Thursday: 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. 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. 31 (Video encore)


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


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


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

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.

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

It's the last week of August Compliance! The Philadelphia Bar Association has what you need to meet your last minute credit needs.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE - Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation?
(1 ETH)

Missed the live presentation… don't miss this video encore!

This video-encore ethics presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules. Panelists will address the responsibilities of partners, managers and supervisory attorneys and judges to put in place measures to ensure the well-being of their subordinate lawyers and judges.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: Criminal Injustice: Investigating and Challenging Wrongful Convictions
(2 SUB)

A Can't Miss Video Encore! Eligible for Capital Case/Death Penalty credits.

This video-encore CLE presentation explores what happens when the basis for a conviction is called into question after trial and when both the prosecution and defense agree that someone is innocent. Panelists will answer the following questions: what is a "wrongful conviction;" how do the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Innocence Project and Defender Association, as attorneys for the wrongfully convicted, evaluate innocence claims; how is that challenge litigated; what are some of the challenges in that litigation from both sides; and what implications does this have for practicing attorneys and the criminal justice system?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Briefing 2018
(2 SUB/1 ETH)
 CJE icon CLE video icon

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, including representatives from the Office of Property Assessment, the Board of Revision of Taxes and the Philadelphia Law Department. These panelists, as well as experienced legal counsel, will provide guidance on crucial process and strategy; detail significant case law; and outline potential legislative changes on the horizon.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
VIDEO ENCORE - Emotional Damages in Harassment Cases
(1 SUB)

In recent years, we have seen an increase in employment lawsuits alleging harassment, with plaintiffs claiming that they have suffered emotional distress. Indeed, the primary source of recovery for plaintiffs in these types of lawsuits is emotional distress damages. In this practical video-encore CLE, panelists explore the recovery of emotional distress damages, defending against emotional distress damages and assessing the validity of the claimed emotional distress. They will address the use of experts, both to prove and defend such claims.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
VIDEO ENCORE: New Protections for LGBT individuals in the Workplace: Fact or Fiction
(2 SUB)

This video-encore presentation will examine recent developments in employment protections for members of the LGBT community, and whether such developments will withstand appellate and legislative challenges. Panelists will explore the historical evolution and consideration of sexual orientation as a protected class, and the trending direction of protections both legislatively and judicially. Practice tips from both plaintiffs and defense perspectives will also be discussed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Back to School with Local Control: Issues Facing The School District of Philadelphia
(2 SUB)

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) returned to local control in July with the dissolution of the state-controlled School Reform Commission (SRC). What are the legal issues facing the SDP as it returns to local control? A panel of education law experts will examine these important issues. From the politics of whether the laws are amended to allow for an elected school board, to critical funding issues, such as changing the law to provide the SDP with independent taxing authority, and to the law governing the funding, approval, and renewal of charter schools.


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.