Nov. 16, 2020 | Vol. 21, No. 43
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Remembering Amber Racine

Dear Philadelphia Bar Association Community,

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It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you of the untimely passing of one of our own. Amber Racine, immediate past Chair of the Board of Governors, died suddenly Wednesday evening. Amber was 39 years old.

No doubt each of you will remember Amber for so many things: she was warm, bright, funny, capable, analytical, and caring. For me, one of my favorite memories of Amber will always be her enthusiastic support of the Barristers' Turkey Drive. I encourage you to support this project, and Philadelphia families in need this Thanksgiving, in Amber's honor.

Amber is a woman who could have accomplished anything if she had been given the time. Sadly, we are deprived of seeing the fulfillment of all of Amber's gifts.

Amber is survived by her mother, Juliana Cedeno, her brother, Jason Racine, a niece and a nephew, and numerous godchildren. She is survived by so many who loved her.

Details of memorial arrangements have not been released, but we will provide that information as soon as it is given to us.

May her memory be for a blessing.

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Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), Chancellor

Virtual Annual Meeting | Celebrating Our Community and Looking Ahead to 2021 | Introducing our 94th Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna, Esq. partner at Fox Rothschild LLP


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

Introduced by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg

Citizens Bank Achievement Award Recipient

Robert S. Tintner, Esq.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Award Recipient

Hon. Kathryn Streeter Lewis

This event is complimentary to the entire community.


Presenting Sponsor

Citizens Bank


Philadelphia Bar Association Joins Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Call for Upholding the Integrity of the Election

We stand with nonprofit organizations from across the state of Pennsylvania in urging, Every vote should be counted, and every vote should count.

In an effort spearheaded by ADL-Philadelphia and the Committee of Seventy, we make the following statement:

A bedrock principle of our democracy is that voting is a fundamental right and, some would say, sacred act. When we enter the voting booth or sit at home and fill out an absentee or mail-in ballot, there is an unspoken adherence to the compact we've made – we the people choose our government and that’s why we are willing to abide by the laws enacted by that government.

The undersigned organizations believe that the more eligible voters who vote, the stronger our democracy becomes. We believe that the easier we make it for citizens to participate in our democratic processes, the more confidence the people have in those processes. It is critical that there is public confidence in those processes; without it, trust erodes, participation will decline, and our democracy will be weakened. Read More.

Workers' Comp. Section Lunch and Learn, Charitable Collection for St. John's Hospice & Recognition of WCJ Scott Olin's Retirement, Nov. 20

CLE: Balancing Practicality, Civility and Professionalism
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: Recognition of Retirement of WCJ Olin at 12:15 p.m.; Virtual CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m.
Place: This is a virtual event. The program link and materials will be sent to all registrants by e-mail transmission on the morning of the program.

1 Ethics CLE Credit

The Workers' Compensation Section is pleased to announce that our November 2020 Charitable Collection will be for St. John's Hospice located in Center City Philadelphia. The method for donation of goods will be provided in the near future. … Read More.

Check the Coronavirus Response page for updates as they develop.

Latest Updates

  • 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.

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


Giants of the Business Bar and Spotlight on In-House Counsel

Three Giants' Perspectives on Lessons Lived, Learned and Learning both In-House and in Private Practice. A virtual presentation.

Monday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Moderated by: Ernest D. Holtzheimer, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

  • Teleicia J.R. Dambreville, Esq., Director, Counsel-Employment, Burlington Stores, Inc.
  • Sophia Lea, Esq., Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Blank Rome
  • Richard J. Ramones, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Consolidated Rail Corporation

The Giants of the Business Bar program is part of a series of programs in which the Business Law Section recognizes legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and provides an opportunity for both young and experienced lawyers to learn from the giants. This year's Giants' program is combined with the Business Law Section’s Spotlight on In-House Counsel program for the first time, and will provide attendees with unique insight from Giants who have experience as in-house counsel and in private practice. Register Here.

Chancellor's Forum: "Retirement - Who Me?"

Tuesday, November 17 at 5 p.m.
Moderated by: Lynn A. Marks, Esq., Co-Coordinator of the Public Interest Alum Network
Keynote Speaker:Ida Abbott, Esq, Author of Retirement by Design

  • Joseph A. Sullivan, Esq., Director of Pro Bono Programs at Troutman Pepper LLP
  • Ayodele Gansallo, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney at HIAS

Many members of the "boomer" generation of attorneys are or will be transitioning from the full-time practice of law. What's ahead? Volunteer work, pursuit of neglected hobbies, a new and different second career? This dramatic life change presents many challenges. It has significant emotional and financial implications for the lawyer, the lawyer's family, and the broader community. Doing it right requires planning, good advice, and sharing with others. This Chancellor's Forum is designed to help. Register Here.

Link to the article Retirement-Who Me?, by Lynn A. Marks, Eleanor W. Myers, and Janet F. Stotland, from The Philadelphia Lawyer.

Entrepreneurial Incubator: You've Been Audited! Now What?

Len Getz Photo Tuesday, November 24 at 4 p.m.

For many entrepreneurs one of their greatest challenges can be related to dealing with administrative issues that may arise in the running of their businesses and one of the issues that can cause the most problems is taxes. Our informative seminar will be led by Len Getz, CPA an almost 40-year employee of the IRS who will give entrepreneurs effective strategies on how to handle an IRS audit. Register Here.


Public Interest Executive Committee

Monday, November 16 at 12 p.m.

This meeting is open to any Public Interest Section member that would like to attend. You do not need to be a member of the Executive Committee to participate. Register Here.

Legal Rights of Children

Tuesday, November 17 at 12 p.m.

Working with Child Victims of Human Trafficking

Join the Legal Rights of Children Committee for a round table learning session with two experts on Human Trafficking: Kelly Sagastume, MSW of Support Center for Child Advocates' Project PROTECT, and Alea Cummings, MSW, LCSW of Philadelphia Children's Alliance. Children involved in court systems are especially vulnerable to human trafficking. Professionals working with youth need to know what human trafficking is and potential warning signs, as well as how to connect youth who have been trafficked with the services and resources they need to heal. This roundtable will discuss and define human trafficking, and identify vulnerabilities, signs of concern and methods used by traffickers to recruit and control victims. Participants will learn strategies for connecting youth to services and also to ensure services are sensitive to their unique needs and experiences. Kelly and Alea will also review the impact of COVID on trafficking survivors and attendees are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Register Here.

Employee Benefits

Tuesday, November 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Register Here.

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, November 18 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 Town Hall

Wednesday, November 18 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

YLD Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.

This month our networking happy hour will feature a beer tasting/discussion led by Mike Jones.

Love beer? Interested in learning about the history and brewing process? Join Us!

You do not need to have any specific beer on hand for this event, but if you are looking for some suggestions on different styles that we will cover:

Lager - Recommended: Sly Fox Helles
Pilsner - Recommended: Victory Prima Pils
Pale Ale - Recommended: Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
India Pale Ale - Recommended: Troegs Perpetual IPA
Seasonal Beer - Recommended: A local stout or winter beer
Belgian Beer - Recommended: Any Belgian Wit, Belgian Pale Ale, Saison, Dubble, Trippel, Quad, or Lambic
Register Here.

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

Friday, November 20 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. 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.

Public Interest Events

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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Feels Like the First Time: Why Your Law Firm Needs to Develop a Client Journey

Lawyers have always billed clients the same way: by the hour. (Yawn.)

While that option is good for law firms (hello: uncapped billings), clients often chafe at the model, because $— x however many hours the lawyer decides to work is a little bit more of an investment than, say, a Netflix subscription.

But, there's a reason why subscription services like Netflix flourish: It's because of the low level of investment and the high value of return. People have little problem dropping $15 per month on Netflix; but, if Netflix jacked the price up, or severely restricted the number of entertainment offerings included, there'd be a problem. Law firms seem to suffer from that very issue: a lack of differentiated offerings and a heavy price point. It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, bound up by a total lack of imagination.

Of course, there's a logical resolution here. If clients think law firms charge too much and don't offer enough services, the solution is to charge less and to offer more services. Sound impossible? It's not; and this is the very reason law firms are productizing their services. What does that mean? Simply put, it means that law firms are creating non-traditional service packages for clients at a more affordable, and often flat, rate that is lower than standard law firm pricing. An example would be a law firm that represents small businesses in litigation matters, selling a litigation risk audit for a flat fee. Of course, the beauty of providing these types of products means not only that law firms can get paid by potential clients who didn't have the wherewithal to hire them before, but also that these types of products often serve as gateways to more lucrative, traditional legal work. A small business client, then facing a potential litigation risk, would decide between trying to fix the leaks itself, or hiring a lawyer to help—and, if they decide to hire a lawyer, the choice becomes obvious.

Law firms can build out numerous versions of products for new-age legal consumers to purchase; and productizing legal services across practice areas is not only a great creative outlet for attorneys, it's a significant differentiator in a competitive marketplace.

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If you're tired of pricing yourself out, we can help.

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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