Final Week: Donate to Philabundance Through 'Bounty From the Bar Food Drive' Until Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is requesting nutritious, nonperishable food donations for the "Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" in partnership with Philabundance. One in six people are struggling with hunger in America, with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley being two of the hardest hit regions…READ MORE

YLD Holiday Party Nov. 30 Sponsored by Exponent!

Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer as the YLD takes over James Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Join us in welcoming our 2018 Chair, Vincent N. Barbera, and enjoy open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres while congratulating our 2018 Award Winners:

  • Colin Burke: Craig M. Perry Service Award
  • Jason W. Poore: F. Sean Peretta Service Award
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia: Vision Award

We once again will be collecting for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-18 months…READ MORE

Races are contested at the Board and Cabinet levels.

Online Election Ballots to Be Sent via Email Nov. 20

Online voting for Association line offices, Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division opens on Monday, Nov. 20. Meet the candidates…READ MORE

Listing Request

The Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be conducted via online ballot.

Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, treasurer, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Members are scheduled to receive their ballots in an email on Nov. 20 with instructions. Members are asked to add this email address to their trusted list:

Additionally, members are encouraged to ask their email administrator/provider (if applicable) to whitelist the following:

  • Domain:
  • IP Addresses:;;;;;

Online voting is set to end at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

2017 Annual Meeting Dec. 5

Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon introducing 91st Chancellor Mary F. Platt at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. Mary F. Platt, who is moving up to serve as our 91st Chancellor, is a litigator at Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C., with extensive experience representing corporate clients in individual cases and class actions. A longtime leader in the Philadelphia Bar Association, Platt looks forward to increasing member engagement, adding value to membership, and helping it develop a plan that will keep the Association focused on its core values and goals over time…READ MORE

High School Mock Trial Annual Advocacy Camp Dec. 2

Temple University Beasley School of Law's Law Education and Participation Program in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division is hosting its annual advocacy camp for high school students participating in the John S. Bradway Regional Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Dec. 2. The program is looking for volunteer attorneys to welcome the students, as well as lead breakout advocacy sessions or lectures. Email Matt Olesh or Vince Barbera with your interest and availability.

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


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.

Email Scam Alert: Phishing Attempt

It has come to our attention that some members of the Philadelphia Bar Association have received fraudulent emails from "Janet Coleman" requesting payment on an overdue invoice with an attachment. Do not open the email or the attachment. This email is not coming from the Association and is an attempt to phish members.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Technology Officer Barry Greenspan at 215-238-6327.

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

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

The Criminalization of Poverty in America: How Will Philadelphia Respond? Nov. 14

Presented by Community Legal Services, Inc., the Philadelphia Bar Association and Public Citizens for Children & Youth

The purpose of the criminal justice system generally is thought to be to punish people who commit crimes such as assault, theft and drug sales. But many low income people are entangled in the system for issues more related to their poverty. Poor people find themselves charged with crimes because of their mental illness, homelessness, noncompliance with public benefits rules or child support orders and misbehavior in schools…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Can I Really Be Sanctioned or Disciplined for Filing a Routine Motion or Pleading? Nov. 14

Learn how the new Public Access Policy requires lawyers to change how and what they file in every Pennsylvania court.

Imagine being sanctioned because your motion included your client's date of birth? It can happen starting January 8, 2018 when Pennsylvania's Public Access Policy goes into effect. The policy applies to all civil, family and criminal cases in the appellate and trial courts, and requires filing parties to redact confidential information. If a party violates the policy, a court can impose sanctions…READ MORE

VIDEO ENCORE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Nov. 20

Attend this entertaining video encore and learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.

With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules…READ MORE

Diversity in the Courtroom: Gender, Context and Credibility Nov. 28

Hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee

Ever wonder what a difference "difference" makes? How does gender diversity affect attorneys in the variety of contexts in which they find themselves (with judges, clients and juries)? Does being a woman matter to jurors, and which jurors…READ MORE

Putting Your Best Face Forward: Managing Your Social Media Presence Nov. 29

Hosted by the Environmental and Energy Law Committee

In this lunchtime CLE program, presenters in the environmental and energy law practice will use a hypothetical involving the oil and gas industry to analyze ethical issues that implicate the ABA Rules of Professional Responsibility in two scenarios…READ MORE


Last FREE CLE of 2017 for Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing.

Hosted by the Professional Responsibility Committee

Or "There, but for the Grace of God, go I"

Many excellent lawyers have identified the "client" too late, or incorrectly, resulting in dire consequences. Panelists will identify lessons to be learned from a number of courts decisions, enabling attendees to determine WHO is the "client" and WHEN an individual may become a "client"…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.