Nov. 30, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 45
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

RBG, Sandra Day O'Connor, and the Philadelphia Bar Association

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor at the Association

Nearly 20 years ago, two legal legends joined the Philadelphia Bar Association community for lunch at the Philadelphia Marriott.

It was the Association's October 2003 Quarterly meeting and also a time of anniversaries: The presentation of the Association's 10th Sandra Day O'Connor Award, which honors outstanding females in the profession, and the 10th anniversary year of Ginsburg's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the event, O'Connor reflected on the difference that can be made when women who have broken down barriers share their light with others.

We're learning that real change, the sort that is reflected in individual spirit and initiative as much as in national statistics, comes about because people … care enough to share their flames with those whose lamps are dim, O'Connor told the audience that day.

The Association created awards named after O'Connor and Ginsburg to honor those types of unique voices in our community. That tradition of excellence continues with this year's honorees. 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


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.


Presenting Sponsor

Citizens Bank


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

2020 Federal Bench Bar Conference

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee in collaboration with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Don't be fooled by other programs, this is THE program for comprehensive education specific to federal practice.

This half-day annual conference offers in-depth CLE discussions on legal and practice topics important to the Federal Court Practice community in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Federal Bench Bar Conference provides a forum for the interchange of ideas among the bench and bar, educates the bar with regard to practice in the courts and encourages civility in the courts. This year's conference is a virtual endeavor that will address the following scheduled topics:

  • Current State of Court Operations, Practice and Procedure
  • Best Practices for Effective Federal Criminal Sentencing Advocacy
  • Planning for a Successful Mediation
  • Virtual Meet and Greet with Judges from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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.

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.

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

Business Law Section 2021 Executive Committee Nominees

Below please find the Business Law Section’s list of nominees for the 2021 Executive Committee which will be voted on at our upcoming BLS annual meeting in December:

2021 BLS Executive Committee Nominees

Note: The Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect, and Vice-Chancellor of the Bar Association are honorary members of the EC without the right to vote.


Municipal Court Committee

Tuesday, December 1 at 11 a.m.

At this meeting, we will be discussing court updates in light of reopening and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. We will also be discussing the CURE report regarding racial bias in the courts. Register Here.

State Civil Town Hall

Wednesday, December 2 at 12 p.m.

Join us for this video conference as we continue our conversation from the previous town halls during this two-week check in. If you have any questions, please email Jim Tolerico at and Jordan Strokovsky at 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.

Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Section

Thursday, December 3 at 12 p.m.

Register Here.

YLD Holiday Party, Awards Ceremony, Comedy Show & Gift Drive

Thursday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Welcoming 2021 Chair Andre Webb
  • Presenting:
    Craig M. Perry Service Award
    F. Sean Peretta Service Award
    Vision Award
  • Featuring Roy Wood Jr.
    Producer, Actor & Stand-Up
    Currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy & NAACP Award-winning The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Gift Drive
    Once again we'll be collecting gifts for Turning Points for Children. The greatest need is always for the older kids and babies from 6-19 months. DONATE TO THE GIFT DRIVE HERE.
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation Raffle
    Win a football signed by Eagles Kicker Jake Elliot!
    You can win a football signed by Philadelphia Eagles Kicker Jake Elliot, a member of the 2017 Super Bowl LII Philadelphia Eagles Championship Team, by participating in the YLD's raffle to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Two tickets are only $10! Don't miss out on this easy way to give back to our public interest community. It's a win-win!! Good luck! PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKET HERE.
Register Here

Health Care Law Committee

Friday, December 4 at 9 a.m.

Please join the co-chairs of the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee, Adam Yoffie and Nicole Aiken-Shaban, over virtual coffee to learn about the Committee's mission, to discuss legal developments and issues of interest to lawyers serving the health care sector, to develop ideas for future educational programming, and to network with other professionals with expertise in the legal and policy side of the health care industry. We hope you can join us for the opportunity to connect our membership and develop future programming meaningful to you. Register Here

Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony with Dueling Pianos

Friday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m.


  • The Bending the Arc Award
  • The Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award
Live Entertainment by: Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos

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.


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

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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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Second Hand News: Three Ways Keeping Your Clients Informed Benefits You

Many lawyers view client communications as bothersome–an interruption from the important work of lawyering. Of course, that work is being done for clients; so, it's important that they know what's going on, right? But this isn't just a one-way street. In fact, lawyers derive lots of benefits from staying in touch with their clients. So, let's address three of those . . .

Reduce Malpractice Risk. Lawyers might presume that they know their own cases better than anyone. Not true. Attorneys who, for example, try to manage conflict checks in their head, would be well-served to use software to manage clients and related party contacts. In a similar vein, no one has lived inside of any legal case, especially a fact-based one, better than the client. That means that it's important to stay in touch with your clients–because you never know what they might rediscover about a case you thought you had a handle on. A good rule of thumb is to contact your active clients via phone or email every six weeks in order to keep tabs on what's going on. You just might learn something about the case you thought you knew so well.

Get Paid More. One of the most important things a lawyer can do is to tell her clients when she doesn't charge him. Far too many lawyers are apt to leave items that have not been charged to the client off of the bill. But the opposite tactic is far better. Add in the work, and then use a giant, honking NO CHARGE designation on the invoice for that line item. Your client will feel like you're not nickel-and-diming him, and will be far more inclined to pay for bigger ticket items when the time comes, because of your established track record for only charging for what's absolutely necessary.

Get More Clients. There is nothing a law firm client hates more than a law firm that won't get in touch. This is probably the number one reason why clients hate their lawyers. I mean, think about it: you just paid someone $5,000 to do something, and then you don't hear from them for a year. At that point, you probably prefer your internet service provider to your attorney. So, stay in regular contact with your clients, keep them happy, and generate more referrals. Having more people to reach out to on a regularly recurring basis is a good problem to have.

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If you want more happy clients in 2021, we can help.

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