MBA Issues Statement on Violence Against the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

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Volume 21, Issue No. 15

MBA Issues Statement on Violence Against the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
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The Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) strongly condemns the violent and hateful acts against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Although violence against the AAPI community is not new, recent media attention, particularly around the horrific mass shooting in Atlanta, has brought the issue into our nation's consciousness. We offer our sincere condolences to the victims of all hate crimes and their families. The MBA stands in solidarity with the AAPI community, and we encourage anyone who suffers or witnesses any such acts of violence, intimidation, or hate speech to step up and speak out.

As an association of attorneys focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is our obligation to ensure that we do everything in our power to end racism, bias, or hatred of any sort, and to ensure equal and fair access to justice for everyone in our community.

Next Tuesday - CLE: Violence, Division and Action: Perspectives on the Asian-American Experience

Celebrate Law Day With Us Next Friday!

Each year, our local legal community gathers together to observe Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Please join us on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM for a special virtual celebration presided over by President Judge Thomas M. DelRicci. This year's festivities will feature a Naturalization Ceremony, along with the swearing-in of new bar admittees and the presentation of our Law Day Awards.


Join us for MBA Well-Being Week - May 3-7, 2021
MBA Well-Being Week

The MBA will be celebrating Well-Being Week May 3-7, 2021 as part of a nationwide effort to conduct activities that promote health and happiness across the legal profession.  We’ll host an event each day pertaining to a unique area of well-being: physical, mental, social, emotional, and life/work balance. Join us for the following FREE virtual events:

Monday, May 3, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Follow our social media accounts where we will be posting videos and articles about emotional and other aspects of well-being.

New Episode of our Podcast Interrogatories with Josh Camson Now Available!

Episode 6 - Walsh Pancio

In a first for Interrogatories, Josh welcomes not one, but TWO guests: Bruce Pancio, Esq. and Hon. Joseph P. Walsh of the firm Walsh Pancio, LLC.  Bruce and Judge Walsh discuss why they started their own firm and how the practice has evolved since then.  Also, learn why you should always prepare your briefs with an even number of paragraphs or with a number that is divisible by five.

Visit Walsh Pancio at, and follow on Facebook .

Interrogatories is available on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon. Make sure to subscribe/follow so you don't miss an episode and remember to leave us a five-star rating and review!

Interesting in appearing in a future episode? Drop us a line at


Young Lawyers Section Seeks Volunteers for May Month of Service

Meals on Wheels

MBA YLS and the Pro Bono and Community Outreach Committee partnered with MontCo SAAC to cover a Meals on Wheels route in Montgomery County. For those of you that have volunteered in the past, you know that this is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Due to the pandemic, there are no longer deliveries on Fridays. Our new route/day is the last Monday of the month. We are currently looking for volunteers for the following dates:

5/24 (Note: May is not the last Monday due to Memorial day);
11/29; and

Pickup for the meals is around 9:30 am at the MontCo SAAC in Norristown and the route takes 2ish hours. You can volunteer by yourself or with friends. (The route can be done solo, but its more fun with a group). If anyone is interested or has additional questions, please email Robert Sebia, Esq. at

Cecil and Grace Bean Soup Kitchen

The Young Lawyers Section will also volunteer on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Cecil and Grace Bean Soup Kitchen in Norristown.  The address is 521 Church Street Norristown, PA 19403.  Volunteers are needed to staff the soup kitchen from 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.  Volunteers prepare and serve meals to all those who come to the soup kitchen during hours of operation.

If you can help, please RSVP to Mayer Kohn ( or Rob Sebia (

Introducing the MBA's Diversity Network Initiative!

Support the Montgomery Bar Association’s Impact on the Community by Connecting Minority-Owned Businesses with our Members.

Our Goal: To Promote local vendors that are:

  • Small Businesses in Pennsylvania with 50 Employees or less and;
  • Minority-Owned (Black, Latino/a, Asian or Native American) and;
  • Providers whose services support attorneys and/or law firms.

Our Plan:

  • Create a directory that highlights these businesses
  • Feature these businesses on the MBA website and in other MBA media
  • Develop networking opportunities between these business owners and MBA members

How Can I Help?

CLICK HERE to download an application and share it with neighboring Minority-Owned Small Business Owners


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.

April 22, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
MCAP Presents: The Art of Representing Children (Part 2 in a 2-Part Series)
Featuring Mary Pugh, Esq., Hon. Carolyn Carluccio, Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Hon. Wendy Demchick-Alloy, Hon. Daniel Clifford, Representative from the DA's Office, Sharon Jones Hofer, Esq., and Eileen Schaeffer, Esq.

Want to serve as a guardian ad litem (GAL) or legal counsel for children? This two-part seminar will guide you through legal representation in all of the legal arenas. Part ONE is 04.08.2021 and Part TWO is 04.22.2021; together you will earn a total of 7 CLE credits-6 substantive and 1 ethics. Attend this dynamic seminar training lawyers to serve as guardians ad litem and legal counsel for children and learn from the experts in the family law, juvenile law, dependency and criminal law. You will learn about the best practices in serving children as their legal representative. By completing this TWO part training, you will be prepared to serve as a child advocate in Montgomery County and have ultimately your pro bono service hours will satisfy up to 3 CLE credits for 2021 and beyond.

$50; 3.0 Hours Substantive and 0.5 Hours Ethics CLE Credit

April 27, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Violence, Division and Action: Perspectives on the Asian-American Experience
Featuring Nydia Han (ABC News); Hon. Stella Tsai (Philadelphia CCP); George Choe (President/CEO Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation) Jimmy Chong, Esq (Chong Law Firm/Co-Chair of the MBA DEIC); and Lucy Qui, Esq. (Senior Law Center/MBA Leadership Academy)

This 90-minute CLE will focus on building awareness about the Asian-American Experience, addressing the growing violence against Asian-Americans, highlighting examples of contributions from the Asian-American community, and identifying concrete actions members of the MBA and the community at-large can take to create positive change.

$10; 1.5 Hours Ethics CLE Credit

May 5, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Family Law Section Presents: Staying Safe and Sound - Maintaining a Work/Life Balance in Uncertain Times
Featuring Brian S. Quinn, Esq.

We know that you have been bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether that be on television, social media, or in your community networks. In uncertain times like these, anxiety, stress, fear and negative thoughts can easily take control. You may be worried about being in crowds, getting a vaccine for you and your loved ones, your office, your clients, your finances or how to manage whatever the future holds as we prepare to return to the "new normal" in our personal and professional lives.

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. Accordingly, unexpected events like those we are facing as a society will have an even greater impact on lawyers and those who work with them.

In light of this unprecedented crisis and it's far- reaching impact, our panel will discuss:

  • Well- being strategies to reduce or alleviate these conditions and maintain a healthy work/life balance.
  • Why legal professionals are at higher risk to develop mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Challenges and barriers facing legal professionals from seeking help

FREE; 1.0 Hour Ethics CLE Credit

MBA Lawyer Referral Service & Modest Means Legal Access Program - Half-Year/Half-Price Special!

Growing your client base in the current environment without the ability to network face-to-face is extremely challenging. However, the need for legal assistance remains strong and we continue to field calls from members of the community looking to be connected to a qualified attorney.

If you don't already participate in our Lawyer Referral Service or Modest Means Legal Access Program, now is the time. Take advantage of our special half-year, half-price savings.

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

ABA Legal Training Day: Family First Prevention Services Act: Judicial and Legal Practice Considerations

Join the ABA Center on Children and the Law and Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators of a FREE two-session webinar tomorrow, April 28, 2021. Click below to view the event flyer with additional information and registration instructions.


More MBA Member Quick Tips
Quick Tips

A Message from the UJS of PA

There is one additional vacancy on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Board and it has been posted on the UJS website. 

There is currently one vacancy for a lawyer-member on the Minor Judiciary Education Board. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the practice and procedure in the magisterial district courts, as well as the curriculum and coursework that is required of the four-week certifying program for prospective minor court judges. 

Applications are due by May 17.  

We are asking your assistance by letting your constituencies know about this vacancy status. As always, we will continue to update monthly on any future openings. 

Reminder: The MBA Building will be available for members during regular business hours (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday). The building will remain closed to non-members without an appointment so the doors will be locked. Please ring the doorbell and a staff member will let you in.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

April 22, 2021
CLE: MCAP Presents: The Art of Representing Children (Part 2 in a 2-Part Series) (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

April 22, 2021
Immigration Law Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

April 27, 2021
CLE: Violence, Division and Action: Perspectives on the Asian-American Experience (Zoom)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

April 28, 2021
ABA Legal Training Day: Family First Prevention Services Act: Judicial and Legal Practice Considerations
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

April 28, 2021
Women in the Law Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

April 29, 2021
Employment & Labor Law Committee Meeting (Zoom)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

April 30, 2021
Law Day & Naturalization Ceremony (Zoom)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

April 30, 2021
Young Lawyers Section Meeting (Zoom)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

MBA Well-Being Week

May 3, 2021
Mindfulness Monday Meditation (Zoom)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

May 3, 2021
Stay Strong: The Importance of Physical Well-Being with Tonya Lupinacci, Esq. (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

May 4, 2021
Why I Meditate with John I. McMahon, Jr., Esq. (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

May 5, 2021
CLE: Family Law Section Presents: Staying Safe and Sound - Maintaining a Work/Life Balance in Uncertain Times (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

May 6, 2021
Time to Connect: Your Life Depends On It with Nancy Walsh (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

May 7, 2021
Sidebar Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

May 11, 2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting (Zoom)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

May 12, 2021
Wellness Wednesday Yoga (Zoom)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

May 14, 2021
Criminal Defense Committee Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

May 20, 2021
Medical Marijuana & Hemp Law Committe Meeting (Zoom)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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