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- January 29, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued an administrative order extending the Philadelphia Residential Eviction Moratorium to March 31, 2021, in harmony with the CDC order.
- January 28, 2021 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Idee Fox has issued new administrative orders postponing February Tax Sheriff Sales to dates in May, 2021 and establishing protocol for providing notice of the new dates; and an administrative order postponing February 2 Mortgage Foreclosure Sheriff Sales to May 4 and June 1, 2021, per the schedule attached to the 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
Registration now open for Business Law Section Annual Reception
Awards Ceremony with Dueling Pianos
A Virtual Experience
Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Albert S. Dandridge III
Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will receive the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award
Assistant General Counsel, The School District of Philadelphia, will receive the In-House Counsel Award
Co-Chairs of the Franchise Law Cmte.,
Harris J. Chernow, Reger Rizzo & Darnell LLP, and Charles S. Marion, Blank Rome LLP, , will receive the Committee Chairs of the Year Award
Health Care Law Committee
Co-chaired by, Nicole J Aiken-Shaban, Reed Smith LLP & Adam Yoffie, Bristol Meyers Squibb, will receive the Committee of the Year Award
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Family Law Section Town Hall
Monday, February 1 at 12 p.m.
In these challenging times, we have all experienced so much, including feelings of doubt, outrage and despair with the struggle for equity. For our February 1 Section Meeting, we are having a town hall discussion to address how we can see meaningful change and move forward productively. We hope you will join us, so we can start this important journey together.…Register Here
Wednesday, February 3 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
Wednesday, February 3 at 12 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 regarding the new protocols or anything related to the judicial emergency, please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Section
Thursday, February 4 at 12 p.m.
At this meeting, the Committee will hear from special guests, Odia Kagan, Chair of the Cyberlaw Committee of the Business Section, and Dan Siegel, Chair of the Technology Liaison Committee, regarding interesting developments in their fields of expertise. The Committee will also review considerations of the Probate Section's Legislative Committee regarding e-wills, review cases, and discuss other trailblazing topics related to digital assets.…Register Here
Federal Courts Committee
Thursday, February 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Please join the chairs and vice-chairs of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association for our first meeting of 2021, to kick off our year together! We invite and encourage members of the Federal Courts Committee to join us over lunch (virtually) in order to discuss recent developments in everyone's areas of federal courts practice, how attorneys have navigated the pandemic, and issues/questions that have arisen that we can channel to our points of contact at the federal courthouse. We also would like to brainstorm with our members areas of interest for future meetings, CLE credits, and social/networking events (likely remote), over the coming year.…Register Here
Chat and Chew with the Wellness Committee
Friday, February 5 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.
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/.