Thank You to Every Single #GetExpunged Volunteer!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at one of the six expungement clinic locations this past Saturday, Nov. 12. While we're still tallying the final numbers, we're immensely proud to have helped so many Philadelphians take a step forward in their lives.

Please direct anyone you encounter who is interested in getting criminal records expunged to and instruct them to sign up to be contacted for the next clinic.


"Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" Until Nov. 16

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…READ MORE

Candidates for YLD Executive Committee: Online Voting Begins Nov. 21

This year, nine candidates are seeking election to seven seats available on the YLD Executive Committee. Committee members serve three-year

Members will receive their ballots in an email on Monday, Nov. 21 with instructions. Online voting will end on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Candidates for office are:

  • Robert H. Bender Jr.
  • Eli H. Klein
  • Negar M. Kordestani
  • Hillary N. Ladov
  • Catelyn McDonough
  • Jason W. Poore
  • Stephanie Stecklair
  • Andre J. Webb
  • Michael C. Witsch

For more information on the candidates, click here.

Volunteers Needed: Legal Line Nov. 16

LegalLine is looking for a few more volunteers for the October Legal Line this Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5-8 p.m. You'll be fed! Email Erin Lamb to let her know you'll volunteer.

YLD Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Nov. 30

Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer and friends of the YLD at Top of the Tower on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Help support Turning Points for Children by donating new pajamas, books or toys.

Top of the Tower is located at 1717 Arch St., Three Logan Square, 50th Floor, Philadelphia. For more information and to register, click here.

Annual Meeting Luncheon - December 8, 2015 - Introducing our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross

2016 Annual Meeting Introducing Our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross Dec. 7

Join us at the 2016 Annual Meeting Luncheon, introducing our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross, in the Grand Ballroom at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m…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.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change Nov. 16

Co-presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

This full-day event focuses on the challenge of climate change, the legal framework for addressing the challenge, the need for much stronger and quicker action, the economic case for action, legal and economic issues specific to Pennsylvania, and the ethical and philosophical argument for action by lawyers and others…READ MORE

CLE - Ethics and Incorporating New Technologies in Your Law Nov. 17

Hosted by the Law Practice Management Committee

In business development conversations with colleagues, digital marketing is inevitably injected into the conversation as an integral part of a successful overall marketing plan. "Techy" or not, digital marketing remains a challenge for attorneys to implement given the limited amount of resources including the attorney's time and money…READ MORE

CLE - The Representation of LGBTQ Witnesses, Victims, and Defendants in the Justice System Nov. 21

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

Members of the LGBTQ community face unique obstacles in the criminal justice system. From their first contact with law enforcement, regardless of whether they are a witness, victim, or defendant, they are at-risk for harm from both conscious and unconscious bias…READ MORE

CLE - Bridge the Gap Nov. 22

Tell Your Colleagues - BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Call for Submissions to The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is looking for creative and fresh law-related content to publish in upcoming editions. Take your sense of humor or adventure, your urge to critique or your affinity for a special area of law and put pen to paper.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For more information on submission guidelines, email


"Bounty From the Bar Food Drive" Until Nov. 16

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. The high-priority food items are listed on their website. Specific items to avoid include: bread, baked goods, water, toiletries and anything with high fructose corn syrup. Furthermore, please avoid foods that are high in sugar, sodium and/or fat. Philabundance food collection boxes are available until Nov. 16 at the Philadelphia Bar Association in the 10th Floor Board Room and in the 11th Floor Conference Center.

Food items are preferred, but monetary donations are also accepted. Click here to donate online.

Any donation will help impact the lives of community members in and around Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Let us work together to help provide some relief for the hungry!

Volunteer Opportunity: Young Friends of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. They partner with court-involved youth, their families and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing and employment. Their ultimate goal is to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

For more information on how to volunteer, click here.

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act ot 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.