Tomorrow: Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum Feat. Candidates for Commonwealth Court May 3

Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host candidates for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania at a Decision 2017 Chancellor's Forum on Wednesday, May 3 from 4 - 5:30 p.m…READ MORE

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members Amendments to Bylaws Article IV

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the April 27, 2017 Board of Governors meeting and were approved for submission to the members at the June Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, June 2, 2017, at noon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia.

Amendments to Bylaws Article IV, as followsREAD FULL PROPOSED AMENDMENT

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. or 1:30-8 p.m. If you can commit to working one of these shifts, please sign up here.

Tonight: YLD Running Group Meet-Up - One Logan Square

Join the Young Lawyers Division Running Group tonight at 7 p.m. at One 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.

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

Legal Line Volunteers Needed May 17

Volunteers are needed to staff Legal Line on May 17 from 5-8 p.m. in the LRIS offices on the 11th Floor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Volunteers do not need to stay for all three hours. The shift options are as follows:

  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.

If you are able to stay the entire time, even better! Dinner will be provided and there will be an Association staff attorney on duty to provide instructions and assist with questions and referrals should they arise.

Please email Eli Klein at if you can volunteer.

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

YLD Networking Happy Hour May 31

Summer is almost here! Let's celebrate a little early with the next YLD Networking Happy Hour at Con Murphy's on Wednesday, May 31 6-8 p.m. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support, the first 70 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket and all attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials.

Con Murphy's is located at 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. No registration necessary!

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 - Right to the Cure & Incarcerated Hepatitis C Patients May 2

Hosted by the Civil Rights Committee

This CLE program, presented with the Abolitionist Law Center’s will first address the scope of Hepatitis C nationally and internationally. Featured speakers will then examine the scope of the Hepatitis C epidemic in the United States prison system. Finally, they will Hepatitis C project and how attorneys can become involved…READ MORE

CLE - Avoid Ethical Landmines to Develop a Marketing Mindset May 10

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

In this competitive legal service landscape, new lawyers must hit the ground running in planning for the growth of their businesses. Yet, there are requisite skill sets and professional ethic rules that lawyers are not taught in law school that must be incorporated into daily marketing activities…READ MORE

CLE - Financial Planning for Gov't and Public Service Employees May 11

In this CLE program, Rob Wilson, financial advisor and television contributor will provide general retirement planning strategies. Government and public service attorneys will learn how to manage their 401k, pension or other deferred compensation plans…READ MORE

CLE - Criminal Injustice: Investigating and Challenging Wrongful Convictions May 12

Hosted by the Civil Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section and the Public Interest Section

A witness recants. Corruption is uncovered. An expert’s science is discredited. What happens when the basis for a conviction is called into question after trial? What happens when both the prosecution and defense agree that someone is innocent…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