Primary Election Today: Current Judicial Commission Ratings

The review process for 2017 candidates for Judge of the Court of the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court has begun. For more details and a full list of judicial ratings…READ MORE

June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Hyatt at The Bellevue June 2

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2017 June Quarterly Meeting and Reception at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Friday, June 2 at 12 p.m. Former Secretary General of Interpol and law clerk to Judge Higginbotham, Ronald K. Noble, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture and the 2017 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project…READ MORE

Tonight: YLD Running Group Meet-Up - One Logan Square, Bar 5K Team This Sunday

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.

The YLD enourages everyone to sign up for the 38th Annual Philly Bar Association 5k Run/Walk on Sunday, May 21. The Division has a team this year, the "YLDers," and you can sign up here. All proceeds from the race benefit Support Center for Child Advocates. Even if you sign up on your firm team, please meet other YLD runners before the race for a picture and some group stretching. A meeting time and place will be circulated closer to the race.

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

Deadline May 26: LGBT Rights Ctte. Seeks Nominations for Rosenblum Award

The David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award is open to law students who have shown a commitment to the LGBT community. Nominees must have been enrolled in good standing in an accredited law school in the Greater Philadelphia Area for at least one semester during the 2016-2017 academic year. All such law students are eligible, regardless of orientation or gender identity…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!

Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event June 8

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to its Business Law & YLD Speed Mentoring Event at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners, who will provide insider tips and practical advice…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.

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 - Major Trials Judge Pro Tempore Training May 16

For more than twenty years, the First Judicial District (FJD) Case Management system has resulted in the timely disposition of civil matters filed in Philadelphia. A necessary and integral part is the Dispute Resolution Center's Judge Pro Tempore (JPT) program…READ MORE

CLE - A Power of Attorney is Not "Just A Form" May 18

Hosted by the Solo, Small and Medium Firm Committee and Probate and Trust Law Section

Tips for Solo, Small and Medium Firm Lawyers about the Many Traps Lurking in Powers of Attorney

As attorneys, we are often asked by friends and family to draft documents - including (if not especially) Powers of Attorney. Seems simple enough to throw together a "form" Power of Attorney, right? ...WRONG…READ MORE

CLE - Closing the Deal, Securing the Data May 19

Hosted by the Cyberlaw and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees of the Business Law Section

If you acquire a company without duly vetting its data protection practices, you are buying a cat in the sack and opening yourself up to great potential risk and cost.

This CLE program will highlight the key concerns when considering a target for acquisition…READ MORE

CLE - Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses: The Pros and Cons May 22

Hosted by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

This CLE program addresses perhaps one of the the most pressing "hot" topics in the field of alternative dispute resolution, particularly in consumer and nursing home cases, Pre-dispute Arbitration Clauses.

More and more companies are inserting these arbitration clauses in contracts, especially consumer contracts, nursing home contracts and stock broker contracts, among others…READ MORE

CLE - Nonprofit Financials 101: What Board Members Need to Know May 24

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board Observer program

This practical CLE program will cover:

  • How to read nonprofit financial statements
  • Provide an overview of the audit process
  • Review and preparation of required IRS Form 990

Featured speakers will also address what questions attorneys serving on non-profit boards should be asking…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