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

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For the first time ever, Philadelphia Bar Association members can use the six credits given to all members in good standing on any of our one- or two-credit offerings. You get to choose the courses that fit your schedule and professional goals.

Our continuing legal education programs are timely, insightful and, at the moment, 100% virtual, with live webcasts that fulfill your live CLE requirement. We have an exciting schedule planned for February and March – and we want you to join us.

As you browse our calendar, keep an eye peeled for the courses marked "Free eligible" in order to use the six credits included with membership.

Be a part of a community of lifelong learners.

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Setting the Record Straight on the Meaning of 'Philadelphia Lawyer'

Historically, the term Philadelphia lawyer represented excellence, high professional standards and respect for the judiciary, witnesses and opposing counsel. Read Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna's op-ed in The Legal Intelligencer.

Action Alert Protect Judicial Independence Stop House Bill 38

We Still Need You to Take Action: 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

House Bill 38 will not appear on the May ballot, but we still need your help in defeating it.

Your opinion matters.

There's still time to take our 2021 membership and legal community survey! Help us learn about how we can continue to bring you the services, benefits and activities that you value. You can take the survey by clicking here or pasting this link into your browser:


Your responses will be kept confidential, but if you choose to share your contact information, you'll be entered into a drawing for a pair of Apple AirPods Pro.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • February 8, 2021 – Philadelphia Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judges Anders and Glazer have issued a Notice to the Bar setting the protocol for settlement conferences in Major Jury, Arbitration Appeal and Non-Jury cases in the Court of Common Pleas.
  • 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.

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, February 22 at 12 p.m.

This Executive Committee meeting is open to all members of the Public Interest Section. We hope that you will join us for our discussion.…Register Here

Employee Benefits Committee

Tuesday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m.

The committee will discuss qualified plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation plans, ERISA litigation, and other employee benefit matters. All are welcome and we look forward to the discussion.…Register Here

Elder Law and Guardianship Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section

Tuesday, February 23 at 4 p.m.

Guardianships: Perspective from the Trenches.

Join us for a panel discussion with Linda Hee, Esquire, Rosalind Karlin, Esquire, and Melissa Coopersmith, LCSW. Hear about what it is like from the perspective of an attorney for an alleged incapacitated person, a court-appointed guardian, and a licensed Social Worker and care manager.…Register Here

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Feeling Stressed or Anxious?
Mindfulness can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

Join the Wellness Committee on Wednesdays for Short, Guided Mindfulness Meditation Sessions

The sessions are 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.…Register Here

"It's the Law" State Civil Litigation Section Quizzo Competition

Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Bring your favorite beverage and get ready to compete in the ultimate Quizzo challenge presented by

Trivia Hub


Space is limited to 25 players.

You must be registered through the Association’s site to receive the video conference ID and password.

Registration will close 30 minutes prior to the event start time or when we reach capacity. You will receive the link to join immediately after registration has closed.

Players of the ultimate winning team will receive "A Taste of DiBruno Brother's" gift box.

Wellness Committee

Thursday, February 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Connection: Networking Strategies to Keep You Sane and "Well" During this Uncertain Time

Isn't it draining to develop business over Zoom? Maureen Farrell, Esquire will discuss strategies to get you focused on connecting/networking online. Just like a workout, it is a planned commitment for you! We'd like to hear about you and your practice areas and what type of business you are looking for in 2021. Please join us for this networking and connecting meeting.…Register Here

Healthcare Law Committee

Friday, February 26 at 8:30 a.m.

Please join the co-chairs of the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee, Adam Yoffie and Nicole Aiken-Shaban, over virtual coffee to learn about the Committee's mission, to discuss legal developments and issues of interest to lawyers serving the health care sector, to develop ideas for future educational programming, and to network with other professionals with expertise in the legal and policy side of the health care industry.

We hope you can join us for the opportunity to connect our membership and develop future programming meaningful to you.…Register Here

Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, February 26 at 1:45 p.m.

The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to our weekly "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


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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.

Public Interest Events

  • 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-handle-a-child-abuse-case-volunteer-training-tickets-129350820787. For more information about SCCA visit https://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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Space, the Final Frontier: Office Space Options Continue to Proliferate for Attorneys

A decade ago, lawyers had just one option for office space: a traditional lease. That's a costly option, of course, and can be a barrier to entry, especially for young lawyers, looking to start new law firms. It's also a scary, long-term commitment, potentially for up to five years, for any law firm. Fortunately, there are now more office space options than you can shake a stick at.

Due, in large part, to the rise of cloud-based technology, lawyers can now work at home, exclusively. Modern consumers care less and less where attorneys work, and that means that lawyers don't need an expensive downtown address, in the way that they used to need an expensive downtown address. Instead of an office lease, you can get your mail in a big city to acquire a big city address, and talk to your clients via video conferencing. . . . And, get them to sign documents using esignature tools. . . . And, have them make payments via credit or debit cards, online. The point is that, perhaps the biggest reason you don't need an office anymore is that you don't need to hold in-person meetings anymore, if you don't want to.

Of course, the flexibility of modern office space options means that you can meet your clients and colleagues only when you want to or need to meet them. Most coworking spaces operate in multiple locations, so that you can access multiple locations for your single subscription rate, as your needs require. Even if a coworking space is not your bag, more and more traditional law offices are renting space (in order to support their expensive, traditional leases), which gives you the cache of an old school law office, without the old school cost.

A mix of working from home and working out of a coworking space or an office share is the most cost-effective way for today's small firm lawyer to house a law practice.

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If you're trying to explore your office space options, we can help.  

The Philadelphia Bar Association now offers DISCOUNTED law practice management consulting services through Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. Click here, to access consulting services, and start running your law firm like a business.

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