Jan. 19, 2021 | Vol. 22, No. 3
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Chancellor New Year Message Video 2021

It's a new year - and the time to start working toward your professional goals starts now.

From finding your next great gig to professional development and networking opportunities, membership to the Philadelphia Bar Association can help make it happen. Even in these virtual times, we are finding ways to bring Philadelphia's legal community together.

Here are just a few of the ways that Philadelphia Bar Association membership can open new doors for you:

This year, for the first time, we're making it even easier to tie your CLE requirement directly to your professional goals: All Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing will be able to use their six free CLE credits on any of our one- or two-credit courses.

Join or Renew Today


Take Action to Protect Judicial Independence: Stop House Bill 38

The independence of Pennsylvania's judiciary is at risk. Here's what you need to know - and what you can do.

We need your help to fight pending legislation that would threaten that independence and disenfranchise Pennsylvania voters.

DEADLINE EXTENDED for potential judicial candidates for 2021

Potential judicial candidates for 2021 now have until FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, to submit evaluation materials to the Judicial Commission.…Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • January 15, 2021: Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Tucker have ordered that all Court of Common Pleas criminal trials are deferred until March 1, 2021.
  • December 30, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court has joined the Court of Common Pleas in extending the moratorium of evictions in the city through January 31, 2021. Please see attached Order #70 of 2020, signed by President Judge Dugan, as well as previously issued Order #65 of 2020, referenced in the new Order.
  • December 30, 2020 - Updated: Waiver and Jury Trial Protocols for January 2021

Re-Opening Task Force

Re-Opening Task Force has been created to provide a set of resources and best practices as law offices re-open their doors and work places after the shutdowns mandated by the pandemic. … Read More


Diversity Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section

Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m.

Join us for our monthly conference call as we work together to plan events and strategize ways for the Probate Section to recruit and represent the true diversity of the profession. If you have any questions/concerns that you would like addressed on the call, please contact Shabrei Parker at shabrei.parker@gmail.comRegister Here.

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness, January 20 at 8 a.m.

The Wellness Committee is here for you during this period of great uncertainty and invites you to break up your week with a short, guided mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. The session will be led by Courtney Schulnick, Esquire, who has completed both the Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction (MBSR) teaching practicum and internship at Jefferson University's Mindfulness Institute. Guided meditation will be followed by optional group sharing and processing. Feel free to bring your morning coffee, tea, or breakfast.…Register Here.

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wellness, January 20 at 4 p.m.

Join us as we continue our conversation from the previous town halls during this two-week check in. If you have any questions, please email Denise Mandi and Jordan Strokovsky directly. We will do our best to provide answers at this meeting. This remains an evolving situation and we value all contributions to the discussion.…Register Here.

Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, January 22 at 12:30 p.m.

The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to a weekly lunchtime "Chat and Chew" forum to enjoy your favorite home-made or take-out cuisine while we all discuss (or listen to) topics of interest, whether legal or non-legal…Register Here.


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Discounts for Members

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Our colleagues, clients, and referral sources are now facing unprecedented disruption to their work and home lives. Philadelphia Bar Association benefits provide unique discounts and offers on products and services that you can use to help maintain business continuity in this challenging climate.


Get Published in The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Editorial Board welcomes submissions from attorneys and other professionals, who are members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, who wish to share their expertise on law-related topics.

Accepting manuscripts in multiple genres: law-related articles & features, general interest, fiction, practice areas, essays or humor, and book reviews.

Articles must be original and previously unpublished.

As policy, we do not compensate our writers.

For more information, email Rachel Kipp at rkipp@philabar.org

Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Coronavirus Response

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation has been an anchor institution for civil legal aid for more than 50 years. We extend our thoughts and best wishes to colleagues, friends, and families who are being negatively affected by the virus and the current crisis. The disruption to business operations in the U.S. and the economic downturn created by the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant and damaging impact on the Foundation's fundraising activities. We have taken immediate action in response to budget concerns, but we need your help. Please donate today to help us continue providing unrestricted funds and technical support to legal aid agencies on the frontlines of this crisis.


Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

All CLE programming, until further notice, will be offered via webcastCLE video icon. For course offerings, dates, and times, please visit:

Philadelphia Bar Association Calendar List

Then, type "CLE" in the search box and hit "Go."

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order temporarily modifying Rule 108 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Continuing Legal Education to eliminate the six credit cap on CLE credits earned through distance learning with respect to credits needed to satisfy all 2020 compliance deadlines.

Full course calendar here.

Public Interest Events

  • On Wednesday, January 27, Philadelphia VIP will host a live-streamed Practice Spotlight: Service in VIP Divorce Cases, via Zoom, from 12-1 p.m. This information session will offer tips on how to properly serve a hard-to-find defendant in a VIP divorce case and address other frequently asked question. VIP's Practice Spotlights are the perfect way to overcome pro bono obstacles, network with other volunteers, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice in Philadelphia. Register online at https://www.phillyvip.org/events/practice-spotlight-divorce-jan-2021/.
  • Thursday, February 11, the ACLU of Pennsylvania will host its annual fundraising gala, "Show the Constitution Some Love," virtually. The event will feature a diverse program with civil liberties speakers and performers. More information will be available at www.aclupa.org/showlove. Please contact Jenna McEloy, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Associate Director of Philanthropy at jmcelroy@aclupa.org with questions.
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Cyber Liability Insurance - Checklist for Law Firms

article image With a significant portion of the current U.S. workforce having shifted to a remote environment, many businesses, law firms included, are finding that their employees may not return to the "actual office." This disruption has opened the doors for Cyber Criminals to do what they do best - mayhem. From phishing scams to social engineering scams - the remote environment makes business more vulnerable to these types of events and law firms have been a prime target. …Read More

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Line Item: Do You Know Where Your Overhead Is?

Law firms tend to not track things well. That includes time and billing, where they regularly tend to leave hours on the table. But, it also extends to other parts of the practice. So, when was the last time you examined your budget?

Lawyers who know their overhead are empowered because they have a baseline idea of what they need to make to keep the lights on, and what they need to make over and above that to earn a comfortable living. Knowing those things means that the law firm can better forecast revenue and also set revenue goals, both of which are important to effective law firm management.

This all makes sense; but, the challenge lies in creating a current snapshot of the law firm budget. Many managing attorneys don’t track their expenses effectively, which means they never get an accurate sense of their overhead, which by extension means that their revenue projections are less likely to be accurate and the revenue goals are less likely to be realistic.

In a practical sense, this means that many law firms spend too much money. Since they’re not checking up on what they’re paying for, they are less likely to scrutinize budget items, so they can make changes if necessary. Is the law firm hanging onto outdated technology? Is there a marketing campaign that continues to run to little effect? Since most lawyers don’t continually ask and answer these questions, they’re not trimming their budgets in a consistent fashion, in order to keep their overhead numbers as low as possible.

Even something as simple as sticking to an annual budget review can help you save real money.

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If you’re having trouble pruning your law firm budget, we can help.

The Philadelphia Bar Association now offers DISCOUNTED law practice management consulting services through Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. Click here, to access consulting services, and start running your law firm like a business.

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