Chancellor Snyder Testifies in Support of Extending Philly Eviction Diversion Program
Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program is
a powerful tool to keep tenants housed and landlords financially secure, writes Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.), Chancellor, in recent testimony urging City Council to extend the program. City Council is expected to vote on whether to extend the program through March 2021 at its December 10 meeting. Read the rest of Snyder's testimony here.
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 the remaining dates:
Monday, December 14
Wednesday, December 30 – VIDEO ENCORE
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.
- November 30, 2020 – Phila. Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued an Order extending the Stay of Litigation Involving SEPTA through January 15, 2021. See Order for details.
- November 30, 2020 – Phila Courts have announced plans to resume in-person jury trials starting January 21, subject to public health guidance, in the Arbitration Appeal, Major Jury, Mass Tort and Commerce programs.
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
Sip & Speak – Charitable Giving 2021 Wednesday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite refreshment to our online forum and be prepared to engage in lively and intelligible conversation with subject matter specialists!
Join Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, Managing Director & Financial Advisor in the Pittsburgh office of Wealth Enhancement Group, this month to learn about charitable giving during a changing political environment. We'll also cover the basics of charitable giving—when it makes sense, how much should be considered, how taxing works, how insurance trusts work—and when you should think about accelerating gifting in light of potential tax increases.
You must be registered through the Association's site to receive the video conference ID and password.
Registration will close 30 minutes prior to each meeting start time and you will receive the link to join immediately after registration closes.
Family Law Section Virtual Holiday Lunch Presentation Monday, December 7 at 12 p.m.
Presenting the Herbert R. Weiman Sr. & Jr. Award to Molly Callahan, Esq., Women Against Abuse Legal Center
Take a break, grab some lunch and join your friends and colleagues from the Family Law Section, virtually, as we reflect on this past year, celebrate one another and enjoy some comic relief from Comedian Joe Conklin. Register Here.
Solo and Small Firm Committee Tuesday, December 8 at 4 p.m.
Please join us for our last meeting of the year as we connect with each other to have a fun and always informative meeting to close out 2020! Register Here.
Wellness Wednesday Wednesday, December 9 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.
Appellate Courts Committee Wednesday, December 9 at 12 p.m.
Appellate Practice Amid the Pandemic: A Forum for Discussion of the Virtual Oral Argument Format and Substantive Issues Arising from Virtual Litigation. Register Here.
State Civil Litigation Holiday Celebration Thursday, December 10 at 5 p.m.
Presenting the Honorable Alex Bonavitacola Award to The Honorable Arnold New. Register Here.
Custody Committee Meeting Friday, December 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee Friday, December 11 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.