Sept. 21, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 35
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
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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.


Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • September 17, 2020 - Philadelphia Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges Shirdan-Harris have issued an Order regarding the implementation of the Center for Disease Control’s residential eviction moratorium in cases filed in the Trial Division of the Court of Common Pleas, and a new filing requirement for a "Plaintiff's Affidavit in Connection with The CDC Order and Temporary Halt in Evictions to Prevent further Spread of Covid-19" ("Affidavit").
  • September 16, 2020 - Philadelphia Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges Shirdan-Harris have issued a Notice to the Bar setting the protocol for the resumption of Arbitration Hearings during COVID-19 judicial emergency.
  • September 14, 2020 - Philadelphia Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges Shirdan-Harris and Glazer have issued a Notice to the Bar setting the protocol for Settlement Conferences in Major Jury, Arbitration Appeal and Non-Jury Cases.
  • 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.

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 Dec. 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.

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 (Updated)

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

Philadelphia Emergency Housing Protection Act and Eviction Diversion Program, Oct. 5

On Monday, October 5, the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold the training and CLE – Philadelphia Emergency Housing Protection Act and Eviction Diversion Program, LIVE via WEBCAST, from 9:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m., hosted by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. This timely CLE program will prepare attendees to serve as volunteer mediators for Philadelphia’s new Eviction Diversion Program (EDP). The EDP provides an opportunity for landlords and tenants to participate in (free) mediation before an eviction complaint is filed in cases where a tenant has been unable to pay rent due to a COVID-related financial hardship.

This program is FREE to those who VOLUNTEER to become a mediator for the Eviction Diversion Program. 2.0 SUB available. Click here for more information and to register.

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 21 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

Public Interest Executive Committee

Monday, September 21 at 12 p.m.

This meeting is open to any Section member that would like to attend, you do not need to be a member of the Executive Committee. … Register Here

Real Property Executive Committee

Tuesday, September 22 at 12 p.m.

A presentation by James Leonard, Commissioner of Records for the City of Philadelphia, about the City's relatively new registration program to combat deed theft. This Executive Committee meeting is open to all members of the Real Property Section, so we hope that you will join us. … Register Here

Diversity Committee of the Family Law Section

Tuesday, September 22 at 12 p.m.

Join us for our monthly conference call as we work together to plan events and strategize ways for the Probate Section
to recruit and represent the true diversity of the profession. … Register Here

Candidate Nuts & Bolts Session

Wednesday, September 23 at 9 a.m.

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. … Register Here

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, September 23 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 jim.tolerico.uc1r@statefarm.com and jordan@actionafterinjury.com 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

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

Friday, September 25 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.

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.

SeniorLAW Center Volunteer Training, Sept. 28

On Monday, September 28, the SeniorLAW Center will hold a volunteer training “Pursuing Justice For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren In the Face of COVID-19 and the Opioid Crises,” via webcast, from 12:00–1:30 p.m. Join us as we explore the unique needs of intergenerational families, the impact of the pandemic and opioid crises on their legal matters, and how diverse leaders across PA are responding to the legal crises and challenges of these families. Also hear about pro bono and other opportunities to help these families. Click here to register.

 
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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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Training Day: This Is One Reason Law Firms Need Intuitive Software’

Law firms have never been particularly great at onboarding of staff, including associate attorneys. I suspect that most lawyers agree that effective staffing is essential; but most attorneys are so deep into the substantive work they do that they don't prioritize training. At the same time, attorneys usually just let their technology wash over them, using what they've always used, while again focusing on their substantive work and fearing the productivity dip inherent in adding new software. In law firm management, however, having the right technology and placing the right staff are inherently tied together.

Let's take it as a given that law firms do not, and will not, allocate extensive resources to onboarding new employees. Let's also assume that modern associates continue to be primarily trained in substantive law in law school, and that they are more comfortable with technology than their predecessors. As noted above, senior lawyers and managing attorneys very much prefer training new associates and employees on substantive matters of law than on the use of technology and processes. The situation sets up a perfect storm for law firms to ease the introduction of new personnel by utilizing intuitive software, which their employees can (by and large) figure out themselves, while focusing on what they do well: substantive legal training over the long haul. If law firms use the right software, they can empower their employees to help develop effective operational procedures.

So, it turns out that law firms using intuitive, modern software can ease their training burdens. But, while that reduces time spent in the training process, it requires law firms to more effectively vet the tools they offer their employees for ease of use. And, that is a burden shift that most managing attorneys should feel comfortable with.

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