May 11, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 18
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Statement on the Nomination of Judge Justin Walker to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Justin Walker to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia…Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • May 8, 2020 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge Allen and Trial Division Supervising Judges New and Glazer have issued Protocols for Agreed Upon Orders for Extraordinary Relief during the judicial emergency for the Major Jury, Commerce, Non-Jury and Arbitration Appeals Programs.
  • May 8, 2020 – The City of Philadelphia has unveiled a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program providing grants for low income tenants impacted by the pandemic who meet certain eligibility requirements. Information and an application are available on the program website and an information flyer is also available.
  • May 7, 2020 - Governor's Executive Order Stays Eviction and Foreclosure Proceedings Until July 10
  • May 7, 2020 – Phila. Commerce Program Supervising Judge Glazer sets protocol for non-discovery motions filed in Commerce Program cases prior to and during judicial emergency.
  • May 7, 2020 – Governor Wolf signs Executive Order granting limited immunity to healthcare professionals for good faith actions taken while providing services during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
  • May 6, 2020 – Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Thomas DelRicci issued an order setting forth the process for the gradual reopening of Montgomery County courts and facilities beginning June 1.
  • May 6, 2020 - FJD Notice To The Bar: Protocol For Discovery Motions During Judicial Emergency Created By COVID-19

Governor's Executive Order Stays Eviction and Foreclosure Proceedings Until July 10

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") have declared a novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") a "public health emergency of international concern," and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") Secretary has declared that COVID-19 creates a public health emergency; and……Read the Full Order Here

Mindful Mondays

Monday, May 11 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

Labor and Employment Law Committee

Wednesday, May 13 at 12 p.m.

The committee will discuss COVID-19’s impact, future CLEs, and any new business…Register Here

LGBT Rights Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Join the LGBT Rights Committee for a virtual happy hour so that members can enjoy a beverage/snack and talk "face to face"…Register Here

Legislative Liaison Committee

Thursday, May 14 at 12 p.m.

Please join the committee for our monthly meeting as we hear from Anthony Crisci, Crisci Associates…Register Here

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

Friday, May 15 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
Register Here

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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.

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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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