July 27, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 28
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

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Fleisher Forensics

Supported by:

Dechert LLP

Troutman Pepper

White and Williams LLP

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • July 21, 2020 – President Judge Fox has issued an order regarding continuation of the stay in certain mortgage foreclosure and landlord tenant matters related to dispossession of property.
  • July 17, 2020 - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered that all landlords filing evictions between March 27 and August 24, 2020 must file an Affidavit of Compliance with the federal CARES Act in the form attached to the order.
  • July 16, 2020 - Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges New and Glazer have issued Policies and Protocols for Use of Advanced Communication Technology for Court Proceedings in Civil Matters
  • July 13, 2020 - President Judges Fox and Dugan have issued an order implementing the reopening in phases of the Philadelphia Municipal Court Civil Division to in-person proceedings and providing information about appeals from Municipal Court Judgments.
  • July 13, 2020 - The Criminal Justice Center has issued a main level floor plan and photo showing the social distancing plan for reopening the building.

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

Statement on the Right to Peaceably Assemble

Chancellor Snyder released the following statement today on the right to peaceably assemble…Read More

Affidavit of CARES Act Compliance Required in Evictions

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered that all landlords filing evictions between March 27 and August 24, 2020 must file an Affidavit of Compliance with the federal CARES Act in the form attached to the order…Read More

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, July 27 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

Women in the Profession

Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m.

As we find ourselves in the middle of the summer, with so many limitations on gathering, many of us have still found summer fun activities to shift our focus away for day to day challenges. Please join us on Tuesday, June 28, 2020 at noon for a summer fun meeting on all of the great books, podcasts, movies, outdoor activities, distance gatherings and virtual gatherings available right now. We are delighted to have our 2013 Past Chancellor and past WIP Co-Chair, Kathleen Wilkinson join us to moderate the meeting. Kathleen is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, she is President Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and she was the 2019 recipient of the Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Many of us know how much Kathleen enjoys the beach and she can share with us the safe and entertaining pursuits available at the shore and in the city. Feel free to have your favorite summer fun list handy to share with us!…Register Here

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, July 29 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

Women's Rights Committee Town Hall

Thursday, July 30 at 12 p.m.

Join us for a Discussion About Recent Supreme Court and Other Court Decisions Impacting Reproductive Rights led by Christine Castro, an attorney at the Women's Law Project.…Register Here

Law School Outreach Committee Panel Series

Thursday, July 30 at 12 p.m.

Weekly series for law students. This week's topic is, "Policy and Impact Litigation"…Register Here

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

Friday, July 31 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

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 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.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project Virtual Annual Celebration 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Please join the Pennsylvania Innocence Project for an evening of "Sharing our Stories", a streamed online event where our clients who have been exonerated will have an opportunity to share their experiences having been wrongfully convicted, their fight to prove their innocence and their newly found freedom. We are especially thrilled that Black Thought, the co-founder and lead MC of Philly-based hip-hop group and Tonight Show house band, The Roots, will open the event live. Registration is required. For more information go to The Pennsylvania Innocence Project website.…Register 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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