Dec. 21, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 48
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

We'll be taking next week off from the Bar Reporter Online. See you next year, and happy holidays!

Renew Your Membership for 2021

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As a Philadelphia Bar Association member, you will face the challenges of these times with a strong community by your side.

At our recent Annual Meeting, Chancellor-elect Lauren P. McKenna, Esq., reflected on the Philadelphia Bar Association's accomplishments in 2020 and shared a call to action:

Choose to be part of this community. If you're here today, that means the Association means something to you. You already see its value. Make it your mission to help us grow and sustain the Association. Be an ambassador.

That is our ask of you today.

There has never been a better time to be part of the Philadelphia Bar Association – or to bring a member of your network on board.

We have an exciting agenda planned for 2021: We're forming a task force on ongoing legal needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and updating a study of the economic impact of the legal industry in Philadelphia. We're going to further grow our efforts to strengthen the legal profession, expand opportunities for continuing legal education and professional development, and continue to advocate for social change.

Help us grow our community, rise to the challenges facing us and continue to ensure justice for all.

Renew today.


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 last available date:

Wednesday, December 30 – VIDEO ENCORE

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


Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, December 23 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.


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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Code Red: Why Lawyers Don’t Need to Code

I mean, don't get me wrong, lawyers can code, if they want to; but, they don't have to.

There's a prevailing argument in legal tech circles over whether lawyers should be coders. This argument is often misconstrued to mean that lawyers should be developing their own software. And that's an entirely different thing. It's sort of like making the assumption that the guy who tinkers with an old Corvette on the weekend should launch an automotive corporation. And the same argument applies for lawyers that applies to the weekend warrior: He shouldn't do that because he can make more money in his day job, which also carries with it far less risk. The point is: if you want to be a lawyer, be a lawyer; if you want to start a software company, start a software company. But, don’t do both.

The math works, too.

Solo, small, and large law firms waste money and resources when they develop their own software, rather than using off-the-shelf software that can be customized for far less than it costs to build software from scratch. The situation is even worse when lawyers become involved in a software build, because lawyers charge far more money than the average software developer or consultant, which means that lawyers are leaving money on the table when they do anything but lawyer. Those attorneys who stick to substantive practice and farm out lower leverage activities make money; those lawyers who abandon those activities lose money. That's why it's so important to practice at the top of your law license if you're an attorney, and to effectively delegate work.

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If you need some help picking someone else's software, we can assist.

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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