Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 93
 

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 9 at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of A. Michael Pratt, 81st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor’s Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Committee to Discuss Prison Abuse Today

Alex Busansky, executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons, will discuss the denial of access to court of young people who have been abused in prison at today's (Thursday, Dec. 13) meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Job Announcement: Director of the Office for Diversity

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking a Director of the Office for Diversity. The Office for Diversity is created to work with legal employers to foster more diverse work environments. The Office also serves as a resource for individuals seeking to advance and develop their careers. The Office for Diversity provides infrastructure, strategic leadership, coordination, and continuity to the diversity efforts of the various association committees, departments, and external efforts. The Director of the Office for Diversity will provide the vision, leadership and support for developing and implementing programs and practices to encourage diversity in the Philadelphia legal community.

Responsibilities:

Disseminate information about the Statement of Diversity Principles and obtain additional corporate and law firm signatories of the Statement;

Collect data, analyze, ensure data accuracy, and report on the progress of the Philadelphia community in achieving diversity goals through studies and other means;

Collect and disseminate information about evolving best practices aimed at recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse and inclusive legal environment across demographic groups;

Provide signatories with concrete support to build and maintain successful diversity efforts delivered in hands-on regular working sessions, targeted roundtables with diversity professionals, diversity chairs, managing partners, etc.;

Communicate and publicize the activities of the Office for Diversity through the Association website, media outreach, articles in the Association’s monthly newsletter, and other sources;

Foster community networking opportunities for people working on diversity issues across sectors in the legal profession;

Provide over-the-shoulder guidance to legal employers across sectors;

Support and coordinate Association committee activities and programs in the area of diversity;

Plan and organize an annual diversity event; and

Assist in developing financial support for the Office for Diversity.

Reporting Relationship

The Director of Diversity will report to the Association’s Executive Director and work closely with the Association’s Chancellor and other Association committees involved in the diversity initiatives.

Qualifications

Five-plus years experience developing and/or managing diversity programs, preferably in a professional services environment.

Strong public speaking and written communication skills.

Law, public policy, or other relevant graduate degree desirable.

Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary is negotiable. Excellent benefits. To apply, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to:

Kenneth Shear
Executive Director
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market St.
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
kshear@philabar.org

The Philadelphia Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2007.

Labor Issues in Small Business Dec. 17

Farrah Gold of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP will discuss labor issues relevant to small businesses at the Monday, Dec. 17 meeting of the Small Business Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

For more information about the committee, please contact Robert M. Bovarnick at RBovarnick@RBovarnick.com or Scott P. Towers at Towerss@ballardspahr.com.

Women in the Profession Holiday Party Dec. 18

The Women in the Profession Committee Holiday Party, hosted by Thoroughbuilt LLP and Independent Custom Realty, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 429 S. 16th St.

The event will feature complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and, more importantly, the opportunity to network with our members and members of Professional Women's Roundtable. Admission is free, but please bring a new and unwrapped toy that will be distributed to local charities. To RSVP, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 18

The Justinian Society will hold its Annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin, 9th and Chestnut streets.

Guests will enjoy celebrating the holiday season with a European ambiance combined with turn-of-the century elegance in the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin. Assorted hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served for all to enjoy. Cost to attend the event is $65 per person for members and $75 per person non-members. The event is open to the public. To learn more about the event or to register, call 215-545-0706 or visit justinian.org.

Federal Courts Committee Holiday Lunch Dec. 19

The Federal Courts Committee will host a holiday lunch with remarks in in memory of Judges Becker, Green, Hannum and Hutton, featuring U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Chief Judge Bartle will share his remarks of the judges at the luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Changes in Stark III Regulations Dec. 20

Karl A. Thallner and David S. Sokolow will discuss the ecent changes set forth in the Stark III regulations at the Thursday, Dec. 20 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Business Development, Networking Seminar Jan. 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "Business Development: Effective Networking Strategies," the first in a series of associate training programs on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Stacy West Clark, founder of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, will discuss the importance of learning your firm's business and marketing strategies; using your personal skills to fit into the firm's plan; the value of a business network; identifying and developing relationships that have business development potential; and identifying referral sources.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. The cost of the program is $25. Click here for more information.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 22

The Business Law Section will present its Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 53rd floor. Tickets are $35 and include light dinner, cocktails and live music. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Section established the award in recognition of Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

YLD Seeks Nominations for Craig M. Perry Service Award

The Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the Craig M. Perry Service Award. This award is presented annually to a young lawyer 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work.

Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

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Salute to Lawyers in Business Journal Jan. 11

Attention law firms: Don't miss the opportunity to be included in The Philadelphia Business Journal's special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Jan. 11 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

For more information on reserving advertising space, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com. The deadline for reserving advertising space is Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Participants Sought for Israel Exchange Program

The Philadelphia Bar Association is in the process of planning an exciting international exchange program in cooperation with the Israel Bar Association, in which local Philadelphia firms will host Israeli attorneys for a short internship (one to six months) and Philadelphia attorneys will travel to Israel for a comparable internship at an Israeli law firm. The target date for implementing the program is June 2008.

If you are interested in participating in such an internship, or in hosting one or more visiting Israeli lawyers, please send an e-mail to Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear at kshear@philabar.org, and you will be contacted by one of the members of the planning committee.

Your input will be invaluable in helping us shape the parameters of the program in a manner best calculated to meet your professional needs or those of your firm.

WorkReady Philadelphia Matches Interns, Law Firms

Who gave you your first break?

Through WorkReady Philadelphia, you can offer a young person interested in a law career his or her essential first work experience and help to cultivate the region's next generation of home-grown legal professionals. By participating, you and your firm will positively impact the Philadelphia community by working with young people who, without WorkReady, would have few opportunities to explore the legal field, gain work skills, or develop relationships with professionals who could help them later in life.

Lauren Trifiletti, human resources manager at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, reflected on the firm's positive experience with a WorkReady intern last year and its decision to hire year-round interns, "Our intern, Candace, did a fantastic job. We actually had another part-time internship open in the fall and our first call was to Candace. She is currently back with us working in another department while attending school. We plan on participating in the program next summer as well."

Among the opportunities available to you and your firm through WorkReady are: hosting ninth-grade students for a one-day visit on Jan. 25, 2008 through Shadowing Day; providing 10th-grade students with unpaid internships, two to four hours per week during the school year, from January to June 2008 through Business Mentoring Youth; and hiring or sponsoring youth for six-week WorkReady Summer Internships enhanced with training and portfolio development, among other options. Throughout the process, Business Partnership Specialists are there to support you by recruiting, screening, and training youth; matching youth with employers; training you and your colleagues on how to work with and mentor youth; and providing ongoing support for you and the interns.

Several local firms are already on board. Last year, Blank Rome LLP; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Saul Ewing LLP; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP offered summer internships to Philadelphia youth. First-time participants Blank Rome and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young were so pleased with their experiences mentoring and working with youth that they have decided to take on even more interns this summer.

More information on how to get involved in WorkReady Philadelphia is available at workreadyphila.com. If you or your firm is interested in participating, please contact Susan Hight, business partnership specialist, at (267) 502-3729 or by e-mail at shight@pyninc.org.
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