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

Early bird extended through Nov. 27!

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


Check Your Inbox: Philadelphia Bar Association Election Ballots

Polls close on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Did you receive your 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association ballot? If so, great! If not, let Susan Knight know at 215-238-6325. Happy voting!


Shelli Fedullo to Be 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

LIVE & WEBCAST: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Conflicts of Interests - Current Cases, Hot Topics, Best Practices and Tips for Obtaining Informed Consents
(1 SUB/1 ETH)

FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.

This interactive program will explore common issues that arise around conflicts of interest in the practice of law. Using hypothetical scenarios as a launching point, panelists will provide an overview of the relevant Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Responsibility as they are applied. Panelists will refer to recent developments in the case law, guidance opinions and other resources. The discussion will conclude with a review of the consequences for failure to identify and address conflicts of interest.


Video encores:

Dec. 14

Dec. 28

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. 27, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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

This CLE program will examine what persuades today's juries in medical malpractice trials. Panelists, 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? Hear the answers to those questions, as the panelists offer guidance to help you advocate better for your client during a medical malpractice trial.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

VIDEO ENCORE: Is Good Health and Well-Being Our Ethical Obligation?
(1 ETH)

Need an ethics credit?

This video-encore presentation will explore whether well-being should be included in the definition of competence under Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct or whether it should be referenced solely in the Comments to the Rules. Panelists will also address the responsibilities of partners, managers and supervisory attorneys and judges to put in place measures to ensure the well-being of its subordinate lawyers and judges.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
12:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Using the Law to Solve Climate Change: What Can Pennsylvania Do?
(2 SUB)
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Co-hosted by the Environmental and Energy Law Committee, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

On Oct. 8, 2018, the United Nations scientific panel charged with tracking climate change issued a special report that dominated international headlines for days. The report paints a far direr picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought. This timely program will address (1) the legal landscape for solutions to climate change, (2) the case for carbon pricing policies, (3) the authority under Pennsylvania law for carbon pricing and (4) 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
9 - 10 a.m.

The Fundamentals of Investing In Qualified Opportunity Zones
(1 SUB)
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Hosted by the Tax Section

With the passage of new Code Section 1400Z as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congress has created strong new tax incentives for investors holding unrealized gains to encourage investments that will be used to start businesses and develop properties in economically disadvantaged communities. On the heels of new guidance recently issued by the Internal Revenue Service, this one- hour breakfast seminar is designed to provide tax, business and real estate lawyers with a fundamental understanding of the new law involving tax-advantaged investments in Qualified Opportunity Zones ("QOZs").

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
12:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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

Missed the live presentation? Attend this nuts-and-bolts video-encore of common practice in Municipal Court.

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. Attendees will learn about practice and procedure relating to diversion programs, preliminary hearings and DUI, among other topics. Panelists will also offer guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls of municipal court practice.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
12:30 - 3:30 PM

VIDEO ENCORE: Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator!
(2 SUB/1 ETH)

Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal the decision and obtain a new trial. Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Attend this CLE program and obtain certification to become an arbitrator!

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM

2018 Public Interest Law Day
(6 total CLE credits, substantive and ethics depends upon sessions attended)

Experienced panelists will present a wide array of hot topics in public interest law for public interest attorneys, pro bono practitioners, judges and private practice attorneys who are interested in learning more about cutting edge issues affecting the pro bono legal community. Join your colleagues and earn 6 CLE credits including ethics while focusing on current issues in the practice and advocacy of Public Interest Law.


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.