June 8, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 22
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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Philadelphia Bar Association Statement on George Floyd's Death

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.) has issued the following statement on George Floyd's death…Read More

Re-Opening Task Force

Re-Opening Task Force has been created to provide a set of resources and best practices as law offices re-open their doors and work places after the shutdowns mandated by the pandemic. Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • June 4, 2020 - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fox has issued an order postponing the June 23 Tax Sheriff Sale to September 22.
  • June 1, 2020 - President Judge Fox has ordered that, consistent with the PA Supreme Court order of May 27, the Judicial Emergency in the First Judicial District shall continue pursuant to the terms and conditions as set forth in Administrative Orders No. 06 through 35 of 2020, as applicable.
  • June 1, 2020 - President Judge Fox has issued an order setting for the Orphans' Court citation procedure for the remainder of the local Judicial Emergency.
  • May 27, 2020 - PA Supreme Court issues Order terminating statewide Judicial Emergency as of June 1. Local Administrative Orders and Judicial Emergencies remain in effect. Order also provides guidance to legal professionals on resuming operations.
  • May 27, 2020 - Philadelphia Common Pleas Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges New and Glazer have set new protocol for Discovery Motions filed after May 5 through July 6.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court…Read More

Young Lawyers Division to Receive Young Scholars Corporate Partner Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce that its Young Lawyers Division has been selected by the Philadelphia Young Scholars Charter School (YSCS) as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award…Read More

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, June 8 at 8 a.m.

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 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

Law School Outreach Committee Brown Bag Panel

Thursday, June 11 at 12 p.m.

This week's topic is, "Post-Graduate Fellowships" The brown bag series for law students will be held each Thursday, from 12-1 p.m., through August 6 (with the exception of July 4th week). Please note that registration is required for each individual meeting…Register Here

Legislative Liaison Committee

Thursday, June 11 at 12 p.m.

Join the Committee as we hear updates from Anthony Crisci, Crisci Associates…Register Here

Social Security Disability Benefits Committee

Friday, June 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Our speakers will be discussing field office operation changes in light of COVID-19. Featuring: Christine DeRegis, Area 1 Director, Philadelphia Region; Diane Mortensen - District Manager of Philadelphia Northeast Field Office; Corrie Drosnock - Area Operations Analyst and Marc Vernet -Automation Coordinator…Register Here

Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, June 12 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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Barristers' Association of Phila. Inc. Seeks Volunteer Attorneys

The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. is seeking volunteers with criminal law experience to provide representation to individuals arrested since Saturday, May 30 in connection with exercising their First Amendment rights to assemble, speak, and petition. Barristers is also seeking volunteers to provide pro bono legal assistance to the small, Black businesses devastated or otherwise disrupted by the recent riots. Volunteers may sign up using this Google Form.


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'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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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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