IMPORTANT NOTICE: MBA to Hold Virtual Meeting to Vote on Bylaws - Next Friday

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Volume 21, Issue No. 6

Important Notice: MBA to Hold Virtual Meeting to Vote on Bylaws - Next Wednesday
Bylaws

All Regular Members of the Montgomery Bar Association are invited to attend a special virtual meeting on February 24, 2021, 5 PM - 6 PM, to vote on our updated bylaws.

Click here to view the updated version. The changes/updates are highlighted in the "red-lined" version.

Please click on the button below to register for the meeting.

UPDATE: Additional regular members are needed in order to reach a quorum. If you are at all able to attend - please do so by registering below.

REGISTER


Please Welcome Our Newest Business Partner: AVE (By Korman Communities)!
Museum

The MBA is pleased to welcome AVE (by Korman Communities) to our growing list of quality business partners!  Members and law firm staff can now take advantage of preferred rates and services at a variety of amenity-packed furnished or unfurnished properties throughout Montgomery County and beyond! AVE offers unique short-term and long-term housing solutions for your law firm, clients in transition, out-of-town visitors and more.  To arrange for a personalized visit or to chat with Lisa Nelson, or to view preferred member rates or and a virtual tour, click the button below to visit AVE's new feature-rich Marketplace Profile.

CLICK HERE


MBA to Host FREE Virtual Tour of the Museum of the American Revolution - March 3rd
Museum

The MBA Historical Committee invites all members to join us for a FREE virtual tour of the Museum of the American Revolution on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6:30 PM. The MBA has arranged for a private tour guide, who will take us through the museum and discuss the artifact and share little-known history about the war and its participants.

CLICK HERE


Montgomery County High School Mock Trials Continue Next Week - Volunteer Jurors Needed!
Mock Trials

Each year, our Young Lawyers Section coordinates the Montgomery County (Region G) portion of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. One of the largest in the nation, over 300 high school teams from across the state have the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries.

This year, 29 teams will be competing in Montgomery County alone. As an attorney, you have the unique opportunity to provide valuable feedback and instruction to student competitors by serving as a volunteer juror during the competition. Those who have participated in the past can attest to the talent and skill of these students, some of which have gone on to a career in law (and are current MBA members!).

NOTE: All trials will take place virtually via Zoom.   

We are in need of volunteer jurors and timekeepers on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 23rd - 4-6 PM
  • Thursday, February 25th - 4-6 PM

If you can make either of these dates, please click the button below to sign up.

VOLUNTEER


Our "Legal Essentials" Member Series Continues on February 25th
Legal Essentials

Join us on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12 PM for "COVID-Rleated Relief Programs for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners," the second program in our new "Legal Essentials" Member Series. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic shutdown created a crisis for workers, entrepreneurs, and business owners.  Health and government officials have outlined procedures to maintain the safety, security, and health of Americans. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves safe and healthy. Join Louis G. Hutt, Jr., CPA, Esq.to learn about several different relief options available to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Lou will share some information on COVID-19 tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities and important considerations to keep in mind when filing your taxes.

CLICK HERE


Join us for Our New Virtual Wellness Events - Starting in March!
Meditation

Mindfulness Monday (Meditation)

Meditation isn't just about relieving stress.  It's been known to improve focus, productivity, empathy and listening — all skills we can all stand to improve upon, whether it be as lawyers, partners, parents or people. Join us as we welcome your personal wellness guide, Tracey di Paolo. Tracey is a certified reiki master, a meditation leader, and an RYT 500 yoga instructor, and has been practicing these techniques faithfully now for 20 years.  She's been teaching and inspiring groups and individuals of all ages and skill levels professionally for a little more than five years. Mindfulness Monday meditation sessions will be held on the first Monday of the month from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Wellness Wednesday (Yoga)

Take some reprieve from your everyday stress to align your mind and body with our Wellness Wednesday virtual yoga session.  Join professional instructor Desarae Chanel, owner of D.Chanel Yoga in Norristown.  Desarae earned her 200hr Vinyassa certification at Dana Hot Yoga under the rich training of Dr. Lisa Mitchell in February of 2018. Quitting her full-time job in September of 2018 to pursue her career as a full-time entrepreneur, she applied tor yoga teacher training to simply deepen her personal practice and learn more about the studies of yoga. Wellness Wednesday virtual yoga sessions will be held on the second Wednesday of the month from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM.

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - Click here to register.

Our hope is to make more life-enhancing programs like this available to you FREE OF CHARGE as a new member benefit. All we need from you is your willingness, an open mind, and participation. Register TODAY!



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! Just click on the title below to register.


February 24, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Update from the Judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Regard COVID-Protocols and Practices
Featuring Hon. Juan R. Sanchez, Chief Judge; Hon. Cynthia M. Rufe; Hon. Joel H. Slomsky; Hon. Mitchell S. Goldberg; Hon. Jeffrey L. Schmehl; Hon. Mark A. Kearney; Hon. Joshua D. Wolson; Hon. Richard A. Lloret; and Hon. Patricia M. Mayer

This one-hour CLE will feature guest speakers from the bench of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, discussing the current state of the judiciary and current policies and practices in place to address the coronavirus pandemic. The judges will provide attendees with an overview of the current practices and protocols and will provide their perspective on how the federal bench and bar have successfully adapted and continued to conduct business during the pandemic. The Chief and Judge Schmehl will offer most of the thoughts; the other Judges will also offer their insights and be available for questions. We will also ask Judge Schmehl to introduce our newest Bankruptcy Judge, Honorable Patricia Mayer stationed in the new Reading Courthouse. Clerk of Court Kate Barkman, Esq. will also participate.

$30; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


February 25, 2021 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Trial Lawyers Section Presents: Lessons Learned From A Case Tried Twice
Featuring Robert F. Morris, Esq. & Seth D. Wilson, Esq.

Robert Morris and Seth Wilson of Morris Wilson Knepp Jacquette, P.C. will provide tips and techniques derived from lessons learned from a medical malpractice case they tried twice to two different juries with opposite outcomes. They will discuss the lessons learned from the first trial which resulted in a defense verdict, as well as how they put those lessons to use in the second trial, after being granted a new trial on appeal. The second trial resulted in a seven figure jury verdict.

$30; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


March 2, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Multi-County Virtual Probate Process
Featuring Bruce Hanes, Esq. - Montgomery County ROW; Linda Bobrin, Esq. - Bucks County ROW; Michele Vaughn - Chester County ROW; and Rachel Ezzell Berry, Esq. - Delaware County ROW

We have joined forces with local county Bar Associations to bring together the Register of Wills to discuss current probate procedures and other issues affecting estate administrations. This CLE will review each county's current and future probate processes and address other administration issues.

$45; 1.0 Hour Substantive and 0.5 Hour Ethics CLE Credit


March 3, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Family Law Section Presents: The Ultimate Prenuptial Agreement Primer
Featuring Michael Bertin, Esq.; Jonathan Hoffman, Esq.; and Lisa Shearman, Esq.

The Ultimate Prenuptial Agreement Primer covers the essential elements elements of drafting an effective prenuptial agreement, as well as complex and nuanced issues such as estate planning. This program is designed to give new attorneys a solid foundation in prenuptial agreements and experienced attorneys some insights into best practices and provisions they may want to consider for their clients.

$30; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


March 18, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Future of Legalized Gaming in Sports: Lawyer Up!
Featuring Andy Dolich

Hear from Andy Dolich, COO of FCF (Fan Controlled Football) and President of Dolich Consulting. Mr. Dolich has spent over 5 decades in the professional sports industry, including executive positions in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. Mr. Dolich also teaches sports business at Stanford's School of Continuing Studies.

$30; 1.0 Hour Substantive CLE Credit


March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Women in the Law Committee Presents: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Title IX and its Implementation
Featuring Chelsea Dearden, Esq.; Kara Hill, Esq.; and Katie Colgan, Esq.

Please join the Women in the Law Committee and the Young Lawyers Section for a CLE entitled ?Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Title IX and its Implementation?. Our own WIL/YLD committee member, Kara Hill, Esq. will share insight from her recently published article in the The Pennsylvania Lawyer entitled ?Thriving on Silence ? Predators in the Workplace?. The CLE will also offer expert advice on Title IX, its implementation and litigation strategies featuring Katie Colgan, Esquire who presently serves as lead counsel for the Title IX Group at Thomas Jefferson University/Hospital. Other panelists will address Title IX experiences, tips on how sexual harassment can be avoided in workplaces, and practical methods to raise awareness of sexual harassment in various settings. This CLE will include a robust question and answer session with Ms. Hill and the panelists. This two credit (one substantive and one ethics) CLE is not to be missed! Register today!

$20; 1.0 Hour Substantive and 1.0 Hour Ethics 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 megan@montgomerybar.org or 610-279-9660, ext. 200 to get started!



Robert E. Slota, Jr. Summer 1L Diversity Program - Hosts Firms and Sponsors Needed!
Summer 1L Diversity Program

The Montgomery Bar Association remains committed to connecting with first-year, under-represented law students and providing them with opportunities and resources to support their goals -- regardless of how the coming year unfolds in regard to COVID-related restrictions.  We will once again implement a tiered-hybrid program, comprised of paid internships, unpaid internships, and an online/in-person workshop.

Opportunities for support include hosting a highly-qualified diverse intern throughout the 8-week program, or sponsoring the program. Please contact Nancy Walsh (nancy@tbdnowllc.com; 215-896-6970) for more information on how you can help. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this important program!



Memorial Corner

Stewart Greenleaf

Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr.
(October 4, 1939 - February 10, 2021)

Click here to view obituary.


If you are made aware of a member who has passed, please let us know so we may inform the MBA community. Please send an email to jack@montgomerybar.org.



More MBA Member Quick Tips
Quick Tips

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 megan@montgomerybar.org 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 Meetings & Events

February 18, 2021
Intellectual Property Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

February 19, 2021
Medical Marijuana & Hemp Law Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

February 23, 2021
High School Mock Trials (Zoom)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

February 24, 2021
Pro Bono Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

February 24, 2021
CLE: Update from the Judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Regarding COVID Protocols and Practices (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

February 24, 2021
MBA Bylaws Vote (Regular Members Only) (Zoom)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

February 25, 2021
COVID - Related Relief Programs for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners and Related Tax Considerations - Joint Presentation of Norristown Chamber of Commerce & the Montgomery Bar Association (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

February 25, 2021
Immigration Law Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

February 25, 2021
CLE: Trial Lawyers Section Presents: Lessons Learned from a Case Tried Twice (Zoom)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

February 25, 2021
High School Mock Trials (Zoom)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

March 1, 2021
Mindfulness Meditation (Zoom)
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

March 2, 2021
CLE: Multi-County Virtual Probate Process (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

March 3, 2021
CLE: Family Law Section Presens: The Ultimate Prenuptial Agreement Primer (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

March 3, 2021
Virtual Tour of the Museum of the American Revolution (Zoom)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

March 9, 2021
Solo/Small Firm Committee Meeting (Zoom)
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

March 9, 2021
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting (Zoom)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

March 9, 2021
Bankruptcy/Creditors & Debtors Rights Committee (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

March 12, 2021
Criminal Defense Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

March 16, 2021
Elder Law Committee Planning Meeting (Zoom)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Montgomery Bar Association

100 West Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Ph: 610-279-9660
www.montgomerybar.org