June 1, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 21
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Courts Closed Today

In accordance with the City's decision to close all municipal offices in order to ensure first responders have full access to all parts of the city, the First Judicial District's Administrative Governing Board has announced that all courts and offices of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will be CLOSED today - Monday, June 1st, 2020. Employees should NOT report to work.

Due to the emergency closing, emergency PFA petitions will continue to be processed at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA until Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

Re-Entry/Re-Opening Task Force

The Re-Entry/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

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • May 27, 2020 - PA Supreme Court issues Order terminating statewide Judicial Emergency as of June 1. Local Administrative Orders and Judicial Emergencies remain in effect. Order also provides guidance to legal professionals on resuming operations.
  • May 27, 2020 - Philadelphia Common Pleas Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges New and Glazer have set new protocol for Discovery Motions filed after May 5 through July 6.
  • May 21, 2020 - President Judge Fox Cancels June Criminal Trials and Hearings; Amends Reopening Protocols
  • May 21, 2020 - Orphans' Court Administrative Judge Carrafiello issued protocol for assignment of Petitions for Minor's Compromise, Incapacitated Person's Compromise, and Settlement and Distribution of Wrongful Death/Survival Actions.

Mindful Mondays

Monday, June 1 at 8 a.m.

Start your week off with a short, guided mindfulness meditation. Today's focus 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

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

June 3 at 12 p.m.

An open discussion about ongoing protocols with The Philadelphia Civil Trial Division. If you have any questions regarding new protocols or anything related to the judicial emergency, please email Jim Tolerico (jim.tolerico.uc1r@statefarm.com) and Jordan Strokovsky (jordan@actionafterinjury.com) directly. We will do our best to provide answers at this Town Hall Meeting. This remains an evolving situation and we value all contributions to the discussion.…Register Here

Entrepreneuria Mindset

The Entrepreneurial Mindset during the Covid-19 Crisis

Wednesday, June 3 at 4 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

YLD Raffle

YLD - Bar Foundation Raffle

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!

YLD Happy Hour

Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Grab your favorite beverage and snack and join the YLD for a Virtual Happy Hour!…Register Here

Public Interest Associates' Committee

Friday, June 5 at 12 p.m.

The Public Interest Associates Committee is a space for non-management legal services attorneys to network and discuss topics of interest. This meeting will be a time to check in and discuss lawyering during and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as brainstorm about how we can use the Public Interest Associates committee to connect and support attorneys across our programs. If you have any specific agenda items or questions, email Joline Price at jprice@clsphila.org.…Register Here

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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.


Writers Wanted

How would you like to see your byline in a publication that regularly reaches audiences throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey?

The Philadelphia Bar Association is looking for volunteer writers for its Philadelphia Bar Reporter.

Receive monthly assignments or propose your own topics.

To learn more, visit philadelphiabar.org, or contact Brittany Robertson at brobertson@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.


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'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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