Time to Renew Your Membership

Time to renew your membership for 2019! Click here and continue to take advantage of all the Philadelphia Bar Association has to offer.

John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition February 2019

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition, and organizers need your help to make this year another success. The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition.

Each spring, students from approximately 30-40 public, private and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. We hope that you will join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like. Each trial will require only a 2 to 3-hour time commitment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Paul Kaufman or Theresa Langschultz.

Our first round is Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. The students are incredibly excited for this year’s competition, so please come volunteer and see what they've been preparing for…READ MORE

Liberty & Justice: Moving From Some to ALL Feb. 8 (5 CLE Credits Avail.)

Join us for Liberty & Justice Conference: Moving from Some to All, on Friday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy. The Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia area law schools are again bringing together practitioners, law students and community activists from throughout the region to discuss issues of importance in social justice lawyering. This second annual conference will feature progressive, social justice advocates from the Philadelphia area gathered to address critical topics in social justice lawyering, such as, legalized exclusion - the racial wealth divide, human toll of U.S. immigration policies, ethics and lawyer activism, criminal justice reform, LGBT youth in foster care and homelessness, restorative justice, participatory defense and more. Preregistration is required; space is limited. 5 CLE credits are available; substantive or ethics are determined by the sessions attended. For more information and to register, click here.


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.

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
12 - 3 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator!

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

WCAIS Advice to Keep Judges Happy
(1 SUB)

This luncheon CLE program will educate employers as to common mistakes made in the use of WCAIS, how to improve their WCAIS requests and submissions to judges to maximize the functionality of WCAIS, reduce the time spent by the judge considering the request or submission, and increase the chances of obtaining a faster answer or approval from the judge, thus ensuring that they have satisfied clients and happy judges.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
9 - 11 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: How to Properly Handle An Asylum Application and Case
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

This practical and timely video-encore CLE examines the basics of asylum law including, what the overarching law is, the asylum process and legal standard, how to properly complete an asylum application, and the ethics of filing cases.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: The Gift of the Magi - How to File Immigration Appeals
(2 SUB)

As the Trump Administration continues to "Build the Invisible Wall" by denying immigration cases across the board, it is extremely important learn how to structure and file an appeal-and where to file, competently lodge appeals, and capably compose appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

An Inside Look at C.G. v. J.H.: What to Consider When Establishing Parental Status and Standing for Third Parties
(1.5 SUB)

Family Law Section

In this luncheon program, panelists will provide an in-depth examination of the C.G. v. J.H. case and address how to establish third party standing, the court's consideration of marital status in third party cases, circumstances when a third party is considered a parent, and much more.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
4 - 5 p.m.

State of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (WEBCAST ONLY)
(1 SUB)

In his new role as Chief Judge in one of the busiest District Courts in the United States, Chief Judge Juan Sanchez will provide information of key importance in the Eastern District, including role of the judiciary, new programs being implemented, types of cases, expectations for attorneys practicing in federal courts, and challenges faced by the Court.


Full course calendar here.