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Nov. 27, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 50
 |  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:

  • Larrabee, Cunningham & McGowan
  • The Law Office of MK Feeney, L.L.C.
  • ShralowADR, LLC

Races are contested at the Board and Cabinet levels.

2017 Association Online Election Underway

Online voting for Association line offices, Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division is open through Tuesday, Dec. 5. Meet the candidates…READ MORE

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The Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be conducted via online ballot.

Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, treasurer, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Members are scheduled to receive their ballots in an email on Nov. 20 with instructions. Members are asked to add this email address to their trusted list:

Additionally, members are encouraged to ask their email administrator/provider (if applicable) to whitelist the following:

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Online voting is set to end at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

2017 Annual Meeting Dec. 5

Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon introducing 91st Chancellor Mary F. Platt at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. Chancellor-Elect Mary F. Platt, a litigator at Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C., will outline her plans for 2018. Also at the luncheon, President Judge Marsha H. Neifield of the Philadelphia Municipal Court will be presented with the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, and the PNC Achievement Award will be presented to both Alfonso Madrid, of the Law Office of Alfonso Madrid, and Bennett G. Picker, past CHancellor and senior counsel at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP…READ MORE

2017 End-of-Year Celebrations!

Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon Nov. 28

Registration deadline extended to Nov. 27!

Join the Real Property Section at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. Kathy Jaffari, vice chair, Board of Governors, will lead a program on mindfulness for lawyers. The Harris Ominsky Award will be presented to Judy F. Berkman of Regional Housing Legal Services and the Good Deed Award will be presented to Ready, Willing and Able. Register here by Nov. 27.

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Holiday Party Nov. 29

Join the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee at Strangelove's on Wednsday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Recognition will be given to the Committee's program presenters Gaetan J. Alfano, Saba Ashraf, Robert S. Balter, Danielle DeRosa, E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, Nicole D. Galli, Timothy J. Holman, Margaret Klaw, Laura E. Laughlin, Joseph Marano, Kevin V. Mincey, Stephanie Stecklair and Eric H. Weitz. Register here.

YLD Holiday Party Nov. 30 Sponsored by Exponent

Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer as the YLD takes over James Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Join us in welcoming our 2018 Chair, Vincent N. Barbera, and enjoy open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres while congratulating our 2018 Award Winners:

  • Colin Burke: Craig M. Perry Service Award
  • Jason W. Poore: F. Sean Peretta Service Award
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia: Vision Award

We once again will be collecting for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-18 months…READ MORE

Probate & Trust Law Section Annual Meeting & Reception Dec. 5

Join the Probate & Trust Law Section at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Register here by Dec. 1.

Workers' Compenstion Section Annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 6

Join the Workers' Compensation Section at The Downtown Club on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Once again the Section will be collecting for the Marines' Toys for Tots Philadelphia.
Please bring a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY for donation. Register here by Dec. 1.

DIPC Affinity Bar Holiday Party Dec. 6

The Diversity in the Profession Committee invites you to the Affinity Bar Holiday Party at Three12 Sports Bar and Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees are encourages to provide holiday cheer by bringing new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 16. No toy weapons please. Toys will be donated to Grands As Parents, Inc. Register here.

Family Law Section Holiday Party, Annual Meeting, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Dec. 7

Join the Family Law Section at James Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Welcome 2018 Chair Ann M. Funge and congratulate 2018 Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award recipient Thomas Kenny, M.A., court psychologist. This year the Section will be collecting for Women Against Abuse. Please consider donating baby products, adult toiletries, nail polish, basic children's underwear, notebooks and sketch books. All donated items must be new. Register here by Dec. 4.

State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception and Award Presentation Dec. 13

Join the State Civil Litigation Section at Estia on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The Honorable Alex Bonavitacola Award will be presented to Ronald A. Kovler and Rudolph Garcia, inaugural Section cochairs. Register here by Dec. 8.

2017 Public Interest Law Day, Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception Dec. 14

*Attendees MUST register for each event separately.

Register for Public Interest Law Day at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP on Thursday, Dec. 14 and earn up to six total CLE credits including ethics while focusing on current issues in the practice and advocacy of Public Interest Law. Register here.

Following Public Interest Law Day, join the Public Interest Section for its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception at The Westin Philadelphia at 5 p.m. featuring presentation of the The Bending the ARC and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Awards. The ceremony will also include the selection of the Higginbotham Fellowship and the presentation of the 2017 Law Student Awards. Register here by Dec. 12.

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


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.


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

Evaluating an Economic Loss - Don't Let 'It' Scare You Nov. 30

*Hosted by the Medical-Legal Committee*

Deciding whether it is worth your time and expense to take on a medical malpractice case can be difficult. Medical malpractice litigation is extremely costly due to evaluating the complexity of the case, extensive expert witness fees, discovery and trial…READ MORE

Recent Developments in Cross-Border Competition Class Action Litigation Dec. 6

Co-Hosted by the Antitrust Law Committee of the Business Law Section and the International Law Committee

Competition class actions, particularly those following on U.S. class proceedings involving allegations of price-fixing and other cartel conduct, are the most prevalent and important form of private competition litigation in Canada. With the large numbers of cross-border competition class actions filed in recent years, such cases are becoming a fact of life. Despite Canada's geographic proximity, the law and procedures are remarkably different…READ MORE

Current Topics in Investment Company and Investment Adviser Regulation Dec. 8

*Hosted by the Investment Companies Committee of the Business Law Section*

In this luncheon CLE program, featured speaker, Mark J. Dowdell, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will address current topics of interest to practitioners in the investment company and investment advisory fields…READ MORE

Defensive Document Drafting: Driving Isn't the Only Time to Keep Your Guard Up Dec. 12

Words are used to advocate, inform, persuade and instruct. Drafting documents that accurately reflect what you mean requires planning, clarity, correct word choice, precise use of technical terms and as much simplicity as possible. Don't let your documents raise questions later and put your client at risk! In this CLE program, panelists offer tips and techniques for drafting documents in all practice areas…READ MORE

Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia Dec. 13

*Representing individuals in Post Conviction Review in Philadelphia*

Any experienced criminal law attorney knows there are different types of review possible following a conviction. Pennsylvania state law and federal laws both give a convicted defendant such options. One such method is to file a petition under the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA)…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

  • Juvenile Rules Committee: Deadline Nov. 30

For more information on the available vacancies, click 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

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

Women's Law Project 2017 Annual Party & Fundraiser Dec. 1

The Women's Law Project will host their 2017 Annual Party & Fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Sciences. This event will feature a silent auction and wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Children are welcome…READ MORE

Deadline Dec. 14: Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive

Throughout December, Support Center for Child Advocates will host its Annual Toy Drive, culminating on Saturday, Dec. 16, with Toy Drive Delivery Day. Volunteer opportunities include coordinating a toy drive, volunteering at the Toy Drive headquarters, sponsoring a needy family or teen and delivering toys on Dec. 16. The deadline to bring toys to the Toy Drive Headquarters is Thursday, Dec. 14. For more information or to sign-up to participate contact or visit

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