Due Today: 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



Thursday: Networking Happy Hour Feb. 22

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.

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

CLE 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

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: Justice Delayed 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


Feb. 27-March 4: 'Something Rotten!' at Academy of Music

Catch the 10-time Tony®-nominated "Something Rotten!" at the Academy of Music from Tuesday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 4. Save up to $41 per ticket with code PHILABAR. Buy tickets here.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is excited to partner with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Discount valid at box office, phone and online. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or premium seating. Certain restrictions apply.

Young Lawyers of PBA QUIZZO March 8

Please join the Young Lawyers of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for QUIZZO at Moriarty's Irish Pub, 1116 Walnut St., Philadelphia, on Thursday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m.

The first 20 people to arrive will receive a free drink ticket! Appetizers will be provided.

The Young Lwwyers of PBA welcome back its reigning Quizzo-master, Bert Bender! Test your knowledge at this popular team trivia game. Form a team in advance, or when you arrive. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place!

Questions? Email Michaella Tassinari.

Due March 9: Marutani Fellowship Applications

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, which provides a summer internship stipend. The Foundation, in conjunction with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), established the Fellowship in honor of the first Asian-American judge in Pennsylvania; Judge William M. Marutani. His service to both the Asian-American community and the community-at-large sets the standard for current students' commitment to public service. First- and second-year Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply by March 9. Apply here.

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

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

After Tax Reform, How Should I Structure My Business? March 1

Co-Hosted by the Tax Law Section and LLCs and Other Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section

The reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate to 21 percent has business owners seriously considering whether they should operate their businesses as "C-corporations." However, that tax rate is far from the only relevant consideration. Multiple provisions in the 2017 Tax Act have changed the way we think about business structuring. In addition to that rate reduction, the Act introduced a host of new provisions, including…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 cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.