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In 2018, Lawyer Referral and Information Service panel attorneys earned nearly $3,000,000 in legal fees that were generated through LRIS referrals.

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.

'Judges' Needed: 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.

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
12 - 1 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Fundmentals in Investing in Qualified Opportunity Zones
(1 SUB)

With the passage of new Code Section 1400Z as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congress has created strong new tax incentives for investors holding unrealized gains to encourage investments that will be used to start businesses and develop properties in economically disadvantaged communities. On the heels of new guidance recently issued by the Internal Revenue Service, this video-encore seminar is designed to provide tax, business and real estate lawyers with a fundamental understanding of the new law involving tax-advantaged investments in Qualified Opportunity Zones ("QOZs").

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
12 - 1 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: The Changing Cy-Près Landscape
(1 SUB)

When a class action lawsuit settles, unclaimed or leftover funds at the resolution of class-action cases are common. Whatever the reason, the unclaimed funds, particularly in consumer class actions, have increasingly become the target for cy pres awards, or charitable contributions, in federal court. This video-encore CLE program will examine the particulars of the Cy-près doctrine and what counsel must consider when structuring a Cy-près distribution.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
12 - 2 p.m.

New Clean Slate Law: Automation and Expansion of the Criminal Record Sealing Process in Pennsylvania
(1 SUB)

Clean Slate is an innovative new Pennsylvania law that is serving as a national model on how to help people with criminal records get a fresh start. The new law brings a web-based, expanded criminal record sealing to Pennsylvania. This volunteer training CLE course examines the nuts and bolts of this new law, as well as prepares volunteers to participate in the Clean Slate Screening Project which provides individualized record assessment and advice to people who are looking to clear their records.


Full course calendar here.