Register Today: 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 12-13

Join Philadelphia Bar Association members, judges and colleagues for another entertaining and educational weekend at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. as we present the 2018 Bench Bar & Annual Conference. This year's conference again boasts 23 sessions affording lawyers and judges up to 9 CLE credits, as well as 9 CJE credits that clearly offer something for everyone.

Register early and stay tuned for added programming, finalized course descriptions and confirmed faculty…READ MORE

Tomorrow #TakeActionPhilly June 13

Join us for the next #TakeActionPhilly convening on June 13! We'll be hosting "Public Charge: New Threat to Immigrant Communities and Our City" with experts in policy, social services and healthcare to discuss how this change will affect our communities and our city and what actions you can take to help…READ MORE

YLD Diversity Reception June 26

Please join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and co-hosting affinity bar associations at the 2018 Diversity Reception, honoring five outstanding local law students, at The Midtown on Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. Susan Lin will deliver keynote remarks.

Registration is REQUIRED in advance and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine…READ MORE

Law School Outreach Committee Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series

On Thursdays June 14, 21 and 28; and July 12, 19 and 26; the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section Law School Outreach Committee will host the "2018 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series" from 12-1:30 p.m. These free programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area…READ MORE


June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon Feat. Higginbotham Lecture by Ken Frazier, O'Connor Award Presented to Judge Jacqueline Allen June 20

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Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for its 2018 June Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at The Bellevue Hotel on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture.

The 2018 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen, Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division. The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community…READ MORE

Volunteer Faculty Needed: People's Law School

People's Law School is back! We're in the early planning stages and looking for several volunteers to teach classes that will be held at Temple University in the fall. For more information please contact YLD Chair Vincent N. Barbera at barberav@whiteandwilliams.com.

Nominations Due June 22: LFMC Public Service Awards

Nominations are being accepted for Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Awards to honor and recognize two young attorneys for their exceptional pro bono or public service work. Eligible attorneys must have practiced law for five years or less in private practice or the public sector. The awards will be presented at the City-Wide Summer Associate Reception on Wednesday, July 11 at Water Works…READ MORE



Business Law Section Networking Happy Hour June 13

Get to know the members of the Business Law Section at its happy hour at Tir Na Nog on June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! Light appetizers will be served and the first 50 attendees will receive two drink tickets (One drink ticket will get a domestic draft, and two drink tickets will be good for a craft beer or one glass of wine) courtesy of the happy hour's generous sponsor, Diamond State Financial Group…READ MORE

LGBT Rights Committee Summer Associate Reception June 14

Please join the LGBT Rights Committee as it welcomes incoming members of the profession, summer associates, to the Philadelphia legal community. Graciously hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, the Committee hopes that this event will provide opportunities for summer associates to network with established professionals and their peers.

In addition, the Committee will be presenting the fourth annual David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award…READ MORE

2018 Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 15

The 2018 Federal Bench-Bar Conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee in collaboration with the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, is a half-day educational event that is always eagerly anticipated by federal court practitioners and judges. An informal, educational favorite continues, with CLE and networking with colleagues and judges! More details to come…READ MORE

Giants of the Business Bar: Ann C. Mulé June 19


This Business Law Section event recognizes legal giants impacting the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and serves as a learning and networking opportunity.


Ann C. Mulé, Associate Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

Ann C. Mulé, a former chair of the Business Law Section, is a recognized leader in the corporate governance field, whose expertise and insights have helped to shape the governance landscape for companies, boards of directors, shareholders and many other governance constituencies…READ MORE

Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception July 12

The Public Interest Section's Law School Outreach Committee cordially invites you to the Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception 2018 at Ballard Spahr LLP on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. Generously hosted and sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP, this event celebrates the exceptional public service of students and lawyers in and around Philadelphia, and gives all an opportunity to meet and mingle over refreshments and light appetizers. Registration is required by Thursday, July 5…READ MORE

Save the Date: 'Striking Injustice' YLD Bowling Fundraiser Sept. 26

Sponsorship opportunities available now!

We're back at North Bowl for the annual YLD fundraiser benefitting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! Mark it on your calendar, Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.! For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Registration information will be available soon.

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.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

VIDEO ENCORE - #MeToo for Legal Practitioners: A Chancellor's Forum on Sexual Harassment June 12

Missed the live presentation? Attend this video encore to hear best practices for prevention, training and response to allegations of sexual harassment.

The current #MeToo movement has sparked renewed interest in the perennial problem of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. The law requires employers to prevent, and to address allegations of, harassment and retaliation, including sexual harassment, but many workplaces do not understand their legal obligations. Join our experienced panelists for a discussion about creating equitable work environments in which employees are able to report and employers are able to respond appropriately to violations of workplace policies and the law…READ MORE

Pennsylvania Tax Treatment of Digital Assets June 18

Hosted by the Tax Section

Digital revolution descended upon us and states now must explore the taxation of digital assets. Although not clearly defined in Pennsylvania, digital assets generally may include digitally stored content, online accounts and files stored on digital devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones…READ MORE

Best Practices in Settlement Conferences before United States Magistrate Judges June 19

Hosted by the Labor and Employment Committee

Federal magistrate judges are key in the settlement of civil cases in the federal courts. Settlement is an expedient necessity that permits the courts to function. This CLE program, featuring United States magistrate judges, will examine settlement conferences involving labor and employment cases. The judges will discuss best practices and offer guidance to practitioners to achieve a successful outcome…READ MORE

Legal Considerations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain June 26

This luncheon CLE presentation will examine significant legal considerations surrounding cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The following issues will be examined: securities law, banking law, tax considerations as well as, data privacy and security requirements…READ MORE

What You Should Know About Pre-Dispute Arbitration in the Elder Law Setting June 27

Hosted by the Elder Law Committee

Pre-Dispute Arbitration clauses are found in a number of contexts including consumer finance contracts, non-disclosure agreements and employment contracts. The use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in the health care setting has grown significantly, making it imperative that elder law practitioners and guardians understand the effects of the clause and how to best proceed…READ MORE

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Jail Detainers June 28

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

Merriam-Webster defines "detainer" as "a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to hold a person in custody."

According to a recent study, literally half of the citizens in Philadelphia county custody are there due to probation and parole detainers. That number does not include all of the other types of writs/holds/detainers which keep people in jail…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.


Experienced Mass Tort Attorneys Needed for LRIS Referrals

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has expanded its Product Liability panels in order to better meet the needs of clients requiring assistance with injuries resulting from the use of Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc.

If you have significant experience litigating any of these matters, we invite you to join LRIS. Attorneys wishing to receive referrals for claims involving Paxil, Reglan, Risperdal, Xarelto, Yaz, pelvic mesh or talc must represent, or have represented, at least 12 plaintiffs in civil actions involving the same product brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and must have completed a minimum of five hours of CLE in trial tactics, products liability or class actions within the past three years.

For more information on LRIS, please click here.  You may also contact Charles J. Klitsch at cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.