Congress passed and the President has signed $2.2 Trillion Economic Relief Bill
- 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.
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.
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
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.
How would you like to see your byline in a publication that regularly reaches audiences throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey?
The Philadelphia Bar Association is looking for volunteer writers for its Philadelphia Bar Reporter.
Receive monthly assignments or propose your own topics.
To learn more, visit philadelphiabar.org, or contact Brittany Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.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. DONATE TODAY!
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! www.philaequaljusticecenter.org DONATE TODAY!
Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses
All CLE programming, until further notice, will be offered via webcast. 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 hiaspa.org/event/goldendoor2020/
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