Apr. 6, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 13
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

PA Allows Remote Notarization of Some Documents During COVID-19 Pandemic

The PA Department of State requested and received a limited, temporary suspension of the statute requiring the physical presence of a notary for notarial acts relating to a signature or statement. The temporary suspension was put in place to ease the burden on parties, witnesses, counsel and notaries who may be exposed to COVID-19 while preparing and completing essential documents.…Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

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Coronavirus Courses for Your Practice

During this difficult time, the Philadelphia Bar Association has you covered with CLE courses available to help you understand the new legal landscape and how to best continue to service your clients…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.

YLD Law Week 2020 Essay Contest

Law Week 2020 continues with the YLD's 2020 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest, held entirely online. A $1,000 college scholarship will be awarded to a Philadelphia high school junior or senior who writes the winning essay on the question: "What should new citizens know about the importance of the right to vote in America and the role it plays in our rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens?" Deadline is 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 April 15th or April 28th.


Writers Wanted

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 brobertson@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.


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.

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 Benefit Online Auction, Apr. 22 - 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.

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Beware of the Cyber Security Risks Created By Your Own Staff

article image It was 2:32 a.m. in January 2019 at EQT’s headquarters. A senior level employee who was slated for a layoff the next day, entered the premises and connected his company-issued laptop to a private network, transferring confidential trade secrets to his personal Google drive. In addition, he removed a portable hard-drive containing proprietary software and business-critical information which he had been downloading for several months prior. …Read More

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