May 26, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 20
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

President Judge Fox Cancels June Criminal Trials and Hearings; Amends Reopening Protocols

President Judge Idee Fox, as Chair of the Administrative Governing Board of the First Judicial District, issued Administrative Order No. 35 of 2020 canceling June criminal trials and hearings. However, each case previously scheduled in June will remain listed for status before their assigned judge, with the use of Advanced Communications Technology strongly encouraged.

President Judge Fox also amended Administrative Order No. 33 to clarify that Notices of Intent to take default judgment required by PA.R.C.P. 237.1 filed before May 11, 2020, must be resent, rather than refiled. The order was also amended to clarify that the issuance of residential writs of possession and the execution or enforcement of residential writs of possession which were stayed by orders issued on March 15, 2020 (Nos. 7 and 8 of 2020 and April 22, 2020 (NO. 31 of 2020) will resume upon the expiration of Governor Wolf's Stay-At-Home Order to Philadelphia, or July 10, 2020, whichever date is later.


Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

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New Member Benefit: Video Mental Health Counseling

eVideo Counselor Provides Convenient, Confidential New Service

eVideo Counselor has been selected as an approved member benefit to provide online face-to-face video counseling with licensed mental health therapists. Recognizing the unique needs of legal professionals, eVideo Counselor allows lawyers to have counseling sessions in the convenience of their home or office, without the time and hassle of driving to a counselor's office. Read More

Mindful Mondays

Monday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m.

For the next Mindful Monday session, we will be practicing mindful eating. If you plan to join us, please have with you two pieces of the same small snack, such as two raisins, two Hershey Kisses, or two apple slices, etc.…Register Here

Diversity Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section

Tuesday, May 26 at 12 p.m.

This meeting will feature a discussion about what practitioners can--and cannot-- do with the Orphan's Court and Register of Wills. Joined by Administrative Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello and Register of Wills Tracey Gordon, this virtual meeting will answer common questions about how to move cases forward during this pandemic from the perspective of the courts. Your questions about petitions, citations, virtual conferences, hearings, and continuances will be addressed, and we hope you will join us as we grow our practice and the committee.…Register Here

Women in the Profession Committee

Tuesday, May 26 at 1 p.m.

Presentation is everything! No matter what your practice area is, how you present is key. Join the Women in the Profession Committee when we welcome Kathryn Armour as our speaker this month. Kathryn is trained in the Alexander Technique and has a Voice and Alexander Technique studio in midtown Manhattan. She coaches the Fiasco Theater Company in New York and had front page billing as their consultant during the 2019 season. Kathryn taught for 17 years on the faculty of New York University's Tisch School. She has summer intensive programs in Voice and Alexander work in New Hampshire and at Lake Como. Kathryn is passionate about communicating the stress management potential of the Alexander work and about coaching smart women to use their voices to better effect in business settings. She will help us by demonstrating the techniques that literally strengthen our ability to use our voices…Register Here

YLD Town Hall: Easing Law Student Concerns During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27 at 12 p.m.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed not only the legal landscape, but also the law school landscape. Join the YLD for a discussion with managing partners, recruiters, career services offices representatives, and others addressing how changes such as pass/fail grading and postponed bar exams will impact legal employers' hiring decisions. Panelists will also provide tips for networking and finding experiential learning opportunities in the remote workplace. We look forward to a robust and pragmatic conversation that will help put law school students at ease…Register Here

LGBT Rights Committee Conference Call

Wednesday, May 27 at 12 p.m.

The committee will discuss ideas for making our virtual Happy Hours a more regular occurrence during this period of self-isolation…Register Here

Municipal Court Committee

Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

During this meeting, the committee will discuss updates to Municipal Court procedures in light of the pandemic and Landlord/Tenant Treatise…Register Here

Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section Conference Call

Thursday, May 28 at 12 p.m.

The committee will discuss: Status of PA legislation on Digital Assets & RON; Remote probate experiences; Use of RONs; Corporate Fiduciary experiences; and NJ RON comparison…Register Here

Criminal Justice Section Virtual Meeting

Thursday, May 28 at 12 p.m.

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Solo and Small Firm Committee Virtual Meeting

Thursday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Please join us to connect and discuss the challenges of reopening our offices and maintaining best practices during these challenging times. In particular, please be ready to share your strategies and ideas for how to safely reopen our law offices…Register Here

Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, May 29 at 12:30 p.m.

The Wellness Committee, in coordination with Chancellor Snyder, is happy to invite you to a weekly lunch-time "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. Each Chat and Chew will also include a short "Conversations with Chancellor Snyder" segment. We sure hope you will join us! This week's topics: Mentoring Summer Law School Interns and 2020 Graduates Coping with layoffs: Flourishing while Furloughed…Register Here

The Entrepreneurial Mindset during the Covid-19 Crisis

Wednesday, June 3, 4 - 5 p.m.

The Covid-19 Crisis has changed the world as we know it, with over 30 million people suddenly becoming unemployed. Many people who would have never considered entrepreneurship are having to think of new ways to care for themselves and their families. We will talk to several successful entrepreneurs on the role that having the right mindset played in their success and what does it take to become a successful entrepreneur, especially in such challenging times? Is it luck, great ideas or having the right mindset to succeed? Why do some people have great ideas but are unable to execute a successful plan and others become millionaires and have started successful businesses? What makes the difference between success and failure? Entrepreneurs aren't born but can be made with the correct mindset…Register Here

LSOC Brown Bag Series

Thursday, June 4, 12 – 1 p.m.

The Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold the first virtual meeting of its LSOC Virtual Brown Bag Serieson Thursday, June 4, between 12 – 1 p.m., via Zoom. This week's topic will be "Collaborative Advocacy in Covid-19." The brown bag series for law students will be held each Thursday, from 12 – 1 p.m., through August 6 (with the exception of July 4th week). Please note that registration is required for each individual meeting…Register Here

Diversity Award Nominations Due May 29

The Philadelphia Bar Association is moving forward and accepting nominations for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at our Summer Quarterly Meeting. We will be bringing our Quarterly Meeting to you virtually which will also include the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture and the celebration of our 50- and 60-year club members.…Read More

YLD Raffle

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Win a $100 Di Bruno Bros. gift card!

You can win a $100 Di Bruno Bros. gift card by participating in the YLD's raffle to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, who recently distributed emergency grants to 35 legal aid organizations. Two tickets are only $10! Don't miss out on this easy way to give back to our public interest community. It's a win-win!! The drawing will take place during the YLD Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, June 4. Register here. Good luck!

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50% Discount at City Fitness

With your membership, you now have access to online classes at City Fitness at a 50% discount. City Fitness has 5 live classes a day featuring barre, HIIT, yoga, bodyweight workouts, and more. Please email for a link to get started.

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Discounts & Offers for Members; Membership Extension

For those who have already renewed your membership, we thank you! If you have not yet renewed, we're happy to extend your active membership to June 30.

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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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.


Transforming Access to Justice: Philadelphia Equal Justice Center

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is leading the Equal Justice Center (EJC) project, which will permanently transform the capacity of the city's legal aid system to sustain its operations and improve the delivery of services to clients. At the EJC, a shared physical location will create efficiencies and collaborative program opportunities, freeing up much-needed resources. Organizations in the EJC will collectively confront interlocking issues, which will be life-changing for Philadelphians seeking multiple vital supports. Help support this important project by learning more and donating today!


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.

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Philadelphia VIP Virtual Training: Probate in the Time of COVID-19, May 28

On Thursday, May 28, Philadelphia VIP will host its Virtual Training: Probate in the Time of COVID-19 via Zoom, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. During this training, VIP volunteer Brian Gilboy (Gilboy & Gilboy LLP) and VIP Staff Attorney Mike Jones will walk attendees through the probate process, answer questions about handling a VIP case during the COVID-19 pandemic, and empower volunteers to help clients overcome their tangled title issues…Register Today

Philadelphia VIP's Family Law Practice Group, June 10

On Wednesday, June 10, Philadelphia VIP's Family Law Practice Group will meet via Zoom, from 12 - 1:00 p.m. Strategize about VIP cases, connect with fellow attorneys, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice with Philadelphia VIP…Register and Read More

Philadelphia VIP's Virtual Landlord-Tenant Petition to Vacate Training and Clinic, June 11

On Thursday, June 11, Philadelphia VIP's Virtual Landlord-Tenant Petition to Vacate Training and Clinic will be held via Zoom, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. At this training, led by Jacob Speidel, Director of Tenant Rights at SeniorLAW Center, attendees will learn to draft and file petitions to vacate. Afterward, VIP will refer cases to volunteers where they will assist tenant clients in vacating money judgments or judgments of possession they received in Municipal Court eviction cases…Register Here

Philadelphia VIP Annual Awards Ceremony, September 17

On Thursday, September 17, Philadelphia VIP is hosting its Annual Awards Ceremony from 5:30 - 7:30 pm - save the date! VIP volunteers provide the highest quality legal representation to low-income clients in need of legal assistance; please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these volunteers and honoring the top individual volunteers and partner organizations. As the event date approaches, our team will monitor the COVID-19 situation and assess whether this event will be held at Philadelphia City Hall or conducted virtually.

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Making the Most of Working From Home: Ideas for Yourself and Your Kids

article image As of the total number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more and more businesses have closed their doors and sent their employees home to work. Many people may be finding it difficult to stay stuck inside during self-quarantine. We have compiled a short list here of ideas to help you make the most of your time at home…Read More

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