Registration Open: 'Striking Injustice' YLD Bowling Fundraiser Sept. 26

Sponsorship opportunities available!

We're back at North Bowl for the annual YLD fundraiser benefitting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation! This year's bowling fundraiser includes a sponsored tournament, open bowling, shoe rental, top-shelf open bar and dinner buffet…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


2018 Bench-Bar: Hurry! Early Bird Rates End Sept. 13

Scholarships available to public interest and government attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association

Special rates are available for Conference attendees through Thursday, Sept. 13. A rate of $199 is available to all Philadelphia Bar Association public interest, government and YLD members and a rate of $399 is available to all other members for the full Conference…READ MORE

Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 7

The Philadelphia Bar Association is holding a lottery to attend the 2018 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

The lottery is available to Public Interest and Government Attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and have not received a scholarship within the last three years…READ MORE


2018 'Nuts & Bolts'of Running for Elected Positions Sept. 14

New Time: 9 a.m.

We invite you to spend an hour hearing from current Board Members, Officers, YLD EC Cabinet Members and Association staff about the election process and the role of being a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors or YLD EC.

With the nominations deadline for the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors (Oct. 15) and Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (YLD EC) elections (Oct. 10) approaching, learn the importance of having an elected position within the Association…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

Nominations Due Sept. 21: FJD 2018 Pro Bono Roll of Honor

The First Judicial District recognizes the importance of performing pro bono work in order to ensure justice for the citizens of Philadelphia. It is also important to the First Judicial District to recognize the tremendous effort that many attorneys expend in providing pro bono services to litigants in the Court of Common Pleas or Municipal Court. Consequently, the First Judicial District will publish the Pro Bono Roll of Honor for 2018 and honor those attorneys at a reception on Oct. 24, 2018…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

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
12:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia Municipal Court
(3.5 SUB)

This program covers the fundamentals of municipal court practice in Philadelphia. Panelists will examine the most common issues and hone in on essential information that municipal court practitioners, general practice attorneys, and municipal prosecutors face.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Private Eyes: They're Watching You
(1 ETH)

From the hiring of a private investigator to film someone, to the monitoring of social media presence, attorneys are increasingly using methods of surveillance to gather evidence for trial. Certain technological methods question the need to balance researching injured workers activities with the workers' rights to privacy. Panelists address ethical issues attorneys may face including, investigators interacting with claimants under false pretenses, creating fake Facebook accounts, and performing surveillance in questionable locations, such as doctor's offices and churches. Attend this CLE program to receive practical information regarding these issues in the workers' compensation context.

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Community HealthChoices: What You Need to Know
(1 SUB)

On Jan. 1, 2019, the way Medicaid services are accessed in Philadelphia will change significantly with the implementation of Community HealthChoices. Community HealthChoices will replace the physical health Medicaid waivers and become the mechanism through which waiver recipients, nursing home residents and most people on both Medicare and Medicaid will get their Medicaid health care coverage. Attend this CLE program to learn what you need to know to prepare your clients and wards in light of the impending change.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

A View from the Inside: In-House Counsel Perspective on Labor and Employment Issues
(1 SUB)

This luncheon presentation, featuring in-house counsel from Swatch, Comcast, IMC Construction and NFI Industries, will examine the day-to-day concerns of in-house lawyers, the labor and employment issues that in-house lawyers most frequently think about and the dos and don'ts for outside counsel from an in-house perspective.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Employment Policy Issues That Solo and Small Firms Must Know!
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This program will explore employment policy issues that can have a significant impact on firms, but often times, solo and small firms are unfamiliar with the policies in question. Whether for your firm or the representation of a client, solo and small firm practitioners must prepare for and understand these common employment issues that may become complex.


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.