPU Investment Management, Inc.

Have recent events in the markets and the economy reshaped your financial future? This three-part educational series is designed to help you take charge of your finances and pursue a more comfortable financial future. Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA® is the Chair and CEO of BPU Investment Management, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC-registered investment advisor with 30 years of experience helping people make smart choices with their money. In this series, members learn the 7 Roadblocks to Financial Success and how to avoid them. Then Brahim will identify the 6 Keys to Financial Success to guide you on your way to developing sound personal finances while teaching you how to build a financial legacy for you and the next generation. Exclusively for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Pro Bono

2019 Celebrate Pro Bono: Oct. 20-26

Celebrate pro bono in Philly! Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a variety of pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events in October as part of the 2019 National Pro Bono Celebration…READ MORE


Halloween Happy Hour Oct. 24

Be there, or beware!

Our friend (pictured) says this is one Halloween event you better not miss…or else. Our Workers' Compensation Section, Tax Section and Young Lawyers Division are teaming up for the best Halloween event, yet, at Brickwall Tavern on Thursday, Oct. 24!

Wear your best costume for a chance to win some devilishly good prizes, and find out what lies beyond with a tarot card reading by Kim…READ MORE

Did You Know ?
Today's the last day to register for 2019 Bench-Bar! Register today!


Superior Court Candidates Forum Oct. 29

Three Superior Court candidates will answer questions in a moderated forum.

The Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host a community forum for candidates running for the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The forum is intended to give the public a better sense of the candidates’ backgrounds, judicial philosophies and temperaments with the goal of helping voters make informed decisions on Election Day…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 cklitsch@philabar.org 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

  • Criminal Rules Committee: Deadline Oct. 31
  • Orphans' Court Rules Committee: Deadline Oct. 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 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!

Tax Issues Affecting Funds Investing in CryptocurrencyWebcast Icon

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This luncheon program will address the taxation of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, the current rules and how investment funds need to deal with those rules. The program will provide guidance on the taxation of cryptocurrencies in general, requirements for mutual funds wishing to hold cryptocurrencies in their portfolio, cryptocurrency investments by hedge funds and planning strategies…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Discovery in a Digital World: Modern Investigative Techniques: Cybersecurity

Tuesday, Oct. 8 - 12 p.m.

The proliferation of mobile devices, new communication methods, and web-based platforms presents opportunities for hackers to steal data and creates discovery situations best left to computer forensics experts to provide assistance. This video-encore program explores cybersecurity risk management and covers some of the most interesting areas of electronic data sources that have changed the landscape of investigations and provide interesting stories of how those have had implications on real-world cases…READ MORE

Diversity in the Federal CourtsWebcast Icon

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Please join the Federal Courts Committee for a candid conversation with Chief Judge Juan Sanchez, Judge C. Darnell Jones and Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania regarding the importance of diversity in the Courts, the judiciary and the legal profession. Each just will also offer guidance, using personal anecdotes, on overcoming obstacles to advance in the profession…READ MORE

2019 October Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly - Estate Planning For The Solo Practitioner: How To Plan During Your Lifetime And How To Administer A Practice Upon DeathWebcast Icon

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

This 2019 October Probate Section Quarterly Meeting CLE will explain various estate planning techniques that are excellent vehicles for owning and transitioning a law practice during a practitioner's lifetime. Panelists explore possible succession planning strategies to safeguard the transition of a law practice; analyze various tax considerations upon the sale or merger of a law practice; address the ethical considerations for notifying clients of an attorney's death, maintaining or destroying client files, and assuring that critical client deadlines are not missed upon the death of a solo practitioner and much more…READ MORE

Implicit Bias, Discrimination, and You: What You Need to Know and When You Need to Take Action WebcastWebcast Icon

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

The program will examine implicit biases and provide tools to manage those biases in order to prevent them from adversely affecting the decisions one makes and encounters with others. Panelists will discuss issues of discrimination in the workplace, courthouse, and legal organizations along with considering when and what actions can be taken. The program will further address the value of diversity and inclusiveness in legal environments and why that should matter to attorneys and their practice…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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 Wednesday, 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 15104READ MORE

LCD Fall Celebration Oct. 17

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its annual Fall Celebration at The Masonic Library and Museum on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at 6 p.m. This year, Matthew I. Whitehorn, Esq. of Dilworth Paxson LLP is receiving the Special Recognition Award. Art-Reach and Ron Siggs and the Magee Development Department Staff are receiving White Hat Awards. The event features awards, luxury catering, premium bars and both live and silent auction…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 Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m…READ MORE

Affinity Bar Food Tasting Oct. 30

For just $20 you can taste a diverse collection of delicious dishes brought by each affinity group and enjoy wine and beer while networking with your colleagues from the different Philadelphia Affinity Bar Associations at White and Williams LLP on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m&hellipREAD MORE


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