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Nov. 19, 2018 | Vol. 19, No. 47
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Ballots Drop Today: 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association Election

Online ballots for the 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association election will arrive on Monday, Nov. 19! All members in good standing should check their email inboxes to make sure they received their ballots. If not, call Susan Knight at 215-238-6325. Happy voting…READ MORE


Shelli Fedullo to Be Introduced as 92nd Chancellor Dec. 5

Chancellor-Elect Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, will share her vision for 2019 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, which begins at 12 p.m. at the The Bellevue Hotel, Broad and Walnut streets…READ MORE

Year-End Celebrations
YLD Holiday Party, Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Gift Drive Nov. 28

Celebrate the end of year with holiday cheer as the YLD takes over Cinder. Enjoy an open bar with heavy hors d'oeuvres, welcome their 2019 Chair, Michaella Tassinari, Attorney at Robert J. Casey, Jr. & Associates and congratulate their 2018 award recipients:

  • Craig M. Perry Service Award: Bethany R. Nikitenko, Esq., Partner at McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.
  • F. Sean Peretta Service Award: Amber M. Racine, Esq., Attorney at Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer
  • Vision Award: Exponent

Once again we'll be collecting gifts for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-19 monthsREAD MORE

Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting and Reception Nov. 29

You are cordially invited to the Probate and Trust Law Section's Annual Meeting and Reception at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 5

Join the Workers' Compensation Section for a not-so-silent night as they celebrate the season with friends and colleagues over top-shelf open bar, extensive dinner buffet and music by Tom Moon's Jazz Casual at the Downtown Club on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Once again the Section will be collecting for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots Philadelphia. Please bring a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY for donation…READ MORE

Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception Dec. 6

Please join the Public Interest Section at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, featuring the presentations of The Bending the Arc and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Awards, at the Drexel University Thomas R . Kline School of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation Dec. 11

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to its Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation at Maggiano's Little Italy on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The Section will present the Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award to Barry M. Kassel, Esq. of Support Center for Child Advocates. Registration includes a drink ticket, appetizers and a family-style dinner…READ MORE

Criminal Justice Section Reception and Awards Presentations Dec. 12

The Criminal Justice Section cordially invites you to its Annual Reception and Awards Presentation at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School Of Law Institute of Trial Advocacy on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Section will present The Thurgood Marshall Award (posthumously) to Stuart H. Schuman, Esq. and the Henry Czajkowski Award to Philadelphia Veterans Court. Enjoy the company of colleagues and friends over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres…READ MORE

LIVE & WEBCAST: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Conflicts of Interests - Current Cases, Hot Topics, Best Practices and Tips for Obtaining Informed Consents
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

This interactive program will explore common issues that arise around conflicts of interest in the practice of law. Using hypothetical scenarios as a launching point, panelists will provide an overview of the relevant Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Responsibility as they are applied. Panelists will refer to recent developments in the case law, guidance opinions and other resources. The discussion will conclude with a review of the consequences for failure to identify and address conflicts of interest.


Video encores:

Dec. 14

Dec. 28

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.


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

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, 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

VIDEO ENCORE: What Persuades Today's Jurors in Medical Malpractice Trials?
(1 SUB)

This VIDEO ENCORE CLE program will examine what persuades today's juries in medical malpractice trials. Our panel, including a plaintiff's attorney, defense attorney and a judge, will address what a jury expects to see regarding proof. Does the use of technology have more of an impact? How about a great expert? How does the jury digest damages?

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 AM

VIDEO ENCORE: Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation?
(1 ETH)

This video-encore presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules. Panelists will also address the responsibilities of partners, managers and supervisory attorneys and judges to put in place measures to ensure the well-being of its subordinate lawyers and judges.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 PM

Using the Law to Solve Climate Change: What Can Pennsylvania Do?
(2 SUB)

This timely program, the fourth of its kind hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association with A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, will address the legal landscape for solutions to climate change, the case for carbon pricing policies, the authority under Pennsylvania law for carbon pricing and a specific proposal for using carbon pricing to make Pennsylvania a leader in fighting climate change while generating revenues for the Commonwealth.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
12:00 - 3:30 PM

VIDEO ENCORE: Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia Municipal Court
(3.5 SUB)

This VIDEO ENCORE program covers the fundamentals of municipal court practice in Philadelphia. Panelists will examine the most common issues and hone in on essential information that municipal court practitioners, general practice attorneys, and municipal prosecutors face.


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 Annual Toy Drive Kicks Off Nov. 27

‘Tis the season for the youth of Philadelphia when the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) kicks off their 2018 Toy Drive with a Head Quarters Grand Opening on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at their new headquarters on 1500 Market St. (Centre Square), 1st Floor, Philadelphia, 125 p.m. From November 27December 20, Child Advocates will collect toys and gift cards for children ages from birth21 years old. As well as collecting items at their headquarters, until Friday, Dec. 14, they have an Amazon Wish List available…READ MORE

Brandeis Annual Chanukah Party Nov. 27

The chancellor and officers of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society invite you to attend its Annual Chanukah Party at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Please join them as they present Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss with the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award…READ MORE

SeniorLAW Center Wine Tasting & Fundraiser Nov. 27

SeniorLAW Center will hold a Wine Tasting & Fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 6-8 p.m. (tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.), at Fox Rothschild LLP. Proceeds from this event will support SeniorLAW Center's work seeking justice for older people in need, including grandparents raising grandchildren, victims of elder abuse and exploitation, and elders facing eviction and homelessness. For more information and to register…READ MORE

An Evening with Terry Mutchler Nov. 29

The City of Philadelphia Office of the Chief Integrity Officer welcomes city employees and the public at-large to attend "An Evening with Terry Mutchler."" Hear how Terry established the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records and talk about the proper balance between transparency and privacy in government…READ MORE

Women's Law Project Annual Party & Fundraiser Nov. 30

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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