Take Action to Protect Judicial Independence: Stop House Bill 38
The independence of Pennsylvania's judiciary is at risk. Here's what you need to know - and what you can do.
We need your help to fight pending legislation that would threaten that independence and disenfranchise Pennsylvania voters.
DEADLINE EXTENDED for potential judicial candidates for 2021
Potential judicial candidates for 2021 now have until FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, to submit evaluation materials to the Judicial Commission.…Read More
- January 15, 2021: Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Tucker have ordered that all Court of Common Pleas criminal trials are deferred until March 1, 2021.
- 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
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
Diversity Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m.
Join us for our monthly conference call as we work together to plan events and strategize ways for the Probate Section to recruit and represent the true diversity of the profession. If you have any questions/concerns that you would like addressed on the call, please contact Shabrei Parker at email@example.com…Register Here.
Wellness Wednesday Wellness, January 20 at 8 a.m.
The Wellness Committee is here for you during this period of great uncertainty and invites you to break up your week with a short, guided mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness can help to 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.
State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall Wellness, January 20 at 4 p.m.
Join us as we continue our conversation from the previous town halls during this two-week check in. If you have any questions, please email Denise Mandi and Jordan Strokovsky 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.
Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee Friday, January 22 at 12:30 p.m.
The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to a weekly lunchtime "Chat and Chew" forum to enjoy your favorite home-made or take-out cuisine while we all discuss (or listen to) topics of interest, whether legal or non-legal…Register Here.
If your 2020 annual planning was interrupted as a result of COVID-19, this handy checklist from MyCase offers concrete action steps legal professionals can depend on to carry you through 2021 and beyond — no matter what changes come your way. Download your free guide 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 Rachel Kipp 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.
Public Interest Events
- On Wednesday, January 27, Philadelphia VIP will host a live-streamed Practice Spotlight: Service in VIP Divorce Cases, via Zoom, from 12-1 p.m. This information session will offer tips on how to properly serve a hard-to-find defendant in a VIP divorce case and address other frequently asked question. VIP's Practice Spotlights are the perfect way to overcome pro bono obstacles, network with other volunteers, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice in Philadelphia. Register online at https://www.phillyvip.org/events/practice-spotlight-divorce-jan-2021/.
- Thursday, February 11, the ACLU of Pennsylvania will host its annual fundraising gala, "Show the Constitution Some Love," virtually. The event will feature a diverse program with civil liberties speakers and performers. More information will be available at www.aclupa.org/showlove. Please contact Jenna McEloy, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Associate Director of Philanthropy at email@example.com with questions.