Register by Oct. 9: 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 nine CLE credits through 23 unique course offerings…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

Election Forums Oct. 17, Oct. 26 and Oct. 31

Come join your colleagues to meet the candidates who are running for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors. In a series of forums, you will hear why they are running and what value-add they would bring as leaders to the Association…READ MORE

Date Change: YLD Runners Meet-Up Oct. 4

YLD Runners will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 4, instead of Thursday, at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome! Join them at One Logan Square (18th and Cherry streets). The run 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 Jordan Strokovsky at with any questions or to let the YLD Runners know that you'll be joining.

Volunteer, Donate to Help Hurricane Victims

Puerto Rico

A message from the Puerto Rican Bar of New York:

We are tremendously thankful for the interest and support many have expressed in responding to the disaster and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In collaboration with la Mesa de Trabajo de Acceso a la Justicia (Access to Justice Roundtable), the legal clinics at the University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University Schools of Law and the Colectivo Accion Legal, as well as institutions in the U.S. like Columbia Law School, we are initiating efforts to organize and train lawyers (preferably bilingual) who will be able to help with post-disaster relief legal aid assistance…READ MORE


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.

American Immigration Council Quizzo for a Cause Oct. 5

Support the work of the American Immigration Council, a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants.

Whether you're ready to get fiercely competitive at our premier trivia event, or just want to sit back, relax, and watch the rounds, join them for a fun night of Quizzo…READ MORE

Community Forum: Behavioral Psychology of Giving, 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report Oct. 17

Join us for what promises to be a very candid and informative discussion on the current state of pro bono and patterns of giving and giving back. This special Chancellor's Forum will explore the motivation behind giving, and serve as the unveiling of the Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report, which updates the original Pro Bono Task Force Report the Association issued in 2002…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

YLD Dog Day Oct. 22

Attention all dog owners and dog lovers. The YLD is hosting a morning meet-up on Oct. 22, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Bring your dog, tennis balls and coffee for a morning event at Schuylkill Banks Dog Park. Come watch the dogs play and socialize with your fellow YLD members before noon. Look for a YLD sign at the dog park. All are welcome. Please contact Arly Smith-Pearson with any questions. As this is a weather dependent event, please provide Arly with your email address to let her know you will be joining, so she can advise everyone of any change of plans.

Volunteers Needed for 2017 Youth Courts

Youth Courts is back in session at School of the Future. This year the program will be working with a veteran teacher in her classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:40 a.m. The program will be teaching the students about what Youth Courts is, and how to apply the knowledge we give them. The school will start holding Youth Court hearings around Thanksgiving. The program is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer – this is a great way opportunity for pro bono hours! If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Alison Russell at and David Trevaskis at

2017 Philadelphia Events: National Pro Bono Celebration

For a full calendar of National Pro Bono Celebration events in Philadelphia…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

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

Business Law Section's Spotlight on In-House Counsel Oct. 5

Diversity in Law and General Counsel's Role as Business Advisor


Kirkland Hicks, Esq. and Anne Robinson, Esq.
Executive VP & General Counsel, Lincoln National Corporation and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Fund Secretary, Vanguard, respectively

Moderated By:

Brennan J. Torregrossa, Esq.
VP and Associate General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
Co-Chair, Corporate In-House Counsel Committee

This program, hosted by the Business Law Section in conjunction with the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, will provide a unique perspective on the state of diversity in the legal profession and the increasing role played by general counsel as business advisor as well as counselor at law. Our featured speakers will flesh out how general counsel, through their roles, can encourage diversity and inclusion within their organizations and on the legal teams handling their matters. Also, they will discuss how gaining the confidence and respect of clients as a trusted business advisor pays off for their businesses…READ MORE

2017 October Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Oct. 10

Estate of Han Solo: Administration Problems of Galactic Proportions

Hosted by the Probate & Trust Law Section

The shocking death of Han Solo has sent reverberations through the Star Wars universe. This CLE program explores numerous unusual issues that will arise during the administration of his estate, including competing claims by his estranged (and now deceased) wife, his patricidal son and his long time furry companion…READ MORE

The Real Life 'Scandal' Fixer Oct. 18

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Presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association and The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia

Crisis management is a critical organizational function. Failure can result in serious harm to stakeholders, losses for an organization or end its very existence. Receive guidance from an experienced crisis management attorney what to do when scandal or crisis hits you or your clients…READ MORE

Running Philadelphia's Elections in the Contemporary Media Moment Oct. 23

Hosted by the Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee

The current media focus on voting and elections and the rapid flow of news cycles makes running an election in Philadelphia a uniquely challenging event. This was particularly apparent during the 2016 General Election, but applies generally to all elections in Philadelphia.

In this timely and practical CLE program, panelists from the City of Philadelphia Law Department, City Commissioners, Police Department and District Attorney's Office will review the city’s management of a full election cycle with a focus on the requirements of the Election Code…READ MORE

Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Board Service Oct. 25

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

This 2- hour CLE program will provide training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members…READ MORE

Lines Drawn: The Modern Political and Legal Campaign Against Gerrymandering Nov. 6

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division

This timely CLE program will address gerrymandering, particularly in Pennsylvania. Panelists will outline how the maps are currently drawn (both state and federal); detail the work performed by Fair Districts PA, and review the proposed bills (SB22 and HB722) advocating for an independent citizens commission via a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.