Sept. 29, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 36
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Justice Ginsburg's Funeral Service at the Supreme Court

Click on the images below to watch videos from Justice Ginsburg's funeral service at the Supreme Court:

2020 Philadelphia Bar Association Election:
Petitions Due Oct. 15

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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.

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 no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

CLE – Election 2020: How to be a Poll Worker and Help Ensure a Secure Election

Hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and the Young Lawyers’ Division

Tuesday, October 6 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Whatever our color, origin or zip code, our vote is power. Our ability to vote depends on hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted.

Join your colleagues for this timely 2-hour CLE, FREE for any attendee who pledges to sign up to be a poll worker in the upcoming Fall Election. Across the country, and especially in Philadelphia, there is a shortage of poll workers. A lack of polling locations leads to consolidation of polls, long lines, and voters suppression, particularly in communities of color.

This CLE will provide an overview of the requirements and responsibilities of being a poll worker and review important legal issues for those who are working at the polls. Additionally, the second hour will feature preeminent election attorneys discussing issues of equity and voter suppression.

Read more and register to become a Poll Worker in Pennsylvania. Then, check out this Digital Tool Kit that includes sample messaging and other assets to help to recruit poll workers.


Nominations Open for Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Award was named in honor of the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and is given annually to an outstanding woman attorney in the Philadelphia area. The recipient is expected to exemplify the qualities that Justice O'Connor has demonstrated in her life and work. Therefore, the Award Committee gives preference to those nominees who have achieved prominence and the highest degree of professional excellence in their field over a sustained period and who have openly and visibly used their position and stature in the community to mentor, promote and advance other women lawyers.

Nominations are Due by Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Click here for the criteria and nomination form.

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

Women in the Profession Committee

Tuesday, September 29 at 12 p.m.

Social Justice at a National, Regional and Local Level – A Close Look at Issues Impacting Women
Join us for an informative and timely discussion focused on social justice issues that impact us all. We welcome esteemed diverse female panelists Kristin Gibbons and Amber Racine from our own legal community to speak on social justice issues at the national, regional, and local level – from the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to the #metoo movement. Our dynamic speakers will discuss their professional and personal experiences with many of these very important issues, and together, we hope to expand our collective understanding and social consciousness.
Register Here

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, September 30 at 8 a.m.

This week the Wellness Committee brings you: Wellness Wednesday in place of Mindful Monday. Join us for short, guided mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The session 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 breakfast. … Register Here

LGBT Rights Committee

Wednesday, September 30 at 12 p.m.

At this month’s meeting we will discuss proposals and plans for a CLE presentation this fall, so please come with some ideas! … Register Here

Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section

Thursday, October 1 at 12 p.m.

Register Here

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

Friday, October 2 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 home-made 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.


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.

Public Interest Law Center Annual Celebration, Oct. 1

On Thursday, October 1, the Public Interest Law Center will hold a virtual Annual Celebration, Advancing Justice Together, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The event will feature the Law Center’s annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards, a silent auction, and fun virtual entertainment. Any questions, please contact Michael Berton at or (267) 546-1303. For tickets and more information, visit here .

Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU of PA, Oct. 7

On Wednesday October 7, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU of Pennsylvania will (virtually) host its annual meeting. Focusing on voting rights, the ACLU-PA's legal director, advocacy director, and election protection coordinator will discuss the voting landscape ahead of the 2020 election. For more information or to RSVP, visit their website.

Juvenile Law Center’s 45th Anniversary & Leadership Prize Celebration , Oct. 8

On Thursday, October 8, Juvenile Law Center’s 45th Anniversary & Leadership Prize Celebration will be an online virtual event this fall. Please visit the event page here.

HIAS Pennsylvania Annual Meeting, Oct. 16

On Wednesday, October 16, HIAS Pennsylvania will host the 2020 Annual Meeting: A Diverse America is a Strong America, from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., live via Zoom. This year’s Annual Meeting will be a virtual Zoom event to honor HIAS PA’s volunteers, meet fellow HIAS PA supporters, and discuss how to best support refugees and immigrants. For more information and to register, visit here. visit their website.

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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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Paper Tiger: The Best Way to Start Scanning Your Documents

If you ever want to stop practicing law and become a business management consultant, here's how you do it: When lawyers ask you about going paperless, recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500. It is, hands-down, the best scanner for law firms on the market; and, in over a decade of consulting work, I&apos:ve never had a single complaint about it. It's fast, it's wireless, it works on both PCs and Macs, it's portable, and it comes with PDF conversion software. This version of the ScanSnap is under $500, and you can usually find discounts online, at sites like New Egg. If you want to go paperless, but have been stymied by figuring out what hardware you need to get started, now you’ve got your answer.

This is not a product pitch, and I've never received a penny from Fujistu — it's just my opinion, backed by long experience. However, if you find that the ScanSnap ix500 does not suit your needs, there are other versions of the ScanSnap available, including some smaller ones. The ScanSnap is a great personal scanner, but if you have a bigger office, you might prefer a large scanner/copier for use by your entire team—even if some folks have personal scanners for travel or appointments. Among the other companies that sell business class scanners, Canon offers some excellent options, and Brother has traditionally been a source of relatively inexpensive, high yield devices.

But, whatever scanner you choose, get one, get scanning, and begin to derive the benefits of a paperless law practice.

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If you want to go paperless, you’ll need the right tools, and a plan. 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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