Annual School Supply Drive & Happy Hour Aug. 30

It's back to school season once again and we are collecting for our annual school supply drive. Join us at City Tap House, 2 Logan Square, Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 30. The first 75 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket. All will enjoy drink specials and appetizers while giving back to a good cause. Donations will benefit Turning Points for Children, a non-profit organization committed to providing social and health services to children and families in need. Supplies needed are backpacks (elementary & high school ages), lunch boxes (elementary & middle school ages), ruled notebooks, pencils, pencil cases, crayons, glue sticks, rulersand erasers.

Donate items ahead of time at White and Williams LLP, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia and at the Philadelphia Bar Association…READ MORE

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe is the generous sponsor of this year's School Supply Drive & Happy Hour.

LegalLine Volunteers Needed Aug. 15

The YLD is looking for two volunteers for LegalLine this Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Dinner will be provided! Please let Hillary Ladov know if you can help out at

YLD Bench-Bar Scholarship Lottery

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce its intent to hold a lottery offering winners the opportunity to attend the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 12-13 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City at no cost. The lottery is available to Public Interest and Government Attorneys who are also current members of the Young Lawyers Division…READ MORE

FREE CLE: Neutrality, Finality and Morality - An Ethical Perspective on Mediation Aug. 15

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

Co-hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee and the State Civil Litigation Section

Is every case right for mediation? Can every case be resolved in mediation?

This lively, fast-paced, interactive CLE program will address potential ethical obstacles in mediation and creative ways to break an impasse. Experienced mediators will offer guidance on creative ways to resolve the 'unresolvable' case.

Attendees will hear different perspectives regarding when to terminate the mediation or seek other solutions. The panelists will provide specific techniques that attorneys can begin using immediately to make the next mediation more productive…

Aug. 15 (Live and webcast program)

Aug. 22 (Video encore)

Aug. 31 (Video encore)


Applications Open for the 2019 Board Observer Program

The Board Observer Program provides the opportunity to serve for a year on a non-profit board of directors through a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Philadelphia Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLSC) and the YLD. Board Observers learn about Philadelphia legal service organizations and other local non-profits. It is a great way to strengthen your professional network and develop leadership skills! Deadline to apply for the 2019 Program is Sept. 10, 2018. To apply, click here.

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed an Executive Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Philadelphia Bar Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

See Job Description Here: Executive Director


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to:

Abraham C. Reich, Esq.
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee

Please use the following subject line in your email message: Applicant for Philadelphia Bar Executive Director

Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews.


The Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Accepting Submissions for Race and Law Issue

The Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is soliciting submissions for a forthcoming issue on race and the law. The Board is looking for articles that tell stories from the perspectives of people of all colors who have encountered the law in any way. This issue is slated for spring 2019.

We are looking for shorter articles of 750 words and longer feature-length articles of 1,200-1,500 words. Authors may ask to remain anonymous to protect their privacy. All submissions must be previously unpublished and approved by the Board for publication. No article is guaranteed to be published. For more information and to submit an article for consideration please email


Open Position: Part-Time Staff Attorney for Lawyer Referral and Information Service

The Philadelphia Bar Association has an immediate opening for a part-time Staff Attorney to handle telephone and website intake for the Lawyer Referral and Information Service.

Successful candidate must be a licensed attorney and on active status in Pennsylvania. Successful candidate must be able to speak Spanish as the position involves some conversational Spanish. Position requires the ability to listen carefully, pinpoint issues and communicate effectively in a fast-paced environment. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must. Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and to learn our in-house software program.

Send resume and cover letter to Charles Klitsch at

Volunteer Faculty Needed: People's Law School Oct. 2, 9, 16

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 on Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16. Attorneys who practice either landlord/tenant law or wills and estates are needed in particular. For more information please contact YLD Chair Vincent N. Barbera at

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.


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

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 - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Aug. 14


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…READ MORE

My First Federal Trial: A Very Practical Examination of the Dos and Don'ts of Your First Federal Trial Aug. 15

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee

This luncheon program examines the major trial tasks of preparing witnesses and evidence for presentation in a professional manner, as well as adhering to the individual judge's practices and procedures in a federal trial…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Navigating Language Access In Legal Proceedings Aug. 16

Originally presented with the American Translators Association

As a fundamental principle of law, fairness, and the fundamental right to justice, and to promote the integrity and accuracy of judicial proceedings, attorneys, judges and the courts, should provide a sound and reliable system of language access services. Persons participating in a legal environment should be able to do so in a language they understand and all parties should be able comprehend one another throughout the proceedings…READ MORE

Drafting ADR Clauses: Make a Mistake Today, Have a Disaster Tomorrow Aug. 20

Hosted by the State Civil Litigation Section's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee

As a common practice, lawyers drafting contracts often include ADR clauses at the end of the process. This may be a mistake that can come back to bite the attorney months or even years later. A poorly drafted ADR clause may result in delay, expenses, or some other detrimental result. Different circumstances may call for different clauses that the drafter should customize to fit the client's goals and needs…READ MORE

Introduction to Tax Controversy Practice Aug. 22

Hosted by the Tax Section

This two-hour intermediate course is designed to provide tax lawyers and litigators with an introduction to tax controversy practice, an area that involves the enforcement of tax law through administrative proceedings and judicial proceedings. The course will focus both on substantive law as well as the professional responsibility issues that arise in these matters…READ MORE

New FJD Evidence Retention Protocol Aug. 23

New First Judicial District (FJD) evidence retention protocols are scheduled to begin on Sept. 4 in the Waivers, Majors and Homicide Programs. This is an important rule of trial evidence preservation for all who practice in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas criminal courts. This CLE program will provide the nuts and bolts of how to properly preserve all trial evidence exhibits and what procedures should be followed after any conviction to ensure that the exhibits are actually included as part of the record. Panelists, including personnel from the Office of Judicial Records (OJR) and the FJD IT Office, will provide training and guidance on these new rules…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 or 215-238-6326.