May 18, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 19
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

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New Member Benefit: Video Mental Health Counseling

eVideo Counselor Provides Convenient, Confidential New Service

eVideo Counselor has been selected as an approved member benefit to provide online face-to-face video counseling with licensed mental health therapists. Recognizing the unique needs of legal professionals, eVideo Counselor allows lawyers to have counseling sessions in the convenience of their home or office, without the time and hassle of driving to a counselor's office. Read More

Mindfulness Mondays

Monday, May 18 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

Public Interest Executive Committee

Monday, May 18 at 12 p.m.

This meeting is open to all Public Interest Section members. You do not have to be a member of the Executive Committee to participate…Register Here

Employee Benefits Committee

Tuesday, May 19 at 12:30 p.m.

The committee will discuss qualified plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation plans, ERISA litigation, and other employee benefit matters…Register Here

Education Committee of the Probate & Trust Section Conference Call

Tuesday, May 19 at 4 p.m.

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State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, May 20 at 12 p.m.

The Philadelphia Civil Trial Division has enacted protocols over the last couple weeks—including protocol for discovery motions and motions for extraordinary relief. We applaud the Court's efforts and State Civil is fortunate to be a part of the process. If you have any questions regarding the new protocols or anything related to the judicial emergency, please email Jim Tolerico ( and Jordan Strokovsky ( directly. We will do our best to provide answers at this Town Hall Meeting. This remains an evolving situation and we value all contributions to the discussion…Register Here

Professional Responsibility Committee Town Hall

Thursday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m.

For the past several weeks, many of us have been teleworking under stay-at-home orders. Philadelphia, in particular, remains under a COVID-19 stay-at-home order until at least June 4th. Without question, COVID-19 has impacted each of us in unexpected and unpredictable ways. The same holds true for our clients. As lawyers, we have largely pivoted to continue serving our clients remotely, however, are there best practices to avoid ethical pitfalls? Is there guidance for navigating ethical challenges in our virtual lawyering spaces? We believe the answer to both questions is yes…Register Here

Custody Committee Conference Call

Friday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us for our meeting via teleconference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on custody matters and strategies for helping our clients navigate these issues. We will also be discussing our future programs…Register Here

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

Friday, May 22 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.

This week's topics:

  • Memorial Day Weekend - Fun Holiday Suggestions?
  • Self-care: while caring for others at home
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Diversity Award Nominations Due May 29

The Philadelphia Bar Association is moving forward and accepting nominations for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at our Summer Quarterly Meeting. We will be bringing 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

YLD Raffle

YLD - Bar Foundation Raffle

Win a $100 Di Bruno Bros. gift card!

You can win a $100 Di Bruno Bros. gift card by participating in the YLD's raffle to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, who recently distributed emergency grants to 35 legal aid organizations. Two tickets are only $10! Don't miss out on this easy way to give back to our public interest community. It's a win-win!! The drawing will take place during the YLD Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, June 4. Register here. Good luck!

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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

Deadline Today to 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 Today, 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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Philadelphia VIP Virtual Practice Spotlight: Filing Lead Claims in Municipal Court, May 20

On Wednesday, May 20, Philadelphia VIP is holding its Virtual Practice Spotlight: Filing Lead Claims in Municipal Court via Zoom, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. VIP and Community Legal Services Staff Attorney Osarugue Grace Osa-Edoh will host a training on incorporating lead claims into eviction defense through VIP. This training and discussion will focus on the filing and hearing process in Municipal Court, consideration for different types of lead claims, current case law, and more…RSVP Here

Philadelphia VIP Virtual Training: Probate in the Time of COVID-19, May 28

On Thursday, May 28, Philadelphia VIP will host its Virtual Training: Probate in the Time of COVID-19 via Zoom, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. During this training, VIP volunteer Brian Gilboy (Gilboy & Gilboy LLP) and VIP Staff Attorney Mike Jones will walk attendees through the probate process, answer questions about handling a VIP case during the COVID-19 pandemic, and empower volunteers to help clients overcome their tangled title issues…Register Today

Philadelphia VIP's Family Law Practice Group, June 10

On Wednesday, June 10, Philadelphia VIP's Family Law Practice Group will meet via Zoom, from 12 - 1:00 p.m. Strategize about VIP cases, connect with fellow attorneys, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice with Philadelphia VIP…Register and Read More

Philadelphia VIP's Virtual Landlord-Tenant Petition to Vacate Training and Clinic, June 11

On Thursday, June 11, Philadelphia VIP's Virtual Landlord-Tenant Petition to Vacate Training and Clinic will be held via Zoom, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. At this training, led by Jacob Speidel, Director of Tenant Rights at SeniorLAW Center, attendees will learn to draft and file petitions to vacate. Afterward, VIP will refer cases to volunteers where they will assist tenant clients in vacating money judgments or judgments of possession they received in Municipal Court eviction cases…Register Here

Philadelphia VIP Annual Awards Ceremony, September 17

On Thursday, September 17, Philadelphia VIP is hosting its Annual Awards Ceremony from 5:30 - 7:30 pm - save the date! VIP volunteers provide the highest quality legal representation to low-income clients in need of legal assistance; please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these volunteers and honoring the top individual volunteers and partner organizations. As the event date approaches, our team will monitor the COVID-19 situation and assess whether this event will be held at Philadelphia City Hall or conducted virtually.

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Making the Most of Working From Home: Ideas for Yourself and Your Kids

article image As of the total number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more and more businesses have closed their doors and sent their employees home to work. Many people may be finding it difficult to stay stuck inside during self-quarantine. We have compiled a short list here of ideas to help you make the most of your time at home…Read More

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