July 20, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 27
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham to Deliver Lecture on 19th Amendment at Summer Quarterly Virtual Meeting

Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham photo

The Summer Quarterly Virtual Meeting will feature the delivery of the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture by Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Professor of Afro-American Studies, African American Religion and the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and wife of the late Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.…Register Here

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Fleisher Forensics

Law Firm Supporter:

Troutman Pepper

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • July 17, 2020 - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered that all landlords filing evictions between March 27 and August 24, 2020 must file an Affidavit of Compliance with the federal CARES Act in the form attached to the order.
  • July 16, 2020 - Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges New and Glazer have issued Policies and Protocols for Use of Advanced Communication Technology for Court Proceedings in Civil Matters
  • July 13, 2020 - President Judges Fox and Dugan have issued an order implementing the reopening in phases of the Philadelphia Municipal Court Civil Division to in-person proceedings and providing information about appeals from Municipal Court Judgments.
  • July 13, 2020 - The Criminal Justice Center has issued a main level floor plan and photo showing the social distancing plan for reopening the building.

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

Statement in Response to FJD Release of CURE Study

Chancellor Snyder released the following statement in response to the release of a study by the First Judicial District of Philadelphia and conducted by the Washington-based Center for Urban and Racial Equality (CURE)…Read More

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Deadline Today at 5 p.m.

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

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, July 20 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

Public Interest Executive Committee

Monday, July 20 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…Register Here

Employee Benefits Committee

Tuesday, July 21 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

Law School Outreach Committee Panel Series

Thursday, July 23 at 12 p.m.

Weekly series for law students. This week's topic is, Direct Services/Community Lawyering…Register Here

Custody Committee

Thursday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us to discuss the current Philadelphia Family Court custody procedures (in light of the COVID-19 pandemic), as well as strategies for helping our clients navigate these proceedings. We will also be discussing ideas for future programs.…Register Here

Criminal Justice Section

Thursday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m.

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Workers' Compensation Section Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, July 23 at 5 p.m.

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

Thursday, July 24 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.


Get Published in The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Editorial Board welcomes submissions from attorneys and other professionals, who are members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, who wish to share their expertise on law-related topics.

Accepting manuscripts in multiple genres: law-related articles & features, general interest, fiction, practice areas, essays or humor, and book reviews.

Articles must be original and previously unpublished.

As policy, we do not compensate our writers.

For more information, email 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!



Penn State Micro-Internship Program

Penn State Law is pleased to announce the creation of a project-based program to fill the gaps created for both students and organizations as a result of COVID-19.

Program Features

  • Law firms, corporations and other organizations with at least one in-house attorney are invited to participate (each participating organization is referred to below as a "Sponsor")
  • Micro-internships are intended to be short-term and relate to only one project of the type typically given to summer interns. Examples of appropriate assignments include:
    • Writing a research memorandum on a specific topic
    • Comparing an employee handbook to published samples
    • Reviewing contracts for provisions related to force majeure and other pandemic-related excuses from performance
    • Creating a comparison chart of state laws on a given topic Writing a memorandum summarizing published recommendations for post-pandemic opening of a business
    • Comparing the "terms and conditions" section of a website to published samples
  • Simple project submission and student resume review process facilitated by the Career Services Office
  • Payment, if applicable, to be structured as fixed fee for the project, to be agreed upon by Sponsor and student and paid upon completion
  • Work to be completed by student remotely with an agreed upon completion date and supervision by a lawyer at Sponsor
  • Student remains available to work elsewhere during the micro-internship
  • Relationship structured as independent contractor, not as employee

Sponsor may require student to sign a confidentiality agreement

Contact the Career Services Office to participate or get more information!

Magen Mihok
Assistant Dean, Career Services

Leah Kopco Healey
Director of Employer Engagement

Exponent & FDCC Webinar - Setting the New Normal: Virtual Laboratory Testing and Inspections - July 23, 2020

Virtual inspections have become an essential tool for moving critical investigations forward while complying with travel and business restrictions and protecting the health and safety of all involved. During this webinar, our panelists will explore the range of tools and techniques used to perform virtual or remote laboratory work, incorporating in-depth input from multiple remote participants in real-time, with only the minimum staff needed to be physically present in the laboratory. Panelists will also discuss the advantages and limitations of several different approaches to virtual laboratory work, including the sharing of audio, video, and still photographs, and identify best practices for organizing virtual inspections.…Register Here

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 Family Law Practice Group

On Wednesday, August 12, 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. For more information and to register, visit www.phillyvip.org/events/family-law-practice-group-june-2020/.

Philadelphia VIP Annual Awards Ceremony, September 17

On Thursday, September 17, Philadelphia VIP is hosting its virtual Annual Awards Ceremony from 6:30 - 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.

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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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