Early Bird Discount Ends Sept. 14: 2017 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 13-14

Take advantage of $199 Conference pricing until Sept. 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

Cancelled: Family Fun Day at Smith Playground Sept. 16

This event has been cancelled due to unexpected circumstances. The Philadelphia Bar Association will issue a full refund to all registered attendees.

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

Exclusive Members-Only Chancellor's Forum With A.G. Josh Shapiro Sept. 19

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a Chancellor's Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Association is pleased to offer this opportunity to meet and ask meaningful questions of Pennsylvania's new attorney general as a free, members-only event…READ MORE

FJD Pro Bono Hall of Fame Nominations Due Sept. 22

The First Judicial District (FJD) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 FJD Pro Bono Roll of Honor. The awards are provided to attorneys who performed pro bono services in the FJD courts from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 23, 2017. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Sept. 22. Nomination forms, eligibility criteria and additional instructions are available here.

Philadelphia D.A. Candidates Community Forum Sept. 26

The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will host candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney at a Community Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Association's 11th floor Conference Center. The event will be introduced by Chancellor Deborah R. Gross…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


In light of the recent tragedy in Houston, the associates of Montgomery McCracken have expressed an interest in traveling to Texas to volunteer and are presently looking for other like-minded attorneys throughout the city. Volunteer options ranging from participating in legal clinics to simply assisting in the distribution of supplies are currently being explored, although they are open to additional suggestions. Montgomery McCracken is willing to spearhead this activity and is seeking to identify firms or individuals who would be willing to participate, with the goal of getting a critical mass of 6-10 attorneys in total to travel to Texas. If you're interested in getting involved, please contact Arianna Goodman or Jim Gannon.

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.

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

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

VIDEO ENCORE - Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance Sept. 13

Join your colleagues for this 2-hour video CLE, applicable to attorneys in all practice areas, that provides simple tips, pointers, and advice on how to avoid common malpractice pitfalls.

This program will provide guidance to attorneys regarding how to protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical issues. Panelists will address the primary reasons why attorneys are sued, the stages of a representation where attorneys get into trouble, practical steps an attorney can take to minimize risk, as well as professional liability insurance, which is critical in protecting the law firm and the attorney in the event of legal malpractice…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

VIDEO ENCORE - Know Your Rights: Addressing Deportation & Detention Sept. 20

This VIDEO ENCORE CLE program provides background regarding President Trump's Executive Order regarding the travel ban, how it affects you, your clients and the community…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.