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Dec. 18, 2017 | Vol. 18, No. 54
 |  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:

  • Hamburg & Golden, P.C.
  • Law Office of Shari J. Odenheimer
  • McElroy & Associates LLP

Greet Incoming Chancellor at
Jan. 4 Reception

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Mary F. Platt, 91st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary.

This is the event where even the city's busiest legal leaders patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 19

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA. All members are welcomed to attend this meeting. In addition to its normal business, the Section will elect officers and at-large members to serve on its Executive Committee in 2018. The slate of nominees is:

  • Sarah Gelb, as the last retiring Chair
  • Eric Siegel, Chair
  • Marcel Pratt, Vice-Chair
  • Anne Aaronson, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Evan Miller, Communications Officer
  • Geneva Brown, at-large member
  • Joseph Hamill, at-large member
  • Ernest Holtzheimer, at-large member
  • Peter Jaslow, at-large member
  • Odia Kagan, at-large member
  • Michael Zanan, at-large member

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee Round Table Dec. 21

Please join the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee at its last luncheon meeting of 2017 on Thursday, Dec. 21 for a roundtable discussion about business development for the upcoming year. We will be joined by: Immediate-Past Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano, partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Timothy J. Holman, partner at Smith Kane Holman; and Maureen M. Farrell, principal at the Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell…READ MORE

2017 End-of-Year Celebrations!

Registration Extended: Criminal Justice Annual Reception and Award Presentation Dec. 20

Join the Criminal Justice Section at McCormick & Schmick's on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6:15 p.m. The Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Hon. Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Registration includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Register here by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20.


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 before the end of the year. 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.


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

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."



Evaluating an Economic Loss - Don't Let 'It' Scare You Dec. 21

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

This timely CLE program on economic damages primarily arising from medical malpractice claims will address the following key areas…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Ethics & Malpractice Avoidance Dec. 21

This video encore CLE program 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…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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

  • Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee: Deadline Dec. 31

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


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