June 22, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 24
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • June 18, 2020 – President Judge Fox has postponed the July, August and September Mortgage Foreclosure Sales and Tax Sales to dates later in fall.
  • June 11, 2020: Philadelphia courts set protocol for Compulsory Arbitration Program cases during COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.
  • June 11, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court sets procedure for criminal court status hearings beginning June 15, 2020.
  • June 10, 2020 - Philadelphia President Judges Fox and Dugan issued an order setting the guidelines for public access to preliminary arraignment hearings.

Statement on the Supreme Court Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protected Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court decision affirming that
sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under Title VII Civic Rights Act of 1964…Read More

Bench-Bar 2020 Cancelled

Read about the decision to cancel our 2020 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference here…

Re-Opening Task Force: New Resources Added

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

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

2020 Annual Affinity Bar Association VIRTUAL Quizzo Championship

2020 Affinity Bar Association VIRTUAL Quizzo Championship

Love trivia? Possess a wealth of knowledge about all things obscure? Join the Young Lawyers Division for the
2020 Affinity Bar Assn. Quizzo Championship! Register Here

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, June 22 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

Women's Rights Committee Town Hall Follow Up Discussion

Monday, June 22 at 12:15 p.m.

This town hall session will be a follow up to the CLE program being held immediately before about Women in the Workplace…Register Here

Real Property Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 23 at 12 p.m.

This meeting is open to all Real Property Section members, you do not have to be an Executive Committee member to attend. Special presentation by Angel Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Land Bank, and Eric Bodzin, Office of Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, regarding the Disposition Process of the Philadelphia Land Bank…Register Here

Municipal Court Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 24 at 12 p.m.

Topics include: Discussion of any updates in Municipal Court procedures; and Mandatory Settlement Conferences…Register Here

LGBT Rights Virtual Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

For our second Virtual Happy Hour, we'll be celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held on June 15, 2020 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBT and transgender Americans from discrimination in employment, finding that Title VII's guarantee of discrimination protections on the basis of "sex" includes sexual orientation and gender identity…Register Here

Law School Outreach Committee Brown Bag Panel

Thursday, June 25 at 12 p.m.

Summer series for law students. This week's topic, "Personal Finance"…Register Here

Criminal Justice Section Meeting

Thursday, June 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Register Here

Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, June 26 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.


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.


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!



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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.

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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