September 8, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 33
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association 2020 Elections Listing

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The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee, which is chaired by Past Chancellor Rochelle Fedullo and consists of Butler Buchanan, Lisa D. Eldridge, Thomas J. Giordano, Jennifer Lynn Gomez Hardy, Mark M. Lee, Vincent R. McGuinness Jr., Mathieu J. Shapiro, Patrice A. Toland, and Dominique B.E. Ward. Ex Officio members are Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), Chancellor-Elect Lauren P. Mckenna, and Vice-Chancellor Wesley R. Payne IV. As Secretary, Jennifer S. Coatsworth serves as a non-voting member.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing the nomination form with the Secretary via the approved electronic signature platform on or before October 15. Nomination forms for candidates of the Board must be signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote; candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and candidates for Vice Chancellor shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above-named offices should contact Tracey McCloskey, Director of Meetings & Special Events, at In addition to the nomination form, a resume and written authorization should be submitted to Secretary Jennifer S. Coatsworth at no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • September 4, 2020 – The First Judicial District has provided the Declaration Form which must be completed by eligible tenants and presented to their landlords in order to qualify under the Center for Disease Control’s recent Agency Order placing a moratorium through the end of the year on evictions of eligible tenants for nonpayment of rent.
  • September 2, 2020 – Philadelphia Administrative Judge Jacqueline Allen and Supervising Judge Shirdan-Harris issued a Notice to the Bar regarding protocols for non-jury trials during the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.
  • September 2, 2020 – The U.S. Center for Disease Control has issued an Agency Order placing a moratorium on eviction of tenants who meet certain qualifications and who are impacted by the pandemic.
  • August 28, 2020 – Philadelphia Administrative Judge Jacqueline Allen and Supervising Judge Shirdan-Harris issued a Notice to the Bar establishing protocol for Arbitration Appeals and Non-Jury Matters listed for trial but postponed during COVID-19.
  • August 27, 2020 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has issued an order allowing writs of possession and alias writs in landlord tenant cases that were issued prior to the coronavirus outbreak to be served and executed after September 7, 2020.
  • August 27, 2020 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has issued an order updating protocols and setting forth procedures for the resumption of some criminal court proceedings.

SECURE Act - Sip & Speak, Sept. 16

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Join Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, Managing Director & Financial Advisor in the Pittsburgh office of Wealth Enhancement Group , this month to learn about topics that may impact your firm, your area of law—and your wealth. This session will be virtual, informal, and free for members!

This month, Paul will cover an overview of the SECURE Act and its potential impacts on law firm owners and individuals. He will also share updates specific to family law and trust & estate planning law attorneys—and their clients.

Bring your favorite refreshment to our online forum and be prepared to engage in lively and intelligible conversation with subject matter specialists!…Click here to register today.

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

Voters Guide

Be informed and ready to vote in this year's upcoming elections. Election laws have changed already and are continually being updated…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

Applications for the 2021 Board Observer Program Now Open!

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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

APABA-PA 2020 Annual Banquet

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You are cordially invited to attend the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania's (APABA-PA) 2020 Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship. Click here to register.

Keynote Speaker: Margaret Huang, President and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Also Presenting the Attorney of the Year Award (Paul Uyehara) and the Marutani Fellowship Scholars (Danielle Kwock Phillips and Cary Zhang)

After you register for a ticket, you will receive an email with the Zoom link closer to the event date to access the virtual event.

Please donate to APABA-PA to support their work.

Emcee: Christie Ileto, 6abc Action News
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Program: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
Networking: 7:45 pm - 8:15 pm EDT

This year, instead of charging for ticket prices, APABA-PA is accepting donations. Your donation supports APABA-PA's important work, including paying for professionally translated and proofed materials so that limited English proficient community members can access vital information, as well as funding legal seminars for APABA-PA's diverse communities. Your donation also supports operating costs and APABA-PA's support of the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship Fund, which provides a financial award to support a select number of Pennsylvania law students who have summer employment in the government or public interest sector. Please donate here.

Suggested Amounts:
  • $10: Committed even when it's rough
  • $25: Dumplings = Instant Happiness
  • $50: No camera = pajamas
  • $100: Haven't met a bowl of rice I didn’t like
  • $250: Forgot I wasn&aopos;t muted
  • $500: Socially distant but together as a community
  • Other

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, September 9 at 12 p.m.

Join us as we continue our conversation from the previous town halls during this two-week check in. If you have any questions regarding the new protocols or anything related to the judicial emergency, please email and directly. We will do our best to provide answers at this meeting. This remains an evolving situation and we value all contributions to the discussion.…Register Here

Legislative Liaision Committee

Thursday, September 10 at 12 p.m.

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

YLD Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m.

This month we'll have '80s Bingo Singo - Bring your knowledge and love of '80s music to our competitive virtual Bingo! Prizes will be awarded to the winners! Attend Sportin' Your Favorite '80s Style or Accessories! Space is limited to the first 25 people so please register early to confirm your spot.…Register Here

Social Security Disability Benefits Committee

Friday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Vocational Issues in Social Security Cases featuring Denise Cordes, Vocational Analyst at Danmar Associates and Kate Young, Vocational Counselor at Young Vocational Analytics.…Register Here

Let’s Do Lunch – Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, September 11 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

Solo and Small Firm Committee

Friday, September 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Please join us to connect and discuss maintaining best practices during these challenging times. We will also be sharing experiences with loan programs and unemployment along with discussing our upcoming CE program.…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.


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

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, Sept. 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.

Support Center for Child Advocates's 15th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic, Sept. 21

On Monday, September 21, Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA) will hold its 15th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Child Advocates has updated the traditional golf outing protocol so that participants can safely bring clients, colleagues, and friends on the greens at one of the region’s premier golf venues. All proceeds support Children with Complex Medical Needs, which secures necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitation services, and permanent nurturing homes for children with serious or chronic medical needs. For more information and to register, visit

Education Law Center's 45th Anniversary Celebration, Sept. 24

On Thursday, September 24, the Education Law Center will hold its 45th Anniversary Celebration virtually, starting at 6 p.m. Celebrate ELC’s many successes in fighting to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. This year, ELC is honoring the students and families of PA for their remarkable resilience in the face of existing educational inequities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For tickets and more information, please visit

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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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Write This Down: Content Marketing is Cheap and Effective

Despite changes to advertising rules, lawyers have marketed themselves in much the same way for generations. You find an office space, you go out and network, you do good work, and more work comes in. But, as consumers have become more discerning, and as law firm choices continue to proliferate, lawyers continue to stick with the same marketing strategy they always have. There is, however, a cost.

As more and more potential law firm clients look for lawyers online, lawyers ignoring that medium risk decreased intake, and, consequently, decreased revenue. This is not to say that attorneys don't understand that the internet is a thing. To the contrary, lawyers want to access more leads online. But two roadblocks stand in their way: (1) they don&apos:t know how to do it; and, (2) they think it costs too much. Fortunately, content marketing solves both problems.

As a lawyer, you're an expert in what you do. You talk about it all the time. Now, write about it. Content marketing is exactly what it sounds like: marketing using content. If you can write something and publish it online, you're content marketing.

You can start with a blog. Think of the 10 most common questions your clients have and write 10 plain language responses. When you publish those, consider how your potential client will search for information online. If they're not searching for a lawyer's name, they're likely typing in questions, which you've answered. Your relevant answers are more likely to come up in search.

Congratulations . . . you’re doing SEO.

And, see how easy it is to write a blog post. I just did it.

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Want to get your content marketing wrapped up? Contact us.

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