Future Leaders – Get Involved Today for Our Tomorrow

Attorney Josh Schwartz is the Chair of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Future leaders Section and is excited about the growing involvement of the younger members of the trial bar. The Future Leader Section of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association includes members who have been practicing for ten years or less, but their involvement in the legislative process on key legal issues of the day will serve the legal profession well for decades to come.

One of the Future Leaders initiatives is “Future Leaders on the Hill” in which Future Leader members will travel to Harrisburg, meet legislators and discuss key topics of interest, such as H.B. 1064. If HB 1064 were to become law, it would essentially shield emergency room doctors (and any medical care professionals providing emergency care in any setting) from liability by increasing the burden of proof to ‘clear and convincing’ and increasing the degree of negligence to ‘gross negligence.’

“The Future Leaders on the Hill is an opportunity for our future leaders to go to Harrisburg, meet with the legislators, sit in on hearings, understand more about the process, and also to generate some face-to-face interaction between some of the young leaders of the organization and the members of the House and Senate in Harrisburg.” said Mr. Schwartz.

In addition to their interest in the legislative process, the group has been working on ways continue to attract new members to the organization and also serve the needs of those that have recently become involved.

“It’s exciting and rewarding,” said Mr. Schwartz. “PTLA is such an extraordinarily important part of the effort to keep the court doors open and available to the public. The Future Leaders Section is the next generation of trial lawyers in Philadelphia and we must make sure that PTLA is just as strong ten years from now as it is today.”

Attorneys who have been in practice for fewer than ten years and are interested in joining the organization should contact: Josh Schwartz at Josh@ERLegal.com.

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