Special Events Calendar 2014


February 2014

February 7

Friday, February 7, "Kids for Cash," a new critically acclaimed documentary film featuring Juvenile Law Center leaders Marsha Levick and Bob Schwartz will premiere in theaters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The film chronicles the infamous Luzerne County, PA "kids-for-cash" case. "Kids for Cash" is produced and directed by Robert May, who also produced the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War." The film will run in theaters across the country throughout February and March. Visit the film's website at www.kidsforcashthemovie.com to find a theater near you. Find out more about the "kids-for-cash" scandal and Juvenile Law Center's involvement at www.jlc.org.

February 17

During the week of February 17 to 21, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its Sixth Annual Public Interest Week, which celebrates the public interest work of students, alumni, and community partners and will feature student-organized presentations on topics ranging from environmental justice to indigent defense. For more information about other programs offered during Public Interest Law Week visit the Penn Law Calendar at https://www.law.upenn.edu.

February 21

Friday, February 21, Penn Law School Public Interest Week will culminate with the presentation of the 33rd Annual Sparer Symposium: Gender and Social Inequality: Why Women’s Rights Still Matter, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will feature keynote speaker Marcia Greenberger, L’70, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center. Symposium panel topics include “Recognizing Problems and Sharing Solutions: Sexism in our Communities”; “Domestic Violence and its Effects on the Family”; “Women in Immigration”; and “Trafficking Women: Legal Responses to a Global Problem.” All events and program will be held at Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. The Sparer Symposium will offer 6 CLE Credits (2 Ethics credits). The Sparer Symposium and other program presentations offered during Public Interest Law Week at Penn Law are free and open to all. To register for the Sparer Symposium, and for more information on the cost for CLE credits, visit https://www.law.upenn.edu/email-images/TPIC/sparer2014. The Penn Law School Alumni dinner will be held following the Sparer Symposium on February 21.

February 27

Thursday, February 27, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction in the Great Hall, Goat, Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. The silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $20 for non-students. For more information please contact Molly Kenny at molly.kenney@law.upenn.edu.


March 2014

March 4

Tuesday, March 4, the Mazzoni Center Legal Services will hold a benefit luncheon, Justice in Action, celebrating 5 years of legal services at Mazzoni Center, at Loews Hotel Philadelphia, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia. At the event, EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum will be honored. Each year this event brings together legal professionals, law students, and others to raise funds for and awareness about Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services program, which provides direct legal assistance for low-income individuals facing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The seated luncheon and an awards presentation will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., in Regency B (registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Regency Foyer), General luncheon admission tickets cost $75 each ($60 ticket rate for nonprofits and public interest attorneys; $50 ticket rate for law students). Register online at http://mazzonicenter.org/JusticeInAction2014.

March 18

Tuesday, March 18, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) will hold its 2014 Excellence Awards Dinner at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. A social hour will take place from 5:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner. Tickets cost $60 each. The Honorable Thomas G. Saylor, Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, will present the keynote speech. The event will also feature the presentation of the 2014 Excellence Awards to the Honorable Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania State Senate, Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee; David Hill, Esquire, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Harvey Strauss, Esquire, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Ann Carson and Connie Kelley, Volunteer Paralegals, Neighborhood Legal Services Association; Linda Timberlake, Esquire, MidPenn Legal Services; Kenneth Try, Paralegal, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall; Hon. John Uhler Court of Common Pleas of York County and Robert Woods Executive Director, United Way of York County; John Whitelaw, Esquire, Community Legal Services; and Merril L. Zebe, Esquire, Philadelphia Bar Association. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.palegalaid.net.

March 31

Monday, March 31, Philadelphia VIP will host its 2014 Awards Ceremony to honor the pro bono services of individuals and firms that have said YES to low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will be held at the Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 from 5:00 pm to 7pm. There will be a total of 17 awards given in five distinct categories. For more information, visit: https://phillyvip.org/content/volunteer-awards. Please RSVP with Tracie Johnson at phillyfellow@phillyvip.org or (215)523-9567.


April 2014

April 3

Thursday, April 3, The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual April Benefit, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at The Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. This event will feature complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a silent and live auction. All proceeds from the Annual Benefit go to support the Homeless Advocacy Project. For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leonora Cravotta at 215-523-9588 or Leonora@philalegal.org. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.homelessadvocacyproject.org.

April 4

Friday, April 4, Rutgers Law School will hold its“Swanky” Public Interest Auction

April 9

Wednesday, April 9, the Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception & Auction from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at The Crystal Tearoom, Wanamaker Building100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. This year's event will honor community and business leader and philanthropist Ed Satell with the 2014 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award and will also recognize the following individuals who will be presented with the 2014 Distinguished Advocates Award: Cynthia Certo (Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.); Jeffrey K. Daman (Daman LLC); Katayun I. Jaffari (Ballard Spahr LLP); Chris Kirchner (Philadelphia Children's Alliance); James E. Robinson (Gordon & Rees LLP); William H. Stassen (Fox Rothschild LLP); and Anthony Stover (March of Dimes). This event will also feature a cocktail reception and a silent and live auction. Individual tickets cost $150 each. Purchase tickets at https://501auctions.com/2014annualbenefit/?mobile=0. For more information, please contact Cate Galbally at cgalbally@advokid.org or 267-546-9216.

April 12

Saturday, April 12, the Face to Face will hold its 2014 Annual Auction, "Celebrating the Hospitality of Face to Face," at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, in Wyncote. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an auction. All of the proceeds will support the programs provided by Face to Face that benefit the residents of the Germantown community. Tickets cost $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information visit www.facetofacegermantown.org or contact Susan O'Hagan Marley at susanmarley@facetofacegermantown.org.

April 17

Thursday, April 17, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU of Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Meeting starting at 6:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art, 1916 Race St, Philadelphia, featuring keynote speaker Alexander Adbo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project, who will discuss “The Future of NSA Surveillance." This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow the program. For more information, visit http://www.aclupa.org/takeaction/events/nsa-surveillance-past-present-and-future/.

April 24

Thursday, April 24, The Women's Law Project will hold the 4th Annual Myra Bradwell Awards Ceremony and Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Morris Café at Duane Morris, LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. At this event, the Women's Law Project will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Year and Governor Edward Rendell will present the 2014 Myra Bradwell Award to Kate Michelman, President Emerita, NARAL Pro-Choice America. Special recognition will also be provided to Susan Sherman, President and CEO, Independence Foundation, and Judge Phyllis Beck (Ret.), Chair, Independence Foundation at this event. Tickets cost $50 each (current members of the Myra Bradwell Society may attend for free) and may be purchased online at www.womenslawproject.org.

April 30

Wednesday, April 30, HIAS Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Golden Door Awards Event, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. The keynote speaker is Steven Roberts, renowned author, reporter and academic. The 2014 Golden Door Award Winners are Immigration IMPACT Project of the Pro Bono Counsel; Lori Alexander, HIAS Pennsylvania Staff Member; Adele and Irwin Lipton, HIAS Pennsylvania Past Presidents; and Ludy Soderman, The School District of Philadelphia. This event will feature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, live music, photo booth, and craft display by local refugee artists. Tickets cost $150 each ($80 per ticket for non-profit employees and friends under age 35) and may be purchased online at http://hiaspa.org/goldendoor2014.


May 2014

May 6

Tuesday, May 6, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will celebrate its 5th Anniversary, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. The celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail party catered by Jose Garces in the Second Floor Lounge, featuring music by Standard Time Jazz. The evening continues in the Perelman Theater at 7:00 p.m., with a program honoring Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey for his leadership in the law enforcement community in adopting best investigative practices that protect the innocent from mistaken arrest and conviction, as well as Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps for her unwavering commitment to social justice. For more information and to register, go to http://innocenceprojectpa.org, or go directly to the Kimmel Center box office at https://tickets.kimmelcenter.org/Cart/Cart.aspx?perf_no=22569.

May 13

May 13 PBA Pro Bono Conference (tentative date)

May 18

Sunday, May 18, the Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates; tentative new location: Memorial Hall Course (start and finish at Please Touch Museum)

May 21

Wednesday, May 21, the SeniorLAW Center will hold its 2014 Gala honoring older veterans, from 5:30-9:00 p.m., at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. The Master of Ceremonies will be Patrick Murphy, former Congressman, Iraq war veteran and MSNBC host. At this event, the SeniorLAW Center Champion of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Leon Bass and the 2014 SeniorLAW Center Partner of the Year Award will be presented to Cozen O'Connor. Joseph B. Silverstein, Esq., and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging will also be recognized at the event as the 2014 SeniorLAW Center Hall of Fame Inductees. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.seniorlawcenter.org or call 215-701-3203.

May 28

Wednesday, May 28, the Community Legal Services' 25th Annual Breakfast of Champions, sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, will be held from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Broad and Locust Streets, Philadelphia. This year's event will honor community leader and philanthropist Alan M. Feldman, Esq., with the 2014 Champion of Justice Award and will recognize the following individuals who will receive the 2014 Equal Justice Award: Dennisse Bones (Community Legal Services, Inc.), James A. Francis, Esq. (Francis & Mailman PC), and Marilyn Heffley, Esq. (Reed Smith LLP). The keynote speaker will be Sen. Bob Casey. This stewardship event is by invitation only and recognizes donors to Community Legal Services' annual Bar Campaign. To make a gift to the Bar Campaign or for more event information, please contact Lisa Verges at lverges@clsphila.org or 215-981-3743.


June 2014

June 12 to June 14

On Thursday through Saturday, June 12 to June 14, Mazzoni Center will host its 13th Annual Trans-Health Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This free conference will offer three full days of workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people, communities and allies, including a free legal clinic on Saturday, June 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. More information is available at www.trans-health.org.


September 2014

September 17

Wednesday, September 17, Education Law Center Annual Event at the Crystal Tea Room, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Details TBA.


October 2014

ACLU of PA Bill of Rights Dinner TBA


November 2014

November 8

Saturday, November 8 Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the National Constitutional Center

November 14

Friday, November 14, Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction