July 6, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 25
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • July 2, 2020 – President Judge Fox and Administrative Judge Allen issued an order continuing Mortgage Foreclosure Conciliation Conferences and Case Management Conferences subject to Reg. No. 2008-1 and setting the procedure for pending cases.
  • July 2, 2020 – President Judges Fox and Dugan have ordered that all Municipal Court Landlord/Tenant cases scheduled through September 2 are postponed. The issuance and service of writs of possession and alias writs of possession are stayed until further order of the court.
  • July 2, 2020 – President Judge Fox has updated the protocol for essential juvenile delinquent proceedings.
  • June 29, 2020 – The PA Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication has published guidelines for in-person hearings and mediations for counties that have entered the “green” phase of reopening.
  • June 26, 2020 - Philadelphia Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judge New have issued a Notice to the Bar with an extension of protocol for civil case management conferences during COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.

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

APABA - PA Wins the Annual Quizzo Championship

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania is a first time winner of the Annual Quizzo Championship held on June 25. As the winning team they will have name engraved on the coveted Quizzo trophy and receive $150 in Amazon gift cards. This year, the event raised $1000 through registration fees and additional donations. APABA - PA has selected Philadelphia Community Bail Fund as the charitble organization to receive 100% of the proceeds. Congratulations APABA-PA and thank you to everyone who participated in our first virtual quizzo event!

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, July 6 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

Solo and Small Firm Committee

Wednesday, July 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Join us to connect and discuss maintaining best practices during these challenging times. We will also be sharing experiences with participating in court hearings remotely via video and telephone along with discussing our future programs…Register Here

Law School Outreach Committee Panel Series

Thursday, July 9 at 12 p.m.

Weekly series for law students. This week's topic is, "Criminal Law and Prisoner's Rights/Sentencing"…Register Here

Legislative Liaison Committee

Thursday, July 9 at 12 p.m.

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

Education Law Committee

Thrusday, July 9 at 12 p.m.

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Social Security Committee

Friday, July 10 at 12:30 p.m.

At this meeting, Ian Harlow, Director, and Scott Panckeri, Assistant Director, from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) discuss BDD's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and answer questions related to BDD policy and operations. Questions can be sent ahead of time to Claire Grandison at cgrandison@clsphila.orgRegister Here

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

Friday, July 10 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…Register Here

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Discounts for Members

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!



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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Cyber Liability Insurance - Checklist for Law Firms

article image With a significant portion of the current U.S. workforce having shifted to a remote environment, many businesses, law firms included, are finding that their employees may not return to the "actual office." This disruption has opened the doors for Cyber Criminals to do what they do best - mayhem. From phishing scams to social engineering scams - the remote environment makes business more vulnerable to these types of events and law firms have been a prime target. …Read More

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