July 13, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 26
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Reggie Shuford to Receive Diversity Award and Summer Quarterly Virtual Meeting

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The Association will proudly present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to Reggie Shuford, Esq., Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania at its virtual Summer Quarterly Meeting on Friday, August 7 at 12:00 p.m. This award is presented annually to recognize an individual attorney, jurist, law firm, corporate legal department, or other organization that has made substantial and lasting contributions to the Association's goal of promoting full and equal participation and inclusion by all attorneys in Philadelphia's legal community…Register Here

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • July 9, 2020 – Gov. Wolf issued an Executive Order extending protections from foreclosures and evictions in qualifying cases through August 31, 2020.
  • July 9, 2020 – The PA Board of Law Examiners has announced that the 2020 bar exam will be administered remotely over three days, on October 5, 6 and 7. See the Board's letter for additional details.
  • July 8, 2020: Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges Glazer and New have set new protocol for the handling of Discovery Motions filed after July 6 through September 7.
  • July 8, 2020 – Montgomery County Courts have issued a Phase II Operations Plan for reopening, affecting cases in the Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions, as well as some operations in MDJ courts. The Plan is effective July 20, 2020.
  • July 8, 2020 – The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has issued guidance to all President Judges and Court Administrators in Pennsylvania regarding the application to courts and courthouses of the Secretary of Health's order requiring face coverings. AOPC strongly recommends adherence to the Secretary's order, including inside courtrooms.
  • July 6, 2020: President Judge Fox has issued an order updating the protocols for pending Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court criminal cases.
  • July 6, 2020 – President Judge Fox and Administrative Judge Allen have issued an order staying the requirement of deposit of rent to maintain the supersedeas in landlord tenant appeals through Sept 8 or further order of the court.

Re-Opening Task Force New Resources Added

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

2020 PA Bar Exam to be Done Remotely in October

In light of continued concerns of the spread of COVID-19, the Board of Law Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, has decided to administer a remote bar exam in lieu of an in-person exam…Read More

Wolf Issues Exec. Order Extending Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31

Governor Tom Wolf has issued an Executive Order suspending most evictions and mortgage foreclosures through August 31, 2020. Foreclosure proceedings subject to the notice requirements of Act 6 and Act 91 cannot commence until August 31…Read More

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court…Read More

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, July 13 at 8 a.m.

Start your week off with a short, guided mindfulness meditation. There are a number of ways in which mindfulness can be beneficial, especially given the challenges we are currently facing during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression. The sessions 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 healthy breakfast options.…Register Here

Family Law Section

Monday, July 13 at 12 p.m.

Join the Section for our Regular Monthly Meeting which includes a Presentation of the 5/15/2020 Order and the Court's Current Procedures. We will be joined by Bill Schenk, Brighid Wilusz and Benjamin Quintana…Register Here

State Civil Litigation Section Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, July 15 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 jim.tolerico.uc1r@statefarm.com and jordan@actionafterinjury.com 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

Family Law Section

Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m.

At this meeting, there will be a Presentation and Demonstration of the Ring Central Platform - the Court's Virtual Hearing System…Register Here

Law School Outreach Committee Panel Series

Thursday, July 16 at 12 p.m.

Weekly series for law students. This week's topic is, "Cultural Competency in Public Interest Practice"…Register Here

Let's Do Lunch - Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, July 17 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…Register Here

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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.


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!



Penn State Micro-Internship Program

Penn State Law is pleased to announce the creation of a project-based program to fill the gaps created for both students and organizations as a result of COVID-19.

Program Features

  • Law firms, corporations and other organizations with at least one in-house attorney are invited to participate (each participating organization is referred to below as a "Sponsor")
  • Micro-internships are intended to be short-term and relate to only one project of the type typically given to summer interns. Examples of appropriate assignments include:
    • Writing a research memorandum on a specific topic
    • Comparing an employee handbook to published samples
    • Reviewing contracts for provisions related to force majeure and other pandemic-related excuses from performance
    • Creating a comparison chart of state laws on a given topic Writing a memorandum summarizing published recommendations for post-pandemic opening of a business
    • Comparing the "terms and conditions" section of a website to published samples
  • Simple project submission and student resume review process facilitated by the Career Services Office
  • Payment, if applicable, to be structured as fixed fee for the project, to be agreed upon by Sponsor and student and paid upon completion
  • Work to be completed by student remotely with an agreed upon completion date and supervision by a lawyer at Sponsor
  • Student remains available to work elsewhere during the micro-internship
  • Relationship structured as independent contractor, not as employee

Sponsor may require student to sign a confidentiality agreement

Contact the Career Services Office to participate or get more information!

Magen Mihok
Assistant Dean, Career Services

Leah Kopco Healey
Director of Employer Engagement

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.

Philadelphia VIP Family Law Practice Group

On Wednesday, August 12, 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. For more information and to register, visit www.phillyvip.org/events/family-law-practice-group-june-2020/.

Philadelphia VIP Annual Awards Ceremony, September 17

On Thursday, September 17, Philadelphia VIP is hosting its virtual Annual Awards Ceremony from 6:30 – 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.

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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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