Alternative Accommodation Ideas for 2018 Bench-Bar

We can't wait to see you at the 2018 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference! Before you register, take stock of your options for accommodations. We have some suggestions!

  • Room-sharing: Find a colleague or law-school bestie and share a room (rooms with two queen beds are available).
  • Group House: Form a group of Bench-Bar attendees and find an Airbnb or VRBO property in or near Atlantic City.
  • Other Hotels: Book a room at a different hotel in Atlantic City that better fits your tastes or budget.

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



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…READ MORE

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

FREE CLE: Neutrality, Finality and Morality - An Ethical Perspective on Mediation Aug. 22, Aug. 31

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. 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.

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 tplmag@philabar.org.


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 cklitsch@philabar.org.

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 barberav@whiteandwilliams.com.

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

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

VIDEO ENCORE - The Forensic Fruits of a Labor (& Employment) Client Aug. 24

Previously hosted by the Cybersecurity Committee of the Business Law Section

Digital forensics came about nearly twenty-five years ago as society moved into a digital age. Since that time, the field has greatly matured through evolving technology. With the advent of laptops, smart phones, dense storage systems, GPS, social media networks and the Internet of Things, digital forensics has continually reinvented its tools and techniques to remain on the cutting edge of technological advances…READ MORE

Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Briefing 2018 Aug. 29

In light of recent legislative proposals to revise real estate tax rates, impose oversight on assessments, modify exemptions and reduce or eliminate available abatements, there has never been a more critical time for attorneys to familiarize themselves with the practices and complexities of the Office of Property Assessment and Board of Revision of Taxes.

In this comprehensive CLE program, attendees will learn about the current state of Philadelphia real estate taxes from those who interpret and enforce the rules and regulations and render critical decisions…READ MORE

Chancellor's Forum: Impact of Technology on the Practice of Law Sept. 6

Hosted by the Law Practice Management Committee

There has been great emphasis placed on technology and the law these days. The role of technology and its integration into the legal profession can change the way lawyers work, how they deliver legal services, how they argue in court, the business models of legal entities, as well as provide better or more access to law and justice.

Courts systems have even begun to create policy around the use of electronic filings to maintain efficiencies in the system. Attorneys use tablets and smart phones to create presentations, present evidence in the courtroom, and display pictures and documents at depositions and trial. Now the added focus of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - the use of computers to do work that normally requires human intelligence - is transforming law offices of all sizes…READ MORE

Back to School with Local Control: Issues Facing The School District of Philadelphia Sept. 12

Hosted by the Education Law Committee

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) returned to local control in July with the dissolution of the state-controlled School Reform Commission (SRC). The SDP, which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took control over in 2001 because of the district's financial distress, is now governed by a local school board that was appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney. So, what are the legal issues facing the SDP as it returns to local control…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.