Registration Ends Today: 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


Valentine's Day Feb. 14

Did you remember? NPP members save 20 percent on and Enroll with NPP and start shopping today! Visit NPP to find out more and to enroll.

Justice Delayed: Social Security Disability Backlog Crisis Feb. 21

Join the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee for "Justice Delayed: A Panel Discussion on the Social Security Disability Backlog Crisis" at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. Panelists include Rep. Brendan Boyle; Claudia Vargas, staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Jennifer Burdick, staff attorney, and Claire Grandison, staff attorney, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia…READ MORE



Come out for the first YLD Networking Happy Hour of 2018! We'll be at Con Murphy's, 17th and the Ben Franklin Pkwy., on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The first 70 people will receive a drink ticket and appetizers will be served, all courtesy of Exponent! No RSVP required.

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.

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 Feb. 21: Seeking Nominations for Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Reception which will take place during an evening this spring.

This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association…READ MORE

Due March 16: Seeking Nominations for 18th Annual Martha Hampton Award

The Workers' Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is presently seeking nominations for the 18th annual Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of Martha Hampton, an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers' compensation law…READ MORE

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

Due March 26: Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court on May 21, 2018 (Member Exclusive)

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Mary F. Platt will move the admission of up to 50 members to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, May 21. The admission ceremony will occur before the full Supreme Court sitting in Washington, D.C…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

VIDEO ENCORE - Defensive Document Drafting: Driving Isn't the Only Time to Keep Your Guard Up Feb. 15

The creation of legal documents is integral to the practice of law; therefore, drafting skills are essential for every practicing lawyer. Litigators draft complaints and other pleadings, interrogatories, and jury instructions. Business lawyers draft articles of incorporation, and contracts ranging from employment of individuals to security of goods. Even criminal lawyers rely on plea agreements, motions, appellate briefs and writs of habeas corpus in representing their clients. Trust and estate lawyers draft POAs and wills, and of course, family law attorneys handle prenups, orders of protection, parenting plans, etc…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

VIDEO ENCORE: Cross-Examination Series Part 2: Intermediate Cross-Examination Feb. 20

A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. In this video encore, Part 2 of this series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Lawrence Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, explores how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination…READ MORE

Construction Worker Misclassification Feb. 23

In this lunchtime CLE program, panelists will present a "nuts and bolts" analysis of litigating a case involving the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act from both a claimant and employer perspective…READ MORE

Professionalism, Courtesy and Mutual Respect: The "Soft Skills" in a Performance Review March 6

Hosted by Young Lawyers Division

Lawyers spend a lot of time ensuring that their research is accurate, their written work product is polished and their advocacy skills are first-rate. This course focuses on the skills lawyers frequently forget to sharpen or just aren't sure how to develop…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.