August 24, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 31
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Notable Speeches From the Philadelphia Bar Association's Summer Quarterly

Reggie Shuford Summer Quarterly Speech
Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham Summer Quarterly Speech

Podcasts coming soon!

Reggie Shuford (top), Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, was presented with the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award gave a powerful acceptance speech.

Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (bottom), Professor of Afro-American Studies, African American Religion and the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, delivered the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture on the complex road to ratification for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • August 12, 2020 – Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judge Shirdan-Harris have issued a Notice to the Bar extending the Protocol for Civil Case Management Conferences During the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.
  • July 28, 2020 - All Philadelphia civil jury trials scheduled through January 4, 2021 are postponed and will be rescheduled, non-jury trials scheduled after September 6 will be heard using remote technology. See notice.
  • 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.

SECURE Act - Sip & Speak, Sept. 2

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Join Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA®, Managing Director & Financial Advisor in the Pittsburgh office of Wealth Enhancement Group , this month to learn about topics that may impact your firm, your area of law—and your wealth. This session will be virtual, informal, and free for members!

This month, Paul will cover an overview of the SECURE Act and its potential impacts on law firm owners and individuals. He will also share updates specific to family law and trust & estate planning law attorneys—and their clients.

Bring your favorite refreshment to our online forum and be prepared to engage in lively and intelligible conversation with subject matter specialists!…Click here to register today.

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

Nominations Open for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. …Read More


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Meet your Bridge the Gap requirement by August 31st by attending one of 4 live webcast dates and times available with the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Bridge the Gap program, for a newly admitted or reinstated attorney, mandated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, is intended to provide all newly-admitted PA attorneys the "know-how," which is otherwise learned through trial and error. This program focuses on key issues of ethics and professionalism that are essential for all attorneys admitted to practice law.

Register today for the last available date:

Applications for the 2021 Board Observer Program Now Open!

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The award-winning Board Observer Program offers a unique experience for young lawyers and local nonprofits. The BOP provides the opportunity to serve for a year on a nonprofit board of directors through a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division. Observers have the opportunity to engage with a working Board, strengthen leadership skills, and grow their professional network. The deadline for individuals and organizations interested in participating in the 2021 program is Sept. 11, 2020. …Read More

Volunteer Training for New City Eviction Diversion Program

Good Shepherd Mediation Program is working with the City of Philadelphia and other local nonprofits to implement the newly legislated Eviction Diversion Program, designed to prevent evictions in cases where tenants are behind in rent payments due to a Covid-related financial hardship.

The program provides an opportunity for the landlord and the tenant to participate in mediation before the landlord files an eviction complaint. Because a very large number of cases are anticipated, Good Shepherd is recruiting additional volunteer mediators, and they are offering two free virtual training sessions, in partnership with Duane Morris, to prepare volunteers for these cases:

  • On Monday, August 24, from 1:30-3 p.m.: focus will be on the new legislation that creates the diversion program.
  • On Tuesday, September 1, also 1:30-3 p.m.: focus will be on the logistics of the mediation program and how it differs from traditional mediation.

To attend, please register by sending an email to Mercedes Nunez Salgado at and Sue Wasserkrug at A link to join the training and other instructions will be provided following registration.

Mindful Mondays Presented by the Wellness Committee

Monday, August 24 at 8 a.m.

The Wellness Committee is here for you during this period of great uncertainty and invites you to 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 held via Zoom and 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 breakfast.…Register Here

Real Property Executive Committee

Tuesday, August 25 at 12 p.m.

This meeting is open to anyone that would like to attend, you do not have to be a member of the Executive Committee.…Register Here

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, August 26 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 and 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

LGBT Rights Committee Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m.

While this month's Zoom happy hour will be mostly social, a general discussion topic will be any issues that we have seen emerging as the practice of law in Philadelphia takes steps to slowly reopen amid the pandemic using certain measures (in-person Municipal Court hearings, zoom depositions, the scheduled expiration of Governor Wolf's eviction moratorium on August 31), and how those measures may have impacted LGBT issues in the city.…Register Here

Let’s Do Lunch – Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee

Friday, August 28 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!…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

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.

Philadelphia VIP Annual Awards Ceremony, Sept. 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.

Support Center for Child Advocates's 15th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic, Sept. 21

On Monday, September 21, Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA) will hold its 15th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Child Advocates has updated the traditional golf outing protocol so that participants can safely bring clients, colleagues, and friends on the greens at one of the region’s premier golf venues. All proceeds support Children with Complex Medical Needs, which secures necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitation services, and permanent nurturing homes for children with serious or chronic medical needs. For more information and to register, visit

Education Law Center's 45th Anniversary Celebration, Sept. 24

On Thursday, September 24, the Education Law Center will hold its 45th Anniversary Celebration virtually, starting at 6 p.m. Celebrate ELC’s many successes in fighting to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. This year, ELC is honoring the students and families of PA for their remarkable resilience in the face of existing educational inequities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For tickets and more information, please visit

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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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The Strong Silent Type: Password Managers Bridge the Gap Between Convenience and Security

Do you reuse the same passwords over and over again? Or, do you find yourself creating ever simpler passwords, so they’re easier to remember? Do you instead use really complicated passwords that you keep on sticky notes around the office? In the short run, these are easy solutions to password management; but, in the long term, it’s a security loophole that’s bound to come back to bite you.

The intersection between personal convenience and data security is a password manager. With a password management tool, you select a master password for your account, then choose passwords for each of your other accounts— and the password manager will prefill all of those other passwords for you, which will allow you to create passwords that are hypercomplex, without the necessity for memorizing them. For example, if you’ve logged into your password manager, when you navigate to your Dropbox account, or your Outlook email, or Quickbooks, your secure password will be filled in automatically. Log out of your password manager, and it's back to manual entry.

There is no such thing as a perfect solution for data security; but, password managers allow you to build complex passwords without the need for memorizing them, and that eliminates the primary problem related to password security.

If you want to try a password management service, some popular tools are: LastPass, KeePass, DashLane, and 1Password.

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Password management is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to law firm data security. Want to find out more?

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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