Oct. 26, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 40
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

THIS WEEK: Philadelphia Bar Association Fall Quarterly

Fall Virtual Quarterly Meeting

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for our Fall Quarterly Virtual Meeting this Wednesday, October 28 at 12 p.m. We are celebrating our Members by:

  • Celebrating our Champion of the Bar
  • Recognizing our Section and Committee Bar Stars
  • Honoring Shelli Fedullo for her tenure as Immediate Past-Chancellor
  • Presenting the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Hon. Arnold L. New
  • Hosting Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center

Free for members and $35 for non-members.

Municipal Court Criminal Division Closes Stout Center Courtrooms on Election Day

President Judge Patrick Dugan has announced that on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Municipal Court Criminal Division will administratively close Stout Center courtrooms. Cases currently scheduled that day will be rescheduled as the Sheriff’s Department will be reassigned to various security details.

All essential services will remain operational. Preliminary Arraignment Court and Emergency Protection from Abuse services will be available at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice.
Click here for more.

Call to Action on Election Day

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) issued the following call to action calling on law firms to close or allow employees time off with pay to vote and act as poll workers or watchers on Election Day:

Because the ability to vote, and the confidence that the American public has in the safety and accuracy of their vote is so important, and because the general election this year on Nov. 3 is so vitally important, we call upon all law firms in the Philadelphia area to either close for business that day, or to allow employees to receive paid leave in order to vote, and also to act as poll watchers or poll workers.

The Philadelphia Bar Association has made the decision that all Association employees will be given time off with pay to enable them to vote and to be able to assist at polling places, as either poll watchers or poll workers.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • October 22, 2020 – Philadelphia Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judge Shirdan-Harris have announced new protocol for non-jury trials in the Arbitration Appeal and Major Non-Jury programs. See the Notice to the Bar and Trial Pool List for details.

Nominations Open for 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.

Workers' Compensation Section 5th Annual Happy Hour – Oct. 30

A Fangtastic Virtual Halloween Happy Hour Event – Dead Men Don’t Speak Easy – A 1920s Themed Murder Mystery

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Virtual Event – link will be provided after registration.

Register here
Registration includes a virtual live comedy performance murder mystery with special guest actors!

Charitable Contribution

The Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that our Halloween Happy Hour Charitable Collection will be for Women Against Abuse. Details for donation will be provided in the near future.

Women Against Abuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, is Philadelphia's leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the largest domestic violence agencies in the country. The mission of Women Against Abuse is to provide quality, compassionate, and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence and to lead the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education. Women Against Abuse strives to provide a continuum of care -- from telephone crisis counseling to long-term supportive housing -- in a manner that promotes victim safety, autonomy and dignity In total, Women Against Abuse serves 15,000 individuals each year in Philadelphia through direct services, education, outreach and advocacy. Women Against Abuse serves a diverse population of survivors of domestic violence and the community at large. The majority of clients receiving direct services (including safe haven, legal aid and transitional housing) earn below federal poverty guidelines.

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

Town Hall Meeting: Post Pandemic Insurance

Monday, October 26 at 12 p.m.

Featuring: Mark A. Lefever, vice president, Sales and Client Management, USI Affinity Professional Insurance Solutions; Ray Keough, vice president of Employee Benefits and Associations, My Benefit Advisor, USI; and Shelly Bloom, director, Legislative Awareness and Training, Emerson Reid & Co. Regional.

We will discuss:

  • Coverage you need to have in your policy and possible issues with your policy
  • What market changes we expect to see post pandemic
  • Choosing your broker and carrier for the future
  • Why law firms are targets and why you need a separate cyber policy for your firm
  • Claim examples and the impact of a claim on your firm - What we are seeing post pandemic and what we expect to see going forward.
Register Here

Legislative Committee of the Probate and Trust Section

Monday, October 26 at 12 p.m.

The meeting is being called to discuss the Electronic Wills Act and the Harmless Error Doctrine in connection with exploring legislative reform. Register Here

Sip and Speak: Financial Planning Concepts

Monday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m.

This month, Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, managing director & financial advisor in the Pittsburgh office of Wealth Enhancement Group will cover common compensation and non-cash compensation packages that are offered during the course of a career—and how deferring compensation, maximizing certain compensation types, and deciding what to do with different stock options can work better for you to fund the lifestyle you want in retirement. He will also talk through the different phases of law firm ownership and strategies to consider at each stage. Register Here

Women in the Profession

Tuesday, October 27 at 12 p.m.

The Women In The Profession Committee is delighted to host renowned author and lawyer, Andrea S. Kramer. Kramer’s publications include Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work and It's Not You, It’s The Workplace, Women’s Conflict At Work And The Bias That Built It. Kramer just recently celebrated the Second Edition of Breaking Through Bias. Kramer will share some of her insights and winning strategies from her books, which have received national recognition for helping women achieve career success. Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening program on the latest developments regarding women’s workplace challenges and strategies to overcome them. Register Here

Diversity Committee of the Probate and Trust Section

Tuesday, October 27 at 12 p.m.

Pandemic Life: Latest Update from the Register of Wills and Orphans' Court
Joined by Administrative Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello and Deputies from Register of Wills, this virtual meeting will answer common questions about how to move cases forward during this pandemic from the perspective of the courts. Your questions about petitions, citations, virtual conferences, hearings and continuances will be addressed, and we hope you will join us as we grow our practice and the committee.
Register Here

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, October 28 at 8 a.m.

The Wellness Committee is here for you during this period of great uncertainty and invites you to break up your week with a short, guided mindfulness meditation. There are a number of ways in which mindfulness can be beneficial, especially given the challenges we are currently facing during the Covid-19 pandemic, 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

Fall Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, October 28 at 12 p.m.

Register Here

LGBT Rights Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 28 at 5 p.m.

Register Here

Solo and Small Firm Committee

Thursday, October 29 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us to connect and discuss maintaining best practices during these challenging times. We will also be sharing experiences with financial programs along with discussing our activities for the remainder of the year. Register Here

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

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

The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to a weekly lunchtime “Chat and Chew” forum to enjoy your favorite homemade or takeout cuisine while we all discuss (or listen to) topics of interest, whether legal or non-legal. Register Here

Public Interest Associates Committee

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

The Public Interest Associates Committee is a space for non-management legal services attorneys to network and discuss topics of interest. This meeting will be a time to check in and discuss lawyering during and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as brainstorm about how we can use the Public Interest Associates committee to connect and support attorneys across our programs. If you have any specific agenda items or questions, email jcollins@clsphila.org. 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 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.

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 Virtual Training, Oct. 28

On Wednesday, October 28, Philadelphia VIP will hold a Virtual Training: The Nuts and Bolts of Representing a Tenant in Municipal Court, from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Led by VIP Staff Attorney Liz Tarloski and one of the experienced landlord-tenant attorneys from Community Legal Services, this training will offer an overview of landlord-tenant law and practical information for representing a client in a landlord-tenant dispute in the Philadelphia courts. Click here to RSVP today.

Philadelphia VIP Virtual Legal Panel, Oct. 28

On Wednesday, October 28, Philadelphia VIP will host a Virtual Legal Panel: Maintaining Your Business in a Pandemic, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. VIP’s panel of legal experts will address several challenges small businesses are facing during the COVID-19 crisis: insurance coverage, commercial leases, unemployment, and compliance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Click here for more information.

Philadelphia VIP Virtual Training, Oct. 28

On Wednesday, October 28, Philadelphia VIP is hosting a Virtual Training: Practices and Procedure for Virtual Probate, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Hosted by VIP Staff Attorney Mike Jones and a special guest from the Philadelphia Register of Wills, this training will walk attendees through the probate process, answer questions about handling a VIP case virtually, and empower volunteers to help clients overcome their tangled title issues. Click here to register today.


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

When: Monday, October 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.

Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project: Pro Bono Volunteer Training

When: Tuesday, October 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, October 27 and Wednesday, October 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-113687087138.

The New Pathways to Pardons: The Barristers Pardon Project

When: Wednesday, October 28, 12-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 12-1:30 p.m. (optional)
Where: Virtually (Link will be provided to those who pre-register.)
What: THE GOOD NEWS: the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons has made major reforms to the pardon process and is recommending 87% of all pardon applications it hears! In this two-hour program, you will learn about the new pardon process and forms, what the Board of Pardons is looking for, and how you can so easily help someone with a criminal record maximize their chances of receiving a hearing, a pardon, and a second chance.

This training will enable you to immediately start representing private clients. This program is FREE because all attendees will be given their first pro-bono client, pre-screened for legal merit and income eligibility, to help through the application.

Pre-registration required at josephmitchell3@gmail.com.

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

When: Wednesday, October 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.

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

When: Thursday, October 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: Thursday, October 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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Time Out: Gaining Time by the Minute

There's nothing like daylight savings time to get you to observe how dramatic a small shift in time becomes. Push back one hour, and all of a sudden it's instant winter. People are like, Wow, when did it get so dark out? And, hot chocolate sales start to rise.

Saving time as a business owner can have a similar effect on you. But, instead of greeting the coming of winter, you&apos:ll be saying things like, Wow, I just got home, and it's not even dark yet!

For law firms, just like for any other business, change starts small; and, it's the same thing when it comes to better managing your productivity. There are some immediate changes you can make to your law firm that will incur massive incremental value. So, if you buy a second monitor for your desktop, laptop, or tablet, you're eliminating many of the several seconds you spend opening and closing windows every day. Over the course of months and years, that time adds up, and you can fill it with more high-leverage activities. Outside of the realm of hardware, consider how creating workflows based on case types would save you time. If you know that every single time you onboard a particular case type that you do the same 10 things, create a workflow for those tasks, and set up your case management system so that all those tasks are automatically populated every time you start a new case of that type. That sure beats creating 10 separate tasks each time.

As a law firm manager, especially one who bills on an hourly basis, every hour of administrative time you reduce is an hour you can bill.

So, what are you waiting for?

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If you’re looking for ways to add hours to your day, 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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