- May 1, 2020 - FJD Notice to the Bar: Protocol for Case Management Conferences Postponed During COVID-19 Judicial emergency
- May 1, 2020 – Delaware County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Kelly issued an order extending Family Section emergency cancellations and revised scheduling protocols through June 1.
- April 30, 2020 - FJD Notice to the Bar: Protocol for Settlement Conferences Postponed During COVID 19 Judicial Emergency
- April 30, 2020 - Filing of Cases to Toll the Statute of Limitation
- April 28, 2020 - PA Supreme Court Allows Limited Practice, Bar Exam Postponed to September
- April 28, 2020 - PA Supreme Court Extends Judicial Emergency to June 1, Sets Parameters for Reopening Beginning May 4 Unless More Restrictive Local Order Applies
- April 28, 2020 – Bucks County President Judge Bateman has issued Emergency Order 2020-13, extending the judicial emergency in Bucks County through May 31, 2020. There will be no jury trials until August 3, 2020. All civil and criminal jury trials as well as arbitrations are continued generally and will be rescheduled.
- April 28, 2020 - Law Office Closure Exceptions Expanded to Address Critical Needs
- April 27, 2020 - Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Deadline Moved to June 15, 2020
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to get started.
41st Annual Philadelphia Bar Association VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - Sunday, May 24, 2020
Benefiting Support Center for Child Advocates
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.
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 email@example.com.
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! 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 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.