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

2017 Spring Qtly

2017 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception March 29

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2017 Spring Quarterly Meeting & Reception at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. After last year's success, this year's Spring Quarterly Meeting will again be held as an evening networking reception…READ MORE

YLD Seeking Sponsorships for Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides Fundraiser April 27

Back by popular demand, the Young Lawyers Division is again hosting its "Striking Injustice: The Bar Abides" fundraiser to benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Mark your calendars for a fun evening of bowling and beyond. Want to see your name in lights? YLD is now seeking sponsorships to support tournament teams…READ MORE

Outside Activity for Government and Public Service Lawyers March 15

Join the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee and the Young Lawyers Division on at March 15 at 4 p.m. Entering public service has become an increasingly popular career choice for new and seasoned attorneys, alike…READ MORE

Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Meeting March 16

The Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee invites you to its meeting on Wednesday, March 16 featuring Margaret Klaw, Berner Klaw and Watson LLP, and Nicole D. Galli, Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC. If you are looking to meet and network with other small firm and solo practitioners, join the Committee today! Register for the meeting here.

Please reach out to Committee Chair Maureen M. Farrell with any questions.

Brandeis Survivors Club Book Event March 22

The Brandeis Law Society will be hosting a book event on March 22, 2017 in co-sponsorship with the Philadelphia Bar Association. Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat have written a powerful memoir of Michael's experience as one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz…READ MORE

Law School Outreach Happy Hour March 22

If you're a law student, come hang out with the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division at Tir Na Nog on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m…READ MORE

YLD and International Law Committee: Gadi Ezra March 28

Join the us and the International Law Committee for a forum with Gadi Ezra, human rights attorney, on Tuesday, March 28 at 12 p.m. Drawing from his personal experience as well as his strong academic and practical background as a human rights lawyer, Ezra examines the complexities of applying the laws of warfare in actual combat, illustrating modern challenges using first-hand experiences…READ MORE

Monthly Happy Hour March 30

Welcome Spring (?) with the YLD at McGillin's Olde Ale House on Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket and there will be apps and drink specials, thanks to our generous sponsor Friedman LLP!

McGillin's Olde Ale House is located at 1310 Drury St., Philadelphia. No RSVP required.

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 - Expungement Hearings Training March 14

Hosted by the Young Lawyers' Division

DUE TO THE IMPENDING WEATHER, THIS TRAINING WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE VIA VIDEOCAST. An email with the link will be sent to all registrants to join the program.

The expungement petition has been filed, now what?

Once the expungement petition has been filed a hearing date may be set. During a contested expungement hearing, the judge will conduct a balancing test weighing the right of the petitioner to be free from the harm of keeping the arrest record versus the Commonwealth's interest in preserving the record…READ MORE

CLE - Ethics of Pro Bono Representation & Naturalization March 20

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

In a time where immigration law faces many uncertainties, naturalization is the best defense to deportation. This CLE course will focus on the ethics of Pro Bono representation and an overview of the Naturalization Process…READ MORE

CLE - Family Law Training: Permanency Planning for Immigrants March 21

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

This CLE program provides training on something that has been coined, in other contexts, "permanency planning." Attendees will learn the tools for assisting mixed status families where parents of minors are facing deportation away from their U.S. citizen children…READ MORE

CLE - Citizenship Training: Naturalization 101 March 23

#TakeActionPhilly CLE Program

With recent changes to national immigration policies, many immigrants legally residing in the U.S. are anxious to complete the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The Philadelphia Bar Association, Ballard Spahr LLP and Esperanza Immigration Legal Services offer this CLE program to provide training for volunteer attorneys to enable them to help applicants complete the naturalization process…READ MORE

CLE - Mediating Before the EEOC March 24

Hosted by the Labor and Employment Committee

Each year, the number of Charges of Discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to increase. In Pennsylvania, 4,564 Charges of Discrimination were filed for FY 2016. Litigating these Charges at the agency level and later in court is time consuming and costly. The EEOC offers a voluntary mediation program that provides an efficient and economical alternative to litigation…READ MORE

CLE - Bridge the Gap April 29

Additional "Bridge the Gap" Date Added!

Tell Your Colleagues - the BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

Attend and meet your Bridge the Gap requirement before the April 30th deadline!

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…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.