MBA (Virtual) Holiday Festival - December 7-10

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Volume 20, Issue No. 44

MBA Virtual Holiday Festival - December 7 - 10

I think we can all agree that the holidays will look a little different this year! In lieu of our usual committee and section holiday parties, we’d like to invite our members to a weeklong virtual celebration of the holidays!  Join us during the second week of December as we host a variety of fun, interactive virtual events every night from Monday through Thursday!  All events are subsidized by USI Affinity. Please note: most of the events involve the distribution of material and contain limited space, so it is important that you register early! Registration will be closed once the participation limit is reached.

Monday, December 7th, 6-7 PM

Join a staff member from the Succulent Bar team as they lead a virtual workshop where you will get to put together your own holiday succulent arrangement!  All materials will be mailed to your home before the scheduled event. 

COST: $25


Tuesday, December 8th, 7 – 8:30 PM

We’ve partnered with the Greater Norristown Art League to host a private virtual art lesson.  Help support an important community organization and enjoy a nice relaxing evening with your beverage of choice!  All materials will be delivered prior to the event.

COST: $25


Wednesday, December 9th, 6 – 7:30 PM

Beer and Chocolate Tasting. Participants will learn from the pros and enjoy a virtual guided tasting of three different beer styles and three chocolates.   You’ll receive six beers (two of each style) and three chocolates, which will be sent to you in advance.  

COST: $25


Thursday, December 10th, 7 – 8 PM

Play pub trivia from the comfort of your couch with virtual trivia from Sporcle! Compete with fellow members in a private trivia game featuring a professional host, live scoring, and entertainment.




Vote for Patrice M. Turenne, Esq. for Chair-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division!, PBA YLD!

Our very own Patrice M. Turenne, Esq. is running for Chair-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Young Lawyers Division! The election is taking place at the PBA YLD Business Meeting TOMORROW, Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM. Any member of the PBA YLD is eligible to vote in this election. In addition, since the MBA is a unit county, ANYONE age 40 or under is eligible to vote (unless they have affirmatively opted out of PBA membership).

IMPORTANT: In order to vote, you must register for the meeting in advance by clicking on the button below and attending the entire meeting (3:30 PM - 5 PM). Today is the deadline to register!


Delaware Valley Legal Expo - Now Through December 11th
Legal Expo

The Delaware Valley Legal Expo continues through December 11, 2020! We've partnered with one of the nation's leading exhibition technology providers to deliver a truly immersive virtual event experience. You'll still have the opportunity to attend CLEs, learn about the latest legal products and services through one-click live chat, and enter for the chance to win dozens of amazing door prizes - all from the comfort and safety of your home or office. As always, the Delaware Valley Legal Expo is free to attend and is a co-production of the Independence Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and Montgomery Bar Association.


CLICK HERE to view a brief video about the new format and to register!

Please note that not all exhibitors will be in their booths to chat with at all times; however, some will be.  Please be aware that if you enter a virtual booth and attempt to chat with an exhibitor by typing-in your name, email, and “chat now”,  you may need to wait a minute or two for them to respond.  If you wait for a minute or two and nobody responds, they will receive an email indicating you attempted to chat with them.  Exhibitors will typically follow up within a few minutes and will send you a link to their video chat area (when time permits).  By chatting with them, you’ll be automatically entered into their prize drawing and one or two other grand prize drawings.  Alternatively, you can elect to schedule a chat appointment with them by clicking on the “Schedule Appointment” button in their virtual booth. 

Holiday Giving Plans? Sidebar Magazine Wants to Know!
Sidebar Giving Issue

Are you taking part in any charitable efforts this holiday season? Once again, Sidebar Magazine will be running a special feature on what local laywers and law firms are doing in our communities and abroad to promote the spirit of giving this holiday season and throughout the year. Help us promote the culture of giving in our legal community by letting us know what good things you or your firm are doing to help others. Send an email to or click on the button below to let us know by Friday, December 4, 2020.


Now Accepting Nominations for the Hon. Horace A. Davenport Award
Horace Davenport Award

In 2017, Leadership Academy participants reviewed the MBA’s efforts and progress towards the development of a more diverse and inclusive association, and provided a list of recommendations to help build on these efforts.  These recommendations included the creation of the Hon. Horace A. Davenport Award, in honor of the first African-American judge to sit on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, who passed away in 2017.  The Davenport Award shall be given to:

" individual or organization who has facilitated diversity in the hiring, retention, and promotion of attorneys from diverse backgrounds and/ or in their recruitment and elevation to positions of leadership in the Montgomery Bar Association, or who has otherwise championed diversity within the Montgomery County legal community.”

The Montgomery Bar Association Diversity Committee is now accepting nominations for this prestigious award, which will be presented at the Annual Business Luncheon on January 8th. Please email your nomination, along with a brief explanation of how the individual or organization embodies the criteria for the award, to Nancy Walsh ( no later than Friday, December 4th


Speakers Needed for Collaboration with the Norristown Chamber of Commerce
Norristown Chamber of Commerce

In support of continuing efforts to expand its outreach, the MBA Diversity Committee is proud to announce new and growing collaborations with the Norristown Chamber of Commerce which will provide us, among other opportunities, the ability to develop deeper connections with local, minority-owned businesses. We are seeking interested members for presentations (approximately 20-30-minute presentation; 15-20-minute Q & A for a total of 45 minutes) on various subject matters of interest to local businesses.

These presentations will be broadcast to other area Chambers of Commerce and saved on our website, providing valuable networking opportunities for participating members. We are currently looking for someone to present on Landlord/Tenant matters (specifically addressing the implications of COVID), and someone to present on PPP loans; if you are qualified and interested in speaking on either of these topics and/or if you are interested in speaking on a different topic of interest to Chamber members, please contact Nancy Walsh at asap. Our hope is to schedule two such presentations prior to the end of the year.

Upcoming MBA CLE Webinars
CLE Webinars

The MBA continues to offer award-winning CLE programming remotely. You'll get the same great local experts, hot topics, and valuable interaction - all from the safety and convenience of your home or office!

December 2, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Coronavirus and Employment Law - The Latest
Featuring Michael Torchia, Esq.

$30; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


December 3, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Ethics of Social Media in Litigation and Court
Featuring Claude E. Ducloux, Esq., National Director of Education, Ethics and State Compliance for LawPay - Board Certified Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate

$15; 1.0 Hour Ethics CLE Credit

Sponsored by Affinipay


December 4, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ethics and Case Management, Discovery Court and War Stories
Featuring Hon. Mason Avrigian; William H. Pugh, IV, Esq.; William H. Pugh, V, Esq.; Marc R. Steinberg, Esq. & Paul C. Troy, Esq.

$30; 1.0 Hour Ethics CLE Credit


December 8, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Preliminary Hearing Update: Testimony and Evidence after McClelland
Featuring Hon. Christopher Cerski; Hon. Karen Zucker; Hon. Edward Levine; Stephen Geday, Esq.; Gregory Gifford, Esq.; Cary Hall, Esq. & David Keightly, Sr., Esq.

$45; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


December 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Trial Lawyers Section Presents: Commercial Litigation Lost Profits vs. Lost Business Value
Featuring Michael J. Molder, Esq.

$30; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


Have you presented a seminar recently for another organization? Any hot topics or great speakers you've seen/heard? We're still looking for virtual CLE programming in the coming months. Whether you would like to present a CLE or if you have an idea for an interesting topic, let us know! Our virtual CLEs have been very successful and our knowledgeable staff can help you through the entire process, from scheduling to using our virtual platform. Please contact CLE Coordinator Megan Ware at or 610-279-9660, ext. 200 to get started!

Burly Dove Bistro Now Open for Take-Out Service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Burly Dove Bistro

The MBA's own in-house restaurant, the Burly Dove Bistro, reopens today! The Burly Dove Bistro will be take-out/pick-up only (no dine-in service) and open three days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) from 11 AM - 1 PM. Please call 610-994-3670 to place an order.


Renew or Enroll Today in our Lawyer Referral Service and Modest Means Legal Access Program to Ensure Valuable Referrals for the Coming Year!
Lawyer Referral Service

Enrollment is now open for the 2020-21 Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) and 2020-21 Modest Means Legal Access Program (MMLAP)!

The Lawyer Referral Service and Modest Means Legal Access Programs are great ways to grow your business and client base, with advertising and promotion funded by the MBA.

For more information about the programs or to register, click on the button below. NOTE: You must be logged into your account to view this page. If you are rerouted to the "My Account" page after logging in, you may reach the LRS-MMLAP page by clicking on the "Lawyer Referrals" tab under your name. There you will find a link to the LRS-MMLAP page.


More MBA Member Quick Tips
Quick Tips

NEW! As you recall, we created a dedicated section here in BarNews to remember those in our MBA community who have recently passed. We also created a Memorial Corner section of the MBA website to collect these rememberances and honor our cherished colleagues throughout the year.

Click here to view and bookmark.

Did You Know? - when you register for an MBA event, CLE, or meeting, you can automatically add that event to your digital calendar (ios, Outlook, Google, etc.). Each confirmation email now includes an attached ".ics" file. Simply click on the file and it will automatically add the event to your calendar! Questions? Contact George Cardenas at

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.

Upcoming Events

Now Through December 11, 2020
Delaware Valley Legal Expo

MBA Virtual Holiday Festival

December 7, 2020
Holiday Succulent Workshop
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

December 8, 2020
Holiday Painting with Greater Norristown Art League
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

December 9, 2020
Beer and Chocolate Tasting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

December 10, 2020
Virtual Live Trivia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Upcoming CLEs

December 2, 2020
CLE - Coronavirus and Employment Law - The Latest
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

December 3, 2020
CLE - The Ethics of Social Media in Litigation and Court
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

December 4, 2020
CLE - Ethics and Case Management, Discovery Court and War Stories
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

December 8, 2020
CLE - Preliminary Hearing Update: Testimony and Evidence After McClelland
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

December 9, 2020
CLE - Young Lawyers Section Presents: Criminal Law 101
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

December 10, 2020
CLE - Trial Lawyers Section Presents: Commercial Litigtion Lost Profits vs. Lost Business Value
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Montgomery Bar Association

100 West Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Ph: 610-279-9660