Nov. 18, 2019 | Vol. 20, No. 47
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Online Election

Online Voting Starts Today

Ballots will be emailed Today, Nov. 18, 2019 to members in good standing and the deadline to vote online is Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

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For questions regarding the Philadelphia Bar Association online election, contact Chief Financial Officer/Director of Administration Susan Knight at 215-238-6325 or

Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.)

2019 Annual Meeting Introducing Our 93rd Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.) Dec. 12

Join us at the 2019 Annual Meeting Luncheon, introducing our 93rd Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), in the Grand Ballroom at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 12 p.m.…READ MORE.

Philadelphia Bar Association Applauds City Council for Passage of Historic Right to Counsel Bill

The Philadelphia Bar Association today commended the Philadelphia City Council for passing Bill No. 190386, Legal Representation in Landlord Tenant Court, launching Philadelphia into the forefront of the national movement of American cities providing a right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction. The legislation was strongly supported by the Philadelphia Bar Association.…READ MORE.


Today Starts Member Appreciation Week!

The week of Nov. 18-22 is Member Appreciation Week at the Philadelphia Bar Association! Member Appreciation Week is all about celebrating YOU. The Association is showing its appreciation throughout the week with a medley of member discounts…READ MORE.

Meet the Candidates Election Forums

Meet the Candidates: Election Forum & Recognition Reception

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

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
5 p.m.
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Institute
12th and Chestnut Sts. Use Chestnut St. Entrance

Register Here

2019 Board of Governors Candidates:

  • Vice Chancellor - Wesley R. Payne IV
  • Secretary - Jennifer S. Coatsworth
  • Assistant Secretary - Kathleen Kirkpatrick
  • Treasurer - Marc J. Zucker
  • Assistant Treasurer - Matthew S. Olesh


  • Wendi Barish
  • Kristine L. Calalang
  • Damaris L. Garcia
  • Thomas J. Giordano Jr.
  • Erin E. Lamb
  • Craig R. Levin
  • Denise M. Mandi
  • Andre J. Webb
  • Felix Yelin

YLD Executive Committee:

  • Sarah Adams
  • Kevin Burdett
  • Omeed Firouzi
  • Katharine W. Fogarty
  • Jordan Freeman
  • Candace C. Hardy
  • Candice Kearney
  • Bethany R. Nikitenko
  • Samuel M. Ventresca

View Candidates for Office


#TakeActionPhilly Nov. 19

Join us for the next #TakeActionPhilly convening on Nov 19! We'll be hosting "The 2020 Census: Who Cares? We all Do!" to discuss how accurate and complete census information is necessary to uphold the rule of law…Register

Chancellor's Forum: Personal Style and Professional Image Dec. 2

Please come to the last Chancellor's Forum of 2019 for a lively discussion about personal style choices and projecting a winning professional image. READ MORE

LIVE: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2019
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Strategies for Witness Examination: Yours and Theirs
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

In both jury and nonjury trials, dealing with difficult witnesses is a crucial skill for attorneys. This program will explore the best tactics for handling your own witnesses, as well as opposing counsels'. Featured speaker, Claude E. Ducloux, will examine how witnesses fit into your overall case strategy, and then outline best practices to master the art of witness prep and examination. He'll also explain how to tune in to important nonverbal signals in the courtroom, and review some key ethical principles to guide your witnesses examination tactics.


Video encores:

Dec. 16

Dec. 30

Year-End Celebrations
Women's Law Project Annual Party Nov. 22

Friday, November 22, the Women's Law Project Annual Party will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at The Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The event will feature a Silent Auction, Hors D'Oeuvres, Wine and Beer. Children are welcome! For more information or to register, visit

Real Property Section Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony Nov. 21

Thursday, November 21, the Real Property Section Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Estia, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The event will feature a presentations of the Harris Ominsky and Good Deed Awards, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, wine and beer… Register.

Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting & Reception

Tuesday, December 3, the Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting & Reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at The Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St., Philadelphia.… Register.

YLD Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive

Thursday, December 5, the YLD Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive will be held from 6-9 p.m., at City Winery, 990 Filbert St., Philadelphia.… Register.

Social Security Disability Committee Holiday Party

Thursday, December 5, the Social Security Disability Committee Holiday Party will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, 2005 Market Street, 18th Floor, Philadelphia.… Register.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation

Tuesday, December 10, the Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at R2L, 50 S. 16th St., 37th Floor, Philadelphia.… Register.

Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Award Ceremony

Tuesday, December 10, the Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Award Ceremony will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy, Philadelphia.… Register.

Did You Know ?
The week of Nov. 18-22 is Member Appreciation Week at the Philadelphia Bar Association!

Don't Miss These Special Member Events


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!

CLE - Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance Webcast Icon

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 - 9 - 11 a.m.

This CLE program, presented by USI and the Insurance Programs Committee, will provide guidance to lawyers regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Attend and earn a discount on your malpractice insurance, advised and administered by USI Affinity.…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Stop & Frisk After Bailey v. City of Philadelphia

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 - 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
1.5 SUB

TIn this practical video-encore presentation, 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 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.…READ MORE

Fireside Chat with Chief Federal Defender Leigh Skipper Webcast Icon

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee

Leigh M. Skipper, the Chief Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will discuss the work of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He will outline the roles and responsibility of the office and the representation of the indigent persons charged with federal offenses. In this practical and informative fireside chat, Skipper will also address the following topics, among others: identification of the types of federal court matters being defended in the Trial Unit and Appeals Unit, recent programs developed by the office, and how the Federal Defender Office works with the U.S. Attorney's Office on issues of common concern.…READ MORE

Hot Topics in Legislation: What's Important for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner? Webcast Icon

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

In this one hour lunchtime presentation, panelists will address the current ‘hot topics' and pressing issues in legislation affecting the workers' compensation community. Hear about emerging trends in workers' compensation policy and regulations. Find out about new legislation and new proposed rule makings. Be prepared when the changes go into effect!…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 - 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law.…READ MORE

Spotlight on Community Gardening in Philadelphia and the Challenges Lawyers Face Representing Broader Constituencies

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12 - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the Environmental Law Committee

Join your colleagues to earn an ethics credit and learn about community gardening efforts, and land disposition and ownership issues in Philadelphia. Panelists will also identify potential pro bono opportunities.…READ MORE

The Aftermath of the Crisis at Glen Mills

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 3:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Hosted by the Legal Rights of Children Committee

Attend this timely program to hear the latest regarding reforms needed for children's safety, education & well-being in youth residential facilities…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Estate Planning Training Nov. 18

Monday, November 18, Philadelphia VIP is launching its Estate Planning training at Pepper Hamilton LLP from 12:00-1:30 pm. There is a tangled title crisis in Philadelphia, yet through preventative estate planning, VIP aims to support inter-generational wealth transfer, preserve long-term residents' ownership of real estate in low-income communities, and stabilize neighborhoods. Attend this training to learn about the straightforward process of helping homeowners with estate planning needs. Ream more or register here.

Divorce Training Nov. 20

Wednesday, November 20, Philadelphia VIP will hold a Divorce Training for volunteer attorneys at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3400, from 12-2:30 pm. This training, led by Lise Fisher of Fisher Family Law and James Rocco, III of Rocco Law Offices, will provide divorce law basics, including information about equitable distribution and practical tips on handling this critical case type. Read more or register here.


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