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

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 and Negar Kordestani at

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. Between 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

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 to volunteer or request more information.

Tonight: YLD Running Group Meet-Up - Yards Bridge Run & Happy Hour

Tonight's YLD Running Group will meet in Franklin Square Park (6th and Race streets) at 5:45 p.m. to run across the Ben Franklin Bridge (approx. four miles). The run starts at 6 p.m. and ends at Yards Brewery. At the door a $5 donation will get you $3 beers for the night, plus one free raffle ticket for some great prizes to be announced soon. All proceeds from the bracelet sales plus sales of additional raffle tickets will benefit After-School All-Stars Philadelphia, a mentoring program for students in Philadelphia. For more info on the run, click here.

Contact Catelyn McDonough and Jordan Strokovsky for more details.

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

Judicial Commission: Volunteers Needed for May 16 Primary

Are you interested in making a real, meaningful difference in Philadelphia on Election Day? The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention needs volunteers to work half or full-day shifts during the primary election on Tuesday, May 16 to hand out its judicial candidate ratings to voters at approximately 100 polling places across the city. This is part of a massive effort to not just promulgate the ratings more effectively, but to collect data for use in future judicial election years.

Please note: You do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort! Encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well!

Shifts will be from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-8 p.m. If you can commit to working one of these shifts, please email Matt Olesh at with your name, shift preference, email address and cell phone number.

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

VIDEO ENCORE 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

CLE - Legal Implications of Water Supply April 18

Hosted by the Environmental and Energy Law Committee

Detergents, shampoos, fragrances and medications are used on a daily basis by the public. This luncheon CLE program will examine the overlapping scientific and legal issues surrounding these substances…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE CLE - Attorney Ethics Found in Golf and Tennis April 18

Ethical and principled conduct is a foundational aspect of practicing law, as well as competing in the sports of golf and tennis. Both golf and tennis are played according to strict rules for fairness, just as in legal advocacy…READ MORE

CLE - Hot Topics in Special Needs Law & Trust Administration April 19

Hosted by the Elder Law and Guardianship Committee

This luncheon CLE program will provide an overview of recent developments of interest to special needs planners, including upcoming changes to Pennsylvania's Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) Waiver program, recent legislative and policy developments, as well as, emerging alternatives to guardianship…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