Jan. 4, 2021 | Vol. 22, No. 1
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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Philadelphia Bar Association Sections Honor 2020 Award Winners

The sections recognized members and community leaders for their contributions to the legal profession and the administration of justice…Read More

Updated: Waiver and Jury Trial Protocols for January 2021

The following waiver and jury trial protocols will go into effect on Monday, January 4 for the waiver program andMonday, January 25 for jury trials…Read More

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • December 30, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court has joined the Court of Common Pleas in extending the moratorium of evictions in the city through January 31, 2021. Please see attached Order #70 of 2020, signed by President Judge Dugan, as well as previously issued Order #65 of 2020, referenced in the new Order.
  • December 30, 2020 - Updated: Waiver and Jury Trial Protocols for January 2021
  • December 29, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court has announced its Civil and Criminal Divisions judicial courtroom assignments and Criminal Division schedule by topic, effective January 4, 2021.
  • December 28, 2020 - In conformity with the provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the First Judicial District has issued the attached Order #69 of 2020 extending the moratorium on evictions through January 31, 2021. Also see Order #56 of 2020, referenced in the new Order.

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


State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, January 6 at 12 p.m.

Join us as we continue our conversation from the previous town halls during this check in. If you have any questions regarding the new protocols or anything related to the judicial emergency, please email jordan@actionafterinjury.com and denise.mandi@selective.com 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.

Defending Judicial Independence in PA Town Hall

Thursday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Join Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and Common Cause Pennsylvania on Thursday, January 7 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. for a virtual town hall and panel discussion on the critical role of judicial independence in our democracy, as well as pending legislation that would pose a monumental threat to judicial independence in Pennsylvania. Panelists include Khalif Ali, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, and Deborah R. Gross, president and CEO of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. 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 Rachel Kipp at rkipp@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.


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.

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