Posts by Kristen Matteucci

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As the nation mourns the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020), she is being remembered as a distinguished judge, passionate advocate for gender equality, and an inspiring force in the face of adversity. In a press release from the Supreme Court, her fellow jurists...
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UPDATE: As of 9/17/2020, the Philadelphia Courts issued Administrative Order 56 of 2020 regarding the implementation of the CDC eviction moratorium. This local order requires the plaintiff in ejectment actions (which include landlord-tenant actions) to include a “Plaintiff’s Affidavit in Connection...
Did you know that many Pennsylvania Court dockets are available to the public online? Docket sheets typically list the proceedings and documents filed in a case. They can be helpful in figuring out what has happened in a case so far, or what stage a case might be in ( but note that there may be a...
Tomorrow, August 26, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. After the amendment was passed in the US House and Senate, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it on August 18, 1920. The...
Iconic Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis (1940-2020) will be remembered not only for his many years representing Georgia's 5th Congressional District, but for his lifelong dedication to challenging racial injustice, getting into “good trouble,” and advocating for freedom and equality...
Philadelphia City Council recently passed a package of bills to protect renters in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Housing Protection Act (EHPA) was passed unanimously on June 18th, 2020 . The package is composed of five bills designed to keep renters in their homes as a...
Today is Juneteenth (a blending of “June Nineteenth”), an “annual observance to celebrate the date Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865” ( National Juneteenth Observance Foundation ). Juneteenth - which goes by many...
The Talking About Race web portal debuted this week to equip individuals and communities with the “tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation” about race. The web portal is a project of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture , and is...
Online privacy is an everyday concern, and its importance may be particularly heightened for those of us working from our home computers and devices during the pandemic. Choose Privacy Every Day , a website of the American Library Association , highlights some practical ways to protect your online...
Last week, the City of Philadelphia announced a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program ( en Español ) for certain tenants, in the hopes of keeping about 3,000 families in their homes. The program aims to help those who have lost income due to COVID-19 and need help paying rent, by providing...