Oct. 5, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 37
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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.

To become a candidate, Association members can obtain the nomination form through Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. Nomination forms must be completed with the appropriate number of signatures and returned to Tracey McCloskey on or before October 15 for the December 8 Annual Meeting.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • September 25, 2020 – Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judge Shirdan-Harris have issued a Notice to the Bar setting the protocol beginning October 5 for non-jury trials during the Judicial Emergency. The Notice includes a list of matters to be scheduled for trial.
  • September 24, 2020 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fox has issued a series of Administrative Orders further postponing upcoming Sheriff’s Mortgage Foreclosure and Tax Sales. See orders for details:

    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. – LIVE via WEBCAST

    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.


    Citizens Bank Achievement Award

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    Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Citizens Bank Achievement Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth the reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this Award and any other information you feel is relevant.

    The criteria for the award are:

    1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);
    2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association as a whole;
    3. Distinguished service consistently rendered over a sustained period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year (The fact that this service or single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized);
    4. The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than service rendered for compensation;
    5. It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and
    6. The recipient must not now be in public office or directly involved with court operations.
    The deadline for nominations is Thursday, October 29, 2020. Click here for the nomination form.

    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.

    Wellness Wednesday

    Wednesday, October 7 at 8 a.m.

    The Wellness Committee brings you: Wellness Wednesday. 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

    State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

    Wednesday, October 7 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

    Legislative Liaison Committee

    Thursday, October 8 at 12 p.m.

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

    Education Law Committee

    Thursday, October 8 at 12 p.m.

    Register Here

    Careers in Enviro Law: Q&A for Law Students & Recent Grads

    Thursday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m.

    Join the Environmental & Energy Law Committee and the Law School Outreach Committee for an informal, virtual program to learn about careers in environmental law. Members of the local environmental bar will provide insight on various career paths and recommendations for networking. We hope to have participation from the audience – and welcome all questions.… Register Here

    Natalie Katz, Esq. - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Ebony Griffin, Esq. - Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
    Sarah Silver, Esq. - Langsam Stevens Silver & Hollaender LLP
    Zach Koslap, Esq. - Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP

    Moderated by:
    Kaitlyn Maxwell, Esq. – Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    YLD Virtual Halloween Happy Hour

    Featuring the Grimm Escape
    October 8 at 5:30 p.m.
    In this virtual escape room, hosted by Puzzle Break, attendees will compete in teams to undo the spell the witch has placed on the enchanted forest by following clues to unlock the puzzles that will lead to breaking the spell. Registration is required by 5:30 p.m. on October 6 in order to be placed on a team. All registered attendees will be pre-assigned to an escape room. … Register Here

    Social Security Disability Benefits Committee

    Friday, October 9 at 12:30 p.m.

    Data Analytics and Calculating Successful Remands presented by Linda Cosme … Register Here

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

    Friday, October 9 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.

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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.


    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.

    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.


    Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Program: Poverty and Practice: Working with Low-Income Litigants

    When: Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12- 1:30 p.m.
    What: To kick off the National Pro Bono Celebration in Philadelphia, this CLE program aims to better inform attorneys about the challenges experienced by those living in poverty and contextualize some of the decisions people make when they have scarce resources. The program will examine the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), offer practice tips that will include communication strategies particular to low- income litigants, and address the special ethical considerations of doing pro bono work and working with low-income litigants. Hosted by the Family Law Section, Public Interest Section and Young Lawyers' Division. 1 SUB/0.5 ETH CLE credits available. For more information and to register, visit www.philadelphiabar.org.

    Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Program: Philadelphia Emergency Housing Protection Act and Eviction Diversion Program CLE Program

    When: Monday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    What: Philadelphia Bar Association will hold a CLE– Philadelphia Emergency Housing Protection Act and Eviction Diversion Program. 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. FREE ONLY to those who VOLUNTEER to become a mediator for the Eviction Diversion Program. 2.0 SUB CLE credits available. For more information and to register, visit www.philadelphiabar.org.

    SeniorLAW Center CLE Training: Assisting Seniors through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine: Volunteer Attorney Training

    When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 12-1:30 p.m.
    Where: Virtual Zoom Training (Link will be provided upon registration)
    What: Volunteer to help PA’s aging population. Participants will be trained to provide legal advice, information, and referrals to vulnerable seniors across Pennsylvania who call the PA SeniorLAW HelpLine with civil legal issues. The training will focus on common areas of law requested by callers, the logistics of handling a HelpLine call and the professional responsibility requirements of pro bono and helpline service. This is a limited representation opportunity and volunteers will be able to choose the area(s) of law on which they will focus when counseling senior callers. Register with Joanna Jarzebowska at jjarzebowska@seniorlawcenter.org.

    Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project: Pro Bono Volunteer Training

    When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
    Where: Remote via Zoom
    What: Please join Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP) for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Pro Bono Volunteer Training program. The training will cover the fundamentals of completing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for a low-income client, including how to represent a client remotely. Given the current economic climate, CBAP anticipates a significant increase in bankruptcy filings in 2021. As a CBAP advocate, you will help a family in need get a financial fresh start during these trying times. We hope you will join us to meet this increased need and to perform this important service. To receive additional information and/or to register for this program, please contact CBAP at info@cbap-phl.org.

    Support Center for Child Advocates "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Two-Part Virtual Training Program

    When: Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (*must attend both sessions)
    Where: Online!
    What: Become a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney. Join SCCA for this volunteer workshop and learn from dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy about how you can make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-handle-a-child-abuse-case-tickets-11368708713.

    Philadelphia VIP: An Introduction to VIP and Our Pro Bono Opportunities

    When: Thursday, Oct.29, 12-1 p.m.
    Where: Zoom invite will be sent to all registrants; please register at https://www.phillyvip.org/events/introduction-to-vip-2020/
    What: This session explores how VIP works, VIP’s client base, and the pro bono opportunities we offer to volunteer attorneys. It will focus on both the logistical and substantive support that VIP staff provides to volunteers, as well as pro bono opportunities particularly well-suited to today’s remote environment. Attorneys with all levels of experience are welcome. No commitment is required; this is an informational session that includes an opportunity for Q&A with VIP staff at the end.

    Board Observer CLE Program: Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Board Service

    When: Friday, Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m.
    What: This CLE will provide attorneys interested in serving on a nonprofit board with an introduction to the role of a Board of Directors and the laws governing nonprofits, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws. 1 SUB CLE credit available. Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division as part of the Board Observer Program. For more information and to register online, visit www.philadelphiabar.org.

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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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High Volume: A Basic Encryption Strategy for Law

Most lawyers have a general understanding of what encryption does. (If you don't, let me introduce you to Wikipedia.) Nevertheless, most attorneys don't feel like they have a comprehensive plan for managing encryption in their law firms when it comes to sending secure files to clients and colleagues. That leaves a lot of law firms feeling a little insecure. But, there's a simple strategy for managing encryption in law firms that is entirely based on the volume of files you need to encrypt.

If you don't send out a lot of documents that need to be encrypted, you can use the built-in tools in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat to encrypt those documents. Apply passwords, and then call the recipient with the password—don't email it along with the document.

If you do send out a lot of documents that need to be encrypted, use an email encryption system that will allow you to manually encrypt certain emails and their contents, or to automate the process. With an email encryption tool, you can set up specific encryption triggers (for certain data types, e.g. social security numbers or for specific state laws) that will alert the system to automatically encrypt an email and any attachments—you don't need to encrypt documents anymore, because your email system will read the attachments and encrypt them for you, if necessary. Recipients will be brought to a secure inbox (requiring a specific password that they will set), to access the encrypted materials. Providers of email encryption software include Reflexion and ZixCorp.

If you use a law practice management system, most of these programs now include a client portal, through which you can send to clients and colleagues documents and notifications. Since these client portals are part of your case management system, they're encrypted just like the rest of the software. And, recipients create a unique password to access what you share with them.

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If you're feeling insecure about your law firm's data security, 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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