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February 10, 2021

A Message from Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna

We have an ambitious agenda this month, including events for Black History Month, our member survey and the work of our Judicial Commission.

Hello. I'm Lauren McKenna, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. It's been a busy January for the Philadelphia Bar Association, and we have an ambitious agenda planned for February.

You answered the call when we asked for support in opposing a bill before the General Assembly in Harrisburg that imperils judicial independence in Pennsylvania. We activated our Legislative Action Center, and you generated more than 500 letters to state representatives opposing House Bill 38, which would amend the state Constitution and create geographic representative districts for appellate judges. This bill threatens to disenfranchise voters and create constituencies for judges whose only allegiance should be to the law.

If you haven't already sent a letter, visit the Legislative Action Center on our website now to learn more about House Bill 38 and quickly take action to speak out against it. Visit WHYY's website to read an op-ed on the bill I wrote along with Debbie Gross, president and CEO of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

The Philadelphia Bar Association has a long tradition of supporting the merit selection of appellate judges. As we speak, our Judicial Commission is reviewing the materials of 29 Philadelphia judicial candidates. The Commission will issue recommendations for these candidates to help voters make informed decisions in the May primary.

As we begin Black History Month, check our calendar and follow us on social media to see the exciting activities we have planned. This includes a timely February 23 CLE program on in-house counsels' perspectives on addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Join us as we spark important, yearlong conversations about racial justice.

We also continue to support the legal community as it adjusts to changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Professional Guidance Committee is currently preparing an ethics opinion to advise lawyers working remotely on steps they need to consider to avoid the unauthorized practice of law.

Finally, we want to hear from you and learn more about what you value about your membership. You recently received an email from our survey partner, Intelliscan, with a link to our 2021 membership survey. We are also sharing the link through our social media accounts. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback.

All of these efforts are made possible thanks to your support. Act now to join the Philadelphia Bar Association or to renew your membership for 2021. There has never been a better time to join us, and to be a part of a community that matters.

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