Mar. 30, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 12
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Statement on COVID-19 and Racism

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 and racism:

"As an association of lawyers and judges, we stand firm in our commitment to protecting the rights of all, and to stand firm against the recent incidents of racism and violence that have been directed against those of Asian-Pacific heritage. These men and women have suffered, as have the rest of humanity, from this disease; they should not also have to bear the pain of racist, xenophobic acts and statements directed against them.

"When we have defeated this disease, and we believe that we shall, we need to know that each of us can return to a world of compassion, understanding, and hope. We will need to be strong and united to rebuild. Let this be our challenge and our goal.

"We are deeply distressed that in the midst of the pandemic that is COVID-19, when thousands of people have died, when people all over the world are being hospitalized, or quarantined, and when economies are struggling in the face of this insidious virus, that there are those who believe that hatred directed toward a group of people, merely because of how they look, or their ancestry, is acceptable.

"Racism, bigotry, and xenophobia should never be tolerated, least of all at a time when people all over the world should be coming together to recognize our shared humanity. This novel coronavirus is not a disease of one country, one race, or one people. It is a disease that bears no allegiance to any nation or people; it is a disease that can affect us all. If we hope to defeat this scourge, we must each follow the precautions mandated by experts to protect ourselves."

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Philadelphia Bar Association Coronavirus Response

Latest Updates

  • March 27, 2020 - Understanding the CARES Act: The $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill
  • March 27, 2020 - President Judge Fox Sets Procedure for Expedited Criminal Motions

    Honorable Idee Fox, as Chair of the Administrative Governing Board of the First Judicial District, has issued an
    order regarding expedited criminal motions that are to be filed electronically and decided on the papers. See
    the full order for details.

  • March 24, 2020 - All April Sheriff's Tax Sales Postponed Until May

    President Judge Idee Fox and Administrative Judge Jacqueline Allen have issued an order amending Administrative
    Order 11 of 2020 and postponing all April Sheriff's Tax Sales to May. No additional notices or costs are
    required. See order for new dates.

Congress passed and the President has signed $2.2 Trillion Economic Relief Bill

Understanding the CARES Act: The $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

In response to the unprecedented economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed and the President has signed the massive $2.2 trillion fiscal stimulus bill - known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act - to offset the losses suffered by businesses and households and to stave off a looming, and potentially significant recession. The total cost represents about 9 percent of our nation's annual GDP.

Lauren P. McKenna, Chancellor-Elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association has written an in-depth analysis of the bill that covers:

  • Potential Aid for Your Firm
  • Key Business Provisions
  • Benefits for Individuals
  • Next Steps

Read the Complete analysis here.

Solo Practitioners, Small Firms Encouraged to Apply for Grants and Loans through New City Fund and SBA

Many solo and small firm practitioners are suffering severe economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Philadelphia has teamed up with PIDC to create a new fund that will provide grants and loans to small businesses, including law firms, that have been impacted by COVID-19.…Read More

YLD Law Week 2020 Poster Contest

This year, the YLD is holding its Law Week 2020 Poster Contest entirely online! The theme is "What Does the Right to Vote Mean to You?" and the contest is open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from Philadelphia public, private, parochial, and charter elementary schools. Deadline is Friday, April 24. Click here for details.

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Discounts & Offers for Members; Membership Extension

For those who have already renewed your membership, we thank you! If you have not yet renewed, we're happy to extend your active membership to June 30.

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.

Additionally, members can take advantage of a free CLE on March 27th, April 15th or April 28th.

CLE - Pandemics, Politics & Policy Changes, Oh My!

Thu., 4/2/2020 - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (1 SUB) - PRESENTER LIVE via WEBCAST Webcast Icon

2020 is bringing unprecedented stock market volatility with the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential elections & new tax legislation taking effect. In this presentation, we'll cover timely topics impacting individuals and business owners, including:

  • Perspective on how these factors are influencing the stock market
  • Review new provisions in the SECURE Act and the CARES Act
  • Where financial planning and estate planning opportunities exist for individuals given market volatility and policy changes
  • Impacts of legislation on business owners and employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Register Here


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The Philadelphia Bar Association is looking for volunteer writers for its Philadelphia Bar Reporter.

Receive monthly assignments or propose your own topics.

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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.


Transforming Access to Justice: Philadelphia Equal Justice Center

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is leading the Equal Justice Center (EJC) project, which will permanently transform the capacity of the city's legal aid system to sustain its operations and improve the delivery of services to clients. At the EJC, a shared physical location will create efficiencies and collaborative program opportunities, freeing up much-needed resources. Organizations in the EJC will collectively confront interlocking issues, which will be life-changing for Philadelphians seeking multiple vital supports. Help support this important project by learning more and donating today!


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 Philadelphia Bar Association has been informed that, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has extended the April 30 compliance period to Aug. 31, 2020. At this time, the Supreme Court has left other compliance periods unchanged. Read the order here.

Full course calendar here.

Philadelphia VIP Solos Practice Group Meeting, April 2

On Thursday, April 2, Philadelphia VIP will hold its Solos Practice Group meeting, from 12–1 p.m. This meeting will be held as a video conference over Zoom. VIP is launching a quarterly practice group exclusively for solo practitioner volunteers. Join our inaugural meeting to troubleshoot cases, team up with peers, and build a support network for navigating pro bono representation with VIP. Register Here.

CLE WEBCAST: Ethical Issues for Attorneys Serving on a Nonprofit Board, April 14

On Tuesday, April 14, the Philadelphia Bar Association will present a CLE WEBCAST: Ethical Issues for Attorneys Serving on a Nonprofit Board, from 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. This webcast will offer 2.0 ETH CLE credits. Login link and materials will be provided electronically the morning of the program. Register Here.

Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction, May 6

From Wednesday, April 22 to Wednesday, May 6, the Support Center for Child Advocates will hold an Online Auction to replace its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction event that has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The online auction will offer a chance to bid on trips, restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia, and more from the comfort of your home or office. For more information and to purchase sponsorships, make donations, or register for the online auction, please visit the auction page.

HIAS Pennsylvania 2020 Golden Door Awards: Keeping America's Promise, April 29

On Wednesday, April 29, HIAS Pennsylvania will host its annual HIAS Pennsylvania 2020 Golden Door Awards: Keeping America's Promise, a virtual extravaganza, online! The event will be hosted on HIAS's website, beginning at 5:30 - 9 p.m. Join by clicking on HIAS's website at to live stream the event or watch from HIAS's Facebook page. The event will honor Deborah Gross, Esq., Citizens Bank, and Yesenia Guillen. For more information and to buy tickets here.
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To Text or Not to Text: Communicating with Clients in a Cyber World

article image As lawyers, communicating with our clients is a vital part of our practice. Not only are our communications with clients a critical part of simply being able to handle matters on their behalf but keeping clients informed on active or ongoing matters is also an ethical obligation. …Read More

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