Jan. 25, 2021 | Vol. 22, No. 4
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Time to Renew

Be a part of a community that is here for you.

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association or renew your membership for 2021, and allow us to support you in achieving your professional goals.

In the past year, our Association has responded to a global pandemic, provided crucial reopening guidance to the courts and legal community, and worked to ensure access to justice for every member of our community.

Our team has also strived to provide opportunities for members of the legal community to grow your practice, get access to personal and legal services at a discounted rate, and gain important opportunities to learn, network and give back.

We are also adding an exciting member benefit for 2021: We will now allow all members in good standing to choose any one or two credit CLEs from our diverse, timely slate of offerings to use toward their six free continuing legal education credits. Once you renew, we will send a coupon code you can use to take advantage of this exciting benefit.

Join us in continuing our important work in 2021. The Association is truly a special community; the contributions of each individual member are crucial to achieving our shared vision. Use the link below to join or renew your membership

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Time to Renew

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.

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.

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


Public Interest Executive Committee

Monday, January 25 at 12 p.m.

This Executive Committee meeting is open to all members of the Public Interest Section so we hope that you will join us for our discussion. …Register Here

Employee Benefits Committee

Monday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m.

At this meeting, the committee will discuss employee benefits issues in the December Stimulus Bill and recent DOL guidance.…Register Here

Custody Committee of the Family Law Section

Monday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us for our first meeting of 2021! We will be discussing the latest in court procedure and best practices for representing clients in custody matters during these ever-changing times.…Register Here

Real Property Executive

Tuesday, January 26 at 12 p.m.

Industry Trends and Updates: A Panel Discussion on Title Insurance and Real Estate Closings in the Pandemic. …Register Here

Diversity Committee of the Family Law Section

Tuesday, January 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Join us for our first meeting of 2021! We will be sharing ideas and planning our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the year.…Register Here

Outreach Committee of the Family Law Section

Tuesday, January 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Join us to discuss our 2021 outreach program and initiatives! We are looking forward to continuing our efforts to help Philadelphia families facing social and economic barriers.…Register Here

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, January 27 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

Solo and Small Firm Committee

Friday, January 29 at 12:30 p.m.

Join us for our first meeting of 2021! We are excited to discuss initiatives for this year and connect with everyone.…Register Here

Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, January 29 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

  • 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.
  • Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24, the Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA) will hold a two-part virtual volunteer training, "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (must attend both sessions). This training program is for those interested in taking cases as a Volunteer Attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates. Join SCCA for this volunteer workshop and learn from dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy about how you can make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-handle-a-child-abuse-case-volunteer-training-tickets-129350820787. For more information about SCCA visit sccalaw.org/.
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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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Brand Aware: Logo Development for Law Firms

Review some law firm logos, and you'll probably find similar characteristics: prominent use of gavels and/or columns; the logo design will likely be based on the first letters of the last names of the name partners; and, the color scheme will probably be blue/white or gray. What I'm trying to say is that pretty much every law firm logo is the same.

In a massively competitive market, like legal, that's a bad thing, because when you're scraping for business against every other estate planning law firm in your neighborhood, every little differentiation point helps.

So, let's talk about the potential benefits of a new logo for your law firm: It can set the color scheme for your branding, including for website creation or redesign. (What if -- gasp! -- your law firm logo color scheme was not blue and white.) It can encapsulate important elements of your business in a more visceral way. (Amazon's logo has the smile in it for a reason.) It is another link in your brand awareness campaign, and creates something memorable for your customers (and more importantly) your potential customers, who have another foothold into your business.

But, don't just take my word for it, this is one of those things you have to see to believe. So, why not try a logo design/redesign campaign, and see where some thoughtful tinkering will get you -- you may start thinking of your law firm, and its services, in a whole new way. If you're hiring someone to design a website, they'll probably throw in logo design for free (in part, because it helps them to set the parameters of what the website should look like); but, if you're not engaging that larger project, you can throw short money at a logo design contest on services like 99Designs or CrowdSpring, to see a bunch of options that might coalesce into an improved vision of what your law firm is and means.

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If your logo doesn't go, 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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