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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.
- 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.
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
Public Interest Executive Committee
Monday, January 25 at 12 p.m.
This Executive Committee meeting is open to all members of the Public Interest Section so we hope that you will join us for our discussion. …Register Here
Employee Benefits Committee
Monday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m.
At this meeting, the committee will discuss employee benefits issues in the December Stimulus Bill and recent DOL guidance.…Register Here
Custody Committee of the Family Law Section
Monday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Please join us for our first meeting of 2021! We will be discussing the latest in court procedure and best practices for representing clients in custody matters during these ever-changing times.…Register Here
Real Property Executive
Tuesday, January 26 at 12 p.m.
Industry Trends and Updates: A Panel Discussion on Title Insurance and Real Estate Closings in the Pandemic. …Register Here
Diversity Committee of the Family Law Section
Tuesday, January 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Join us for our first meeting of 2021! We will be sharing ideas and planning our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the year.…Register Here
Outreach Committee of the Family Law Section
Tuesday, January 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Join us to discuss our 2021 outreach program and initiatives! We are looking forward to continuing our efforts to help Philadelphia families facing social and economic barriers.…Register Here
Wednesday, January 27 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
Solo and Small Firm Committee
Friday, January 29 at 12:30 p.m.
Join us for our first meeting of 2021! We are excited to discuss initiatives for this year and connect with everyone.…Register Here
Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee
Friday, January 29 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
- 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.
- Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24, the Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA) will hold a two-part virtual volunteer training, "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (must attend both sessions). This training program is for those interested in taking cases as a Volunteer Attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates. Join SCCA for this volunteer workshop and learn from dedicated experts in the field of child advocacy about how you can make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-handle-a-child-abuse-case-volunteer-training-tickets-129350820787. For more information about SCCA visit sccalaw.org/.