Philadelphia Bar Association Joins Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Call for Upholding the Integrity of the Election
We stand with nonprofit organizations from across the state of Pennsylvania in urging,
Every vote should be counted, and every vote should count.
In an effort spearheaded by ADL-Philadelphia and the Committee of Seventy, we make the following statement:
A bedrock principle of our democracy is that voting is a fundamental right and, some would say, sacred act. When we enter the voting booth or sit at home and fill out an absentee or mail-in ballot, there is an unspoken adherence to the compact we've made – we the people choose our government and that’s why we are willing to abide by the laws enacted by that government.
The undersigned organizations believe that the more eligible voters who vote, the stronger our democracy becomes. We believe that the easier we make it for citizens to participate in our democratic processes, the more confidence the people have in those processes. It is critical that there is public confidence in those processes; without it, trust erodes, participation will decline, and our democracy will be weakened. Read More.
Workers' Comp. Section Lunch and Learn, Charitable Collection for St. John's Hospice & Recognition of WCJ Scott Olin's Retirement, Nov. 20
CLE: Balancing Practicality, Civility and Professionalism
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: Recognition of Retirement of WCJ Olin at 12:15 p.m.; Virtual CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m.
Place: This is a virtual event. The program link and materials will be sent to all registrants by e-mail transmission on the morning of the program.
1 Ethics CLE Credit
The Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that our November 2020 Charitable Collection will be for St. John's Hospice located in Center City Philadelphia. The method for donation of goods will be provided in the near future. … Read More.
- November 6, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Patrick Dugan has issued an Order halting service of Writs of Possession and Alias Writs of Possession through December 31, except for good cause shown as detailed in the Order.
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
Giants of the Business Bar and Spotlight on In-House Counsel Three Giants' Perspectives on Lessons Lived, Learned and Learning both In-House and in Private Practice. A virtual presentation. Monday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Moderated by: Ernest D. Holtzheimer, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
- Teleicia J.R. Dambreville, Esq., Director, Counsel-Employment, Burlington Stores, Inc.
- Sophia Lea, Esq., Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Blank Rome
- Richard J. Ramones, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Consolidated Rail Corporation
Giants of the Business Bar program is part of a series of programs in which the Business Law Section recognizes legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and provides an opportunity for both young and experienced lawyers to learn from the giants. This year's Giants' program is combined with the Business Law Section’s
Spotlight on In-House Counsel program for the first time, and will provide attendees with unique insight from Giants who have experience as in-house counsel and in private practice. Register Here.
Chancellor's Forum: "Retirement - Who Me?" Tuesday, November 17 at 5 p.m. Moderated by:
Lynn A. Marks, Esq., Co-Coordinator of the Public Interest Alum Network Keynote Speaker:
Ida Abbott, Esq, Author of Retirement by Design Panelists:
- Joseph A. Sullivan, Esq., Director of Pro Bono Programs at Troutman Pepper LLP
- Ayodele Gansallo, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney at HIAS
Many members of the "boomer" generation of attorneys are or will be transitioning from the full-time practice of law. What's ahead? Volunteer work, pursuit of neglected hobbies, a new and different second career? This dramatic life change presents many challenges. It has significant emotional and financial implications for the lawyer, the lawyer's family, and the broader community. Doing it right requires planning, good advice, and sharing with others. This Chancellor's Forum is designed to help. Register Here.
Link to the article Retirement-Who Me?, by Lynn A. Marks, Eleanor W. Myers, and Janet F. Stotland, from The Philadelphia Lawyer.
Entrepreneurial Incubator: You've Been Audited! Now What? Tuesday, November 24 at 4 p.m.
For many entrepreneurs one of their greatest challenges can be related to dealing with administrative issues that may arise in the running of their businesses and one of the issues that can cause the most problems is taxes. Our informative seminar will be led by Len Getz, CPA an almost 40-year employee of the IRS who will give entrepreneurs effective strategies on how to handle an IRS audit. Register Here.
Public Interest Executive Committee Monday, November 16 at 12 p.m.
This meeting is open to any Public Interest Section member that would like to attend. You do not need to be a member of the Executive Committee to participate. Register Here.
Legal Rights of Children Tuesday, November 17 at 12 p.m.
Working with Child Victims of Human Trafficking
Join the Legal Rights of Children Committee for a round table learning session with two experts on Human Trafficking: Kelly Sagastume, MSW of Support Center for Child Advocates' Project PROTECT, and Alea Cummings, MSW, LCSW of Philadelphia Children's Alliance. Children involved in court systems are especially vulnerable to human trafficking. Professionals working with youth need to know what human trafficking is and potential warning signs, as well as how to connect youth who have been trafficked with the services and resources they need to heal. This roundtable will discuss and define human trafficking, and identify vulnerabilities, signs of concern and methods used by traffickers to recruit and control victims. Participants will learn strategies for connecting youth to services and also to ensure services are sensitive to their unique needs and experiences. Kelly and Alea will also review the impact of COVID on trafficking survivors and attendees are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Register Here.
Employee Benefits Tuesday, November 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Wellness Wednesday Wednesday, November 18 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 Town Hall Wednesday, November 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.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
YLD Virtual Happy Hour Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.
This month our networking happy hour will feature a beer tasting/discussion led by Mike Jones.
Love beer? Interested in learning about the history and brewing process? Join Us!
You do not need to have any specific beer on hand for this event, but if you are looking for some suggestions on different styles that we will cover:
Lager - Recommended: Sly Fox Helles
Pilsner - Recommended: Victory Prima Pils
Pale Ale - Recommended: Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
India Pale Ale - Recommended: Troegs Perpetual IPA
Seasonal Beer - Recommended: A local stout or winter beer
Belgian Beer - Recommended: Any Belgian Wit, Belgian Pale Ale, Saison, Dubble, Trippel, Quad, or Lambic
Let's Do Lunch - Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee Friday, November 20 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 takeout cuisine while we all discuss (or listen to) topics of interest, whether legal or non-legal. Register Here.
Discounts for Members
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 webcast. 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 Events
Philadelphia VIP's Family Law Practice Meeting, Nov. 18
On Wednesday, November 18, Philadelphia VIP’s Family Law Practice Group will meet via Zoom, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Strategize about VIP cases, connect with fellow attorneys, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice with Philadelphia VIP. Click here to RSVP today.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts 2020 Judicial Independence Benefit, Nov. 19
On Thursday, November 19, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will hold its 2020 Judicial Independence Benefit as a virtual event, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. PMC will present the Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. Award to Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center. Everyone who pledges $100 or more will receive a wine and chocolate celebration package, and the event will begin with a wine and chocolate pairing discussion led by sommelier-in-training, Isabel Hirshberg. Sponsorships and tickets can be reserved here.