National Pro Bono Celebration Oct. 21-Oct. 27

Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in a wide range of pro bono recruitment, recognition, and training events in October 2018 to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 21-27, 2018, to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services…READ MORE

YLD Running Group Kickoff Oct. 10

The YLD Running Group will be kicking off its Fall running season with weekly runs beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m., meeting on the corner of 18th and Cherry streets (1 Logan Square). Whether you are training for a race, working on getting back into shape or just want to knock out a few miles, our group runs are a fun and laid back way to get some fresh air with fellow attorneys. Routes range from 3-5 miles and all levels/paces are welcome to join!


Get to #BenchBar18 Oct. 12-13

Have a laugh at the Friday plenary!

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 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.


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 tplmag@philabar.org.

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

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Election Hacking, Ballot Security: Protecting Our Vote
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

As more breaches of election security are made public and doubts arise about the integrity of this November's election, it is time to consider what has been done and what can be done to protect the integrity of our votes. This timely CLE program will examine what is government doing to prevent future hacks, issues that may arise in the prosecution and defense of election law violators, and what changes can be made to guarantee our right to fair and honest elections.


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 cklitsch@philabar.org or 215-238-6326.