Sept. 14, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 34
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Nuts & Bolts: Running for Philadelphia Bar Association Office

September 23 | 9 – 10 a.m.
Zoom Video Conference

We invite you to spend an hour hearing from current Board Members, Officers, YLD EC Cabinet Members and Association staff about the election process and the role of being a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors or YLD EC.

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, for the December 8, 2020 Annual Meeting. 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.

Election Calendar and Materials



You must be registered through the Association's site to receive the video conference ID and password. Registration will close 30 minutes prior to each meeting start time and you will receive the link to join immediately after registration closes.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • September 11, 2020 – Philadelphia Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges Shirdan-Harris and Glazer have issued a Notice to the Bar setting the protocol for Discovery Motions filed after September 7.
  • September 11, 2020 – The Philadelphia Courts have set a Policy for Public Access to Judicial Proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a policy for livestreaming.
  • September 9, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has issued an Order directing the Landlord-Tenant Officer to not serve any alias writs of possession in residential cases until September 23, 2020. Until that date, service of writs of possession will be permitted on a limited basis, along with notice of the September 1 CDC Order and the Declaration Form.
  • 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.

Statement from Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor on First Responders

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) issued the following statement reflecting on the 19th Anniversary of 9-11 and the need to remember first responders:

As we remember the horrific events of 19 years ago, when we were challenged so grievously as a nation, and as we reflect on those who gave their lives trying to provide help, I think that it is important for each of us to recognize the sacrifices of first responders then, and first responders now. We rebuilt after the attacks of 9-11, coming together as a nation. We have been facing another kind of an attack on our society now, one that has come in the form of a horrible illness. Once again, first responders have put their own safety at risk to aid others. Let us, once again, come together as a nation, to defeat this unseen foe.

Stay safe, stay healthy. Mike Snyder

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 tmccloskey@philabar.org. In addition to the nomination form, a resume and written authorization should be submitted to Secretary Jennifer S. Coatsworth at secretary@philabar.org no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020.

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

Volunteer Training for New City Eviction Diversion Program

Good Shepherd Mediation Program is working with the City of Philadelphia and other local nonprofits to implement the newly legislated Eviction Diversion Program, designed to prevent evictions in cases where tenants are behind in rent payments due to a Covid-related financial hardship.

The program provides an opportunity for the landlord and the tenant to participate in mediation before the landlord files an eviction complaint. Because a very large number of cases are anticipated, Good Shepherd is recruiting additional volunteer mediators, and they are offering a free virtual training session on Monday, Oct. 5, from 9:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m., in partnership with Duane Morris, to prepare volunteers for these cases.

To attend, please register by sending an email to Mercedes Nunez-Salgado at MNunez-Salgado@duanemorris.com and Sue Wasserkrug at SWasserkrug@phillymediators.org. A link to join the training and other instructions will be provided following registration.

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 our 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, we are accepting donations to APABA-PA. Your donation to APABA-PA supports important work, including paying for professionally translated and proofed materials so that our limited English proficient community members can access vital information, as well as funding our legal seminars for our diverse communities. Your donation also supports our 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't muted
  • $500: Socially distant but together as a community
  • Other

Mindful Mondays

Monday, September 14 at 8 a.m.

The Wellness Committee brings you: Mindful Mondays. 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, 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

Family Law Section Meeting

Monday, September 14 at 12 p.m.

Family Law Appeals Done Right presented by: The Honorable Maria McLaughlin of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Helen E. Casale, Esquire, a partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, and Virginia Hinrichs McMichael, Managing Attorney at Appellate Law Group LLC. The program will educate you on the do’s and don’ts of appellate practice, including the use of the reproduced record, practical tips for briefing and presenting your case at oral argument and finally demonstrating how to present your arguments and respond to questions from the Court the right way (and also showing you what not to do).…Register Here

Employee Benefits Committee

Tuesday, September 15 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

Diversity Committee of the Family Law Section

Friday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us to discuss our upcoming diversity initiatives, including the planning of a CLE program. We look forward to seeing you!…Register Here

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

Friday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m.

The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to a weekly lunch-time Chat and Chew forum to enjoy your favorite homemade or take-out cuisine while we all discuss (or listen to) topics of interest, whether legal or non-legal. …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.

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 https://e.givesmart.com/events/hLg/.

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 www.elc-pa.org/event.

 
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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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It's a Goal!: Developing Revenue Projections for Your Law Firm

Law firms operate between ad hoc decionmaking and fire-putting-out. It's the natural state of the law firm manager. That being said, humans have been improving on the state of nature since there have been humans. So, it's maybe not the worst thing in the world if this is the year you decide to put together revenue projections for your law firm.

If you've never done it before, start now. (Don't wait until January, and cram this in, like everything else in your life.). The reason you create revenue projections for your law firm is because you need goals, just like everybody else. If you don't have revenue goals to strive for, you're far more likely to accept the status quo (even if you don't like it), and your law firm will begin to stagnate. Applying revenue goals applies pressure, gets you out of your comfort zone and (spoiler alert): will likely mean you actually make more money, even if you don’t ultimately hit your projections right away.

If you've never made revenue projections before, here are some basic tips to help you get started:

(1) In order to know how much you need to make, you need to know what you have to cover. So, start with your overhead. (If you don't have a budget, now would be a good time to build one.)

(2) Determine how much profit you make on an annual basis right now.

(3) Now comes the best part: decide how much more you want to make; and then, create three sets of revenue projections. Build out passive, moderate and aggressive models. Approach this like climbing a pyramid. Try to reach the passive (lowest) goal first, and then build up to the moderate and aggressive figures. If you can continue to get to aggressive figures year over year, it's about the best incentive you can have in growing your practice.

(4) To improve your chances for success, understand the concrete steps you need to take to reach your goals, at all levels. If you use flat fee billing, know how many more new cases you'll have to take on this year to reach your goals. If you're an hourly biller, figure out the number of additional hours you’ll need.

Revenue projections support positive business growth.

If this is the year you decide you want to make more money, we can help.

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