August 17, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 30
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
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Take Action Philly Virtual Panel, Aug. 19

Moderated by: Sozi Pedro Tulante, Partner, Dechert LLP

FEATURING:
Lisa Deeley, Philadelphia City Commissioner
Omar Sabir, Philadelphia City Commissioner
Patrick Christmas Policy Director, Committee of Seventy
Donnell Drinks, Election Protection Coordinator, ACLU of Pennsylvania

This Wednesday, August 19 at 4 p.m., join Take Action Philly’s expert panel for a roundtable discussion of the City of Philadelphia’s preparations for this year’s General Election at the virtual event Making Every Voter Count: How We Can Ensure a Free and Equal Election in Philadelphia.…Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • July 28, 2020 - All Philadelphia civil jury trials scheduled through January 4, 2021 are postponed and will be rescheduled, non-jury trials scheduled after September 6 will be heard using remote technology. See notice.
  • July 21, 2020 – President Judge Fox has issued an order regarding continuation of the stay in certain mortgage foreclosure and landlord tenant matters related to dispossession of property.
  • 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.

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

Nominations Open for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. …Read More

BRIDGE THE GAP AVAILABLE VIA DISTANCE LEARNING!

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Meet your Bridge the Gap requirement by August 31st by attending one of 4 live webcast dates and times available with the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Bridge the Gap program, for a newly admitted or reinstated attorney, mandated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, is intended to provide all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how," which is otherwise learned through trial and error. This program focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law.

Available dates:

GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection

Registration Deadline: August 18, 2020.

The Consortium of the Greater Philadelphia Area Law Schools (GPALS) invite you to participate in the 2020 GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection. The GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection is entirely free to all employers!

For over 25 years, this program has provided employers with the truly unique opportunity to interview law students from The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law, Rutgers Law School, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Widener University Delaware School of Law, Penn State Law University Park and Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. That’s nine schools in one program!

The GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection is an efficient method of recruiting a superior group of law students who are truly focused on your specific practice and geographic location. We publicize your opportunity and then provide applications of interested students to you. You pre-screen the applications and select only the students that you wish to interview. We then provide you with an interview schedule of your selected students. The interviews will be conducted using your virtual platform (e.g., webex, zoom, etc.) on Friday, September 25th. If September 25th is not convenient for you, we ask that you make arrangements to interview students within five days of the 25th.

We sincerely hope that you will take advantage of the GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection in your search for talented professionals for summer and post-graduate positions with your organization. To register and obtain additional information contact, Gwen Tolbert, Manager of Recruitment, at gtolbert@camden.rutgers.edu.

For over 25 years, this program has provided employers with the truly unique opportunity to interview law students from The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law, Rutgers Law School, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Widener University Delaware School of Law, Penn State Law University Park and Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. That’s nine schools in one program!

The GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection is an efficient method of recruiting a superior group of law students who are truly focused on your specific practice and geographic location. We publicize your opportunity and then provide applications of interested students to you. You pre-screen the applications and select only the students that you wish to interview. We then provide you with an interview schedule of your selected students. The interviews will be conducted using your virtual platform (e.g., webex, zoom, etc.) on Friday, September 25th. If September 25th is not convenient for you, we ask that you make arrangements to interview students within five days of the 25th.

We sincerely hope that you will take advantage of the GPALS Philadelphia Resume Collection in your search for talented professionals for summer and post-graduate positions with your organization. To register and obtain additional information contact, Gwen Tolbert, Manager of Recruitment, at gtolbert@camden.rutgers.edu.


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Applications Open for the 2021 Board Observer Program Now Open!

The award-winning Board Observer Program offers a unique experience for young lawyers and local nonprofits. The BOP provides the opportunity to serve for a year on a nonprofit board of directors through a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division. Observers have the opportunity to engage with a working Board, strengthen leadership skills, and grow their professional network. The deadline for individuals and organizations interested in participating in the 2021 program is Sept. 11, 2020. …Read More


Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, August 17 at 8 a.m.

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 breakfast.…Register Here

Employee Benefits Committee

Tuesday, August 18 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


Discounts for Members

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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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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.

DONATE TODAY!

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

DONATE 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 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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Sock It To 'Em: Google Penalizes Non-Secure Websites

Law firms depend on their websites to generate clients. For most law firms, if the website is not the primary driver of referrals, it's confirmation to your potential clients that you're an invested business owner, and is perhaps the first avenue through which you begin to build trust with consumers.

But, if you didn't update your website this Summer, there's something you should know. Google has been penalizing websites that do not feature SSL (secure socket layer) certificates. This is a change in Google's approach to this point, which had been to provide a slight rankings bump to websites that were secure.

You're probably asking yourself three questions:

What is an SSL certificate? Basically, it's encryption for data transfers made via your website. You can read more detail here. This issue is actually probably more important for attorneys than it is for general business owners, because law firms that offer online contact options often have leads who are non-clients submitting confidential information via those forms. A disclaimer offers you some level of protection against penalties related to malpractice, but has no practical effect on protecting the data transferred.

What is the penalty? In Chrome, Google's popular web browser, your website will be marked 'not secure', and Chrome users may not be able to access your website at all. Obviously, that's a full stop for the vast majority of consumers, including your potential law firm clients. This is Google's blog post on the subject, and shows what the 'not secure' marker looks like.

What can I do if my website's not secure? Well, this one's easy. Get an SSL certificate in place. I use the free version from CloudFlare on my website. If you can't figure out how to add the SSL certificate yourself, contact your web designer to do it for you.

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Not sure if your law firm technology platform is built for 2020 or 1920? We can help.

The Philadelphia Bar Association now offers DISCOUNTED law practice management consulting services through Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. Click here, to access consulting services, and start running your law firm like a business.

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