Family Fun Day at Smith Playground Sept. 16

The Young Lawyers Division and the Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee are cohosting 2017 Family Fun Day at Smith Plaground on Saturday, Sept. 16…READ MORE

Legislative Action Center: Support the Expansion of Protections Under the Pa. 'Hate Crimes' Law

Just as Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of liberty and tolerance, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of support for the protection and equal treatment under the law for all citizens. Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 505, seeking to expand the definition of ethnic intimidation, follow in that same tradition… READ MORE

Volunteer, Donate to Help Texas Flood Victims

The Supreme Court of Texas issued an Emergency Order to permit out-of-state lawyers to practice law in Texas for up to six months, on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The order allows an attorney licensed and in good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction to practice in Texas if they have been displaced by the hurricane from their home jurisdiction or if they are providing services to victims of Hurricane Harvey through a legal aid program, pro bono program or bar association. To volunteer and serve the Hurricane Harvey victims…READ MORE

The Philadelphia Bar Association has set up a fundraising site for victims of Hurricane Harvey through Global Giving. Help victims get through the challenging and time-consuming process of clean-up and returning to normalcy.

YLD Runners Starting Up for Fall Beginning Sept. 7

Throughout the fall, YLD Runners will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome! The first group run of the season will be at One Logan Square (18th and Cherry streets) on Thursday, Sept. 7. The runs will be at a leisurely pace and all are invited to grab drinks at City Tap House afterward. Feel free to just show up, or you can email us at with any questions or to let us know that you'll be joining.

YLD Networking Happy Hour With the Montgomery County Bar Association Sept. 14

We're teaming up with the MontCo Bar Association for the September networking happy hour! Stop by SkyGarten on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. The first 75 people will receive a drink ticket and there will be appetizers. SkyGarten is located at 1717 Arch St., 51st Floor, Philadelphia.

Thank you to our sponsors, CourtCall and Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support!

Registration is requested but not required. To register click here.

Due Sept. 18: Applications for the Board Observer Program are OPEN

Heading into their sixth year of administering the Board Observer Program (BOP), the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (DLSC), and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association (YLD) are looking to welcome a new class of nonprofits and Observers…READ MORE

Due Oct. 11: Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2018 YLD Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. Commencement of Voting of will begin on November 20, 2017 and conclude at 5:30 p.m. on December 5, 2017…READ MORE

Nominations Sought for YLD's Prestigious Peretta & Perry Service Awards Due Oct. 18

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the YLD Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive on Nov. 30. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017…READ MORE

Registration Open: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, returning to Borgata in Atlantic City!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference remains the premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary, including the opportunity to earn CLE credits through unique course offerings…READ MORE

2017 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Access to Justice Benefit Nov. 4

Be part of uniting our community for legal aid on a night you won't want to miss. The Access to Justice Benefit will be #GettingJusticeDone on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Mütter Museum. Our 2017 Award Honorees will be the stars of the night! The evening will also feature a silent and live auction, a live painter, delicious bites by Catering by Design and sounds by the Big House Band. Whether you're purchasing a sponsorship or ticket, and we want to see YOU there…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

Developing a Prosperous Law Practice while Navigating Ethical Concerns Sept. 7

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

In this lunchtime CLE program, presenters will highlight the current ethical issues growing a law practice presents. Hear practical guidance regarding: marketing, advertising, and developing business within the ethical rules (204 Pa. Code Rules 7.1, 7.2, 7.3); identifying what gets in the way of a competent professional frame of mind (204 Pa. Code Rule 1.1), using effective communication techniques for attracting and retaining clients (204 Pa. Code Rule 1.4), and much more…READ MORE

Immigration Status and the Injured Worker Sept. 8

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

In this current atmosphere of intense focus on all things immigration, Claimant and Defense panelists will address the current impact that immigration status has on the injured worker. From Reinforced Earth Co. v. W.C.A.B. (Astudillo), through Ortiz v. W.C.A.B (Raul Rodriguez d/b/a Rodriguez Gen. Contr. and U.E.G.F.B) to Kennett Square Specialties v. W.C.A.B. (Cruz) and beyond, the panel will host a lively discussion as to the rights and remedies available to undocumented immigrants injured on the job, as well as, the pitfalls which face them, their attorneys and former employers…READ MORE

Tax Accounting for Real Estate Sept. 11

Hosted by the Tax Section

The Internal Revenue Code has a variety of special accounting rules that apply to businesses that own or deal in real estate and which influence timing for recognition of income and expense items. This advanced two-hour course reviews both the key rules and the most recent developments in the area and is geared not only for tax attorneys, but also for real estate and business attorneys who need to enhance their knowledge of the relevant standards…READ MORE

Minimize Tax & Liability Exposure-Choosing Right Entity Sept. 14

Hosted by the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm and LLCs and Other Unincorporated Entities Committees

This happy hour CLE program will examine tax, liability and other practical business issues faced by solo, small, and mid-size firms when selecting an entity.

Act 170 of the business code has made extensive changes to Pennsylvania law regarding incorporated and unincorporated entities that just became effective this year. This CLE program provides an overview of changes regarding objectives when choosing an entity. Panelists will explore and discuss entity options. Real life, practical scenarios will be discussed and attendees will gain a practical understanding of entity choice…READ MORE

Top Five Ethical Issues Nonprofits Face and How to Avoid Them Sept. 27

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program

The CLE will address ethical issues that can arise with nonprofit board member/director duties, tax issues, and executive compensation. Panelists will examine changes in the law for which new board members should be aware…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.