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Nov. 6, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 47
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Philadelphia Bar Association Membership 2017

The Philadelphia Bar Association thanks the following for their 2017 membership renewal and continued commitment and support:

  • Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein
  • Golomb & Honik, P.C.
  • Law Offices of Michael E. Fingerman

Ice Cream Happy Hour, giveaways and more at Election Forum on Nov. 6!

#PhilaBarLove: Member Appreciation Week Nov. 6-10

TWe love our members and want to show our appreciation with a week of fun festivities, raffle prizes and giveaways! Join us beginning Nov. 6 for a weeklong celebration of YOU - our valued member. At all meetings and CLE programs that week, we will be raffling off prizes as a token of our appreciation…READ MORE

Races are contested at the Board and Cabinet levels.

Online ballots will be sent via email on Nov. 20.

Candidates Announced, Election Forums Nov. 6 (Today) & Nov. 9

Join your colleagues to meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 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…READ MORE

Election Day Tomorrow!

Your vote matters!

Pennsylvania's general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. To assist voters, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention has announced the results of its investigation into the qualifications of local judicial candidates…READ MORE

Chancellor Mourns NYC Terrorist Victims, Defends Justice System

In light of the Oct. 31 terrorist attack in New York City and the comments made regarding justice in our country during the White House Cabinet meeting on Nov. 1, Chancellor Deborah R. Gross issued the following statement on behalf of the 12,000 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association:

"We are deeply saddened by this cowardly attack and mourn those who were killed and injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time"

Visit to view the statement.

Due today: 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

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.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Benefit Auction Items Available!

Saturday's 2017 Access to Justice Benefit was a big success! If you attended, thank you for #GettingJusticeDone in Philadelphia. There are just a few auction items left and you can bid on them today before they are gone. Visit the #GettingJusticeDone Auction Website to view the items and bid. Proceeds from the auction are an important part of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s support of their legal aid nonprofit partners…READ MORE

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

Donate to Philabundance for 'Bounty From the Bar Food Drive' Through Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is requesting nutritious, nonperishable food donations for the "Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" in partnership with Philabundance. One in six people are struggling with hunger in America, with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley being two of the hardest hit regions…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.

Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt

It has come to our attention that some members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have received fraudulent emails from “Janet Coleman” requesting payment on an overdue invoice with an attachment. Do not open the email or the attachment. This email is not coming from the Association and is an attempt to phish members.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Technology Officer Barry Greenspan at 215-238-6327.

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.

Educational Forum: Addiction and the Legal Profession Nov. 13

Sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers

Addiction and the Legal Profession

Addiction and alcohol/substance abuse is a significant problem in the legal profession. Given that the stresses of the legal profession frequently cause anxiety and depression issues among attorneys, the quick and frequent coping mechanism may become alcohol, drugs or both. An attorney's addiction doesn't just affect that attorney, but can negatively affect the firm and/or clients of that attorney. We need to understand what the warning signs are so we can help ourselves and fellow lawyers…READ MORE

Lines Drawn: The Modern Political and Legal Campaign Against Gerrymandering Nov. 6

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

This timely CLE program will address gerrymandering, particularly in Pennsylvania. Panelists will outline how the maps are currently drawn (both state and federal); detail the work performed by Fair Districts PA, and review the proposed bills (SB22 and HB722) advocating for an independent citizens commission via a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap Nov. 7

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

Cross-Examination Series Part 1: My First Cross-Examination Nov. 8

A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. This series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Lawrence Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, among other skilled trial lawyers, will explore how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination…READ MORE

Rescuing Golden Parachutes in Mergers & Acquisitions Nov. 9

A Panel Discussion on Due Diligence and Best Practices

Hosted by the Employee Benefits Committee and the Business Law Section's Mergers & Acquisitions Committee

Improperly handled golden parachutes can drag down both a seller and its executives with taxes, penalties, and administrative burdens. The corporation could lose the compensation deduction for excess parachute payments, while executives may be subject to an additional 20 percent tax over regular income taxes…READ MORE

Transactional Planning for the New Partnership Audit Rules Nov. 9

Hosted by Tax Section

The rules and procedures for auditing partnerships will change dramatically for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Practitioners should begin to act now because the new rules will affect all partnership and LLC clients, regardless of size…READ MORE


Last FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee

Or "There, but for the Grace of God, go I"

Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly, resulting in dire consequences. Panelists will identify lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling attendees to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client"…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Opportunities for Natural Disaster Relief

Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires – we are heartbroken to see the images of the destruction and devastation unleashed upon California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Mexico. As natural disasters continue to strike, it is important now, more than ever, to mobilize our communities and help however possible

If interested in donating or volunteering your services…READ MORE

2017 Justinian Society Beccaria Award Ceremony Nov. 13

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the Justinian Society of Philadelphia cordially invite you to a reception presenting the annual Beccaria Award to Isla A. Fruchter, assistant defender, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia, recognizing her contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m…READ MORE

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.

Mighty Writers Wanted!

Mighty Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity, is looking for mentors! Studies have shown that having a mentor results in improved outcomes for youth, yet two-thirds of young people don't have one. Mighty Writers wants to change that, and they're hoping to partner with the Philadelphia Bar Association to provide students with the caring and committed mentors they seek…READ MORE

Philadelphia Peaceful Surrender Program Nov. 10, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12

Please share Philadelphia Peacful Surrender at the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice with your networks. Participants will receive favorable considerations for their voluntary surrender and are liekley to go home the same day. Call 215-334-1330 for more information. Fliers are below:



Face to Face Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 23

The 25th annual Face to Face Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 in Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill. Registration for the 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. The run features a 5-mile USATF-certified course, chip timing and Dri-Fit® shirt for all registrants. All proceeds benefit Face to Face…READ MORE


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