This Week: 2018 YLD Expungement Clinic Feb. 3

The first 2018 Young Lawyers Division Expungement Clinic will be held at the Marian Anderson Rec Center at 740 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, on Saturday, Feb. 3. In 2016 and 2017, the YLD helped hundreds of individuals expunge their records via its city-wide clinics. They will be continuing this good work with more clinics this year. Only Philadelphia County misdemeanor records are eligible for expungement.

Please note that this clinic will be slightly different than before in that volunteer attorneys will keep their cases past the date of the clinic itself (i.e., volunteer attys. will file the petitions and see them through to completion). In other words, while the YLD team will remain available to direct volunteer attorneys to resources as needed after the clinic, it will be the volunteer attorney's case and they will be solely responsible for handling it thereafter.

For more information and to volunteer, click here. There will be FREE CLE training programs for volunteers (See CLE listings below).

Senior Lawyers-YLD Mentoring Program

The Senior Lawyers Committee and the Young Lawyers Division have launched a new mentoring program. The idea behind it is to help young lawyers build tools for success by linking them with experienced practitioners who are offering guidance and advice for fulfilling and rich careers in the law. Sign up to be paired with a senior lawyer mentor by Tuesday, Feb. 13…READ MORE

John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition February-March

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and your help is needed 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.

You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will require a 2-3 hour time commitment. (Please make time to volunteer for at least one session!) The first round is Friday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The students are incredibly excited for this year's competition – please come volunteer and see what they've been preparing for!

  • Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge.
  • Click here to view this year's case materials.

Tonight: HBA La Justicia Award Ceremony Jan. 30

Join the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania at its annual La Justicia Award ceremony in Conversation Hall at Philadelphia City Hall on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The 2018 award will be presented to Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel. Donations will be accepted for Unidos Pa' Puerto Rico to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico…READ MORE

Due Feb. 9: Nominations Sought for LGBT Rights Ingram Award

The LGBT Rights Committee is accepting nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. Traditionally, the award has gone to a LGBT non-lawyer or a non-LGBT lawyer (to not overlap with GALLOP's annual Michael Greenberg Award, which is awarded annually to a LGBT lawyer). However, this year, the Committee has decided to open the award to any individual who has made substantive contributions to the LGBT community in Philadelphia.

Cheryl was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice Award, which recognized the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all. Please email your nominations to Committee Chair Colin J. Beisel at by Feb. 9. Nominations should include a short (less than a page) explanation as to why you feel this person is deserving of the award.

Apply by Feb. 16: Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program

Eight-week internship with a corporate counsel office? No problem! The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is partnering with the Association of Corporate Counsel Greater Philadelphia (ACCGPA) to promote its Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program for 2L and 3L applicants who are members of minority groups, traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. ACCGPA works with area law schools to place students in corporate legal departments, giving them the chance to earn a stipend of up to $7,500. Forward and share with anyone who would be a great fit! Applications are due Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Apply here.

Due March 23: Seeking Nominations for 2018 Workers' Compensation Irv Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the annual Irvin Stander Award. This award is given by the Section in memory of Workers' Compensation Judge Irvin Stander, a Philadelphia Judge who was well known for his prolific writings on workers' compensation and zoning law. Judge Stander was also a founder of the first law school course on Workers' Compensation at Temple University law school, now the Temple University Beasley School of 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.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

Disaster Response and Relief - What You Can Do To Assist the Victims of the Hurricane in Puerto Rico and Similar Disasters Jan. 30

Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA)

Experienced legal practitioners will describe how disaster legal services programs work, how to assist clients navigating FEMA regulatory rules and insurance disputes and how lawyers can generally assist disaster victims with other recurring legal issues, such as landlord tenant disputes, essential documents lost in the disaster, consumer fraud, and more…READ MORE

Trainings for 2018 Expungement Clinics

VIDEO ENCORE - Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 2

Final three encore programs ahead of the Feb. 3 Expungement Clinic. Credit is FREE for those who take on an expungement case.

These video encore CLE training programs serve as volunteer training for all volunteer attorneys participating in the upcoming Feb. 3, 2018 YLD Expungement Clinic.

Millions of Americans have criminal histories that can potentially disrupt job searches, future employment, and housing. These video encore CLE training programs examine the legal processes for getting criminal records expunged and sealed.

Jan. 31: Register here.

Feb. 1: Register here.

Feb. 2: Register here.

Liberty AND Justice: Moving From
Some to ALL Feb. 9

Social Justice Conference in Philadelphia

Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia area Law Schools

Pre-registration is required! Space is limited.

This conference, organized by Philadelphia area law school students, gathers practitioners, law students and community activists from the Philadelphia region to discuss issues of importance in social justice lawyering. The panels will feature progressive, social justice advocates addressing critical topics in social justice lawyering, such as, participatory lawyering, women in the law, civil rights litigation, starting new innovative legal organizations and more…READ MORE

Long Term Disability Claims: An Introduction for the SSDI Attorney Feb. 16

Hosted by the Social Security Disability Law Committee

Those who become disabled and cannot work may qualify for long term disability benefits under an employer-sponsored ERISA plan or another kind of group insurance plan. Applying for ERISA long term disability benefits can be challenging and the rules and procedures for private long term disability claims are often misunderstood…READ MORE

Bridge the Gap March 9

The Bridge the Gap program is intended to give all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how" which is otherwise learned through trial and error. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved a rule change requiring newly admitted lawyers to complete the Bridge the Gap program by their first CLE compliance deadline. This program, for newly admiitted attorneys only, focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law…READ MORE

Full course calendar 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 or 215-238-6326.

Call for Submissions to The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is looking for creative and fresh law-related content to publish in upcoming editions. Take your sense of humor or adventure, your urge to critique or your affinity for a special area of law and put pen to paper.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For more information on submission guidelines, email