Hon. Daniel J. Anders Appointed Supervising Judge - Trial Division
The First Judicial District has announced the appointment of Honorable Daniel J. Anders as Supervising Judge of the Trial Division, effective immediately. Read the order.
Bar Association Leadership Advocates for Statewide Tenant Right to Counsel
Building on the passage last year of legislation creating a right to counsel for Philadelphia low-income tenants, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) and Catherine Carr, co-chair of the Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, recently testified before the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to advocate that a right to counsel be extended to low-income tenants statewide.
The Association and its community partners have long advocated in favor of right to counsel, including commissioning the Stout Report, an economic impact study which demonstrated that investing in a right to counsel for low-income tenants is a sound and cost-effective solution to the escalating eviction crisis. The testimony of the Bar Association leaders highlighted the Stout findings that if the city of Philadelphia invested $3.5 million in providing a right to counsel, it would save $45 million in costs and expenses, a return of over $12 for every $1 spent.
Also testifying at the Oct. 9 public hearing were Association members Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney for housing policy at Community Legal Services; Patrick Cicero, executive director of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network; national expert John Pollock, coordinator of the National Center for a Civil Right to Counsel; and other housing advocates from across the state. The hearing was hosted by Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, Morgan Cephas, D-Philadelphia, and Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny County.
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.
Nov. 12 Event 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 one upcoming continuing legal education webcast designed to provide relevant training in cultural competency and humility, and spur critical conversations about racial justice and equity. … Read More.
- November 6, 2020 - Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Patrick Dugan has issued an Order halting service of Writs of Possession and Alias Writs of Possession through December 31, except for good cause shown as detailed in the Order.
- November 4, 2020 – Philadelphia Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judges Anders and Glazer have issued Protocol for Contested Discovery Motions During the Judicial Emergency.
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
Family Law Section Monday, November 9 at 12 p.m.
Understanding Tax Returns and Other Financials Documents, Overview of Changes in tax laws from 2017 to present, and the Valuation Differences of Assets in Equitable Distribution. Register Here.
Wellness Wednesday Wednesday, November 11 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.
Technology Committee of the Probate and Trust Section Thursday, November 12 at 12 p.m.
Legislative Liaison Committee Thursday, November 12 at 12 p.m.
Join us as we hear from Anthony Crisci, Crisci Associates.
Let's Do Lunch - Chat & Chew with the Wellness Committee Friday, November 13 at 12:30 p.m.
The Wellness Committee is happy to invite you to a weekly lunch-time “Chat and Chew” forum to enjoy your favorite homemade or takeout cuisine while we all discuss (or listen to) topics of interest, whether legal or non-legal.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 webcast. 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.