Feb. 8, 2021 | Vol. 22, No. 6
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Time to Renew

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Happy Black History Month!

This month is a time to learn, give back and reflect. In order to help you on your personal journey, and to spark conversations with family, friends and colleagues, we'd like to share some recommendations for books, movies, poetry and more from Tara Phoenix, our director of continuing legal education:


  • Black Nerd Problems by William Evans and Omar Holmon
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Also now a moving streaming on HBO Max)
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, an anthology edited by Jesmyn Ward
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping into Your Power by Tamara Winfrey Harris
  • Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann (About friendship, bravery and perseverance… great book for kids)


  • On the Imperial Highway: New and Selected Poems by Jayne Cortez
  • Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance by Thomas DeFrantz


  • All In: The Fight for Democracy (Amazon Prime)
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO Max starting this month)
  • Just Mercy (HBO Max)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (HBO Max)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Netflix)

Movies for the whole family

  • Black Panther (Disney+)
  • Soul (Disney+)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Disney+)
Action Alert Protect Judicial Independence Stop House Bill 38

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.

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Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • February 1, 2021 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Patrick Dugan has issued an administrative order setting forth exceptions to the moratorium on residential evictions, including service of writs and alias writs of possession.
  • 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

Business Law Section Annual Reception

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

Lloyd Freeman
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will receive the Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award

Melissa Pang
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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Current 2021 Sponsors


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2020 Sponsors

Cozen O'Connor
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Lundy Beldecos & Milby
Montgomery McCracken


Municipal Court Committee

Monday, February 8 at 12 p.m.

At this meeting, we will be discussing remote hearings and moratoriums amid the continuing pandemic. We'd like to hear from you about your experience with remote hearings.…Register Here

Other Topics You'd Like to Discuss or Questions? Please Contact:
Kristine Phillips and Jenna Collins

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10 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

Legislative Liaison Committee

Thursday, February 11 at 12 p.m.

Please join the committee as we hear from Anthony Crisci, Crisci Associates.…Register Here

Social Security Committee

Friday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Community Legal Service's Transition Memo to the Biden Administration

Community Legal Service's Transition Memo to the Biden Administration

Nick Feden and Jennifer Burdick
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Join us as we discuss CLS's transition memo and recommendations for the Biden Administration regarding Social Security claimants. Specifically, the presentation will cover CLS's recommendations for the new administration, intel regarding the administration's plans, and updates on rescinded regulations.…Register Here


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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.

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 jmcelroy@aclupa.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/.
  • On Thursday, 2/25/21, the ACLU of Pennsylvania will host its first call of 2021. The organization hosts four calls per year and features staff members who provide updates on the various work of the organization. On 2/25/21 from 12:30pm-1:30pm, the call will focus on what the ACLU of Pennsylvania has planned for 2021. It will feature the ACLU of Pennsylvania's executive director, Reggie Shuford; the ACLU-PA's criminal justice policy council, Nyssa Taylor; the ACLU-PA's legislative director, Liz Randol; and the ACLU-PA's organizer for the Campaign for Smart Justice, Alex Domingos. To RSVP, please email Samantha Jeune at sjeune@aclupa.org.
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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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Way Outside: How to Rebuild Your Law Firm Practices

Attorneys seeking inspiration or advice on reconfiguring or revising their business practices often seek out colleagues or friends for advice. Most attorneys maintain other attorneys as colleagues and friends. So, when they're seeking business advice, they're getting it from other attorneys.

There are a couple of problems with relying on that strategy, however. The first is that law firm managers tend to rely entirely on their own experience. If you ask them what to do in a specific situation, they will invariably say: ‘Well, this is how we do it . . .' But, there is no one size fits all model for law firms, which means that lawyers should refer to various scenarios, before determining which option works best for them. (And so, that's a good conversation to have with a law practice management consultant AHEM, who regularly speaks to different law firms, to gauge their perspectives.) The second problem with that strategy is that law firm owners are generally not business gurus. When lawyers say that other attorneys are great lawyers, what they mean is that the referenced attorney is great at practicing substantive law. But, how many attorneys do you know who are marketing gurus? Or technology whizzes? Exactly.

That's why it pays for lawyers to seek outside opinions when revamping their law firm practices. Find somebody who is a marketing guru, or a tech whiz. Many of those folks promote themselves online, and so offer a good deal of basic, free advice. That's a great place to get started. It also helps to look at other industries for inspiration:

A lawyer friend of mine was once revising his website, and he was looking for other law firm websites to base his redesign on; but, he told me they all sucked. So, he set out to determine which set of professionals had the best websites. He decided that it was architecture firms, and so built his law firm website to look like an architectural firm's website; and, it was one of the most unique and resonant law firms websites I have ever seen.

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