Important: Puppy Yoga Nov. 13

Join us for one of two Puppy Yoga sessions (we know, we know) at SWEAT Fitness in Center City on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Find inner peace and tranquility with puppies currently being cared for at Morris Animal Refuge. Register with the password BARPUPPYYOGA by Nov. 1 to secure your space. We're not joking…READ MORE

Nominations Due Oct. 25: Peretta, Perry Awards

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. 28.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

The F. Sean Peretta Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted substantial time to an innovative or non-traditional program that serves the community. Peretta was a private practitioner who died suddenly at age 31 who was a very involved community activist and a mentor to kids in his home neighborhood. He was viewed as a role model for African-American Youth.

The Craig M. Perry Service Award is presented annually to a young lawyer - 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice - who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications.

All nominations should be submitted to:

Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email to dpetit@philabar.org.


YLD Pro Bono Oktoberfest Oct. 23

Meet with representatives of pro bono referral programs and public interest law organizations and discuss volunteer opportunities that they offer. This event is free and open to the entire legal community.

Join us for an Oktoberfest celebration including wine, german beer and traditional Oktoberfest delicacies as you gain information about how you can help the community…READ MORE

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 Bootcamp Nov. 9

Bootcamp is back! Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary at "Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers" presented by the Young Lawyers Division at the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Nov. 9 from 1 - 5 p.m…READ MORE

YLD Running Group Meeting Weekly Through Fall

The YLD Running Group has kicked off its Fall running season with weekly runs on Wednesdays 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!

For more information, email Ernie Holtzheimer.

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, Oct. 23, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Update
(1 SUB)

Keeping up to date on the Pennsylvania inheritance tax is essential to any practitioner who provides estate administration advice and services. This one-hour course provides a unique opportunity to engage directly with top Department of Revenue Inheritance Tax Division officials and receive the latest updates regarding issues with inheritance tax.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case Volunteer Training Workshop
(4.5 SUB/2 ETH)

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy of the Support Center for Child Advocates offers this volunteer training workshop, presented by dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy to explain how you can make a diff erence and provide legal representation and social service advocacy for abused/neglected child victims. Receive step-by-step guidance on the standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases and become certified to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
12:30 - 2:45 PM

Cops! Camera! Action!
(2 SUB)

This two-hour CLE program provides an in-depth look at the progress and problems in body-worn cameras as used by our law enforcement in Philadelphia. The first panel will explore the policy, background and culture of body-worn cameras on the street. That panel will examine body-worn cameras, their culture and practice in our courts and criminal justice system.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 PM

Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Board Service
(2 SUB)

Building on key recommendations from the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Pro Bono Task Force, this CLE program will provide insights from the field and practical tips for establishing or strengthening a pro bono program at your legal practice setting. Attendees will come away from the session with real world examples of successful pro bono programs (and the lessons learned in establishing them); sample pro bono policies and committee structures; and, if desired, a mentor to help them get started.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:15 p.m.

Implicit Bias: Identification in the Law and Action Plans
(2 ETH)

This dynamic program will help attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of implicit bias in the law and learn how to identify implicit bias both within themselves and in others. Attendees will also learn strategies and action plans to best address internal and external implicit biases.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:15 p.m.

The #MeToo Movement's Impact on Litigation, Counseling and Training
( 1 SUB/1 ETH)

This practical 2-hour program analyzes the real-life effects of the #MeToo movement as it relates to legal and administrative processes, the impact on employment litigation and juries in particular and the new influences on employer counseling and training. Panelists will also explore trends and future developments in this current political climate.


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.