RESOLUTION REGARDING REDUCED DUES FOR UNEMPLOYED ATTORNEYS WHO ATTEND JANUARY 1993 JOB FAIR FOR LAWYERS

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Legal Community includes numerous lawyers who are, at present, unemployed and seeking employment as attorneys and who wish to attend the January 1993 Philadelphia Bar Association Job Fair for Lawyers, which is sponsored and conducted by the Bar Admissions/Membership & Placement Committee;

WHEREAS, in the past, membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association has not been a prerequisite for attendance by job seekers at the Job Fair;

WHEREAS, the last several Job Fairs have drawn overwhelming crowds of attorney job-seekers for a limited number of interviews with employers, creating severe logistical and security problems, and interfering with the interview process between employers and job seekers;

WHEREAS, in addition, the goal of increasing membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association is central to the continued successful operation of the Association;

WHEREAS, membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association is likely to assist unemployed attorneys seeking employment by, inter alia, encouraging attendance and participation at committee and other functions where professional contacts and networking may take place;

WHEREAS, in an attempt to limit the number of attorney job-seekers attending the 1993 Job Fair, to decrease the number of the chronically unemployed and unemployable attorneys who have attended past Job Fairs, and to increase membership in the Association, the Membership and Placement Committee has determined that the January 1993 Job Fair for Lawyers will be open only to attorney job seekers who are members of the Philadelphia Bar Association;

WHEREAS, notwithstanding the benefits of Association membership to unemployed attorneys seeking employment, the requirement of the payment of Association dues at the regular member rate as a prerequisite for attendance may work a financial hardship for those attorneys who have been unemployed for some time;

WHEREAS, the issue of a potential reduced dues schedule for unemployed attorneys has not been sufficiently studied in order to make a determination as to whether a category should be established to permit unemployed attorneys, under all circumstances, to join the Association at a dues rate different from that applicable to other attorneys;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that: Attorneys who wish to attend the 1993 Job Fair for Lawyers but who have been unemployed for three months or more may attend the Job Fair, with full Association benefits, by payment of the following Association dues:

-- for individuals in the first year of unemployment, $25.00, representing that figure charged to Public Sector attorneys in practice two years or less;

-- for individuals in the second year of unemployment, that figure representing one-half of the figure charged for regular membership for their corresponding year of admission to the Bar or $25.00, whichever is greater;

-- for individuals unemployed for over two years, the full regular membership rate for their corresponding year of admission to the Bar;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the above applies only to the dues required to be paid by unemployed attorneys who wish to attend the January 1993 Philadelphia Bar Association Job Fair for Lawyers.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 17, 1992