Time to Renew Your Membership

Renew Your Membership Today!

It is that time of year when we ask you to renew your membership in the nation's oldest association of lawyers. Your membership dues are the lifeblood of our Association, and have not been increased in over seven years. The 2017 PA Senate will be veto-proof so the Bar Association will need to be particularly active on your behalf this year fighting against the sales tax on legal services, and fighting for legislation that improves the laws of our Commonwealth. Additionally, it will be a busy year for the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention in its evaluation of judicial candidates for our state appellate courts and local trial courts.

Renew today. We look forward to your continued membership and welcome your ideas and suggestions on ways to improve our work.

Deborah R. Gross
2017 Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Volunteers Needed for High School Mock Trials

The John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition is in need of attorneys to serve as judges for this year's competition. The mock trials will take place over the course of various evenings in February and March at the Criminal Justice Center or federal courthouse, with the first round beginning this Friday, Feb. 3.

You can sign up for one or more timeslots at PhiladelphiaBar.org. Please consider helping with this important initiative, which helps to teach high schoolers about our justice system.

Volunteer Investigators Needed for Judicial Commission

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention evaluates judicial candidates and provides ratings to help voters make decisions about candidates for judicial office in our courts. The Commission is currently in need of volunteer attorneys to serve as investigators and help conduct diligence on judicial candidates for the upcoming 2017 election cycle.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in one of the Association's most important functions. If you are interested, please email Charlie Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org.

PhilaBar CLE Celebrates 1 Year at Chancellor's Forum With FREE CLE and Reception Feb. 15

Celebrate one year of Philadelphia Bar Association CLE at a Chancellor's Forum with a FREE CLE and reception on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.

CLE - Preventing the "Oh Ish" Moment: Hacking and Data Breach

Chancellor's Forum offering FREE CLE credit for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

How should you handle hacking and a data breach if it happens to you, your client or your firm? This panel of experienced cyber security professionals examines this issue from a legal, insurance and IT perspective that will leave you with information to develop a cyber risk management plan that will reduce your risk of suffering a breach and limit your exposure should one occur…READ MORE

More details to follow.

LGBT Rights Committee Ingram Award Reception Feb. 9

The LGBT Rights Committee cordially invites you to its Cheryl Ingram Award Reception at the Field House on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. This year's award will be presented to Yolanda French Lollis, managing attorney, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania…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.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Dealing W/ Difficult Situations & Negotiating Outcomes Jan. 31

Hosted by: Women in the Profession Committee

Effective leaders are skillful negotiators and undeterred by complexity. In this CLE leadership seminar, featured speaker, Dr. Nataliya Adelson will equip attendees with the innovative strategies needed to excel in difficult situations and at the bargaining table…READ MORE

CLE - An Analysis of Upcoming Changes to the Federal Taxation of Businesses Under the Trump Administration Feb. 1

Hosted by: Business Law Section LLCs and Other Unincorporated Entities (LOUIE), Mergers & Acquisitions, and Venture Capital & Private Equity Law Committees

President-elect Trump made business tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for reduced corporate tax rates, reform of the way pass-through entities are taxed and reduced tax on the repatriation of earnings. Portions of the Trump Plan are similar to the House Republican Blueprint for Tax Reform…READ MORE

CLE - Effective Mediation Strategies through the Lens of Mediator, Advocate and Client Feb. 2

Hosted by: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

What makes for a successful mediation?

To answer this question, it is critical to understand how the roles of the mediator, the advocate, and the client come into play during the mediation process…READ MORE

CLE - Disabilities and Affordable Housing 101 Feb. 7

Hosted by the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee

"Being part of the community and living as independently as possible are among the most important values and goals shared by people with disabilities, their families, and advocates."

When it comes to finding housing, persons with disabilities face a frustrating array of barriers. The three most common include: affordability, accessibility and availability. They also may encounter discrimination…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

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 tplmag@philabar.org.


Volunteer Opportunity: Young Friends of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. They partner with court-involved youth, their families and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing and employment. Their ultimate goal is to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

For more information on how to volunteer, click here.

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.