PBA is advocating for lawyers

The PBA is advocating for you in these extraordinary circumstances, including providing information issued by the executive, judicial and legislative branches. Read the Supreme Court’s recent per curiam order and concurring and dissenting statement. Read the Pa. Dept. of State’s statement regarding in-person requirement suspension for court reporters.

PBA Annual Meeting postponed

All face-to-face meetings and events associated with the May 6-8 PBA Annual Meeting have been postponed because of COVID-19. The May 6 Board of Governors meeting will be held by videoconference or other remote means. The House of Delegates meeting may be held on May 8 by remote means or may be held at a later date. Check back for more information.

PBA president forms COVID-19 task force

PBA President Anne John has formed a COVID-19 task force to monitor the impact of the coronavirus on the legal profession, prepare appropriate responses (including legislative initiatives), address members’ concerns and develop programs. Michael B. Jones of Aliquippa is chairing the group. More details to follow.

PBA dues waiver period extended until June 30

In light of the coronavirus and the likelihood that members will experience financial, medical and other hardships, the PBA Board of Governors has extended the dues waiver request period for unpaid 2020 dues until June 30. Get the form.

In an effort to help you manage your costs during coronavirus-related office closures, PBI is offering all on-demand CLE programs and webinars, including resources designed to help you and your firm deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, at a 35% discount, through Aug. 31. Use code ONLINE35 at checkout.

Latest COVID-19-related operating information from the Pennsylvania courts

On March 30, the Pa. Supreme Court issued an order extending the due dates for many filings due March 16 through April 13 to on or before April 17. Click here for the UJS resource page. View the Superior Court administrative docket. Check the Third Circuit and district court websites.

Federal and state programs to assist small businesses

Visit these links for some helpful information for small law firms: Federal Small Business Paycheck Protection Program and the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development webinars on Pa. Small Business Emergency Loans: 9 a.m., April 1; and 9 a.m., April 2.

Guidance to law firms and businesses closed by governor’s order

The “FAQ” section of the resources guide related to the recent Gov. Wolf’s executive order related to COVID-19 includes guidance helpful to many businesses, including legal services. Of particular interest, see the answer to question 13 in the “Common Questions About General Business Categories."

The PBA has been informed that, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pa. Supreme Court has extended the April 30 compliance period to Aug. 31, 2020. At this time, the court has left other compliance periods unchanged. Check back for additional information. Read the order.

LCL Pa. offers free resources to help manage mental health, recovery, and professional challenges during the pandemic. Call the LCL helpline 24/7/365 at 888-999-1941 or visit the LCL website for resources. Read the statement from Executive Director Laurie Besden.

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