BREAKING: New Protocols Released for Reopening Court; PLUS: President Judge to Host Information Sessions on Court Reopening This Friday

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Volume 20, Issue No. 19

BREAKING: New Protocols Released for Reopening Court - PLUS: President Judge to Host Information Sessions on Court Reopening This Friday

Pursuant to the Judicial Emergency Order filed on May 5, 2020, the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas will reopen on June 1, 2020.


President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci invites all members to attend information sessions this Friday, May 22, 2020, beginning at 9:00 AM via GoToMeeting. There will be a series of four (4) sessions corresponding to each of the Court's main divisions (Orphans' & Juvenile will be combined). Each session will be hosted by President Judge DelRicci, who will be assisted by Court Administrator Michael Kehs, the Administrative Judge for the respective session (see schedule below), and the Hon. Lois Murphy who will assist with questions relating to technology. The presentation will consist of an update on the protocols for the respective division of the court, an overview of the safety protocols that the court will be implementing for matters that must occur in the courthouse facility, and will conclude with a question and answer period. Please see the schedule and links to register below:

9:00 AM - Orphans' and Juvenile Division - Click Here to Register
Featuring Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Hon. Lois E. Murphy, Obadiah G. English, Esq., and Lisa A. Shearman, Esq.

10:00 AM - Family Division - Click Here to Register
Featuring Hon. Carolyn T. Carluccio, Lindsay H. Childs, Esq., and Aaron D. Weems, Esq.

11:30 AM - Civil Division - Click Here to Register
Featuring Hon. Thomas P. Rogers, Justin A. Bayer, Esq., and Seth D. Wilson, Esq.

1:00 PM - Criminal Division - Click Here to Register
Featuring Hon. Thomas C. Branca, Hon. Steven T. O'Neill, Steven F. Fairlie, Esq.; and Adam D. Zucker, Esq.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session and some are already approaching capacity. We will be closing registration when we reach the limit. If you are not able to register, or if you are not available on Friday, please know that these sessions will be recorded and all members will have the opportunity to view them at a later date.

Upcoming Webinars

Members now enjoy discounted CLE seminars - both live webinars and on-demand courses through our Online CLE Center (featuring NEW offerings). All seminars are just $20 per credit hour!

Please note: for our live webinars - please register at least 2 hours in advance to allow us to time to process your registration.

Webinar 5-21-2020
Webinar 5-26-2020

MBA Virtual Beer Tasting - Next Thursday, May 28th
Beer Tasting

Join us for a Virtual Beer Tasting hosted by the Young Lawyers Section and MBA Board of Director member Frank Mazzeo from 5 - 7 PM on Thursday, May 28, 2020. The Beer Tasting will be conducted live via GoToMeeting. We will sample four (4) beers:

1) Pilsner Urquell (Substitute: another Czech Pilsner)

2) Hofbrau Original (Substitute: Paulaner Original or another Helles Lager)

3) Guinness Extra Stout (Substitute: Guinness Draught) 

4) Drinker's Choice - bring one of your personal favorites or something completely new!

A background and history of each beer will be provided by Frank’s son, Domenico Mazzeo.  All three beers should be conveniently available for purchase at your local supermarket, bottle shop, or beer distributor. Substitutions are provided in the event you are unable to purchase any of the three selections. We recommend utilizing stores' "mix a six" offer to create your own six-pack. In addition, make sure to have a few glasses handy to pour out your sample. Pretzels or crackers are also recommended for palate cleansing between rounds. Family members (age 21+, please!) are welcome to participate.

Click on the button below to register and contact Frank with any questions at or 215-997-0248.  



Tell Us About the Women Who Inspire You!
19th Amendment

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

In coordination with the national Law Day event celebrating the same occasion, the MBA's Women in the Law Committee presents the 19th Amendment Project: Women Who Inspire. To participate, simply submit a brief write-up about a woman who inspired you (and why)! We will share these submissions on our website and social media channels. Please submit 1 paragraph, along with a photograph of the individual (if possible), to

Click on the button below to view the 19th Amendment Project website and view current submissions!


More MBA Member Quick Tips
Quick Tips

The MBA's Lawyer Referral Service was featured in an article which appeared in a number of local newspapers. Click here to read the article. We have already seen an increase in demand for our Lawyer Referral Service and Modest Means Legal Access Program as a result of the article. Join today to take advantage of our half-year, half-price savings.

For information, call Sherry Sutton today at 610-994-3656 or send a quick email to:

Click here to visit the COVID-19 Resource Center from our friends at USI Affinity / My Benefit Advisor which includes HR, compliance, insurance company updates, SBA information, and return to work guidance.

Reminder: We have live video meeting and webinar services available for our members, committees, and sections - including the ability to broadcast CLE webinars. Please contact Megan Ware at or 610-279-9660, ext. 200 to schedule. 

We continue to update our own COVID-19 Resource Center. Please bookmark and let us know if you have any updates to post.

Annual registration is now open for the Displinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Click here to complete your registration online.

Upcoming Events

May 21, 2020
Sidebar Committee Meeting
10 - 11 AM

May 21, 2020
CLE - Real Estate Committee Presents: Legislative Update from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
12 - 1 PM

May 22, 2020
Court Reopening Information Session: Orphans'/Juvenile Divisions
9 - 9:50 AM

May 22, 2020
Court Reopening Information Session: Family Division
10 - 11:20 AM

May 22, 2020
Court Reopening Information Session: Civil Division
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM

May 22, 2020
Court Reopening Information Session: Criminal Division
1 - 2 PM

May 26, 2020
CLE - COVID and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation System
1 - 2 PM

May 28, 2020
MBA Virtual Beer Tasting
5 - 7 PM

June 2, 2020
Solo/Small Firm Committee Meeting
8 - 9:15 AM

June 3, 2020
Family Law Section Meeting (Videoconference)
12 - 1:30 PM

June 9, 2020
PBA - Avoiding Legal Malpractice
9 - 10:30 AM

June 9, 2020
Bankruptcy/Creditors & Debtors Rights Committee Meeting
12 - 1:00 PM

If you would like to schedule a committee, section meeting via videoconference, please contact Megan Ware at 610-279-9660, ext. 200.


Montgomery Bar Association

100 West Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Ph: 610-279-9660