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Oct. 29, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 45
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2018

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2018 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Steve Harvey Law LLC
Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates: Election Forums Oct. 30

Join your colleagues and meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's line offices and Board of Governors. In a series of forums, you will hear why they are running and what they would bring as leaders to move the Association forward.

Forums are free to attend, but registration is required.…READ MORE

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Chancellor's Forum CLE: The Constitution and Separation of Powers in America Nov. 1

The U.S. Constitution creates a system of government with three distinct and independent Branches-the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch. It also defines the powers and duties of these Branches, outlines how they interact, and provides a system of checks and balances that limits the power of the Branches. As the three Branches work to perform their duties, it is common for members of one Branch to believe that another Branch has exceeded the scope of its powers and is encroaching on the power of another Branch. The political divide in our country makes the interplay of power between the Branches and the checks and balances embodied in our Constitution as relevant and important to our democracy today, as they were when our nation was founded.

This Chancellor's Forum CLE program will examine the following issues, among others, as they relate to separation of power: Judicial independence, executive orders, budgeting, rule of law, standing, law enforcement, appointments and removal from office…READ MORE

Nominations Sought for Public Interest Section's Annual Awards

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is now accepting nominations for its two annual awards: the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award, which honors a jurist for accomplishments in the public interest, and the Bending the ARC Award: Recognizing Achievement, Resilience, and Courage. The Bending the ARC Award (formerly known as the Andrew Hamilton Award) honors a Philadelphia public interest attorney.

Pollak Award Bending the ARC Award

Nominations should be sent either by mail or email to Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107; or to dpetit@philabar.org.


Philadelphia Bar Association Strategic Plan Unanimously Adopted

A Philadelphia Bar Association 2018-2021 Strategic Plan was proposed by Chancellor Mary F. Platt and adopted by the Board of Governors on Sept. 27, 2018.

The Strategic Plan, the first of its kind in the Association's history, was the culmination of several months of work in 2018 by the Association's Ad Hoc Strategic Vision Task Force…READ MORE

Reception Celebrating Hon. Judge J. William Ditter Jr. Nov. 7

Please plan on joining members of the bench and bar to celebrate and reflect on the work of Hon. J. William Ditter Jr. in the Ceremonial Courtoom of the U.S. Courthouse at 6th and Market streets on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email tplmag@philabar.org.

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed an Executive Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Philadelphia Bar Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

See Job Description Here: Executive Director


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.

MontCo Appointment of Conflict Counsel on Criminal Cases

Notice is hereby given that commencing Sept. 4, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County has instituted a new application process to be considered for inclusion on the Conflict Appointment List. All attorneys, including those on such list, must complete the new application process to be considered…READ MORE

Latest Pennsylvania Supreme Court Public Committee, Board & Advisory Group Vacancies

  • Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness: Deadline Oct. 31
  • Minor Court Rules Committee: Deadline Oct. 31
  • Continuing Legal Education Board: Deadline Oct. 31

For more information on the available vacancies, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Funding the Future of Legal Aid

Please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2018. With your support, the Foundation strengthens the provision of free legal services in our justice system and the delivery of civil legal aid in Philadelphia. Through various programs, services and partnerships, in conjunction with annual grants and other support provided to almost 40 legal aid nonprofit partners, the Foundation promotes access to justice for all people in the community. 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

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.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
2:00 - 4:15 PM

Implicit Bias: Identification in the Law
(2 ETH)

This dynamic program will help attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of implicit bias in the law and learn how to identify implicit bias both within themselves and in others. Attendees will also learn strategies and action plans to best address internal and external implicit biases.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
8:30 - 9:30 AM

The Changing Cy-Près Landscape
(1 SUB)

This CLE program will examine the particulars of the Cy-près doctrine and what counsel must consider when structuring a Cy-près distribution.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM

#MeToo Impact on Litigation, Counseling and Training
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This practical 2-hour program analyzes the real-life effects of the MeToo movement as it relates to legal and administrative processes, the impact on employment litigation and juries in particular and the new influences on employer counseling and training. Panelists will also explore trends and future developments in this current political climate.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
4:0 - 6:15 PM

Chancellor's Forum: The Constitution and Separation of Powers in America
(2 SUB)

This Chancellor's Forum CLE program will examine the following issues, among others, as they relate to separation of power: Judicial independence, executive orders, budgeting, rule of law, standing, law enforcement, appointments and removal from office.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Issues With Use of Interpreters in WC Hearings
(1 SUB)

This luncheon presentation will examine issues that occur with the use of interpreters in workers' compensation hearings. Panelists will address topics ranging from the proper procedure to request an interpreter for hearings or mediations before a workers' compensation judge to issues that occur during testimony.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 PM

Moving Beyond Cash Bail
(2 SUB)

This timely CLE, co-hosted by the Civil Rights Committee and the Criminal Justice Section, will examine the cash bail system in Pennsylvania. Panelists will illuminate these problems and offer guidance regarding the most promising strategies for reforming cash bail practices.


Full course calendar here.

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.

Child Advocates: 'The Children's Docket 2018 - Session 6' Nov. 15

The Support Center for Child Advocates presents "The Children's Docket 2018 – Session 6: Identification and Screening for Human Trafficking." This training series is specifically designed for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys and is meant to provide more detailed information about the ins and outs of handling a child abuse case and how to prepare for particular hearings. All sessions take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the Support Center for Child Advocates…READ MORE

Year-End Celebrations

Real Property Section Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Featuring the presentations of the Harris Ominsky Award to Marjorie Stern Jacobs, Esq.,CRE, who is being honored for her 40 plus years of contributions to Philadelphia eminent domain (condemnation), real estate taxation, zoning and land use, property valuations, and practicing in the public and private sectors; and the Good Deed Award to the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP). Come and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and a selection of wine and beer…READ MORE

Women's Law Project Annual Party & Fundraiser

Join the Women's Law Project on Friday, Nov. 30, for its Annual Party & Fundraiser at the Academy of Natural Sciences from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Children are welcome…READ MORE


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