May 4, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 17
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Statement by the Philadelphia Bar Association on Civil Trial Litigation in the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) issued the following statement regarding civil trial litigation in the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania…Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

Chancellor's Forum: The Diversity and Inclusion Imperative in Times of Crisis, May 7

Why Firms and Organizations with Greater Diversity Function Better and Are More Profitable

During times of crisis or economic uncertainty, women and people of color are often the first to be let go. Diversity officers and programs are the first on the chopping block, and sponsorship of diversity programs ceases. Yet, the data shows that retaining a diverse workforce far better enables organizations to thrive. In fact, the data suggests diversity, from the top of the ladder to the bottom, best positions organizations and firms to successfully navigate through crises and avert economic losses…Register Here

Mindful Mondays

Monday, May 4 at 8 a.m.

The Wellness Committee brings you: Mindful Mondays. The Wellness Committee is here for you during this period of great uncertainty and invites you to start your week off with a short, guided mindfulness meditation. There are a number of ways in which mindfulness can be beneficial, especially given the challenges we are currently facing during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression. The sessions will be held via Zoom and 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 healthy breakfast options…Register Here

Equitable Distribution and Support Committee

Tuesday, May 5 at 12 p.m.

The topic of discussion will be: COVID-19 Issues and their Impact on E.D. and APL and Support…Register Here

Women's Rights Committee Town Hall

Wednesday, May 6, 12 p.m.

The Women's Rights Committee is inviting you to a town hall to connect with each other about coping with the COVID-19 crisis. How is the COVID-19 crisis affecting women in the communities we represent? Are there any CLE's the WRC should present to address women's rights during the crisis and as we recover gradually. Is there any interest in pursuing the CLEs we had started to plan in our March 12th meeting? Those ideas included:

  • Women in the Workplace—day care, employment discrimination, pregnant workers' rights, and more
  • PA Equal Rights Amendment- turns 50 in 2021: Significant litigation under the PA ERA
  • Reproductive Rights, including June Medical Services v. Gee, pending in the U.S. Supreme Court, and pending PA legislation
  • Gender Bias in the Justice System, focusing on the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity
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YLD Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Grab your favorite beverage and snack and join the YLD for a Virtual Happy Hour as we celebrate law week and thank our volunteers.…Register Here

Social Security Committee Meeting and Town Hall

Friday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Randy Hope Steen, an attorney who specializes in tax and estate planning with a specialty in special needs planning will be discussing the ins and outs of special needs trusts. Immediately following the meeting at 1:30 there will be a town hall to discuss any questions and concerns that committee members have with the ongoing pandemic…Register Here

Let's Do Lunch – Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m.

The Wellness Committee, in coordination with Chancellor Snyder, is happy to invite you to a weekly lunch-time "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. Each Chat and Chew will also include a short "Conversations with Chancellor Snyder" segment. We sure hope you will join us!.…Register Here

Nominations Sought: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting nominations for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at our June Quarterly Meeting. We will bring our Quarterly Meeting to you virtually, which will also include the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture and the celebration of our 50- and 60-year club members.…Read More

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50% Discount at City Fitness

With your membership, you now have access to online classes at City Fitness at a 50% discount. City Fitness has 5 live classes a day featuring barre, HIIT, yoga, bodyweight workouts, and more. Please email for a link to get started.

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41st Annual Philadelphia Bar Association VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - Sunday, May 24, 2020
Benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates
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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.


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, or contact Brittany Robertson at

2020 Award Nominations Now Open

Submit Your Nominations for Bar Foundation Awards

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting nominations for its two annual awards. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award recognizes a public interest attorney dedicated to promoting equal access to justice. The Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation honors a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. Nomination forms and a list of past recipients are available online.

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 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.

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.

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The Importance of Choosing a Beneficiary

article image You know you need life insurance. At this point, you may have planned out what kind of policy is best for you and have calculated how much insurance your loved ones need to not only cover your final expenses but also to live without your income. The final question to answer is: who should you name as your beneficiary?…Read More

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