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October 26, 2016

Advocating for Our Members

The Philadelphia Bar Association has spoken out on topics important to our profession, our system of justice, and to the community-at-large.

In recent months, here are some of the topics that we have advocated for or against on your behalf:



  • A broader ban on gifts to public officials
  • Abolishing Traffic Court
  • Filling federal judicial vacancies
  • Merit selection of state appellate court judges
  • Appointment of special prosecutors in police violence cases
  • Reciprocity with New Jersey on Bar admissions
  • Emeritus status for retired attorneys providing pro bono services
  • Amending the ethical rules to allow advice on medical marijuana



  • A sales tax on legal services
  • House Bill 1885 on "Sanctuary Cities"
  • Senate Bill 869 on civil asset forfeiture
  • Unjust criticism of the judiciary in the Presidential election
  • A legislative gag order on physicians
  • Foreclosing "Juvenile lifer" resentencing
  • Strict liability on cities for acts by non-citizens
  • Medical panels in workers compensation cases
  • Legislation shortening the time to appeal residential evictions
  • Unfair competition with local lawyer referral services

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