Time to Renew Your Membership

Deadline Extended! Renew Membership by April 17

Philadelphia Bar Association members now have until Monday, April 17 to renew and save fifteen dollars by avoiding a late fee.

Renew today and take advantage of our many new member-only benefits including 6 FREE CLE CREDITS and access to high-quality, low-cost CLE throughout the year!

Law Week May 1-5 - Volunteers Needed!

Legal Advice Live! May 3

Dozens of Philadelphia lawyers will gather to provide free, in-person confidential legal advice to the public at four branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 3 from 12-2 p.m. Volunteers are needed at the Central branch (1901 Vine St.). Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning and employment law. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Michael Witsch at mwitsch@mmwr.com and Negar Kordestani at NKordestani@BlankRome.com.

Thank you to White and Williams LLP for staffing the Haverford branch, the Brehon Law Society for staffing the Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. branch and the organizations staffing the Ramonita de Rodriguez branch where Spanish-speaking attorneys will be available.

Lawyer for a Day May 4

The YLD is looking for volunteers for Lawyer for a Day on Thursday, May 4. Volunteers will meet the students at the Philadelphia Bar Association between 8:45-8:50 a.m. and walk them over to their respective courtrooms. Volunteers will bring the students back to the Association at 12 p.m. for lunch, concluding the program at 1:30 p.m. Betwen 10-12 volunteers are needed. Please click here for information on this year's theme.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Catelyn McDonough at cmcdonough@anapolweiss.com.

Goldilocks Program May 5 – Calling All Amateur Actors!

The YLD and the First Judicial District will host second-graders from around the City to attend the trials of Goldilocks, the Big Bad Wolf and Jack (of beanstalk fame) as part of the Annual Goldilocks Program on Friday, May 5 at City Hall from approximately 9-11:30 a.m. The YLD is in need of volunteers to act in these trials.

Scripts will be supplied, and there is no need to memorize. Having fun is a requirement! Please contact Melanie Foreman at mforeman@alumni.upenn.edu to volunteer or request more information.

Tonight: YLD Running Group Meet-Up - NEW LOCATION

Join the Young Lawyers Division Running Group tonight at 7 p.m. at 1 Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. All running levels are welcome and no one runs alone. Contact Catelyn McDonough and Jordan Strokovsky for more details.

Philly Set Go DA Forum and April YLD Happy Hour April 12

Philly Set Go, a PAC that advocates for issues that impact millennials in Philadelphia, will be holding a district attorney forum, co-sponsored by the YLD and other organizations, at Plays and Players Theater on Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be being donated to Community Legal Services. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets and more information about the forum, click here.

Following the forum, come to a networking happy hour with the other co-sponsoring organizations at Fox and Hound. This will be the YLD's April happy hour, and drink specials will be available. Fox and Hound is located at 1501 Spruce St., Philadelphia. No registration for the happy hour is required.

Register by April 13: Lyon-Philadelphia Bar Association Relationship 20th Anniversary April 20-22

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for the Lyon-Philadelphia Bar Association 20th Anniversary Conference & Networking Reception on April 20-22, 2017, a unique networking, educational and cultural gathering celebrating 20 years of the successful "twinning" relationship between the Philadelphia and Lyon bar associations, exemplified by the annual exchange of lawyer interns between the two cities…READ MORE

Individual Registration Open 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…READ MORE

Chancellor's Forum With Area Law Deans, Moderated by YLD Chair Matt Olesh April 25

The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will host a panel of deans from six area law schools at a Chancellor's Forum moderated by Young Lawyers Division Chair Matthew S. Olesh on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 4 - 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Reception and CLE Sponsored by The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia May 15

The reception on May 15, 2017 will be attended by the judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Hon. Idee Fox will be honored at the reception for her service to the Philadelphia Court system for her work in both Family Court and in the Trial Court Civil Division…READ MORE

Deadline May 19: Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Writing Competition

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. The following information is provided to encourage your participation…READ MORE

April Compliance Month is Here!

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

FREE Philadelphia Bar Association CLE April 27

CLE - Litigation Lessons From the VW Emissions Scandal

Second FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee, the Business Law Section's Business Litigation Committee and the Young Lawyers Division

What ethics and practical lessons can be learned from this case?

The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal went as far as the in-house legal department. The pitfalls encountered by counsel there confront all litigators…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Understanding the New DOL Fiduciary Rule April 11

The Labor department just changed the fiduciary rule and its exemptions. Attendees will receive a 71-page explanation UPDATED for the changes JUST PUBLISHED on April 7, 2017.

In the CLE video encore, attendees will hear about the U.S. Department of Labor's new rule, "Definition of the Term 'Fiduciary'; Conflict of Interest Rule - Retirement Investment Advice," that expands ERISA's prudent-expert fiduciary standard to cover a wide range of businesses and individuals not previously covered by that standard of care…READ MORE

CLE - Ten Steps to Client Relationship Mastery April 12

An ideal attorney/client relationship runs smoothly from start to finish. The client is satisfied, refers friends and pays legal fees on time. The attorney enjoys professional, personal and hopefully financial rewards. However, the reality is that issues and problems (many of which are avoidable) can arise at any point during the course of representation…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! April 13

Attend this entertaining video encore and learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules. Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial…READ MORE

CLE - Using Technology at Trial on a Budget April 24

Co-hosted and Co-sponsored by the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee, State Civil Litigation Section and the Brehon Law Society

After watching courtroom scenes on television and in movies, juries expect to see technology at trial. However, as attorneys, we know that hiring an outside company to help you with technology at trial can be costly! With the use of an iPad and projector, you can impress the jury by showing them exhibits on a big screen, mark them up with highlighting, a pen or other tools; and show pictures, videos and more…READ MORE

CLE - "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training April 26

Presented by: The Center for Excellence in Advocacy of the Support Center for Child Advocates

Join colleagues to hear dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can give a voice to child victims of abuse and neglect. Attendees will receive step-by-step instruction on the law and standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases.

A Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) works as part of a team with a Child Advocates social worker to provide legal representation and social service advocacy to an abused/neglected child or sibling group in Philadelphia County…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.