Nov. 12-16: 2018 Member Appreciation Week!

We hope you're excited for Member Appreciation Week! From Nov. 12-16, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be eligible for giveaways, special events and new Bar Bucks rewards to be used for discounts and other offerings…READ MORE

Member Appreciation Week Events

'Setting the Bar for Retirement' Cocktail Reception Nov. 13

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 31st Floor-Concierge Lounge for the "Setting the Bar for Retirement" Cocktail Reception. This mixer will showcase the new Association Member-only retirement planning benefits from BPU Investments and Professional Capital Services…READ MORE

Freeman's Auction of Historic Portrait and Sculpture Collection Nov. 14

Freeman's is auctioning the Philadelphia Bar Association's historic collection of portraits and sculptures that previously resided at Jenkins Memorial Law Library on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 10 a.m…READ MORE

Complimentary, Professional-Grade Headshots Nov. 16

Sign up for a complimentary headshot by John Carlano of John Carlano Photography on Friday, Nov. 16 between 10-12 p.m. You must sign up in advance through Andrea Morris-Tracey (space is limited).

Volunteers Needed: Legal Line Nov. 14

Help someone find the legal resources they need. After each Legal Line, callers come away with valuable information that they may ot have been able to find anywhere else. Volunteer for Legal Line on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and make a difference! There will be food and camaraderie. Contact READ MORE

Volunteers Needed: YLD Mock Trial Boot Camp Nov. 17

The YLD mock trial competition is back and so is the volunteer boot camp! Join us at Temple University for a full day of training on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Food and coffee will be provided. Contact Paul W. Kaufman to volunteer.


Shelli Fedullo Introduced as 92nd Chancellor Dec. 5

Chancellor-Elect Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, will share her vision for 2019 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, which begins at 12 p.m. at the The Bellevue Hotel, Broad and Walnut streets…READ MORE

Holiday Party, Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Gift Drive Nov. 28

Celebrate the end of year with holiday cheer as the YLD takes over Cinder. Enjoy an open bar with heavy hors d'oeuvres, welcome our 2019 Chair, Michaella Tassinari, Attorney at Robert J. Casey, Jr. & Associates and congratulate our 2018 award recipients:

  • Craig M. Perry Service Award: Bethany R. Nikitenko, Esq., Partner at McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.
  • F. Sean Peretta Service Award: Amber M. Racine, Esq., Attorney at Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer
  • Vision Award: Exponent

Once again we'll be collecting gifts for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-19 monthsREAD 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, Nov. 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM

VIDEO ENCORE: Employment Policy Issues That Solo and Small Firms Must Know!
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This VIDEO ENCORE 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.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM

How to Properly Handle An Asylum Application and Case
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

This practical 2-hour program examines the basics of asylum law, including what the overarching law is, the asylum process and legal standard, how to properly complete an asylum application, and the ethics of filing cases.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Representing Threatened Gardens
(1 SUB)
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The CLE presentation, prior to the Real Property Section's Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony, will examine the legal tactics and strategies involved in representation and protection of threatened gardens. Topics include land access, land security, taxes, litigation, real estate transactions, entity formation, and navigating the Land Bank.
Attend this CLE, then join your colleagues at the Loews at 5:30 for the Reception & Awards Ceremony.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moving Beyond Cash Bail
(2 SUB)

This timely CLE, co-hosted by the Civil Rights Committee and the Criminal Justice Section, will examine the cash bail system in Pennsylvania. Panelists will illuminate these problems and offer guidance regarding the most promising strategies for reforming cash bail practices.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

VIDEO ENCORE: What Persuades Today's Jurors in Medical Malpractice Trials?
(1 SUB)

This VIDEO ENCORE CLE program will examine what persuades today's juries in medical malpractice trials. Our panel, including a plaintiff's attorney, defense attorney and a judge, will address what a jury expects to see regarding proof. Does the use of technology have more of an impact? How about a great expert? How does the jury digest damages?

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
12:30 - 2:15 PM

Using the Law to Solve Climate Change: What Can Pennsylvania Do?
(2 SUB)

This timely program, the fourth of its kind hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association with A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, will address the legal landscape for solutions to climate change, the case for carbon pricing policies, the authority under Pennsylvania law for carbon pricing and a specific proposal for using carbon pricing to make Pennsylvania a leader in fighting climate change while generating revenues for the Commonwealth.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
12:00 - 3:30 PM

VIDEO ENCORE: Practice and Procedure in Philadelphia Municipal Court
(3.5 SUB)

This VIDEO ENCORE program covers the fundamentals of municipal court practice in Philadelphia. Panelists will examine the most common issues and hone in on essential information that municipal court practitioners, general practice attorneys, and municipal prosecutors face.


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.