Nov. 2, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 41
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Philadelphia Bar Association Celebrates Member Accomplishments in a Unique Year

Fall Virtual Quarterly Meeting honorees

Judge Arnold “Buddy” New, Cozen O’Connor Receive Top Awards; ‘Bar Stars’ Highlight Member Contributions

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Fall Quarterly meeting recognized members who are making outstanding contributions to the organization and to the legal profession during a challenging year.

Honorees included the Judge Arnold “Buddy” New, who is this year’s recipient of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, the Association’s highest honor for an active or retired member of the federal or state bench. Cozen O’Connor was awarded the association’s inaugural Bar Champion Award, recognizing the firm’s outstanding contributions to the Association and the community through its leadership and public service.

In addition, the virtual gathering included a celebration of the efforts of the Association’s committees, sections and individual “Bar Stars,” for carrying out its mission of leadership, education and advocacy, bringing the city’s legal community together as it embraced a “new normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event also recognized immediate past Chancellor Rochelle M. Fedullo and featured keynote remarks by Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center. … Read More.

Gov. Wolf Signs Philadelphia Bar Association-Backed Remote Notary Legislation

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a Philadelphia Bar Association-backed bill that allows for remote notarization of legal documents. The law goes into effect immediately.

House Bill 2370 also describes the circumstances under which a Pennsylvania notary may notarize a document for a remotely located person using communication technology. The new law will further the modernization of the notarization process, which has been among the Association’s legislative priorities.
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A Unified Statement from the Philadelphia Legal Community

In an effort spearheaded by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Diversity in the Profession Committee, we make the following statement in reaction to the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr.:

The undersigned organizations stand with the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, one of our member organizations, in echoing their statement about the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. by Philadelphia police. We send our deepest condolences to his family.

We call for the Philadelphia Police Department to commit to training directed to address implicit biases, including those related to race, gender, sexual identity, and religion. We further call for training directed to interactions with those suffering from mental illness. We call for the development and implementation of law enforcement procedures that prioritize de-escalation and community policing.

We stand for the principle that a civil society demands that law enforcement must be applied fairly and equally regardless of race.

Read the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia's full statement here.

Philadelphia Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Committee
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA)
Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA)
LGBT Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association
National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia (NBA-WLD)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG)
South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia (SABA-Philly)

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • October 26, 2020 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fox has issued Administrative Order 63 of 2020 postponing November and December Sheriff’s Tax Sales to January and February, respectively, and Administrative Order 64 of 2020 postponing the December Sheriff’s Mortgage Foreclosure Sale to February.

Live Webcasts Will Count Toward Live CLE Requirement in 2021

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board will allow live webcasts to be counted toward continuing legal education live learning requirements in 2021, a Philadelphia Bar Association-backed initiative that allows our community to continue to receive relevant, actionable programming and professional development while keeping safety paramount. … Read More.

Philadelphia Bar Association Events to Inspire Critical Conversations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As issues of diversity, equity and inclusion take on greater urgency, the Philadelphia Bar Association is holding two upcoming continuing legal education webcasts designed to provide relevant training in cultural competency and humility, and spur critical conversations about racial justice and equity. … Read More.

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

Voters Guide

Be informed and ready to vote in tomorrow's elections. Election laws have changed already and are continually being updated. … Read More

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, November 4 at 8 a.m.

The Wellness Committee brings you: Wellness Wednesday. Join us for short, guided mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The session 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 breakfast. Register Here.

State Civil Litigation Section Town Hall

Wednesday, November 4 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.

Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Section

Thursday, November 5 at 12 p.m.

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

Friday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to a weekly lunchtime “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

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.

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’s Family Law Practice Meeting, Nov. 18

On Wednesday, November 18, Philadelphia VIP’s Family Law Practice Group will meet via Zoom, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Strategize about VIP cases, connect with fellow attorneys, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice with Philadelphia VIP. Click here to RSVP today.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts 2020 Judicial Independence Benefit, Nov. 19

On Thursday, November 19, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will hold its 2020 Judicial Independence Benefit as a virtual event, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. PMC will present the Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. Award to Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center. Everyone who pledges $100 or more will receive a wine and chocolate celebration package, and the event will begin with a wine and chocolate pairing discussion led by sommelier-in-training, Isabel Hirshberg. Sponsorships and tickets can be reserved here.

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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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Production Value: Why and How to Incorporate Video Into Your Law Firm Marketing

With so much competition for clients, law firms are seeking any edge they can find. Even so, many attorneys remain camera shy. Despite the fact that video is a unique way to market a modern small business, small law firm websites that feature video remain few and far between.

But there are a number of reasons why video can be an effective marketing tactic for your law firm. In the first place, consumer attention spans (all attention spans, really) are becoming shorter, in part because of the way we now consume technology and media; and, video offers short snippets that are easily digestible. Furthermore, video is a far more visceral and resonant medium than text, in much the same way that speaking with someone in-person is a far more immediate experience than receiving a letter from someone. Creating and publishing videos can also support and extend a law firm's content marketing platform, by offering another place to publish information. Law firm videos could be published to a YouTube channel; and since YouTube is the world's second-largest search engine, that's a great place to relay your expertise.

If you think the prospect of regular video production sounds daunting, however, take a small step to start. Record a 90-second introductory video for the front page of your website, and gauge your clients' and leads' responses to it.

And, it won't cost you much to record or post it. You can effectively record a video with a smartphone and tripod. Publishing/hosting the video on YouTube is free.

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If you want to be in pictures, we can help.

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