The New Graduate Lawyers Professional Liability Program from the PBA, USI Affinity and CNA provides up to two years of complimentary professional liability insurance to PBA member attorneys who have been admitted to practice in Pa. within the past three years, and discounts the per-attorney rate to existing CNA policyholders that hire new Pa. attorney PBA members within the specified three-year timeframe. Participants are required to participate in a special risk management webinar. Learn more.

Solo and Small Firm Section offers virtual lunchtime learning programs, succession planning toolkit and more to all PBA members

The Solo and Small Firm Section is offering free one-hour virtual lunchtime learning programs covering essential topics to all members. All presentations start at noon; no CLE credits are available. Get more information. Also now available to all PBA members:  a succession planning toolkit and the Section’s list of COVID-19 resources.

As counties across the state begin to reopen some businesses and loosen some restrictions, PBA President David E. Schwager issues guidance and reminders of resources for members.

More links to “guidance for reopening businesses” are posted in the PBA COVID-19 Task Force Resources Guide. Plus, the Solo and Small Firm Section highlights some recent “golden nuggets” of practice guidance from its Listserv and makes them available to benefit all lawyers.

The court also has directed that administrative orders issued by the intermediate appellate courts, as well as local emergency orders and directives, including those affecting time calculations and deadlines, remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded. President judges are permitted to extend or declare local judicial emergencies. Read the news release.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation selected Philadelphia lawyers Stephen P. Chawaga of Episcopal Legal Aid, and Wesley R. Payne IV of White and Williams LLP, for 2020 Louis J. Goffman Awards. Read the news release.

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor joined with PBA Immediate Past President Anne John to ask that all lawyers make a commitment to provide pro bono service through direct representation and financial support. Read the letter directed to nearly 70,000 Pennsylvania registered lawyers. Learn more about PBA Pro Bono Services.

During 2020, all required CLE credits can be earned by distance learning education, according to a Pa. Supreme Court order issued April 15. The PBA advocated with the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for this modification of CLE requirements. The Court also issued an order extending the April 30 compliance period to Aug. 31; other compliance periods are unchanged.

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.

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