The Board may change the name of, combine or discontinue any Section or Sections.
All Sections shall meet from time to time at the call of the Chair thereof, and it shall be the duty of the Chair thereof to call a meeting upon the written request of the Chancellor or of any 10 members of the Section.
The Business Law Section shall promote the objectives of the Association within the field of corporation, banking and business law, and, to that end, shall advance the development of the law and the further and continuing education of the Philadelphia Bar within such field in all its branches, shall formulate and extend the study of such field of law, and shall cooperate in obtaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within such field.
The Tax Section shall study and make appropriate recommendations to the appropriate legislative, executive, administrative or judicial authority with respect to any present or proposed law, regulation, ruling or procedure relating to federal, state or local taxation.
The Probate and Trust Law Section shall promote the objectives of the Association within the field of probate and trust law and the further and continuing education of the Philadelphia Bar within that field in all its branches, shall formulate and extend the study of that field of law, shall cooperate in attaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within that field, and shall simplify and improve the application of justice in that field.
The Family Law Section shall study and submit resolutions concerning the laws, local and statewide rules of procedure, administrative regulations and forms and procedures governing marriage, divorce, adoption, support, custody, property division, dependency, juveniles, protection from abuse, paternity and other subjects related to family law. The Section shall work with the Family Court of Philadelphia to develop and implement policy and rules, shall provide the members of the Section and the Bench with continuing legal education, shall encourage an atmosphere of civility, sensitivity and camaraderie among the members of the Bench and Bar, and shall work to improve the delivery of legal services, administration of justice and public perception of the family law system.
The Criminal Justice Section shall study and make recommendations concerning criminal law and procedure. The Section shall cooperate in the improvement of criminal law enforcement in the City of Philadelphia and with the personnel charged with the same. The Section, on behalf of the Association, shall from time to time meet with judges, public officials, law enforcement, officers and others for the purpose of submitting to them and discussing with them plans for improvements or changes in criminal law and in the administration of criminal justice. The Section shall consider and report upon any such improvements or changes as may be referred to it by the Association and shall take such action as may be appropriate in support of or in opposition to such improvements or changes. When so directed by the Association, or by the Board, the Section shall advocate or oppose, in the name of the Association, particular suggested changes in rules of court or in the Federal or Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.
The Real Property Section shall promote the objectives of the Association within the field of real property law by discussing, studying and suggesting improvements in applicable laws, practices and procedures. The Section shall also assist in the formulation of continuing legal education programs and materials. The Section shall serve as a forum for communicating information to its members on current developments and trends in real property law and provide them with an opportunity to network and develop relationships with other lawyers and professionals in the real estate industry.
The Public Interest Section shall promote the interests of the Members who address the legal needs and rights of the poor, minorities, victims of abuse, persons with disabilities, the homeless and other disadvantaged populations. The Section shall provide a forum for the Bar to work together on issues of mutual concern that affect the public interest, to provide continuing legal education to its members, and to educate and involve the entire Bar in issues affecting the public interest. In addition to other committees created by the Public Interest Section, there shall be three standing committees: a Civil Rights Committee, a Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and a Women’s Rights Committee of the Public Interest Section. The Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor shall be ex officio voting members of the standing committees. The Chairs of all committees of the Public Interest Section shall be named by the Chancellor on or before January 15 of the Chancellor’s term to serve for a term concurrent with the Chancellor’s term or until their successors are appointed.
The Workers’ Compensation Section shall promote the objectives of the Philadelphia Bar Association within the field of the workers’ compensation law. The Section shall advance the development of the law and assist in the formulation of continuing education. The Section shall seek to attain uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within its field.
The State Civil Litigation Section shall promote the objectives of the Philadelphia Bar Association within the field of state civil litigation and, to that end: advance the development of the law and the further and continuing education of the Philadelphia bar within this field in all its branches; formulate and extend the study of this field of law; cooperate in attaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within the field; cooperate with judicial, legislative and administrative bodies and other constituents of the organized bar to further these activities; suggest improvements in applicable laws, practices and procedures; and simplify and improve the application of justice in this field, all in conformity with the Charter and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association as at the time in effect.