Nov. 23, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 44
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Calls for Pa. Judicial Center to Be Renamed for Former Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.

The honor would ensure that Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix's tireless efforts will be recognized and memorialized for generations to come.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is among the organizations calling for the Pennsylvania Justice Center in Harrisburg to be renamed for former state Supreme Court Chief Justice the late Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.

Nix, who served as chief justice from 1984 to 1996, was the first Black person in the nation to hold the position. He was appointed associate justice by Gov. Milton Shapp in 1971 and after being elected to the position in a landslide victory in 1972 became the first Black associate justice of the state Supreme Court and the first Black person to hold statewide office in Pennsylvania.

Chief Justice Nix devoted his time, talents, energy and efforts to championing civil rights and promoting equality and justice in all forms,” says Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) “His tireless efforts should be recognized and memorialized for generations to come. We believe his legacy is best commemorated by renaming the Pennsylvania Justice Center in his honor. Read more.


Virtual Annual Meeting | Celebrating Our Community and Looking Ahead to 2021 | Introducing our 94th Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna, Esq. partner at Fox Rothschild LLP

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice"
Legal Writing Competition Award

Introduced by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg

Citizens Bank Achievement Award Recipient

Robert S. Tintner

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Award Recipient

Hon. Kathryn Streeter Lewis

This event is complimentary to the entire community.



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News

POTENTIAL JUDICIAL CANDIDATES FOR 2021: Fill Out Our Evaluation Questionnaire


An informed electorate is more important than ever. That's why we ask all potential judicial candidates to complete a questionnaire for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

The Judicial Commission's work has been cited as an authoritative source for information on judicial candidates, providing unbiased and fair ratings about candidates' abilities to serve on the bench. In the 2019 primary elections, three "Highly Recommended" candidates and four "Recommended" candidates won positions on the ballots for judicial races. Read more.

Philadelphia Bar Association Congratulates Rep. Joanna McClinton on Being Elected Pennsylvania's First Female House Minority Leader


Rep. McClinton, D-Philadelphia, is the first Black woman to lead a caucus in either chamber of the General Assembly.

The Philadelphia Bar Association congratulates Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, on being elected Pennsylvania's first female house minority leader and the first Black woman to lead a caucus in either chamber of the state General Assembly.

McClinton has served in the state House of Representatives since 2015. She previously worked for seven years as a public defender before becoming chief counsel to state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Philadelphia, in 2013.

Rep. McClinton is an active Philadelphia Bar Association member who has made significant contributions, lending her expertise to our education and advocacy efforts, says Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.), Chancellor. We are excited to see her talents and expertise recognized by her colleagues in the General Assembly, and look forward to working with her in her new role.

Join Us for Public Interest Law Day on Thursday, December 3

The Philadelphia Bar Association is bringing Philadelphia's vibrant public interest community together virtually this year for the annual Public Interest Law Day. Read more.

Free CLEs For Members in Good Standing in December

Sponsored by LawPay

This 2-hour CLE program, FREE to Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, provides exceptional guidance and practical advice for attorneys preparing for trial. Detailed examples offer insights on how to prepare efficiently and effectively argue in a compelling manner. Featured speaker, Claude Ducloux, will address the topics below to help you develop the elements of proof, the message, and organize your case for trial. Then he will examine various ethical situations involving trial procedure, pleadings, motions, and discovery; as well as examine the related responsibilities of lawyers during proceedings, the rules guiding the advocate's conduct, and will look at the results of a survey of both state and federal judges' opinions when such conduct occurs in their courtrooms, including advice and discussion.

Register today for available dates:

Friday, December 4
Monday, December 14
Wednesday, December 30 – VIDEO ENCORE


Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • November 17, 2020 – Phila. Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division Supervising Judge Tucker has announced that due to new city restrictions, all criminal jury trials are suspended effective immediately, and that bench trials will proceed as scheduled.
  • November 16, 2020 – Municipal Court Civil Division issues Notice of Right to Appear in Person, via Zoom or Telephonically. The Notice sets protocols and provides instructions for parties participating in Zoom and telephonic court proceedings.

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


Events


Entrepreneurial Incubator: You've Been Audited! Now What?


Len Getz Photo 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.


Meetings


Real Property Section Annual Meeting


Tuesday, November 24 at 12 p.m.

Featuring the Presentations of the Harris Ominsky Award to Eileen B. Quigley, Esq. of Ballard Spahr LLP, and the Good Deed Award to Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. We hope that you’ll be able to attend our Annual Meeting to honor our award recipients and to vote on our new Executive Committee members. Register Here.

Wellness Wednesday


Wednesday, November 25 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


Announcements


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.


CLEs



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 Events


Support Center for Child Advocates Toy Drive


Support Center for Child Advocates is holding its 2020 Toy Drive in a new format. In recognition of their concerns for client, volunteer, and staff safety, they have decided to make the 2020 Toy Drive a campaign to collect and distribute gift cards for their clients and every child living in their homes. Their goal this year is to provide each child with $50 in gift cards. The deadline to receive gift cards at Child Advocates’ office (1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103) is December 2, 2020. Gift cards can also be sent virtually to event@SCCALaw.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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Chain-link: How to Build a More Efficient Law Practice in 2021

Yes, it's hard to believe; but, it's almost 2021, everyone. Can't be worse than 2020, right?

The turning of the calendar is just another opportunity to improve your business management. Now, what business owner among us would NOT want that opportunity?

So, let me tell you what you need to do in 2021 that you haven't done yet:

This is the year you turn your law firm into a high-performance machine. You're currently driving a Chevrolet Chevette; by the end of next year, I want you to be rolling up in a Ford Mustang. And Ford is the optimal analogy here; your job one this next year, is to build the law firm version of Ford's assembly line. Build systems, save time, do more work, make more money. Rinse, repeat.

Don't view the notion of a high-performing practice, as many attorneys do, as a bad thing. Embrace operational efficiency, and it will pay dividends. Now, I know that your inclination as a lawyer is to tinker, to putter around with different practice areas and different cases. But, it's up to you to tamp down that desire and focus on running a business, not your own postgraduate learning program. The object of your business is that it will make you money; so, build your business for its highest purpose.

If your law firm is not currently focused on efficiency, look to make upgrades to your processes, with an eye toward becoming as efficient as possible, without sacrificing quality. If you're not using a document automation tool to build documents, think about adding one. If your intake process is not formalized, build one. If you have no idea how work gets done in your office, spend more time observing your staff and their relative effectiveness. Lawyers tend to distrust automation; but, those who embrace it are eating their competitors' lunches.

Time to feast.

. . .

If you want to eat in 2021, 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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