Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 96

A. Michael Pratt (center) will serve as Chancel-
lor in 2008. Scott F. Cooper will be Vice-Chan-
cellor and Sayde J. Ladov will be Chancel-
lor-Elect.

Meet Chancellor A. Michael Pratt
at Jan. 9 Reception 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...READ MORE
 

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.

How to Build Your Law Firm From Scratch Jan. 15

The Young Lawyers Division and PNC Wealth Management will present the program "How to Build Your Law Firm from Scratch" on Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 3rd floor.

Speakers for the program include Alan Nochumson, Joseph A. Prim, Richard K. Washington Jr. and Adrian Harris. The program will be moderated by May Mon Post. A cocktail reception will follow the program. Click here to RSVP for this free program.

Free Membership Program for New Lawyers Renewed

A program that provides free Philadelphia Bar Association membership for lawyers admitted to practice for less than a year has been renewed by the Board of Governors.

The program, approved at the Board's Dec. 20, meeting, will run for three years. The original resolution was first adopted in July 2004.

In other business, the Board appointed Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa Rau and Laura Sparks to the Board of Directors of Philadelphia VIP.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Board member Eric G. Zajac. The remaining one year of his term will be filled by Regina Foley, a former member of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee.

The Board also approved the reappointments of Philadelphia Bar Reporter Editorial Board members Sunah Park, Heather J. Holloway and Asima Panigrahi and The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine Editorial Board members Justine Gudenas and Steven R. Sher.

Judges Dougherty, Murphy on Family Court Jan. 7

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Division Judges Kevin M. Dougherty and Margaret T. Murphy will discuss "Family Court - 2008 and Beyond" at the Monday, Jan. 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Judge Dougherty is administrative judge for Family Court. Judge Murphy is supervising judge.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

Investment Companies Committee on Regulatory Issues

Amy B.R. Lancellotta and Karrie McMillan will discuss current regulatory issues and pending and prospective projects of the Independent Directors Council and the Investment Company Institute at the Monday, Jan. 7 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Superior Court Developments Discussion Jan. 9

Superior Court Prothonotary Karen Bramblett and Lenny Blazick of Central Legal Staff will discuss Superior Court developments of 2007 and 20008 at the Wednesday, Jan. 9 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2008 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division.

The rounds of competition will take place Jan. 28 through March 1. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to do so.

As a coach, you would meet and communicate with the students to prepare for the competition. As a judge, you can choose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate.

Contact Roberta West at (215) 204-8948 if you have interest in coaching. Click here for more information.

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.

Don’t Delay, Order The Legal Directory 2008 Today!

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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.

Drafting Corporate Agreements Jan. 9

The Practicing Law Institute will present Drafting Corporate Agreements in a live groupcast program on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Save time and the expense of an overnight trip to New York City. Take advantage of the specialized educational programs for which PLI is famous. Take away invaluable materials, which will include examples of model agreements. This 6.5 (6 substantive/.5 ethics) CLE credit hour Live will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Groupcast - PLI – Drafting Corporate Agreements
6 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10
How to Write a Will
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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