Bowling & Tots: Register for 'Striking Injustice' 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


#BenchBar18's On! Oct. 12-13

Martini Madness Happy Hour on Friday!

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 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 and CJE credits through unique course offerings…READ MORE

Upcoming Corporate In-House Events

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12 - 1 p.m.
A View From the Inside: In-House Counsel Perspective on Labor and Employment Issues
(1 SUB)
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Hosted by the Labor and Employment Committee

The job responsibilities and demands for in-house counsel are diverse and ever changing. To provide efficient and effective counsel, it is essential for outside counsel to maintain a pulse on the day-to-day and "big picture" challenges their in-house partners face. This CLE program, 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 consider, and the dos and don'ts for outside counsel from an in-house perspective.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12 - 2 p.m.
Conversation with In-House Counsel

Women in the Profession Committee Meeting

Join the Women in the Profession Committee for a panel of in-house counsel lawyers on the topics of transitioning into the in-house environment, leaving big law, navigating the in-house structure, and expectations of outside counsel.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Business Law Section's Spotlight on In-House Counsel: The Evolution of the Role of In-House Counsel and Use of External Counsel
(1 SUB)
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Held at the Pyramid Club, Mellon Bank Center, 52nd Floor, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide a unique perspective on the evolving role of in-house counsel as they are tasked with innovating, controlling costs, efficiently partnering with outside counsel, and managing risk. In this program, the moderator and panelists will examine numerous topics to offer perspective and guidance on how today's legal landscape is creating a new business model for in-house legal practice. Learn how general counsel can gain the confidence and respect of clients as trusted business advisors while adjusting to the demands of the new legal landscape.


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

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

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. 20, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: My First Federal Trial: A Very Practical Examination of the Dos and Don'ts of Your First Federal Trial
(1 SUB)

If you missed the sold-out live program, please join us for the video encore for tips and techniques for trying your first or next federal civil case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania!

This video-encore program examines the major trial tasks of preparing witnesses and evidence for presentation in a professional manner, as well as adhering to the individual judge's practices and procedures in a federal trial. The panelists will address how to prepare a witness for testimony, how to deal with common evidentiary issues and how to make an opening and closing statement. Attendees will also receive guidance regarding what a judge does not want to hear or see from attorneys.

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Advancing Civics Education
(1 SUB/0.5 ETH)

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Advancing Civics Education ("ACE") Program is entering its 10th year and is retooling under new dynamic leadership. At this kickoff luncheon and CLE program, volunteer judges and lawyers will receive training on ethics regarding inappropriate answers or "personal disclosure," pro bono and sensitivity matters. Panelists will also offer guidance on lesson management and demonstration in preparation to educate Philadelphia students regarding the rule of law, ethics, free speech, voting, current events, and much more.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: New First Judicial District Evidence Retention Protocol
(1 SUB)

New First Judicial District (FJD) evidence retention protocols are scheduled to begin on September 4th 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.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

'Substantial, Sustained and Sincere:' The Expansion of Third-Party Custody Standing - Will It Work and How?
(2 SUB)

On May 4, 2018, Governor Wolf signed Act 21 of 2018 into law, amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania statutes as it relates to "providing for standing for any form of physical custody or legal custody, for standing for partial physical custody and supervised physical custody and for consideration of criminal conviction." This CLE program will explore the expansion of third-party custody standing and how it will work.


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.