Dec. 14, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 47
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Community Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments and Sets Agenda for 2021

The virtual Annual Meeting welcomed Chancellor-elect Lauren P. McKenna, partner at Fox Rothschild, and a longtime member of the Association.

The Philadelphia Bar Association community came together virtually on Tuesday, December 8 to set an agenda for 2021 and to look back on 2020 as a year of accomplishments in the face of extraordinary circumstances.

The Annual Meeting introduced 94th Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna, Esq., partner at Fox Rothschild and an active Association member throughout her career. As the Association looks ahead to the coming year, the focus will be on leveraging the collective power of the community to build on its primary goals: Providing critical education, services and support to the legal profession, the courts and to the City of Philadelphia at large.

We are not just a trade association, but the hub of the Philadelphia legal community, for which there are many spokes,” McKenna said. “This has always been central to our mission – and the challenges of 2020 brought that into focus. By bringing these various communities together, we are reminded of the foundational principle of the Association – that there is strength in numbers – and that our shared values of professionalism and service will protect us in trying times. Read More.

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The Philadelphia Bar Association is a community that is committed to meeting the challenges and opportunities of these times.

Choose to be a part of this mission in 2021 by renewing your Philadelphia Bar Association membership. If you renew in December, you will gain access to an extra benefit: Two complementary CLE credits, in addition to the six we give to all members in good standing.

You can use the two free credits this month to attend our December 14 live webcast or December 30 encore session on Solo Trial Preparation and Advocacy.

Then, in 2021, for the first time you’ll get six free credits that you can use on any of our one- or two-credit CLEs.

Renew today – and be an ambassador for our community by recommending joining to a friend or colleague.


Chancellor's Statement on PA Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(g)

In reaction to the U.S. District Court's decision granting an injunction to stop enforcement of Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(g), making discrimination and harassment in the law professional misconduct, Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.), Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, issued the following statement:

The promotion of diversity and inclusion and the elimination of bias and discrimination in the justice system are core values of the Philadelphia Bar Association. We are committed to the vision of a justice system in which all individuals – judges, lawyers, litigants, witnesses and employees – can participate free from discrimination and harassment.

We believe that lawyers, as professionals, are responsible for demonstrating the highest standards of behavior.
Read the rest of the statement here.

Philadelphia Bar Association Praises Extension of City of Philadelphia Eviction Diversion Program

Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) of the Philadelphia Bar Association issued the following statement in response to Philadelphia City Council's vote to extend the City's eviction diversion program:

The Philadelphia City Council's decision today to extend the City's Eviction Diversion Program through March 31, 2021 is a critical move to support renters, prevent homelessness and help our entire community weather the continued challenges created by COVID-19.

As I wrote in testimony submitted to the Council's Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless, in just a few months, the eviction diversion program has already achieved a track record of success. Since its passage by City Council earlier this year, the program has helped hundreds of tenants and landlords come to agreements without having to go to court. In addition to allowing tenants to stay in their homes and off the streets at a time when COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the program has also helped to ensure that our city's Court system does not become overburdened.
Read the rest of the statement 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.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

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.


Employee Benefits Committee

Tuesday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

At this meeting, we will be starting a discussion about the Committee's objectives and activities for the coming year, and we welcome input from all Committee members. If you have ideas but can't make the meeting, please contact Nancy Wasch at

In addition, at this meeting the committee will also discuss qualified plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation plans, ERISA litigation, and other employee benefit matters. Register Here.

Diversity Committee of the Family Law Section

Tuesday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us to discuss planning for the February town hall program and our other important diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives. Register Here.

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, December 16 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.

LGBT Rights Committee

Wednesday, December 16 at 12 p.m.

This month's meeting will be a debrief from our December 9 virtual CLE on religious freedom exemptions and nondiscrimination protections, as well as discussions of possible future programming in 2021. Register Here.

Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Award Ceremony

Thursday, December 17 at 5 p.m.

Join us virtually for our Annual Awards Presentation where we will celebrate achievements of our colleagues and friends and a remembrance of the careers of Thurgood Matthews, Esq. and the Honorable Abram Frank Reynolds.

Presenting the Thurgood Marshall Award to 2020 Co-Chair, Thomas J. Innes III, Defender Association of Philadelphia

Presenting the Henry Czajkowski Award to Rosanne Unger, Philadelphia Municipal Court

Team Trivia to follow formal program
Register Here.

Social Security Committee Virtual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating with you on Dec. 17.
Click here to donate to our Philabundance Charity Drive.
Register Here.

Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, December 18 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

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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.

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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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Spread Offense: Diversification is Key to Law Firm Marketing Efforts

When thinking about how to market a law firm effectively, the question of frequency is important, especially as it relates to content marketing: get as much of your stuff out there into the world, as often as you can, and people are bound to pay attention to you. It's not quite that simple, but, that is the gist of it. In addition to having a lot of marketing materials in your holster, though, it's also important to consider the breadth of your marketing attack.

In 2020, you can't just market to one or two channels, because it's becoming increasingly difficult to know where your best leads are going to be looking for legal services information. Maybe your best client is somebody who's given up on Google search, and now prefers in-app search, because that's easier to do on a smartphone? Or, maybe your best client has given up on Facebook, and switched to LinkedIn, to avoid all the political noise? Perhaps your best client prefers video-to-text, yet you insist on blogging regularly … The point is, you don't know, and even analytics services don't tell the entire story. So, since some of legal marketing still comes down to making your best guess, it is better to execute breadth, rather than depth. Publish to as many channels as possible and use whatever effective insights you can acquire to direct your efforts. Think of it like fishing: fishermen have a general sense of where the fish are, but when they get there, they still use a big-ass net.

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Let's talk about the size of your net.

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